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The deterioration of K-12 education in America
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Mar 29, 10:04 AM: Finally, we need to muster the political courage to challenge the unbridled power of the teachers unions. Their resistance to performance-based pay for teachers and preventing even the lowest-performing teachers from getting fired >
Gov. DeSantis promises more money to schools to help close COVID achievement gaps
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Mar 17, 8:43 AM: The money will support a number of initiatives that are meant to help close learning gaps caused by two years of the COVID pandemic.
More accountability, transparency and choice needed in post-COVID-19 education system
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Jan 18, 8:37 AM: Improving our schools to overcome COVID-19-related learning losses will require efforts from many corners. But let’s be clear about one thing: Kids weren’t getting what they needed to succeed even before COVID. A return to normal >
Bay Area schools are more segregated than ever. White parents need to do better
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Jul 19, 12:32 PM: Next month, Bay Area kids are going back to profoundly segregated schools,maybe even the most segregated in our region’s history. Even after George Floyd and the summer of protest, after COVID and our great interdependent >
College entrance exams scores dropped post-pandemic
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Jul 19, 12:27 PM: Fewer Idaho high school juniors met benchmarks on their college entrance exam in 2021, compared to the pre-pandemic scores.
Commentary: Foolish schools going for woke — lagging US kids need 3 Rs, not race theory
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Jul 16, 11:38 AM: A majority of American fourth- and eighth-graders can’t read or do math at grade level, according to the Education Department. And that assessment is from 2019, before the learning losses from pandemic school closures.
Fairfax County schools parents push back against extension on pass, no mark or letter grade
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May 7, 6:40 AM:

In Fairfax County, public middle and high schools can still choose if they want to get a letter grade or simply be marked that they passed the class for certain courses.

Teachers Knock On Doors Looking For Students Who’ve Disappeared From Online Learning
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Feb 9, 7:15 AM: Many school districts across the country have reported big drop-offs in attendance as they've shifted to remote learning. Some students, like Ducharme, dropped off the map entirely.
Column: School reading classes still in a slump without more social studies
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Oct 13, 9:13 AM: The authors of the report “Social Studies Instruction and Reading Comprehension” say the puny history lessons are bad for reading achievement.
As Schools Go Remote, Finding ‘Lost’ Students Gets Harder
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Sep 22, 7:13 AM: Early data for the new school year suggests that attendance in virtual classrooms is down, possibly because students are working or caring for siblings.
New Study Does Not Find Stark Differences in How District, Charter and Private Schools Responded to
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Jul 14, 8:47 AM: In general, traditional public schools did not lag behind charters or private schools, except for a few days near the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis when they were somewhat slower to switch to online learning, according to the >
State auditor: MDE overstated progress in graduation rate, failed to follow state law
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Jun 19, 7:56 AM: The Mississippi Department of Education overstated progress in the state's graduation rate and failed to maintain a dropout prevention office for the last 10 years as required by state law, according to state Auditor Shad >
Parent group Atlanta Thrive protest at failing APS schools
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Mar 2, 10:04 AM: More than 50 parents showed up this week in front of four failing APS schools in protest of the board's nonaction for their schools.
The ‘sacred cow’ of Boston’s education landscape
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Feb 24, 7:50 AM: The current process, which judges applicants half on grades and half on test scores, has worked well for many private school families, whose children win spots at Boston Latin School at much higher rates than public school >
Philly’s got the worst school librarian ratio in the U.S. This group is protesting.
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Jan 27, 10:03 AM: Kayla Johnson is a library kid — the kind who gobbles up books and relishes time spent in the stacks of her school library and interacting with the librarian at the Masterman School. But Johnson, a senior at the elite Philadelphia >
First Common Core High School Grads Worst-Prepared For College In 15 Years (CER in the news)
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Oct 31, 8:21 AM: For the third time in a row since Common Core was fully phased in nationwide, U.S. student test scores on the nation’s broadest and most respected test have dropped, a reversal of an upward trend between 1990 and 2015. Further, the >
Commentary: ‘Social Emotional Learning’ must be part of SC education reform
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Aug 28, 6:04 AM: The 2019-20 academic year begins with more questions than answers regarding education reform. While much has been written and discussed over the past year regarding the failed state of education in South Carolina, the measurable >
TEA leans on troubled school districts to use chosen remedy
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Aug 7, 5:32 AM: About 10 percent of Texas’s 1,031 public school districts are now under some form of state oversight, a degree of control made possible by laws passed in 2015 and 2017.
Thousands of Baltimore students have lacked access to Advanced Placement. That’s about to chan
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Jul 22, 6:09 AM: Students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, the top-rated public high school in the city, can enroll in more than two dozen Advanced Placement courses. They’re able to do accelerated work in history and physics and chemistry and >
Pioneer Institute study calls for more education reform, accountability
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Jul 3, 5:32 AM: Cambridge, a city neighboring Boston with a mix of incomes, spends $29,500 to educate each student in its school system. Most of that money — nearly $26,000 — comes from city taxpayers, with the state paying just >

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