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Schools reprioritize playtime to boost concentration and teach social skills

As schools days grow longer, so do the academic burdens being imposed on students. But, at the same time, school systems are cutting back on the arts, physical education and even recess. Some researchers say that is counterproductive, depriving students of exercise that can help them learn.

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The student-led backlash against New Orleans's charter schools

Charter schools in New Orleans have made measurable academic gains in the years since Hurricane Katrina. But many of the charter schools that have made these improvements rely on rigid discipline policies that can sometimes feel at odds with the city’s culture.

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Study: Single-sex education offers no benefits

Single-sex schools do not provide any social or educational benefits over coeducational programs within the public school system, according to a study. The findings dispel assertions from proponents of same-sex schools that boys and girls learn differently and must therefore be separated to reach their full potential.

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Problematic letter grades are no good for schools. But for students?

Wisconsin public school officials spoke out last week against provisions in a new Republican bill that would grade schools on an A-F scale.

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Down with textbooks

When it comes to teaching history, nothing destroys student interest faster and more completely than a heavy reliance on textbooks.

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At some schools, snow day is no day offline

With the Chicago area hit with one of the snowiest and coldest winters on record, prompting multiple days of school closures, many teachers and students improvised classes on the nonattendance days, uploading digital lessons and holding virtual classroom discussions.

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Fight over effective teachers shifts to courtroom

They have tried and failed to loosen tenure rules for teachers in contract talks and state legislatures. So now, a group of rising stars in the movement to overhaul education employment has gone to court.

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School shootings continue despite increases in security measures

An Associated Press analysis finds that there have been at least 11 school shootings this academic year alone, in addition to other cases of gun violence, in school parking lots and elsewhere on campus, when classes were not in session.

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'Broken schools' -- or broken debate over education?

If you want effectively to undermine the complicated, daily work of teachers and custodians and counselors and school traffic cops, you first need to destabilize people’s confidence in the solvency of the overall system. You basically need to create the educational equivalent of a run on the bank.

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It's true: Snowiest places are least likely to close schools

We all probably sort of knew this already, but a new map seems to show quite clearly that it doesn't take much snow to close schools in the Southern U.S. — and that it takes a lot to close them in the Northern half of the nation.

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