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NCLB’s legacy: As the ESSA era begins, have policymakers, educators learned from the past?

The Hechinger Report

President Bush promotes his “No Child Left Behind” education agenda during a visit to Kirkpatrick Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., 8, 2003. But hindsight is a very different vantage point for Cassellius, who is now Minnesota’s commissioner of education. “It

Black teachers matter, for students and communities

The Hechinger Report

Meaning, society is better off when students see diversity in the ranks of teachers rather than when they hear lessons about the importance of inclusion from a monolithic group of educators. But there’s more at stake than the educational benefits of having black teachers for black students.

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For safer schools, we need more hugs, not more guns

The Hechinger Report

His administration plans to do this in part by providing funding for educators to receive firearms training and allowing them to bring weapons into the classroom for protection.

Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

The Hechinger Report

More than 60 percent of American fourth-graders are not proficient readers, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and it’s been that way since testing began in the 1990s. The problem is that many American elementary schools aren’t doing that.

What Kinds of Homework Seem to be Most Effective?


students are justifiably exhausted and nervous from too much homework — even though some international comparisons suggest they’re sitting comfortably at the average. The best answer comes from something called the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP.

Many Hispanic students never have a teacher who looks like them

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Her parents, like many Mexican immigrant families, didn’t believe in taking out loans, even for education. They both believe that having Hispanic teachers might have made a difference in their education. Anna Egalite, education professor at North Carolina State University.