News Update

Failure Is Not an Option in Mansfield (Texas) ISD

Failure Is Not an Option is not just the title of a best-selling book; it's a mantra for many high-performing districts.

Education Reform Must Include the Arts

Arts education can increase student achievement and improve behavior for at-risk students, according to one study.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Gets a Boost

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will be expanding the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

New School Will be Both Sustainable and STEM Inspiring

The new Gloria Marshall Elementary School, opening this fall in Texas, will sport an aquatic pond, a butterfly garden, an above-ground cistern and a wind turbine.

D.C. Vouchers: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has become a ghost town since the Obama administration began phasing out the controversial voucher program. It has seen signs of a revival, however.

Going Global By 2016

The Connect All Schools Initiative has an ambitious goal: To link all schools internationally by 2016.

Saying Goodbye to the 2 Percent Rule

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has urged more inclusion in the classroom and an end to the “2 percent rule,” which disguises the performance of students with special needs to boost a school’s scores.

People Watch

Is the Reauthorization of ESEA in Sight?

Roughly 82 percent of schools will face sanctions for failing to make AYP under the current regulations of NCLB.

Measuring the Effectiveness of New Teachers

A new teacher performance model will evaluate lesson plans, grade books, assignments and class videos to both assess teachers and improve teacher licensure programs.

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