Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Confirmed in a historic tie-breaking vote by Vice President Pence, Betsy DeVos will be the next secretary of education. Here's what you need to know about her past legislative actions and proposals.
Are single-sex schools better?
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Separating girls and boys takes away opportunities to learn from one another. It also encourages stereotyping and sexism.
Suzi Ailes, right, and Kris Smith study schoolwork for SusQ-Cyber Charter School in their home in Milton, Pennsylvania.
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What Betsy DeVos, an advocate of school-choice initiatives and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, as well as the rest of us need to know about cyber charter schools.
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The involvement of large wealthy donors in local schools is influencing who gets elected to govern on school boards. Why does it matter?
What’s the evidence on school choice programs?
Trump's billionaire nominee for secretary of education has stirred up debate about the effectiveness of school choice. What does the research say? And, who is Betsy DeVos?
Grammar schools: moving with the times.
Are grammar schools a force for good in England's reformed education system?
Charter schools: here to stay?
Charters schools are here to stay. More than three million students are enrolled in 6,700 charter schools across 42 states.
Only at Eton: the Eton Wall Game.
It's not just about passing exams – parents are paying for their children to be 'people smart'.
Who has benefitted from New Orleans school reforms?
In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans implemented significant changes to its education system. But the reforms may have excluded a lot of parents from decision-making.
Ed Balls and Gordon Brown opening the 200th academy school in 2009.
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Struggling schools that were given more autonomy in the early 2000s improved GCSE results for their pupils.
Judging a school on its test scores isn’t a well-rounded measure.
New research says we're doing the wrong things to improve "quality" in our schools, but the measures of quality used are not the right ones.
Is the writing on the wall for Sweden’s education system?
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A slide in Sweden's performance on international education rankings has led to calls for more reform.
Nope, not nearly urban enough.
The quality of a public school is in location, location, location.
Schools have sat on the sidelines watching a game of political football.
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The next government will inherit an education system that is creaking under the strain of largely inept political meddling.
Studies showing there are no academic benefits of private schooling don’t tell us why.
A number of studies in recent years have shown there is no academic advantage to private schools, so parents weighing up which school to send their child to need to look at the evidence.
A familiar sight? It might soon become one.
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The next government may have a teachers’ strike on its hands within months if it fails to address what unions have called a schools funding crisis. The National Union of Teachers has backed a motion to…
The school preferred by Cameron and Gove for their daughters has come under scrutiny for its admissions procedure.
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The admissions procedure of the school chosen by the Camerons and Goves for their daughters has come under fire.
The Conservatives have pledged to continue the expansion of their free school programme.
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Education secretary Nicky Morgan said free schools push up standards in neighbouring schools and are popular and effective.
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Schools are complying with the letter of the law when it comes to admissions. But is the system working?
There’s this much evidence for our academies policy.
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It is not yet possible to tell whether the government’s flagship academies policy has been “a positive force for change” in the English education system. That’s the finding of a long-awaited report by…