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Get ready for smaller districts

The average public-school district in the United States enrolls about 3,700 students, according to a recent Governing magazine analysis. In...

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World without walls: Virtual reality’s role in the classroom

It’s a world without walls. Students can explore the vast expanse of the Great Barrier Reef or the microscopic intricacies...

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Why kids bully and what to do about it

“Hurt people hurt people.”   That’s how one middle school principal summed up the origins of bullying for me. My interview...

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Deeper discussion needed on schools

Massachusetts has consistently been at or near the top of the list in reading and math achievement, according to the...

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Local Government Commission casts doubt on Jones County school deal

The N.C. Local Government Commission Tuesday approved $11.3 million in construction bonds sought by Jones County Schools. But members expressed...

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Parents count when judging schools

If students in charter schools perform no better on standardized tests, all other things being held equal, than their peers...

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Community college delivers real value

With the national debate about tax reform heating up, you’ll be hearing a lot about the difference between marginal and...

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Teacher pay deserves reasoned debate

Should public schoolteachers be compensated as professionals? All four panelists at a recent “Hometown Debate” staged at the Old Post Office...

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Are smartphones making teens dumb and dumber?

Smartphones are teenagers’ constant companions. The last thing teens check at night before drifting off to sleep, phones occupy pride...

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Mountain Faith Band’s literacy project an example of grass-roots initiative

Mountain Faith Band, which has graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and Radio City Music Hall, wants to...

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North Carolina: A destination for teachers

Public school advocacy organizations and their allies contend that North Carolina is no longer a desirable destination for teachers. They...

 

School reform requires strong leaders

My father was Darth Vader. No, that doesn’t make me a Jedi Knight. My father was also Boss Hogg and...