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Unified sports give everyone a chance to excel

For students with special needs, school can be a constant reminder of exactly how they are different socially and academically. Unified sports programs can change some of that, by putting all participants — special and regular education — in the same uniform and on the same field of play at the same time.

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School turnarounds will fail without high-quality pre-K

As the idea of universal pre-K moved to center stage in election season this fall, interest in high-quality pre-K as a school turnaround tool grows. Tragically, millions of children begin elementary school years behind their peers, and the SIG program — overhauled by the Obama administration five years ago — has not closed that gap.

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Pennsylvania's ad hoc school funding is unfair, unpredictable

Pennsylvania is one of only three states without a consistently applied school funding formula, which creates unfairness for students and disparities among school districts across the state. State officials must find an equitable method to distribute state funds for public education so that all students can have access to high-quality educational programs and services.

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Gap years: Are they effective for students?

In Europe, it's been a longstanding tradition for high school students to embark on a "gap year" of traveling and volunteering before entering their post-secondary studies. This trend is now becoming more popular amongst American students who want to explore their interests through real world experiences.

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A school district's liability for teacher-student relationships

Title IX does not purport to establish the minimum age at which a minor is deemed to be capable of consenting to sexual activities with an older individual. Instead, Pennsylvania's Title IX prohibits certain forms of sex-based discrimination in the educational context.

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Bold action needed to improve struggling schools

It’s time to refocus the conversation happening around our district’s lowest-performing schools. There is entirely too much fighting and not enough substantive conversation about children and turning things around for them.

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Hardly anyone discussing education on cable news is an educator

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters.

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It's (not) a race to the top: Lessons from the Slow Food movement

A "Slow School" movement would embrace many of the excellent ideas that school reformers have been proposing for decades: de-emphasizing standardized tests, focusing on student happiness, individualizing instruction, and halting the flight of students from their own neighborhood schools.

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What it takes to fix American education

We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is “winning” and “losing” debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions.

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Obama's immigration plan will affect K12 students with undocumented parents

President Barack Obama's plan for executive action on immigration could impact not only the estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., but also their young children, according to new data from Pew Research Center.

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