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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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The financial crisis in Philadelphia's schools is an epic political fail

Disagreement or disinterest among the elected officials who represent Philadelphia is once again putting the city's public education system at risk. The real culprit here is the failure of political leaders to line up behind a certain and sustainable revenue plan to support the schools.

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"Flipping" classrooms may improve learning

Classroom “flipping,” which involves students doing prep work at home and finishing their homework in class, enables teachers to better ensure the students understand concepts. This type of learning might not work for every student, in every subject, in every school district, but the idea makes sense.

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Public school students will look pretty different by 2022

In the future, public schools are going to be less white and more Hispanic, according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

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Incentive programs to boost attendance produce promising results

The Pittsburgh Public Schools have teamed with several organizations to boost attendance by providing both a better environment for kids and incentivizing them to go to school. While elementary school absentee rates have substantially decreased, creating a similar system for middle and high schools students will be more challenging.

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