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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | Gay Marriages Confront Catholic School Rules

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:30am
How is the legalization of same-sex marriage in many states affecting Roman Catholic schools across the nation?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | Editing Practice, Jan. 24, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:10am
Can you identify the subject of a sentence from the article?
    





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Strauss: The latest bad fad in higher education

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:01am

Patricia McGuire is president of Trinity Washington University, a Catholic school of some 2,500 students just a few miles from where President Obama last week held its White House Summit on College Opportunity. She wasn’t invited. Instead the administration invited leaders of colleges and universities who agreed to pledge to take new steps to help students in financial need enroll and graduate; at Trinity, 80 percent of the students are already eligible for Pell grants. According to this story in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the summit was heavy with leaders from elite institutions, and that wasn’t a coincidence, given what motivated the summit. McGuire explains in the following post, which appeared in Huffington Post.

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Screen Time Study Finds Education Drop-Off

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:29am
According to a new study, less than half the time that children age 2 to 10 watch or interact with electronic screens is spent on what parents consider “educational” material.
    
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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | hermitage

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:02am
This word has appeared in 54 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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National Briefing | Rockies: Colorado: Columbine High Takes Precautions After Threats

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:56pm
Columbine High School, where 13 people were killed in a shooting in 1999, was sealed off for several hours on Thursday after receiving three phone threats, school and law enforcement officials said.
    





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National Briefing | Southwest: Arizona: University Drops Fraternity After Complaints of Racism

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:55pm
Arizona State University said Thursday that it is severing ties with a fraternity after the chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King’s Birthday, complete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes.
    





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Erased Answers on Tests in Philadelphia Lead to a Three-Year Cheating Scandal

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:01pm
Answer keys were passed to students. Principals doctored answer sheets. At some schools, teachers and administrators gathered to change test answers. The episode in Pennsylvania has again raised questions about standardized testing.
    





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Days after the snow, school delays continue

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:57pm

Several suburban public school systems will open two hours late on Friday because of icy roads and frigid weather.

“Since the temperatures will be about the same as [Thursday] morning, we wanted to err on the side of caution,” said Max Pugh, a spokesman for Prince George’s County schools.

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D.C. schools bus-contract dispute quashes student ski trip

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:28pm

Dozens of D.C. students arrived at their schools before dawn Thursday for a long-awaited ski trip to a Pennsylvania mountain. But the buses hired for the trip never showed because of a payment dispute between the school system and the bus company.

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D.C. school system forms task force to study student testing

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:17pm

After years of complaints from parents and teachers about too much testing in D.C. public schools, Chancellor Kaya Henderson on Thursday announced that a new task force will work to “help put testing in the proper perspective.”

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Strauss: Let’s stop whining about school snow closures

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 7:54pm

Some Washington area school districts are suddenly the target of criticism for keeping schools closed after Tuesday’s snowstorm.

A Post colleague over at the great Weather Gang blog, in fact, wrote about Fairfax County’s decision to stay closed Thursday after officials decided that some of the roads and walkways were still too dangerous for parents and kids to use. The blog post said in part:

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Strauss: Education stats, state by state

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:55pm

Here’s an infographic with 2013 state-by-state education statistics. Click on the tabs and the individual states to see information in different areas, including high school graduation rates, test scores and more.

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The Learning Network: Reading Club | Our Favorite Comments on ‘Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:52pm
Our favorite student comments from a lively discussion about homelessness and a girl named Dasani.
    





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Fairfax Schools officials respond to criticism of snow cancellation decision

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:46pm

After deciding to close schools Thursday, Fairfax Schools officials responded to criticism of the decision, saying that their primary concern is student safety as roads in the county remain difficult to drive.

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Strauss: The polar vortex explained in two minutes

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:41pm

Here, from John Holdren, who is President Obama’s science and technology adviser, is an explanation — in just two minutes — of the polar vortex and why climate change makes it more likely that we will see more extreme weather in the future.

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The Learning Network: Student Contest Winners | The 2013 Year in Rap

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:35pm
Announcing five winners and 13 runners-up in our December 2013 contest.
    





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