National Center for Education Statistics -- "the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations."
Education Week -- a good source of information about contemporary education issues -- research syntheses, links and multiple perspectives.
New York Times Education Section -- recent articles from the New York Times about education.
New York Times -- free access to an online version of the New York Times.
Harvard Education Newsletter -- lots of good articles on current topics -- check out the "past issues" section.
Rethinking Schools -- a critically reflective journal published by progressive educators.
Teaching Tolerance -- a national education project and magazine dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond -- a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center -- includes classroom activities and resources and much more -- lots of free teaching materials for teachers!
Teaching for Change -- an excellent source of teaching materials concerning critical social issues.
National Coalition of Education Activists -- an organization working for "equitable and excellent schools."
NPR News About Education -- National Public Radio's site with stories about current issues and events in education.
Teachers College Record -- published by Columbia University-- one of the best education journals in the U.S.
The Urban Education Web -- an excellent archive of articles, links, and other resources on many current issues in education -- provided through a collaboration between Teachers College at Columbia University and ERIC (The Educational Resources Information Center/Clearinghouse).
Educational Leadership -- scroll to the bottom of this page, and you can search the magazine, Educational Leadership, which offers some of its articles online -- this journal is full of brief articles on major educational topics, many of them written by key researchers on the topics.
Thomas Fordham Institute -- a conservative thinktank that has published a number of reports on education topics, such as vouchers, charter schools, tracking and ability grouping, and more.
Phi Delta Kappan -- a very good journal about educational issues -- some, although not all, of their articles are availbale online here.
JSTOR -- an online archive of scholarly journals/articles in many fields -- this kind of archive is often only available through academic libraries that require password access, but this one is publicly availabl -- it includes lots of journals with articles about education topics.
American School Board Journal -- a good source for brief articles about many critical educational issues.
Current Issues in Education -- an online journal.
CNN Education News Page -- ongoing coverage of news stories about eduation.
CivilRights.org -- a progressive coalition for equal opportunity and justice.
ColorLines -- an excellent magazine about issues of race, ethnicity, and racism.
The Education Trust -- an organization that sponsors and presents research about major issues and topics in education.
International Education and Resource Network -- a "non-profit global network that enables young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative educational projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world" -- a way for teachers to engage their students in meaningful projects with students in other parts of the world -- very cool -- check it out.
Visions of Research in Music Education -- a good online journal about important issues in music education.
Landmark Supreme Court Cases -- this website covers all major Supreme Court rulings including education. The case descriptions are offered in different reading levels so teachers can give them to their students.
Cornell University Law School -- this site has descriptions of more than 70 court cases dealing with education from 1923 to 2002.
Historic Supreme Court Cases -- this site divides Supreme Court cases into the following topics: Student Free Speech, Student Discipline, Student Newspapers - Censorship, Search and Seizure, Civil Rights, Affirmative Action in College Admissions, Freedom of Religion, and Teacher Speech and Association.
Supreme Court of the United States -- this is the official government site for the Supreme Court. It describes how cases are selected and handled by the government.