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Strauss: One surefire way to wreck a public school system

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/31/2014 - 12:27pm

How do you wreck a public school system?

There are plenty of ways, but right now let’s just focus on one district, the state-run Philadelphia School District, which has been starved for funding by the administration of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and has been a guinea pig for corporate school reform, with widespread school closures and rapid charter expansion in the past decade.

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Strauss: Bloomberg, at Harvard, blasts Ivy League ‘liberals’ for ‘trying to repress conservative ideas’

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/31/2014 - 10:36am

Because I am a fan of good speeches, I’ve recently posted some interesting ones from the 2014 college commencement season, including a few that were funny (Mindy Kaling at Harvard Law, Jim Carrey at the Maharishi University of Management) and one that included an extended apology to students about how the speaker’s generation had failed them. (Deborah Bial at Mount Holyoke College).

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D.C. students attempt to set Guinness world record for bubble-wrap-popping

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 7:26pm

The tennis courts at Northwest Washington’s Lafayette Elementary became the scene of a snap-crackle-pop symphony Friday afternoon as hundreds of students attempted to set a Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time.

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Big City: Prison Program Turns Inmates Into Intellectuals

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 6:57pm
For too long we have thought about prison education almost exclusively in terms of reduced recidivism. But in some sense this is an inadequate metric, neglecting opportunities available to prisoners who pursue and complete higher learning.






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N.M. students update, translate national park's trail guide for French visitors

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
Advanced Placement and honors French-language students at a New Mexico high school have translated and updated the French ver -More
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Resources to help teach Maya Angelou's work, legacy

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
The life and work of writer, actress and activist Maya Angelou offer many lessons for students.  -More
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Boston officials: Rumors are untrue about history, social studies department

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
Officials in Boston Public Schools are dismissing rumors believed to have originated on social media that the school system i -More
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Ill. district tightens rules on e-cigarettes, relaxes cellphone policy

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
An Illinois school district has banned the use of e-cigarettes on campus and at school events following incidents in which st -More
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Skype sessions help Ill. elementary-school students develop skills

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
Students at Lathrop Elementary School in Rockford, Ill., are building conversational literacy skills through Skype chats.  -More
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Ore. 6th-graders paint building tagged with graffiti

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
Sixth-graders at George Middle School in Portland, Ore., recently painted over graffiti that had been spray-painted on the wa -More
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Conn. students to wrap school year with clothing, shoe charity drive

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
Student council members from Illing Middle School in Connecticut are urging their schoolmates to donate clothing and shoes du -More
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Are you a member?

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
NCSS provides the professional network and teaching resources to keep social studies a valued and vital part of the nation's  -More
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Reserve your exhibit booth now!

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
Join us in Boston for the nation's largest exhibition of social studies resources.  -More
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Editor's Choice Content Award: Meet this month's winners

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
SmartBlog on Education's monthly content award recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers t -More
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No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:49pm
William Blake, British painter and poet -More
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New vaccinations required for Maryland students when school year begins

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:44pm

New vaccinations will be required for Maryland students entering kindergarten and seventh grade when the new school year starts in August, health officials said this week.

Children starting kindergarten must have two chicken pox vaccinations, rather than one, and students headed into seventh grade need Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and meningococcal vaccinations, officials said.

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