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Even in high school sports, it can be all about the money

Any system expanded so far that it provides post-season opportunities to any team has gone too far. A winless playoff team helps expose the absurdity of the high school football system in New Jersey, but the mismatches we are seeing are also dangerous, leading not only to embarrassment but a greater likelihood of injuries.

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Education on the cheap in Alabama

Smart advocates urge the state board and lawmakers to see Alabama’s schools as a garden needing cultivation — with money, resources and personnel. Yes, that’s expensive. But Alabama’s historic tendency to pay for education on the cheap has proven to be a fallacy that fails the state and its children. It doesn’t work.

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Long term, transportation funding is school funding

"Children before concrete” is one of the catchphrases of people who’ve been fighting transportation funding in the Washington Legislature. It’s a false choice. Smart investments in highway and transit infrastructure don’t steal money from schools and social welfare programs. They create jobs and expand the economy, helping pay for public services that benefit children.

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Can charter and district school officials find common ground?

New charter schools don’t always make it. When they fail, for academic or financial reasons, they tend to take taxpayer funds with them, pushing the children back into the district-run schools without the funding the state is supposed to provide.

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Study outlines options for cost savings in Okla.'s school districts

Oklahoma's school districts can redirect more funding to teachers and classrooms by streamlining and consolidating administrative costs, offering parents more choices for their children and eliminating waste, according to a state study. A proposed bill would have consolidated administrative spending for over 200 Oklahoma schools, resulting in more than $35 million in savings.

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Portland schools superintendent should reject changes to sibling preference

Some of the proposals to overhaul the Oregon public school system's school transfer system include terminating lottery applications to switch from one neighborhood school to another and weakening the sibling preference in lotteries at eight high-performing "focus-option" schools.

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Why Minneapolis is wrong on school suspensions

Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson’s desire to end all racial discrimination resulting in black, Hispanic or American Indian students being suspended from Minneapolis public schools is commendable. Unfortunately, that policy is likely unconstitutional.

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When lifting a school cellphone ban is a win for poor students

In New York, the out-of-sight, out-of-mind ban of cellphones is enforced predominantly at schools with metal detectors—the same schools that could benefit the most from technology-friendly policies.

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It's time to limit police presence in schools

Police arrests and court citations have replaced or supplemented school-imposed discipline for student misconduct. The best hope for breaking the so-called school-to-court pipeline is parents. In districts where parents have expressed concern, school officials have replaced public law officers with private security workers.

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What determines whether a school has mean girls?

A new Stanford study finds that some schools—based on their size, organizational structure, and academic climate—are more likely to foster cliques than others. The tendency to segregate is much more prevalent in large schools and schools that provide students with more academic freedom.

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