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Strauss: Why race-based affirmative action in college admissions still matters

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:01am

Last month I published a defense of race-based affirmative action for African-American students in college admissions by Richard Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. Here is a new piece by Rothstein, expanding his discussion. Rothstein is senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law, and he is the author of books including  “Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right,  and “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap.” He was also a national education writer for The New York Times.  This appeared on the EPI blog.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Plants

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:31am
Test your knowledge of plants by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | yore

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:01am
This word has appeared in 80 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Beijing Journal: An Academy for the Elite Stirs a Culture Clash

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:53pm
The planned Yenching Academy at Peking University, which is aimed at producing “future leaders,” has stirred resistance from many students and professors.






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In Atlanta, Jury Selection Is Set to Begin in Test Scandal

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 8:10pm
Twelve former public school employees are accused of conspiring to alter and boost students’ standardized test scores.






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Rocketship to build charter school on Anacostia hilltop

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 5:59pm

The next outpost of one of the country’s best-known high-tech charter school chains will be on a wooded hilltop across the street from an aging public housing development in Anacostia.

School officials recently announced plans for Rocketship’s first D.C. school: A 54,000-square-foot, two-story building with a glass entrance, outdoor terrace, multiple play areas and nature trails. It is scheduled to open in the 2015-2016 school year.

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Prince George’s County Public Schools: ‘Great by Choice’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:57pm

“Great by Choice,” a book that examines why some companies thrive during chaotic times while others do not, has become a staple for business leaders across the country as they look for ways to boost profits.

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Strauss: Arne Duncan’s new ‘top advisers’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 2:13pm

Throughout the first Obama administration and well into the second, many teachers and principals said they could not get a word in edgewise to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his advisers, who plowed ahead with education reforms that many educators said blamed teachers for things that weren’t their fault and set up standardized test-based “accountability” systems that were unfair. If Duncan was listening to anyone, it appeared to many educators that it was Bill Gates, who was pumping many millions into the reforms Duncan was promoting. Tensions between Duncan and many teachers were so high that in May 2011, he wrote an open letter during Teacher Appreciation Week in which he felt compelled to declare his respect for teachers:

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International Education: A New Ratio for the Japanese Cram School

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:01pm
Prep schools offering private or semiprivate instruction are a growing alternative to the usual large-group experience.






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International Education: Creating an Ever-Flexible Center for Tech Innovation

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:01pm
Cornell Tech, a campus being built by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, is preparing for a future it can't yet imagine.






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Motherlode Blog: If My Son Loves Football, Can He Still Love Me?

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 9:16am
My husband and I consider our family progressive. We’re all for boys in pink playing with dolls. But progressive really means letting your children choose what to love, and my son loves football.






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How to Learn the Law Without Law School

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 9:20pm
No degree. No debt. No problem? Why and how some aspiring lawyers are skipping law school.






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News Analysis: 99-Page Ruling in O’Bannon Case Is Missing Something: Clarity

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 5:06pm
Judge Claudia Wilken gave N.C.A.A. officials hope that any required changes might not be the death knell that seemed imminent.






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Thousands attend Prince George’s County Back to School fair

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 4:27pm

See old friends from class. Talk to some former teachers. Maybe even pick up a free backpack.

Those were some of the things on Paige Blake’s agenda as she spent a couple of hours with her dad, Randolph, at the Prince George’s County Back to School Fair on Saturday at the Showplace Arena.

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Sports of The Times: Prime Prep Academy, Founded by Deion Sanders, Comes Under Scrutiny

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 3:53pm
With its academics and its finances under fire, the Texas sports academy created by Deion Sanders, the Hall of Fame cornerback and N.F.L. commentator, is facing the loss of its state charter.






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Strauss: A strange definition of a ‘bad’ teacher

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 2:25pm

Keoni Wright is the lead plaintiff  in a lawsuit organized by Campbell Brown’s education advocacy group that is seeking to overturn New York laws that provide tenure and other job  protections to K-12 teachers. Brown has appeared on a number of television shows explaining her new endeavor, which will involve filing lawsuits in other states, as well, in an attempt to have national impact on tenure laws.  (Here’s a write-up about her appearance on “The Colbert Report,” and here’s a fact-check of what she said on the show).

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Correlations: Study on Parental Longevity Is Short on Causation

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:51pm
Maybe parents who send their children to college will live longer, but a recent study did not prove it.






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Strauss: Why Princeton students who deserve A’s can’t get them — report

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:33am

Here’s an interesting case of unintended consequences in education reform — in this case, grading policy at an Ivy League school.

A decade ago the faculty at Princeton University adopted a grading policy that was intended to distinguish between good and great work but that wound up restricting the number of top grades professors handed out. The policy recommended that each department award no more than 35 percent of grades in the “A” range, resulting in strange grading curves that rob students of A’s they rightly deserve. Last October, new Princeton President Christopher Ludwig Eisgruber formed a committee to review the policy, noting that there had been some unfortunate unintended consequences of the policy (and even “poor behavior” by some professors). The committee’s report was just released (see below) and it exposes an unfair system.  The key recommendation:

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Arlington buys safer helmets for high school football players

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:33pm

Arlington County's high school football players will have new helmets this year, purchased to mitigate the risk of head injuries and concussions.

Officials announced the new helmets in a letter to parents this week, and said they are part of a “comprehensive concussion management plan” the district has adopted.

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White teacher wins $350,000 in Prince George’s schools bias lawsuit

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:33pm

A former Prince George’s County teacher won a $350,000 jury award after accusing the school system of discriminating against him because he is white.

Jon Everhart alleged in his lawsuit against the Prince George’s County school board that a black principal forced him out of his job because of his race.

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