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New ESSA Provision Aims to Boost School Funding Transparency
New ESSA Provision Aims to Boost School Funding Transparency

Where do the billions of dollars allocated for K-12 education in the United States each year actually end up? A new mandate borne of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) aims to answer this question by requiring the addition of state-by-state data points to each state’s annual report card....

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Stuck in the Middle: Navigating the Middle School Experience
Stuck in the Middle: Navigating the Middle School Experience

“Little people have all the feelings that adults have—[just] with way less world experience,” according to Mayra Cruz, principal of a public middle school in Washington, D.C. Cruz’s words are a succinct answer to a question posed in a recent article from The Atlantic: Why is middle school so hard...

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How Can We Help Foster Greta Thunberg's Drive in All Students?

In 2019, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg captured the world’s attention with her eloquent environmental activism. But although Thunberg's fight against climate change certainly makes her stand out from the crowd, she is by no means the only youth activist out there. As noted in a CNN list of young environmental...

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Policy Check-In: How is ESSA Shaping Up?

It has been four years since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015, some eight years after the federal education policy law was due for updating. By putting pen to paper, then-President Barack Obama authorized the long-awaited revamp of ESSA’s predecessor, the No...

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Rethinking Assessment for English Learners in Florida
Rethinking EL Assessment in Florida

In Florida, a group of high-school students recently staged a protest to oppose a state law dictating that all students must pass a 10th-grade English language exam to graduate from high school. Students from Armwood High School in Hillsborough County were spurred into action after participating in a hands-on civics...

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Debunking the IQ-Dyslexia Link and Other Myths
Debunking the IQ-Dyslexia Link and Other Myths

Do kids with dyslexia have lower IQs? Although the answer is no, a contrary belief lingers amid the multitude of misinformation that tends to swirl around students with learning disorders such as dyslexia. Yet while students who struggle to grasp essential literacy skills are not by extension less intelligent than...

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Lost in the Reading Wars? Consider Becoming a Literacy Advocate
Lost in the Reading Wars? Consider Becoming a Literacy Advocate

In her radio documentary for American Public Media, reporter Emily Hanford made an ominous declaration: “Elementary schools across the country are teaching children to be poor readers—and educators may not even know it.” This striking statement undergirded a two-part examination of reading instruction (or the lack thereof) in America’s public...

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