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Why do teachers quit?

Former teacher and researcher says anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of teachers will leave the classroom within their first five years (that includes the nine and a half percent that leave before the end of their first year.

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HIV and AIDS education in schools needs updating

At the beginning of the AIDS panic, misinformation about how HIV could and could not be transmitted was the norm and not the exception. As we move into the fourth decade since we discovered that HIV causes AIDS, panic has subsided thanks to accurate education. Unfortunately, some of our schools have fallen woefully short of providing up-to-date training for teachers and administrators—to the detriment of our children.

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On the road to school success

We are beginning to see real results in America’s cities, the epicenters of innovation, including the four we lead: Denver; Providence, R.I.; San Antonio; and Sacramento, Calif. Long before we entered the political arena, each of us lived in the city we now lead. We attended public schools and sat at those desks—and through that connection, we know that public education can work.

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Thinking sensibly about charter schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a supporter of charter schools, of which there are about 180 in New York City. The debate over how the next mayor should handle charters has been part of the campaign from the very beginning.

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Increased oversight, reduced funding threaten public education

Threats of increased state oversight and reduced funding are leveled against schools that do not meet complex standards. Ultimately, these guidelines reduce the rigor and flexibility of academic instruction.

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Thinking sensibly about charter schools

The problem of assigning students with special needs to stronger schools afflicts the entire system. It is a mistake to single out charter schools, many of which are high-performing, for shortcomings that are common across the board.

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What Kentucky can teach the rest of the U.S. about the Common Core

So far, Kentucky’s experience over the past three school years suggests it will be a slow and potentially frustrating road ahead for the other states that are using the Common Core.

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Schools learn tablets' limits

As schools rush to embrace computer tablets as teaching tools, glitches have officials in a few districts rethinking the usefulness and even security of the latest technology trend.

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School's military-style reboot aims to push students further

North Valley Military Institute, a Los Angeles Unified School District charter school, has this year transformed from a traditional campus to one steeped in military-style values and structure.

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Could 'hygiene hypothesis' be defense against food allergies?

Some physicians concede the five-second rule has been bandied about as symbolic to a defense against burgeoning numbers of children developing food allergies, particularly potentially deadly nut allergies.

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