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Inequality on Campus: ‘A National Admissions Office’ for Low-Income Strivers

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:30am
QuestBridge has quietly become a force in college admissions. On some elite campuses, 1 in 10 students come from the program.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | lope

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:05am
This word has appeared in six New York Times articles in the past year.






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New Rochelle Struggles Amid Rice’s Unraveling

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:42pm
Now that Ray Rice, a hometown football hero, has been dismissed from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the National Football League, the New Rochelle High School community is struggling to determine how to react.






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Montgomery plans to apply for extension on state immunization requirement

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:38pm

With nearly 500 students still needing to show proof of immunizations, Montgomery County school officials said Monday they will seek a 45-day extension of the deadline for new state vaccination requirements.

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Maryland offers 45-day extension for student immunizations

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:34pm

Maryland has agreed to provide local school systems more time for students to get required vaccinations after school superintendents raised concerns about children missing school because they could not meet the deadline.

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David Boies, eyeing education through a civil rights lens

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:12pm

David Boies, the superlawyer who chairs a group that is trying to overturn teacher tenure laws in New York and elsewhere, said Monday that his organization is not looking to take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court — at least not in the short run.

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Strauss: Florida drops test after kindergarten teacher took public stand against it

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:01pm

(Update: Adding Education Department comment)

Last week I published a highly popular post that included a letter that kindergarten teacher Susan Bowles of Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla., posted on Facebook telling parents that she was refusing to administer the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, or FAIR. She explained what she said were serious problems with administering the test to young students, and said that taking this stance was worth risking her job.  The post was titled, “Kindergarten teacher: ‘There is a good possibility I will get fired, but …’ ”

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U-Va. student from Fairfax County missing in Charlottesville

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:58pm

A University of Virginia student who graduated from Fairfax County’s West Potomac High School has gone missing in Charlottesville, and university leaders have expressed “deep concern” about her.

Hannah Graham, 18, has been missing since just after midnight Saturday, according to the university and Charlottesville police. Graham last made contact with friends by text message at 1:20 a.m. Saturday. Graham’s friends called police on Sunday afternoon, and police used bloodhounds to search for her Sunday evening, but that did not produce any leads, police said.

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Prince George’s ed board seeks public input on school building construction, renovation

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:29pm

The Prince George’s Board of Education wants residents to share their thoughts about the conditions of their school buildings during a public hearing on Tuesday night.

The board will receive testimony from the public during the Capital Improvement Program public hearing, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. The hearing was originally scheduled for last week, but was rescheduled after no one signed up to testify.

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Strauss: A warning to U.S. about ‘educational authoritarianism’ — from a Chinese scholar

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:01pm

Yong Zhao is a respected education scholar who has been a fierce critic of high-stakes standardized testing, both in China and the United States. Zhao, the presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the University of Oregon’s College of Education,  has written a new book entited “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World” that my colleague, Post education writer (and former China correspondent) Jay Mathews, said in a column was “the best I have ever read on Chinese schools.

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Constitution Day brings civics lessons, activities

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:54pm
Teachers across the U.S. are recognizing Constitution Day -- officially observed Sept.  -More
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How teens' development affects their decision-making capacity

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:54pm
Adolescents' development in three areas -- identity, independence and peer relationships -- forms their sense of self, writes -More
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New SAT to align with common core

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:54pm
Students in the class of 2017 will take an overhauled SAT that seeks to redefine what it means to become college ready.  -More
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Backlash against "testing culture" grows in Fla.

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:54pm
Tests are administered on 80 of the school year's 180 days in Florida, and now, some teachers and parents in one district are -More
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More teachers use video games as a teaching tool

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:54pm
Teachers increasingly are using video games to deliver academic lessons in the classroom, but even as their popularity as a t -More
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