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Time to tweak Massachusetts school funding formula

Although it's been called the “gold standard” of education funding, the state's school funding formula hasn’t been updated since 2007. It has not kept pace with what education truly costs with rising health insurance and special education expenses.

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Open the books on high school sports money

With 80 percent of its members being taxpayer-funded schools, the Illinois High School Association should divulge information about its finances beyond the minimum requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. Otherwise, it is impossible even to know if its revenue-sharing arrangement with the schools is a fair deal.

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Spending money on early education pays off

According to the National Center for Homeless Education, only 21.5 percent of elementary students experiencing homelessness are proficient in math and 24.4 percent proficient in reading — both fundamental skills to set our youth on a firm path.

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Textbooks only one piece of today's education structure

Thankfully, the days of "chalk and talk" instruction, where a teacher talks to the class while writing on a chalkboard, are long gone.

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Federal testing law flunks common-sense test

Not only did the number of students tested annually more than double with NCLB, the requirement to test 95 percent of all students means that schools must schedule make-up exams.

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Oklahoma must put education first

Education should be the tool to lift people out of poverty. The Oklahoma pre-K through high school education system isn’t fulfilling that role.

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Texas Legislature falls short (way short) on public education funding

With the insufficient funding increase in the state budget, many districts will have to struggle to provide any meaningful local salary increases for teachers and cover rising health-care costs for teachers and other school personnel; Texas will retain its below-average ranking for teacher pay.

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Is common enrollment right for Detroit?

With more than half of Detroit students attending charter schools, the idea of a streamlined enrollment system has come up. Much confusion is eliminated when parents are given a common enrollment application and choice process for all city schools.

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Dumped reform means fewer schools at higher cost

The final days of any regular session include frantic deal-making and sneaky maneuvering by special interests, but the bargain that compelled the Nevada Legislature to roll back the prevailing wage exemption contained in school construction legislation already signed into law was counterproductive. The result will be fewer school projects at higher costs.

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Why we need to do more to retain teachers

The implementation of mentorship programs for at least the first two years is important in order to retain new teachers. In addition, teachers often equate adoption of standardized curriculum with no longer possessing autonomy over their own classrooms. Elected officials seem to have more power over what goes into a lesson plan than the average teacher.

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