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Red-tape concerns raised on federal high school aid

A new $100 million program aimed at helping high schools better prepare students for college and high-tech careers is getting a divided reaction from advocates worried its value could be undercut by the federal strings and lengthy application form.

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Performance-based test for teachers rolls out

Jaclyn Midgette has no shortage of adjectives to describe a new performance-based licensing test she took as an undergraduate teacher-candidate at East Carolina University: stressful, drawn out, and exhausting, to name a few.

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Common Core yields odd political allegiances

To say that new academic standards have yielded strange bedfellows would be an understatement. Republican-on-Republican infighting? Teacher unions linking arms with tea partyers? President Barack Obama working in tandem with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and energy giant Exxon? When it comes to Common…

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Education and transportation funding still issues in Texas

While the state legislature attempted to tackle some of Texas’ biggest issues last session, State Rep. Patricia Harless told Cy-Fair chamber members recently that much still needed to be done. While the state restored $3.4 billion of the $5.4 billion cut…

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Critical thinking key to Common Core standards

Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson’s fifth-grade classroom. Today’s students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend? “It’s hard.…

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For critics of Common Core, educational folly

Critics are relentless in warning about what they see as the folly of the new Common Core academic standards, designed to prepare students for college or a job by the time they graduate from high school. The standards are being implemented…

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New job after shots are fired: Helping students feel safe

On a chill autumn morning, sun poured through the high windows as a young elementary school principal, Meghan Dunn, sat with her staff. In the cafeteria, Nneka Sutherland watched her kindergartners eat an early lunch. From outside came three sounds in quick…

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Teachers getting younger in Tennessee

For decades, teachers have entered the classroom in their early 20s and stayed in front of the blackboard for 25 years, 30 years or longer. But that traditional model is changing. Many educators leave teaching after just a few years -- some…

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Urban schools aim for environmental revolution

Nothing seemed special about the plates from which students at a handful of Miami schools devoured their meals for a few weeks last spring — round, rigid and colorless, with four compartments for food and a fifth in the center…

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