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DCPS hires prominent labor relations lawyer as senior adviser to Kaya Henderson

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:08am

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has hired Kenneth Slaughter, a prominent labor-relations lawyer, to serve as her senior adviser.

In the newly created position at D.C. Public Schools, Slaughter will work on labor and D.C. Council relations as well as “broad strategy,” Melissa Salmanowitz said in response to a request for a job description. He will earn $150,000 for the full-time job.

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Strauss: J.K. Rowling, please keep Harry Potter revisionist history to yourself

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 9:49am

Shortly after the last Harry Potter novel -- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” -- was published in 2007, author J.K. Rowling revealed that one of the main characters, Hogwarts headmaster and master wizard Albus Dumbledore, was gay. There was no indication in the books that this was the case, so her disclosure left one wondering why she hadn’t let her readers know that when they were actually reading the books. She had seven novels in which she could have let her readers know her full vision for Dumbledore.

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Strauss: One thing Bill Gates could do that would actually help kids in school

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 8:00am

Bill Gates has spent billions of dollars on education reform efforts, such as evaluating teachers with student standardized test scores and the Common Core State Standards, with not much to show for it. Here’s an idea for how he could spend money in a way that would actually help kids do better in school. This was written by Debby Mayer, founder of Great Schools for America, an organization that advocates for quality public schools free from corporate control. A version of this appeared on the website Great Schools for America.

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The Learning Network Blog: If You Were Governor of Your State, How Would You Spend a Budget Surplus?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 6:01am
Would you want to spend more on education and other programs, cut taxes or put away money for a rainy-day fund?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 5:30am
What signs have you noticed of the economic recovery in your community? What signs have you observed that the middle class is still struggling?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | History, Feb. 4

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 5:15am
Answer this question about Patricia Hearst.
    





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Strauss: A teacher exposes ‘value-added’ idiocy

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 5:00am

VAMboozled is a blog about teacher evaluation, accountability and value-added models written by Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, associate professor at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. The following post was on her blog, from a teacher in Arizona who is not identified. The teacher reveals the idiocy of the “value-added” method of evaluation teachers, involving the use of student standardized test scores as a key measure. This teacher raises a question that teachers in other states have also confronted: She will be graded on test scores of students she didn’t teach. As Amrein-Beardsley notes the story told by the teacher “is becoming a too familiar story.”

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National Briefing | Washington: Bill to Help Veterans Pay Tuition Advances

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 1:46am
The House passed legislation on Monday that would require public universities to charge veterans in-state tuition rates or face a financial penalty.
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | carapace

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 1:04am
This word has appeared in 17 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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Straight A’s = dancing: Grade celebration questioned by some

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:15am

Students who earned straight A’s at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring have been invited to a school dance Tuesday, a celebration that starts during the final period of the school day and includes a DJ, free pizza and a game room.

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Lawmaker Says Colleges Are Misleading on Aid Letter

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 10:12pm
Many colleges are misleading applicants about the paperwork needed to seek financial aid, possibly violating federal law and costing students extra money, a congressman said.
    
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Strauss: NCLB crashed and burned. When will we ever learn?

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 6:30pm

It’s the year that all U.S. public schools were supposed to reach 100% student proficiency. It didn’t happen, of course. The law under which that was mandated, No Child Left Behind, has crashed and burned, but, unfortunately, its worst ideas haven’t. Writing about this is Lisa Guisbond of The National Center for Fair & Open Testing, known as FairTest, a non-profit dedicated to ending the misuse of standardized tests.

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The Learning Network Blog: Weekly News Quiz | Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 4:46pm
The Super Bowl, a paralyzing ice storm, a new head of the Federal Reserve: How many of the 10 questions below can you answer correctly?
    





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