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Strauss: Did Bill Gates fund an ‘educational coup’?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 11:55am

My Post colleague Lyndsey Layton has written an illuminating story about the role Bill Gates and his money played in the Common Core State Standards initiative and its adoption by 45 states and the District of Columbia. In great detail, she explains how on one summer day in 2008, two men — Gene Wilhoit, then-director of the Council for Chief State School Officers, and David Coleman, at the time an educational consultant and an “emerging evangelist for the standards movement” — persuaded Gates to fund the creation and marketing of what became the Common Core.

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Strauss: ‘Sweat shop’ kindergarten: ‘It’s maddening’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 11:18am

Last week I published some kindergarten schedules from school district Web sites that showed just how much kindergarten has changed in recent years as the drive to push curriculum down through the grades has gathered steam. Rather than learn through structured play, which is how experts say young children learn best, 5- and 6-year-olds are being asked to sit doing math, reading and writing for hours at a time, sometimes with no recess or a very short one. Some teachers have dispensed with snacks during half-day kindergarten because there just isn’t any time. Many kindergartners take home homework every day.

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Strauss: Just ask the teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:04am

One of the central features of corporate school reform is that those driving it haven’t bothered to seriously ask teachers to offer their solutions to improving public education. Meg White, an assistant professor in the School of Education at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, looks at this omission in the following post.

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Opinionator | The Great Divide: Stop Holding Us Back

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 12:26am
There are smarter, more effective ways to lower high school dropout rates.






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How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 7:25pm

The pair of education advocates had a big idea, a new approach to transform every public-school classroom in America. By early 2008, many of the nation’s top politicians and education leaders had lined up in support.

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Obama Plans Steps to Ease Student Debt

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:18pm
Borrowers’ debt load is growing and retarding the ability to buy homes, start businesses or otherwise spend to spur the economy, economists say.






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Strauss: School’s eighth-grade graduating class had 9 sets of twins (but school didn’t realize it)

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:39am

The eighth-grade graduating class of a middle school in suburban Chicago had nine sets of twins — that’s 18 out of 268 students, or a little over 7 percent — but officials didn’t realize it until a parent figured it out last month.

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Motherlode Blog: Camp: Love It or Hate It? Readers Comment

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 9:42am
If the world of campers divides into those people who hated camp and those who loved it, on which side of that divide do you fall?






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National Briefing | Education: Two States Repeal Education Standards

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:04pm
The governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina signed bills within the past week repealing the Common Core state standards, guidelines for children’s achievement in reading and math between kindergarten and high school graduation.






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Seattle Pacific University Students Stopped Gunman

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:42pm
For some at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian campus, there was a tone of quiet affirmation of the actions of people who the police said had helped subdue the gunman and save lives.






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Indianapolis Holds Contest for Innovative Schools

Education Week - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:31pm
Dozens of applicants are competing to be part of a new crop of charter-like public schools to replace failing district schools.
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Days Apart, Two States Opt to Replace Common Core

Education Week - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 3:23pm
The Republican governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina signed legislation in recent days that requires their states to develop new standards to replace the common core.
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American, Canadian and French students observe 70th anniversary of D-Day

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:31pm
Students in the U.S., Canada and France have been participating in observances this week to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Da -More
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Experts, educators push summer reading to curb learning loss

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:31pm
Education experts, school principals and librarians say that students should read anything and everything during the summer m -More
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Report offers 60 recommendations to help reduce suspensions

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:31pm
Suspending students should be a last resort, according to a recent report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center. -More
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Ind. district to offer universal, free meals

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:31pm
Indianapolis Public Schools this fall will offer all students free breakfasts, lunches and snacks of fresh fruits or vegetabl -More
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