"Looping" -- having the same teacher two years straight -- may help boost achievement, said researchers at the University of South Carolina and Montana State University. Data show the most significant gains among students of color.
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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee this week to defend a budget proposal that would cut $3.6 billion from the Department of Education. Lawmakers asked DeVos about issues other than the budget, including school safety and school choice.
Full Story: The Associated Press
The library at an Illinois school features robotics, flexible furniture, technology devices and engineering tools in what librarian Todd Burleson calls an IDEA Lab. In this commentary, Burleson shares steps for creating a 21st-century library.
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The US Department of Education would receive a $3.9 billion funding increase under a proposed spending bill released Wednesday. Congress rejected Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' call for more funding for school-choice programs.
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Some educators are finding ways to use literature to engage students in math lessons. One math teacher reads "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" to students, and another has started an in-class book club.
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Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.
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