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U.S. business depends on solid STEM education

How can we move our students from simply being “good enough” to make it to the next step, to a level of excellence that allows them to fully compete in a global economy?

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U.S. Department of Education projects public schools will be ‘majority-minority’ this fall

It’s not certain that minorities will become the majority this fall in the nation’s classrooms because government enrollment data — as opposed to enrollment projections — won’t be available for a few years. Altered projections can throw off landmark demographic moments.

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Michigan reform plan isn't an attack on charters

The Michigan Board of Education has issued common-sense recommendations to increase accountability and transparency among charter schools. The legislature needs to make sure all state-supported schools are providing educational quality and are subject to the same rules. Those should be the only criteria discussed when we talk about education in Michigan, no matter what form of governance a school has.

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Wavier gives Kentucky public schools flexibility

The U.S. Department of Education has again rightfully approved Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver (ESEA). But far too many students graduate high school unprepared for either college or the workforce. Until that number is greatly reduced, both the Kentucky Education Reform Act and ESEA will far fall short of their ambitious goals.

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New poll finds declining confidence in education policies

The American public has sharpened its belief that the federal government should not play a dominant role in public education, with a majority saying they do not support initiatives that they believe were created or promoted by federal policymakers, the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools shows.

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Schools need adequate reserves

Many Pennsylvania school districts have begun to cannibalize their long-term reserve funds to balance their operating budgets — a short-term fix that can only lead to more long-term problems. The situation illustrates further that the state government pays an inadequate share of public school funding.

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Miami-Dade's poor, under-performing schools get most rookie teachers

In Miami-Dade, the least-experienced teachers are concentrated in the district’s poorest and worst performing schools, according to a report released by the National Council on Teacher Equality.

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Support for the Common Core plummets, especially among teachers

According to a new poll, 40 percent of teachers said they opposed the Common Core. The new poll's figures are more than triple the 12 percent who said they were against the standards in 2013. Public opposition to the Common Core also has increased. While 65 percent supported the Common Core in 2013, a slim majority —​ 53 percent — expressed approval in 2014.

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Parents’ confidence in school safety increases nationally

More than a year-and-a-half after 20 elementary students and six teachers were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, parents are more secure in their child’s safety, according to Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll. The poll indicates 27 percent of parents in the United States say they fear for their child’s safety at school, which is down from 33 percent.

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School funding canard: Money isn't the answer

For all the empty rhetoric during state elections over public school funding and demands for more money, a Cato Institute analysis provides a fresh perspective on the correlation between state spending and SAT scores over the past 40 years. There doesn't seem to be a correlation — certainly not one that suggests more money is the answer to improving student achievement.

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