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Virginia college presidents skeptical of Obama plan to rate colleges

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 5:45pm

Fifty higher-education leaders from Virginia are voicing skepticism about an Obama administration plan to rate colleges on measures of access and value and link those ratings to federal aid.

Presidents of schools ranging from the public University of Virginia to the private Liberty University put their names on an unusual joint letter sent July 22 to the state’s congressional delegation as well as to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).

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U.S. Reviews of Standards, Tests Enter New Phase

Education Week - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 5:41pm
As the Education Department prepares to release new guidance on its peer-review process for standards and assessments, educators and testmakers worry how their systems will be judged under the new criteria.
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A Healthy Child Is a Better Student

Education Week - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:20pm
Removing the eight "health barriers to learning" can make all the difference in the academic success of children living in poverty, Irwin Redlener argues.
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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Winner, Week 6 | ‘I Will Always Be What I Am: A Precrastinator’

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 1:52pm
This week our winner is Sarah Toscano, and our Penguin Young Readers Group judge was Katherine Howe.

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Bowie student selected to serve on national board promoting healthy habits among kids

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 1:23pm

Jodi Evans is a national advocate for children.

And she’s just a child herself.

Jodi, 11, a sixth-grader at Robert Goddard French Immersion School in Prince George’s County, was recently selected to serve as a youth ambassador on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s youth advisory board. It will be her third year serving on the board.

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College Costs: Amherst College and Financial Aid

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:59am
The published price at Amherst has soared in recent years. The actual price is virtually unchanged.
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Montgomery task force on cyber civility extends its work into the fall

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:53am

A Montgomery County schools task force looking into how to boost online civility will extend its work into the fall, continuing to meet through late October, the group decided.

The task force was announced last December after Superintendent Joshua P. Starr was zinged with offensive tweets as he and other district officials weighed whether to close schools for snow and icy weather. Some tweets included cursing or racial epithets.

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Motherlode Blog: Telling the Kids: ‘We’re Moving.’

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:15am
Telling my children we were moving from Atlanta to Nashville was easier than I thought it would be. Getting over worrying about how the move would affect them was not.

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Strauss: Michelle Rhee has a new position

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:02am

Michelle Rhee just got a new position.

According to the Sacramento Bee she was just named interim board chairwoman of St. Hope Schools, a small group of Sacramento charter schools. The new position gives “Rhee a powerful new role in the charter school system founded by her husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.” But she isn’t giving up her day job, which is running the advocacy group StudentsFirst.

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Multigenerational Programs Aim to Break Poverty Cycle

Education Week - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 7:32am
New efforts are looking to help both children and their parents get a leg up and a better education.
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Born Amid Tumult, Head Start Deeply Rooted in Mississippi

Education Week - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 7:31am
Community connections forged during the civil rights era have helped sustain Head Start as a powerful presence for generations of Mississippians.
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School Meal Programs Extend Their Reach

Education Week - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 7:27am
Fifty years after the War on Poverty, child hunger persists, despite deepened understanding of the problem and growing efforts to eradicate it.
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How We Can Strengthen Schools Serving Low-Income Children

Education Week - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 7:19am
Three innovative and durable programs offer lessons in how to build the supportive school communities that can help low-income children thrive, Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane say.
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