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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Saying ‘Thank You’ Around the World

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:26am
Test your knowledge of ways to say “thank you” around the world by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | reciprocal

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:04am
This word has appeared in 74 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Prince George’s charter school to eliminate recess to shorten day

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:50pm

A charter school in Prince George’s County will eliminate recess, a revered part of each student’s daily routine, in an effort to shorten its academic day.

The county’s Board of Education approved the change at College Park Academy by a vote of 12-0, with one member abstaining and another absent. Frank Brewer, interim executive director of the academy, which is a middle school that has ties to the University of Maryland in College Park, said teachers suggested the move.

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Montgomery County teacher finalist for statewide teacher of the year award

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:21pm

When Jane Lindsay mentions that she is a middle-school teacher, some people groan. Others react with sympathy.

“It’s such a murky time of life,” Lindsay said. “But what I don’t think people realize is that it is in­cred­ibly dynamic and energizing to be in a middle school.”

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Critics Question High Ratings on New York State Teacher Evaluations Amid Poor Test Scores

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:54pm
For the first time, parents and administrators can assess the effectiveness of teachers at the county, district and, in some cases, the school level.






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Sunday Routine: Carmen Fariña: An Old-School Abuela

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:40pm
On weekends, Ms. Fariña, chancellor of the New York City Education Department, is first and foremost an active and engaged grandmother.
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Oklahoma Loses Waiver From No Child Left Behind Provisions

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:17pm
The move comes as a result of the state’s retreat from Common Core, a set of reading and math standards adopted by more than 40 states.






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Texas School Funding Still Unconstitutional

Education Week - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:03pm
A judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional again, finding that the state still fails to provide adequate funding or distribute it fairly among school districts.
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Oklahoma loses, Indiana wins federal education waiver

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:50pm

The Obama administration has stopped exempting Oklahoma from the toughest requirements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, after the state opted to drop the Common Core academic standards and revert to its old K-12 guidelines in math and reading.

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U-Va. spells out which employees must relay reports of sex assault to university officials

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:36pm

The University of Virginia will require most faculty and staff to report possible sexual misconduct they learn about from students, even if the students request confidentiality, under a policy announced this week.

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Motherlode Blog: American Kids, Learning to Aim and Fire

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:20pm
I’ve talked to my children long and hard about guns and gun safety. I’ve made them practice what to say and do. And this summer, three of the four of them learned to shoot.






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In First Year of Pre-K Expansion, a Rush to Beat the School Bell

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:04pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 50,407 children had been enrolled in prekindergarten for this fall, and many pieces will have to fall into place by Sept. 4 for the program to go smoothly.
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Fairfax schools chief Karen Garza takes ice bucket challenge

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:07pm

Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza was soaked by a bucket filled with ice water Wednesday afternoon as part of the viral phenomenon known as the ALS challenge.

The ice bucket challenge, popular with teens on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has helped raise close to $100 million for ALS research. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS has no known cure.

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Prince George’s charter school wants to get rid of recess

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:01pm

College Park Academy, a charter school in Prince George’s County, wants to shorten its day by 25 minutes -- not to reduce classroom instruction, but to get rid of recess.

Charter school officials have asked the school system to approve a waiver to change the school’s schedule to eliminate daily recess.

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