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Common Core really is all about the tests (and corporate profits)

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage in No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Common Core. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

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Focus on play in kindergarten may improve grades, study says

Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study on the "Tools for the Mind" technique.

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Push across the finish line on preschool

Educators are pleading for help to address the huge challenges associated with meeting the needs of tens of thousands of at-risk kids.

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Understanding how charter schools help, not hinder, education

Too few of our modern-day state leaders appreciate the absolute role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools.

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Teaching our children can be a profession

For decades, we've let virtually anyone with a college degree become a teacher. According to Sandra Feldman, then-head of a national teachers union, this approach is "disastrous."

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Best free education money can buy

By retreating from the state’s century-old commitment to an “absolutely free public education,” the Department of Education has opened the door to a two-tier educational system, one that offers enhanced educational opportunities for those who can pay for them and inferior ones for those who can’t.

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E-cigarette use among U.S. teens is on the rise

The use of e-cigarettes is growing, according to a new report from the CDC. High school students that reported using an e-cigarette within the last 30 days has increased from 2.8 percent in 2012 to 4.5 percent in 2013.

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Even in high school sports, it can be all about the money

Any system expanded so far that it provides post-season opportunities to any team has gone too far. A winless playoff team helps expose the absurdity of the high school football system in New Jersey, but the mismatches we are seeing are also dangerous, leading not only to embarrassment but a greater likelihood of injuries.

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Education on the cheap in Alabama

Smart advocates urge the state board and lawmakers to see Alabama’s schools as a garden needing cultivation — with money, resources and personnel. Yes, that’s expensive. But Alabama’s historic tendency to pay for education on the cheap has proven to be a fallacy that fails the state and its children. It doesn’t work.

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Long term, transportation funding is school funding

"Children before concrete” is one of the catchphrases of people who’ve been fighting transportation funding in the Washington Legislature. It’s a false choice. Smart investments in highway and transit infrastructure don’t steal money from schools and social welfare programs. They create jobs and expand the economy, helping pay for public services that benefit children.

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