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An investment in STEM is an investment in our future

In his previous State of the Union speeches, the president has focused on the importance of STEM education, citing the need to impart the next generation with skills necessary to compete and succeed in the modern workforce.

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Recess without rules

A school in New Zealand lets its students do whatever they want during playtime. Are American parents ready to endorse a similar policy here?

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Should schools teach kids to meditate?

When a high school in New Haven, Conn., required yoga and meditation classes three times a week for its incoming freshman, studies found that after each class, students had significantly reduced levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in their bodies.

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Who's dropping out of Ohio's high schools?

Statewide, more than 112,000 students dropped out from both traditional and charter schools between 2006 and 2010, according to the Dropout Tracking Report. The dropout rate, it calculates, held steady at about three percent, but researchers say the dropout problem is not universal.

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Poverty and the education opportunity gap: Will State of the Union step up?

Education researchers have been hoping policymakers and others will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. According to analyses in an October 2013 report from the Southern Education Foundation, 48 percent of the nation's 50 million public school students were in low-income families.

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Louisiana Public School cramming Christianity down students’ throats

A Buddhist family sued Sabine Parish School Board for violating their right to religious freedom. The lawsuit contains a shocking list of religious indoctrination.

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A Louisiana high school is closing. What to say to its students?: Jarvis DeBerry

You poor students, we're just going to quit while we're behind. We're going to shut down your school in June and try to get a head start on helping the kids behind you.

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What's become of Philadelphia's comprehensive high schools?

Students who had loved coming to school are left now with a sterile learning environment. Kids are shoved into college-prep classes, regardless of their wants or desires.

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Charter critics still not pleased

The Chicago Board of Education's decision Wednesday to scale back the number of new charter school approvals may have tempered the tone of some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's school policy critics, but the political dynamic of the issue remains the same. The school board voted to approve just seven out of 17 charter school applications.

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Education summit speaker: Spunk matters more than test scores

If you want to help Charlotte children to become successful adults, should you get rid of ineffective teachers? Identify possible drop-outs in first grade? Or concentrate on building character? All were ideas discussed by speakers at an Education Summit that drew more than 400 people to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., recently.

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