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60 Years After Brown, School Diversity More Complex Than Ever

Education Week - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:17pm
Dramatic demographic changes, shifting court opinions, and housing segregation make school integration a major challenge.
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Are school closings the ‘new Jim Crow’? Activists file civil rights complaints.

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:12pm

Arguing that school closures in cities across the country disproportionately affect African American students, community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday challenging closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago and called on the Obama administration to halt similar efforts elsewhere.

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Motherlode Blog: You’ll Make New Friends. Maybe.

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:19pm
My son is a great child who worked hard to make the friends he has. What if I’m lying when I tell him he will be able to do it again?






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Civil Rights Complaints Target Charter Schools

Education Week - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:08pm
A coalition of groups opposed to charter schools says it is filing federal civil rights complaints claiming discrimination by officials running school systems in New Orleans, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey.
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Survey: D.C. ranks first in preschool access, funding

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:28pm

The District offers broader access to public preschool than any state in the nation, according to a survey released Tuesday, which showed that the city continues to expand its early childhood education programs even as enrollment in pre-kindergarten declined nationally for the first time in a decade.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan’s letter to the U-Md. community announcing his retirement

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:25pm

The following is the text of a letter that Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan sent to the University of Maryland community Tuesday afternoon, publicly announcing his retirement after 50 years in higher education and 12 years leading the University System of Maryland.

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Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:06pm

Arguing that school closures in cities around the country have become “the new Jim Crow,” community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday alleging that school closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago disproportionately affect African American students.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of University System of Maryland

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:00pm

William E. “Brit” Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of Maryland’s public university system after a 12-year tenure known for his campaigns to expand access to higher education and use technological innovation to rejuvenate staid lecture courses.

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The Learning Network: Voting for Change: Researching the Issues at Stake in India’s Election

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 1:41pm
In this lesson we explore the complex web of issues, history and culture behind the India vote.






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Prince George’s celebrates its ‘young stars,’ program highlights the top of the class

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:00pm

Mary Chinyere Egwin, the valedictorian at Bladensburg High School in Prince George’s County, will attend Tufts University in the fall as a Gates Millennium Scholar and wants to become an oncologist. Erick Vargas, No. 2 in Bladensburg’s senior class, is going to Columbia University on a full scholarship.

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Strauss: Is there anything all educated people should know anymore?

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:47am

What should all educated people know and be able to do (if anything)? Is there an immutable list? Veteran teacher Peter Greene ponders this in the following post, a version of which appeared on his Curmudgucation blog,

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Strauss: Academics call for pause in PISA tests

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:29am

Here’s an open letter written by academics and school activists from around the world to Andreas Schleicher, director of the Program of International Student Assessment, known as PISA, which tests 15-year-olds in dozens of countries and individual education systems in math, reading and science every three years.   The letter expresses concerns about the impact PISA is having on education systems around the world and asks him “to consider skipping” the next exams and come up with an improved assessment.

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The Learning Network: What Career or Technical Classes Do You Wish Your School Offered?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:00am
Would you be interested in taking a cattle-raising class like the one to be offered in Hagerstown, Ind.?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Spiders That Thrive in a Social Web

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:30am
What have scientists recently determined about character-building in social spiders?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | History, May 13

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:15am
Use your knowledge of World War II to fill in the missing word from this article excerpt about a continuing historical debate in Russia.






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Report: Preschool enrollments decline

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:07am

Enrollment in state-funded preschool programs nationally declined for the first time in more than a decade, reflecting lingering effects of the economic downturn, according to a national survey released Tuesday.

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