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How Algebra Became a Flashpoint in Schools

Controversy over school curriculum is nothing new. But one subject that has led to lawsuits, ballot measures and fighting among parents, teachers and district officials may come as a surprise: It’s algebra. These days most students take the math course when they are high school freshmen — remember the quadratic formula? — but top-achieving students…

Pandemic Stimulus Aid May Not Be Doing Enough to Help Schools

When the pandemic shut down schools across the country, the federal government responded with billions of dollars to help districts support remote learning, serve free meals to students and safely reopen schools. In 2021, the Biden administration gave districts another $122 billion through its $1.9 trillion stimulus package, an amount that far surpassed previous rounds.…

Bill to Force Texas Public Schools to Display Ten Commandments Fails

A push to inject religion into public schools across Texas faltered on Tuesday after the State House failed to pass a contentious bill that would have required the Ten Commandments to be displayed prominently in every classroom. The measure was part of an effort by conservative Republicans in the Legislature to expand the reach of…

Elite Law Schools Boycotted the U.S. News Rankings. Now, They May Be Paying a Price.

It may be a case of be careful what you wish for. Seven months ago, dozens of elite law schools and medical schools announced that they were boycotting the U.S. News & World Report rankings and refusing to give the publication any data. The rankings, they said, were unreliable and skewed educational priorities. Last week,…

Stanford Law School’s Dean Takes a Stand for Free Speech. Will It Work?

Stanford Law School was under extraordinary pressure. For nearly two weeks, there had been mounting anger over the treatment of a conservative federal judge, whose talk had been disrupted by student hecklers. A video of the fiasco went viral. An apology to the judge from university officials had not helped quell the anger. Finally, on…

Divided House Passes G.O.P. Bill on Hot-Button Schools Issues

WASHINGTON — A divided House on Friday approved legislation that would mandate that schools make library catalogs and curriculums public, and that they obtain parental consent before honoring a student’s request to change their gender-identifying pronouns, part of a Republican effort to wring political advantage from a raging debate over contentious social issues. The bill,…