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SAT or ACT? Idaho students deserve to have a choice

With Common Core and SBAC requirements, curriculums are extremely dense and tight, with little time available for dedicated SAT/ACT preparation. Until more schools offer prep courses and workshops, and because most colleges accept either test, the state should say, “You get to choose — ACT, SAT or both?”

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Strengthening Wi-Fi for Mich. schools should be top priority

Abundant, available unlicensed spectrum is needed to help K12 schools address network congestion in classrooms. Policymakers should make sure our schools have the bandwidth they need, and that it is broadly spread across all communities so that we don’t create a new digital divide in our schools.

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Inexcusable failures in oversight of Ohio online charter schools must stop

Ohio's broken charter school law has betrayed Ohio's youngsters by allowing charter schools, which outside experts rate as worse, in many cases, than traditional public schools, to flourish.

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Girls at higher risk for overuse injuries in high school sports than boys

A recent study out of The Ohio State University shows for athletes competing in high school sports, girls’ sports took the top three spots in regards to the rate of overuse injuries with track leading the way, followed by field hockey and the fast growing sport of lacrosse.

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How writing down specific goals can empower struggling students

Writing down their internal motivations and connecting daily efforts to positive goals can help young people solidify their identities as students and locate, ground and ultimately resolve anxiety and the associated stress.

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New study banning headers only part of stopping concussions

A group of scientists checked a decade's worth of data about what causes concussions in high school soccer. Their conclusion: While a ban on heading would help decrease head injuries, what the game really needs is better enforcement of rules restricting all sorts of player-to-player contact.

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More work ahead on fixing public-school financing

To ensure Washington legislators fulfill their obligations to provide ample state funding of public schools, the state Supreme Court must ban the use of local levies for basic education and appoint a special master to oversee the process.

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Oakland may show us ways to fix disparity in school discipline

Many school-discipline disparities are born of failures to communicate, the rubbing together of differently socialized people, and structures left in place from before the goal was to educate all children. Using restorative justice and trauma-informed care tools, districts can change the existing discipline structure and address communication and socialization issues.

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Education reform policy misunderstands human motivation

Intrinsic motivation is more powerful, long lasting and important. But it steadily declines by ninth grade as students and teachers are being subjected to increasingly punitive extrinsic structures. Even those learning activities that were initially stimulated by intrinsic motivation will weaken after they have been exposed to extrinsic structures.

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California should follow Nevada in offering education savings accounts

Nevada has new legislation creating a universal school-choice program that will allow parents to choose the best education for their children. In contrast, California now gives local school districts more leeway to decide what they think is best for children. Unless parents can easily take their children out of failing public schools, don’t expect government to feel enough pressure to improve the system.

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