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Funding gaps still problem for schools

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to take up a lawsuit that says Alabama's caps on property taxes are racially discriminatory may appear to give state leaders a reprieve on rapid reforms to ensure public schools in impoverished areas are adequately funded. But they better not wait long or they could risk facing civil rights complaints and federal monitoring under new guidelines aimed at ridding schools of racial inequities.

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Conservatives should be cautious about school prayer efforts

Public prayer and discussion by and with adults is fine. Reasonable people firm in their faith can tolerate our many differences in such forums, or at least they should. Having our children's faith potentially incorrectly taught by a well-meaning teacher at their public school, however, may be a step too far.

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Wireless internet access decreases at schools for students

While the majority (93 percent) of elementary, middle and high school students have wireless access to the Internet at home, a recent study conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Pearson revealed that connectivity shrinks when they get to school — only 62 percent have wireless access there.

Poverty is the strongest indicator for attending college

Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they're from urban, suburban or rural areas, according to a report by National Student Clearinghouse. The report found that poverty remains a more important indicator of whether a student will go to college than high school demographics or location.

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Rumors can undermine school-community partnership

The relationship between parents, community members and our schools has undergone significant changes over the past two decades. All too often, schools find themselves on the defensive, spending critical time defusing rumors, time that would be better devoted to the primary task at hand of educating children.

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Doubts arise over Texas school data

The cheating scheme in the El Paso ISD should have been a warning to the state of potential flaws in its accountability system. But there was never any urgency to explore whether problems unearthed in El Paso were present elsewhere in Texas.

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Video games, Henry Ford and the problems of modern education

We should consider the ways in which edtech can help the next generation develop the capacity to use cognitive and academic skills to create a better world–how edtech can be a tool that enables better teaching of critical thinking, uncertainty, creativit and empathy.

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Mavericks in Education: Failing to make the grade

Mavericks in Education Florida launched a network of charter schools more than five years ago, drumming up publicity with prominent pitchmen and pledging to turn dropouts into graduates. Many of the company's schools have been investigated and asked to return public dollars. Three have closed.

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"War on Public Education" focuses more on preserving public system than education

Most of the American public education establishment tends to despise charter schools, vouchers, education tax credits, and a wide variety of education programs that create more education alternatives with public dollars. They are so upset that they have declared war. 

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Metal detectors in schools: Source of safety or anxiety?

In America, black students are five times more likely than their white peers to have to walk through metal detectors into school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Hispanic students are more than twice as likely.

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