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1/20/2017

One-third of high-schools use "competency-based advancement," which allows students to advance when they show mastery, as part of their dropout-prevention strategies, according to a survey of high-school principals. The survey collected data from principals at 2,142 high schools.

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1/20/2017

As Donald Trump is sworn in today as the 45th US president, educators in New York state say they are faced with how to tackle politics in the classroom. High-school principal Heath Georgia and social studies chairwoman Melanie Cirbus say they advised their school's educators to let students take the lead in the conversation.

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1/20/2017

Finland, with its focus on equity and emphasis on health, well-being and social-emotional education, is a leading example of whole-child education, asserts Sean Slade, senior director of global outreach for ASCD. Slade -- and others -- consider takeaways from what's working in Finnish schools.

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1/20/2017

Genevra Walters, superintendent of Kankakee School District in Illinois, credits technology, in part, for helping to close achievement and opportunity gaps in the district. In this Q&A, she discusses the role of technology in teaching and bring-your-own-device policies.

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T.H.E. Journal
1/20/2017

Lawmakers in California are considering legislation for a new grant program aimed at curbing the state's teacher shortage. Under the proposal, students in teacher-training programs could receive $20,000 grants if they commit to teach science, math, bilingual education or special education.

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1/20/2017

The Obama administration's $7 billion investment in the School Improvement Grants program may not have paid off, according to a report by the US Department of Education. Data show no differences in test scores, graduation rates and college enrollment between schools that did and those that did not receive the grants.

1/20/2017

In this Q&A, Karen Eppley, an associate professor in the Pennsylvania State University College of Education and the editor of the Journal in Rural Research and Education, considers school-choice models in rural communities, noting that such models can be complicated in those areas.

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1/20/2017

Today is Inauguration Day for the 45th US president, Donald Trump. This lesson plans offers ideas for activities, resources and articles to guide students as they think about what it means to have a new president and how to follow Trump's first 100 days in the White House.

1/20/2017

The emphasis on standardized testing was a key concern in Ohio ahead of release Thursday of its draft education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Some say they are disappointed the draft plan makes no changes to testing.

1/20/2017

An Illinois school district is expanding its services for students who are gifted by including second-graders in the program and creating advanced English and math courses for middle-schoolers. The changes were made after review of the district's current program that included input from parents, students and staff.