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Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:05am
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Vermont School Districts Consider Consolidation

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 8:07pm
The state has lost more than 20,000 students since the second half of the ’90s, and that decline helped to drive up taxes, since there are fewer families to pay for existing schools.






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Fairfax schools chief tied to evaluations under scrutiny

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 6:36pm

Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza was a key figure in the implementation of a controversial teacher evaluation and merit pay system that is now the focus of a federal lawsuit filed in Houston last week.

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New book offers ground-level view of two D.C. schools

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 4:34pm

Sam Chaltain is a former teacher who spent a year following two D.C. schools — one charter, one traditional — in an effort to understand how the city’s high-profile school-improvement efforts are working for teachers, students and parents.

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Spreading the A.P. Gospel to Nurture Scientists and Engineers

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 3:15pm
A nonprofit organization founded to help improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is working with schools to expand the success of advanced placement classes.






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Mathews: Giving aid and comfort to great teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 2:35pm

My high school U.S. history teacher, Al Ladendorff, turned his classroom into a laboratory for critical thinking. He even asked us to tell him where the textbook was wrong. My wife Linda’s English and history teacher, Bill Goodfellow, required each student to write a research paper every year, some of them thousands of words long.

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Strauss: Arne Duncan can keep his cynical NCLB waiver — Washington school board member

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 2:02pm

Last month the U.S.  Education Department for the first time rescinded one of the waivers it gave to states that exempts them the most onerous parts of the flawed No Child Left Behind law. It was Washington’s, and as a result, the state will  have to comply with all parts of No Child Left Behind — even though it is a law that Education Secretary Arne Duncan himself has said is fatally flawed. In fact, because of the peculiarities of the way the law was written, nearly all of Washington’s public schools will now be seen as failing even though nothing actually changed in the schools. If it makes no sense to you, it doesn’t to a lot of other people either, especially in Washington state.

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International Education: Costs Drive Both Sides of Study Abroad

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 12:37pm
Rising university tuition costs are encouraging British students to consider studying overseas, while worries about high costs and debt are deterring United States students from going abroad, a survey shows.






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International Education: Chinese Applications to U.S. Graduate Schools Decline

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 12:01pm
After a decade of robust growth, interest in graduate programs has fallen for a second year in a row. Applications from India have surged, but the trend may prove erratic.






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International Education: In Jordan, Educated Women Face Shortage of Jobs

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 12:01pm
Unemployment among highly educated women is above 35 percent in Jordan, where more women than men attend college.






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Strauss: ‘Today was the first day I was ever ashamed to be a teacher’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 10:32am

Students around the country are taking high-stakes Common Core-aligned standardized tests now and some teachers are expressing unhappiness about having to administer them.  Some are refusing to administer them and others are going public with their concerns about the nature of the tests and the emphasis being placed on them by policymakers.  Numerous problems have been reported with these tests in New York, including badly worded questions, unfair cut scores that determine who does well and who doesn’t, and booklets with blank pages. Entertainer Louis C.K. complained about the tests on Twitter and the David Letterman show.

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Motherlode Blog: Lackeys of Youth Soccer, That ‘Arrogant’ Sport

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 9:54am
Outside the United States, soccer is a working-class sport. Our club charges $2,200 per child per year.






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Admissions: Reasons for Hope While Applying to College

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 7:21am
There are fewer spots for American students at many top colleges. But the market has expanded in other ways.






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Sexual violence probes at colleges arise from Obama push on civil rights issues

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 9:57pm

What has become a national uprising against the scourge of sexual assault on college campuses started three years ago with a 19-page letter from an obscure agency in Washington.

Sexual violence was not only a crime that could land a perpetrator in jail, the Office for Civil Rights in the Education Department told schools in April 2011. It was also a form of harassment prohibited by federal anti-discrimination law, a declaration that required colleges to take vigorous steps to prevent sexual violence and provide a “prompt and equitable” response whenever cases arose.

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Union Effort at Northwestern May Not Mean Much for Public Colleges

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 9:23pm
The vast majority of Division I universities are public but the National Labor Relations Board has no power over them, only over private-sector employers like Northwestern.






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D.C. test data show strong link between student attendance, performance

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 6:07pm

As the District works to confront rampant truancy in city schools, national standardized test data show that D.C. students are absent from school more than the national average and more than almost all other large U.S. cities.

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Fight Against Sexual Assaults Holds Colleges to Account

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 4:58pm
As more victims go public and more of them file formal federal complaints, activists are making shrewd use of the law and the media to force schools to change their approach to assaults.






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Condoleezza Rice Backs Out of Rutgers Speech After Student Protests

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 3:09pm
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was to speak at the May 18 commencement at Rutgers University, said she did not want to detract from the day’s festivities.






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Strauss: Actually, Louis C.K. was right about Common Core — Ravitch

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 2:02pm

Louis C.K., the multi-talented entertainer, has suddenly found himself in the news for an unlikely reason. It has nothing to do with any of his projects but, rather, his comments on Twitter and the “Late Show With David Letterman” about how standardized testing and the Common Core State Standards are affecting his daughters, who attend public school in New York City. Not at all well, he has made repeatedly clear.

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Strauss: Teaching is harder than working in high tech — by a teacher who worked in high tech

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 6:02am

After spending 25 years in high-tech — primarily in the wireless and Global Positioning System (GPS) industries — Dave Reid became a high school mathematics teacher and is now in his third year of teaching. It didn’t take him long to realize just how hard teaching really is — and how much harder it is than his previous jobs. Reid writes about it in this post, which appeared on the blog of Larry Cuban, professor emeritus of education at Stanford University and a former teacher and superintendent.

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