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Fixing public school for everyone

There's a sense that Oakland, Calif. schools may be shifting toward a more collaborative, potentially more effective approach to improving education.

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Tablets in schools: What could go wrong?

With the consumer market for mobile devices hurtling toward saturation, tech companies are falling back on the old adage: Get ‘em while they’re young. And if you’re looking for young people, there’s no better place to find them than in schools.

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Michigan's 91,000 truants risk falling into 'school-to-prison' pipeline

When Grand Rapids Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal visits schools and classrooms, she can't help but notice the empty seats. More than one in four students missed at least 10 days with unexcused absences in 2011-2012, one of the highest rates in the state.

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At symposium, a call for state education funding formula

If the Pennsylvania Legislature had not scrapped a statewide education-funding formula in 2011 it had approved three years earlier, the Philadelphia School District would have received $360 million more in state aid this year and would not be in a fiscal crisis now, an expert said Wednesday.

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Turning education upside down

Three years ago, Clintondale High School, just north of Detroit, became a “flipped school”—one where students watch teachers’ lectures at home and do what we’d otherwise call “homework” in class. Now flipped classrooms are popping up all over.

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What if we thought of Louisiana education like football?

According to a recent test taken by 157,000 people worldwide, Americans are below average in our ability to read, compute and problem solve. And before you shake your heads and say, "These kids today," be aware that this test was given to adults, people between the ages of 16 and 65.

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Too quiet on sex ed

Sex education curriculums are often characterized by opponents as programs that, by imparting sexual information and distributing contraceptives, simply encourage teenage sex. But actually, teens who have taken such a curriculum are more likely both to delay sexual activity and to use contraception correctly when they do have sex.

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Online charter schools pose risk to public system

This new model of schooling is exploding onto the U.S. education scene. Off-the-shelf courses, facilitated by distant and often lower-skilled educators, are much cheaper than running a physical school, meaning there are big profits to be made.

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Are schools doing too much for kids and none of it well?

American schools are unique in the time, energy and money devoted to non-classroom activities.

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L.A. schools' iPad effort has a two-pronged image problem

The superintendent needs to convince the public that poor children deserve iPads and that Los Angeles USD can be trusted to run the $1-billion program wisely.

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