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Is the Common Core in Trouble?

The Common Core’s honeymoon phase is over, and now a growing backlash is emerging as parents, educators and political figures cite concerns ranging from rigor to privacy issues.

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Majority of Maine Schools at, Below Average Under New Grading System

While there has been widespread resistance to the idea, which some have called a punitive oversimplification of a school’s quality, the LePage administration has billed the grades as a simple and accessible way to reward high-performing schools and help educators and communities rally around the rest. Maine is the 14th state in the nation, along with New York City, to implement a school grading system.

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Pa. District Votes to Finance New Construction, Upgrades

Officials intend to use the money for a variety of facility improvements over the next five years including paving driveways and parking lots, painting and installing air conditioning at Center Elementary School.

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W. Va. School Building Authority Grants Nearly $48 M for Construction

In less than three hours, the state School Building Authority had approved the building of four new schools, construction of five new additions and renovations to five more school buildings with the distribution of about $48 million in state grant money.

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Lift the Charter School Cap

Young adults who are failing in inner city schools consequently lack the skills necessary to compete in the workforce and create a drag on the Commonwealth’s economy. This is something the business community should not only pay attention to but also fear.

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Education Reform Debate Puts Spotlight on Institutional Racism

The gap that exists is not one of "achievement" or capability of children of color to learn, the gap has to do with access to equal opportunity and equity within the systems designed to enhance and shape the learning outcomes of all children. This gap also has to do with the structural and institutional racism that is deeply embedded within our public education system and is perpetuated from one generation to the next.

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What Germany Can Teach the U.S. About Vocational Education

We do everything possible to encourage college attendance. In the 2011-12 academic year, for example, one program alone—the federal Pell Grant program, intended to help low- and moderate-income students finance college—cost taxpayers $34.5 billion, about half the entire U.S. Department of Education budget.

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National Education Fight Likely to Split Lawmakers

Democratic senators from rural areas are seeking a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law to give their constituents a better chance of competing for federal funding, a touchy subject among politicians. A debate over education policy will likely split lawmakers along the same regional lines that divided them during the recent debate over gun control legislation.

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New Tablet for Education Ready to Compete Against Apple and Samsung

This dynamic package provides teachers and students access to the largest collection of eBooks and thousands of apps, with the power to create multi-media content.

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TreeRing Brings Social Networking to School Yearbooks

The entire school community can share, like, and comment on photos, memories, and events from the school year. Parents and students are then able to personalize their yearbook by choosing the photos and memories they find most important, and have those photos and memories printed in their unique copy of the school yearbook.

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