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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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Busing to other schools burdens districts

Salisbury Township School District consists of two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. But it buses students to 46 schools. By Pennsylvania law, public school districts that bus their own students are required to transport students to charter…

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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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Ads appear on Prince George’s County school system Web site

Visitors to the Prince George’s County school system’s Web site can learn about charter school applications, how to prevent and report bullying, and the implementation of new academic standards. But they also are likely to find advertisements for furniture stores and clothing…

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