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School nutrition impacts our future national security

The foods and beverages that are served in Alabama's schools today could have a direct impact on our future national security. That's the leading message in a new report from Mission: Readiness. Obesity is the leading medical reason why 75 percent of young, eligible Alabama residents cannot qualify for military service.

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Bilingual education is more important than ever

For any school system with significant Spanish-speaking populations, responsible bilingual education is more important than ever. How to do it effectively is the challenge.

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Louisiana’s policies are costing schools good teachers

The current trend of Louisiana’s schools losing many of its highly effective teachers is alarming. After spending millions of taxpayer dollars on new curricula and evaluation systems, there is little evidence this money was wisely invested, particularly with teacher evaluations.

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Wisconsin's other school voucher program

The state's college voucher system, which can serve as a model for the K12 version, has let the market work itself out; if people didn't think they were getting a great education at private colleges, they wouldn't attend them. The least we can do is give low-income children that choice.

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Students and teachers on same classroom technology page, study finds

Students and teachers may not always see eye-to-eye, but they’re in agreement when it comes to technology in the classroom: more is better, according to new CompTIA research. Three-quarters of educators see positive effects of technology. Nine in 10 students say the use of technology in the classroom will be important in helping them get jobs.

Make school security invisible

Absent a significant threat, tight security instead projects a feeling of impending danger. U.S. school officials are often too quick to push such measures onto our children in terms of oversecuring schools against the threat of a shooting. Surveillance systems in schools need to be as unobtrusive as possible so as not to scare the children.

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Should elementary schools dump letter grades?

The Palm Beach County school system is contemplating replacing letter grades with something more soft and nuanced. Depriving parents of a clear way to assess their child’s progress does no good for anyone, and sparing a child the indignity of a bad grade deprives him of the opportunity to learn at an early age how to deal with life’s demands and disappointments.

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Reserve cap puts California school districts at serious risk

California's new reserve cap is counter to local control and responsibility, requiring every California district to spend down their existing reserves. How can we ask districts to take responsibility for their operations, facilities, programs, employees and students without giving them the ability to practice prudent financial management?

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Charter schools are resegregating Delaware schools

Last week, the ACLU and CLASI filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights showing that the implementation of the Charter School Law of 1995 has had a discriminatory impact on students of color and students with disabilities in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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How game theory helped improve New York City’s high school application process

To middle-school students and their parents, the high-school admissions process is a grueling and universally loathed rite of passage. But as awful as it can be, it used to be much worse.

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