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Common ground on teacher evaluations needs common facts

You can’t agree to disagree if you can’t even agree on what you disagree about. Yet such is the condition of the debate over using state test results in teacher and principal evaluations. But without common facts, how can the Legislature reach common ground?

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Use STEM education to improve civic literacy

The push for more and better STEM education comes mainly from companies who need more educated employees. But there are other reasons to support better education in math and science. In the 21st century, they are prerequisites to competent self-government.

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Letting colleges and universities authorize charters doesn't mean better results

A reform legislation proposal would substantially reconfigure charter school authorization by allowing nearly 100 Pennsylvania institutions of higher education to approve charters without review or approval of local school boards.

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Should the U.S. send authority for K12 back to states and local boards?

Rather than waiting around a few more decades for some elusive federal know-how to miraculously kick in, we should turn to the states for evidence of actual academic improvement, particularly among disadvantaged students.

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The truth about the great American science shortfall

A lot also depends on what you call a STEM job. Some of the real need is for technically-oriented jobs that don’t require any sort of college degree. Want to be in demand these days? The workers everyone wants are trained welders and glaziers.

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Parental survey finds children with hearing loss need more help

In the survey, entitled “Family Needs Assessment: Successes and Challenges, Listening to Their Voices,” parents said public school options were one of the barriers to obtaining the proper care for their children.

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The Common Core is tough on kids with special needs

The standards don't allow enough flexibility for students who learn differently.

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We need to restore trust, respect in public schools

The current landscape of education is marred by a negative narrative involving teacher preparation, accreditation, standards of learning, school safety, student conduct, choice, parent involvement and a litany of challenges not easily solved.

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Six-year Tennessee high schools may mark 21st century

Tennessee may need to re-evaluate organization of its secondary schools in light of ongoing discussions about the need to have students prepared with the necessary skills to take present jobs and jobs that could be coming to the state.

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In Wash., are weak teaching evaluations worth $44 million?

The U.S. Department of Education has given the state a temporary waiver from No Child Left Behind law. But the waiver depends on adoption of the “must” language of Senate Bill 5246.

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