Pat St. Claire tells us that new studies find teens who are obese are already showing signs of heart problems.
The U.S. Department of Education granted eight additional states waivers Tuesday from strict requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.
President Obama announces 10 states will be exempt from "No Child Left Behind" rules in exchange for new reforms.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Sec. of Education Arne Duncan talks about a waiver program aimed at absolving schools from Bush-era education standards.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
CNN's Susan Candiotti talks with parents who are leading a mini-revolt against required standardized NCLB tests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Rhee, former DC schools chancellor, unveils Students First, a non-partisan group for education reform.
Taxes, religion and education -- this politically charged trifecta divided the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case involving a state school choice program.
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.
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 is being watched far beyond the city, as education is playing a significant role in the race.
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.
CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports on a new California "trigger law" that allows parents to take back failing schools.
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?"
President Barack Obama said Thursday his plan to improve America's education system includes charter schools, intense teacher education and parent involvement.
We're getting to the point where even good news comes wrapped in bad news.
Steve Perry visits Overland Elementary School in Los Angeles to discuss how to involve parents in child's education.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Dozens of teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island are fired over poor performance.
President Obama plans to change the way public schools are evaluated. CNN's John Roberts reports.
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.
President Obama says his administration will work to turn around failing schools.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a new study that shows abstinence-only education may work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The College-Prep powerhouse that brought us the S.A.T. is rolling out a new test for eighth graders
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.
For the second consecutive year, SAT scores for the most recent high school graduating class remained at the lowest level in nearly a decade
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 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
The Nation's Report Card shows U.S. students are improving slightly in math, but less so in reading
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).
One maverick state devised its own education strategy that bucks the trend toward high-stakes tests and federal control
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."
Problem: Illiteracy is widespread and instructors aren't cheap.
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...
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.
Students at the West Atlanta Young Scholars Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, are expected to go to college.
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...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Bush on Wednesday nominated domestic policy adviser Margaret Spellings to be the next education secretary, replacing Rod Paige.
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.
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.
Schools are being held accountable and are progressing under the Bush administration, Secretary of Education Rod Paige told the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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