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Race matters in school discipline and incarceration

Gender and race inequity exist in school discipline policies. Acknowledging that fact is not an avenue to ignoring bad behavior, but the first step toward seeking ways in which all students succeed in school and then in life.

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A case for paying teachers like tech workers

Our schools are stuck in the old mode of paying modest salaries for modest results from teachers. It’s time to experiment with the high wage and high productivity model for teachers. Let’s open some schools where teachers earn $125,000 a year.

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Why bilingual education should be mandatory

This generation of K12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. While foreign language requirements have long been a core requirement for high school graduation — second language classes at an earlier age would improve overall fluency for most students.

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Calif. students in high-poverty schools lose learning time, study says

California high schools with high-poverty students lose nearly two weeks of learning time annually because of teacher absences, testing, emergency lockdowns and other disruptions compared with their more affluent peers in other schools, according to a new UCLA study.

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Should N.C. consolidate its small school districts?

It is possible that the state's small school districts are very efficient, and can make the case that there are no great savings to be had with consolidation. But the state pays around 60 percent of K12 costs in North Carolina. In exchange for that, the legislature has a right to ask hard questions about consolidation.

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Common Core really is all about the tests (and corporate profits)

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage in No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Common Core. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

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Focus on play in kindergarten may improve grades, study says

Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study on the "Tools for the Mind" technique.

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Push across the finish line on preschool

Educators are pleading for help to address the huge challenges associated with meeting the needs of tens of thousands of at-risk kids.

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Understanding how charter schools help, not hinder, education

Too few of our modern-day state leaders appreciate the absolute role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools.

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Teaching our children can be a profession

For decades, we've let virtually anyone with a college degree become a teacher. According to Sandra Feldman, then-head of a national teachers union, this approach is "disastrous."

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