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At School, Turning Good Food Into Perfectly Good Compost

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 8:57pm
A New York City school composting program aims to help the environment, instill a sense of conservation in schoolchildren, and, critically, save some money.
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Op-Ed Contributor: New York City’s Top Public Schools Need Diversity

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 8:45pm
New York City’s top public schools must become more diverse.
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How teachers are solving the problem of incompetent teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 8:12pm

Greg Jouriles, one of the best high school teachers I know, still remembers a conversation 17 years ago with a top student. Jouriles was the teacher union bargaining chair. His team had just negotiated the best contract he could get, but he was irked there would be no raises that year. The student seemed unmoved. “Don’t you think we deserve a raise?” Jouriles said.

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The Working Life: Flatiron School Program Expands New York’s Web Developer Ranks

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 8:06pm
A program created by New York City, which contracted with the Flatiron School in Manhattan, helps people break into the city’s growing technology sector.
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Fairfax student finishes school with perfect attendance

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 6:12pm

In her 13 years in Fairfax County schools, Catherine Overberg never had a sore throat or a fever. At McLean High School this year, she skipped “senior skip day.”

From kindergarten through her high school graduation last week, Overberg never missed a day of school.

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Montgomery schools chief offers new plan to tackle high rates of math exam failure

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 5:53pm

Montgomery County school officials have found no single cause to explain the district’s steep failure rates on high school math exams, but they are proposing a series of steps designed to help boost student performance and close the math achievement gap.

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International Education: World War I Conference in Sarajevo Divides Scholars

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 12:02pm
Controversy over the meeting’s purpose speaks to how the interpretation of a turning point like World War I remains entangled in present-day politics.






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Strauss: A teacher’s plea to bosses: Give us ‘time and autonomy to create solutions’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 11:01am

If you talk to teachers about their jobs, one of the things you will hear most consistently is that they don’t have enough time to plan, collaborate and learn from each other. Here is an open letter from a teacher to superintendents and administrators everywhere explaining why this is so important. It was written by Paul Barnwell, who teaches English and digital media at Fern Creek Traditional High School in Louisville, KY. When not experimenting with urban gardening, bow hunting, writing his blog Mindful Stew, or traveling with his wife, he’s an active participant in Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Teacher Network and the Center for Teaching Quality‘s Collaboratory.

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Motherlode Blog: Mother in the Dark

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 8:13am
Retinitis pigmentosa has gradually chomped away at my vision like Pac Man. Right now, I’m partially sighted and night-blind, and a glow-in-the-dark bouncy playspace is a nightmare.






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D.C. school boundary proposal spurs citywide debate about quality

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 5:50pm

D.C. parents and activists are calling the District’s latest proposal to overhaul school boundaries an improvement over previous iterations, but many continue to voice concerns that the plan does not address some of the most pressing challenges facing the city’s public schools.

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Opinion: Helping Kids With Homework

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 3:40pm
Helping my son was about my ego. In the end, all this help does nothing but hurt.






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De Blasio’s Vow to Ease Reimbursement for Special Education Halts a Bill in Albany

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 9:39pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to improve the process for some parents of special-needs children to get New York City to pay for private school tuition, holding off an effort by state legislators to make him do so by law.






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Montgomery school board race focuses on achievement gap and accountability issues

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:45pm

The long ballot for Tuesday’s primary in Montgomery County includes just one Board of Education race: to fill the at-large seat of Shirley Brandman, who is stepping down.

Montgomery’s eight-member board makes policy for a sprawling district with 151,000 students and a $2.3 billion operating budget. Voters will consider four candidates, with the top two vote-getters advancing to November’s general election.

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Strauss: Getting kids involved in summer learning — city by city, town by town, student by student

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:26pm

Sarah Pitcock is the CEO of the National Summer Association, which is dedicated to creating quality summer learning opportunities for young people, particularly low-income students who suffer more learning loss over the summer than other students. In this post Pitcock explains the problem of summer learning loss, and some solutions.

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Autistic student who graduated at the top of his class shares his valedictory speech

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:22pm

Unable to communicate at the age of 3, Montel Medley was diagnosed with autism.

With support from his mother, Roberta, and his teachers in Prince George’s County, Montel went on to earn a 4.0 grade point average at Surrattsville High School, graduated at the top of his class and gained acceptance to Towson University.

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Education leaders back Common Core

Education Week - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:16pm
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In Fairfax, new principal selected for Poe Middle School in Annandale

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:19pm

A new principal has been appointed to Annandale’s Poe Middle School, six months after the previous principal was arrested on charges of embezzling school funds.

Maria Eck will join the Poe faculty on July 1 to replace Sonya Swansbrough, who was arrested in November. Swansbrough has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

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