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N.Y.C. Hustles to Make Use of Pre-K Windfall

Education Week - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:57am
Advocates see a state budget deal pouring money into preschool as a big win for the city, though other parts of the state may be less poised to take advantage.
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Advocates Worry Sex Education Failing Mississippi Students

Education Week - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:52am
With few directives for implementation, advocates say Mississippi's sex education law falls woefully short of educating students.
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The Learning Network Blog: Why Do So Many People Say ‘Like’ and ‘Totally’ All the Time?

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:32am
What is behind speech patterns that lead people to say “like” and “totally” so often?






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The Learning Network Blog: What’s Going On in This Picture? | April 7, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:00am
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.






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<p>America’s Most Challenging High

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:00am

America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index invented by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. The index formula is a simple ratio: The number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in 2013, divided by the number of graduates that year. Noted in our national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each schools’s average SAT score, a common college entrance exam with a national average of 1498 out of 2400. This year, the list also notes whether each school has an 11-person football team as an indicator of changing school cultures, the subject of Mathews’ analysis of the 2014 results. The list includes some private schools — noted with a (P) — for comparison. Certain public schools with highly selective admissions are omitted from the list, but information about them can be found online, along with full local and national lists, at www.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge.

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America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:00am

During her career in newspapers and television, my wife, Linda, was a master at finding the hidden heart of what was going on. While editing stories and managing projects, she had a knack for seeing what was most surprising and interesting in the mass of facts before her. When she had a thought recently about my annual rankings of the nation’s high schools, I listened carefully.

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Strauss: Common Core test gives students no time to think -- teacher

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:00am

Travis Durfee is a teacher at Watkins Glen Middle School in Watkins Glen, New York who is administering Common Core-aligned standardized tests to students that were designed by Pearson, the education company. In the following piece, which he calls “Driving Lessons,” he looks from within the schoolhouse gates at the disconnect between the mandated exams and the Common Core State Standards that the tests are supposed to be designed to evaluate. He describes his piece this way: ”The essay contrasts my father’s driving lessons with what drives my lessons in the classroom today--the mad dash toward accountability under a new educational paradigm where the Common Core trumps common sense.”

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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | World’s Largest Game of Tetris Played in Philadelphia

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:33am
How did a skyscraper in Philadelphia become the screen for the world’s largest video game?






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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, April 7, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:13am
Fill in the blanks in a passage about body language and lying.






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Kansas Legislature Passes Education Finance Bill

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:19am
The measure directs more money to poorer districts, addressing a statewide disparity in school funding.






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Arts Education Lacking in Low-Income Areas of New York City, Report Says

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:04am
Classrooms in places like the South Bronx and central Brooklyn tend to have fewer state-certified arts teachers, according to a report by Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller.






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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | hoodwink

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:01am
This word has appeared in four New York Times articles in the past year.






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Colleges Increasing Spending on Sports Faster Than on Academics, Report Finds

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:01am
A recent report found spending on sports is outpacing educational expenditures not only in Division I, the most competitive level, but in small institutions and community colleges.






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Strauss: How New York’s mayor got steamrolled by his own governor and charter lobby

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 1:56pm

If you doubt the power of the charter school movement, consider this: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, just slapped down New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, over the issue. Or, as education historian Diane Ravitch put it in this piece for the New York Review of Books blog:

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International Education: Academic Publishing Waiver Raises Concern

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:03pm
Faculty authors who contract to write for some scientific journals could be signing away more than the economic rights to their work, according to a Duke University official.






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Briefly: International Education: A Summer Semester Online Offered by 13 Universities

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:02pm
A group of 13 United States and foreign universities has teamed up with 2U, an online education provider, to offer online undergraduate summer courses.






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Strauss: Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:36am

Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it.

The former D.C. schools chancellor and now leader of a national organization that pushes corporate school and attacks teachers unions, just wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that uses bad analogies and a number of straw men to argue against the growing “opt out” movement in which parents are refusing to allow their children to take high-stakes standardized tests. A small but growing number of educators are refusing to administer the tests, too.

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Motherlode Blog: Jesus Lives, but Should He Live in My Front Yard?

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:47pm
As a young adult Christian whose political views are left of center, working in higher education where intellect is the only religion, I’m constantly negotiating how much of myself to share. My daughter has no such doubts.






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D.C. releases proposed school boundaries and far-reaching student assignment policies

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 7:44pm

D.C. officials released a proposal for new elementary school boundaries Saturday, the first comprehensive overhaul of the politically sensitive partitions in four decades.

The proposed new lines — redrawn to adjust for schools that are overcrowded or underused and to address travel or safety issues — could affect thousands of families. But even more far-reaching­ than the reconfigured map is a set of three policy proposals the city also unveiled at a public meeting, parts of which could fundamentally change how students are assigned to traditional public schools.

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What are ‘authentic assessments’? How are they different from multiple-choice tests?

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:49pm

Virginia’s elementary and middle school students will have fewer Standards of Learning tests starting next school year, since Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates five tests.

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