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Politics Are Crushing the Standards

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:55pm
In spite of being wary of excessive standardization, Dave Powell questions why elected officials are rejecting the common core.
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Here's Why We Don't Need Standardized Tests

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:54pm
Schools get better, more useful information from performance assessments and collaboration than from standardized exams, Greg Jouriles says.
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Motherlode Blog: The No Longer Reluctant Sperm Donor

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:53pm
When my friends Tori and Kelly first asked me to be their sperm donor, I was reluctant. But I quickly became fully invested in their process, and far more aware of how widespread infertility is.






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Microsoft Puts Data Privacy on Its Branding Agenda

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:48pm
By backing research and speaking out on the topic, the technology giant is encouraging school officials across the country to demand strong student-data privacy.
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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Children With a Single Focus

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:33pm
A parent asks: My 6-year-old gets very passionate about certain topics and tends to focus only on those topics. Should I try really hard to strike more of a balance?






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Prince George’s schools offer breakfast and lunch to students during summer

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:30pm

With students running a higher risk of obesity and hunger during their summer break, Prince George’s County schools have joined an effort to provide the youngsters with free breakfast and lunch.

More than 60 schools throughout the county will serve the meals until Aug. 1.

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Strauss: Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:01am

The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it: the amount of time kids are forced to sit while they are in school. This appeared on the TimberNook blog.

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District's Teachers Take Leading Role in Policy Overhaul

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 8:01am
Tennessee officials enlisted teachers early in key elements of the state's Race to the Top initiatives that affect the teaching force.
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FCC Prepares to Vote on E-Rate Overhaul

Education Week - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 7:58am
Schools and libraries hungry for faster and more reliably funded Wi-Fi connections will be watching the July 11 open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission closely.
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Strauss: Largest U.S. teachers union calls for Education Secretary Duncan to resign

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 7:03am

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s relations with teachers unions just got more difficult.

Delegates of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, voted at their annual convention to call on Duncan to resign after similar efforts had failed in previous years. And the NEA is about to get a new president, Lily Eskelsen García, who is known for her tough talk and determination to fight back against corporate school reformers. She told the delegates:

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | California’s Extreme Drought, Explained

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:30am
Why do you think Californians have been able to reduce their water consumption by only 5 percent so far?






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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | America’s First Ladies

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:33am
Test your knowledge of America’s first ladies by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | diffuse

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:01am
This word has appeared in 154 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Corinthian Colleges details plan to sell 85 campuses, close 12 others

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 7:49pm

The for-profit company Corinthian Colleges detailed plans Monday to sell 85 of its career-education campuses nationwide and shutter a dozen others, including two outposts operating under the Everest brand in the Washington region.

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One in four students in Prince George’s County fails to graduate in four years

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:46pm

As most school districts across the Washington region and the nation experienced rising high school graduation rates during the past decade — including the highest national graduation rate in history — Prince George’s County continued to lag behind in its effort to get students a diploma, moving against the national trend.

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Obama administration wants better teachers for nation’s poor schools

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:31pm

The Obama administration is ordering states to devise strategies to get better teachers into high-poverty classrooms, correcting a national imbalance in which students who need the most help are often taught by the weakest educators.

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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | July 1-7, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:01pm
How well did you follow the news this week? Test yourself to see how you do against others.






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Prince George’s the latest school system to face debate over planned cellphone towers

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:00pm

Prince George’s County has become the latest school system in the Washington region to become locked in a debate over building cellphone towers on school property.

Montgomery County officials recently abandoned plans to have a cellphone tower built at Wootton High School in Rockville after an uproar from parents. And this year, a company withdrew its plans to build a tower at Piney Orchard Elementary School in Anne Arundel County after community opposition and issues with zoning.

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