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Expand Detroit's revitalization with strong public schools

Detroit Public Schools are struggling academically and are struggling with crushing debt. Less than 10% of high school students are proficient in the vital subjects of math and science, and more than two-thirds are not proficient in the fundamental building block of reading.

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Wins, losses for education in Montana

The 2015 Legislature provided basic funding to sustain K-12 and Montana University System operations for the next two years, but rejected opportunities to significantly improve education.

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Educational vacations versus standardized testing

Should schools mark kids' absences as unexcused even when they're missing class for valuable real-world lessons?

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Study suggests urban students do significantly better in charter schools

Charter school students in urban areas received “the equivalent of roughly 40 days of additional learning per year in math and 28 additional days of learning per year in reading," a substantial gain over their peers in traditional public schools, according to a new study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University.

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How teachers can invest in GenDIY

More GenDIY students are choosing not to wait until graduation to begin their careers. They are starting businesses and creating products to take to market while still in the public school system. The role of educators is shifting from content providers, to learning facilitators, to career-focused coaches in order to support such innovation.

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Is making peace with PARCC an idea whose time has come?

New Jersey has administered annual standardized tests peacefully for 15 years, but this year’s spring ritual was scarred by dissension due to PARCC. We can do better next year if we’re mindful of New Jersey’s testing history, steer clear of political pretext, and keep a focus on the needs of all of the state's students.

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Could Common Core help grow arts education in schools?

Arts programs have long suffered cuts as schools adjust to meeting the growing demands of academic performance and standardized tests. Yet the Common Core standards mention the arts frequently. Students are expected to analyze paintings, music and theater and create their own works of art.

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Opting out of school lunch is not an option

When a parent’s solution is to opt out by packing a healthier school lunch from home, we lose a potential change-maker who can make a real difference in his or her community. All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve safe, nourishing and delicious school meals. When we abandon school food, we abandon children who could benefit from our powerful voices.

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Does Common Core ask too much of kindergarten readers?

While Common Core aligned assessments don’t kick in until third grade, many teachers feel pressure to make sure kids are meeting the specified standards before they move on to first grade. That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time in kindergarten.

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The great charter school debate

As charters become a permanent feature of the educational landscape, a series of debates are taking shape over their role in our educational portfolio and the rules under which they operate. Do they serve as a replacement strategy for districts or should they function as a something akin to a poor man’s private school? And how many is too many?

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