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School boards should have final say in district matters in Louisiana

Charter schools should not be forced upon districts whose duly elected officials have already said a resounding "no" to them. And being forced to pay for these unwanted schools adds insult to political and educational injury.

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U.S. News reveals 2014 Best High Schools rankings

U.S. News released its 2014 Best High Schools rankings, analyzing more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dallas-based School for the Talented and Gifted claimed the title of the No. 1 public high school in the country for the third consecutive year.

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Pay increase could help attract South Carolina bus drivers

The state already struggles to graduate some of its students, particularly in poor, rural areas that also have the greatest transportation needs. That situation should not be compounded by a lack of school bus drivers. South Carolina also needs to take into account the age of its state-run school bus fleet.

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Education funding debate brings up issues of rural versus urban funding

Once the Alaska Legislature has increased the per-student state allocation, the next step is to look again at the quality of rural school education. We need to find ways to permanently improve the disparity between rural and urban schools.

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"Free" cloud services erode student privacy

The rush to get student data into the cloud has not been accompanied by careful attention to student privacy. Any legislative fix should set rules for how student data is transmitted, stored and secured.

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Searching for new ways of promoting opportunity

There are many urban and rural children in New Jersey who are over age and under accredited and on their way to leaving school without a credential. Many of these young people have experienced trauma and are challenged by limited cognitive skills that restrict their ability to enter the workforce as it stands.

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Give Minnesota's new bullying law a chance to work

The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act makes it clear that bullying on the web that affects the school, damages a student or staff and/or limits the ability of a student to learn in a safe and secure environment is included. Opposition is partly based on challenges to potential violation of individual freedom of speech.

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$27 billion didn't buy classrooms Florida voters wanted

Florida taxpayers have invested more than $27 billion to reduce class sizes with the expectation that smaller class sizes will result in improved student achievement. They have little to show for their investment.

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Banning chocolate milk in Oregon schools causes waste, lower milk consumption, study finds

The scientists removed chocolate milk from 11 schools and then studied the reaction. They found that students tossed nearly 30 percent of the white milk that was offered and that some kids even stopped eating school lunches.

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Six decades after Brown vs. Board of Education, NJ's schools are still segregated

What has received less attention is the segregated nature of suburban school districts, often integrated in outward appearance but racially stratified in the school building on the basis of class assignment.

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