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Keeping charter school seats filled

Charter leaders should commit to immediately reform their K12 backfill policies for the 2015 lottery season. Longer term, charter authorizers or legislators should require policies that free up all available seats for new students.

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Reading instruction and the achievement gap

Schools have been so focused on building the skill of early reading that too many have ignored the need for students to know a great deal of content in order to understand what they are reading. Too many have undervalued the role instruction in science, history and the arts play in reading instruction.

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Oregon's high school students deserve full schedules

Last week, the Oregon Board of Education took a courageous step: By the 2018-19 school year, all schools must hand out a full schedule to at least four in five students. Sadly, a part-time high school schedule is not uncommon in Oregon.

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Closing the math gap for boys

After just a single year in Chicago’s intensive math tutoring and mentoring program, known as Match, participants who were up to 10 years behind in math ended up as much as two years ahead of students in a control group who didn’t get this help.

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It will take more than money to improve Idaho's schools

Idaho's State Board of Education is proposing to change significantly the way Idaho pays and evaluates teachers. Their proposal will markedly increase cost. But will their proposals actually make things better?

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