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Motherlode Blog: As Lobbyists and Politicians Shout It Out Over School Lunch, Can Parents Be Heard?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:15am
Big Food lobbying dollars and heated partisan politics threaten the first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in decades. Can parents be heard above the din?






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Degrees of Education: Medical-Assistant Programs: A Case Study

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:05am
The market for training medical assistants is deeply troubling.






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Peace Corps applications surge amid recent reforms

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:58am

Applications to the Peace Corps have surged to a two-decade high after a series of recent reforms to the recruitment process at the country’s signature volunteer organization, officials said Tuesday.

More than 17,000 people submitted applications to the Peace Corps this year, an increase of more than 70 percent compared with 2013. The 17,336 new applicants in fiscal 2014 make up the largest field of candidates since 1992, when 17,438 applied.

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The Learning Network: Should French Fries and Pizza Sauce Count As Vegetables?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:26am
Is a healthier school lunch program a lost cause?






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Prince George’s begins program to support new teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:18am

Prince George’s County is launching a program that pairs experienced teachers with novice ones for professional development and allows teachers to have a voice in evaluating the progress of their peers.

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International Education: A Bigger World of International Law

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:01am
As courts and nongovernmental organizations look for wider geographical representation, smaller and newer law schools in Asia and Australia are moving to catch up.






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Strauss: Pearson’s wrong answer — and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:00am

Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her own parentingthecore blog.  Early this year, I published a post of hers under the headline, “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong,” that was extremely popular with readers. Here’s a new post by Blaine from her blog about what happened when her fourth-grade child came home with some school work — and why it affects far more than her family.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:54am
Why is Vladimir de Jesus’ story an “iconic community college story”?






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Strauss: Columbus Day: ‘How is this still a thing?’

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:17am

John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” show on HBO did a segment on Columbus Day that asked this seemingly reasonable question about the federal U.S. holiday: “How is this still a thing?”

How indeed?

The first Columbus Day celebration recorded in the United States was held in New York in 1792. On Oct. 12 — the day in 1492 that Columbus and his ships made landfall not in Asia, as the explorer believed, but on an island in the Caribbean Sea. In 1892, according to History.com, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation encouraging Americans to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage with patriotic festivities.” In 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Congress, bowing to lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic group that wanted a Catholic hero to be honored, proclaimed Oct. 12 to be Columbus Day, a national holiday. In 1971, the holiday date was changed to the second Monday in October

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | verdigris

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in two New York Times articles in the past year.






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Study: New York preschool push benefits wealthier families first

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:01am

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push to provide universal preschool to the city’s 4-year-olds has so far disproportionately benefited children from middle- and upper-income families, according to a report released Wednesday that the mayor’s office is disputing.

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Many Districts Lagging on Implementing Common Core, Survey Finds

Education Week - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:01am
A new report claims "the future of the common core remains uncertain at this important juncture" because many districts are not yet fully prepared to impart the new academic expectations in reading and math.
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The ethics of Hacking 101

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:37pm

At the University of Tulsa, professor Sujeet Shenoi is teaching students how to hack into oil pipelines and electric power plants.

At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, professor David Brumley is instructing students on how to write software to break into computer networks.

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Ukrainian Students to Take Russians’ Places in U.S. Exchange Program

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:04pm
Russia’s decision to cancel a longstanding high school exchange program with the United States has opened more slots for students from Ukraine.
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