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Montgomery rethinking policy on school facility fundraising and donations

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 6:20pm

Some Montgomery County schools have gotten new electronic score boards, thanks to parent fundraising or private donations. One school built a million-dollar artificial turf athletic field.

Now, as school leaders conduct a review of the policy that guides such contributions, they are seeking public comment across Montgomery and paying close attention to concerns about fairness and equity. Three community meetings will be held this week.

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Madison High student wins essay contest

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:10pm

A Madison High School senior took the top honors of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s student-essay contest on democracy and civil rights winning a $1,000 prize.

Richard Alec Merski, of Vienna, won the senior division of the “making democracy work” contest organized by the society for his essay. Fairfax County’s Madison High will also receive a $1,000 grant as part of Merski’s honor.

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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | April 29-May 5, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 2:06pm
A horse race, a Supreme Court decision and a long-awaited movie sequel: How many of the 10 questions below can you answer correctly?






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Strauss: ‘There are common hypocrites. There are spectacular hypocrites. And then there are Florida legislators.’

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 2:02pm

“There are common hypocrites. There are spectacular hypocrites. And then there are Florida legislators.”

That’s how John Romano, a writer for the Tampa Bay Times, started this column expressing his disgust over legislation that the Florida legislature just rammed through with procedural tricks that expands the state’s controversial voucher program. What got him so exercised? Among the reasons:

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Motherlode Blog: Books to Share on Mother’s Day

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:59pm
Essays, memoir, fiction and humor to replace (or accompany) that vase of flowers.






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Students honor the ‘lunch ladies’ for School Nutrition Employees Week

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:49pm

Corral Shepherd, who manages the cafeteria at Port Towns Elementary School in Prince George’s, said she was overwhelmed recently when her students honored her and the other lunch ladies as part of national School Lunch Hero Day.

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Strauss: Virginia’s SOL exams: what students need to know to pass (and graduate on time)

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:02am

Today is the day when Virginia students will start running what teacher Mary Tedrow calls the state’s ” testing gauntlet” which seems to test endurance at least as much as knowledge. In this post, Tedrow looks at the sample questions of Standards of Learning tests and explains what students need to know about these exams to pass — and graduate on time.

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The Learning Network: Editorial Contest Winner | Inferior Substitute Teaching

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 8:01am
The ninth of ten winning student editorials in our winter contest.






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Early Reports Suggest Few Field-Testing Snags

Education Week - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 7:11am
Districts in the trial run for common-core exams told Education Week they experienced only minor technological problems, but students found the tests harder than their state assessments.
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The Goal of Education Is Becoming

Education Week - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 7:11am
For students to become the most capable people they can be, K-12 education must be more than just about "learning," writes Marc Prensky.
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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | May 5, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 7:00am
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.






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Strauss: Pearson, of course, wins huge Common Core testing contract

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 6:02am

I noted recently that two years ago the nonprofit group FairTes t predicted that despite promises by policymakers that competition and innovation would result from school reform,  it would be the same old education firms that would wind up with the big Common Core-related contracts. FairTest got that right.

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The Learning Network: Do You Set Rules for Yourself About How You Use Your Time?

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 5:02am
Do you worry about the amount of time you spend in front of computer and television screens?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | California Chrome Wins the Kentucky Derby

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:36am
What horse won the Kentucky Derby on Sunday?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, May 5, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:04am
Mother’s Day is May 11, and this interactive quiz and the teaching ideas that follow can help make it a language-learning opportunity






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Strauss: What teaching is and isn’t

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:02am

The first week in May is Teacher Appreciation Week, so declared back in 1984 by the Parent Teachers Association, and the 2014 observation of this is upon us.  It couldn’t have come at a better time, given that teachers aren’t feeling especially appreciated these days, what with school reform policies targeted right at them. In this post Julie Hiltz, a media specialist at Lutz Elementary in Hillsborough County, Florida, and a National Board Certified Teacher with 12 years of experience, writes about her profession.  She is also a 2013-14 Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur, who is spending half of her workweek this school year engaging colleagues across the state in teacher evaluation and Common Core reforms.

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India Ink: Legal Fight Over Nursery School Admissions Keeps Delhi Kids at Home

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:27am
New preschoolers are not allowed to attend school until the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court resolve the messiness that resulted when the state government revamped regulations to make admissions at nursery schools more egalitarian.






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