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A master plan on education is a great first step

Connecticut’s Achievement Gap Task Force is drafting a master plan to ensure that every single child, regardless of race, income or ZIP code, gets a high-quality education. Particularly encouraging in the Task Force’s plan is the focus on early childhood education, especially early literacy.

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Accountability for schools requires quantitative measures of success

School districts throughout the country have found value in holding individual schools accountable for their success. The use of letter grades in Utah is just one part of the accountability process. The changes proposed through the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission are a move in the right direction.

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Rural school districts already provide free community college

While Oregon rural districts that are offering a fifth or sixth year using K12 funding are doing the right thing for kids in their communities, a better plan is one the state is studying now. It would fund two years of community college for high school graduates and take advantage of available federal money.

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Focus on ninth grade increases Chicago high school graduation rates

Efforts to improve the academic performance of freshmen drove large improvements in graduation rates three years later in a diverse set of 20 Chicago public high schools, according to a report released by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

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A cost-effective strategy for quality pre-K education in Dallas

There is great wisdom in providing an early education for children who have not had the advantage of a language-rich background. The only question then: How are we going to pay for it, knowing that sufficient new money for early childhood education is unlikely? The answer is simply that we must do more with less.

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Test teachers, but first train them

edTPA, the new teacher performance assessment in New York, has been built by the profession for the profession. Unfortunately, the current implementation of the edTPA is not serving the teaching profession as it should.

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Statewide poll links Pa. public education, economic development

Terry Madonna Opinion Research's Spring 2014 Omnibus Survey shows large majorities of registered voters in Pennsylvania believe public schools have an effect on the economy, the investment in public schools should be larger and a school funding formula should be used to ensure fair distribution.

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Social media and the school system: Misunderstood or toxic relationship?

The restrictions schools put on student expression over the Internet are misguided.

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Burlington schools’ budget challenge

Burlington schools have a tough sell on their hands with a revised spending plan that asks for more money than the budget that was defeated on Town Meeting Day that would have raised school tax rates by nearly 10 percent.

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How Brown v. Board of Education changed—and didn't change—American education

Fifty years after the Supreme Court decision struck down "separate but equal," scholastic opportunities for African-Americans have expanded. But inequality remains a major problem.

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