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How can education, industry close the skills gap and fill U.S. jobs?

An unfortunate irony to emerge from our lackluster economic recovery is that even as millions of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, too many employers are unable to find qualified candidates for open positions.

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Fix education, fix income inequality

A report released last week by the Pew Research Center found that the income gap between the country's top 20 percent of earners and the rest of America has grown to its widest point in at least three decades.

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Male role models in schools help reduce misbehavior

Kentuckuy district has pushed to get fathers, grandfathers and other men into the classroom. Schools are seeing a decline in misbehavior as program helps the district reach kids from "fractured homes."

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School segregation, the continuing tragedy of Ferguson

Hundreds of school districts across the nation have been released from court-enforced integration over the past 15 years. And the achievement gap, greatly narrowed during the height of school desegregation, has widened.

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Teacher education key to Louisiana’s transformation

A common thread in high-achieving countries is an elevated priority on teacher education that ought to raise our collective sensibilities, stirring movement toward embracing that model right here in Louisiana. While there are certainly some examples of good efforts occurring in teacher education programs in our state, we are not doing near enough.

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Fix teacher evaluation system now

New York's teacher evaluation system is widely disliked. Lawmakers and educators should work together to craft a system that identifies teachers' needs – and those who can't do the job.

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Iowans support starting school in September

The decision to enforce current Iowa law by discontinuing the practice of automatically approving waivers granting an early school start date should be applauded. The availability and success of zoos, water recreation, trails, golf courses and other family activities not only are critical, but they also help support tax revenues that, in turn, support our schools.

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Joel Klein’s advice for Mass. education reform

Joel Klein was both change agent and lightning rod during as chancellor of the New York City Schools under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In order to improve Boston's education system, Klein advises the governor-elect and Boston’s mayor start by lifting charter-school restrictions. But Boston and several other municipalities are bumping up against the charter cap, that would require legislative action.

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How a Montana district's schools learned to save $4 million

The energy efficiency program that debuted in 2007 is paying off for Billings schools and community. Since the program started, energy bills have been 20 percent less than they would have been with no increase in efficiency. Billings Public Schools’ energy conservation shows what’s possible when everyone stays focused on the goal of good stewardship of public money.

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Building a successful school technology program

Technology has the potential to make good instruction better, but it can quickly make bad instruction even worse. Instruction begins and ends with the teacher. A successful school technology program isn't about technology, it's about teaching.

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