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English spelling doesn’t always make sense, so this tech breaks it down

Students learning to read can click for help pronouncing unfamiliar words

As Ohio moves to defund remedial courses, new models arise

Students at Kent State University (Photo by Sarah Butrymowicz) KENT, Ohio—As finals approached, nearly 240 students in a computer lab worked through basic algebra problems at Kent…

Charter-school enrollment: Two million students and counting

Students at Democracy Prep charter school in Harlem (Photo by Sarah Garland) The charter-school movement reached a milestone this week: Charter schools, which are publicly funded but…

For millions of college dropouts, second chances prove difficult

John McGee stands on the campus of Bossier Parish Community College, Sunday November 20, 2011, where he started his education two and a half years ago. He is…

In some U.S. schools, librarians are no longer saying, “Shh!”

Buffy Hamilton speaking at a conference on digital media and education in Chicago. (Photo by Nick Pandolfo) Buffy Hamilton, who calls herself “The Unquiet Librarian,” holds the…

Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S.

High schoolers work on projects at the YOUmedia lab at the Harold Washington library in Chicago. (Photo by Nick Pandolfo) CHICAGO—Imagine walking into a public library filled…

For-profit teacher certification booming in Texas

Jeff Arrington in his disaster-response high school class in Denton, Texas. (Photo by Allison Smith/The Texas Tribune) DENTON, Texas — One afternoon in mid-November, Jeff Arrington scattered…


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More, better early education could help close California’s achievement gap

Grace Castro’s daughter, Claudine, teachers a group of students in the foyer of the family’s home. (Photo by Sarah Garland) In California, the state with the largest…

California has one of nation’s highest gaps in Hispanic-white reading proficiency

At an elementary school in Soledad, in the Salinas Valley, a group of students that have performed moderately on state tests practice reading skills with an intervention teacher.…

English learners still far behind under English-only law

Patty Sanchez reads a storybook in Spanish to her classroom of kindergartners at Geddes Elementary School in Baldwin Park, where English learners have closed the gap with native…