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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | Math, Feb. 12, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:15am
Can you calculate the approximate value of the oil that could be transported by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline every year?
    





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Strauss: The new push for school vouchers at state, federal levels

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:00am

Liberals, Jeff Bryant notes in this post, “tend to laugh off” voucher programs “as aberrations from fly-over country.” They shouldn’t. Bryant is director of the Education Opportunity Network, a partnership effort of the Institute for America’s Future and the Opportunity to Learn Campaign. Jeff owns a marketing and communications consultancy in Chapel Hill, N.C., and has written extensively about public education policy. A version of this first appeared on Salon.

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | inopportune

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 1:05am
This word has appeared in 18 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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Howard U. makes Peace Corps top college list

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 1:01am

Howard University, a school that prides itself on a history of social engagement, on Tuesday landed on a national list of colleges that send the most volunteers to the Peace Corps.

The university in Northwest Washington ranked 16th among medium-size schools in the number of undergraduate alumni volunteers serving in the corps.

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Economix Blog: Wage Premium From College Is Said to Be Up

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 11:28pm
A college degree is worth more for millennials than it was for earlier generations, but a high school degree alone is worth much less.
    





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A Debate in New York Over the Name of a Sea Between Japan and the Koreas

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 11:09pm
Koreans favor East Sea, while Japan insists it is the Sea of Japan; a proposal would require textbooks to use both.
    





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Christian School Faulted for Halting Abuse Study

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 11:07pm
People with ties to Bob Jones University criticized the firing of a Christian consulting group the school hired to investigate its handling of sexual assaults.
    





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New York Officials Stall Plans to Tweak Teacher Evaluations

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 9:30pm
After criticism from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the State Board of Regents set aside a proposal to let teachers contest poor assessments by citing difficulties related to the new Common Core standards.
    





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School districts making up for lost snow days

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 9:28pm

As Washington braces for another predicted snowfall Wednesday night, area school systems are counting the days and hours they need to make up if their students spend yet another day home from school.

Some districts are considering shrinking spring break or extending the school year. Others are adding minutes to the school day. For thousands of students, previously scheduled teacher work days will turn into regular school days.

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New federal health care rules define workload of part-time college instructors

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 9:03pm

New rules for the Affordable Care Act spell out for the first time a federal method to define the workload of part-time college instructors, but the formula will not necessarily require schools to provide the instructors with health-care coverage.

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The Learning Network Blog: Teaching the Sochi Olympics | History, Geography and Social Studies

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 5:32pm
These 2014 Olympics offer teachers an opportunity to take an event that students are already watching and talking about, and turn it into a teachable moment.
    





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Maryland high school seniors top the nation on AP exams

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:35pm

For the eighth consecutive year, Maryland had the highest percentage of high school seniors in the country pass Advanced Placement tests in 2013.

Nearly 30 percent of Maryland’s seniors earned a college-ready score of 3 or better on the tests, according to a report released by the College Board on Tuesday. The tests — which range from the arts to world languages across more than 30 subjects — aim to give students a taste of work at the college level, and those who pass them can earn college credit while still in high school.

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Fairfax students win writing awards

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 1:14pm

More than 50 Fairfax County students from 16 high schools received honors in the 2014 Scholastic Writing awards regional competition.

The 57 students include 21 teens who qualified for the national awards sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to be held later this year.

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Strauss: Kids don’t learn better in single-sex classes -- meta analysis

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:01pm

My Post colleague Ovetta Wiggins wrote in this new story about students in the Washington region and beyond learning in single-gender classrooms. The story raises the question: Do in fact students learn better in single-sex classes? In this post, cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at a new analysis that provides one answer. Willingham is a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His latest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.

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The Learning Network Blog: Is It Unethical for a Zoo to Kill a Healthy Giraffe?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:27am
Do zoos have a responsibility to try to ensure that all animals under their care live a long and healthy life? Or, do zoos have a different mission?
    





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