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New Orleans schools, 10 years after Katrina: beacon or warning?

The performance of New Orleans students shot upward after the reforms with higher test scores and less suspensions and expulsions. However, critics of the reforms say that neighborhood schools have been sacrificed for dubious rewards with strict discipline policies and low graduation rates.

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Legislature must act on adequately funding education or risk further inequities for students

Gov. Jay Inslee should work with Washington state's legislative leaders to hatch a plan and then reconvene the full Legislature in a special session. Lawmakers must also set aside partisanship and ideology to find a sustainable new education-funding model.

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Are cops in schools a way to rebuild community trust in law enforcement?

With public trust in law enforcement plummeting, some believe the growth of police in schools can help restore confidence. Critics, however, are concerned that in addition to offering a deterrent to school shootings—which are extremely rare—the officers too often assume the role of school disciplinarian.

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Investing in students' mental health yields academic gains

In an attempt to fix the criminal justice system, we need to incorporate more robust psychological support services in public school systems. Studies indicate that programs that provide mental health services have a significant impact on lowering crime, improving academic performance and boosting economic growth.

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Student discipline and suspension context

Poor parenting is the biggest factor in school discipline. If students walk through education’s portals with values and expectations already at odds with a learning culture, their chances of a suspension-free path to graduation have already been compromised.

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Need more uniform standards for moving families

The lack of consistency among states’ education standards and assessments is of great concern for the two million children from military families who move constantly. This can be a frustrating experience as these students often find themselves either ahead or behind their new school peers because of the differences.

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Can online tutors make anytime, anywhere learning a reality?

Smart educational organizations have built rich online courses filled with learning resources to support the current generation of students type of streaming learning. The old paradigm where learning occurs only in a classroom or lecture hall during school hours is gone. But in off hours, when teachers are at home, what will take their place?

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When back-to-school means back to being scared for kids with disabilities

The best way to prevent students from becoming bullying statistics is to know your students and their disabilities, understand the law, encourage peer intervention, and foster open positive relationships between parents and schools.

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Faith, hope and CPS

After postponing their budget for weeks, Chicago Public Schools officials have finally coughed up a plan. The longer the system defers, the greater the cost to taxpayers of the ultimate reckoning. The more it borrows to scoop and toss old debt, the more money it has to divert away from educating children in the future.

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Let's grab this chance to fix a broken school-funding system

The recommended formula from Pennsylvania's Basic Education Funding Commission would more fairly allocate funds to districts based on factors such as schools' average daily enrollment, the prevalence and degree of student poverty, charter school enrollment, median household incomes, population density and local taxing effort, among other things.

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