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Does school reform have to mean separate and unequal?

Making test scores too high a priority can ultimately limit students' real potential. Taking a broader perspective with a variety of enrichment options enhances not only test scores, but more important predictors of life success.

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New York City charter school war could go national

New York City's mayor and the governor just hammered out a truce over charters that most people probably assume only matters in that state. They are wrong.The fact that a governor like Andrew Cuomo, someone mentioned as a future presidential contender, came out so strongly in support of charters won't go unnoticed nationally.

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Has Centinela Valley’s school board been duped?

Reporters continue to uncover overspending by the California school district in so many budget areas. With no evidence of wrongdoing at district headquarters, it is fair to surmise that the board members have been fooled repeatedly.

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The two tracks of school reform

For two decades now, education reformers have promoted a two-track strategy for improving our schools with standards-based structure and school choice. However, some degree of transparency and accountability is essential for all choice schools.

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Reviving the governor’s schools is good for Pennsylvania

For 35 years, thousands of the state's promising high school students attended the eight Governor’s Schools of Excellence. Slowly, the schools are making a comeback after falling victim to budget cuts in 2009. That is a hopeful sign, but there is a long way to go.

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Schools need parental involvement to better combat truancy

Public districts, both with and without a truancy problem, should put a system into place that involves parents in their child’s education. The technology that allows administrations to inform parents of their children’s truancy records needs to be improved and mandated at a state level.

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Boost public schools, not charters

As semi-private entities impersonating fully public institutions that are interwoven into the communities they serve and the greater New York City community, charters are not and can never be part of the ongoing public conversation taking place daily in our neighborhoods and across the city.

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Science education will not wreck Wyoming's economy

The efforts of Governor Mead and the Wyoming legislative body to deny the Next Generation Science Standards to Wyoming students because they contain climate science are reminiscent of the boy who placed his finger in a dam to stop a leak.

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Education for all children critical for a bright future

If we deny our children a quality education we send the next generation limping into the future without the right tools.

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Evaluating teachers based on student performance is 'punitive measure that demoralizes teachers'

Moreover, when linked to merit pay, a divide-and-conquer strategy to pit teacher against teacher, this evaluation will also weaken the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union with its more than three million members, a development not unwelcome to corporate America.

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