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Loudoun considers musical theater magnet

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:54pm

The Loudoun County School Board is considering a musical theater magnet program that could start as soon as next school year.

The proposal, which will be presented to the board Tuesday night, was developed by a Leesburg mother who was frustrated that the county has advanced programs for budding chemists, builders or mathematicians, but not for aspiring actors and dancers, like her high-school aged daughter.

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State Chambers of Commerce Defend Common Core

Education Week - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 2:26pm
Chambers of commerce in a growing number of states are defending the common core against vocal opposition to the standards from some of their traditional Republican allies.
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The Learning Network Blog: Teach the Super Bowl: Ideas for Subjects Across the Curriculum

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 2:13pm
How can you make this week’s Super Bowl relevant to your curriculum? Whether debating football-related controversies, making predictions, analyzing ads, writing descriptions, understanding data and statistics or learning about head trauma, we have ideas for using The Times and the Learning Network to do it.
    





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Maryland approves new school discipline regulations

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 1:35pm

Maryland education leaders on Tuesday approved the most sweeping changes in decades to state discipline policies, culminating a four-year effort to find a more constructive approach to student punishment, end racial disparities in suspensions and keep students who are punished in school.

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Top college endowments per student in 2013

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 1:13pm

There is a certain predictability to the annual story about college endowments. Harvard University has the biggest in the country, $32.33 billion. The University of Texas system has the biggest among public systems, $20.45 billion. The University of Virginia has the biggest among schools in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia — $5.17 billion.

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High school graduation rates reach a high in Maryland

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:11pm

Four-year high school graduation rates have hit a high in Maryland, largely spurred by significant gains among Hispanic students, according to newly released state data for the Class of 2013.

Nearly 85 percent of students in Maryland earned a diploma on time in 2013, up from 83.6 percent in 2012. The graduation rate for Hispanic students jumped more than 2.5 percentage points in one year, rising from 72.5 percent to 75.1 percent. It was the largest percentage gain among all racial and ethnic subgroups.

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Strauss: The hype and reality of ‘school choice’

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:00pm

In case you missed any of the endless streams of announcements, it’s National School Choice Week, and advocates are staging thousands of events across the country to talk it up. There is even a school choice train making a whistle-stop tour across the country for rallies and other such goings-on to draw attention to a movement that has been hailed as “the” or “an” answer to what ails public education today.

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The Learning Network Blog: Reader Idea | ‘How The New York Times Saved My Class’

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:45am
This Reader Idea gets struggling students back on track to read and discuss literature with a unit on expressing opinions and interpreting perspectives using New York Times articles.
    





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Prince George’s report cards will be handed out late because of snow days

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:26am

In Loudoun County, midterm exams were canceled last week because of the snowstorm and the resulting icy roads. Now, Prince George’s County schools officials say the winter weather has affected when student report cards will be handed out.

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The Learning Network Blog: Who Does Hip-Hop Belong To?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:22am
Are white artists who prosper in hip-hop robbing from black musicians? Or is music fair game for all true fans?
    





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