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Renaissance needed in state education model

It is important to honor the progress Texas students and schools have made. This progress has made a real difference for Texas families and our economy. The problem is that we're not improving fast enough to meet the needs of an increasingly technical workplace.

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What's next in educational tech?

There is a lot of money tied up in educational technology. It seems that a lot of faith is being placed in the technology that will soon arrive in K12 and college classrooms and on campuses - but what is actually being created?

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Longer school days don't always lead to better performance

Low-achieving school systems around the country are moving towards longer school days, in hopes of better test scores. But the extended day experiment, largely supported by federal money, doesn't always work, The Hechinger Report finds.

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Measuring academic growth in Georgia

The academic growth component isn't the only, or even the primary, tool for measuring school performance in Georgia, but it should be considered an important one. Success can't be measured just by how much students know, but also by how much more they know than they did when they started.

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Tackling challenges of education and health together

We all too often tackle challenges in distinct fields separately, but America is experiencing challenges in education and health that could be tackled together in ways that are mutually beneficial and cost-effective. The good news is that one proven model already exists.

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How tests make us smarter

Tests have a bad reputation in education circles these days. But the truth is that, used properly, testing as part of an educational routine provides an important tool not just to measure learning, but to promote it.

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It's time to scrutinize Common Core standards through rigorous review process

Common Core does deserve close scrutiny. However, it deserves to be examined in light of specific goals that may exist on the state level.

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A better way to market school lunch programs

When schools made healthy foods more convenient and attractive, research shows not only does fruit and vegetable waste return to pre-guideline levels, but also more kids buy lunch.

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Pa. needs to fix the way it pays for its public schools

Pennsylvania's state leaders must do more to provide transparency and assurance that basic education funding will support every community's schools well and through a fair, predictable basic education funding formula.

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Graduates experience loss of direction

High school graduates have nearly three months of transition before starting college. During those months they are neither high school nor college students, a loss of direction that keeps some from showing up on the first day of college classes.

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