| Feb 8, 2015
| 5:40 PM
Billionaire Eli Broad has suspended a coveted, $1-million prize to honor the best urban school systems out of concern that they are failing to improve quickly enough. And, associates say, he's no longer certain that he wants to reward traditional school...
| Oct 31, 2014
The Obama administration is stepping up regulation of for-profit career colleges, announcing rules that could cut off federal funding to institutions that leave students with massive debts they can't repay.
The U.S. Department of Education's effort,...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 7:21 AM
President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce more than $1 billion in public and private investments in preschool programs, a small step toward the kind of infusion the White House says is needed.
Fewer than a third of the country's 4-year-olds...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 10:17 AM
Do students take too many tests?
Given the complaints about a high-stakes testing culture in classrooms, some states are reviewing the quality and quantity of the tests their students take. Congress is getting into the act, too.
On Wednesday, the...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 12:54 PM
The Department of Education recently honored Holy Cross School in Deerfield by designating it a Blue Ribbon School.
Holy Cross – a private K-8 institution in the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools – shares the accolade with 21 other...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 2:30 AM
One of the most important things I've learned after more than 35 years of working is this simple verity: Everyone needs a break during the day. When I arrive at a knotty problem in the writing, I've learned to give my brain some space. Ideas percolate...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 2:40 PM
David DeCoursey was for 25 years the executive director of Leadership Greater Chicago, which has offered training on civic issues to hundreds of leaders in business, government and nonprofits.
"The number of civic leaders who LGC didn't just touch but...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 9:43 PM
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tuesday announced new guidelines to improve the preparation of the nation's teaching ranks that will require states to rate the performance of training programs and shift federal funding to those that receive...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 8:11 AM
As the idea of universal pre-K moved to center stage in election season this fall in Maryland and beyond, interest in high-quality pre-K as a school turnaround tool grew.
At the center of the Obama administration's public school turnaround agenda is the...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 2:44 PM
Here is the prepared text for Gov. Terry McAuliffe's 2015 State of the Commonwealth Address:
Lieutenant Governor Northam, Speaker Howell, Chairman Stosch, men and women of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, people of Virginia – thank you...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 9:05 PM
The Obama administration on Thursday will publish new regulations intended to target for-profit career colleges that leave students with debts they cannot repay.
The U.S. Department of Education rules will sanction schools with students who carry too...