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Voters in Loudoun County approve $162.9 million schools bond

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 7:25pm

Voters in Loudoun County overwhelmingly approved a measure that will allow the school system to sell bonds to finance the construction of the Advanced Technology Academy, according to preliminary results.

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Arlington plans to host meetings to discuss school boundary changes

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 7:01pm

Arlington Public Schools leaders are considering an adjustment to school boundaries for eight elementary schools for the 2015-2016 school year after enrollment in some schools exceeded projections.

A new elementary school is slated to open in northwest Arlington in the fall of 2015. In the spring of last year, the school board approved boundary changes to account for the new school, which will be built next to Williamsburg Middle School on North Harrison Street.

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The Learning Network: Text to Text | ‘Little Things Are Big’ and ‘Students See Many Slights as Racial ‘Microaggressions’ ‘

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:49pm
Read New York Times reporting on the concept of “microaggressions” alongside a widely-taught 1961 piece by Jesús Colón. Use the two to spark discussions about identity, difference, bias and awareness.






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Strauss: Learning is like sex — and other key reasons the liberal arts remain relevant

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:01pm

If you have never thought that learning is in any way  like sex, this post may change your mind. It was written by Leon Botstein, president of Bard College since 1975. He is also Bard’s Leon Levy professor in the arts and humanities. In addition to serving on a number of boards, he is the musical director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. A version of this appeared on the website of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news Web site focused on inequality and innovation in education.

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Fairfax schools communications chief to join Alexandria

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 5:19pm

Barbara Hunter, the Fairfax County school system’s assistant superintendent for communications, is leaving to join the Alexandria City public school system, effective Nov. 18.

Hunter, who joined Fairfax in 2007, will become communications director for the 13,000-student school system in Alexandria.

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D.C. students get lessons in Thai food and culture with help from embassy

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:39pm

The children assembled in H.D. Cooke Elementary School’s gymnasium Thursday morning were greeted in Thai as well as English.

“Good morning! . . . Sa-wad-dee kah!” said Saroj Thanasunti, minister and deputy chief of mission at the Thai Embassy. He asked the D.C. students whether they had visited his country. When no hands went up, he offered a few quick facts: Thailand is in Asia. The head of state is a king. And the national animal is an elephant.

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Ind. Education Department Website Hacked 2nd Time

Education Week - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:28pm
The Indiana Department of Education has taken down its website again after it was hacked for the second time in four days.
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Newcomer joins incumbents on Montgomery school board

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:29pm

With three incumbents reelected Tuesday, there will be just one newcomer to Montgomery County’s school board at swearing-in ceremonies next month: Jill Ortman-Fouse, an education advocate from Silver Spring.

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Motherlode Blog: The Child Who Declares ‘I Want to Be Rich’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 1:55pm
It’s a statement that makes some parents uncomfortable — what are we teaching them, if that’s the goal? It’s still worth talking about honestly.






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The Learning Network: Poetry Pairing | ‘November for Beginners’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 12:30pm
Rita Dove’s poem “November for Beginners,” and the article “Heavy Autumn Snowstorm Barrels Across Northeast,” by Al Baker, Elizabeth A. Harris and Sarah Maslin Nir, appear in this pairing.






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GOP Wave to Sap Obama's Clout on Education

Education Week - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:24am
A midterm election that vastly favored Republicans at virtually every level leaves President Barack Obama with far fewer allies in states and in Congress to champion his policy priorities.
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Feds Want Gov. Jindal's Common-Core Lawsuit Dismissed

Education Week - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:39am
The Obama administration wants a federal judge to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit accusing it of illegally coercing states to adopt the common core standards.
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