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States Gaining a Say on School Accountability

Friday, September 4, 2015

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Whether a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act makes it over the finish line this year, the federally driven accountability system at the heart of the law seems destined to go the way of the Blockbuster video.

The Obama administration has already opened the door to major flexibility by issuing waivers from the NCLB law, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

GOP Candidates Forum Puts Education Policy Front and Center

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Education may not get much attention during prime-time presidential debates, but it was center stage at Londonderry High School, where six GOP candidates took a deep dive into K-12 policy.

At an Aug. 19 event hosted by The Seventy Four, an online education news site, and sponsored by the American Federation for Children, a school choice advocacy organization, the Republican hopefuls–five of them current or former governors–talked Common Core State Standards, teachers’ unions, the role of the federal government, the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, charter schools, and more.

Big Hype, Hard Fall for News Corp.’s $1 Billion Ed-Tech Venture

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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The global media giant News Corp. sought to push its way into the K-12 marketplace five years ago by betting big on technology.

Now, despite a $1 billion investment and a steady stream of brash promises to radically disrupt the way public schools do business, the company’s education division, known as Amplify, is deeply in the red and on the auction block.

Districts Facing Teacher Shortages Look for Lifelines

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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With a new school year approaching, districts around the country are issuing urgent pleas for teachers to come work for them.

The words on many people’s lips are “teacher shortage,” and in some places, they have the ring of crisis to them.

“There are 467 current job openings, and we’re all trying to pull from the same applicant pool,” said Beverly Mortimer, superintendent of the Concordia, Kan., school district.

K-12 Print Needs Persist Despite Digital Growth

Monday, May 18, 2015

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The massive shift in school districts from print to digital content is widely viewed in education technology circles as inevitable–and highly desirable. In many school systems, however, the reality is that the transition is playing out incrementally, and that teachers will be relying on printed materials for years to come, for a host of financial and technological reasons.

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