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Arts are vital to education

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would cut the National Endowment for the Arts by 49 percent. I think this is a terrible idea and call on our congressional delegation to reject this cut.

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‘A’ schools do not guarantee ‘A’ education

A school’s grade means that my children will be taught to the test and will not get a full, rounded education, as I did at their age. A school’s grade implies that there is a correlation between a higher grade and increased pressure put on teachers, administration and students to perform. The test dictates what the child will learn.

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Are we serious about improving education?

Two recent events – one on the east coast and one on the west coast – raise painful questions about whether we are really serious when we say that we want better education for minority children.

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Abandoning 'Common Core' education standards would send wrong message to industry, BRAC

The text books will change, the teachers will be different, and the course offerings will vary, but the basics of what is taught and what students are expected to learn will be consistent.

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The police state mindset in our public schools

Instead of making the schools safer, we've simply managed to make them more authoritarian.

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Jeb Bush vs. Matt Damon on schools and testing

Here is an unlikely duel: It's Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, vs. Matt Damon, actor and activist, over school accountability measures.

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Low-income schools struggle under Florida's grading system

The wealthiest schools never get Fs, and schools with high populations of poor students face an uphill battle to even get a C. The trend is visible through a decade-plus of school grade results, dating back to the first grades issued in 1999.

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More chinese students coming to US middle schools

US middle schools hosted 6,725 Chinese middle schoolers in 2011, up from just 65 in 2006, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Charter schools in churches a focus of praise, concerns

In the past three years, 16 of the 23 charter contracts the state of Texas has awarded have gone to entities with religious ties.

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A simple way to boost minority test scores

When taking tests, students of color aren’t just worrying about the exam itself, but about what people might think of them and their ethnic group once the results come in.

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