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National Association of State Boards of Education sues Oklahoma over Common Core repeal

In Oklahoma, where Gov. Mary Fallin (R), recently repealed the controversial nationalized standards, petitioners organized by the National Associations of State Boards of Education (NASBE) have sued, arguing that the repeal of the Common Core standards is unconstitutional under Oklahoma state law.

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Wyoming schools likely free to use controversial science standards

Despite a statewide ban on a controversial set of K-12 science benchmarks, local school districts in Wyoming likely can use the standards freely.

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Educational standardized tests are fundamentally flawed, have no legitimacy

It’s an open secret among the education community that standardized tests are not prepared by educators; that some of the test questions are often too difficult by two or three years beyond the age group for which the test is intended; and that last year in the state of New York, they resulted in a failure rate of 70 percent.

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Education is a national security issue

Briefly stated, Common Core is a public education standard suggested by the National Governors’ Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and it was developed by a group of educational specialists and has been adopted by 45 states, including Oklahoma.

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Playgrounds vital in education, development

Playgrounds are the social, emotional, developmental and spiritual laboratories of our schools, and we need a variety of spaces and activities for a variety of children.

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Undermining education reform

One of the less edifying spectacles of the waning hours of this year’s legislative session was the General Assembly’s actions to weaken education reforms passed by the Rhode Island Board of Education and advocated by Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.

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Mental health services needed at schools

Would anyone argue that school shooters were ordinary kids who did not need mental health treatment? Where would be the most efficient place to provide needed services to mentally ill youth? The answer is clear — at school. Let’s prioritize mental health treatment for students.

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Rodney Watson hired to lead Texas' Spring ISD

Rodney Watson began his responsibilities as Spring ISD's new superintendent. He comes to the district from the Houston ISD, where he most recently served as the district's chief human resources officer.

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N.J. board agrees to transport students with special needs

The Trenton school district will transport city students with special needs to after-school programs. The district also agreed to notify parents of the agreement because they may have withdrawn their children from school due to transportation hardships.

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Report: U.S. teachers love their jobs but don't feel valued

America's public school teachers love their jobs, despite feeling underappreciated by society and facing enormous challenges in the workplace, according to a new international survey from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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