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What's driving L.A. Unified's better test scores?

L.A. Unified's scores have been rising slowly since the urban district assessment began a decade ago, but figures released this week showed a more significant jump.

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Charter schools changing education

Along with traditional public schools, public charter schools provide a valuable service to our community by giving families additional educational options.

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Education should be about preparing for tomorrow

As a nation, we cannot be satisfied with incremental improvements in national rankings and the percentage of students who are performing at a "basic" level of achievement on a standardized test. Improving test scores will not singularly improve the United States' global competitiveness.

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NY's education Regents need accountability

The furor of parents over the Common Core and all that comes with it rocked a Manorville forum sponsored this fall by state Sen. Ken LaValle. Despite consistent pleas to slow down testing of students and implementation of the Common Core standards, the commissioner and the Regents trudge ahead. Even the Regents' announcement this week that the board will appoint a subcommittee to review the new standards' introduction came with the statement that "moving forward with Common Core is essential."

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Democrats' plan would oust education secretary

After three years of battling with Hanna Skandera, the state's controversial education secretary-designate, Democratic lawmakers have a new plan to get her out of office. A new proposal would simply make her position disappear. Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, is backing a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the job of state education secretary altogether.

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There are many reasons why education isn’t working

Kids are different from year to year, and trying to compare last year’s class to the current one is invalid because the product, the kids, are not the same.

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Vouchers can be positive for education system

School choice can lead to competition and competition can lead to schools that best serve all students.

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Inside a school where teachers carry guns

Jonesboro is one of about 70 Texas districts to arm staff since Sandy Hook.

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When minority students attend elite private schools

Many parents of color send their children to exclusive, predominantly-white schools in an attempt to give their kids a "ticket to upward mobility." But these well-resourced institutions can fall short at nurturing minority students emotionally and intellectually.

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The future of shop class

What used to be the woodshop at Georgia's Dalton High School is now free of dust. Instead, it's filled with welding stations, a 3-D printer, and a computer-controlled plasma cutter.

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