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Imagining a better accountability system for teachers and students

Ever since the passage of No Child Left Behind 12 years ago, teachers have been judged, far too simplistically, based on standardized tests given to their students. This system is a lot of the reason that teacher turnover is so high, causing even many of the best teachers to leave. All of which might be worth it if this form of accountability truly meant that public school students were getting a better education.

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Universal pre-K takes off in New York City

City and school officials have been busy finding vendors, hiring and training teachers, inspecting buildings, guiding parents and signing up more than 50,000 children for free, full-day, citywide, city-run prekindergarten. Besides the paperwork delays, which the administration says are commonplace and a result of putting caution ahead of speed, there have been other relatively minor administrative glitches.

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Education of students should come before corporate welfare

As Washington grapples with the issue of education funding, residents are left wondering how such a prosperous state fails to fully fund even basic education for the state's children. Ultimately, the answer lies in the Washington's broken and inefficient state tax system.

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Don’t politicize education standards

The U.S. education system recently received a report card from the OECD, a think tank for developed countries. America’s grades weren’t pretty with 29 countries out-performing the U.S. in math. But instead of working with state education leaders to implement higher educational standards, some Minnesota legislators are waging a turf war over who decides what kids should learn.

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Closing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students with music education

In a study from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills. The study documents the influence of after-school music education on the brains of disadvantaged children, as opposed to affluent children receiving private lessons.

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Understanding the school-to-prison pipeline

Discipline should be used to guide and teach, not push out and stigmatize. We need a paradigm shift in our nation’s schools that contextualizes discipline within learning and education — it is central to, not a distraction from, teaching. Our schools must invest in and implement alternatives to overly punitive discipline practices.

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Give the new school menus a fair chance

Destructive eating habits are much easier to change as a youth. For some kids, a school lunch might be the only healthy meal they will have all day. If the government can sneak in a few vegetables, whole grains and unbleached wheat, it has a chance to lead to some positive lifestyle changes.

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Year-round schooling would help minority students

Implementing year-round schooling will not only lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics, but ones who come to rely on the consistency of their educational schedule and are more apt to stick with it.

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Survey finds widespread salad bar use

In a report called “State of School Nutrition 2014,” the School Nutrition Association reported that 63 percent of school districts report offering salad or produce bars, while 69 percent offer pre-packaged salads. The survey also found that 52 percent of districts surveyed serve locally sourced fruits and vegetables.

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A school isn't about teaching subjects, it's about teaching children

Schools offer an education that is too precious to be surrendered to those with no understanding of learning's ultimate meaning and value. They believe that its efficacy can somehow be measured in numbers. A school is not about teaching subjects for testing, but about teaching children subjects.

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