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Expanding Medicaid can help Florida's children succeed in school

Children who have health insurance through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program go further in school than children who are uninsured, according to a recent report. Florida policymakers need to keep in mind that the state's education and health care investments complement each other.

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While tribal schools suffer, military schools prosper

The question is why one federal school system is adequately funded while the other is not. Students both on military bases and on remote Indian reservations deserve modern schools that maximize learning opportunities.

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How Congress’ spending bill will keep school lunches salty

Though the healthy school food program remains intact, the 2015 spending bill includes language that curbs any further reduction of sodium in school lunches. Next year, the Hunger-Free Healthy Kids Act will need to be reauthorized, providing an opportunity for the implementation of more stringent rollbacks.

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'Priority' school program can boost students

When children at some of our schools are not learning, we have an obligation to act.

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Indiana school funding fix should come from bottom up

When it comes to public education, money always seems to be an issue. For those on the front lines teaching our children, reaching them and unveiling to them the potential they possess, we owe them every reasonable resource we can afford.

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Test aside, students need to understand civics

That students should know these things seems reasonable, even if a better alternative might be to simply make sure the information is included in other state-mandated tests facing high school students already.

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Let parents decide where education money should go

Given this public largess, it is fair for taxpayers to ask, “What do we get for this money?” Well-educated children are worth every penny. Poorly educated children, however, raise serious doubts about teachers’ salaries and benefit levels being too high.

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Rigorous teaching needed in N.J.'s low-performing schools

We must truly engage and challenge our students if we expect them to stay in school and eventually earn their wings to productive adulthood. If we do nothing else, we should demand that teachers in historically low-achieving districts are better than good. They have to be amazing, and they need to lose the worksheets and remedial work.

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School nutrition impacts our future national security

The foods and beverages that are served in Alabama's schools today could have a direct impact on our future national security. That's the leading message in a new report from Mission: Readiness. Obesity is the leading medical reason why 75 percent of young, eligible Alabama residents cannot qualify for military service.

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Bilingual education is more important than ever

For any school system with significant Spanish-speaking populations, responsible bilingual education is more important than ever. How to do it effectively is the challenge.

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