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In This Election, Vote to Build a ‘City on a Hill’

Washington Post

Ariel Maloney, an English teacher in Massachusetts, says education issues provide an opportunity to bridge political differences. Educators have worked tirelessly to begin teaching literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and analysis aligned to rigorous learning goals. That’s created an “integral framework by which teachers can ensure students across the country gain the competencies which are necessary for our children.” The Every Student Succeeds Act ensures state and local authorities have full control over education issues, and overwhelmingly states have used the moment to recommit to high, comparableeducation standards. Already, states that have demonstrated that commitment are beginning to see improvements in student outcomes. “The message should be clear: High standards and high-quality assessments best serve our students’ needs,” Jim Cowen wrote recently.

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