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Strauss: Oops, never mind: Why a major university retracted report on charter schools

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:00am

Tulane University released a report this month which said that high schools in charter-heavy New Orleans were “beating the odds” with test scores and graduation rates higher than expected for most students. The report got some attention in education circles because New Orleans is the poster city for charter schools. Furthermore, Tulane is a well-regarded research university so one could rightly assume that the research it publishes is sound.

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Strauss: The best way for students to become writers

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:00am

What is the best way for students to become writers? If you were going to say “by practicing writing,” you may be surprised by the answer in the following post, written by Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English. Most recently she has written books about teaching reading and writing in mixed language classrooms.

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The Learning Network: Who Outside Your Family Has Made a Difference in Your Life?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:09am
An essay in the Business section told how a teenager’s life was changed by his relationship with his manager at Pizza Hut. Read his story, then tell us who you would describe if you were writing a similar essay.






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:48am
Who were the students who were invited to eat at the acclaimed French restaurant Daniel?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:23am
Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | impermeable

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in 12 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Ebola could test college commitments to international academic exchange

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:49pm

U.S. colleges and universities have long prided themselves on an open-door policy that encourages enrollment of international students. Their commitment to that principle might get tested in coming months as the deadly Ebola virus ravages three west African nations.

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Enrollment in Prince George’s schools increases for a second straight year

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:44pm

After a decade-long decline in enrollment, the Prince George’s County public school system has gained students for the second year in a row.

The county’s school system grew by 2,769 students the past year, according to preliminary figures released this week. Unofficial tallies put enrollment at 127,905, up from 125,136 during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment was 123,833 the previous year. Official numbers are expected in mid-November.

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Family in Anne Arundel pastry gun case loses school board appeal

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:48pm

School officials in Anne Arundel County rejected an appeal filed by the family of a boy suspended after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, according to a decision the family’s lawyer received Wednesday.

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School standardized testing is under growing attack, leaders pledge changes

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:38pm

The standardized test, a hallmark of the accountability movement that has defined U.S. public education since 2002, is under growing attack from critics who say students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are taking too many exams.

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Some Harvard Professors Oppose Policy on Assaults

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:21pm
Dozens of faculty members asked the school to withdraw its new sexual misconduct policy, saying it violated basic principles of fairness and would do more harm than good.






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3 former educators at Bailey’s in Fairfax file discrimination suit against principal

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:16pm

Three former educators at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences allege in a federal lawsuit that they experienced severe workplace discrimination under the school’s principal, who continues to lead one of the largest elementary schools in the region.

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Motherlode Blog: Parent to Parent: When Play Dates Go Wrong

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 5:34pm
When I dropped my child’s friend off after a visit, my fellow mother came out onto the driveway. “How’d it go?” The answer was “not well,” but I didn’t know how, or whether, to say it.






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Motherlode Blog: Hindsight, Hospitals and Why We Got the Flu Vaccine This Year

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:55pm
I spent three days with my 3-year-old in the hospital last winter, regretting all the justifications I’d given myself for turning down the flu vaccine at the pediatrician’s office.






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Region’s schools asking about student travel to Africa as precaution against Ebola

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:46pm

Public school systems across the Washington region are monitoring their students in a precautionary effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Students who show up at school health centers in Fairfax and Montgomery counties with signs of a fever are facing questions about their recent travel history, and new students in several districts must answer questions about travel to and from West Africa on enrollment forms so school officials can learn about possible exposure in the region of the world most affected by the Ebola outbreak.

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