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Strauss: A very scary headline about kindergarteners

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:00am

Rob Saxton is Oregon’s deputy superintendent of public instruction. Jada Rupley is the early learning system director within the state Department of Education. Together they wrote an op-ed in The Oregonian that was published online with this headline:

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The Learning Network Blog: Poetry Pairing | ‘American Income’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 8:32am
In honor of Black History Month, this Poetry Pairing features “American Income” by Afaa Michael Weaver and “Reflections on the Road to Yale” by Travis Reginal.
    





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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | An Olympics in the Shadow of a War Zone

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:30am
How worried are you about the threat of terrorism at the Sochi Games? How do you feel about the measures Russian authorities have taken to prevent attacks at the Winter Olympics?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | English, Feb. 6, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:16am
Can you choose the answer choice that most closely defines “salubrious,” as it is used in the article?
    





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Strauss: The misguided effort to teach ‘character’

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:00am

In 2009, Mike Rose, a research professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and an author, published “Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us,” a well-received book that asked big questions about what it means to be educated and the nature of learning. A significantly revised and expanded edition of the book, in which Rose draws on 40 years of research and teaching experience to present a humanistic view of education, was just published. Following is an excerpt, a version of which appeared in Kappan magazine.

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | incursion

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:02am
This word has appeared in 11 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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Strauss: Virginia Senate votes to cut number of SOLs, delay A-F school grading

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:00pm

The Virginia legislature is on its way to delaying some school reforms pushed by the former governor, Bob McDonnell, and reducing the number of Standards of Learning tests students are required to take.

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Facing Complaints, Columbia’s President Calls for Transparency in Assault Inquiries

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:20pm
Lee C. Bollinger announced new guidelines following a review of the way Columbia University handled the sexual assault complaints of three women.
    





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Michelle Obama Urges Students to Apply for College Aid

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 9:15pm
The first lady told a group of high school students and parents on Wednesday not to let financial concerns stand in the way of a college education.
    
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Op-Ed Contributor: A Solution for Bad Teaching

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 8:51pm
Tweaking tenure could help students and researchers.
    
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Room for Debate: Virtual School on Snow Days

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 8:44pm
Should more schools institute virtual learning on snow days?
    
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Langley High School students in Fairfax County mourn two student deaths

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 8:31pm

Two students with connections to Langley High School died a day apart this week, shocking the Fairfax County school community and sending many of their peers into mourning.

Police released few details about the deaths, on Monday and Tuesday, saying only that both students were 17-year-old males and that one was found in a wooded area of a McLean public park and the other in a home in Great Falls. Police said that they do not suspect foul play and that drugs were not the cause of death in either case.

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Bits: F.C.C. to Change Program That Connects Schools to High-Speed Internet Service

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 8:22pm
In an address Wednesday, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, raised the possibility of increasing taxes on phone services to pay for the effort.
    





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Child-care delay in Montgomery tough on working parents

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 7:48pm

Wednesday was a doubly tough morning for many parents in Montgomery County: Not only was school unexpectedly closed because of the icy weather, but some school-based child-care operations did not open their doors as usual.

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Many teachers blame students’ study habits for Montgomery County math exam failures

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 6:09pm

Many Montgomery County teachers blame student study habits for the high failure rates on math exams, according to a survey that also revealed educators’ concerns about grading policies that make it possible to fail a final exam but still pass a course.

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DCPS seeks early input to improve budget process

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 6:01pm

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and her top deputies are holding a series of earlier-than-usual budget meetings with principals, teachers and parents, the beginning of what Henderson says is an effort to improve what has often been a contentious and frustrating budget-planning process.

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Strauss: America’s school funding problems, state by state

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 5:17pm

A new report on school funding reveals how uneven and unfair public school funding is in states across the country. The report, titled “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card,” looks at funding data from 2007 through 2011, analyzing the condition of state school finance systems with a focus on the fair distribution of resources to the neediest students. It covers the period before the big 2008 recession and through the start of the recovery. (See chart below)

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