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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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Students need college counseling more than ever

While scaling back some programs is inevitable, recent news stories about deep cuts in high school counseling positions are especially disturbing. In these times of economic stress, students need college counseling more than ever.

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Parks, schools and Bill de Blasio: Risking mediocrity for fairness

On the surface, the New York mayor’s professed concerns about what might be called the social justice dimensions of charter schools and the condition of some of the city’s most celebrated parks – including Central Park – might appear unrelated.

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Fixing education in our cities requires radical ideas

So now into this debate comes Rochelle Riley, the columnist for the Detroit Free Press. She has made the radical suggestion that residential public schools – boarding schools, in other words – might be worth a try in Detroit.

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Meaningful work kept students in school

We weren't big on scolding kids or hounding parents about absences or misbehavior. Instead, we pursued a number of measures to make school a desirable place for students to be.

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Magnet schools find a renewed embrace in cities

Because magnets are fully part of public school systems – their teachers are unionized and they follow district rules, while charters are run by private entities and are typically not unionized – reviving them is seen as part of an effort to save public schools.

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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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