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Why realizing the full promise of education requires a fresh approach

The most fruitful form of education—and the one with the best chance of empowering children to overcome poverty and other disadvantages—offers each child the opportunity to pursue his or her own goals, in a stimulating and supportive environment. It’s this “opportunity gap,” rather than any “achievement gap,” that characterizes unequal education and is fully within the power of schools to remedy.

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Half of U.S. capitol's high school students are chronically truant

In Washington, D.C., public high schools more than 50 percent of students are chronically truant, meaning they've missed more than 10 days of school. A new report says that efforts to crack down on truancy may not be working.

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Recruiting more minority teachers could do wonders for minority students

One way to help low-performing students do better in school could be to put them in classrooms with teachers who share their race, a new study says. Researchers found that black, white and Asian/Pacific Island students had higher reading and math scores when taught by teachers who look like them.

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A call for LGBT-inclusive sex education

Out of 50 states and one district, only nine states have any form of positive LGBT-inclusive sexual education. When sex education or academic curriculum includes positive messages or instruction about LGBT issues there is far less discrimination, prejudice and bullying aimed at LGBT youth.

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The case against group projects

Although the benefits can be substantial for students, careful planning and instruction on the part of the teacher is essential for group projects. It's empowering for students to be given choices and freedom when it comes to learning; but it's hard for kids to accept responsibility when things don't work out.

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Charter school in Miami fails, but proves useful on Jeb Bush’s résumé

Co-founded in 1996 by Mr. Bush with what he called in an email a “powerful sense of pride and joy,” Liberty City Charter School was the first school of its kind in Florida and a pioneer in a booming industry and national movement.

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It's been a good week for Philadelphia schools

For the last two winters and springs, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. has grappled with Philadelphia School District budget holes in the hundreds of millions. But things changed last week with revenue proposals from Pennsylvania's governor and the city's mayor. 

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Schools on U.S. military bases are adopting Common Core — but don’t call it that

To ensure a smoother transition when students switch schools, the Department of Defense education system plans to spend the next three to five years phasing in the Common Core. But it is also reviewing a study that could recommend drastic changes for its 60 campuses in the continental U.S.

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GOP 2016 hopefuls face an education paradox

Education is where Republicans can demonstrate that they’re serious about making sure opportunity extends to every American. The presidential candidates need to emphasize successful education reforms while explaining how little Washington has to do with them.

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New Jersey governor’s voucher proposal is still unconstitutional

The governor is again proposing to spend $2 million in scarce public dollars to fund vouchers for private and religious schools. The budget proposal is nearly identical to the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that has failed to gain legislative support for nearly a decade.

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