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Will fostering charters undermine children in traditional public schools?

Over the next few years, charters are expected to serve an increasing proportion of New York City students—perhaps as much as 10 percent. Is there a point at which fostering charter schools undermines traditional public schools and the children they serve?

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American parents shouldn’t “opt out” their kids from standardized tests

Like it or not, testing is the best way to produce uniform standards and accountability. Opting out is more common among higher income families. If the kids from rich families don’t take the test how can we know what poorer children are or aren’t getting from their schools?

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What will happen to ‘big data’ In education?

Student information, like electronic health records, remains much more sensitive than other kinds of consumer information. In state after state, parents and other education activists raised concerns that student data would be exploited for financial gain or stolen by hackers.

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Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

A recent survey of likely Michigan voters for the Michigan Association of School Boards showed overwhelming support for professional development and training for board members to meet the board's demanding responsibilities. Without this knowledge and awareness, boards are potentially liable for infractions against state laws and statutes.

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Don't water down Illinois teacher standards

Enforcing tougher standards means more students, especially minorities, aren't making the grade as prospective Illinois teachers. That's a big concern because the state needs a diverse teaching cadre. Illinois state government's ill-guided solution: Ease the standards.

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Time to stop seniority-based teacher staffing

Under current state law, seniority is used as the sole factor in staffing decisions in Pennsylvania's districts, with the recent exception of Philadelphia. House Bill 1722 presents an opportunity for the state to fix this and protect excellent teachers by reforming the practice of seniority-based layoffs.

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Charter schools deserve scrutiny

Charter schools are here to stay in North Carolina. Some supporters thought open-government laws applied to the charters. As charter school numbers increase, however, the ability of the taxpayers to keep track of just how their money is spent is shrinking. State lawmakers should plug that apparent hole in the charter school law.

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Does school reform have to mean separate and unequal?

Making test scores too high a priority can ultimately limit students' real potential. Taking a broader perspective with a variety of enrichment options enhances not only test scores, but more important predictors of life success.

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New York City charter school war could go national

New York City's mayor and the governor just hammered out a truce over charters that most people probably assume only matters in that state. They are wrong.The fact that a governor like Andrew Cuomo, someone mentioned as a future presidential contender, came out so strongly in support of charters won't go unnoticed nationally.

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Has Centinela Valley’s school board been duped?

Reporters continue to uncover overspending by the California school district in so many budget areas. With no evidence of wrongdoing at district headquarters, it is fair to surmise that the board members have been fooled repeatedly.

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