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Minneapolis schools chief deserves support in driving change

When groups representing educators discuss the achievement gap, they often say, “We know what works.’’ Far too often, though, that knowledge fails to produce results.

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Dual enrollment change could cost Florida schools millions

Broward and Palm Beach County schools could face a tough choice next year: pay millions of dollars or allow fewer students to take dual enrollment classes in local colleges.

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Michigan school closures signal wider problems

The closure of the Buena Vista School District should be viewed as a canary in the coal mine. Early coal mines had poor ventilation systems and since canaries are sensitive to gases, they would detect danger long before it became fatal to miners.

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Students rally for Philadelphia schools, shut down traffic

A swelling crowd of thousands of Philadelphia public school students left their classes at noon and marched outside the district headquarters on North Broad Street to protest proposed education cuts.

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Maine education groups testify in favor of statewide pre-K

Education groups testified in favor of a bill Friday that would make Maine one of a handful of states offering universal pre-kindergarten, a program that President Obama has advocated nationwide.

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Utah charter schools under new performance scrutiny

For the first time, the State Charter School Board has evaluated Utah’s 81 charter schools in three key areas — academics, finances and governance — creating a baseline for comparing the schools next year. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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Why private schools are dying out

Private education as we have known it is on its way out, at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels. At the very least, it's headed for dramatic shrinkage, save for a handful of places and circumstances, to be replaced by a very different set of institutional, governance, financing, and education-delivery mechanisms.

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Playground program in Oregon schools curbs bullying, study shows

A playground program at many Portland-area elementary schools significantly curbs bullying, improves school climate and increases vigorous student activity, a new study shows.

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Asheville, N.C. city schools superintendent to retire

During a Board of Education meeting this morning, Asheville (N.C.) City Schools Superintendent Allen Johnson announced his retirement following the end of this school year. The Board has agreed to a buyout of his remaining contract.

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When tests distract from main goals of New Jersey students' education

While data gained via standardized tests like NJASK may be extremely helpful, especially when paired with other data points, the over-emphasis on such testing is a classic example of how state and federal mandates are threatening to completely bypass local control.

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