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Georgetown offering preventive antibiotics to close friends of meningitis victim

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:40pm

Georgetown University is offering antibiotics to students who came in close contact with Andrea Jaime, a sophomore who died of meningitis on Tuesday, to prevent others from developing the illness.

In an email to students and staff on Thursday night, administrators wrote that no additional cases of meningitis other than Jaime’s had been identified. To protect students, the university said, it had already provided antibiotics to Jaime’s close friends and would seek others who had had close contact with her.

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Restrictions Are Eased for Ex-Preschool Intern Accused of Sex Abuse

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:17pm
Malthe Thomsen, who is accused of inappropriately touching children at the International Preschools in Manhattan, no longer has to wear an ankle monitor, and his bail was reduced to $200,000.






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Most D.C. residents support school boundary plan, poll finds

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:31pm

Recently approved school boundary changes have been a source of anxiety and controversy for many District parents. And two leading mayoral candidates have pushed to slow or restart the process across the city.

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Police believe gun scare at Alexandria school was baseless

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:15pm

Two days after the Alexandria school system locked the doors of all of the city’s public schools as a security precaution, Alexandria police said Thursday that a gunman who was reportedly spotted near an elementary school never existed.

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The Learning Network: Text to Text | ‘The Giver’ and ‘The Dark Side of Young Adult Fiction’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:02pm
Some ideas for connecting “The Giver” to a larger discussion about the popularity of dystopian literature, as well as options for going further to explore other aspects of the book with the help of Times and Learning Network resources.






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Pr. George’s council member urges firing of Largo High principal over ‘racist behavior’

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:49pm

A Prince George’s County Council member is calling on Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell to fire a high school principal at the center of two discrimination cases that were recently settled.

Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) said she is “appalled by the school system’s defense of the pattern of blatantly racist behavior by the principal of Largo High School.”

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Prince George's school board talks communication, core values during retreat

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:42pm

The Prince George’s Board of Education, which continues to navigate its way around the new governance structure that took effect last year, is trying to figure out how to better work with Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell and to create core values and a mission statement for the school system.

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Policy Debate: To Get More Out of Science, Show the Rejected Research

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:05pm
A proposal aims to address the problem of studies that go unpublished even though their findings can be important.
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Strauss: 19 states still allow corporal punishment in school

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:51pm

While a national debate roils about professional athletes whacking kids, it seems useful to remember that 19 states still allow children to be hit in public school, sometimes to the point of bruising. A federal data analysis found that on average, one child is hit in public school every 30 seconds somewhere in the United States.

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Motherlode Blog: Raising Teenagers: Protect When You Must, Permit When You Can

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:02pm
There’s not much we can do to rush neurological maturation along in our teens, but we can help kids practice their burgeoning skills of self-control as they emerge.






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Matchmaking through technology: The coming revolution in college admissions

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:08pm

INDIANAPOLIS — The old model that colleges used to recruit, through mass mailings to promising students and selective visits to key high schools, is giving way to sophisticated matchmaking tools of technology.

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Two new whooping cough cases, for total of 20, recorded in Montgomery public schools

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:58am

Two more cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in Montgomery County public schools, according to health officials, who now are reporting a total of 20 cases since an outbreak during the first week of school.

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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Happy Birthday, New York Times

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:25am
It cost one cent, was only four pages long, and was then called The New York Daily Times, but on Sept. 18, 1851, The New York Times published its first issue.






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Wonkblog: David Boies helped California gay couples win the right to marry. Now he’s attacking teacher tenure

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:00am

David Boies is an accomplished civil rights attorney who is probably best known for his Supreme Court cases, in which he has represented Al Gore and Californian gay couples seeking to marry. Now he is working on behalf of kids in urban schools, but his approach is a controversial one. He argues that teacher tenure denies students their right to an equal education, guaranteed in Brown v. Board of Education and many state constitutions.

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