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Minnesota has critical need for school counselors

Minnesota’s public schools have fewer counselors per student than all but two other states. A state senator is working on a bill that would have the state pay for half the cost of additional counselors when school districts pay for the other half.

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Oregon bill would nudge parents to say 'no' to state testing

Opponents of standardized testing who consider noncompliance have found an ally in an Oregon state representative who has sponsored legislation that would give Oregonians the "unrestricted right" to yank their children from statewide assessments. It would also require schools to notify parents of this right prior to testing.

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Parents need trigger law to hold low-performing schools accountable

As long as accountability measures are fully controlled by government institutions, the accountability will be lacking. Public officials will always be more tolerant of the systemic failure of schools than the public itself because, with rare exceptions, their children aren’t the ones being failed. Real accountability is rooted in choice.

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Why we need school choice

When children are matched with schools that reflect their interests, talents, skills and needs, they feel more comfortable, more motivated and more inspired to learn.

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For public schools, low-income kids are the new normal

School finance formulas include additional state and federal funding for poor kids. But those agreements were struck when lower-income kids were in the minority. What happens as low-income children become the majority nationally? Education practices, policies and financing must adjust to growing numbers of needy families and children.

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Lawmakers pretend poverty doesn’t affect schools

Better jobs, better wages, better infrastructure, early childhood education, more resources for the most burdened schools, universal access to health care. Those things alleviate poverty. And that, in turn, gives schools a fighting chance.

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Is standardized testing a civil-rights issue?

Advocacy groups worry that if states are given more flexibility around testing, at-risk students will slip through cracks.

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Study looks at aftermath of Chicago school closings in 2013

About two-thirds of the 12,000 displaced students who re-enrolled in the district chose to enroll at the school designated for them by the district. But the majority of students who enrolled in schools other than their assigned replacement wound up in lower-performing schools.

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Education storms onto national radar in 2015, but not innovation

Activity around renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has reached a fevered pitch and President Obama further elevated education to the national agenda with a focus on making community colleges free and protecting student privacy.

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Latino education gains are encouraging

The report, "The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook," released by Excelencia in Education, paints a more accurate profile of Latino students, one spotlighting achievement and countering misperceptions and myths.

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