Complete coverage on

Education Issues

Obese children and teenagers face a slew of potential health problems as they get older, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and certain cancers. As if that weren't enough, obesity may harm young people's long-term college and career prospects, too.

Latest Stories

Obesity in teens leads to heart diseaseupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 09:12:00

Pat St. Claire tells us that new studies find teens who are obese are already showing signs of heart problems.

Obama administration gives 8 states waivers on No Child Left Behind updated: Tue May 29 2012 19:01:00

The U.S. Department of Education granted eight additional states waivers Tuesday from strict requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

Ten states will get 'No child' exemptionupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 05:24:00

President Obama announces 10 states will be exempt from "No Child Left Behind" rules in exchange for new reforms.

10 states freed from some 'No Child Left Behind' requirementsupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 05:24:00

Ten states are being granted waivers to free them from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind education reform law, with President Barack Obama explaining Thursday that the move aims to "combine greater freedom with greater accountability."

Some upset at New York sex educationupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 02:55:00

A new sexual education curriculum provided by the New York City Department of Education is raising eyebrows among some parents concerned with the program's level of detail and overall message.

States gear up to opt out of No Child Left Behind lawupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 19:45:00

A number of states, including Georgia, already are putting things in place to opt out of the controversial No Child Left Behind Law, following President Barrack Obama's announcement Friday that states can now apply for waivers.

Obama allowing states to opt out of education reform requirementsupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 11:51:00

President Barack Obama announced Friday that states will be allowed to opt out of certain requirements imposed by the controversial No Child Left Behind law, the landmark education reform initiative passed with broad bipartisan support a decade ago.

Say goodbye to 'no child left behind'updated: Tue Aug 09 2011 21:17:00

Sec. of Education Arne Duncan talks about a waiver program aimed at absolving schools from Bush-era education standards.

White House announces waivers for No Child Left Behind lawupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 21:17:00

About half the schools in Tennessee didn't meet the annual yearly progress requirements of the No Child Left Behind law last year. Tennessee is not alone.

Teachers take lessons of No Child Left Behind to D.C.updated: Fri Jul 29 2011 16:09:00

In the past couple months, thousands of teachers and parents have been calling for radical change in the education system, citing issues with the No Child Left Behind policy. Teachers, students, and parents across the country have come together with one goal in mind: fix a faulty education system.

Despite successes, charter school takeovers draw protestsupdated: Tue May 31 2011 10:03:00

"Good afternoon," Megan Zor calls out over the din of the seventh-grade English class taking their seats inside Mastery Charter School's Shoemaker Campus.

NAACP, parents and activists in Harlem at odds over charter schoolsupdated: Mon May 30 2011 09:21:00

For decades, Harlem has been a hub of African-American culture and the NAACP. But this month, the issue of charter schools has turned the New York City neighborhood into a battleground between activists and the 101-year-old civil rights organization.

Teachers give cold shoulder to Obama education chiefupdated: Mon May 16 2011 10:00:00

An open letter of appreciation to teachers from the Obama administration's chief education official has highlighted the administration's difficult relationship with the nation's teachers.

Parents opt out of standardized testsupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 17:53:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti talks with parents who are leading a mini-revolt against required standardized NCLB tests.

Mother hopes others will opt out of standardized testingupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 17:53:00

A Pennsylvania mother has decided she does not want her two children to take the two-week-long standardized tests given by her state as part of the federal No Child Left Behind law. And she hopes other parents will do the same.

Obama calls for Congress to pass education reformsupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 12:23:00

President Barack Obama called Monday for Congress to pass education reforms by the time students return to school next fall, telling a Virginia middle school that fixing problems in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act -- more commonly known as "No Child Left Behind" -- should be a top priority.

Duncan: 'No Child Left Behind' creates failure for U.S. schoolsupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 22:01:00

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday his department estimates that four out of five schools in the United States will not make their "No Child Left Behind" benchmarks by the law's target year of 2014 -- and when the test scores are counted for the current school year, numbers could show that U.S. schools are already at that failure rate.

CNNMoney: Obama's budget to target education Pell grantsupdated: Sun Feb 13 2011 17:03:00

President Obama's budget Monday will propose cutting $100 billion dollars from the Pell grant program and other higher education programs, but use those savings to ensure that eligible students would be able to receive the current maximum award of $5,500 per school year.

DC education reforms go nationalupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 10:13:00

Michelle Rhee, former DC schools chancellor, unveils Students First, a non-partisan group for education reform.

Tax credits for religious school scholarships argued before justicesupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 15:19:00

Taxes, religion and education -- this politically charged trifecta divided the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case involving a state school choice program.

D.C. schools chancellor steps downupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 13:07:00

The chancellor of the District of Columbia's Public Schools announced she was stepping down Wednesday, after three-and-a-half years as head of the troubled school system.

Political odd couple agrees on educationupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 12:27:00

Oprah had a question: "In this age of red states and blue states, with everyone being so partisan against everything, that fact that you could all come together -- you're a Republican and he's a Democrat -- did that ever come into it?"

D.C.'s mayoral primary about educationupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 20:29:00

D.C.'s mayoral primary is being watched far beyond the city, as education is playing a significant role in the race.

D.C. mayoral primary may be felt far beyond the Districtupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 20:29:00

Mayor Adrian Fenty swept into office in 2006 promising to fix the District of Columbia's struggling schools. Now, Fenty is in the fight of his career in part because of how he's tried to reform the district's schools.

Parents revolt to take back schoolsupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 12:29:00

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports on a new California "trigger law" that allows parents to take back failing schools.

Obama must stick to his guns on educationupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 12:29:00

It's back-to-school time, which means some in the media have gone back to asking: "What's wrong with our schools? And how can we fix it?"

Obama says education plan includes charter schools, teacher salariesupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 12:35:00

President Barack Obama said Thursday his plan to improve America's education system includes charter schools, intense teacher education and parent involvement.

Why good jobs are going unfilledupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 20:32:00

We're getting to the point where even good news comes wrapped in bad news.

CNN visits Overland Elementary Schoolupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 15:27:00

Steve Perry visits Overland Elementary School in Los Angeles to discuss how to involve parents in child's education.

Top issues: Educationupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 15:27:00

U.S. education issues in 2010 boil down to two questions: how to fund cash-strapped state universities and how to fix so-called high school "drop-out factories."

$250 million for abstinence education not evidence-based, groups sayupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 10:21:00

The health care reform legislation that President Obama signed recently isn't only about insurance coverage -- there's also a renewal of $50 million per year for five years for abstinence-focused education.

Education chief pitches No Child rewrite planupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 13:35:00

Saying the United States is "falling behind" in education, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan worked Wednesday to persuade lawmakers that the Obama administration's plan to rewrite a federal education law is the right move for the nation's students and schools.

Work with teachers, don't fire themupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 19:46:00

Little Rhode Island made big news in the education arena last month. Superintendent Frances Gallo fired all the teachers at Central Falls High School after negotiations with the teachers' union failed.

Mass firings at schoolupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 19:46:00

Dozens of teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island are fired over poor performance.

'No Child Left Behind' revamp?updated: Mon Mar 15 2010 10:55:00

President Obama plans to change the way public schools are evaluated. CNN's John Roberts reports.

Obama to push 'No Child Left Behind' overhaulupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 10:55:00

The Obama administration plans to send a wide-ranging overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education law to Congress on Monday, arguing that the current legislation has pushed schools to lower their standards to meet federal requirements.

Obama vows education reformupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 12:49:00

President Obama says his administration will work to turn around failing schools.

Study: Abstinence-only worksupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 11:25:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a new study that shows abstinence-only education may work.

Study: Abstinence program most effective at delaying sex among youthsupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 11:25:00

An abstinence-only education program is more effective than other initiatives at keeping sixth- and seventh-graders from having sex within a two-year period, according to a study described by some as a landmark.

Fortune: The standardized-test smackdownupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 09:07:00

On the first Saturday in December, thousands of high school students will undergo that American rite called the SAT. A week later thousands more will take the ACT.

Give Obama A+ for school reform ideasupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 09:53:00

President Obama deserves an A+ for his agenda for education reform. His decision to nominate Arne Duncan as U.S. education secretary was inspired, and his comments on holding the system accountable are honest, refreshing and insightful.

Learning to read? Try talking to a dogupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 16:50:00

Meet Bailey. She's a registered therapy dog, but you won't find her in hospitals or nursing homes. Instead, Bailey makes weekly visits to libraries and schools. She sits quietly or snuggles up to kids as they read her a book. And no, she's not napping, and the kids don't have treats in their pockets. She's actually helping these children learn to read. Ex-coach Demers appointed to Canadian Senateupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 17:41:00

MONTREAL (AP) -- Jacques Demers, the Stanley Cup-winning coach who has spoken frankly about his lifelong battle with illiteracy, was appointed Thursday to the Canadian Senate.

Commentary: Give kids a beacon of hopeupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 08:20:00

To be effective in Congress, you must focus. With so many issues and debates occurring at any given time, it is easy to spread yourself too thin and lose sight of your goal. With a Pre-PSAT, the Joys of Testing Start Even Earlierupdated: Fri Oct 24 2008 11:40:00

The College-Prep powerhouse that brought us the S.A.T. is rolling out a new test for eighth graders

Commentary: Don't use SATs to rank college qualityupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 12:40:00

A recent controversy at Baylor University has brought new attention to the widespread misuse of standardized college admission tests to rank the quality of America's colleges and universities. SAT Scores Remain at 10-Year Lowupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 12:00:00

For the second consecutive year, SAT scores for the most recent high school graduating class remained at the lowest level in nearly a decade

More colleges move toward optional SATsupdated: Fri May 30 2008 11:33:00

Jen Wang of Short Hills, New Jersey, took her first SAT when she was in sixth grade, long before she would start filling out college applications. Wake Forest Drops SAT Requirementupdated: Tue May 27 2008 10:00:00

Wake Forest University will no longer require applicants to take the SAT and ACT exams, boosting a movement to lessen the importance of standardized tests in college admissions Why Johnny Isn't Reading Much Betterupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 18:00:00

The Nation's Report Card shows U.S. students are improving slightly in math, but less so in reading

Money Magazine: They want to sell your kidupdated: Wed Sep 19 2007 04:48:00

To improve her chances of getting into a good college, Caitlin Pickavance, a 17-year-old high school senior from Danville, Calif., has been working with a private college coach since her freshman year (cost: $800). How Nebraska Leaves No Child Behindupdated: Thu May 31 2007 16:10:00

One maverick state devised its own education strategy that bucks the trend toward high-stakes tests and federal control

'Hire' education: A vocational model succeedsupdated: Wed Mar 07 2007 09:11:00

Have you ever used what you learned in high school to get a job? Ask the graduates of Central Educational Center in Coweta County, Georgia, and you'll likely get a resounding "yes."

Fortune: Word powerupdated: Wed Jan 17 2007 15:40:00

Problem: Illiteracy is widespread and instructors aren't cheap.

Money Magazine: Harvard or Bust. Or Both.updated: Tue Nov 21 2006 14:16:00

Plenty of parents fantasize about their child going to Harvard. But Paula and Gary Goldberg of Boca Raton, Fla. aspire instead to get their daughter Rachael, a high school junior, interested in sch...

Money Magazine: $15k to get into Harvard - 5 ways to stop the madnessupdated: Sat Nov 18 2006 14:04:00

Plenty of parents fantasize about their child going to Harvard. But Paula and Gary Goldberg of Boca Raton, Fla. aspire instead to get their daughter Rachael, a high school junior, interested in schools other than Harvard.

No excuses or short cuts at Atlanta charter school updated: Mon Oct 02 2006 15:11:00

Students at the West Atlanta Young Scholars Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, are expected to go to college.

Fortune: The legend of Robin Hoodupdated: Thu Sep 07 2006 17:12:00

The idea behind one of the most innovative and influential philanthropic organizations of our time sprang from one of the more boneheaded macroeconomic calls ever made on Wall Street. Or as hedge f...

No child left out of the dodgeball game?updated: Sun Aug 20 2006 18:55:00

As more of America's school-age children are growing fatter, the physical education curriculum that might help them win the fight is gasping for air, says a recently released report.

It's not your mom's PTAupdated: Wed Jun 28 2006 12:31:00

They come from all walks of life to the searing desert heat in Phoenix, Arizona: parents, some who are also teachers; administrators and school board representatives.

FSB: Startups On Fireupdated: Wed Jun 21 2006 12:57:00

Protesting on college campuses is back. The object of this generation's rebellion? Traditional jobs. In an era of widespread disenchantment with the often bureaucratic, scandal-ridden world of big ...

Cheat sheet for parents on testingupdated: Mon Mar 13 2006 09:27:00

MEAP, ITBS, CRCT, TAKS. There are scores of acronyms in educational testing, but these four-letter terms stand for far more than No. 2 pencils and pages of tiny circles.

Testing time for schools, studentsupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 02:14:00

While executive education students go to great lengths to select the most appropriate business school for their degree, the schools themselves also assess prospective candidates to maximise their chance of success.

Spellings: No Child Left Behind lawsuit a 'red herring' updated: Thu Aug 25 2005 09:36:00

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on Wednesday called claims that the No Child Left Behind Act isn't fully funded "a red herring," and suggested states that are balking may simply fear seeing the test results.

State lawmakers call for changes in Bush education planupdated: Wed Feb 23 2005 17:12:00

Federal law has forced the nation's children to meet rigid academic performance standards that create "too many ways to fail," a bipartisan panel of state lawmakers who reviewed the No Child Left Behind Act said Wednesday.

Bush picks Spellings for education secretaryupdated: Wed Nov 17 2004 11:07:00

President Bush on Wednesday nominated domestic policy adviser Margaret Spellings to be the next education secretary, replacing Rod Paige.

Bush has chosen education nominee, official saysupdated: Tue Nov 16 2004 20:49:00

President Bush has tapped domestic policy adviser Margaret Spellings to be the next education secretary, replacing Rod Paige, a senior administration official told CNN on Tuesday.

Paige: 'No Child Left Behind is working'updated: Tue Aug 31 2004 20:48:00

Education Secretary Rod Paige addressed the Republican National Convention on its second night, touting the No Child Left Behind Act. This is a transcript of his remarks.

Paige touts progress of No Child Left Behindupdated: Tue Aug 31 2004 20:02:00

Schools are being held accountable and are progressing under the Bush administration, Secretary of Education Rod Paige told the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.

Bush praises public education lawupdated: Sat Aug 21 2004 09:01:00

President Bush on Saturday praised the No Child Left Behind Act as "a bipartisan law that is challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations in public education."

Moving out of the traditional classroomupdated: Fri Aug 13 2004 09:07:00

Across the nation, on the Web and in the home, classrooms are evolving beyond the traditional learning environment with alternatives that are no longer bound by geography and customary modes of operation.

Charter schools remain subject of debateupdated: Fri Aug 13 2004 09:05:00

The cheerleading squad and the math team rarely compete for members at most middle schools, but at Fulton Science Academy, they are often second choices to the Chess Club.

The likely impact of the presidential election on the Supreme Courtupdated: Wed Jul 07 2004 12:31:00

During the 2000 presidential election, Democratic nominee Al Gore told voters that the choice between his candidacy and that of Republican George W. Bush would likely determine who named the next three justices of the Supreme Court.

Nation's first college voucher program OK'dupdated: Mon May 10 2004 13:34:00

Gov. Bill Owens signed Colorado's first-in-the-nation college voucher plan into law Monday, calling it a landmark step that will empower thousands of students.

Political battle surges over Bush education policyupdated: Thu Jan 08 2004 13:18:00

Gearing up for an election-year fight over the centerpiece of his education agenda, President Bush hailed his "historic" No Child Left Behind Act Thursday and announced he will seek a substantial increase in its funding for 2005.

Money Magazine: Education From a family worry to a new career Angela and Dedrick Briggs, Nashvilleupdated: Mon Dec 01 2003 00:01:00

Like all dads, Dedrick Briggs, 36, wants the best education for his kids. But the public schools in Nashville are in tough shape: 68% of them don't meet standards set by the federal No Child Left B...

Fortune: Why Edison Doesn't Work Chris Whittle still dreams of transforming the nation's public schools--and making lots of updated: Mon Dec 09 2002 00:01:00

The idea sprang fully formed from Chris Whittle's mind about a decade ago, and it was a stunner: transform public education in America with a chain of 1,000 or more for-profit, privately run gramma...

Money Magazine: Class Struggle Does it matter if you're white or black? From a rich family or a poor one? When it comes to college admissions, iupdated: Sun Oct 01 2000 00:01:00

Thomas Jefferson considered himself the father of the University of Virginia, and like any father he left a complicated legacy. "Our university is the last of my mortal cares and the last service I...

Fortune: To Fix Schools, Discriminate on Spendingupdated: Mon Sep 04 2000 00:01:00

The presidential candidates have seized on education in the hope of finding an issue that will ignite voter excitement. Bush's and Gore's plans differ in nuance, but both men advocate policies that...

Fortune: Is Harvard Worth It? Conventional wisdom says yes. But with the price of a degree from America's most famous university and otheupdated: Mon May 01 2000 00:01:00

For America's high school seniors, April is the cruelest month. That's when colleges flood the postal system with news of who has won a place in next fall's freshman class. For more than a few fami...


Paying for your kids' college education is one thing. At least you can decide how to save your money and where to invest it. Getting them into the school of their dreams is an entirely different ma...

Fortune: QUOTAS FOR SMART KIDSupdated: Mon Nov 25 1996 00:01:00

One senses uneasily that the headline above will engender a certain amount of dismay in Norma Cantu, who heads the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education and will instant...


If you're packing up your car this summer for a trip to the beach or the mountains, take pity on those of us off to something far less relaxing. We're the ones with kids who have just finished thei...


Your son or daughter knows this by now: Don't start an assignment the night before it's due. The same applies for a successful college search. In this case, starting four years in advance is probab...


As students begin their senior year of high school, most parents think that their kids are already lagging behind in the college admissions game. (If your child is savvy enough to want to get an ea...

Money Magazine: The College Admissions Calendar Follow these steps to a school where your child will be happy.updated: Fri Sep 16 1994 00:01:00

Smart college planning starts before your son or daughter enters high school. ^ A growing number of colleges, for instance, are revamping entrance criteria to require four years of core high school...

Money Magazine: Why Almost Everyone's Score Will Riseupdated: Fri Sep 16 1994 00:01:00

If your child takes the SAT this fall and again next spring, his or her score on the second test will almost certainly leap, by as much as 100 points. The ^ reason: Starting in April, the College B...

Fortune: SCHOOL REFORM: BIG PAIN, LITTLE GAIN The theme of FORTUNE's sixth annual Education Summit was ''Progress: How far have we come?'updated: Mon Nov 29 1993 00:01:00

AFTER A DECADE of adopting schools, lobbying legislators, consulting on curriculums, wrangling with teachers' unions, and struggling to understand a culture practically devoid of secretaries, telep...

Money Magazine: THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CALENDAR Plot your path to the school of your choice.updated: Wed Sep 15 1993 00:01:00

The process of choosing and applying to colleges actually begins when your daughter or son enters high school. This calendar -- written from your child's perspective -- will help him or her organiz...

Money Magazine: how to avoid the COLLEGE MONEY TRAP Check out these low-cost alternatives before spending a dime on expensive updated: Mon Sep 07 1992 00:01:00

The growth of any industry tends to spawn new businesses that feed off it, and higher education, now a $140-billion-a-year enterprise, is no exception. During the past two decades, helping parents ...

Fortune: FOR STATES: REFORM TURNS RADICAL Officials are devising new standards, inventing new tests, and giving teachers more money and pupdated: Mon Oct 21 1991 00:01:00

THE BELLS you hear ringing in your local schools these days may be the tocsins of revolution. Stung by the failure of earlier reforms, an increasing number of states and cities are radically alteri...

Money Magazine: the college admissions calendar THIS TIMETABLE CAN MAKE THE QUEST EASIER -- AND MAYBE MORE SUCCESSFUL.updated: Tue Sep 10 1991 00:01:00

Your college countdown actually begins when your child becomes a high school freshman and embarks on the four-year course of study that eventually leads to college. This calendar, designed to be us...


If we maintain today's ratio of employees to population, we will have 15.6 million new workers in the year 2000. That's not enough: Assuming a moderate GNP growth rate of 2.9%, we will have 23.8 mi...

Money Magazine: What It Costs Superapplicantitisupdated: Mon May 01 1989 00:01:00

So far, Alison Greenwald's parents have spent $4,675.50 on her college expenses. Not surprising, you say? But Alison is still a senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif. Like tens of th...

Fortune: Thrift Texas-style, the most intelligent state in America, greed in the vestry, and other matters. STATE SMARTSupdated: Mon Aug 29 1988 00:01:00

Which of the 50 states is the smartest? Which are in the top ten? Provocative questions, eh? Make a great lead, no? Maybe that is why the questions leaped to mind the other day when we began cleani...

Money Magazine: The ABCs of Making Itupdated: Mon Jun 01 1987 00:01:00

James Underwood memorized every question in the driver's license handbook, then persuaded the exam administrator to test him orally. ''People who can't read and write have very good memories,'' he ...

Fortune: HOW TO MEASURE MERIT Those widely hated SATs turn out to be enormously useful in deciding who will do well at elite colleges.updated: Mon Jul 22 1985 00:01:00

America's founding fathers believed that the new republic, in forsaking a hereditary nobility, must look to a ''natural aristocracy'' for its leadership. Two centuries later, the country generally ...

We recommend