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A Mississippi school striving for excellence

The 228 students at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science this year, all juniors and seniors, come from all over the state to spend their last two years of high school studying accelerated sciences, math, and computer courses, as well as a rich selection of arts and humanities.

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In Columbus, charter schools add to segregation

Over the six decades since the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Columbus has seen students go from being steered into segregated schools, to being bused to racially balanced schools, to being back in neighborhood schools that are as racially isolated as the areas they serve.

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Ignore claims of resegregation

We need to improve our schools, regardless of their racial makeup.

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The decline of public education

I believe the fundamental error we make is in trying to impose reforms from the top down. Real learning takes place when students become excited in the quest for knowledge and challenged to understand a complex problem and devise a solution for it, even if they get it wrong.

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Living up to promise on Massachusetts regional busing

Imposing school transportation costs discourages otherwise sound regionalization programs in rural areas like the Berkshires from being instituted. To push regionalization, the state promised to pay for those costs. It has consistently failed to do so, leaving communities with transportation costs they feared would be their burden should regionalization come about.

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Quality education trumps state championships

While many of these parents’ concerns may be valid about school athletics and communciations, it is disappointing that the Buffalo community hasn’t shown similar levels of outrage for matters that actually affect young people’s learning and future academic careers. We are placing sports above academics.

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Modify funding, construction planning for schools

By providing the funding that Pennsylvania schools need for instruction and to maintain buildings that are conducive for learning, state leaders can turn election-year optimism into meaningful actions that would benefit all communities.

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Teaching young people about Brown v. Board’s legacy

Whenever an anniversary of a major milestone is celebrated, some might ask what changed since the last one. So it is with the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education case. One of the important lessons of the case and its successor is that people matter.

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60 years after Brown v. Board, how to stop schools from re-segregating

Sixty years after racial segregation was outlawed in schools, public education is again segregating along racial lines. And not just in the South, but across the United States.

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California governor offers schools a bitter pill to heal CalSTRS

CalSTRS, the California teacher retirement fund, holds nearly $74 billion less in assets than it needs to meet its pension obligations, and the gap is growing by $22 million daily. Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget proposes to bring in more pension contributions from teachers, taxpayers and school districts.

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