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May 01, 2016
Malia Obama Will Attend Harvard, White House Says
She's going to take a gap year and begin at Harvard during fall 2017, according to a statement from the First Lady's office.

May 01, 2016
Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools?
There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change.

Apr 30, 2016
Taking On Poverty And Education In School Costs A Lot Of Money
In 1997, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered millions of dollars in additional funding to 31 of the poorest school districts in the state. Camden alone spends about $23,000 per student per year.

Apr 30, 2016
Why Are Highly Educated Americans Getting More Liberal?
Today, more than half of Americans who went to graduate school are liberal. Less than one in three were in 1994.

Apr 29, 2016
Police Arrest Tennessee Elementary School Students Over Off-Campus Fight
On Monday, police are set to explain why they arrested 10 children at an elementary school in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Parents say the kids were accused of not intervening during an off-campus fight. Some were led away in handcuffs. Now the community is doing a bit of soul-searching.

Apr 29, 2016
Behind The Scenes: How A Fourth-Grade Class Reported Our Story
For our profile of Marlem Diaz-Brown, we asked her students to do the reporting. Here's how we got an exclusive look inside their classroom.

Apr 29, 2016
When A Resume Of Failures Becomes A Recipe For Success
When a friend suffered what he called "a professional setback," Johannes Haushofer put together his "CV of failures." Haushofer says failure is an essential part of what is means to be a scientist.

Apr 29, 2016
What To Do When You're Stuck On A College Waitlist
A college enrollment official and a former college admissions officer offer advice for the tens of thousands of students who won't find out until later in the summer if they've even been accepted.

Apr 29, 2016
Yale Defies Student Calls For 'Calhoun' Name Change
Yale students pushing to change a college community's name that honors John C. Calhoun, a 19th vice president who was a supporter of slavery, are unhappy that Yale's decided to keep the name.

Apr 29, 2016
Reporting Live From Miami: A Bunch Of Fourth-Graders Tell Their Teacher's Story
We asked the students in Marlem Diaz-Brown's class in Miami to tell the story of their "amazing" teacher.


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May 01, 2016
Given computer glitches, will Milestones count? No and maybe.
I know some readers became weary of all my reporting this week on the computer glitches surrounding the online administration of the Georgia Milestones. But when you…

Apr 29, 2016
How your high school student can become the applicant colleges want
With high school seniors facing a Sunday deadline to commit to a college, I thought it was a good time to share this essay by Bryan Rutledge, director…

Apr 29, 2016
State school chief to teachers: You are changing lives. Thank you.
At the end of a tough testing week for many teachers, here are some words of appreciation from State School Superintendent Richard Woods. By Richard Woods…

Apr 28, 2016
After your kids take the Milestones, who grades them? You might be surprised.
Along with thousands of other Georgia high school students, my twins are taking the Georgia Milestones this week. I never thought much about who grades these state…

Apr 27, 2016
Disappointing 12th grade scores on Nation’s Report Card: Why aren’t reforms working?
There is not much new or positive to say about the NAEP results in math and reading from the nation’s high school seniors as there was…

Apr 26, 2016
State Department of Education: Despite glitches with Milestones, testing is going better than last year
Despite reports of online testing failures, Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza tells me the 2016 Milestones are going better than last year. In the 2014-2015…

Apr 26, 2016
That bad dream about being unable to finish test? Hundreds of Georgia students living it.
UPDATE Tuesday morning and question: Can students resuming interrupted Georgia Milestones tests today due to computer problems go back and change earlier answers? Here is what…

Apr 26, 2016
Georgia is a leader in use of student data, advocate says
A new report from a national advocate for data use in the classroom says Georgia is a national leader in collecting useful measures of each student’s performance and putting…


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