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Strauss: Superintendent on school reform: ‘It is not working’

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 6:00am

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has just asked for a “pause” in implementation of a controversial new teacher evaluation system that uses student standardized test scores to assess teachers as well creation of a task force to study the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Is “a pause” the answer?

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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, Feb. 3, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 5:35am
Fill in the blanks in this passage about the Sochi Olympics, then use Olympics photographs for a picture-dictation game.
    





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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | Seattle Seahawks Win First Super Bowl in Team History

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 5:26am
Who won Super Bowl XLVIII? What was the final score?
    





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Strauss: Public education failing? Not in this school

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 5:00am

The “public schools are failing” narrative is pervasive, even though the facts aren’t there to support the systemic failure that many school reformers insist there are. Here a parent paints a different story. Lynn Michie is a chaplain at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She and her husband, David McNair, have two children in the Buncombe County school system.

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | caption

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 1:02am
This word has appeared in 5,530 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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U-Md.’s unusual admissions approach: One out of every five freshmen start in spring term

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 6:32pm

About 1,100 students are making their debut as freshmen at the University of Maryland in the new spring term under an unusual arrangement that delayed their admission until space opened up at College Park.

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Mathews: Getting past rumors to see KIPP DC in motion

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 5:56pm

Look for references to KIPP charter schools on the Internet, and you will find critics saying they are akin to military schools or concentration camps. That is far from the truth. The schools have rules but are full of games, songs, choices and critical thinking. Some of those most hostile to KIPP have never been inside a KIPP school, but that doesn’t stop them.

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Strauss: Report: Majority of U.S. kids under age 2 are now children of color -- and one-third are poor

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 3:15pm

For the first time, a majority of American children under age 2 are now children of color -- and 1 in 3 of them is poor, according to a disturbing new report. “The State of America’s Children 2014.” that cites the neglect of children as the top national security threat.

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Strauss: Each day in the lives of American children

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 2:55pm



The following statistics come from the new report “The State of America’s Children 2014.” The report paints a disturbing picture about the way a big percentage of American children are forced to live today, 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson began the nation’s “War on Poverty.”

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International Education: The Americanization of British Higher Education

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 1:01pm
Some British universities are experimenting with an American-style grade-point average in hopes that it would better for the students, but not everyone in British academe is on board.
    





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International Education: Dagestan, a Leader in ‘Education Tourism’

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 1:01pm
Dagestan has a gained a reputation for so-called education tourism, because it’s easier for students to cheat their way through Russia’s college entry exams there.
    
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Strauss: How we teach kids to cheat on tests

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 11:01am

Here is a piece about a cheating scandal in Wisconsin that speaks to a much larger problem about how and why kids cheat on tests. It was written by Vicki Abeles, a filmmaker, attorney and advocate for students and education. She is the co-director and producer of the education documentary “Race to Nowhere” and founder of the non-profit End the Race, an organization established to inspire individual and community action to reclaim healthy childhood and transform our education system.

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F.C.C. Says It Will Double Spending on High-Speed Internet in Schools and Libraries

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 8:41pm
Financing for an increase to $2 billion a year will come from restructuring the $2.4 billion E-Rate program.
    





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Strauss: Justifying Richard Sherman by his GPA at Stanford

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 5:30pm

With the Super Bowl nearly upon us, here’s an interesting take on the recent media spectacle surrounding Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks, his behavior and his excellent record at Stanford University. It was written by P.L. Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, writes in this post about the plight of teachers. Thomas edited the book “Becoming and Being a Teacher,” and wrote the book “Ignoring Poverty in the U.S.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Education.” This was published on his blog, the becoming radical.

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Strauss: Harvard business dean apologizes for sexism on campus

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 4:25pm

In a rather remarkable admission, the dean of the Harvard Business School apologized for the way the school has treated female students and teachers over its 50-year-old history and promised to remedy the problem.

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Preoccupations: Reopening an Employment Door to the Young

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 9:59am
Many employers lament recent graduates’ lack of specialized skills. But a management consultant says these young people still offer much potential for a company’s future.
    





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Strauss: The trouble with calls for universal ‘high-quality’ pre-K

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 6:00am

Whenever policymakers talk about universal preschool -- and that is happening more frequently these days -- they always say that it must be “high quality,” but they never explain what that actually means. Here author Alfie Kohn explains why the absence of definition may be troubling. Kohn is the author of 13 books about education and human behavior, including “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” “The Homework Myth,” and, due out later this spring, “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.” He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org.

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Funds Meant for Charters May Be Diverted to Pre-K

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:33pm
Carmen Fariña, the new schools chancellor, said she plans to take $210 million reserved for charter schools and use it to create thousands of new prekindergarten seats.
    





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Fight Over Effective Teachers Shifts to Courtroom

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:16pm
Nine public school students are challenging California’s tenure system, arguing that their right to a quality education is violated by job protections that make it too difficult to fire bad instructors.
    





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Fairfax schools system destroyed sensitive worker files, could face fine of up to $6 million

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 7:28pm

Fairfax County public schools could owe more than $6 million to the federal government after mistakenly destroying several thousand employee files that noted citizenship status.

School officials said that about 5,600 employees’ files were shredded in 2006 but that the discovery was made only last year, after the administration audited hiring records.

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