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How the economy is influencing school standardized testing

At its core, the Keystone Exams and the underlying Common Core curriculum are not just about public school students' academic achievement. The forces behind the push are as much economic as they are educational.

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Black kids receive a grossly fraudulent education

A voucher system would empower black parents to remove their children from high-cost and low-quality public schools and enroll them in lower-cost and higher-quality nonpublic schools.

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‘Education reform’ dies, which is just as well

The big problem with education has been the long decline not in the caliber of teachers but the caliber of students.

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What next for proponents of education choice?

North Carolina’s grants were open to exploitation by almost anyone claiming to run a school, with virtually no oversight.

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Education lotteries redistribute wealth from the poor to the rich

Regardless of one's opinion about gambling, the fact remains that poor families make up a disproportionate number of lottery players while most honor roll students come from middle income families and up.

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N.M. district right to try magnets to attract mid-schoolers

Under the theory that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Albuquerque’s charter school movement should feel complimented that the state’s largest school district is considering creating magnet middle schools that mirror some of its success stories.

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Rebuilding Milwaukee’s schools and communities

There is an inherent link between strong public schools, healthy communities and a vibrant democracy. In Milwaukee, all are endangered.

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Classroom tech seen as loophole in ban on junk food ads in schools

While many schools have banned use of personal gadgets in class, others now encourage it. Ads may pop up in the course of those classroom Web activities, or during the social media checking and Web browsing done between classes.

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Every time foster kids move, they lose months of academic progress

Students in foster care move schools 1-2 times a year, and by the time they age out of the system, over one third will have experienced five or more school moves. Children are estimated to lose 4-6 months of academic progress per move.

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California's bilingual education ban should have been repealed long ago

In the 16 years since the state imposed restrictions on bilingual education with Proposition 227, California has largely squandered one of its most valuable economic and cultural resources.

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