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Advocacy groups urge states to protect transgender students

Dozens of advocacy groups on Tuesday urged state education officials to protect transgender students after the Trump administration rescinded Obama-era guidance on school bathroom use. The nation's leading civils rights organizations said in a letter addressed to state education officials…

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What Should Special Education Teachers Know and Be Able to Do?

A newly-minted special education teacher should be able to: "collaborate with professionals to increase student success," "use multiple sources of information" to understand a student's strengths and needs, and "systematically design instruction toward specific learning goals." These skills are among…

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Reaching refugees

Southern New Hampshire University announces first phase of initiative to expand higher education access to refugees.

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Private Student Loans: The Rise And Fall (And Rise Again?)

Five billion dollars in outstanding private student loan debt may be forgiven because of poor record keeping by financial companies, an investigation by The New York Times found this week. Loan balances are being erased and lawsuits thrown out because…

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Four K-12 Issues to Watch in Health-Care Overhaul

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are in the midst of trying to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—better known as Obamacare—in a process that could have big implications for the nation's schools when it comes to special…

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Why Americans Think So Poorly of the Country’s Schools

Each year, parents responding to the Phi Delta Kappan poll report high levels of satisfaction with their kids’ education. Asked to assign letter grades to their children’s schools, the vast majority of parents—generally around 70 percent—issue As and Bs. If…

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Later school start bill moves forward

A ban on starting regular school classes earlier than 8:30 a.m. in all California middle and high schools will come up for a vote next month in an Assembly committee. The bill passed the Assembly Education Committee last week and…

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Can Digital Equity Close the Achievement Gap?

Closing the achievement gap has been a focus of those looking to improve education for decades. The term "achievement gap" refers to the gap between the test scores of low-income students (or students of color) and their wealthier (or white)…

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