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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, Jan. 13, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 01/13/2014 - 5:26am
Practice your prepositions with this edition of E.L.L. Practice.
    





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Strauss: U-Va. medical student saves man’s life during training exam

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 01/13/2014 - 5:00am

A University of Virginia medical school student performing a training examination on a “practice patient” assigned to complain about a specific condition discovered that the man actually had the disease -- and he saved his life in the process.

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | megalomania

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 01/13/2014 - 1:03am
This word has appeared in 11 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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Fairfax officials to hear progress report on study of teen sleep and high school start times

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/12/2014 - 7:07pm

A group of researchers from Children’s National Medical Center will present a progress report Monday to the Fairfax County School Board on a study commissioned by the administration to implement later high school start times.

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Diane Ravitch’s ideas on school policy are worth listening to, even if you disagree

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/12/2014 - 5:29pm

I’m a fan of school policy pundit Diane Ravitch. On the jacket of her latest book, “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools,” I say she is “our best living historian of education.” Her passion and intellect are a great national resource.

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International Education: Respected Russian University Feels Kremlin’s Scrutiny

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 01/12/2014 - 1:01pm
Several professors at the Higher School of Economics are under investigation for allegedly breaking laws to lobby on behalf of the former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
    





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Briefly: Education: Briefly: Education

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 01/12/2014 - 1:01pm
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International Education: British Health Fee Adds Barrier for Foreign Students

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 01/12/2014 - 1:01pm
Concerns are being voiced that a plan to make international students pay for health care will deter them from applying to British universities.
    





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Strauss: ‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/12/2014 - 1:00pm

Do you know what “The Procedure” is and why it is a problem for education? Here to explain is Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.

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Thousands of parents attend D.C. schools festival to shop for educational opportunities

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 7:56pm

Thousands of parents descended on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday for the D.C. Education Festival, a one-stop school shopping event meant to help families navigate the city’s growing — and sometimes overwhelming — number of school choices.

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Autonomy considered as way to improve D.C.’s struggling Dunbar High School

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 7:19pm

Dunbar High School, once renowned as an elite institution for African American students and now one of the District’s worst-performing schools, has been quietly working on a proposal to seek greater autonomy within the D.C. public school system, according to interviews and documents.

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Economic View: The Vicious Circle of Income Inequality

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 11:53am
New forces are causing the American income gap to feed on itself, whether in the political process, education or the broader economy.
    





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Strauss: NY state website sends kids to offensive test prep in Common Core chaos

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/11/2014 - 10:30am

The rollout of the Common Core State Standards in New York state has been riddled with problems that just keep on coming. Here are some of the latest, from award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in Nassau County, who has been chronicling New York’s standardized test-driven school reform on this blog for some time (here, and here and here and here, for example). She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is a co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.

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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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