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N.Y. officials debate funding for universal pre-K

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:06pm
Plans to offer universal full-day prekindergarten in New York state, according to state Education Commissioner John King, cou -More
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Why school librarians play key roles in the digital shift

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:06pm
Three school districts have included their librarians as an integral part of the digital transformation taking place in educa -More
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Va. district's Twitter account soars as snow-day-seeking students pile on

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:06pm
Students in a Virginia school district recently used Twitter to urge officials to cancel school due to snow.  -More
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NCSS Professional Development Series

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:06pm
NCSS presents the 2014 Social Studies Professional Development Series.  -More
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Premium subscriptions to NCSS journals

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:06pm
NCSS is offering premium institutional subscriptions to our journals Social Education and Social Studies and the Young Learne -More
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A bee is never as busy as it seems; it's just that it can't buzz any slower.

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:06pm
Kin Hubbard, American humorist -More
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Strauss: For school choice-loving Democrats to consider

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 1:22pm

This has been National School Choice Week, complete with thousands of events around the country to promote school choice. It was quite an organizational feat: The Education Department released new guidance on charter school lotteries, legislation was introduced in Congress to expand choice, papers were released, rallies were held, and much, much more took place.

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Strauss: Why Common Core isn’t the answer

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:30pm

The Common Core State Standards have become targets for criticism from all corners of the political spectrum for various reasons. Here’s a different take, from Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.

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Fairfax schools chief preparing for worst as budget battle begins with supervisors

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:08pm

Fairfax schools superintendent Karen Garza said she is preparing several contingency plans in the event her entire funding request is not met by the county supervisors.

At a budget work session Thursday night, Garza said that her proposed $2.5 billion budget is in line with previous requests made to the supervisors. Overall, her proposal is 2.4 percent larger than last year’s approved budget and calls for $96 million in cuts, including eliminating 731 staff positions and increasing class sizes.

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