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Early call for snow day in Fairfax leads to Twitter stardom

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 5:42pm

All it took was 19 words to transform Fairfax County School Board member Ryan McElveen into a overnight Twitter sensation.

“#FCPS is closed tomorrow, Monday, December 9. Stay safe! School Board Work-session will begin at 12:30pm at Gatehouse,” McElveen tweeted at 5:47 p.m. on Dec. 8.

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Strauss: NY teachers union pulls its support from Common Core, urges removal of state ed chief

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 3:01pm

The Board of Directors of the New York State United Teachers, a union with more than 600,000 members, has approved a resolution that withdraws its earlier support for the Common Core State Standards ”as implemented and interpreted” by the New York Education Department. It also declares ”no confidence” in the policies of State Education Commissioner John King and calls for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences from standardized testing.

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International Education: Raising Asian Awareness of the Holocaust

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 1:01pm
The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Center, formed in 2011, is working to promote education about the Holocaust.
    





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International Education: Librarians Protest Canada Cutbacks

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 1:00pm
Some academics fear that a budget cut will lead to a loss of data and trained personnel and damage to the country's ability to carry out research.
    





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Strauss: Poverty and the education opportunity gap: Will Obama step up in SOTU?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 11:30am

President Obama is expected to talk about the issue of wealth inequality in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The question is whether he will advocate policies that actually address it or continue to push education policies that ignore the real problems facing poor children. The following was written by Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center, located at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. He is the author of the 2008 book, “NeoVouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling.

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Man Charged After Student Is Shot Dead

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 10:26pm
Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting of a student outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University, law enforcement officials said.
    





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Strauss: 13-year-old: ‘What if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy?’

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 12:40pm

A 13-year-old boy named Logan LaPlante gave a talk at a TEDx conference at the University of Nevada last year that now has more than 4 million views on YouTube. The speech is about his unusual method of becoming educated through a process he calls “hackschooling.”

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Strauss: Will this become the new sickening normal at school?

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 11:28am

Here’s some news from just the past 11 days:

Friday, Jan 24:

DENVER (AP) Five of the state’s largest school districts have investigated more than 400 threats by students this school year and put 40 of them at the highest levels of concern, according to records obtained by The Denver Post.

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South Bronx Students May Have Found Site of Slave Burial Ground

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 1:11am
Using census data, maps, photographs and wills, elementary school pupils and teachers singled out a site in what is now Joseph Rodman Drake Park.
    





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U.S. Cites Evidence of Anti-Semitism in School District

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 1:06am
A United States attorney’s office said evidence in a lawsuit filed by Jewish families “could support a conclusion” that authorities in Pine Bush, N.Y., were ineffective in ending harassment.
    





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National Briefing | South: South Carolina: Student Is Shot to Death

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:46pm
A South Carolina State University student was shot to death outside a dormitory Friday, and the police were searching for four suspects who left the campus.
    





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Snow days have kids at home too much for many D.C. area parents

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:40pm

Just a month into winter, several Washington area school districts have used more than twice as many snow days as they did all of the past school year. Prince George’s County has closed schools four times, and Fairfax County has canceled classes six times. Loudoun County has shut down its schools for eight days, including four this week, when it also canceled midterm exams.

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National Briefing | Midwest: Michigan: University Names New President

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:32pm
The University of Michigan regents named the university’s next president, Mark S. Schlissel, the provost of Brown University and a former dean of biological sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
    





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Closed school in Pr. George’s turned over to MGM Resorts for casino project

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 8:36pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education has approved a county government request to transfer the deed of a vacant school near National Harbor to the county so MGM Resorts can use the property as it develops its casino project.

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Strauss: Starr to Duncan: ‘I resent implication that we lifelong public educators are liars’

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:56pm

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday that talked about school reforms and praised both Tennessee and D.C. Public Schools for increased test scores. He wrote:

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U-Md. and Johns Hopkins offer specialized sequences of online courses via Coursera

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:23pm

A major provider of free online college courses from prominent universities has begun to offer “specialization certificates,” for a fee, to students who complete a sequence of courses in a given subject.

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Teacher uses presidential memorabilia to excite students about history

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:36pm
A veteran high-school history teacher in San Diego has created a minimuseum with his students, in which he displays a portion -More
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How skimming goes beyond the surface in literacy lessons

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:36pm
Skimming is an important skill to teach students to help them pull information from text, asserts Sarah Tantillo, a literacy  -More
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