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How Mexico's courageous education reforms could affect Texas

A long era of corruption-fueled dysfunction in Mexico may slowly be drawing to a close. The Mexican legislature last week summoned a special kind of courage to defy one of the most powerful vestiges of old-style machine politics: the national teachers unions.

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ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture

Mass. Rep. Brodeur: Background checks key to child safety

Under the new law, newly-hired employees must undergo fingerprint-based checks of state and national criminal records databases. Current employees will have to undergo national background checks before the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.

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ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture

America's floundering education

It is no secret today that U.S. public schools are slipping quickly behind other developed nations in every subject. This problem is not one of funding, it is a problem of politics in public education.

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Will Utah’s school grading system erode support for public schools?

Parents should care deeply about Utah’s new school grading system, educators say, but not because it shows which schools are excelling and which schools are failing. Rather, it is proof that a decades-old movement to privatize America’s public schools is making serious headway in Utah.

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Education chief: Maybe start school later in the day

A later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time and local districts should consider delaying the first bell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday. School districts would still be free to set their own start times, Duncan insisted, but pointed to research that backs up his comments that rested students are ready students.

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The wrong kind of education reform

High-stakes teacher accountability, merit pay, shuttering “failing” schools—are believed to be essential if public schools are ever going to get better. And these maxims underlie the commitment to charter schools and vouchers.

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Lauren Williams's picture

Common Core and more -- why don't parents get to have a say in their kids' education?

In today’s society, mothers and fathers are encouraged to be there for their children from first breath, cutting the umbilical cord, cheering at soccer matches, and helping in the doctor’s office, where many a queasy parent is asked to assist with something that can make a grown man go weak in the knees.

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Lauren Williams's picture

Access to alternative education a must

When these requirements are fully phased in, to earn a regular diploma, students must pass four years of English, three years of science and three years of math beyond pre-algebra, in addition to separate tests on the "common core" skills of reading, math, and writing.

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As classes resume, Buffalo schools have little time left for major improvement

As schools open again in Western New York over the next few days, something new is in the air, especially for troubled school districts like Buffalo’s. It’s something that is very good for students, but perhaps not for administrators who can’t or won’t find their way forward.

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