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Richard Reeves and Quentin Karpilow of the Brookings Institution wrote recently in favor of compulsory K-16 education, rather than the familiar K-12 requirement. ‘We need to make post-secondary education the norm for everyone, not just the advantaged,’ they wrote. ‘In today’s economy, a high school diploma is not enough; now, more than ever, college is the gateway to the American Dream.’” The original essay at the Brookings Institute is here.

And as a supplement to that:  “This past Feb., Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam proposed that his state provide free community college tuition for eligible residents.” Free community college on a state-wide level certainly seems more feasible than universal public-supported four-year colleges. I hope Tennessee can make this happen.

When a nine-year-old in Connec ticut witnessed a traffic problem in his neighborhood, he took action. Good for him. I applaud his initiative.

A Minnesota school district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated a student’s constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission.” Make sure you read this one.

The number of children who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder—overwhelmingly boys—in the United States has climbed at an astonishing rate over a relatively short period of time.”  A long article from Esquire. Please don’t let your opinions about the source keep you from reading. Set aside a good chunk of time, though. This is a long one.

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