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Second Opinion: Power of PISA

A saner interpretation of the PISA results came from researchers who have studied international rankings in great detail, and their message goes something like this: Calm down, everyone.

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What are the state's Common Core standards?

Right now in Connecticut the Common Core Standards dictate how students should be taught in kindergarten through 12th grade. The methods of today are different from the methods used only a few years ago, so how do we know they will work better?

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A poverty, not education, crisis in U.S.

Poverty is the most relevant factor in determining the outcome of a person's educational journey, and in Finland, the child poverty rate is about 5%. In the U.S., the rate is almost five times as high.

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Judge validates Connecticut high school construction referendum

Superior Court Judge John W. Pickard cited Connecticut case law that counsels caution before a court chooses to exercise its power to vacate the results of an election out of fear of disenfranchising those who voted and because each election is a snapshot in time that cannot be duplicated.

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Secaucus (N.J.) voters OK $27 million school construction project in referendum

The plan calls for construction of an academic wing that includes 11 classrooms, a green lab and an administration office; and a physical education wing totaling approximately 58,870 square feet at the middle school and high school, which are attached on Mill Ridge Road.

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Real education reform happens in the classroom

While revolution might start at the Board of Education, City Hall, Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley, the real transformation in education -- the kind that counts -- will always happen inside the classroom. If meaningful, deliberative changes in learning and teaching don't take root there, they can't grow.

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We need coding in schools, but where are the teachers?

Coding in K-12 schools has gained momentum over the last two years.But as we rush to bring coding to our schools, questions emerge: Do we need ‘coding’ teachers? Who will teach computer programming to our students?

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Texas legislator touts new law protecting Christmas in schools

Just in time for the holidays, Texas is making sure everyone remembers that wishing someone "Merry Christmas" is now protected by law in its public schools — and conservatives are hoping similar measures will gain momentum across America.

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Hundreds blast Newark superintendent during rally for schools

Some 200 advocates marched to the Newark Public Schools offices and to City Hall in a rally organized by Newark Student Union, New Jersey Communities United, and local unions to spotlight the failing policies of Superintendent Cami Anderson and state officials who have control over the district.

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California schools fear losing millions for low-income students

Major California school districts fear they will be shortchanged millions of dollars in funding for their low-income students under new state rules requiring them to verify family incomes every year.

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