A busy second day of the 112th Congress began with a reading of the Constitution on the House floor. Though some Democrats joined in the reading, the parties sparred over the deficit with Democrats’ asserting that budget-cut exemptions could add to the shortfall and Republicans pledging to overturn the health care reform law. Continue reading
The results from a new global survey show U.S. students are falling behind much of the world in reading, math and science. Gwen Ifill speaks with Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the results and the the state of American schools. Continue reading
The scorching 93 degree heat on Saturday was not enough to deter throngs of book lovers from coming out for the 10th Annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Library of Congress. Art Beat took to the National Mall for some “reader-on-the-street” -style interviews.
The Obama administration rolls out its plan to revamp the No Child Left Behind Act this week, aiming to give schools more flexibility in how they evaluate students. Jeffrey Brown talks to two education policy experts. Continue reading
As the recession pushes more readers into cash-strapped libraries, some are turning to electronic books to satisfy their literary appetites. Ray Suarez looks at this nascent industry with two publishers. Continue reading
To “e-read,” or not to e-read? That was the question on the minds of publishers, authors and librarians gathered in New York City this weekend for the industry’s massive annual trade show, BookExpo America.
Some schools across the country have launched new cash reward programs to improve students’ test scores, despite concerns from some educators over what role money should lplay in children’s motivation. John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television reports on the debate. Continue reading