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Common Core: An uncommon education overhaul

Many politicians say they want to make a difference, but in my view there are only two places where one can truly make a difference, in the home or in the classroom. When a home fails a child there is only one place left, the classroom. Right now some people feel that the classroom is endangered.

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In Virginia, education isn’t always liberal

ewer than half the institutions in America provide a robust defense of free expression. Virginia’s record is likewise mixed.

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Oregon can do more to help dropouts earn a GED

The state does not coordinate spending and services on basic adult education. Rather, a hodgepodge of colleges, workforce development agencies, nonprofits and others assist adults who did not graduate from high school.

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An investment in STEM is an investment in our future

In his previous State of the Union speeches, the president has focused on the importance of STEM education, citing the need to impart the next generation with skills necessary to compete and succeed in the modern workforce.

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Recess without rules

A school in New Zealand lets its students do whatever they want during playtime. Are American parents ready to endorse a similar policy here?

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Should schools teach kids to meditate?

When a high school in New Haven, Conn., required yoga and meditation classes three times a week for its incoming freshman, studies found that after each class, students had significantly reduced levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in their bodies.

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Who's dropping out of Ohio's high schools?

Statewide, more than 112,000 students dropped out from both traditional and charter schools between 2006 and 2010, according to the Dropout Tracking Report. The dropout rate, it calculates, held steady at about three percent, but researchers say the dropout problem is not universal.

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Poverty and the education opportunity gap: Will State of the Union step up?

Education researchers have been hoping policymakers and others will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. According to analyses in an October 2013 report from the Southern Education Foundation, 48 percent of the nation's 50 million public school students were in low-income families.

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Louisiana Public School cramming Christianity down students’ throats

A Buddhist family sued Sabine Parish School Board for violating their right to religious freedom. The lawsuit contains a shocking list of religious indoctrination.

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A Louisiana high school is closing. What to say to its students?: Jarvis DeBerry

You poor students, we're just going to quit while we're behind. We're going to shut down your school in June and try to get a head start on helping the kids behind you.

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