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Throwing more money at Philadelphia's schools isn't the answer

How can the Philadelphia school district be put on a sustainable path? An additional $80 million in taxes is not the answer to these questions — especially after a $1 billion revenue increase for the district over the last decade, with little improvement in student achievement to show for it.

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A lack of respect for North Carolina teachers

In the recently passed 2014-2015 state budget, state lawmakers' efforts have been focused on raising the salary for beginning teachers while leaving experienced teachers out of the picture. As in most professions, the workers with the most experience tend to be the best and most valued employees. The state has put forth very little incentive to keep experienced teachers in the classroom.

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Balanced calendar saves money and keeps kids motivated

Despite the challenges, the successes that two Michigan elementary schools are having with the balanced calendar is attracting attention from parents in neighboring districts as well. The different schedule does require some adjustments, especially when planning vacations and arranging child care during the year.

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California needs a statewide school bond

The state hasn’t passed a statewide bond since 2006, and the program funds are now depleted. Unless a new statewide school bond measure is approved, many California communities are going to be restricted to the minimum completion of projects envisioned for students.

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Revenue cap for school districts should be increased

Since 1993, public school districts in Wisconsin have operated under a revenue cap. As a result of the state's Act 10, increases to the revenue cap are not tied to inflationary increases, and it is creating problems for school districts.

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Expanding educational opportunity with scholarship tax credit

Access to a good school too often depends on a family’s ability to afford a home in an expensive community. But Massachusetts can break the tie between education and housing by enacting a scholarship tax credit law to expand educational opportunity for tens of thousands of low-income students.

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Pa. legislature shrugs off Philadelphia school crisis

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives had planned to take up a bill that would let Philadelphia proceed with a $2 a pack cigarette tax to prevent schools there from laying off a thousand employees. But the House chamber sat empty. The state's legislators remained on their six-week summer break from work in the Capitol. It is irresponsible and indefensible to hold the children of Philadelphia hostage in these kinds of internecine political battles, then waltz off on a six-week break.

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La. attorney general's opinion slows costly changes to school bus routes

State legislation is threatening to increase school bus route times and mileage, but Central Louisiana buses will roll their regular routes on the first day of school. A law prohibiting bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross traffic lanes took effect August 1. But an opinion from the state attorney general is giving districts more time to comply with Act 654.

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WalletHub ranks Mississippi 50th in its analysis of school systems

According to WalletHub's newest analysis, Mississippi was 50th and fared most poorly in math scores and percentage of children who repeated at least one grade but the state was tied for third with Massachusetts for the lowest number of bullying incidents.

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An assault upon our children

South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness. Before South Korea can be seen as a model for 21st century schooling, it must end its age-old feudal system that passes for education and reflect on what the country’s most vulnerable young citizens might themselves want.

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