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    When School Reformers and Union Leaders Unite

    In Hillsborough County, home of Tampa and St. Petersburg, the president of the teachers’ union is not the avowed enemy of reform. In fact, she’s a member of the leadership team.
  • Alter: Education Is Top Priority for Gates

    There’s a backlash against the rich taking on school reform as a cause. Some liberals figure they must have an angle and are scapegoating teachers. But most of the wealthy people underwriting this long-delayed social movement for better performance are on the right track.
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    Is the Cost of College a Bargain?

    For more than two decades, as the cost of college has climbed at twice the rate of inflation, critics have argued that bloated bureaucracies, overpaid faculty, and unnecessary amenities are inflating tuition.
  • A Push to Bring Bible Studies to All 50 States

    The average American can’t answer basic questions about world religion, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey, which prompted renewed calls for religious study in public schools. In many states, however, that education already exists. The overall numbers are still small, with about 10 percent of schools featuring academic courses in religion, usually focused on the Bible. But the last five years have seen the first major expansion in decades. More than 40 states have districts that teach academic Bible study; five of them have passed laws to encourage it, offering, in some cases, curricula guidelines or public funds.
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    What's Michelle Rhee's Next Mission?

    What’s next for Michelle Rhee? The combative Washington, D.C., schools chancellor resigned last week following September’s primary defeat of her boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty. “Not being in this role is heartbreaking,” she said. But, she tells NEWSWEEK, “everyone in the city needs to embrace reform, and that couldn’t happen while I am in the picture.” This does not mean, however, that she’s done working on the issue.
  • Education Reform and Accountability in Florida

    It’s the watchword of the Obama administration’s multibillion-dollar push for education reform. But “accountability,” the practice of tracking school performance, isn’t always a force for good. It has been linked to a host of unsavory behaviors, including cheating on official exams and suspending poor students on test day. Now, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, there’s an additional concern: teachers quitting.
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    New Orleans Accused of Failing Disabled Students

    A legal complaint alleges that New Orleans's charter schools discriminate against children with disabilities. What good is the charter revolution if it doesn't reach the students who are most in need?
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    Obama Calls for a Longer School Year

    American schoolkids attend school for fewer days than children in other educationally advanced countries, a situation President Obama said Monday needs to change. "I think we should have a longer school year," Obama said in response to a question from the "Today" show's Matt Lauer during a White House interview that kicked off the network's weeklong "Education Nation" focus on American schools.
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    Why Arne Duncan Wants Michelle Rhee to Stay

    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that he is actively reaching out to D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and presumptive mayor Vincent Gray in an attempt to work out a deal to keep Rhee in her job.
  • How Students Can Build Credit in the Card Act Era

    Like tuition, college credit-card debt is on the rise. Half of college students have four or more cards, according to a 2009 Sallie Mae survey, and only 17 percent report regularly paying off their balance. As the school year begins, parts of 2009’s credit-card reform bill will finally begin to protect the young from their own spending habits. For starters, students will no longer see card issuers offering giveaways on campus. And for the first time, they won’t be able to sign up for a credit card if they’re younger than 21 unless they can find a cosigner or prove a source of income.
  • Women Earn More Doctorates Than Men

    A new enrollment study confirms that American women are now earning more doctoral degrees than men. But at the same time, a survey of women competing for tenure-track positions finds that many describe their workplaces as far from family-friendly.