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Technophoria: A Student-Data Collector Drops Out

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:29am
The demise of inBloom, after just 15 months in operation, offers a cautionary tale for purveyors of education technology software.






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D.C. students explore Mars from Earth at science festival

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 9:15pm

Students from around the world explored the surface of Mars on Friday, examining the craggy outcrops of the Martian horizon and rocks smoothed by waters that once flowed on the Red Planet’s surface.

No, they weren’t actually on the surface of Mars, but it was the next-best thing. Students from the District, Houston, New Jersey, Buenos Aires and Managua, Nicaragua, joined in on a virtual field trip with NASA experts, looking at images beamed back from the rover Curiosity as part of an event that helped open this weekend’s USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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D.C. residents appear to support neighborhood schools

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 8:29pm

D.C. residents appear to overwhelmingly support maintaining the District’s neighborhood schools instead of moving to a lottery-based system, according to data presented at a public meeting Thursday night.

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Obama Administration Plans New Rules to Grade Teacher Training Programs

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 8:14pm
By this summer, officials will propose systems to rate all teacher preparation programs, which teachers themselves have often complained do not adequately prepare them for the classroom.






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Motherlode Blog: I Was Taught That Getting Pregnant Is Easy for Black Girls — Too Easy. But It Wasn’t for Me.

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 7:39pm
When I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, I was taught that my mission was to get out of high school without a baby. I thought that once I was ready, those babies that came too easily, and too early, for many girls I knew would come readily to me. That didn’t happen.






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With Philadelphia Shortfall, Schools Face Renewed Cuts

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 7:24pm
About 2,350 jobs could be eliminated next year unless the district finds funding to bridge its new shortfall, the superintendent said.
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Strauss: Oklahoma school district accepts Bible curriculum that says sinners must ‘suffer’ for disobeying God

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:03pm

A suburban Oklahoma City public school district has adopted a curriculum for high schools that its backers say uses Bible stories to teach subjects such as history and the arts and that says all sinners must “suffer the consequences” of disobeying God. It also says that some U2 songs are based in the Psalms.

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Strauss: Does it pay to obsess on where your kid goes to school?

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:30pm

We all know people who seem to spend all of their time obsessing about where their children are going to go to school, as if there is a magical place that will ensure success. Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at this phenomenon. He is the author of two books, including “From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education.” Currently, he is engaged in a civil debate about education reform with Michelle Rhee in the Education Week blog K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric.

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Off the Charts: Fewer U.S. Graduates Opt for College After High School

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:41pm
From a high point of 70.1 percent in 2009, the percentage of new graduates going to college dropped to 65.9 percent last year, the lowest figure in a decade.
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Connecticut high school student killed in attack at school

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:28pm

A high school student in Connecticut was killed Friday morning after an attack by another student that led to a lockdown, an evacuation and yet another nightmarish scene at a school.

The attack occurred at around 7:15 a.m. at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., according to Keith L. Mello, the chief of police in Milford.

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James Baldwin, Born 90 Years Ago, Is Fading in Classrooms

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:00pm
James Baldwin, the Harlem-born author of the classic “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” was born 90 years ago this year, and educators are trying to inspire renewed interest in his work.






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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:20am
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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Strauss: Obama plans new regulation on colleges of education

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:27am

The Obama administration’s obsession with standardized test scores knows no bounds. The newest example: a plan to spend millions of dollars to reward those colleges of education whose graduates, among other things, are successful in raising their students’ standardized test scores.

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Motherlode Blog: A Single Adoptive Mother — in 1937

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 9:24am
In 1937, the editors of Ladies Home Journal published an essay, “I Just Adopted a Baby!” It was just another piece about the joys and challenges of family life — but this time, from the perspective of a single working parent.






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The Learning Network: Guest Post | Get Ready for College Writing by Learning to Revise

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 8:30am
Do you have your students revise their essays? In this post a guest blogger from Haverford College offers advice to bridge the gap between high school and college writing by teaching students the process of revision.






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The Learning Network: Editorial Contest Winner | Why I, a Heterosexual Teenage Boy, Want to See More Men in Speedos

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 8:16am
We’re publishing one of the Top 10 winners of our Student Editorial Contest each day. This essay is by Noah Spencer.






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The Learning Network: How Common Is Drug Use in Your School?

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 8:07am
Do you think your school’s administrators and teachers should be alarmed?






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Strauss: AFT asks Pearson to stop ‘gag order’ barring educators from talking about tests (update)

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:00am

(Update: Pearson responds to Weingarten)
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is sending a letter (see below) to the executives of Pearson, the world’s largest education company, asking them to stop a ”gag order” that is part of their $32 million contract with New York state to design new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core. The “gag order” bars teachers and principals from talking publicly about what’s on the exams, including any mistakes that educators find.

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Obama administration wants better-trained teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:00am

The Obama administration is making a second attempt to regulate the way the country prepares its classroom teachers, saying training programs should be held accountable to improve the quality of K-12 teachers.

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Obama administration wants better trained teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:00am

The Obama administration is working on new regulations aimed at improving the quality of K-12 teachers by requiring the colleges and universities that train them to prove their programs are effective, officials said.

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