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K12, higher education worlds must collide to improve student outcomes

Too often legislators and educators worry more about K12 versus higher education competition for education funding than about how to combine resources to make significant improvements.

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The high school class that makes people richer

Evidence that financial education works is beginning to surface. Researchers at the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin recently found a direct tie between personal finance classes in high school and higher credit scores as young adults. Now, national results from a high school “budget challenge” further build the case.

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No Child Left Behind and testing help hold schools accountable

Annual, statewide testing should be saved, and it can be if moderates in both parties fight off special interests. But perhaps the most likely outcome will be to delay the decision for two more years, leaving No Child Left Behind and testing to be tackled by the next president.

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How to end 'teaching to the test'

The better way to ensure that test prep doesn't replace creative, stimulating lessons in class is to relax the law's rigid reliance on scores as a measure of school and teacher performance, and to tone down its harshly punitive elements.

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The case for opening New York schools to worship

Can New York City bar religious worship in its school buildings? It reflects the tension between the free exercise of religion on the one hand and the nonestablishment of religion on the other. The controversy involves afterschool uses of school buildings by outside organizations.

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Teachers can discourage girls from studying math

Girls who had a biased teacher in primary school were less likely to continue with math and science in high school. Even at early stages, primary school teachers give their students a powerful sense of who’s good at what. If they treat girls and boys equally, they can help give them an equal chance in math and science.

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How math and mentoring can help equip young African-American males for the future

A growing number of leaders and organizations are dedicated to saying, "I am here for you." Starting in my hometown of St. Louis, we are partnering with the Urban League's Save our Sons Program, the 100 Black Men for STEM and college assurance programming and the Boy Scouts of America's Restoring our Village Program.

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Don’t give up the gains in education

Congress made the right decision a decade ago when it required states to administer yearly tests to public school students — and improve instruction for poor and minority students — in return for federal education aid.

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How gentrification is leaving public schools behind

One of the least understood impacts of gentrification is its role in a neighborhood’s education system. While proponents of gentrification cite a range of positive impacts, including decreased crime rates and increased property values, the impacts on traditional neighborhood schools are murkier.

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Education 'experts' may lack expertise, study finds

Prominent interest groups are promoting reform agendas and striving to influence policymakers and public opinion using individuals who have substantial media relations skills but little or no expertise in education research, say the authors of the study.

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