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As gubernatorial campaigns heat up around the country, K-12 policy feeds into the fight, though specifics vary state to state.
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Two new federal reports present a complex picture of the arts' presence in schools and the benefits derived from students' exposure.
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Business Group Urges Big Changes to Texas Math Standards
(April 11, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Publisher Addresses Common-Core 'Alignment' Issue
(April 11, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Do You Know How Effective Your Instructional Materials Are?
(April 11, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Special Education Students a Focus in 'Bully'
(April 11, 2012, On Special Education Blog)
Tennessee Seeks to Increase Charter Schools' Public Reporting
(April 11, 2012, Charters & Choice Blog)
Texas H.S. Football Players Spend Spare Time as 'Bully Guards'
(April 11, 2012, Schooled in Sports Blog)

For Educators, 'Bully' Is a Serious Conversation Starter
(April 12, 2012, Transforming Learning Blog)
(April 12, 2012, Bridging Differences Blog)
(April 12, 2012, Rick Hess Straight Up Blog)
(April 11, 2012, New Blog: EdTech Researcher)
(April 11, 2012, Charting My Own Course Blog)

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Our students need training in the arts and access to well-funded and properly staffed libraries. Tax caps choke school districts, making it nearly impossible to provide such opportunities to our students.
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