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Redefining teenage success to relieve pressure in high schools

It’s wonderful to emphasize achievement, but at some point, the pressure to excel takes too great a toll. And lately, some districts are starting to acknowledge that students are sleep-deprived, overwhelmed with homework, and convinced their futures depend on taking five AP classes instead of two.

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There's no school test for respect—but there should be

Unlike reading, writing and math, there are no programs designed to track whether teachers and parents have adequately taught manners, compassion and decorum to our children. Where are the accolades for the kids who are doing the right thing? Where are our lawmakers demanding that teachers have time to teach social skills?

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Lawmakers, stop meddling in school subjects

Under Connecticut's system, local boards develop curriculums to meet state standards, and should be able to do so based on the best available research. Lawmakers' time would be better spent focused on more pressing needs, not developing a laundry list of subjects that need to be covered in schools.

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Food hubs would link small Maine farms to new markets

With L.D. 1431's approval, Maine could provide loans and grants to support the development of food hubs, and provide guidance to schools that want to use more local food. The Legislature should look at the bill again after the governor's veto.

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Should students sit on school boards?

The debate over whether to include students in school decisions is an important one. But ultimately, putting one or two teenagers on a school board won’t make much of a difference if they don’t represent families traditionally left from the table in the first place.

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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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