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Little-known think tank driving education reform in New York

A team of two dozen well-paid analysts embedded in the State Education Department is having a dramatic impact on a reform agenda that's causing controversy throughout New York. None are public servants.

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3 ways districts can pay for special education students

According to a policy brief released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, funding systems for special education are outmoded and need to be fixed before the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act is updated.

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The failure of science education in the United States

The public school system of the United States, the richest country in the world, still struggles to educate our citizens about science and to make that education relevant and present in their daily lives.

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Art makes you smart

For many education advocates, the arts are a panacea: They supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools. Most of the supporting evidence, though, does little more than establish correlations between exposure to the arts and certain outcomes.

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iPads in schools: The right way to do it

This was supposed to be the year of the iPad’s crowning triumph in education—its adoption by and distribution throughout the nation’s second-largest school district, Los Angeles. Events haven’t quite turned out as planned.

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Charter schools in Philadelphia: Educating without a blueprint

A few years ago, Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School was one of Philadelphia's and the state's most troubled, violent and academically underachieving high schools. Today, Gratz is on the rebound.

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States aren't so sure their high schoolers should go to college

Education departments around the country are rolling back graduation requirements in a bid to aid students who aren't headed to university. But they risk marginalizing minorities.

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Gov. Christie's approach to conditions at N.J. urban schools called 'callous, benign neglect'

For more than 25 years, I’ve opposed state takeovers of public schools. I do not believe the state has the ability to improve the quality of education of New Jersey’s urban schools. The track record for school takeovers in New Jersey has been questionable at best.

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Education secretary loses some of his luster

If Americans know Education Secretary Arne Duncan for anything at this point, it would be as the guy who last week said that opposition to national K12 educational standards sprang from "white suburban moms" who feared that tougher requirements would reveal their children to be not as "brilliant" as they thought.

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Building steam under science, technology, engineering, math and the arts

The dearth of women in technology professions or girls taking STEM classes has been well-documented. But I found reason for hope recently during an afternoon with young girls studying STEAM, the acronym for science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics education, during full-day workshops on six consecutive Saturdays.

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