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In Fairfax, ‘cold day’ didn’t mean day off for all high school students

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:36pm

Cold temperatures and resulting school closings didn’t stop Fairfax teacher Ken Halla from holding class Tuesday.

For students enrolled in one section of his Advanced Placement Government class, Halla had posted a video online for the teenagers to watch, take notes on and prepare for a quiz later in the week on landmark Supreme Court cases.

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Analyst: More reforms needed of federal education loans to parents

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:20pm

For the past two years, many colleges have scrambled to help students find the money they need to stay in school because the federal government tightened standards for lending to parents.

The flux was especially intense for historically black colleges and universities, including Howard and Morgan State universities, which serve a large share of students in financial need.

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The Learning Network Blog: How Do You Handle the Cold?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:10am
Temperatures that were 20 to 40 degrees below average were reported in the central parts of the country on Monday, and on the East Coast on Tuesday. How cold has it been where you live? How have you been handling it?
    





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D.C. charter board to vote on whether to close Arts and Technology Academy

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:51am

The D.C. Public Charter School Board is set to decide Wednesday morning whether the Arts and Technology Academy, a large Ward 7 elementary school, should be allowed to continue operating.

The charter board’s staff has recommended that the board vote against renewing ATA’s expiring charter agreement, a move that would force the 15-year-old school to close at the end of this academic year. According to the board’s staff, ATA has failed to meet its goals and academic achievement expectations, including in reading and math.

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Just 1 in 4 Young Teens Meet U.S. Fitness Guidelines

Education Week - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:13am
Only 1 in 4 U.S. kids aged 12 to 15 meet the recommendations—an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day.
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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | ‘A Bizarro Version of Basketball Diplomacy’

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 8:32am
Why are Dennis Rodman and the other basketball players who went to North Korea “unlikely emissaries” engaged in “a bizarro version of basketball diplomacy”?
    





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How lasting are the benefits of preschool?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 6:00am

As President Obama advocates for a dramatic expansion of publicly funded preschool, there is growing debate about whether preschool pays off academically for kids.

Most controversial is the so-called “fade-out” effect that has surfaced in research, showing that students who attend preschool begin kindergarten more prepared than control groups of students who did not, but they lose their edge on reading or math tests within the first few years as other children catch up.

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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | Math, Jan. 8, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:09am
Can you calculate the percentage of deaths in a year in the United States that are smoking-related?
    





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Strauss: Should principals stop visiting classrooms?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:00am

Principals are above all supposed to be “instructional leaders” but exactly what that means -- or how to be effective in that role -- isn’t entirely clear. Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at the research on what makes for an effective instructional leader in the post below. Willingham is a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His latest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | idyllic

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:06am
This word has appeared in 183 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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Judge Blocks Part of N.Y.U.’s Plan for Four Towers in Greenwich Village

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:35pm
A state judge on Tuesday unexpectedly blocked about half of New York University’s large and hotly debated expansion plan in the school’s leafy and largely low-scale neighborhood.
    





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Student safety in cold is a priority, area school districts say

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:42pm

Fairfax County’s unprecedented decision to cancel classes because of frigid temperatures Tuesday was partly out of concern for students who walk to school and for those whose parents might not be able to afford clothing that would be appropriate for extreme cold, school officials said.

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Op-Ed Contributors: What’s the Matter With Kansas’ Schools?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:18pm
The state’s relentless cuts in education could hurt the whole country.
    





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Md. lawmakers conduct fundraising frenzy on eve of legislative session

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 7:51pm

They arrived not long after sunrise — those whose connections could help steer the course of legislation in Maryland and those who wish they could — and descended upon historic inns, bars and a union shop for breakfast.

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BAE Systems, Airbus Group swap out CEOs of U.S. based businesses

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 6:58pm

The heads of the U.S. units of two major European defense contractors said Tuesday they are stepping down, making way for new leadership at a time when defense spending is being cut.

Sean O’Keefe, the chief executive of Airbus Group’s Herndon, Va.-based North American unit will leave his post in March, the company said Tuesday, while Linda Hudson, chief executive of the U.S. unit of BAE Systems, will cede her role to Gerard J. DeMuro.

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The Learning Network Blog: Economic Inequality in America: Developing a New War on Poverty

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 5:58pm
In this lesson students will learn about the problems of poverty and economic inequality in America, and then they will research possible solutions as they propose a new war on poverty for 2014.
    





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