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Eighth-graders graduate to MBTA

On her first day as an eighth-grader, Maira Barros smiled serenely as she waited for the train at the Fields Corner MBTA station in Dorchester. The 13-year-old was happy to escape the fate of some of her peers: She was…

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Will Common Core double the high school dropout rate?

The nonprofit Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has supported the Common Core State Standards, published a report in 2013 with some startling information that was little noticed in the education world until recently: that the high school dropout rate…

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Court hears arguments in McCleary school-funding case

Washington state’s Supreme Court questioned Wednesday why it shouldn’t hold state lawmakers in contempt for not fully funding K-12 education. It’s not known when the justices will rule, but after Wednesday’s hearing, it was clear their patience is wearing thin.

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