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What could a new school funding formula mean for Pennsylvania?

A new state education formula has the potential to help schools that struggle financially, but the changes may not benefit well-off schools or those with declining enrollment. That raises the question of whether a new formula would be applied to existing funding or only to additional funding.

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Education nonprofit rides next wave of test preparation

The blow to students of a redesigned, more rigorous SAT college entrance exam may get softened by the offer of a free test prep program. The College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy, which will provide students with free resources to prepare for the new test.

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Capital-gains tax is best option to fund Wash. state education

Senate leaders have agreed on a bipartisan proposal to meet the state’s constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education and provide an equitable education for all students. They also agree that more revenue will be needed but now need to decide where it should come from.

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Urgency, apprehension and hope: What education leaders see in Utah's future

State education leaders aren't satisfied with Utah's place in the middle of the academic pack. Right now, 84 percent of high schoolers in the state say they are college-bound, but only one in four of them scored proficiently in all four areas of the ACT.

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Reading, writing, required silence: How meditation is changing schools

Data is limited, but early studies point to better grades, fewer suspensions and reports of better mental health among student meditators.

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Who should pay for charter schools?

With partial funding for charter schools coming from their students' local district, that has set up a taxation-without-representation dynamic where the districts collect the money without any say in how it's spent by charters. We shouldn't undermine public schools' locally elected leadership system in the hope something better will emerge to manage charter school funding.

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ESEA reauthorization needs stronger family engagement provisions

Despite strong evidence of the important role families play in student achievement, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind does not include critical improvements that prioritize family engagement.

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Why Mass. educators are calling for a halt to high-stakes testing

A group of education organizations are behind a bill calling for a three-year moratorium on the implementation of PARCC and to remove the “high stakes” nature of the existing MCAS tests. During that time, the bill would establish a task force to examine the effect of high-stakes testing in schools.

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Is New Jersey school funding fair to the poor?

New Jersey and Massachusetts topped the Education Law Center's fairness list based on each state's overall level of school funding, proportion of children attending public schools and more. But state funding cuts that began in 2010 threaten to erode some of New Jersey's educational excellence, according to the law center.

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Don't drop the California high school exit exam

The state's high school exit exam is certainly due for revision. But eliminating it altogether would devalue diplomas and make new graduates less employable.

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