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Should the U.S. send authority for K12 back to states and local boards?

Rather than waiting around a few more decades for some elusive federal know-how to miraculously kick in, we should turn to the states for evidence of actual academic improvement, particularly among disadvantaged students.

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The truth about the great American science shortfall

A lot also depends on what you call a STEM job. Some of the real need is for technically-oriented jobs that don’t require any sort of college degree. Want to be in demand these days? The workers everyone wants are trained welders and glaziers.

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Parental survey finds children with hearing loss need more help

In the survey, entitled “Family Needs Assessment: Successes and Challenges, Listening to Their Voices,” parents said public school options were one of the barriers to obtaining the proper care for their children.

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The Common Core is tough on kids with special needs

The standards don't allow enough flexibility for students who learn differently.

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We need to restore trust, respect in public schools

The current landscape of education is marred by a negative narrative involving teacher preparation, accreditation, standards of learning, school safety, student conduct, choice, parent involvement and a litany of challenges not easily solved.

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Six-year Tennessee high schools may mark 21st century

Tennessee may need to re-evaluate organization of its secondary schools in light of ongoing discussions about the need to have students prepared with the necessary skills to take present jobs and jobs that could be coming to the state.

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In Wash., are weak teaching evaluations worth $44 million?

The U.S. Department of Education has given the state a temporary waiver from No Child Left Behind law. But the waiver depends on adoption of the “must” language of Senate Bill 5246.

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Students need college counseling more than ever

While scaling back some programs is inevitable, recent news stories about deep cuts in high school counseling positions are especially disturbing. In these times of economic stress, students need college counseling more than ever.

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Parks, schools and Bill de Blasio: Risking mediocrity for fairness

On the surface, the New York mayor’s professed concerns about what might be called the social justice dimensions of charter schools and the condition of some of the city’s most celebrated parks – including Central Park – might appear unrelated.

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Fixing education in our cities requires radical ideas

So now into this debate comes Rochelle Riley, the columnist for the Detroit Free Press. She has made the radical suggestion that residential public schools – boarding schools, in other words – might be worth a try in Detroit.

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