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A school district's liability for teacher-student relationships

Title IX does not purport to establish the minimum age at which a minor is deemed to be capable of consenting to sexual activities with an older individual. Instead, Pennsylvania's Title IX prohibits certain forms of sex-based discrimination in the educational context.

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Bold action needed to improve struggling schools

It’s time to refocus the conversation happening around our district’s lowest-performing schools. There is entirely too much fighting and not enough substantive conversation about children and turning things around for them.

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Hardly anyone discussing education on cable news is an educator

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters.

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It's (not) a race to the top: Lessons from the Slow Food movement

A "Slow School" movement would embrace many of the excellent ideas that school reformers have been proposing for decades: de-emphasizing standardized tests, focusing on student happiness, individualizing instruction, and halting the flight of students from their own neighborhood schools.

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What it takes to fix American education

We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is “winning” and “losing” debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions.

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Obama's immigration plan will affect K12 students with undocumented parents

President Barack Obama's plan for executive action on immigration could impact not only the estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., but also their young children, according to new data from Pew Research Center.

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The architecture of loss: how to redesign after a school shooting

Good architects strive to balance design and function while listening closely to a client’s emotional needs for the space. But rebuilding a school after a shooting presents a unique kaleidoscope of intense feelings. Architects must create an environment that not only promotes learning, but also helps the students — and their towns — heal from tragedy.

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Are NOLA schools failing students with disabilities?

In New Orleans, schools have long struggled to provide for students with physical, emotional and mental disabilities. Even before Hurricane Katrina, many parents had to fight for extra help. But many say things have only gotten harder since the city's public school district shifted almost entirely to charter schools.

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LAUSD requiring ethnic studies for graduation

More than 90 languages are spoken in district schools, including Spanish, Korean, Armenian and Cantonese. L.A. Unified hopes to increase cultural awareness by requiring an ethnic studies course to graduate.

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Race matters in school discipline and incarceration

Gender and race inequity exist in school discipline policies. Acknowledging that fact is not an avenue to ignoring bad behavior, but the first step toward seeking ways in which all students succeed in school and then in life.

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