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Society tolerates widespread sex abuse in schools

Sex abuse is a frequent occurrence involving public employees in positions of trust and victims forced into their care by mandatory attendance. Congress, governors,the secretary of education, legislators and school boards need to get serious and stop these crimes against youth.

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A school bus is not a billboard

For parents in many Massachusetts towns, writing a check for school-bus transportation is routine. But as painful as those bus fees may be, it could be worse: We could be writing checks so that our children can climb on school buses papered with ads.

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What happened when I opted my kids out of standardized tests

My decision to opt my kids out might have no real effect at all here in Colorado but, on the other hand, if I support friends in other states in opting their kids out, I might cause teachers to be downgraded and schools to lose funding.

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Kids, it’s time to ride the bus/subway to school

School transportation officials in Boston want to replace yellow school buses with MBTA passes for 4,500 middle-school students. The district spends about $100 million annually on transportation (10 percent of the operating budget). That’s the highest percentage of any urban school district in the nation.

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Dispute erupts over school reform in Newark, N.J.

More than three years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg committed $100 million toward remaking Newark’s struggling schools, the district is engulfed in a dispute over proposed large-scale teacher layoffs that’s threatening to derail wider reform efforts.

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Six months after Idaho Core Standards arrived, teachers say they need more materials, training

Officials say students seem to be more engaged in their learning because they get to do things and not just listen to a teacher talk, but teaching materials are scarce, and sufficient training in Idaho's approach hasn't reached many instructors.

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New reports reveal hidden success and struggles in N.C. schools

Ratings of teacher effectiveness and student growth have been used internally for years. Now parents can see for themselves how effective individual schools are at helping students advance.

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Gambling payments aren't quite a jackpot for Ohio schools

Ohio's more than 600 school districts were supposed to reap a multimillion-dollar jackpot from new taxes produced from the state's four new casinos. But one year and 10 months after the first casino opened in Cleveland, the schools are finding their winnings more window dressing than windfall.

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Money alone won’t solve the problems of New York’s schools

Ultimately, the entire funding system needs to be restructured in a way that emphasizes results, accountability and an appropriate balance between paying teachers well while also respecting taxpayers and protecting N.Y.'s economy.

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Music education valuable asset in school curricula

Here is an idea to promote educational productivity: School boards should invest in the arts, which have been proven to enhance the learning process, stimulate the brain, assist lower-socioeconomic students and increase standardized test scores.

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