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A poverty, not education, crisis in U.S.

Poverty is the most relevant factor in determining the outcome of a person's educational journey, and in Finland, the child poverty rate is about 5%. In the U.S., the rate is almost five times as high.

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Real education reform happens in the classroom

While revolution might start at the Board of Education, City Hall, Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley, the real transformation in education -- the kind that counts -- will always happen inside the classroom. If meaningful, deliberative changes in learning and teaching don't take root there, they can't grow.

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We need coding in schools, but where are the teachers?

Coding in K-12 schools has gained momentum over the last two years.But as we rush to bring coding to our schools, questions emerge: Do we need ‘coding’ teachers? Who will teach computer programming to our students?

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11 foreign education policies that could transform American schools

We learned the latest PISA results last week, and American students performed the same on the well-regarded international exam as they have for the past 10 years -- completely stagnant, smack dab in the middle of the spectrum.

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A third way on education reform

Instead of perpetuating or even escalating the reform war, New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has an opportunity to gather the tribes and develop a “post-reform” education agenda that combines the best that both sides have to offer.

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A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

In the year since Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, lawmakers across the country have introduced hundreds of pieces of legislation. Many called for arming more security guards or, like a law passed in Texas, for arming teachers. Others tightened laws meant to keep guns out of schools.

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Texas school bans Christmas trees, the colors red & green

An elementary school in Frisco, Texas is believed to be the first in the state to violate “The Merry Christmas Law” after they banned Christmas trees and the colors red & green from an upcoming “winter” party.

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The feisty legacy of LAUSD board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte

Her unwavering and outspoken commitment to teacher protections, to funding public schools more generously and to challenging charter schools more vehemently will echo in people’s minds if not their ears.

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The costs of Shanghai's education success story

The dog-eat-dog and winner-take-all mentality of China's school system isn't just making children unhappy and unhealthy -- it's also causing cheating and bribery, leading to an unfair and unequal school system.

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Bridging the false dichotomy between poverty and education reform

Recently I attended two days of meetings in Kalamazoo, Michigan that gave me a new sense of optimism for the future of our public schools and our neediest students. It was another reminder to me that school reform is a wonderfully hopeful and iterative process, despite the political and rhetorical flare-ups it may inspire at times.

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