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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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Minnesota school districts try to help minorities earn teaching licenses

As Minnesota becomes more diverse, schools are facing a shortage of teachers of color. Minnesota ranks just below the national average on the ratio of non-white teachers to non-white students, sometimes called the diversity gap.

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Class stlll in: Why a longer school year may not help in Detroit

With most students learning several years behind grade level, administrators say extra time is desperately needed –– and not only for academics. One high school is using its additional daily minutes to help meet students’ social and emotional needs.

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Making out-of-school programs a priority helps everyone

How do we reverse the most negative trends facing young people today? One way is by recognizing the importance of out-of-school time. The out-of-school environment -- after school and summer -- plays an essential, yet often overlooked role in transforming kids’ lives and America’s future

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Are tenured teachers to blame for failing schools?

A pair of lawsuits in New York accuse the state's teacher tenure guidelines of giving low-income and minority kids a subpar education. Those challenging the state only have one goal in mind: ensuring that all of our public school children have good teachers.

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