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Lawsuit could expand special education programs — and associated costs — in California

Lawsuit could expand special education programs — and associated costs — in California

(Shutterstock) Celia Baker A lawsuit brought by dissatisfied parents in Morgan Hill, Calif., could result in expanded special education services in California, but at greatly increased cost, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Parents across...

 

U.S.-Mexico education partnership announced

U.S.-Mexico education partnership announced

President Barack Obama and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, right, leave a joint news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Dario Lopez-Mills, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Celia Baker U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexico’s...

 

Learning takes time: Growing movement seeks to expand length of school day

Learning takes time: Growing movement seeks to expand length of school day

There is a growing movement to expand the length of the school day in elementary and middle schools, especially those that serve low-income students. Early achievement results are promising. (Shutterstock) Celia Baker In most U.S. schools,...

 

States consider higher-ed funding increases

States consider higher-ed funding increases

Dwindling support from state legislatures over the past two decades pushed more and more college costs onto students and families. In some states, funding increases for higher education might be coming. (Shutterstock.com) Celia Baker Higher...

 

Fix ‘bottleneck courses’ to help make college affordable

Fix ‘bottleneck courses’ to help make college affordable

College students who can’t get into over-enrolled general courses can end up staying extra years, racking up huge costs all the while. Fixing “course bottlenecks” might be a easy fix. (Paul Sancya, Associated Press) Celia...

 

School is changing lives through music

School is changing lives through music

Gifted Music School orchestra student Karen Ferry has some fun during practice in Salt Lake City on April 13. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Celia Baker SALT LAKE CITY — The row of brick storefronts on Salt Lake City’s 2nd South appear...

 

Mentoring science students is a national priority

Mentoring science students is a national priority

President Barack Obama listens to Spencer Ottarson, 19, center, and Julie Xu, 17, right, both from Williamston, Mich., as they explain their ‘Offshore Rip Current Alert System (ORCA), Monday, April 22, 2013, during the White House Science...

 

Many approve of Bill Gates’ latest words on education, but some question their source — Gates himself

Many approve of Bill Gates’ latest words on education, but some question their source — Gates himself

Celia Baker Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates wrote an April 3 opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal decrying the practice of evaluating schoolteachers solely on the basis of their students’ achievement on standardized tests — a...

 

Sorting kids at school: the return of ability grouping

Sorting kids at school: the return of ability grouping

Jade Crown, second from left, plays a game categorizing words with faster learners in her class at Woods Cross Elementary School in Woods Cross Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Celia Baker If there’s a label that...

 

Summer’s coming: who will watch grade school kids while parents work?

Summer’s coming: who will watch grade school kids while parents work?

The survey found that 4.2 million grade-school-aged children cared for themselves on a regular basis during a typical week in spring of 2011. (Shutterstock) Celia Baker The annual scramble is on. With summer vacation looming, single parents...