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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Math, May 14, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:11am
Can you calculate the number of nights a Queens resident has rented out his spare bedroom if you know how much he charges and how much money he has made?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | throttle

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:06am
This word has appeared in 135 New York Times articles in the past year.






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List of Names in Sex Assaults Roils Columbia

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:08pm
The list of “sexual assault violators on campus,” was quickly scrubbed away, but by early this week it had reappeared on the walls of several other women’s bathrooms around campus.
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Losing the script: Montgomery clears way to change teaching on sexual orientation

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 9:36pm

Montgomery’s school board gave the go-ahead Tuesday to an update of lessons on sexual orientation, clearing the way for a plan to introduce the topic a year earlier in middle school and put an end to tightly scripted methods of teaching.

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In Season of Protest, Haverford Speaker Is Latest to Bow Out

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 8:46pm
Robert J. Birgeneau, a former University of California, Berkeley, chancellor, withdrew from Haverford’s commencement, joining a number of others who have backed out of speaking engagements this spring in response to campus objections.






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Sallie Mae to Pay Fine Over Loans to Troops

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 8:18pm
Sallie Mae, the student lender, and Navient, its former subsidiary, have agreed to pay $97 million to settle complaints about excessive fees and interest on loans to military service members.
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Fairfax considers changes to school discipline policies

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:04pm

Students facing disciplinary action in Fairfax County schools could receive lighter punishments and shorter suspensions next year if the school board approves newly proposed discipline procedures.

The proposals would mark a significant change in the county’s discipline policies and could cut most suspensions in half. Under the proposed guidelines, most serious student infractions would result in a suspension of not more than five days.

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Strauss: Join me for live online chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:02pm

I’ll be doing a live education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. Wednesday. You can submit questions, comments, suggestions, jokes or whatever here, and tune in then or read the transcript later.

Here transcripts of some of my previous online chats: here , here,   here,  and here .

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Strauss: The irony in new study that bashes popular teacher evaluation method

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:51pm

They just keep on coming. Last month, a report was released by the American Statistical Association, the largest organization in the United States representing statisticians and related professionals, that smacked the “value-added method” (VAM) of evaluating teachers that has been embraced by school “reformers” in most states. And now, there’s new research that does the same thing.

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Are school closings the ‘new Jim Crow’? Activists file civil rights complaints.

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:12pm

Arguing that school closures in cities across the country disproportionately affect African American students, community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday challenging closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago and called on the Obama administration to halt similar efforts elsewhere.

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Motherlode Blog: You’ll Make New Friends. Maybe.

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:19pm
My son is a great child who worked hard to make the friends he has. What if I’m lying when I tell him he will be able to do it again?






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Survey: D.C. ranks first in preschool access, funding

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:28pm

The District offers broader access to public preschool than any state in the nation, according to a survey released Tuesday, which showed that the city continues to expand its early childhood education programs even as enrollment in pre-kindergarten declined nationally for the first time in a decade.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan’s letter to the U-Md. community announcing his retirement

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:25pm

The following is the text of a letter that Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan sent to the University of Maryland community Tuesday afternoon, publicly announcing his retirement after 50 years in higher education and 12 years leading the University System of Maryland.

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Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:06pm

Arguing that school closures in cities around the country have become “the new Jim Crow,” community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday alleging that school closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago disproportionately affect African American students.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of University System of Maryland

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:00pm

William E. “Brit” Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of Maryland’s public university system after a 12-year tenure known for his campaigns to expand access to higher education and use technological innovation to rejuvenate staid lecture courses.

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The Learning Network: Voting for Change: Researching the Issues at Stake in India’s Election

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 1:41pm
In this lesson we explore the complex web of issues, history and culture behind the India vote.






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Prince George’s celebrates its ‘young stars,’ program highlights the top of the class

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:00pm

Mary Chinyere Egwin, the valedictorian at Bladensburg High School in Prince George’s County, will attend Tufts University in the fall as a Gates Millennium Scholar and wants to become an oncologist. Erick Vargas, No. 2 in Bladensburg’s senior class, is going to Columbia University on a full scholarship.

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