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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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Can charter and district school officials find common ground?

New charter schools don’t always make it. When they fail, for academic or financial reasons, they tend to take taxpayer funds with them, pushing the children back into the district-run schools without the funding the state is supposed to provide.

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Study outlines options for cost savings in Okla.'s school districts

Oklahoma's school districts can redirect more funding to teachers and classrooms by streamlining and consolidating administrative costs, offering parents more choices for their children and eliminating waste, according to a state study. A proposed bill would have consolidated administrative spending for over 200 Oklahoma schools, resulting in more than $35 million in savings.

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Portland schools superintendent should reject changes to sibling preference

Some of the proposals to overhaul the Oregon public school system's school transfer system include terminating lottery applications to switch from one neighborhood school to another and weakening the sibling preference in lotteries at eight high-performing "focus-option" schools.

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