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The mental abuse of young athletes

Young athletes are scared to talk about mental abuse, and parents have no idea how to handle it. There are no official laws against it unless it's taken to an extreme. A coach will get fired for punching a player in the face, but nothing will happen when they subtly abuse their hard-working, trusting athletes for years.

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Washington needs control over pay for K12 districts

Whatever lawmakers do to boost salaries, they need to make sure the state assumes full costs of compensation in the long term. Getting this done might be simpler if the state bargained directly over wages and health care with the state teachers’ unions and left non-pay issues for its local affiliates.

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Troubled school districts need more than prizes

Most likely, Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is just seeing what any close watcher of urban districts can see. It's clear to education experts that only a few traditional urban school districts favored with both strong leadership and resources can continue to improve pretty much on their own.

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Find a way to teach CPR in schools

The American Heart Association is lobbying the Florida Legislature this session to pass a bill that teaches CPR. Florida's schools are meant to teach students essential life skills. Learning how to save someone's life qualifies as critical education.

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City schools and the taxing dilemma

Baltimore's growing property tax base and revitalization ought to be cause for celebration, not hardship for the city's children. With lower property taxes and the subsequent effect on the state education funding for the city, the loss of funds could mean 393 fewer teachers.

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California’s high school exit exam must change for the better

The high-stakes nature of the test along with persistent questions about its utility at measuring college or career readiness have made it a political lightning rod for years. Yet it may turn out that the new Common Core standards are what finally kills off the exit exam for good.

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How inquiry can enable students to become thinkers

It may seem challenging to keep track of 30 kids investigating 30 different issues, but when inquiry-based teaching is done well, that chaotic swirl of ideas and needs is based on careful planning and teacher support.

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High school diploma bill would help Georgians

Since the state graduation test is no longer required for students, it is reasonable to allow former students to receive their diplomas if their only deficiency was not passing the state test. This change would open up additional career and college opportunities for the former students.

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Common Core testing teaches tots to type

While many feel that formal instruction is important in developing good habits, others argue that kids are typing on phones and tablets that make keyboards irrelevant. Common Core testing is now shaping that debate by positioning keyboarding skills as an indirect way to measure student achievement.

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High schools a better investment than community colleges

The nearly $80 billion program for financing community college students should be put to use where it can do more good. Let those funds go to into our high schools where they are urgently needed to prepare young people for citizenship, the workplace or college.

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