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Advice, caution from early adopters of new teacher evaluations

Sarah Garland/The Hechinger Report In Washington, D.C., officials shortened a new teacher evaluation checklist after complaints from teachers and principals that it was too long and time consuming. In Memphis, Tenn., after a year of piloting new evaluations and a summer of training, some principals and teachers remained confused and overwhelmed. In Louisiana, one expert

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Nevada asks battered universities to solve its economic crisis

University of Nevada, Las Vegas LAS VEGAS – Just off the graveyard shift, Aaron Starks refuels with coffee in the early-morning quiet of the student union at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, steeling himself for his classes in electrical engineering. Starks, who is 27 and raising a 19-month-old daughter, is in his third year

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School vouchers make comeback, stir concerns about quality

Sarah Garland/The Hechinger Report NEW ORLEANS – As Louisiana debuts one of the nation’s most extensive private school voucher programs, deep divides persist over who should be accountable for ferreting out academic failure and financial abuse: the government or parents. Across the country, vouchers have resurged in a big way over the past two years

Aug 28, 2012
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UCLA researcher’s death draws scrutiny to lab safety

Video: Adithya Sambamurthy/CIR Read full transcript Update, July 27, 2012: News from the court hearing has been added. Four days after Christmas 2008, a 23-year-old research associate working in a UCLA laboratory accidentally pulled the plunger out of a syringe while conducting an experiment. The syringe contained a solution that combusts upon contact with air.

Jul 27, 2012
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New online tests hold promise, perils

A student at Townsend Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District in Delaware takes a computer-based test.   Sarah Garland/The Hechinger Report TOWNSEND, Del. – On a recent afternoon at Townsend Elementary School here, a little boy squinted at a computer screen and gripped his mouse. He was stuck. Half of the screen contained an article

Jun 27, 2012
Education

Flexibility helps charter schools to thrive in down economy

Public charter schools in California are skirting the worst impact of the state’s budget crisis, even as traditional public schools shorten the school year, increase class sizes and lay off teachers and staff. READ FULL STORY | GRAPHIC: NEW SCHOOLS | GRAPHIC: GROWTH | FAQ

Sep 24, 2010
Education

Despite state subsidies, class sizes begin to rise again in California schools

Most of California's largest school districts are increasing class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, eroding the most expensive education reform in the state’s history.

 California Watch surveyed the 30 largest K-12 school districts in the state and found that many schools are pushing class sizes to 24 in some or all of the early

Nov 19, 2009
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