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The myth of the superstar superintendent?

Superintendents often get lots of media attention, are in charge of big budgets and, in theory, set the educational agenda. But do they really matter when it comes to student success? Hiring a new superintendent made almost no difference in student success.

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Michigan's emergency school district hasn't earned right to expand

It’s impossible to make the case for expanding the Educational Achievement Authority until the fledgling statewide school district has established a sustained record of improved student achievement and responsible educational administration in the 15 schools it supervises today.

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Imagining a better accountability system for teachers and students

Ever since the passage of No Child Left Behind 12 years ago, teachers have been judged, far too simplistically, based on standardized tests given to their students. This system is a lot of the reason that teacher turnover is so high, causing even many of the best teachers to leave. All of which might be worth it if this form of accountability truly meant that public school students were getting a better education.

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Universal pre-K takes off in New York City

City and school officials have been busy finding vendors, hiring and training teachers, inspecting buildings, guiding parents and signing up more than 50,000 children for free, full-day, citywide, city-run prekindergarten. Besides the paperwork delays, which the administration says are commonplace and a result of putting caution ahead of speed, there have been other relatively minor administrative glitches.

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Education of students should come before corporate welfare

As Washington grapples with the issue of education funding, residents are left wondering how such a prosperous state fails to fully fund even basic education for the state's children. Ultimately, the answer lies in the Washington's broken and inefficient state tax system.

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Don’t politicize education standards

The U.S. education system recently received a report card from the OECD, a think tank for developed countries. America’s grades weren’t pretty with 29 countries out-performing the U.S. in math. But instead of working with state education leaders to implement higher educational standards, some Minnesota legislators are waging a turf war over who decides what kids should learn.

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Closing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students with music education

In a study from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills. The study documents the influence of after-school music education on the brains of disadvantaged children, as opposed to affluent children receiving private lessons.

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Understanding the school-to-prison pipeline

Discipline should be used to guide and teach, not push out and stigmatize. We need a paradigm shift in our nation’s schools that contextualizes discipline within learning and education — it is central to, not a distraction from, teaching. Our schools must invest in and implement alternatives to overly punitive discipline practices.

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Give the new school menus a fair chance

Destructive eating habits are much easier to change as a youth. For some kids, a school lunch might be the only healthy meal they will have all day. If the government can sneak in a few vegetables, whole grains and unbleached wheat, it has a chance to lead to some positive lifestyle changes.

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Year-round schooling would help minority students

Implementing year-round schooling will not only lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics, but ones who come to rely on the consistency of their educational schedule and are more apt to stick with it.

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