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Universal school choice is clearest pathway to restore education

Unlike programs identified today as “school choice,” such as opportunity scholarships, charter schools and tax credits, universal choice transfers control of education back to parents. It allows public funds to follow the child to the school chosen by the parents. With parental control comes responsibility—a prerequisite to success.

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St. Louis district right to try a bold step to lift low-achieving schools

Opinions are mixed on whether students would benefit if St. Louis’ lowest-performing schools were run by nonprofit groups. Even without conclusive evidence, the superintendent's proposal to seek outside help is a sign of the urgency he feels to improve education for students in the district and his willingness to try new methods.

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Delaying new standardized testing in N.J. benefits schools, students

Increases in academic rigor, use of technology in assessing student performance and professional accountability for teachers and administrators all represent a positive direction—but without expanding capacity in New Jersey’s districts, it may well be impossible to successfully implement these initiatives. What’s the rush?

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Fostering innovation: What can health care teach education?

Disruptive innovations have transformed health care recently and brought about the greatest transformation of the system in a generation. Education’s turn could be next.

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Report finds Massachusetts education system needs major overhaul

“The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts in the Next 20 Years,” a new report commissioned by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, concludes that Massachusetts districts, schools and instruction must be transformed if the state is to remain a hub of innovation.

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Charting a better future for Detroit Public Schools

Half a decade under state oversight has done little to move the needle at Michigan's largest district. What's next?

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New Jersey has chance to provide better schools and jobs

Thousands of school children, their teachers and other staff face serious health and safety hazards and poor learning conditions in buildings that may be more than a hundred years old.

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The never-ending controversy over all-girls education

It's extremely tricky to prove scientifically whether or not single-sex schooling is effective.

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Failure of Virginia's public schools is no longer an option

The use of best practices within classrooms provides the path toward high-quality instruction and, just as important, ensures the joy in learning that all students deserve. Whether or not Virginia’s Opportunity Education Institution board retains the privilege of leading this effort remains to be seen.

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A child well-being model of school reform

Instead of tackling symptoms like low achievement, we need to focus on enriching school life for optimal development. A school culture that is safe for teachers is one that cultivates successful and healthy children.

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