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Searching for new ways of promoting opportunity

There are many urban and rural children in New Jersey who are over age and under accredited and on their way to leaving school without a credential. Many of these young people have experienced trauma and are challenged by limited cognitive skills that restrict their ability to enter the workforce as it stands.

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Give Minnesota's new bullying law a chance to work

The Minnesota Safe and Secure Schools Act makes it clear that bullying on the web that affects the school, damages a student or staff and/or limits the ability of a student to learn in a safe and secure environment is included. Opposition is partly based on challenges to potential violation of individual freedom of speech.

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$27 billion didn't buy classrooms Florida voters wanted

Florida taxpayers have invested more than $27 billion to reduce class sizes with the expectation that smaller class sizes will result in improved student achievement. They have little to show for their investment.

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Banning chocolate milk in Oregon schools causes waste, lower milk consumption, study finds

The scientists removed chocolate milk from 11 schools and then studied the reaction. They found that students tossed nearly 30 percent of the white milk that was offered and that some kids even stopped eating school lunches.

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Six decades after Brown vs. Board of Education, NJ's schools are still segregated

What has received less attention is the segregated nature of suburban school districts, often integrated in outward appearance but racially stratified in the school building on the basis of class assignment.

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Good old days weren't so good for education

It’s popular to lambaste the quality of the public schools. Author and educator Diane Ravitch suggests this is part of an ulterior motive of some to privatize the entire public schools.

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What Poland and Finland can teach us about effective education

A typical student in Beverly Hills did worse on the PISA test than the average of all students in Canada. And economically disadvantaged students here did worse, often far worse, than poor kids in many other countries.

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Don't shortchange Florida's public schools

Limited education dollars should be used first and foremost in Florida's public schools. Only afterward needs have been met should dollars go for extended choice and opportunities. To rob public schools of needed resources to enrich private schools is tantamount to a cynical self-fulfilling prophecy that ensures public school failure.

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Good old days weren't so good for education

It’s popular to lambaste the quality of public schools. Privatization has a role to play in education in places where public schools are not producing. But there is no way private schools should replace public schools. The story of public education is not stagnation and crisis but incremental progress.

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Stronger bullying law should help schools

While the state law about bullying in public schools has been strengthened, the new Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act is only a start. Whether schools live up to the act’s name will be driven by the standards and guidelines put forth, how districts apply them and who is held accountable through this approach.

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