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Governor’s Schools enhance Pennsylvania’s agricultural strength

The School for the Agricultural Sciences is the newest addition to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Excellence, a program that exposes high school students to a variety of STEM fields. It will be a month-long program where students will learn about agriculture and natural resources.

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Getting serious about the Washington teacher quality gap

Providing disadvantaged students with high-quality teachers does not guarantee their schooling success, but it certainly goes a long way towards increasing the odds that they will do well school, go on to college and lead productive lives.

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Nation's most segregated schools are in New York, not deep south

The nation's most segregated schools aren't in the deep south–they're in New York, according to a report released by the University of California, Los Angeles' Civil Rights Project. In particular, 19 out of New York City's 32 Community School Districts had 10 percent or fewer white students in 2010.

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Building an effective school board

A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Center for American Progress finds school board members with a background in public education are not better informed than their colleagues. It also suggests the makeup of local school boards can have a measurable effect on student achievement.

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Too many suspensions, too few science courses plague minority schools

Thousands of black, Hispanic and American Indian youngsters have higher suspension rates and much less exposure to science and technology classes, which can prepare students for lucrative careers. Schoolhouse inequalities should not be allowed to fester in a society where these minority populations will compose the majority by 2050.

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Universal school choice is clearest pathway to restore education

Unlike programs identified today as “school choice,” such as opportunity scholarships, charter schools and tax credits, universal choice transfers control of education back to parents. It allows public funds to follow the child to the school chosen by the parents. With parental control comes responsibility—a prerequisite to success.

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St. Louis district right to try a bold step to lift low-achieving schools

Opinions are mixed on whether students would benefit if St. Louis’ lowest-performing schools were run by nonprofit groups. Even without conclusive evidence, the superintendent's proposal to seek outside help is a sign of the urgency he feels to improve education for students in the district and his willingness to try new methods.

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Delaying new standardized testing in N.J. benefits schools, students

Increases in academic rigor, use of technology in assessing student performance and professional accountability for teachers and administrators all represent a positive direction—but without expanding capacity in New Jersey’s districts, it may well be impossible to successfully implement these initiatives. What’s the rush?

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Fostering innovation: What can health care teach education?

Disruptive innovations have transformed health care recently and brought about the greatest transformation of the system in a generation. Education’s turn could be next.

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Report finds Massachusetts education system needs major overhaul

“The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts in the Next 20 Years,” a new report commissioned by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, concludes that Massachusetts districts, schools and instruction must be transformed if the state is to remain a hub of innovation.

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