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Some charter school operators make profits by leasing space to themselves at unusually high rates. By Ilya Andriyanov from www.shutterstock.com

Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close

Charter school operators have been capitalizing on lax laws that let them lease building space to themselves at above-market rates. A simple ban could end the practice, two education scholars argue.
Denver public school teachers went on strike on Feb. 11 and successfully eliminated a controversial bonus-based pay system. David Zalubowski/AP

Striking teachers in Denver shut down performance bonuses – here’s how that will impact education

Through a three-day strike, Denver teachers got rid of a bonus-based pay system that they say was unfair. An education policy expert explains what the end of bonus-based pay means for Denver schools.
Early starts are key to developing children’s talents, experts say. Eugene Partyzan from www.shutterstock.com

5 ways to develop children’s talents

For a child to excel in a particular field, specific conditions are essential. A scholar of educational psychology explains what those conditions are.
Only 1 in 5 American students take a foreign language before college. pathdoc from www.shutterstock.com

Foreign language classes becoming more scarce

Despite increasing globalization, foreign language programs in US colleges have become less common. A foreign language expert says America needs to step up its efforts to turn things around.
School experiments with new ways to discipline students without suspending them show mixed results. Africa Studio / www.shutterstock.com

Restorative practices may not be the solution, but neither are suspensions

Although new evidence shows mixed results for "restorative justice" practices, that's no reason for schools to stop looking for alternatives to school suspensions, a school safety scholar argues.
Textbooks often do a poor job when it comes to teaching students about slavery in the U.S. Dusan Pavlic from www.shutterstock.com

3 ways to improve education about slavery in the US

A former social studies teacher lists three ways educators and others can better understand the difficult subject of slavery in the US, including a way to hear directly from freed slaves themselves.
Parents accompany their children to school on the first day back after a teachers’ strike in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Community schools score key victory in LA teachers strike

The Los Angeles teachers strike wasn't just about teachers – it was also about community schools, according to an education scholar who serves as director of the UCLA Center for Community Schooling.
A student speaks with Holocaust survivor William Morgan using an interactive virtual conversation exhibit at the the Holocaust Museum Houston in January 2019. David J. Phillip/AP

Digital technology offers new ways to teach lessons from the Holocaust

In anticipation of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a scholar explains how digital technologies can help close knowledge gaps about the catastrophe that claimed the lives of 6 million Jews.
The term “at-risk” is frequently used to describe students from challenging circumstances. Some educators are working to change that. Diego Cervo/www.shutterstock.com

Why it’s wrong to label students ‘at-risk

Using the term 'at-risk' to describe students from challenging circumstances often creates more problems than it solves, a professor of counseling psychology argues.
Los Angeles teachers are striking after contract negotiations failed in the nation’s second-largest school district. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

3 reasons to pay attention to the LA teacher strike

The teachers strike in Los Angeles is the first big one of 2019, but likely not the last. An education scholar says low teacher pay and inadequate public school funding will likely spur more strikes.
As many as half of America’s college students face campus hunger. Stokkete/www.shutterstock.com

More solutions needed for campus hunger

A new federal report on food insecurity on college campuses does a good job of laying out the scope of the problem but falls short when it comes to solutions.
Could a random admissions process help spare universities from legal trouble and save time and money? Adam Alagna/www.shutterstock.com

Why elite colleges should use a lottery to admit students

Colleges and universities are often criticized for how they admit students from diverse groups. A college admissions scholar suggests an admissions lottery could help make the process more fair.
Young entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to universities to help launch their businesses. GUGAI/www.shutterstock.com

Gen Z entrepreneurs view higher education as vital to their startups

Rather than bypass college to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, members of Generation Z are increasingly partnering with universities to launch new startups, a university president says.
Fresno State Bulldogs head coach Jeff Tedford and running back Ronnie Rivers hoist the Las Vegas Bowl trophy after the Bull Dogs defeated Arizona State on Dec. 15. Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

How big bonuses for winning coaches became a tradition in college football

While college football coaches who make it to the widely televised bowl games stand to collect major bonuses, history shows that bonuses for top coaches predate the days of TV and radio.