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Strauss: Egyptian teen attending science fair in U.S. defects, seeks asylum

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:39pm

A 17-year-old Egyptian science prodigy attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this month decided to use the opportunity to defect and seek asylum in the United States out of fear that he would be arrested by authorities back home.

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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:37pm
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.
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TC Williams may switch from laptops to tablets for every student

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:14am

Alexandria’s technology director has recommended that the school board approve purchasing tablets for every student at the city’s high school.

Chief Technology Officer Elizabeth Hoover told the board Thursday night that tablets are less expensive and easier for teachers to manage than the laptops that students would otherwise be given.

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Look: On Lockdown

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:24am
Students prepare for the threat of school shootings.
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VMI cadet describes missteps in sex assault investigation

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 9:00am

With a piercing gaze into the camera, the Virginia Military Institute graduate urges viewers to comb through a federal report on a sex discrimination probe at the college in Lexington until they find a sex assault case called “Complaint 2.”

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The Learning Network: Celebrating Memorial Day and Looking Ahead

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:07am
In honor of the holiday, we’ll be off on Monday, May 26, but here are a few resources for teaching and learning about Memorial Day, as well as information about the next few weeks on our blog.






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Your Money: Class Field Trip Stops at a Local Pawnshop

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 7:41am
Brian Page, a teacher in Ohio, took students in his personal finance and economics class out into the real world for lessons on high-cost lending.
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Strauss: What ‘trigger warning’ would the Bible get?

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 6:17am

 A ”trigger warning” is a short statement on a written piece of work or even a television show ( think Law and Order: Special Victims Unit)  noting that the material may be sexually graphic, violent or in some other way upsetting. This month The New York Times ran a story by Jennifer Medina  about the warnings that has sparked a stream of articles in magazines, newspapers and blogs about the subject, many of them ridiculing the idea.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too ‘Happy in Tehran’

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:31am
How do you think these arrests will affect young Iranians’ desire to express themselves freely in public and online?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Editing Practice, May 23, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:11am
Can you choose the correct plural possessive noun to complete the sentence from the article?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | predetermine

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in five New York Times articles in the past year.






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Northern Ireland Police Sue for Boston College Interviews

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:49pm
The police said on Thursday that they were taking legal action to obtain all transcripts and recordings of interviews with paramilitary members who took part in an oral history project.






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Maxwell visits Fairmont Heights High School, the last of 205 schools in the county

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 6:40pm

Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell is the first to admit that when he pledged to visit all 205 schools in Maryland’s second-largest school district during his first year on the job, he wasn’t so sure it was a realistic goal.

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Loudoun’s small schools listed as ‘endangered’ by advocacy group

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 5:45pm

Several small schools in western Loudoun County have been added to an annual list of the state’s most endangered historic sites by a preservation advocacy group.

The schools were included among about 800 historic schools statewide that Richmond-based Preservation Virginia is hoping to protect as districts increasingly replace smaller school buildings with larger, centrally located facilities.

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Strauss: Texas superintendent tells parents: Your children’s standardized test scores don’t mean much

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:53pm

Paul Jones, superintendent of the Paris Independent School District in Texas, posted a  rather unusual letter  to parents on the district’s website.

Jones informed parents that they would soon receive their children’s scores on state-mandated standardized tests and that they shouldn’t put very much stock into them. In fact, he told them they were part of a “punitive” system in which assessments “do not reflect the quality of teaching or learning.”

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