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Saving 'No Child Left Behind' From Itself (Dan Lips)

Conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill have introduced a bill that would let states opt out of many of the mandates imposed by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

Under the new approach, states would be free to use federal education funds as they see fit, provided they maintain student testing to assess their progress and make the test results publicly available.

Some NCLB supporters charge that the conservative plan would undermine accountability.

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School Room Success Hinges on Effective Teachers, Not Class Size (Lindalyn Kakadelis)

How do we ensure poor students attain grade level proficiency? Increasingly, policymakers are latching on to class-size reduction as a cure-all, imbuing smaller classes with the power to eradicate intractable achievement gaps. While shrinking class size can be a good thing (after all, what parent wants their child in larger classes with fewer teachers?), research suggests it’s no quick fix for struggling schools.

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Charter Schools Create Public Education Ripples (Joe Williams)

Like stones cast into the public education waters, charter schools create ripples that can affect conventional public schools nearby.  In large part driven by an aggressive, customer-service approach to education, charter schools engage parents, teachers and students in a partnership focused on improving achievement.  Enlightened school districts have taken notice.

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