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8 Calif. school districts are granted waivers from 'No Child' law

The Obama administration will grant waivers to eight California school districts to free them from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, a precedent-setting move that creates a direct relationship between the federal government and local school systems.

August 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Schools' A-F grades get renewed scrutiny

Schools' A-F grades get renewed scrutiny

News last week that Tony Bennett, the former Indiana superintendent of public instruction, quietly altered the state grade for a charter school founded by a campaign donor has raised questions about the validity of the trendy A-to-F grading system for schools used in more than a dozen states.

August 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Opportunity Gap' expected to drive US education discussion

WASHINGTON - For more than a generation, educators and policymakers have been agonizing about America's achievement gap, the persistent chasm in academic performance between poor and privileged children.

April 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Overtesting prompt parents, schools to 'opt-out' of standardized exams

WASHINGTON - A decade into the school accountability movement, pockets of resistance to standardized testing are sprouting up around the country, with parents and students opting out of the high-stakes tests used to evaluate schools and teachers.

April 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

More states require 3rd-graders to pass reading test

WASHINGTON - A growing number of states are drawing a hard line in elementary school, requiring children to pass a reading test in third grade or be held back from fourth grade.

March 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

US reading scores on SAT exam fall to lowest level in four decades

Reading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline in the ability of college-bound teens to read passages and answer questions about sentence structure, vocabulary and meaning on the college entrance exam.

September 25, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Failing school can be taken over by parents, Calif. court says

A group of California parents has cleared a legal hurdle to become the first in the nation to take over a failing elementary school under a “parent trigger law,” a legal tool gaining popularity around the country.

July 23, 2012 9:05 pmLoading…

Industry ramps up effort vs. kids' food guidelines

WASHINGTON - The food and advertising industries have launched a multi-pronged campaign to squash government efforts to create voluntary nutritional guidelines for foods marketed to children.

July 11, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Feds, business still at odds over injuries

The strained muscles that affect millions of American workers, from white-collar professionals who spend hours at their computers to poultry workers who process chickens, are proving to be painful as well to the Obama administration.

February 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Genetically altered salmon could be on sale soon

WASHINGTON - As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve genetically modified salmon, one thing seems certain: Shoppers staring at fillets in the seafood department will find it tough to pick out the conventional fish from the one created with genes from another species.

September 19, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Obama hails votes giving new powers to regulate tobacco

WASHINGTON — By a 3 to 1 margin, the House of Representatives Friday approved a bill passed by the Senate this week that gives the federal government sweeping new powers to regulate tobacco.

June 13, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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