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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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High school career diplomas could be the future

The new career diploma/vocation training education path is crucial and could yield positive outcomes. This is the opportunity that Louisiana and the country needs in order to provide the proper tools and assets to students that will make up the backbone of future blue collar America.

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Preschool moves to the head of the class in Cleveland

A partnership between the Cleveland schools and more than 30 local agencies to expand high-quality preschools may be the key to turning around the Cleveland public schools.

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Education reform has worked for Mass. - it’s time for the next round

Much work remains to be done, especially in closing the achievement gap, and Massachusetts can’t shrink from it. That’s why it’s disturbing—but not entirely surprising—that the latest education-reform bill is languishing in the Legislature.

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