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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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Strauss: Two Nigerian girls tell a different story

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:18pm

It isn’t easy for a girl to get an education in Nigeria.

The world’s attention has been focused for over a month on the kidnappings of a schoolful of girls in Nigeria by an Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram that doesn’t believe in Western education and or in education for girls. The fate of the girls is still unknown, and the United States is helping in the effort to find them. At least 173 teachers have been killed in recent years during the Boko Haram insurgency in several northeastern Nigerian states, prompting a protest by educators and others in Lagos on Thursday.

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The Learning Network: Commencement 2014 | Things to Read, Watch, Debate, Teach and Learn

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:31pm
Four quick activities, along with links to Times articles going back to 1901, as well as interactive graphics, videos, lesson plans and more.






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D.C. school system is losing at least eight veteran principals

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:48pm

At least eight veteran D.C. Public Schools principals have announced that they are leaving their jobs, reviving what has become an annual debate about turnover among the system’s school leaders.

The departing principals include two key figures in arts education: Patrick Pope, who used a heavy emphasis on dance, music, theater and visual arts to spur a turnaround at high-poverty Savoy Elementary in Anacostia; and Rory Pullens, the highly regarded principal of Duke Ellington School of the Arts since 2006.

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Strauss: Guess how many memos USDA sent to schools about healthy school lunches?

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:34pm

Federally funded school lunches have been in the news because Republicans in the U.S. House just voted to allow some schools to get a waiver from a law that requires lunches served to students to meet new health standards. Why? Apparently some schools can’t make enough money serving healthy foods because kids don’t want to eat them and are throwing away healthy foods.What a surprise.

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Motherlode Blog: A Big Pile of Fantastic Ideas to Get Kids Outside Making and Doing This Summer

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:55am
A different kind of summer reading: books and project links to inspire children to head outside and make, do and create.






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The Learning Network: Poetry Pairing | ‘Letter to Brooks: Spring Garden’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:47am
“Letter to Brooks: Spring Garden” by Major Jackson and the article “What Is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows” by John Tierney appear in this Poetry Pairing.






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Fairfax school board to vote on budget changes for 2015

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:20am

The Fairfax County School Board on Thursday will vote to approve the 2015 budget, bringing to a close a months-long process to address a projected multimillion-dollar shortfall.

Early this school year, new Superintendent Karen Garza made efforts to highlight what she described as a budget “crisis” facing the school system. In light of the dire fiscal outlook, Garza proposed a series of cuts including eliminating 720 staff positions and having bigger class sizes.

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