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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week Two | A ‘Native Generation Z-er’ on ‘Girl Meets World’

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:19pm
Congratulations to this week’s winner, Simi, and thank you to Andrea Cremer, our Penguin Young Readers Group author-judge.

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As New York City Expands Pre-K, Private Programs Fear Teacher Drain

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:09pm
Most independent centers cannot match the salary and benefits given by New York City's Education Department, causing an unintended result of a mayoral initiative.
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Md. educators object to recommendation that public schools open after Labor Day

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:08pm

Three groups representing Maryland educators have expressed opposition to a legislative task force’s recommendation to delay the opening of the state’s public schools until after Labor Day.

A letter sent Tuesday to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and leaders of the General Assembly contends that a delay in the start of school would not be in the best interest of students. The letter was signed by leaders of the Maryland State Education Association, the Public Schools Superintendents Association of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education

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Washington and Lee University to remove Confederate flags following protests

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:01pm

Washington and Lee University expressed regret Tuesday for the school’s past ownership of slaves and promised to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities.

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Plan to Improve American Indian Schools Faces Skepticism

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:53pm
President Obama's pledge to improve schools for 50,000 Native American students comes after years of scathing reports and complaints about the Bureau of Indian Education.
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Motherlode Blog: Summer Camp: The Debate

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:52pm
Should you send your children away to summer camp? Reasonable parents can disagree, and Bruce Feiler and I do.

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Without the Common Core in Oklahoma

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:21pm
Following the repeal of the standards, Oklahoma teacher Valeria Hughes wonders what's ahead for her state and her classroom.
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Politics Are Crushing the Standards

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:55pm
In spite of being wary of excessive standardization, Dave Powell questions why elected officials are rejecting the common core.
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Here's Why We Don't Need Standardized Tests

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:54pm
Schools get better, more useful information from performance assessments and collaboration than from standardized exams, Greg Jouriles says.
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Motherlode Blog: The No Longer Reluctant Sperm Donor

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:53pm
When my friends Tori and Kelly first asked me to be their sperm donor, I was reluctant. But I quickly became fully invested in their process, and far more aware of how widespread infertility is.

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Microsoft Puts Data Privacy on Its Branding Agenda

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:48pm
By backing research and speaking out on the topic, the technology giant is encouraging school officials across the country to demand strong student-data privacy.
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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Children With a Single Focus

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:33pm
A parent asks: My 6-year-old gets very passionate about certain topics and tends to focus only on those topics. Should I try really hard to strike more of a balance?

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Prince George’s schools offer breakfast and lunch to students during summer

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:30pm

With students running a higher risk of obesity and hunger during their summer break, Prince George’s County schools have joined an effort to provide the youngsters with free breakfast and lunch.

More than 60 schools throughout the county will serve the meals until Aug. 1.

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Strauss: Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:01am

The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it: the amount of time kids are forced to sit while they are in school. This appeared on the TimberNook blog.

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District's Teachers Take Leading Role in Policy Overhaul

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 8:01am
Tennessee officials enlisted teachers early in key elements of the state's Race to the Top initiatives that affect the teaching force.
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FCC Prepares to Vote on E-Rate Overhaul

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 7:58am
Schools and libraries hungry for faster and more reliably funded Wi-Fi connections will be watching the July 11 open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission closely.
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