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Dropouts are putting a major strain on our economy

Dropouts cause our society emotional pain. But the cold hard facts are they cause us economic pain that could be avoided once we admit that our dropout rate has an economic impact. We have got to get our schools the resources to go at this problem head on.

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U.S. education lets kids be kids

American children have colorful lives while their Chinese peers are locked up in studies. Surprisingly, many of my American friends are not as optimistic about the American system. In fact, they've told me it's the U.S. education system that's problematic and perhaps should learn from the Chinese system.

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10 reasons religious education belongs in school

One writer says learning about religion--rather than actually practicing faith--is quite vital for understanding the world’s history. Another study found that religious children are more likely to believe fictional tales and have a tougher time separating fantasy from reality--but that’s not all that bad.

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Minnesota school districts try to help minorities earn teaching licenses

As Minnesota becomes more diverse, schools are facing a shortage of teachers of color. Minnesota ranks just below the national average on the ratio of non-white teachers to non-white students, sometimes called the diversity gap.

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Class stlll in: Why a longer school year may not help in Detroit

With most students learning several years behind grade level, administrators say extra time is desperately needed –– and not only for academics. One high school is using its additional daily minutes to help meet students’ social and emotional needs.

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Making out-of-school programs a priority helps everyone

How do we reverse the most negative trends facing young people today? One way is by recognizing the importance of out-of-school time. The out-of-school environment -- after school and summer -- plays an essential, yet often overlooked role in transforming kids’ lives and America’s future

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Are tenured teachers to blame for failing schools?

A pair of lawsuits in New York accuse the state's teacher tenure guidelines of giving low-income and minority kids a subpar education. Those challenging the state only have one goal in mind: ensuring that all of our public school children have good teachers.

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Less visibility for charter schools is unwise

Keeping records public results in accountability. It prevents favoritism or discrimination. Charter schools are a special form of public school. All forms of public schools need to conduct business in full view of taxpayers. Management companies that insist on privacy should run private schools.

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Minnesota’s law on school fees needs updating

Actions by STRIDE Academy and the Sauk Rapids-Rice school board this month are highlighting the need for more clarity — and fiscal reality — when it comes to Minnesota’s Public School Fee Law.

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All charter school salaries need to be disclosed

The SB 793 Charter School Modifications bill stipulates the salaries of charter school teachers and members of a charter schools’ non-profit boards of directors are subject to public disclosure, but not those employed by for-profit management companies, even though they are paid with public funds. The correct thing to do if a North Carolina school is run with public money is to require all salaries to be disclosed.

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