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Obama Administration: More Federal Involvement Can Improve Teacher Quality

In the wake of a California court decision finding union rules send the worst teachers to the neediest students, the Obama administration has released a plan attempting to solve that problem, but without demanding an end to teacher tenure. In its “Excellent Teachers For All” initiative, embedded within waivers of the federal No Child Left Behind law, the Obama administration is requiring states to regularly report on their plans to get better teachers into low-income schools. The initiative is...

Organizations Explore Cheap, Home-Based Early Childhood Development

By age 3, a child’s brain is 80 percent developed, researchers say. It’s 90 percent developed by age 5. Institutions outside of the home are increasingly viewed, and funded, as the best developers of young minds, although studies show the few early learning gains of institutionalized preschoolers fade out within the first few years of entering school. As of the 2011-2012 school year, 28 percent of U.S. four-year olds were enrolled in state-funded preschool, according to the National Institute...

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