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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The Space Race

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:55am
On Oct. 4, 1957, the space age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit. For the next dozen years, the United States and the Soviet Union battled for dominance in spaceflight capability.






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The Learning Network: How Good Are You at Coming Up With Witty Comebacks?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 5:00am
What’s the best comeback you’ve ever said? When is a time you couldn’t think of the right thing to say?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | The Rise of ‘Empire’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:52am
Here are several paragraphs from a March 17 article, “ ‘Empire,’ the Meteor That Never Fell to Earth.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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Strauss: Revolt against high-stakes standardized testing growing — and so does its impact

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:00am
The movement to boycott standardized tests and reform  test-based accountability systems current being implemented across the country is growing. Though exact numbers are impossible to know, students, teachers, principals, parents, superintendents and others are speaking out for the first time calling on policy-makers to roll back test-based school reform — and in many places students are simply refusing to take new Common Core and similar standardized tests. The impact of the agitation on policy is real, as Monty Neill, executive director of  FairTest, explains in this post. FairTest, or the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, is dedicated to eliminating the abuse and misuse of standardized tests.Read full article >>






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Racial tensions flare at U-Va. after arrest of black student

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:48am
Racial tensions flared at the University of Virginia after a black student sustained head injuries while white police officers arrested him outside of a popular Irish pub early Wednesday morning.The injuries, captured in cellphone videos and photographs from a crowd of students nearby, left the student with bloody streaks down his face, an image that quickly spread on social media. In one of the videos, obtained by The Washington Post, the student calls three officers from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control “racists” as they try to handcuff his hands behind his back.Read full article >>
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | reminiscence

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 49 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Fairfax schools consider new grading policy that would eliminate zeros

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:55pm
The Fairfax County schools administration is considering sweeping changes to the grading system for middle school and high school classes that could help struggling students keep their grades up.In a message sent to thousands of teachers Tuesday, Deputy Superintendent Steven Lockard detailed a series of proposals under consideration to revamp how teachers hand out grades to students and to standardize exam scores across the county.Read full article >>






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National Briefing | South: Virginia: Governor Asks for Inquiry in Student’s Arrest

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:05pm
Gov. Terry McAuliffe is calling for the State Police to investigate the arrest of a University of Virginia student who was shown in a photo with a bloody face as he was held down by an officer.






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Named Next President of N.Y.U., Oxford’s Leader Inherits Challenges From John Sexton

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:45pm
Andrew Hamilton, a British-born chemist, will take over for Dr. Sexton, who has increased the university’s prestige while pursuing contentious campus expansions in New York City and abroad.






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