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Parents taking reform into their own hands

A majority of parents at an underperforming school in California can use the law to replace administration and faculty, review curriculum for changes, or transform the campus into a charter school.

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School spending options involve tradeoffs

For the last six years, Oregon parents have watched state and local budget-making. Next year, districts across the state will stop cutting and start rebuilding. As money comes back into district coffers, what should be on parents’ minds?

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Schools: Why the runaround on turnarounds?

Amid extensive coverage of the very real challenges facing our public schools, we shouldn't lose sight of what's actually working.

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Selling vacant schools is difficult, but wise

At least three New York districts are considering plans to sell vacant buildings to developers, proposals that have aroused varying levels of community anger.

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Real discipline in school

Last month, Maryland tackled the widespread injustice of overly harsh discipline policies in our schools but too many schools still use severe and ineffective practices to address student misbehavior.

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Mandate extracurricular activities for Colorado students

Students should have a choice of which extracurricular programs they participate in. However, they should not have the choice to not participate at all.

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NY boards to vote on allowing limited vet tax break

Late last year, the state gave school districts the option of granting tax breaks to people who have served in the military. Those breaks are already allowed in county and town taxes.

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Few minority and female students took computer science AP exam in 2013

The College Board released its annual report on AP exam participation and performance, noting that a vast majority of AP Computer Science test-takers in 2013 were white males.

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The economy is big news–so why not teach it?

Financial ed in schools is seen as one way to bring down over time the number of young people entering adulthood saddled with debt. But first we have to bring up the numbers of states and schools that offer or require such coursework.

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Rhetoric has real consequences for Minnesota's kids

Education Minnesota President Specht suggests that all is well in Minnesota’s schools but this ignores the reality that thousands of students—predominantly African-American and Hispanic—are not receiving an adequate education.

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