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Strauss: Single university president signs school contract restricting her love life

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 7:00am

How’s this for an unusual agreement between a school and its president?

Gwendolyn Boyd, the new president of Alabama State University, signed a contract with the school’s trustees that forbids her from allowing a lover to “cohabitate” with her in the presidential home being provided to her by the historically black university in Montgomery.

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Starr proposes paying back Montgomery special education students

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 1:01am

The Montgomery County schools chief has proposed making payments to more than 100special education students whose work-study money was withdrawn from school-arranged bank accounts in recent years.

Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposal comes as the Montgomery state’s attorney’s office investigates complaints alleging financial improprieties at Rock Terrace, a public school in Rockville for special education students.

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Lawyer: Method of repaying special-ed students in Montgomery is ‘insulting’

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 11:49pm

A plan to remedy financial mismanagement at a Montgomery County special education school immediately drew attacks from critics who said it does not go far enough to help students reclaim work-study funds that school officials withdrew from their bank accounts.

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New Fairfax County schools budget sparks discussion

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 8:37pm

Next year’s proposed budget for Fairfax County schools — which calls for classroom staffing cuts, testing fees for high school students and larger class sizes — left parents, county leaders and teachers questioning the administration’s financial priorities.

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Prince George’s school system to review its grading policy

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 7:06pm

The Prince George’s County school system plans to review its grading policy to assess the purposes of evaluating students on their academic performance, including whether homework should be graded, if behavior should be a factor and whether students are given enough credit for showing improvement.

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Strauss: America’s oldest working teacher turns 100

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 5:31pm

America’s oldest teacher celebrates 100th birthday with her NJ students http://t.co/6Z9hwLN0HT pic.twitter.com/WMe2piSFiz

— NJ.com (@njdotcom) January 10, 2014

Agnes “Granny” Zhelesnik, believed to be the country’s oldest working teacher, turned 100 on Friday and celebrated, of course, at the private Sundance School in New Jersey with her students.

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Strauss: Eric Cantor threatens new NYC mayor over school reform (update)

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 4:55pm

(Update: Response from Majority Leader’s office)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a conservative Virginia Republican, has long supported local control of education -- except, apparently, in New York City, when the newly elected Democratic mayor there promises to do something Cantor doesn’t like.

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Minn. library's History Hullabaloo to help students launch research projects

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
Sixth-grade students from Northfield Middle School in Minnesota are expected this weekend to start researching their National -More
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Using student presentations to teach questioning skills

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
Middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron in this blog post describes a project in which she prepared her students to ask -More
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School districts adjust to new education-funding climate

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
In 2011, per-pupil spending fell for the first time in 40 years, according to the U.S.  -More
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Iowa state board to consider 3rd-grade reading mandate

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
The Iowa State Board of Education will consider a policy that requires third-graders who fail reading assessments to attend s -More
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Pa. district establishes "academy" to train teachers on technology

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
A school district in Pennsylvania is using a "Technology Academy" model to train teachers in technology without additional fu -More
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Possible budget cuts prompt student protest at Hawaii school

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
Possible cuts to the school library, including the reduction of a library media specialist's position to part-time, prompted  -More
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Students make, sell ceramic bowls to help pay for field trips

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
Students in second through sixth grades at Fireweed Academy in Homer, Alaska, have made ceramic bowls and plan to sell them f -More
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Call for proposals -- 2014 Annual Conference

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
NCSS is seeking proposals to present at the 2014 NCSS Annual Conference in Boston. The deadline to submit a proposal is Feb.  -More
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Be an NCSS leader! Serve on an NCSS Operations Committee

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
NCSS is seeking applicants to serve on NCSS Operations Committees.  -More
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Democracy is a small hard core of common agreement, surrounded by a rich variety of individual differences.

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:03pm
James Conant, American chemist, university president and diplomat -More
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