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Motherlode Blog: Fairy House for Sale. No Financing.

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:40am
“I’m interested in buying a fairy house,” I told the first branch of the phone tree at Bank of America Home Loans. In August, the company agreed to pay a $16.65 billion penalty for its role in selling bonds based on make-believe mortgages. I felt that I had gone to the right place. Read more (and watch the slide show).
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Moody’s: Rising number of college applications doesn’t equal rising demand

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:16am

The more applications a college receives, the greater the consumer demand for that school, right?

Not necessarily, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report Thursday.

The credit rating agency, based in New York, found that applications to private colleges rose nearly 70 percent from 2004 to 2013 but that the annual total of new high school graduates rose a much more modest amount in that time, about 5 percent.

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The Learning Network: Poetry Pairing | ‘Dedication for a Plot of Ground’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:08am
William Carlos Williams’s poem “Dedication for a Plot of Ground” and the article “United Behind a Son’s American Dream, No Matter the Consequences” by David Gonzalez appear in this Poetry Pairing.






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Motherlode Blog: Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn’t Constructive)

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:07am
In an attempt to make feedback palatable for children, we construct feedback sandwiches of critical meat between slices of fluffy and comforting praise.






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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The 1952 World Series

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:08am
On Oct. 1, 1952, the Brooklyn Dodgers faced the New York Yankees at Ebbets Field in the first game of the World Series. Although the Yankees went on to win, the Dodgers got off to a blazing start.






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Strauss: ‘Schools of Opportunity’ — a new project to recognize schools that give all students a chance to succeed

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:00am

We all know about the many efforts to rate and/or rank schools by student standardized test scores and other data points — but without any of the out-of-school factors that play an enormous role in how well young people fare academically. Now two veteran educators are spearheading a new pilot initiative to identify and recognize public high schools that seek to close opportunity gaps through practices “that build on students’ strengths” — not by inundating them with tests and not by evaluating them with scores.

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The Learning Network: Is Amazon Becoming Too Powerful?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 5:00am
Is it a problem that Amazon sells half the books in America? Is there anything lost when brick-and-mortar bookstores close?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | An Ever-Expanding List of Unwelcome Visitors to the White House

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:44am
What White House security breaches happened during the presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Ronald Reagan?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | The Art of the Bro Hug

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:09am
Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | aspirant

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 68 New York Times articles in the past year.






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At Berkeley, Free (Though Subdued) Speech, 50 Years Later

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:40pm
The arrest of a man for giving out information about civil rights on Oct. 1, 1964, at the University of California, Berkeley, led to a student activism movement that spread to other campuses.






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No. 2 U.S. education official heads for exit

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:23pm

Jim Shelton, the deputy secretary and second in command at the U.S. Department of Education, will resign his government job by the end of the year, department officials said Wednesday.

Shelton, 47, has held several posts at the department since joining the agency in 2009 and has had a significant influence over the agency’s policies. Shelton ran the department’s innovations program and was a force behind its Promise Neighborhoods, a grant program that gives “cradle to career” help to students in selected poor communities.

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Brooklyn Tech Teacher Was Known as Cool Friend, Until His Arrest

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:45pm
Brooklyn Technical High School students said Sean Shaynak was unusually close with some of them, often in ways that might alarm parents.






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D.C. asks court to dismiss charter schools’ lawsuit alleging unequal funding

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 7:47pm

D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the city has failed to provide uniform funding to public charter schools and traditional schools.

The lawsuit, which the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools and Eagle Academy and Washington Latin public charter schools filed this past summer, argues that charters receive less public funding than traditional schools, in violation of the D.C. School Reform Act.

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