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Area school districts offer different reactions to cold weather

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 2:57pm

School districts throughout the Washington region reacted differently to the forecasts of frigid temperatures Tuesday, with some opting to open as usual, others deciding to close for the day and some delaying their start by two hours.

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Fairfax foreign language programs lottery open

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 1:19pm

Fairfax County parents may now register their elementary school-aged children for a lottery to enter specialized foreign language programs. The registration for the world language immersion programs for kindergarten and first-grade students will be open until Feb. 14, at 4:30 p.m. Parents will be notified if their children are accepted by late March for first grade and late May for kindergartners.

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Strauss: A sobering way to start 2014

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

In the current issue of The American Prospect, Richard Rothstein reviews Patrick Sharkey’s “Stuck in Place,” a 2013 book that helps explain the persistent failure of educational policy to spur the upward mobility of low-income African American youth. Here’s a piece on the findings in the book by Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit organization created to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. This appeared on the EPI website.

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Students' Shifting Marijuana Views Tied to Legalization Push

Education Week - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:45am
Some experts are blaming campaigns to legalize marijuana for rises in the numbers of teenagers who use the drug or view its regular use as harmless.
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State Lawmakers Face Tough Choices on Common Core

Education Week - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:45am
Implementation of the common standards is likely to be a hot topic for legislators in a number of states as their 2014 sessions get rolling.
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Why the U.S. Results on PISA Matter

Education Week - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:44am
Don't listen to PISA critics, writes Eric A. Hanushek, who argues that the stagnation of American students' scores on the international assessment is cause for serious concern about schools and the nation's economic future.
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The Learning Network Blog: Should College Football Players Get Paid?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:42am
Should they be regarded as student athletes and amateurs, or as the labor force in a multibillion-dollar commercial enterprise?
    





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NJ Gov to sign immigrant tuition act

Education Week - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:28am
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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | History, Jan. 7

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 5:16am
Answer this question about Cambodian history.
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | shimmer

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 1:01am
This word has appeared in 82 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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Test Scandal in Atlanta Brings More Guilty Pleas

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:00pm
The focus is shifting to the former schools superintendent, who is being portrayed as the mastermind of a scheme that led to charges against 35 educators accused of manipulating test scores.
    





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Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 9:55pm
Public schools for the first time are offering classes in Islam to primary school students to better integrate Germany’s large Muslim minority and to try to counter the influence of radical religious thinking.
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Weekly News Quiz | Dec. 31, 2013-Jan. 6, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 7:46pm
New Year’s resolutions, freezing temperatures and more: how many of this week’s 10 questions can you answer correctly?
    





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Prince George’s County lost 500 student assessment tests

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 7:38pm

Approximately 500 Prince George’s County first-graders had to retake an assessment test used to identify students for the county’s gifted and talented program after the original exams went missing on their way to be scanned.

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Can a breast cancer bracelet be ‘lewd’?

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:52pm

National groups representing school boards, superintendents and principals are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling against a Pennsylvania middle school that tried to ban students from wearing bracelets stamped with the slogan “I (heart) boobies! (KEEP A BREAST)” as part of breast cancer awareness.

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University leaders in Washington region denounce academic boycott of Israel

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:21pm

Many university leaders in the Washington region and elsewhere are denouncing a movement to boycott academic institutions in Israel, an issue that in the past few weeks has seized the attention of higher education.

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