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Students in Hengshui, China, chant during a rally to prepare for the GaoKao, the Chinese college-entrance exam.

Testing Backlash Could Hurt American Global Competitiveness

As U.S. college admissions go test-optional and K-12 standardized testing comes under pressure, China and India loom
First Lady Jill Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy walks over to the sidewalk before watching a performance by the tribe during a visit to the Ziibiwing Center in Mt. Pleasant for a listening session focused on youth mental health with members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

Schools Can Help with the Youth Mental Health Crisis

“Terrifying” shortages of counselors mean “students coming to their educators with urgent mental health problems are told to wait three months to get 20 minutes of help.”
US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive for an event to mark the start of monthly Child Tax Credit relief payments, in the White House complex, July 15, 2021.

Families Are Using New Child Tax Credit for K-12 School Costs, Census Shows

Forty percent of low-income recipients say they spent the money on tuition, books, tutoring, or other education-related expenses.
Painting by Norman Rockwell

On Race in the Classroom, Republicans Risk Overreaching

Few parents may want woke curriculum, but how many want book banning instead?
Virginia's Terry McAuliffe made a politically costly blunder by saying "I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach."

A Parents’ Education Bill of Rights Is a Fine Thing—Within Limits

Education is not exclusively the province of parents any more than it’s the monopoly of the state.

Ed Finance Guru Marguerite Roza on How Schools Can Best Spend Covid Aid

One concern: using the money to backfill budgets that should have been rightsized years ago for enrollment drops that started long before the pandemic.

After Denver School Board Election, Union-Backed Candidates Emerge With 7-0 Control

Charters, unified enrollment system, innovation zones all will face threats

What Youngkin’s Virginia Win Means for Education

It was all about values, frustration, and parental empowerment. And that is potent, deeply personal stuff.
Two young schoolgirls read a Nepali textbook during recess outside their classroom in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Educating Girls Will Be Our Most Powerful Force for Global Change

Many resource-constrained countries, particularly in Africa, are far away from achieving universal primary and secondary education
"Reformers wind up encouraging parents to send emails to state legislators or wear brightly colored T-shirts to the state capitol."

The Kind of School Reform That Parents Actually Want

For millions of families, “school choice” has morphed from abstraction to potential solution.

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