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States aren't so sure their high schoolers should go to college

Education departments around the country are rolling back graduation requirements in a bid to aid students who aren't headed to university. But they risk marginalizing minorities.

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Gov. Christie's approach to conditions at N.J. urban schools called 'callous, benign neglect'

For more than 25 years, I’ve opposed state takeovers of public schools. I do not believe the state has the ability to improve the quality of education of New Jersey’s urban schools. The track record for school takeovers in New Jersey has been questionable at best.

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Education secretary loses some of his luster

If Americans know Education Secretary Arne Duncan for anything at this point, it would be as the guy who last week said that opposition to national K12 educational standards sprang from "white suburban moms" who feared that tougher requirements would reveal their children to be not as "brilliant" as they thought.

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Building steam under science, technology, engineering, math and the arts

The dearth of women in technology professions or girls taking STEM classes has been well-documented. But I found reason for hope recently during an afternoon with young girls studying STEAM, the acronym for science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics education, during full-day workshops on six consecutive Saturdays.

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There’s a thin line between entertainment and education

In today’s world of flashing screens and iPods, entertaining is partially what the education system needs to be — sometimes just to keep up.

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Is it better to have a great teacher or a small class?

A new report suggests that students are better off in a larger class taught by an excellent instructor.

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Is New York's charter school era waning?

With Bill de Blasio’s incoming administration talking about capping the number of new charter schools, the city's pro-charter era could be ending.

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The four ways to really fix education (that no one wants to hear)

If this generation of Americans is the first not to live better than the previous one, it may be because it is the first generation in memory to not have achieved more education.

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Federal student loan profits help Sec. Duncan cut spending to lowest level since 2001

By effectively subsidizing half of the U.S. Department of Education's total operations -- spending that encompasses programs ranging from early childhood learning to aid for colleges -- the profits have reduced the agency’s total cost to U.S. taxpayers to the smallest amount since 2001.

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Great teachers don't always want to become principals

Is there a way for teachers to make more money and advance in their careers without leaving the classroom?

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