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Arizona revenues surging while schools starving

Tax revenues continue to surge into the state’s treasury with a projected surplus. Meanwhile, it’s pouring on the heads of Arizona’s schoolchildren, as the Legislature still hasn’t ponied up more than $330 million that a superior court judge has said the schools are owed in inflation funding this year.

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Did dollars or details slow Ohio charter reform?

How much charter school moguls’ donations to legislators influenced the delay of a law that would dramatically change how Ohio’s charter schools operate might never be measured. The proposed changes would prevent failing charter schools from swapping sponsors to avoid closure and various other requirements.

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What school gardens teach kids

Many groups are teaming up with local communities to install school gardens in areas with low access to fresh, healthy foods. These gardens are really outdoor classrooms where kids learn valuable lessons — not just about nutrition, but also about science and math, even business skills.

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New Texas truancy law set to put pressure on schools, parents

Students will no longer face criminal sanctions — penalties that could include jail time — for skipping school. But there is likely to be more pressure on schools—and on parents, who could face more cases if their kids fail to show up for class.

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Minecraft is not just fun — it's changing education

Many people believe video games are intellectually lazy and have a poor effect on students. There are, however, a growing number of teachers, students, and parents who are using one video game in particular as an educational tool.

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Why schools need more teachers of color—for white students

Studies show that, academically, nonwhite teachers produce more favorable outcomes for students of similar backgrounds; emotionally and socially, these educators serve as role models who share students’ racial and ethnic identity. What hasn’t gotten much attention, however, are the potential gains for white students.

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Common Core tests push schools to redefine 'good enough'

The tests have all been read and the answers tallied. But adding up right answers doesn't tell you how a child did. For that, you need cut scores. And PARCC doesn't have them yet.

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Are suburban schools as good as parents think?

Many middle-class, suburban schools are not as good as parents think. That's the finding of a new study from the Pacific Research Institute, which found evidence of widespread underachievement in Michigan. Such student performance results should cause parents to consider school-choice options that better meet their children's needs.

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State's education gains at risk if Education Trust Fund breached

Moving funding from the Education Trust Fund in order to solve today's General Fund shortfall is a short-sighted decision. The economic future of Alabama heavily depends on the strength of the education students in its schools receive now.

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School buyouts are a burden for Minnesota taxpayers

“Settling" a buyout with staffers who are ineffective or behaving badly is common practice for many school districts. While paying someone not to work may be the less-expensive alternative than drawn-out litigation or arbitration, it still costs public dollars that could be better spent elsewhere.

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