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Business, University Venture to Test Ed-Tech Products

Education Week - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:01am
The Jefferson Education Accelerator, an effort designed with help from the University of Virginia, asks companies to subject their products to independent research conducted in schools.
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Irving Singer, M.I.T. Professor Who Wrote ‘The Nature of Love,’ Dies at 89

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 11:49pm
Mr. Singer was a writer and professor of philosophy for 65 years, nearly 55 of them at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.






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The Media Equation: David Carr’s Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 8:41pm
Mr. Carr, who died Thursday, was a funny, demanding, optimistic teacher of reporters-to-be at Boston University, and his syllabus distills his sense of an unfolding digital age. Excerpts here serve as the final Media Equation column under his byline.






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Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Imam Stir Rifts in Insular Illinois Community

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 8:34pm
Sexual abuse allegations and a planned lawsuit against Mohammad Abdullah Saleem in Elgin have divided segments of the imam’s followers and those in the community who reject the idea that the case should be handled privately.






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Prince William schools weighing steep cuts to trim $11 million out of budget

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:50pm
Facing one of its toughest financial situations in years, the Prince William County School Board has begun considering cuts to numerous discretionary programs as it seeks to trim approximately $11 million from the school system’s budget in the fast-growing division.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Why national superintendent searches miss the best people for the job

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 5:49pm
The Montgomery County Board of Education has hired a headhunting firm for $35,000 plus expenses to launch a national search to replace Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, whose last day on the job is Monday. That’s not much money, but it is still a waste of time and talent. Read full article >>






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Departing MoCo schools chief reflects on short tenure of superintendents

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 2:42pm
Montgomery County’s departing schools chief reflected on his record as leader of Maryland’s largest school system and said that sometimes expectations for superintendents are out of step with reality, according to an exit interview posted online Sunday. Read full article >>






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Strauss: A valuable school and principal — but you wouldn’t know it by the test scores

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 12:00pm
From Brownsville to The White House! @TheLopezEffect @MottHallBridges @humansofny This Is What It’s About! pic.twitter.com/lSrrEeBS68If you’ve never heard of HONY, or the Humans of New York project, this post will introduce you to it, and its relevance to school reform. The author of the post, Barnett Berry, tells the story of a wonderful school (highlighted in a HONY piece) that is embraced by its community but, unfortunately, doesn’t shine when it comes to standardized test scores. Berry is the founder, partner and chief executive officer at the Center for Teaching Quality,  a national nonprofit organization that helps teachers transform their profession.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The most common college financial aid mistakes — and how to avoid them

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 11:15am
Here is some important advice from a financial aid expert on how to avoid making the most common financial aid mistake for college-going families. It was written by Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors.com, a web site about planning and paying for college. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, “Filing the FAFSA,” which is available for free download at www.edvisors.com/fafsa-bookRead full article >>






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Motherlode Blog: Adopted as a Child, Now a Mother, Finally ‘Lucky’

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 10:00am
Countless times, well-meaning friends, relatives, and acquaintances told me I was “lucky” to have been adopted, “lucky” even to live in America.






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Chancellor Carmen Fariña Changes New York City Schools’ Course

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 1:20am
Ms. Fariña has rolled back Education Department policies adopted by the Bloomberg administration, but hasn’t spelled out what will come next.






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Yale Restricts a Fraternity After Sexual Misconduct

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 7:04pm
The university has banned Sigma Alpha Epsilon from conducting on-campus activities until August 2016 after learning about inappropriate remarks made at an initiation ceremony.






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‘Father Unknown’ — a D.C. student writes a love poem to his father

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 5:35pm
Every year middle school students in an after-school program in the District study poetry and then write their own love poems. The young poets have written about their love for video games, cheese, football, first crushes, and often, for their moms. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Five questions for teachers to ask about education technology

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 8:00am
Technology, says Gene Levinson, should serve  teachers, students and parents — not the other way around. Levinson is a research scientist, STEM educator and chief executive officer of the SmartNoter social enterprise, which offers a free iOS app that allows students and their parents to download modules developed by teachers to help them learn a broad range of courses. Here are five questions that Levinson says educators should ask about education technology, along with other information about what education technology companies should — and shouldn’t — do. This post, which I am publishing with Levinson’s permission, appeared on his LinkedIn page.Read full article >>






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Strauss: More than 500 researchers sign NCLB letter to Congress: stop test-focused reforms

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 5:00am
More than 500 education researchers around the country have signed an open letter to Congress and the Obama administration about how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, saying that they “strongly urge departing from test-focused reforms that not only have been discredited for high-stakes decisions, but also have shown to widen, not close, gaps and inequities.”Read full article >>






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Standards Are at Stake in a Fight Over Schools in Arizona

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:32pm
Officials in Arizona are battling over control of the Board of Education and the state’s schools, just one example of an increasingly fractious landscape of state education politics.






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Md. private school bans use of the ‘R-word’ on campus to promote equality

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:03pm
The students gathered in the historic Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House, a white clapboard building that forms the heart of the Quaker school. Normally, this was a time for quiet reflection and discussion of high school concerns like the quality of cafeteria food, driver’s education and pep rallies.Read full article >>






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