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Want better Michigan schools? Think vouchers

When it comes to lackluster school results in Michigan, the problem isn’t charter schools. The state doesn’t need less choice. It needs more.

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Self-regulation: Just as important as learning ABCs and 123s

When it comes to success in the school environment, what are the important skills children need to master? Most adults think the focus should be on academic skills, such as counting or knowing the letters of the alphabet. However, it is just as important to teach children to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behavior.

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School background checks should not impose financial burden

A well-intentioned law to expand national fingerprinting background checks for school employees has been crucial for the safety of Massachusetts' most vulnerable residents: its children. The problem, however, is that the implementation of the law leads to multiple, repetitive background checks and unnecessary, costly layers of government bureaucracy.

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New Ma. fingerprinting law adds duplication to already costly, confusing process

A well-intentioned law to expand national fingerprinting background checks for school employees has been crucial for the safety of the commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents: its children. The problem, however, is that the implementation of the law leads to multiple, repetitive background checks and unnecessary, costly layers of government bureaucracy.

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Oklahoma virtual charter school board still faces problems

The board of The Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School faces an uncertain future in terms of their extended support from the State Department of Education due to unclear language in the bill that created it.

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Common ground: Educating border kids

The nearly 50,000 unaccompanied children that will soon enter our public schools, burdening taxpayers and schools that are already overcrowded and challenged to meet higher academic standards. Religious schools could take more immigrant students, and there should be government vouchers to pay for them. There is also common ground on the need for immigrant students to learn English and American history.

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Growing STEM talent requires early start

The Ohio region needs to grow its own students who are interested in and successful in STEM fields. The effort needs to start much earlier for students – in elementary school.

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No Child Left Behind Act needs an overhaul

Everyone has acknowledged for years that No Child Left Behind, which required that 100 percent of students meet academic standards by 2014, had created an impossible goal, and needed an overhaul. But Congress is too dysfunctional to do that.

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Protecting kids in the cloud

A new Virginia measure seeks to protect student privacy and restrict companies' ability to use students' data. The proposl puts Virginia among the dozens of states, along with the federal government, stepping into a complex fight over new technologies, big business, public education, security and privacy rights.

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Should students be allowed to cross the street to catch the school bus?

A new state law prohibits students from crossing the street to catch a school bus. Some Louisiana public school systems say they have already addressed safety issues on busy highways. They say the new law, aimed mainly at urban schools, would cost more money and keep students on the bus longer in rural areas where bus stops are located on interior, residential streets.

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