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Quality surges in ranks of young teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 1:50pm

I hear from many experienced teachers who feel the emphasis on student test results has hurt their profession. But to young people coming into the profession, the situation does not look so dark. Education leaders influenced by European and Asian methods are raising standards for those who can enroll in teacher training, while making the training deeper, with more participation by skilled veterans.

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A fight is brewing over tests in the Common Core age

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 1:50pm

Testing season begins soon in U.S. public schools, requiring millions of students to spend days answering standardized questions in math and reading, as mandated by an outdated federal law.

But this year is filled with tumult. Educators are questioning the purpose of testing, lawmakers in several states are pushing back against federal regulations, and a momentous standoff between California — the state with the largest number of public school students — and the Obama administration looms.

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Strauss: School board defies N.C. state law abolishing teacher tenure

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:14pm

A school board in North Carolina just voted unanimously to reject a new state law that abolishes teacher tenure in four years and requires school districts to offer some teachers temporary contracts in exchange for their tenure through 2018. It also plans to sue the state over the constitutionality of the law.

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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | ‘If the World Is Really Warming Up, How Come It Is So Darned Cold?’

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 9:37am
Why is the concept of global warming different than “what happened yesterday in Poughkeepsie”?
    





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Getting Low-Income Students on the College-Degree Path

Education Week - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 8:30am
This nation needs to move millions more low-income children onto the college track to avoid disastrous results for students and the American economy, writes Rick Dalton, of College for Every Student.
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Strauss: Principal: Time to hold NY education leaders accountable for Core mess

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 8:00am

New York Principal Carol Burris has chronicled the flawed implementation of school reform and the Common Core State Standards across the state for some time (here, and here and here and here, for example), and, in the following post, she tells us more. Burris, who leads South Side High School, was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by thousands of principals teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.

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The Learning Network Blog: Is Hookup Culture Leaving Your Generation Unhappy and Unprepared for Love?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:03am
Is yours “a generation that’s terrified of and clueless about the A B C’s of romantic intimacy”? Why or why not?
    





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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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