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Picky eaters: Making school meals that kids will eat

A couple of blocks from Paint Branch High School, in Maryland’s Montgomery County, there's a strip mall with a 7-Eleven, a Pizza Hut and a Chinese restaurant. And every day around 11 a.m., the students from Paint Branch start rolling in.

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Beware of the U.S. charter school doom loop

Charter schools have generated noisy debates and relatively modest results. The latest report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found statistically significant benefits for some students, reversing findings from a similar study in 2009. But the gains are nothing to write home about.

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Segregating English learners in schools

Children might benefit from true immersion in the language they're seeking to learn, but that's not what most L.A. Unified students, especially the Spanish speakers, receive on a daily basis.

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Common Core courtesy

The Education Department claimed the forum was “co-opted by special interests.” Mr. King is quoted by the Albany Times Union as justifying the suspension because the “disruptions caused by the special interests have deprived parents of the opportunity to listen, ask questions and offer comments. ... Essentially, dialogue has been denied.”

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Nevada school shooting shows limits of security

In January, the National Rifle Association, hoping to deflect criticism as well as efforts to tighten gun control laws, promoted a "more guns" national strategy for school safety. The so-called "School Shield Program" would furnish every school in America, regardless of size or grade level, with trained sharpshooters.

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Sequestration cuts lead to bigger classes, shuttered arts programs in schools

If sequestration continues, the pain for school districts dependent on impact aid will worsen.

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Bloomberg's New York education plan is working: Don't ditch it

Since the outgoing mayor took office, New York City's high-school graduation rates are up. There are more high-quality schools. Money is distributed more equitably.

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Black boys have an easier time fitting in at suburban schools than black girls

Minority young men are considered by their white peers to be cool and tough; minority young women, on the other hand, are stereotyped as "ghetto" and "loud."

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Charter schools need budget cops

Too many charter schools are failing — and creating an enormous disruption in the lives of students, families and neighborhood schools.

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Sports specialization trend costs teens, schools

Of the 54 football players at Serra-San Mateo High School in California, 39 play another sport. Head coach Patrick Walsh doesn't like that. He wishes more of them would play a second sport.

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