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Issues in K-12 Education is now available through CourseSmart. Request an online exam copy today.

Are Students Being Prepared for the Technological Age?; Can AP and IB Programs Raise U.S. High-School Achievement?; Do Teachers Assign Too Much Homework?

These are just a few of the provocative questions posed in Issues in K-12 Education. This engaging reader allows students to see an issue from all sides and to think critically about topics that matter to them. Classroom discussion will never be dull again!

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In the tradition of nonpartisanship and current analysis that is the hallmark of CQ Press, CQ Researcher readers investigate important and controversial policy issues. Offer your students the balanced reporting, complete overviews, and engaging writing that CQ Researcher has consistently provided for more than 80 years. Each article gives substantial background and analysis of a particular issue as well as useful pedagogical features to inspire critical thinking and to help students grasp and review key material:

A pro/con box that examines two competing sides of a single question; A detailed chronology of key dates and events; An annotated bibliography that includes Web resources; An outlook section that addresses possible regulation and initiatives from Capitol Hill and the White House over the next 5 to 10 years; Photos, charts, graphs, and maps

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Charter Schools: Will They Improve or Hurt Public Education?
Charter schools: Will they improve or hurt public education?
Charles S.Clark

Forget your preconceived notions of dilapidated inner-city public schools. At the Capital City Public Charter School, occupying rented quarters above a CVS drugstore on once-infamous 14th Street in Washington, D.C., the brick building is new, the school well-lighted and clean.

Every morning at 8, when the 180 pre-K through seventh-grade students step off the elevator, abuzz with enthusiasm, they are greeted by Principal Karen Dresden, the city's charter school Principal of the Year last year. Dresden's charges represent 17 zip codes around the city and diverse racial groups. Four hundred children are on the school's waiting list.

As a charter school, Capital City is a nonprofit, publicly funded experimental ...

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