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Putin's Way: Putin’s Friend Profits in Purge of Schoolbooks

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:59pm
When the number of approved textbooks for Russia’s 14 million schoolchildren was slashed by more than half, one publisher with close ties to President Vladimir V. Putin profited handsomely.
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Strauss: ‘This. Means. War.’ Mom sends message to education commissioner.

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 10:31am

The acting commissioner of education in New Jersey, David C. Hespe, just released “guidance” to school administrators and test coordinators titled  “Student Participation in the Statewide Assessment Program” that appears to be aimed at trying to stem the growing opt-out movement by parents who no longer want their children to take high-stakes standardized tests.

The guidance, which you can see at the end of this post, urges school officials to “review the district’s discipline and attendance policies to ensure that they address situations that may arise during days that statewide assessments, such as PARCC, are being administered.” PARCC is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the two multi-state consortia designing new Common Core standardized tests with some $360 million in federal funds. PARCC has been losing members as one state after another has withdrawn, choosing to use its own tests, which you can read about here.

Hespe’s guidance has clearly rankled some parents, as you can see in the following piece by Sarah Blaine, a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey. Blaine has written several popular posts, including “Pearson’s wrong answer—and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” and “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.” This post first appeared on her parentingthecore blog.

By Sarah Blaine

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Strauss: Why we are looking at the ‘value’ of college all wrong

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 9:30am

There is a national debate about whether going to college is worth the increasingly hefty price tag. The argument against it is that many students come out four — or five or six — years later and can’t find a job that pays a lot, or they can’t find a job at all. But in this post, St. John’s College President Christopher B. Nelson argues that “education and economics are essentially incompatible” and that the economic lens is the wrong way to judge education. Nelson has been president of St. John’s,  in Annapolis, Maryland, since June 1991. Before that he, practiced law in Chicago for 18 years and was chairman of his law firm. As university president, he has become a national spokesman for the liberal arts.  St. John’s, with a campus in Annapolis and in Santa Fe, N.M., has an unusual liberal arts  curriculum, one based on discussion of works from the Western Canon.

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Herb Schapiro, Playwright Behind ‘The Me Nobody Knows,’ Dies at 85

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:35pm
Inspired by essays by urban children, Mr. Schapiro had the idea for what became a “dark and lovely” Broadway musical.
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Greek Letters at a Price

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:23pm
Looking to join a sorority? You’ll need time and money to spare. And don’t be late for meetings and events (there’s a fine for that).






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Evaluating Md. kindergartners has become a one-on-one mission

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 10:03pm

Isaac Jackson, 5, walked slowly behind Kendra Sarris, his kindergarten teacher, into the hallway outside Room 19 at Accokeek Academy. The pair then sat at two tiny desks facing a concrete wall.

It was testing time.

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With School Ban Nearing End, New York City Works on How and When to Allow Cellphones

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 8:49pm
In an era when many parents want constant access to their children and students live in a digital social milieu, banning cellphones from schools is increasingly seen as counterproductive.
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Va. Supreme Court: Parents can’t be charged when kids are late to school

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 7:46pm

Parents whose children arrive late to class cannot face criminal charges­ under a Virginia law requiring school attendance, the state’s highest court ruled Friday.

The decision by the Virginia Supreme Court exonerates a Purcellville mother of three who was convicted of misdemeanor charges­ for her children’s tardiness, and it ensures that — unless legislators act to change the law — bringing children to school late will no longer be a crime on its own in the state.

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Girl, 7, Barred From a Connecticut School Over Ebola Concerns Goes Back to Class

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 7:05pm
The family of Ikeoluwa Opayemi, 7, had sued the Milford school district after she was told to stay away from class for 21 days following a trip to Nigeria.
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Montgomery school board candidates focus on crowding, achievement gap

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 7:03pm

All eight of Montgomery County’s school board candidates say closing the academic achievement gap is a priority in a diverse county. All want to relieve school crowding, build new classrooms and increase community engagement.

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Florida A&M Band Member Is Convicted in Hazing Death

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:33pm
A former band member of the university’s celebrated Marching 100 was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of a popular drum major after a violent hazing ritual aboard a bus in 2011.






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Alexandria City public schools see growth in student population

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:30pm

The Alexandria City public school system added nearly 600 students to its rolls this year, contributing to a 15 percent increase in ninth-graders, according to official enrollment data presented Thursday to the School Board.

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The Learning Network: NYTLNreads | Some of Our Favorite Student Comments on Fears and Phobias

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:48pm
Favorite student answers to the question, What are your fears and phobias? Some are funny, some are poignant, and a few are so descriptive they made us leery of things that previously hadn’t scared us at all.






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How many Chinese take the SAT every year? We may soon learn

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:07pm

Want to know how many Californians take the SAT?

The College Board reports that every year with precision. The number of students in the class of 2014 from the Golden State who took the college admission test: 236,923. Growth compared to the previous class: 2,156.

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Strauss: Top colleges offer tanning beds to students despite dangers — report

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:50pm

A new report published online in JAMA Dermatology says that despite evidence that indoor tanning is a risk factor for skin cancer, many top colleges and universities make tanning beds available to students on campus and in off-campus housing.

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Motherlode Blog: An Illustrated Guide to Eight Kinds of Halloween Candy You Won’t Like and Should Give to Me Immediately

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:27pm
Heath bars. Twix. Reeses. Spree. Seriously, you’d just hate those. Isn’t your bucket getting awfully heavy anyway?






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Motherlode Blog: Candy. It’s What’s for Dinner.

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:51pm
I’ll be cooking next week, but I’m sure not cooking tonight!
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Motherlode Blog: More Children Means More Work Productivity, Study Suggests

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:12pm
Researchers found that over the course of a 30-year career in academia, both female and male economists who were parents outperformed academic economists without children at almost every stage of their careers.






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