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Motherlode Blog: A Simple ‘Dump-It’ Meal for a Busy Tuesday

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:05pm
A dinner designed for a parent with more on his or her mind than “I wonder if rice wine vinegar or tarragon vinegar would be better here.”






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Motherlode Blog: A Fast, Simple Dinner for a Monday Night

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:49pm
A detailed plan for getting dinner on the table tonight.






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Prince George’s Board of Education to hold retreat this week

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:44pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education this week will hold its second retreat since the school system underwent a major overhaul last year.

This time, the reconfigured board will focus some of its attention on defining and developing “a more effective working relationship” with Kevin M. Maxwell, the schools chief executive officer, and his team.

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Howard Fuller: A civil rights warrior or billionaire’s tool?

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:43pm

He’s been called both a respected voice in the African American community and a tool of billionaire conservatives. He’s a onetime labor activist who says teachers unions are blocking poor children from getting a good education. And he’s a civil rights champion who broke with the NAACP over publicly funded vouchers for private schools.

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New space in Montgomery schools as enrollment surges

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:18pm

As Montgomery County reaches record levels of student enrollment this year, the school system has added more than 200,000 additional square feet of new construction.

New projects include Montgomery’s 202nd school — Wilson Wims — which was spotlighted in first-day ceremonies on Aug. 25. Principal Sean McGee said this week that more than 660 students are now attending the Clarksburg school.

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D.C. anti-truancy program is getting more kids to school

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:45am

A single mother who is sick or dealing with car repairs. A child who’s staying with neighbors because his parent is in jail. A mother who works nights and weekends and takes her child out of school during the week to go shopping and spend time with her.

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Fairfax’s Thomas Jefferson High ranks best in the nation on Newsweek magazine list

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:42am

Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology has been named the top high school in the nation, again.

In a new Newsweek ranking, Fairfax’s magnet school was rated as the best in the country based on “student achievement and college readiness indicators,” according to a report in the magazine.

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One college lands anew in U.S. News rankings, while others are deleted from it

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:37am

Sarah Lawrence College, dropped from a U.S. News and World Report ranking several years ago because of an admissions policy shift, is happy to be back. This says something about how college leaders view the rankings they love to hate.

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Strauss: Bill Gates wants your kids to learn history this way — and he’s paying to get it into schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:01am

Bill Gates can’t seem to stop getting big ideas about public education — and then using part of his fortune to see them implemented.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent billions of dollars on various initiatives that Gates thought would help improve public education, including a small schools initiative that he abandoned when he didn’t get the results he wanted; pilot programs in creating controversial teacher evaluation systems linked to student standardized test scores; and promotion of the Common Core State Standards. The foundation has even funded an effort by the Council of Chief State School Officers to evaluate student work for things like creativity.

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Strauss: Michelle Obama’s shout-out to Khan Academy

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:53am

The Obama administration keeps expressing its admiration for Khan Academy and its founder, Salman Khan.

Last year, Khan, who started the now-famous Web site that offers thousands of free videos for students in a range of subjects, interviewed Education Secretary Arne Duncan  about the future of education. (You can watch the video here or below.)

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More Districts Could Join Miss. School-Funding Lawsuit

Education Week - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:02am
Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said Monday that about 30 more school districts are considering whether to join an education-funding lawsuit he filed against the state.
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Okla., La. Center Stage in Common-Core Battle

Education Week - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:27am
Accusations of federal overreach fly as Oklahoma has its NCLB waiver renewal denied, while a lawsuit by Louisiana's governor says states were coerced into adopting the common core.
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Dispelling the Myth of Deferred Gratification

Education Week - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:26am
Lessons from a famous experiment asking children to wait for a treat have been misconstrued, pushing schools to try to "fix" children rather than what and how they're taught, writes Alfie Kohn.
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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Aug. 26-Sept. 8, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:00am
Welcome to our first quiz of the academic year, and look for Weekly News Quizzes each Tuesday morning. The questions here cover two weeks of headlines. Take the quiz to see what you know!






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