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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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How college admissions are affected by racially biased school discipline

The inclusion of disciplinary records in college admissions is important, in part, because the extent to which teachers discipline students often depends on the students’ race. Numerous studies show that students of color are likely to be punished more severely than white students.

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When a New York school board victimizes kids

East Ramapo public school students are being denied their state constitutional right to a sound basic education. Dominated by private-school parents, hundreds of staff members, full-day kindergarten and high-school electives have been eliminated in favor of increased public spending on private schools.

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School reform needs reform

Public school educators are in a constant battle for fair pay while ever-increasing sums are spent on programs from Gallup consultants to testing classroom technology. Taxpayers, school boards and superintendents must pull away from the latest trends and reforms and commit to the truth: we build better schools by recognizing the humanity in our students and the staff they interact with every day.

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