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Modify lunch rules, don't dump them

Overturning the new rules entirely is certainly not the answer. With this nation’s unacceptably high rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, it remains important for schools to help young people develop healthy eating habits. For too many lower-income students, especially, school is the only place they get a decent meal. That meal should be a nutritious one.

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Tennessee schools challenged to do more than educate youth

As Jackson-Madison County school officials work to balance budget concerns against operating costs and education programs, not all the issues and expenses will be related to academics. Today’s public education environment also must address social, cultural, school safety and security issues that once were mostly left up to parents, guardians and other adults in a child’s life.

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Students need choice: ZIP codes shouldn’t predetermine success

We should expand school choice to improve our school systems. First, we need to be mindful of our children's different learning styles, abilities and interests. Second, school choice allows parents to choose the right school for their children, so students’ future successes aren't determined by the ZIP code where they grow up.

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Brown v. Board, busing and Boston

Common sense says there’s a middle ground between keeping the races apart by law and pushing the races together by court order. Sixty years after Linda Brown finally got to walk to school, we’re still trying to accomplish the crucial task of preparing kids to succeed in a multiracial society.

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To combat truancy, California should follow Compton's lead

The Compton USD effort to address its truancy crisis began with a new strategy to improve communication about attendance between teachers and parents. It's going to take a concerted effort from legislators, school administrators, teachers, parents and local law enforcement to replicate Compton's results across the state.

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Social impact bonds offer results for social service investments

Paying for initiatives in public education has traditionally required a tax levy or issuance of bonds backed by government entities. But now there is a new experiment in Utah involving a public-private partnership: the social impact bond.

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Missouri legislature fails school transfer test

The Missouri General Assembly finally put together a flawed fix to a problematic state law regarding student transfers out of unaccredited school systems. Senate Bill 493 solves a few problems but creates a host of new ones.

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A Mississippi school striving for excellence

The 228 students at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science this year, all juniors and seniors, come from all over the state to spend their last two years of high school studying accelerated sciences, math, and computer courses, as well as a rich selection of arts and humanities.

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In Columbus, charter schools add to segregation

Over the six decades since the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Columbus has seen students go from being steered into segregated schools, to being bused to racially balanced schools, to being back in neighborhood schools that are as racially isolated as the areas they serve.

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Ignore claims of resegregation

We need to improve our schools, regardless of their racial makeup.

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