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Corporate greed at heart of public education's problems

Our system of public education is in dire straits, to be sure. However, the teachers aren't the cause of its decline; neither are the parents or the students.

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Is Colorado the new litmus test for education funding?

Did Coloradans want good schools but decide they were not interested in paying for them? Or were they so opposed to any reforms that they were willing to pass up the money?

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Fallacies, realities about teachers and education schools

Spreading the poisonous notion that everything in current educational establishments is mediocre will only hurt our capacity to continue to entice amazing young people into this profession.

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States are starting to test teachers

In the film “Bad Teacher”, Cameron Diaz’s character says she entered the profession “for all the right reasons: shorter hours, summers off, no accountability”. No one is threatening to take away the first two perks, but several states are eyeing the third.

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Schools matter in student performance

A group of researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have decided to oppose the A-F school grading system because they consider it unfair. Unfortunately, their sense of what is fair is based on flawed thinking about educational quality and gives little credit to great educators.

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In public education, edge still goes to rich

The anguished and often angry national debate over how to improve American educational standards, focused intently on grading students and teachers, mostly bypasses how the inequity of resources — starting at the youngest — inevitably affects the outcome.

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L.A. schools should not separate non-English-speaking children

The plan to separate non-English-speaking elementary students from others in core classes opens the door to classifying Spanish-speaking pupils as “second-class students” simply because they are not proficient in English.

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Why are American schools still segregated?

A new study offers two answers: White people are making up a smaller percentage of the population than they used to, and different races are living in different school districts.

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New Paltz, N.Y. event will ponder future of Ulster County education

It's not just that New York wants schools to consolidate. In the face of declining enrollment, soaring costs, plummeting revenue and school aid, New York school districts seem to be left with few other options. As school districts and teachers try to plan ahead, many have wondered out loud what the future of education will look like for our kids.

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Charter-school education gambles with our children

Just 10 days into a new academic year, classes were abruptly over at one North Carolina charter school this year. In September, parents who had enrolled their children in Kinston Charter Academy received a letter from the principal directing them to take their children someplace else.

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