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Charter critics still not pleased

The Chicago Board of Education's decision Wednesday to scale back the number of new charter school approvals may have tempered the tone of some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's school policy critics, but the political dynamic of the issue remains the same. The school board voted to approve just seven out of 17 charter school applications.

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Education summit speaker: Spunk matters more than test scores

If you want to help Charlotte children to become successful adults, should you get rid of ineffective teachers? Identify possible drop-outs in first grade? Or concentrate on building character? All were ideas discussed by speakers at an Education Summit that drew more than 400 people to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., recently.

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The future of education was invented in 1906

Wired has an excellent-yet-frustrating story on what they call “A Radical New Teaching Method” that is transforming education. Of course, as the article itself says, there is nothing “new” about this teaching method: let kids figure things out on their own, and they’ll not only learn better, but be more passionate. The frustrating part of the story is precisely this: they try to connect age-old insights about education to, somehow, a story about techno-utopianism and the internet and technology transforming schools.

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Money does matter in child's education

Education resources that cost money including class-size reduction or higher teacher salaries — are linked positively with student outcomes. Things costing money benefit students, and there's little convincing evidence to suggest there are more cost-effective alternatives.

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Top-down federal standards will doom our education system

These untested common standards will lead to standardized curriculum effectively pigeonholing students for a fixed role in society via a matrix of evaluations and examinations maintained in a database that will follow each student through adulthood.

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In Chicago, charter schools remain untouchable

I can think of a million reasons the expansion of Chicago charters should be put on hold. For starters, the more money the mayor spends building new charters, the less money he has for existing schools that are already so broke they're worried about paying for toilet paper.

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Students should be tested more, not less

When done right, frequent testing helps people remember information longer.

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Utah schools need more counselors

Utah’s inadequate funding for public education shows up starkly in the number of counselors in junior highs and high schools. Eighty-eight schools do not even meet Utah’s rather low standard of one counselor for every 350 secondary-school students.

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When schools stay open on Martin Luther King Day

In some states, districts have abandoned plans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and instead hold classes to make up for time lost during the recent record-setting spate of winter storms.

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