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OPINION: Seize the opportunity, expand early-child learning – Brett M. Kelman

“The future of students who are not reading proficiently by the end of the third grade is devastatingly clear: They are four times more likely to drop out and not graduate on time than students who are reading on grade level by third grade.”(more)

Summer school: Should more kids go?

USA Today – Brett M. Kelman

“Huggins said each of these school districts has made summer programs part of its “academic bottom line” because – despite the expense of the programs – they can’t afford to ignore summer. Sixty-six percent of teachers say it takes at least three to four weeks to reteach skills at the beginning of a new school year, according to a survey of 500 teachers by the National Summer Learning Association.”(more)

Officials: Common Core standards raise bar

The Tahlequah Daily Press – Jean Havens

“Common Core sets expectations for students to be college, career and citizenship ready as well as incorporate literacy in science, social studies and technical subjects.”(more)

Financial Crisis Amplifies Education’s Value

The New York Times – D. D. Guttenplan

“The global financial crisis has amplified the value of a good education, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.”(more)