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Concealed handguns beneficial to campus safety

There is no doubt an element of mental illness is involved with each school shooting. However, “gun-free” zones serve as magnets to these shooters. We can better prepare ourselves for and defend against these mass shootings by eliminating “gun-free” zones and educating ourselves about handgun safety.

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Virtual success or state money pit?

Thousands of North Carolina schoolchildren may be taking their classes through home computers next year, after state lawmakers created a pilot program that will add two online-based schools. It could send millions in public education dollars from local school districts to private curriculum providers.

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A betrayal of migrant children, and the law

On New York's Long Island, not-in-my-backyard resentment and bureaucratic obstruction are getting in the way of equal treatment under the law. These schools have an obligation to meet, and children to teach. They have to find the money and will to do it.

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University pushes back against Michigan's measurement of charter performance

Grand Valley State University's leadership, while supportive of monitoring performance, is challenging Michigan's academic performance methodology as an inaccurate measure of overall performance by aggregating students without recognizing student diversity and at-risk student populations.

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Will this winter force cancellation of school as often as last year?

Midwest and Northeast schools could see a repeat of last year's widespread cancellations and delays due to hazardous temperatures. Areas from eastern Texas all the way up to eastern Kentucky could be impacted by ice events that will prompt school delays and cancellations.

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Education sets the table for healthy eating in school

We have witnessed great advances in policies relating to what children eat in schools. Instead of rolling back these gains, we should be strengthening these healthy eating policies with additional requirements for nutrition education, increased funding for the programs that provide it, and more support for schools that want to offer it.

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School reformers should study what works in other countries

One of the challenges with education reform is that it is inherently political, with people seeming to demand immediate and overwhelming results. Politicians and educators would do well to examine what other nations are doing.

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The short shelf life of urban school superintendents

Superintendents tend to get hired, and fired, pretty quickly regardless of whether they consider themselves reformers. What's been called the "revolving door" of urban superintendents has created a lot of policy angst over whether they can be effective in that short a time period.

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A bipartisan bill cans classroom child abusers

A merger of bills targeting abusive teachers or other education staff who migrate to other schools after getting into trouble is a rare case of bipartisan common sense in the often fractious Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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Charter schools’ function as labs of innovation has left something to be desired

The hiatus on new charter schools in Massachusetts gives us an opportunity for a more substantive debate on the issue of innovation in the charters and beyond. The state should pause and look at why charters haven’t provided the research and development, the innovation function, that was a critical part of the excitement at their birth in the mid-1990s.

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