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March 12, 2018
Making the rounds on TV, Betsy DeVos says she hasn’t visited struggling schools and draws sharp criticism
Betsy DeVos has visited all kinds of schools since she took office last year. But one kind of school has been left out, she said Sunday: schools that are struggling.
Puerto Rico partnership
March 6, 2018
Top school choice group advising Puerto Rico on controversial efforts to expand charters and vouchers
EdChoice, a group that backs school vouchers, is preparing to help Puerto Rico officials expand school choice, or what critics there have called “privatization.”
Scores of scores
February 16, 2018
Republican state board member says A-F school letter grades would hurt poor students, but lawmakers aren’t convinced
A representative of the state board of education spoke strongly against a House bill to evaluate school performance with an A-F report card,…
grappling with grades
February 15, 2018
Getting kids to class may be harder than some lawmakers think. A new study casts doubt on how big a role educators can play.
Michigan and other states are focusing more on how often students are absent as a factor in determining a school’s performance. But a…
February 12, 2018
Workforce training programs may soon look different in Memphis schools
A proposed revamp of career and technical education will be presented this month to the school board for Shelby County Schools.
By the numbers
February 12, 2018
Trump’s proposed education budget: more for school choice, less for teacher training
The budget plan, released Monday, amounts to a doubling down on Betsy DeVos’s central belief. (It's also likely to be ignored.)
Tech tools to raise scores
February 6, 2018
Detroit district aims to give a laptop to every student, starting with three schools
A group of kindergarten students stood at the front of their class at Cooke STEM Academy Tuesday morning, using their fingers on an…
a closer look
January 16, 2018
Fact-check: Weighing 7 claims from Betsy DeVos’s latest speech, from Common Core to PISA scores
Fact-checking seven claims that DeVos made during a recent speech.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
Looking back and ahead
December 21, 2017
Here are six big things that happened in Tennessee in 2017 that will resonate in 2018
From TNReady snafus to pre-K investments, Tennessee faced education challenges and opportunities in 2017 that are sure to make headlines again during the new year.
December 20, 2017
A Betsy DeVos-approved tax change is meant to make private school more affordable. Here’s why it might not work
There’s reason to believe that private schools are likely to raise tuition in response.
December 19, 2017
Four takeaways from Betsy DeVos’s summit on innovation in K-12 education
Betsy DeVos used her bully pulpit on Tuesday to again call for more school innovation, especially technology-infused “personalized learning.” “Washington, D.C. does not have all…
December 18, 2017
School vouchers hit snag in Tennessee as sponsor announces he won’t advance bill
Sen. Brian Kelsey says he won’t ask a Senate committee to take up his bill when the legislature reconvenes next month.
choice for most
December 15, 2017
14 percent of U.S. schools accepting vouchers have anti-LGBT policies, according to new investigation
The story’s analysis and conclusions map closely to those of an investigation we published this summer into how Indiana schools that accept vouchers treat LGBT students.
December 12, 2017
An Indianapolis private school touted by DeVos is adding 400 more seats
An Indianapolis private school that is dedicated to promoting racial and economic integration is planning to grow by 50 percent in the coming years. The…
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