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"Flipping" classrooms may improve learning

Classroom “flipping,” which involves students doing prep work at home and finishing their homework in class, enables teachers to better ensure the students understand concepts. This type of learning might not work for every student, in every subject, in every school district, but the idea makes sense.

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Public school students will look pretty different by 2022

In the future, public schools are going to be less white and more Hispanic, according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

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Incentive programs to boost attendance produce promising results

The Pittsburgh Public Schools have teamed with several organizations to boost attendance by providing both a better environment for kids and incentivizing them to go to school. While elementary school absentee rates have substantially decreased, creating a similar system for middle and high schools students will be more challenging.

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New Jersey has a chance to provide better schools and jobs

Gov. Chris Christie has a golden opportunity to put New Jersey’s building and construction trades­people to work modernizing our schools and making them safe, energy-efficient, productive learning environments.

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What’s happening to Newark’s public schools and why

Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson and her team have developed and are prepared to implement a bold plan in 2014 to combat poor performance, underutilized, crumbling schools, administrative and support staff costs and a growing excess pool of teachers and principals, to name a few of the many issues the metro area is facing.

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New York City mayor and charters need to reconsider stances

As for the tone of the debate, charter advocates need to put aside the hyperbole about being under siege. Mayor de Blasio needs to renounce divisive rhetoric that portrays the charters as alien institutions instead of the public schools that they actually are.

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One size doesn't fit all in holding back third-graders in Oklahoma

A new change to state law due to go into full effect this year would automatically hold back third grade students who aren't reading at grade level. But if that principle is applied in a one-size-fits-all basis for the state, the results could be devastating.

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Utah education funds barely keep up with the need

In the legislative session just ended, nearly half the state budget was allocated to public education. But additional money will, again, merely fund basic education for more than 10,000 additional students expected next year and mandated expenditures such as employee health and retirement funds.

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A strong pick to run Boston's schools

The search for a new Boston school superintendent will easily uncover candidates with more charisma than interim superintendent John McDonough. Yet there is a growing feeling around town that he might be the best person to lead the city's schools.

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Illinois lawmakers obligated to address school funding issue

Illinois has a legal obligation to provide adequate education funding, and a moral obligation to make sure all students receive a quality education. That's a tall order to fill, given the state's current financial woes. But maintaining the status quo isn't the answer.

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