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Banning chocolate milk in Oregon schools causes waste, lower milk consumption, study finds

The scientists removed chocolate milk from 11 schools and then studied the reaction. They found that students tossed nearly 30 percent of the white milk that was offered and that some kids even stopped eating school lunches.

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Six decades after Brown vs. Board of Education, NJ's schools are still segregated

What has received less attention is the segregated nature of suburban school districts, often integrated in outward appearance but racially stratified in the school building on the basis of class assignment.

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Good old days weren't so good for education

It’s popular to lambaste the quality of the public schools. Author and educator Diane Ravitch suggests this is part of an ulterior motive of some to privatize the entire public schools.

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What Poland and Finland can teach us about effective education

A typical student in Beverly Hills did worse on the PISA test than the average of all students in Canada. And economically disadvantaged students here did worse, often far worse, than poor kids in many other countries.

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Don't shortchange Florida's public schools

Limited education dollars should be used first and foremost in Florida's public schools. Only afterward needs have been met should dollars go for extended choice and opportunities. To rob public schools of needed resources to enrich private schools is tantamount to a cynical self-fulfilling prophecy that ensures public school failure.

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Good old days weren't so good for education

It’s popular to lambaste the quality of public schools. Privatization has a role to play in education in places where public schools are not producing. But there is no way private schools should replace public schools. The story of public education is not stagnation and crisis but incremental progress.

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Stronger bullying law should help schools

While the state law about bullying in public schools has been strengthened, the new Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act is only a start. Whether schools live up to the act’s name will be driven by the standards and guidelines put forth, how districts apply them and who is held accountable through this approach.

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Foreign educational practices: Give the kids a break, mate!

Many proponents of educational reform believe we should look elsewhere for inspiration as the American system of a traditional nine-month calendar supposedly impedes learning. However, if we changed to year-round school and extended day schedules tomorrow, things would not change—and will not—until we recognize we are all in this business of helping children learn.

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Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Some schools have banned leggings outright. Others have set limits. It might seem a reasonable enough request at a time when school dress codes are common and often supported by teachers and administrators. But how far is too far? And do schools sometimes go too far in pushing back?

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Can traditional schools learn to play well with charters?

Let’s press the mute button on politically driven denunciations and work together on the shared mission of all public schools, traditional and charter: to provide great educational services for children.

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