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Author Camille Farrington talks about need to redesign American high schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:09pm

As schools across the country are working to improve their graduation rates, some experts say the problem starts with the way high schools are fundamentally designed to weed out students.

Camille Farrington, a former high school teacher and now a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research, has studied persistent failure in American high schools.

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Strauss: Dear LeBron: Time to get a college degree (other big-time athletes did)

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:29am

“Thank you,” Washington Post sports writer Mike Wise wrote in this great love letter to Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James, “for giving youngsters someone to emulate.”

Love him or hate him — and it seems that more people love to hate him than perhaps anybody else in professional sports — James has been a role model to young people. That’s not because he has been perfect; it’s because he hasn’t been perfect and has  apologized for it. After he left Cleveland for the Heat in a public way that was slammed as being crass, James later apologized, Wise noted, showing “humility and perspective.” And, Wise said, James “speaks about social concerns, damn the financial risk.”

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In Fairfax County, students remember ex-Hayfield principal, who died of cancer

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:18am

Hundreds of Hayfield Secondary students gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Fairfax County school Monday night to remember Dave Tremaine, who died of cancer earlier in the day — two weeks after he stepped down as principal and the day before graduation ceremonies.

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Motherlode Blog: At the Cutting Edge of Gay Family Law

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:06am
In the past, second-parent adoptions have been standard in the gay community. But a court recently ruled that such adoptions were neither “necessary nor available” for gay married couples since a “presumption of parenthood” exists.






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The Learning Network: Found Poem Favorite | ‘Dotted Splashes of Paint’

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 7:38am
This poem, by Aya Zaky, is one of the 11 winners of our fifth annual Found Poem Student Contest.






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:30am
Do you think other companies will follow Starbucks’s lead in offering to pay for employees’ college tuition? Why?






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Strauss: Summer reading list for and by teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:01am

Here are books for and recommended by teachers, from  Scholastic Instructor magazine and titled the “Ultimate Summer Reading List for Teachers:”

We searched far and wide to come up with a list of great books for you to crack open during the summer break—and, most important, we asked our teacher advisers and Facebook teachers what they were looking forward to reading (or rereading!). We received an avalanche of interesting responses. It was hard to choose just a few but here are some newer releases that you can pick up at your bookstore or download to an e-reader, plus teachers’ dog-eared favorites. Read full article >>






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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Famous Artists and Works

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:30am
Test your knowledge of famous artists and their works by playing our crossword and then exploring related Times and Learning Network resources.






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Degrees of Education: If Affirmative Action Is Doomed, What’s Next?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:00am
Two new books offer ideas on how to achieve diversity in higher education without using race-based systems.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | imply

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 322 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Critics Point to Drawbacks in Starbucks Tuition Program

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:19pm
According to the fine print, students might have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket, and wait months or years before being reimbursed.






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Motherlode Blog: Climbing Out of the Darkness of Maternal Mental Illness

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 8:55pm
A community and an event for women experiencing maternal mental illness, those who have passed through it, and their family and friends.






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The last segregated class at Arlington school reunites

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 7:44pm

Standing on the edge of the football field at his all-black school in Arlington County, Dennis Turner used to gaze across the Potomac River at the Washington Monument.

It was the early 1960s. The civil rights movement was raging, but he felt stuck in time.

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Prince George’s BOE accepts feasibility study for new High Point High School

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 6:21pm

High Point High School in Beltsville, Md., is a step closer to getting a new building.

The Prince George’s County Board of Education has agreed to accept a feasibility study that provides the district guidance on “how to implement a future modernization at High Point High School.”

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