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MIT study finds learning gains for students who took free online course

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:33pm

Students in a free online physics course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology demonstrated roughly equal learning gains if they stuck with the class, regardless of previous academic experience, researchers reported Tuesday.

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Strauss: Colorado teacher: ‘I refuse to administer the PARCC’ Common Core test to my students

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:56pm

Peggy Robertson is an educator in Aurora, Colo., who has been a sharp critic of high-stakes standardized testing. Robertson, a teacher and literacy coach, has taught in elementary schools in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, and spent several years training teacher leaders and administrators in educational theory and practice. She is a co-founder of United Opt Out, a national organization advocating for the rights of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests and against the privatization of public education. She blogs at pegwithpen.com as well as at www.corave.org, where a version of this post appeared.

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Montgomery County releases school-specific grade data for algebra final exams

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:10pm

Failure rates on recent Algebra 1 final exams varied widely across Montgomery County’s middle schools and high schools, according to newly released figures that provide a fuller picture of performance on tests that led to a mass grade recalculation.

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Motherlode Blog: How to See More of Your Best Friends? Move Away

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:48am
When the demands of parenthood, career, and general midlife busy-ness made it tough to see friends as much as we wanted to, we moved away, and saw them more.






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Motherlode Blog: Ordering Abortion Drugs for Her Daughter Earns a Mother Jail Time

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:01am
On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three, went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence. Whalen’s crime was, in effect, ordering pills online that her older daughter took in the first several weeks of an unplanned pregnancy, when she was 16, to induce a miscarriage. The drugs have been available from a doctor with a prescription in the United States since 2000 and are used around the world to induce miscarriage. Read more.






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