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Strauss: A challenge: Teach 8th grade Common Core before endorsing it

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 9:30am

This post is a response to this piece by Gerald Graff, which was itself a response to this speech about the Common Core State Standards by Diane Ravitch. This was written by educator Mercedes Schneider, who holds degrees in secondary education (English and German), guidance and counseling, and applied statistics and research methods. She is in her nineteenth full-time year of teaching (fourteen in public school, and five, at the university level). Schneider blogs about education reform issues at deutsch29.wordpress.com.

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The Learning Network Blog: Why Do We Like to Watch Rich People on TV and in the Movies?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 6:07am
Why are we so obsessed with watching the antics of the 1 percent?
    





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Is preschool access a national security issue?

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 6:00am

Is early education a national security concern?

A group of retired senior military officials says: Yes.

“Without enough skilled men and women available to serve in tomorrow’s armed services, we endanger the future strength of our military,” says a report by Mission: Readiness, an advocacy group representing hundreds of senior retired military leaders.

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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | A ‘Feminist Moment’ in the Food World

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 5:46am
Why are more and more women beginning to run American restaurant kitchens?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | English, Jan. 23, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 5:10am
Can you choose the best synonym for “presaging,” as it is used in the article?
    





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Strauss: The coming Common Core meltdown

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 5:00am

In the following post, veteran educator Stan Karp explains why the problems surrounding the implementation of the Common Core are less about the substance of the standards and more about the context in which they were introduced. Karp taught English and journalism in Paterson, N.J., for 30 years and is an editor of Rethinking Schools magazine, where this appeared.

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Cuomo Sweetens Pre-K Deal: ‘Whatever’ Mayor Needs

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:00am
After Mayor Bill de Blasio rebuffed his proposal of $1.5 billion for prekindergarten education, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo offered New York communities a blank check.
    
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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | lexicon

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 1:03am
This word has appeared in 116 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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Philadelphia Principals Fired in Cheating Scandal

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:57pm
Three principals were fired last week after an investigation into test cheating that has implicated about 140 teachers and administrators, a spokesman for the Philadelphia school district said.
    





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Arizona Fraternity Party Stirs Concerns of Racism

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:22pm
Online images of students prompted anger and calls for disciplinary action at Arizona State University.
    
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Some Parents Bemoan Icy Treks as de Blasio Stands by Choice to Keep Schools Open

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:21pm
Across New York City on Wednesday, schools grappled with anemic attendance and complaints that Mayor Bill de Blasio had erred by holding class on a day of subzero winds and frozen streets.
    





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Loudoun cancels rest of school week, midterms after snow

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:18pm

Loudoun County officials have closed the county’s school system through the end of the week and have canceled midterm exams, citing continuing traffic-safety issues after a snowstorm passed through the region.

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Gay Marriages Confront Catholic School Rules

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 9:42pm
Some young Catholics have been mystified by a wave of firings and forced resignations at Roman Catholic institutions around the country, most often over gay educators’ decisions to marry.
    





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D.C. officials in talks to operate Options public charter

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:55pm

The District’s traditional public school system is in negotiations to run Options Public Charter, a school for at-risk youth that faces possible closure in the wake of allegations that its former managers diverted millions of tax dollars meant for students.

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District lawmakers poised to pass Title IX legislation

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:43pm

District lawmakers appear poised to pass legislation meant to address large and enduring discrepancies between boys’ and girls’ sports opportunities in the city’s public schools, disparities that triggered two recent civil rights complaints and years of frustration among parents, athletes and activists.

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Revised GED Ushers in New Era With More Options

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:49pm
Some states are facing a bumpy transition as they adjust to the altered assessment landscape and had to cope with a late 2013 surge in test-takers.
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The Learning Network Blog: Interpreting the Data: 10 Ways to Teach Math and More Using Infographics

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:29pm
In this lesson we offer a math-focused list of 10 ways students can learn from and tell stories with the numbers in some recent charts, tables and interactives found in The Times.
    





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Community college enrollment falls in Maryland and Virginia, echoing national trend

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:29pm

Student enrollment is falling at most of Maryland’s and Virginia’s community colleges, echoing a national trend in a sector of higher education closely tied to the economy.

There were 190,528 students in Virginia’s 24 public two-year colleges in fall 2013, according to new data from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. That represented a drop of 2 percent from the previous year and 3 percent from three years earlier.

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