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School systems have the real impact on student achievement

The consensus of most current research is that classroom teachers have a significant effect on student performance and achievement. Until recently, however, there was little data available to determine the effects that superintendents have on student performance. In general, school district superintendents have very little influence on student achievement in the districts they serve, a study found.

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United, communities can help youth at risk

In many ways the messages of Wes Moore, Michael Chitwood and Richard Dunlap are alike in that they focus on the importance of an entire community in helping young people become solid citizens. Sadly, sometimes it is necessary to take off the kid gloves to drive the point home.

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School administrators need to know who is carrying guns on campus

There is no reason that parents should be expected to trust every one of their children's teachers with a gun. Teachers are not trained law enforcement personnel. They may be fine teachers but are not necessarily equipped to handle a fast-moving crisis.

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New York must help tax-capped school districts

Three years after a tax cap was enacted, school districts are running out of ways to soften the blow. Passing a tax cap on the districts without relaxing some of the requirements - as was the plan when the tax cap was instituted - is forcing difficult choices.

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Why so many children aren't ready for school

Only about one-in-three U.S. children are in the process of understanding or actually skilled in the kinds of math and reading activities that support the lessons they will encounter in kindergarten, according to research commissioned by Sesame Workshop. Only about half of children demonstrated the social, emotional and executive function skills that will help them to adapt and learn during kindergarten.

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Setting the stage for a national dialogue on school shooting prevention

The report released by the FBI this week underscores our need for a more effective national dialogue on prevention. What could really help are schools with relationship officers in the ranks, armed only with compassion and the skills to build relationships with distressed students.

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How schools can attack racial disparities

Minority students in Wisconsin tend to start school at a disadvantage, and too often they never catch up.

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Schools should give back time for kids

Since school started this month, my 15-year-old son, Zak, has been having trouble sleeping. He has been worrying whether he has finished everything on his to-do list.

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End the charter school wars

Shouting won’t help thousands of kids learn. Constructive collaboration will.

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The myth about public schools

Have America’s public schools gotten worse over the years? Americans seem to think so.

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