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AM News: 30 Years After Monumental "A Nation at Risk" Report, Educators Debate the State of Schools

30 Years On, Educators Still Divided On Scathing Schools Report NPR: But Ron Wolk, who had just started the publication Education Week, says the report had a fatal flaw: It pretty much ignored the plight of poor, minority kids. "It kind of viewed the students of America as middle-class white kids who would really do well if they just tried harder and if we raised standards ... There was no recognition that there was a terrible inequity out there," he says.

AMNewsPreschool Funding Reached 'State Of Emergency' In 2012: NIEER Report HuffPo: Funding per student for state pre-school programs has reached its lowest point in a decade, according to "The State of Preschool 2012," the annual yearbook released by Rutgers University's National Institute for Early Education Research. "The 2011-2012 school year was the worst in a decade for progress in access to high-quality pre-K for America’s children," the authors wrote.

GOP Dictates New Landscape For Education In Alabama AP: Self-declared education reformers have had considerable success across the country over the past few decades, from charter school expansion and private school tuition vouchers to new limits on teachers' job protections. But perhaps nowhere have the triumphs marked a bigger political upheaval than in Alabama, where the new Republican supermajority is dominating the state teachers' organization that was long the epicenter of power.

Lowering Standards to Earn a Diploma in Texas Could Raise Voters’ Ire TexasTribune: Behind the scenes at the Capitol, different factions from the business community are busy lobbying on this, with one saying the marketplace demands skilled laborers who don’t necessarily want or need four-year college degrees. Another camp, veterans of No Child Left Behind, the state’s sweeping education reforms in 1980s and other fights, is trying to hold the line on standards and accountability.

In Rural Georgia, Students Step Up Offer Integrated Prom NYT: The rural county in central Georgia is one of the last pockets in the country with racially segregated proms. “These are people I see in class every day,” said Ms. Rucker, a senior, who hid in a parked car outside the prom. “What’s wrong with dancing with me, just because I have more pigment?” But this weekend, after decades of separate proms for white students and black students, Wilcox County will have its first integrated prom.

Buffalo schools heed call to curb suspensions WSJ: The upstate New York district's new code of conduct, taking effect for its 34,000 students next school year, shifts away from punitive suspensions in favor of intervention and prevention strategies like conflict resolution, counseling referrals and restorative justice — which involves bringing conflicting parties together to repair damage.

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American schools may have improved over the last 30 years, but they have done so at a very high price, and they are not improving as fast as those of some of our competitors, including some who now have better overall education systems than we have. If we keep doing what we've been doing, we are not going to catch up.

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