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Massachusetts takes on a failing school district

Even though Massachusetts' public schools consistently rank at or near the top in the nation for performance on NAEP math and reading exams, the state has nonetheless struggled with how to improve chronically low-performing districts like the one in the impoverished former mill town of Lawrence.

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We don't need lunch ladies with Glocks

Rhode Island's law allowing citizens with concealed carry permits to carry guns on school property is inconsistent with the state’s otherwise prudent school-safety regulations. Yet firearms are banned in government buildings. Should not our children, in their schools, be afforded the same protections?

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Common Core can help Latino students

Throughout the education process, parents deserve to have a true picture of how their children are performing and whether they are prepared for college. Where a family lives, how much money it makes or its race or ethnicity should not dictate the quality of education a child receives. The Common Core initiative raises expectations for all children, including those who are struggling.

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Beyond time for school bus seat belts in Massachusetts

To this day, school buses are still not required to have seat belts. It seems hard to believe that we continue to allow children to travel to and from school in large buses with little protection other than the seat in front of them in the event of a crash.

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Nevada is changing the education financing landscape

Nevada isn't the first to create education savings accounts, but it is the first to allow any student currently enrolled in a public school to have an ESA. The new option is revolutionizing education financing.

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What could a new school funding formula mean for Pennsylvania?

A new state education formula has the potential to help schools that struggle financially, but the changes may not benefit well-off schools or those with declining enrollment. That raises the question of whether a new formula would be applied to existing funding or only to additional funding.

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Education nonprofit rides next wave of test preparation

The blow to students of a redesigned, more rigorous SAT college entrance exam may get softened by the offer of a free test prep program. The College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy, which will provide students with free resources to prepare for the new test.

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Capital-gains tax is best option to fund Wash. state education

Senate leaders have agreed on a bipartisan proposal to meet the state’s constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education and provide an equitable education for all students. They also agree that more revenue will be needed but now need to decide where it should come from.

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Urgency, apprehension and hope: What education leaders see in Utah's future

State education leaders aren't satisfied with Utah's place in the middle of the academic pack. Right now, 84 percent of high schoolers in the state say they are college-bound, but only one in four of them scored proficiently in all four areas of the ACT.

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Reading, writing, required silence: How meditation is changing schools

Data is limited, but early studies point to better grades, fewer suspensions and reports of better mental health among student meditators.

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