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Start effective sex education before college

Sex education designed to intimidate students into complying with a set of rules and morals is destined to fail. An honest, informative approach to sex education needs to be instituted at an earlier age in order to adequately prepare young people to make informed decisions in college.

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Schools, not recreation centers, make communities desirable

The secret to a strong neighborhood and community does not start with a recreation or events center. It starts with great schools. If a city and county are going to spend money to make the community great, they should get serious about making their school districts the best in the state.

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Voucher plan short on private school partners, study finds

If Tennessee adopts a new school voucher program, the question arises whether enough private schools will participate to feed the demand envisioned by lawmakers. An ongoing market analysis sponsored by the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development suggests a severe shortage in seats.

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Big profits in not-for-profit charter schools

Many charters, including those not-for-profits operated by leading critics of New York City Mayor de Blasio, seem to be more about making money for top executives. Educating children, when it actually happens, is at best a by-product.

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First Amendment: Tennessee‘s “religious viewpoint” law passes

The “Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act” passed both legislative houses by large margins. Under current law, students have the right to express their religious views. This new law is not needed to make this clear. What is disputed, however, is where to draw the line on that expression before a captive audience at school-sponsored events.

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Action urged on Pa. bill to avoid cover-ups of school sex offenses

When teachers or coaches are charged in incidents involving sexual relationships with students, it’s disturbing on a number of levels. The potential exists that the offenses will go unreported and could occur again. Schools can currently allow educators to quit quietly and get hired at another school without their past known.

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Segregation in Buffalo schools has returned to early 1970s levels

About 70 percent of the city’s schools were considered segregated in 1972, when parents filed the lawsuit that prompted a federal judge to order the district to desegregate. An analysis found that in 2012, 70 percent of schools in the city were segregated.

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Little money, little opportunity for Michigan's brightest children

Twenty-seven states mandate that schools provide programs or services to gifted children. Michigan is not among that group. Nor is Michigan among the 32 states that have a mandate to identify children who are gifted.

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New school lunch rules: How not to get kids to eat their vegetables

Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture should have consulted some everyday, health-conscious moms and dads before they drew up their new rules for school lunches. Most parents know that the best way to tuck a serving of vegetables into kids is to hide it. The federal rules make this nearly impossible.

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Calif. bill to provide emergency allergy care for students deserves support

State law allows children with diagnosed allergies to keep their prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors at school in case of a reaction. A bill has been introduced in California that would require schools to keep an epinephrine stock and train some school personnel to use them in the case of an anaphylactic reaction.

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