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Even as online education has matured and become both cheaper and more effective, it continues to take heavy criticism. But online learning is here to stay, writes Watchitoo's Rony Zarom, and as more companies/schools crack the online ed code, it's time to embrace the medium.

http://www.educationnews.org/online-schools/the-rise-of-online-learning-why-you-cant-ignore-it-whats-next/
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Health concerns aren't just limited to the spreading enterovirus -- as wealthy parents in Southern California increasingly opt out of vaccines over unfounded autism fears, the region is experiencing a major uptick in cases of measles and pertussis.

http://www.educationnews.org/parenting/unvaccinated-children-cause-of-measles-pertussis-outbreaks-in-la/
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Sometimes the simplest safety issues are overlooked. Thousands of kids each year are harmed by backpacks so heavy that they cause physical problems -- with about 5,000 kids annually needing to go to the emergency room from backpack-related injuries.

Choosing the right backpack can help alleviate strain on young kids' bodies, health experts say.

http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/report-14000-annually-suffer-backpack-injuries/
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Parents, what would you do if you waited all day in a hot room waiting to enroll your child in school, just to be told to come back another day? Or, if you succeeded, that your child would be trapped in a failing school?

That was reality for parents in Newark, New Jersey, and they're fuming.

http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/parents-mull-boycott-of-newark-schools-over-enrollment-gaffes/
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As Mississippi analyzes its schools' state test scores, several districts are suspected to have engaged in cheating -- but officials say there's good news as there are fewer suspicious cases that in the past.

http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/mississippi-cheating-incidents-drop-but-investigation-continues/
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In the wake of civil unrest following the shooting of Michael Brown, Ferguson area schools are still closed -- but parents and teachers are stepping up to ease tension and make up for meals many kids were counting on.

http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/ferguson-schools-still-closed-slated-for-august-25-start-date/
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A video is making the rounds in parenting and education circles that shows a method for solving 9 + 6 that takes almost a full minute, and the slowness and confusion are both being blamed on Common Core.

But the method isn't new, writes Barry Garelick, and if we are to understand how Common Core affects curriculum, we need to be honest about how we teach math.

http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/undoing-the-rote-understanding-approach-to-common-core-math-standards/
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Are we crippling our kids and stunting their development by instill a fear of the world?

That's what Julia Steiny concludes as she analyzes changes in parental behavior and a poll that supports the criminalization of letting kids play in the park unsupervised.

http://www.educationnews.org/parenting/julia-steiny-were-crippling-our-kids-with-fear/
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The "Tennessee Promise" would allow TN students to take advantage of a free 2-year education at in-state community colleges -- and all that's required is residence, working with a mentor and 8 hours of community service per year.

http://www.educationnews.org/higher-education/tennessee-offers-free-2-year-college-education-to-residents/
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A pair of studies shows that how expecting mothers and fathers play with dolls can predict their parenting style.

http://www.educationnews.org/parenting/study-parenting-style-can-be-predicted-by-playing-with-dolls/
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A new report shows that schools in Miami's lower-income areas tend to be staffed by the weakest teachers -- those with little experience, low professional ratings and poor attendance.

http://www.educationnews.org/education-policy-and-politics/low-income-miami-dade-schools-frustrated-by-teacher-choices/
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The state of Michigan has released its color-coded rankings of public schools, and just 50 statewide -- about 1.5% -- have received the highest score. Nearly half of schools are ranked as needing improvement.

http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/just-1-5-of-michigan-schools-earn-highest-accountability-rating/
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