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New Child Trends study highlights approach for closing achievement gaps

Child Trends conducted an extensive review of the research and evaluations underlying Integrated Student Support (ISS) approaches in K12 schools. ISS approaches promote academic success by securing and coordinating supports tailored to the specific needs of at-risk students.

Common ground on teacher evaluations needs common facts

You can’t agree to disagree if you can’t even agree on what you disagree about. Yet such is the condition of the debate over using state test results in teacher and principal evaluations. But without common facts, how can the Legislature reach common ground?

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Use STEM education to improve civic literacy

The push for more and better STEM education comes mainly from companies who need more educated employees. But there are other reasons to support better education in math and science. In the 21st century, they are prerequisites to competent self-government.

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Letting colleges and universities authorize charters doesn't mean better results

A reform legislation proposal would substantially reconfigure charter school authorization by allowing nearly 100 Pennsylvania institutions of higher education to approve charters without review or approval of local school boards.

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Maine House gives nod to bill exploring virtual school

The House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to a bill reviewing the creation of a state-run virtual school. The proposal’s moratorium on privately-run virtual charter schools is drawing strong opposition.

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Georgia school boards gain flexibility to punish students with weapons

Under the new House legislation, schools boards have the discretion to take incidents on a case-by-case basis and would no longer be forced to expel or suspend students caught with a fishing knife or baseball bat in their car on school grounds.

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Multiple charter proposals clash with Tennessee district’s new guidelines

Metro Nashville school officials did not back down from a controversial new policy that defines where new charter schools in the county can locate to ease overcrowded elementary schools.

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Guns at school proposal returns to Indiana legislature

Controversial legislation that would allow teachers, parents and others to bring guns to school parking lots was revived this week in the Indiana House of Representatives.

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Governor proposes largest N.J. budget with $9B for public schools

Gov. Christie’s budget would provide a record $9 billion in public-school aid, an increase of $36.8 million from this year, and $2.3 billion for higher education, or $159 million more.

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Government rules to phase out unhealthy foods and marketing in schools

New rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will slowly eliminate unhealthy foods in schools starting July 1. The agency and the White House also announced a proposal to phase out advertising of those foods at schools.

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