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Q&A: 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, charters playing key role in rebuilding failing schools in ur

NEW ORLEANS — Ten years ago, with schools in New Orleans struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the state of Louisiana made the fateful decision to pull most of those schools into the existing Recovery School District, whose mission was to take failing schools and turn them into charter schools.

October 07, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Arne Duncan to step down as Education secretary after 7 years of aggressive and controversial policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Friday that he would be stepping down at the end of the year. Obama's longest-serving cabinet member will have been at the center of educational upheavals for seven years, during which he carved out an aggressively reformist and centrist policy space.

October 06, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

High school drops football, replaces it with soccer for homecoming

Students at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School in Missouri will gather at the stadium for a homecoming game, but the ball will be round, not oval.

October 06, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Why some employers are deciding the best job candidates don't need a college degree

The United Kingdom wing of the Ernst & Young accounting firm recently announced that it will no longer require college degrees starting in 2016, relying instead on a combination of academic profile and online skills testing.

October 05, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Principal turnover continues to plague schools, as principals are asked to perform multiple roles

Spurred by escalating pressures for performance and a multitude of job demands in a high stress environment, principals are quitting the job at unprecedented rates, according to the Hechinger Report.

October 05, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Dumping billions down the drain? Teacher "professional development" spending a total waste, study ar

Teacher professional development is an enormous sinkhole, sucking billions of dollars every year and producing no measurable results, says a new study by TNTP, a New York-based nonprofit education reform group formerly known as The New Teacher Project. TNTP's 370 staff members work on the ground in schools around the country helping schools sharpen curriculum, improve hiring practices and retain top teachers.

October 01, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Teachers can be bullies too: Chicago mother says special-needs son was dressed in trash bag

Chicago mother Nyesha Terry wasn’t exactly thrilled when she visited her son Lloyd’s kindergarten classroom and found him wearing a trash bag, according to WGN-TV.

September 28, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

A 4-year-old was told writing left handed is 'evil'

Four-year-old Zayde Sands does everything with his left hand.

September 26, 2015 | Matthew Williams Deseret News | Education

Cristo Rey high schools breed academic maturity by sending students into the workforce

CHICAGO — It's 10 a.m., class change time in Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, and students are churning between rooms. The boys in dark slacks, colored dress shirts and ties, the girls dressed similarly.

September 24, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

The New York program that helps at-risk kids do better in high school

At-risk youths who held a summer job may also improve their school test scores this year, a new National Bureau of Economic Research study finds.

September 22, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Is ‘God bless you’ a classroom distraction?

A professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley wants to change sneezing forever.

September 18, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

If starting class later in the day helps kids learn, why do so few schools do it?

The CDC is urging U.S. high schools and middle schools to start class at 8:30 a.m. or later, but found that only 1 in 5 of these schools start first period that late.

September 18, 2015 | Matthew Williams Deseret News | Education

A big issue for parents was ignored in Wednesday's GOP debate

There was a lot said during Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate. Candidates opened up about national security, foreign policy and taxation, according to The Atlantic, and spent a bulk of the three-hour debate sparring with each other.

September 18, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

This former student earned a 4.0 GPA — but pass/fail classes could've helped with her only regret

Rachael Larimore maintained a 4.0 GPA and garnered 12 varsity sports letters during high school — but whenever she struggles to use a camera at vacations or sporting events, she does have some regret about her experience as a student, she wrote for Slate.

September 17, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | Education

Why you shouldn't care that SAT scores are stagnating, and what they don't mean about American educa

SAT scores for 2014 hit their lowest mark in the past 10 years, the College Board reports, leading some observers to fear that a decade of school reforms have amounted to little.

September 17, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

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Articles by Section - Education

Does college make people less religious?

The United States has something to learn from the rest of the world about keeping the faith.

November 02, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

The role of a school resource officer

A video of a school resource officer assaulting a female student went viral on Monday afternoon, according to The State.

November 01, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

Texas and textbook publisher still scrambling to repair damage from racially charged caption

Teaching history is inherently controversial, but sometimes the perspectives offered are so out of left field that no one is willing to defend them.

November 01, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Weak geography competence among U.S. eighth-graders flows from narrowed focus, experts argue

Most eighth-graders are not proficient in geography, a new report by the U.S. Government Accounting Office finds, with just 24 percent of eighth-graders “proficient ...

October 30, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

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