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America’s Schools Are Getting Their Biggest Overhaul in Living Memory

“This business," says John Demby, the principal of Delaware's Sussex Tech high school, “has changed dramatically in a very short period.” Like all principals in the state, he is evaluating teachers under a new system for the first time, adopting the Common Core, launching a college credit curriculum for high schoolers, and overhauling vocational training to better serve local businesses and students.

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Open Education: Take Back the Curriculum

Education technology consultant Karen Fasimpaur sounds like a revolutionary when she gets fired up talking about the potential of open educational resources, the textbooks and other educational tools made available as free downloads or interactive Web experiences.

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Teacher Education to Blame for Failing Schools

American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there’s enough blame for all participants to have their fair share.

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Celebrating Success Stories in Idaho K12 Education

Lakeland School District Superintendent Mary Ann Ranells said she has been blessed to be an educator for 40 years and that being a part of the Idaho Leads Project made her feel special.

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Mass. Charter School Results Too Good to Ignore

Enticed by federal Race to the Top dollars, Massachusetts passed an important education reform law in 2010—but now, with that legislation in place, policymakers seem to lack the appetite for another round of significant change.

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When Teachers Are the Bully's Target

A 2011 study, "Understanding and Preventing Violence Directed Against Teachers," reported 80% of about 3,000 K-12 teachers surveyed felt victimized by students, students’ parents or colleagues in the past year.

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Pa. Schools Need to Adapt to Competition from Other Institutions

Amid some of the most well-orchestrated and well-attended protests from parents and activists in recent history, the School Reform Commission last week voted to close down nearly two-dozen schools and consolidate a dozen others.

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Why America Demonizes Its Teachers

Evaluating teachers on their students’ performance has elicited much public comment of late. In essence, this view assumes that if students aren’t learning, the fault lies squarely with their teachers.

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A Bland Plan for Boston Schools

Education is what drives City Councilor John Connolly’s run against Boston Mayor Tom Menino. It’s a worthy issue with three daunting challenges: proving Menino has failed, convincing folks that Connolly has a better plan, and — if the first two tasks can be managed — finding enough voters who care.

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Driver's Ed: How the DMV Could Make Teens Learn About Money

As a parent, I would never dream of handing my car keys to a teenager who hasn't first completed a driver's education class.

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