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No Child generation: Federal standards, testing launched much-debated education evolution

With school back in session, members of the class of 2014 are looking at their senior year, an educational career that has been different from any before it. These 17- and 18-year-olds were just kindergartners when No Child Left Behind was put on the table.

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Save social studies from the chopping block

Why has a traditionally “core subject”, which was ranked in the same academic hierarchy as English, science, and math for decades, been sidelined in thousands of American classrooms?

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Parents as partners: making a difference in education

For decades, the Anoka Hennepin School District in Minnesota has been a strong proponent of parent involvement in all preK12 programming. The research in this area is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life.

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Stewart’s promotion is a marked contrast to Bennett’s hiring

Pam Stewart is used to coming off the bench in a pinch for the Florida Department of Education. Now she’s joined the starting line-up. We don’t know whether to offer her congratulations or condolences.

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TransformSC breaking the mold in education and in politics

Supporters say the reason to get excited about TransformSC is the grassroots support it has generated since it was launched in May as a way to transform South Carolina by transforming the way children are taught.

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Education is not a for-profit business, so don't treat it like one

Government should be run like a business. That mantra spills from the mouths of Republicans and Democrats a lot these days. And it's often used about education, as a way to justify spending cuts. If bloated school districts would just manage their money better, they wouldn't even feel the effects of budget cuts, so the thinking goes.

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How physical fitness may promote school success

Children who are physically fit absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape, a new study finds, raising timely questions about the wisdom of slashing physical education programs at schools.

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The case against high-school sports

The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings?

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There’s no place like Detroit: Education is key to Michigan’s ignition

George W. Bush once said, “Think about every problem, every challenge we face. The solution to each starts with education.” That is certainly true in Detroit, Michigan, and the United States. Education helps us turn away bitterness, misconceptions, and anger at our differences.

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Revive idea to help fund education

Washington comes in less than 1 percent, just $35 per pupil, below the 2008 mark, comparing relatively favorably. Tweak the inflation measure and we could climb into positive territory. Thirty-two states do worse. And our Legislature made substantial progress in the last session.

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