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Strauss: The ‘new’ Graze to the Top program

If you need a laugh, this is for you. It’s by Matt Farmer, a Chicago trial lawyer who is a member of the Local School Council at Philip Rogers Elementary School. Farmer wrote this satirical piece about Race to the Top, the competitive funding program run by Arne Duncan’s Education Department to dispense federal grants to states and school districts that promised to implement specific school reforms.

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Motherlode Blog: My Daughter, Profoundly Disabled, Needs a School for Children Like Her

Education News from NY Times - 4 hours 9 min ago
The consensus that children with disabilities are best educated in an inclusive classroom is in danger of hardening into dogma that risks re-stigmatizing children with severe or profound disabilities.






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Motherlode Blog: What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks

Education News from NY Times - 5 hours 46 min ago
If we don’t want our kids consuming marijuana, does that mean that they shouldn’t try to make money from it either? Three things to think about when it comes to children’s investing decisions.






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Motherlode Blog: What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks

Education News from NY Times - 7 hours 25 min ago
If we don’t want our kids consuming marijuana, does that mean that they shouldn’t try to make money from it either? Three things to think about when it comes to children’s investing decisions.






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Muslims in New York City Unite on Push to Add Holidays to School Calendar

Education News from NY Times - 8 hours 14 min ago
The city’s Muslims do not often work together politically, but they have found common ground in the fight to close public schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
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Motherlode Blog: Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag

Education News from NY Times - 11 hours 11 min ago
People around me had accepted me and my identity as part of their lives. Me, pregnant, seemed to me likely to throw a wrench into my casual relationships.






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Strauss: Seven things kids need to read better (and raising standards isn’t one of them)

Education News from Washington Post - 12 hours 33 min ago

For two decades, Ellie Herman was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” Her fiction has appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. In 2007, she decided, “on an impulse,” she wrote, to become an English teacher and got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition at a charter high school in South Los Angeles until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She is chronicling the lessons she is learning on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., where the following post appeared. I’ll be posting more work from her soon.

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Strauss: Even the strongest relationships sour

Education News from Washington Post - 15 hours 33 min ago

Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and John White, Louisiana’s education commissioner, were once a great school reform pair -- seemingly inseparable. Times have changed.

In early 2011, Jindal tapped White, then the superintendent of the Recovery School District in New Orleans, to become education chief in Louisiana and the state Board of Education approved the choice. At the time, Jindal said in a statement:

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Juvenile-Justice System Not Meeting Educational Needs, Report Says

Education Week - 19 hours 33 min ago
A new report cites inaccurate assessments of the needs of students entering the system, poor coordination between teaching and learning, and inconsistency in curricula as significant problems.
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Fault Lines Appear at Northwestern Over Union Vote

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:35pm
Students, professors and athletes are split on whether a union should be formed by the football team.
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Dartmouth president calls for end to ‘extreme behavior’ that mars image of elite college

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:00pm

Dartmouth College’s president lamented Wednesday that the Ivy League school’s promising future “is being hijacked by extreme behavior,” including sex assaults, parties with “racist and sexist undertones,” and a campus culture in which “dangerous drinking has become the rule and not the exception.”

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Virginia Tech pays fine for failure to warn campus during 2007 mass shooting

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:57pm

Virginia Tech has paid $32,500 to satisfy federal fines lodged by the U.S. Department of Education, which charged that the university did not adequately warn its campus community at the beginning of a 2007 rampage that became one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

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SAT quiz results: Can you do better than other readers?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:27pm

The early results of The Washington Post’s SAT quiz -- including sample questions from the College Board’s revamped SAT -- are in, and it’s clear from the numbers that those who took the test are more astute at reading than they are at math.

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Competing Views of Teacher Tenure Are on Display in California Case

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:26pm
In a case that has drawn national attention, lawyers have been arguing over whether California’s laws on teacher tenure, firing and layoffs violate students’ constitutional right to an education.






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Maine middle-schoolers find 18th-century Dutch coin during excavation

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:56pm
Searsport District Middle School students who recently went on an excavation have learned that their dig yielded a significan -More
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