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Why emotional learning may be as important as the ABCs

Common sense — along with a growing body of research — shows that mastering social skills early on can help people stay out of trouble all the way into their adult lives. Schools should teach kids about emotions and conflict negotiation in the same way they teach math and reading.

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Fast food could make children perform worse in school

A new study shows that children who regularly eat fast food don’t perform as well as their fellow students in school. Among those who ate fast food on a daily basis, the average science score was 79, as compared with 83 for those who never ate fast food. Similar results were discovered for reading and math.

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State-run school district riles community with school takeover

The state-run Achievement School District (ASD) is tasked with improving the Tennessee's lowest performing schools. This month, rather than selecting Nashville's lowest performing, longest struggling school, the ASD has instead selected a Madison middle school that, ironically, outperforms the ASD.

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Pennsylvania should get serious about school mergers

Merging districts with varying millage and earned income tax rates, with varying levels of debt service and varying teacher contracts is a dense soup of calculations. But also looking at the more granular, building-level savings as part of that process would offer a more complete picture.

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How can education, industry close the skills gap and fill U.S. jobs?

An unfortunate irony to emerge from our lackluster economic recovery is that even as millions of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, too many employers are unable to find qualified candidates for open positions.

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Fix education, fix income inequality

A report released last week by the Pew Research Center found that the income gap between the country's top 20 percent of earners and the rest of America has grown to its widest point in at least three decades.

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Male role models in schools help reduce misbehavior

Kentuckuy district has pushed to get fathers, grandfathers and other men into the classroom. Schools are seeing a decline in misbehavior as program helps the district reach kids from "fractured homes."

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School segregation, the continuing tragedy of Ferguson

Hundreds of school districts across the nation have been released from court-enforced integration over the past 15 years. And the achievement gap, greatly narrowed during the height of school desegregation, has widened.

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Teacher education key to Louisiana’s transformation

A common thread in high-achieving countries is an elevated priority on teacher education that ought to raise our collective sensibilities, stirring movement toward embracing that model right here in Louisiana. While there are certainly some examples of good efforts occurring in teacher education programs in our state, we are not doing near enough.

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Fix teacher evaluation system now

New York's teacher evaluation system is widely disliked. Lawmakers and educators should work together to craft a system that identifies teachers' needs – and those who can't do the job.

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