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Education reform worth stopping

With an overemphasis on testing students and the state and federal "command and control" mentality, we are on a road that will lead to a hard crash — we are paving the road just as we drive on it. We have no say about the road conditions, how fast we must move or what our destination is. When we do crash, what will happen to our children?

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Schools alone cannot overcome effects of poverty

What if we took all the money we currently spend on trying to ameliorate the effects of poverty and instead adopt two ideas: a guaranteed minimum income for every family and universal high quality early education? These might be a surer way to provide a path out of poverty for every child.

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Can the tide turn against standardized testing?

In the fight against standardized testing, resistance can take many forms. Under the new leadership of Barbara Madeloni, the Massachusetts Teachers Association is planning to introduce a bill that would put a three-year moratorium on using standardized tests for high-stakes purposes.

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Skipping school for vacation: good for families, or bad for students?

The decision to take a child out of school is complicated, and no matter how well planned, school absences are disruptive. Most teachers cede that while family time is important, resulting absences do create an undue and possibly unfair burden on teachers.

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Nevada needs plan to start school construction this year

Whatever achievement initiatives the state proposes, and whatever pitches are made to bring in more companies, they will have less benefit if the only places to pile new students are in crowded schools on year-round schedules. The state needs to enact multiple ways to start new school construction this year.

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Justice wanted for public school students in New York

If New York is ever to offer a high-quality education to all its young people, the case must go forward to a full hearing on the rules that systematically saddle the neediest students with ineffective teachers.

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Give New Jersey's new PARCC tests a chance

Legitimate concerns about testing times have also been raised by both educators and parents. However, if the promise of PARCC is achieved, the scope and quality of data that educators, students and parents will receive from this effort will justify this investment in time.

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Local Wisconsin school leaders oppose education bill

A proposed education bill calls for strict sanctions for struggling schools that would force failing public schools to close and reopen as charter schools. A different outcome should be possible other than public schools being forced into an independent charter.

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Lawmakers should support local control

The new Texas Legislature needs to take a long look at the real purpose of standardized testing. If the purpose of testing is to assess a student's mastery of the state's curriculum, then a change is required. The state needs to replace it with a compact, rigorous curriculum that will allow students the opportunity for enrichment or remediation.

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The pension sink is gulping billions in tax raises

California Gov. Jerry Brown sold a $6 billion tax increase to voters in 2012 by promising that nearly half of the money would go to bolster public schools. Critics argued that much of the new revenue would wind up in California’s severely underfunded teacher pension system. They were right.

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