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Illinois lawmakers obligated to address school funding issue

Illinois has a legal obligation to provide adequate education funding, and a moral obligation to make sure all students receive a quality education. That's a tall order to fill, given the state's current financial woes. But maintaining the status quo isn't the answer.

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High school career diplomas could be the future

The new career diploma/vocation training education path is crucial and could yield positive outcomes. This is the opportunity that Louisiana and the country needs in order to provide the proper tools and assets to students that will make up the backbone of future blue collar America.

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Preschool moves to the head of the class in Cleveland

A partnership between the Cleveland schools and more than 30 local agencies to expand high-quality preschools may be the key to turning around the Cleveland public schools.

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Education reform has worked for Mass. - it’s time for the next round

Much work remains to be done, especially in closing the achievement gap, and Massachusetts can’t shrink from it. That’s why it’s disturbing—but not entirely surprising—that the latest education-reform bill is languishing in the Legislature.

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Correcting SAT isn't the answer

For now, the SAT and ACT are here to stay. And that's OK, if colleges have the smarts to put them in proper perspective. A better approach is for schools to determine whether higher scores really do predict better success at their institutions and give scores the weight they deserve.

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Why half of urban kids drop out

Urban school systems need something individualized and intensive as a safety net to help prevent students who start falling behind from falling completely through the cracks. But there is also a larger lesson here that it is not too late to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds even once they reach adolescence.

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Time to rejuvenate New Jersey charter school law

The 1995 law that created public charter schools is no longer sufficient. New Jersey and the nation have learned a great deal in 17 years about how to serve and support the children and families who rely on a charter education. Now is the time to update the state’s charter school law.

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Pass Pennsylvania law taming errant teachers

Proposed legislation in Harrisburg seeks to stop the unfettered flow of unfit educators. Senate Bill 46 would require districts to confidentially share certain information about teachers, closing loopholes that have allowed people unsuited for the classroom to move from job to job.

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Is It Time to Start School Later?

Teenagers are biologically driven to sleep-in, stay-up-late schedules—routines that make early school mornings challenging for everybody. What if the remedy lies in making adjustments to their daily schedule requirements?

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Oregon science standards require new teacher certification

Oregon recently became the tenth state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. However, there is currently no certification in several science areas, and there is little opportunity for teachers to pursue such training in the college programs that exist now in the state.

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