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May 27, 2016
Baylor Fires University President, Football Coach Over Sexual Assault Scandal
President Kenneth Starr and coach Art Briles are being removed following a scathing report on sexual assaults by players against other students; failure of university officials to help the victims.

May 27, 2016
Arizona Joins Transgender Directive Suit, School Board Should Set Policy
Renee Montagne talks to Arizona Superintendent of Education Diane Douglas about the federal directive that transgender students be allowed to use the restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

May 26, 2016
Baylor Removes Ken Starr As President Over University's Response To Sex Assault Cases
An independent review found that the university failed to adequately handle reports of harassment and assault and, in some cases, actively discouraged students from coming forward.

May 26, 2016
'The Dreaded Schwa' And Other Reasons To Love The Bee
One of our favorite events is on again: the Scripps National Spelling Bee. From the tense smart kids to the cheering adults, it's all pretty great.

May 26, 2016
To Teach Kids To Read And Write, Sometimes You Have To Get Creative
Across the U.S., school districts face low literacy rates among low-income and minority students. Here's how schools in Dallas, Baltimore and the Bronx are getting at the problem a little differently.

May 26, 2016
11 States Sue U.S. Government Over Transgender Policies
Social conservatives in Texas say they support a lawsuit filed by their state and 10 others challenging federal rules on transgender students' use of school bathrooms that match their gender identity.

May 25, 2016
Nearly A Dozen States Sue U.S. Government Over Transgender Policies
The Obama administration has argued that gender identity is protected under federal law. The states say the government is overreaching.

May 25, 2016
MacArthur 'Genius' Angela Duckworth Responds To A New Critique Of Grit
The author of a new meta-analysis says the importance of grit — a concept that has gained wide traction in education circles — has been exaggerated.

May 24, 2016
Bethune-Cookman Students Still Reeling From A Year That Saw 13 Shooting Victims
Historically black colleges and universities have often been viewed as a refuge for African-American students. But at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, 13 students have been shot this year alone.

May 24, 2016
'Helping Children Succeed' Starts At Birth; A Case For The Power Of Nurture
Paul Tough's new book surveys the best new evidence on how to overcome the effects of poverty.

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May 27, 2016
First there were problems taking the Milestones. Now, the problem is getting the scores.
The Georgia Department of Education ought to include a bottle of aspirin with every packet of Milestones instructions sent to district testing coordinators next year. Because testing…

May 26, 2016
A teen mother gunned down days before graduation. Principal rises to her defense in fiery fashion.
A teenage mother was shot and killed in downtown Memphis early Sunday morning after someone opened fire in a crowd. Myneishia Johnson was scheduled to graduate this weekend from…

May 26, 2016
Feds finish proposed regulations for new education law
The U.S. Department of Education has finished putting meat on the bones of the new Every Student Succeeds Act, the legislation that superseded the No Child…

May 26, 2016
Anybody besides DeKalb still waiting on Milestones test scores? DOE explains its process.
In response to my questions about the Georgia Milestones, the state Department of Education sent me a FAQ I am posting below. Please note the state is…

May 25, 2016
Some saw a ‘crappy Title 1 school.’ This DeKalb mother saw hope, joy and resiliency.
Patti Ghezzi is a former education journalist who now works in university communications. You can read two of her previous Get Schooled essays here and here. By…

May 25, 2016
Georgia joins lawsuit to overturn Obama directive on transgender school bathrooms
Georgia is among 11 states suing the Obama administration to overturn a federal directive to schools that they allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their…

May 25, 2016
Gov. Deal announces a 90-member Teacher Advisory Committee
The governor announced a Teacher Advisory Committee today made up of 90 teachers from three geographic regions of the state, north, metro and central/south. One committee member…

May 25, 2016
Even a teacher of the year has to battle school district over her child with special needs
This is a fascinating case out of Michigan about a teacher of the year now battling her school system in court over her own 5-year-old’s education.…

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