If the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, then why are state Constitutions the basis for court rulings?

Foreign-language immersion has great potential for students at all grade levels.

The tests currently in use for teacher licensing have limited predictive value.

Even if teachers prevail in defending themselves against absurd charges, the stress they endure and the stain on their reputation are often unbearable.

If a school cannot improve despite efforts over the years, it needs to be closed and students guaranteed enrollment in a better school.

The lack of professional autonomy will contribute to an accelerated flight of teachers from public schools.

Leonard Nimoy was a passionate supporter of public schools and their teachers.

If career and technical education were given greater support and recognition in schools, companies would not be able to make a credible case for bringing in foreign workers with H-1B visas.

Non-academic skills rank high in predicting success in any endeavor, but without basic academic skills they are not enough.

An exit exam certifies that a high-school diploma signifies possession of basic skills.

The opinions expressed in Walt Gardner's Reality Check are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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