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Capitalism vs. education: Why our free-market obsession is wrecking the future

A political system designed for gridlock, the grossly disproportionate influence of the rich, and Americans’ ideological aversion to class politics conspire to make it politically inadvisable for a Democratic president to even speak the words “income inequality” before a national audience.

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Don’t bet on education funding reform in Pennsylvania

There are no shortage of reasons to doubt that meaningful change when it comes to education funding and property tax reform – a yoke that has hung around the neck of Pennsylvania home owners for decades – is going to happy any time soon.

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Building a consensus on K-12 education in Arizona

First, there is near unanimity that student achievement needs to be improved. Second, there is a wide consensus that Arizona K-12 schools are underfunded. And from there, the consensus falls apart and fractures.

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Why criminalizing bullying is the wrong approach

The calls for criminalizing bullying have grown stronger in recent years. With the continued sensationalization of bullying-related suicides and homicides in the media, of course we want to blame and punish someone. We cannot solve bullying by punishing it away; we must work instead to restore relationships and environments, change attitudes and behaviors and heal those harmed.

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New Mass. teachers union chief is unapologetically adversarial

A self-described social justice activist from the liberal college town of Northampton, Barbara​ Madeloni was until recently a complete unknown in political circles. But her upset election last month has  jolted lawmakers and officials worried about the dawn of a more adversarial relationship with the state’s largest union.

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California school districts must seize opportunity of local control

By July 1, school districts throughout California will be submitting not only a budget but also their Local Control Accountability Plan to their county offices of education for approval. This is the first time for such a requirement and represents a monumental change in the way California funds and monitors the work of local school districts.

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School salad bars increase meal participation, study finds

More kids eat school meals when salad bars are added, according to an evaluation by the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” program that provides free salad bars to schools. The evaluation found that 57 percent of schools reported an increase in meal participation while 27 percent of schools reported an increase in labor hours after the addition of the salad bars.

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Survey paints bleak picture of Pennsylvania school funding

A survey on the financial health of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts found that one in seven planned to furlough teachers next year — on top of 23,000 teachers and staff already furloughed between 2010 and 2012. Many districts also planned to cut academic programs and extracurricular programs, including sports.

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Should teachers stop fighting for tenure?

One of the most contested points of teacher contracts is the issue of tenure. As a piece of the larger teacher contract puzzle, tenure has been an important stand in the education industry's history. Based on the contemporary K12 landscape and trying to truly reform K12 learning, should teachers stop fighting the tenure battle?

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For top teachers, hire early

Research conducted for Tennessee's Shelby County Schools found that 60 percent of teachers hired March through May 2013 were rated in the top two evaluation categories while June and July hires were more likely to leave the district within one year. Children lose out when districts have to wait later to hire new teachers, missing the best teacher talent.

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