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California needs a statewide school bond

The state hasn’t passed a statewide bond since 2006, and the program funds are now depleted. Unless a new statewide school bond measure is approved, many California communities are going to be restricted to the minimum completion of projects envisioned for students.

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Revenue cap for school districts should be increased

Since 1993, public school districts in Wisconsin have operated under a revenue cap. As a result of the state's Act 10, increases to the revenue cap are not tied to inflationary increases, and it is creating problems for school districts.

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Expanding educational opportunity with scholarship tax credit

Access to a good school too often depends on a family’s ability to afford a home in an expensive community. But Massachusetts can break the tie between education and housing by enacting a scholarship tax credit law to expand educational opportunity for tens of thousands of low-income students.

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Pa. legislature shrugs off Philadelphia school crisis

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives had planned to take up a bill that would let Philadelphia proceed with a $2 a pack cigarette tax to prevent schools there from laying off a thousand employees. But the House chamber sat empty. The state's legislators remained on their six-week summer break from work in the Capitol. It is irresponsible and indefensible to hold the children of Philadelphia hostage in these kinds of internecine political battles, then waltz off on a six-week break.

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La. attorney general's opinion slows costly changes to school bus routes

State legislation is threatening to increase school bus route times and mileage, but Central Louisiana buses will roll their regular routes on the first day of school. A law prohibiting bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross traffic lanes took effect August 1. But an opinion from the state attorney general is giving districts more time to comply with Act 654.

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WalletHub ranks Mississippi 50th in its analysis of school systems

According to WalletHub's newest analysis, Mississippi was 50th and fared most poorly in math scores and percentage of children who repeated at least one grade but the state was tied for third with Massachusetts for the lowest number of bullying incidents.

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An assault upon our children

South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness. Before South Korea can be seen as a model for 21st century schooling, it must end its age-old feudal system that passes for education and reflect on what the country’s most vulnerable young citizens might themselves want.

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Dropouts are putting a major strain on our economy

Dropouts cause our society emotional pain. But the cold hard facts are they cause us economic pain that could be avoided once we admit that our dropout rate has an economic impact. We have got to get our schools the resources to go at this problem head on.

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U.S. education lets kids be kids

American children have colorful lives while their Chinese peers are locked up in studies. Surprisingly, many of my American friends are not as optimistic about the American system. In fact, they've told me it's the U.S. education system that's problematic and perhaps should learn from the Chinese system.

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10 reasons religious education belongs in school

One writer says learning about religion--rather than actually practicing faith--is quite vital for understanding the world’s history. Another study found that religious children are more likely to believe fictional tales and have a tougher time separating fantasy from reality--but that’s not all that bad.

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