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February 22, 2012

School Attendance to Age 18 Ignores Reality

It's hard to know which teenagers President Obama was thinking about in his State of the Union speech when he urged making school attendance mandatory until age 18. But his proposal will not decrease the dropout rate because it is premised on a dated view of young people. The truth is that teenage...

March 03, 2010

Extremism in Getting Rid of Bad Teachers Is Bad Policy

If teachers are the single most influential factor in student achievement, then it follows that those who consistently fail to demonstrate their effectiveness should be fired. Central Falls R.I and New York City serve as examples of dramatically different approaches, which in both cases shortchange ...

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