A Priority: Address Chronic Absenteeism

Chronic Absenteeism: The First-Order Challenge Facing Our Nation’s Schools Principal Manko and students are all smiles! (Photo courtesy Joseph Manko) Principals like me in schools around the country face a daunting challenge. While the national conversation focuses on test scores, school performance, and academic growth, one key question that has been absent is — how […]

For the First Time: Civil Rights Data Online

Persistent Disparities Found Through Comprehensive Civil Rights Survey Underscore Need for Continued Focus on Equity, King Says. Gaps Exist in Discipline, Rigorous Courses – All  in Data Available Online for Download for the First Time.    On June 7, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) unveiled new data from the 2013-2014 school year showing […]

Finding Success with Afterschool Physical Education Programs | ED.gov Blog

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say school-age children should be physically active at least one hour a day. Most 9- to 13-year-olds do get their daily dose of physical activity, with more than three-quarters exercising throughout the week. But that percentage significantly declines as children grow older. In 2013, less than […]

U.S. Department of Education Releases Civil Rights Report

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today released its fiscal year 2015 annual report highlighting efforts during the last year to protect students’ civil rights and increase educational equity nationwide. The report, Delivering Justice, cites examples of OCR’s enforcement activities in 2015, including processing a record 10,392 civil rights complaints, opening more […]