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The two tracks of school reform

For two decades now, education reformers have promoted a two-track strategy for improving our schools with standards-based structure and school choice. However, some degree of transparency and accountability is essential for all choice schools.

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Reviving the governor’s schools is good for Pennsylvania

For 35 years, thousands of the state's promising high school students attended the eight Governor’s Schools of Excellence. Slowly, the schools are making a comeback after falling victim to budget cuts in 2009. That is a hopeful sign, but there is a long way to go.

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Schools need parental involvement to better combat truancy

Public districts, both with and without a truancy problem, should put a system into place that involves parents in their child’s education. The technology that allows administrations to inform parents of their children’s truancy records needs to be improved and mandated at a state level.

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Boost public schools, not charters

As semi-private entities impersonating fully public institutions that are interwoven into the communities they serve and the greater New York City community, charters are not and can never be part of the ongoing public conversation taking place daily in our neighborhoods and across the city.

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Science education will not wreck Wyoming's economy

The efforts of Governor Mead and the Wyoming legislative body to deny the Next Generation Science Standards to Wyoming students because they contain climate science are reminiscent of the boy who placed his finger in a dam to stop a leak.

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Education for all children critical for a bright future

If we deny our children a quality education we send the next generation limping into the future without the right tools.

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Evaluating teachers based on student performance is 'punitive measure that demoralizes teachers'

Moreover, when linked to merit pay, a divide-and-conquer strategy to pit teacher against teacher, this evaluation will also weaken the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union with its more than three million members, a development not unwelcome to corporate America.

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Of me I sing: Americans construct an opt-out society

The right of individuals to question authority is one of the strongest facets of American life. The current strain of individualism extends far beyond the familiar distrust of Washington and political polarization, affecting choices in education, economic activity and medical care, among other areas.

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The biggest public school problem might be the brand

Most people believe that charter and private schools are preferable alternatives to traditional public schools. This is evident quite clearly in survey data. This wouldn’t be much of a story if the data on school performance supported these assumptions. Yet private schools are often outperformed by their public counterparts.

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Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds

A new report released by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights shows that excessively punitive policies are being used in the public school system—even against preschoolers. This should shame the nation and force it to re-evaluate the destructive measures that schools are using against their most vulnerable children.

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