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Potomac turf field vote postponed following legal action by Montgomery soccer group

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:52am

Montgomery school leaders have asked county officials to postpone action on a project that would use $1.3 million in private funds for construction of a synthetic turf field at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac.

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Motherlode Blog: And the Moral of the Story Is: Keep It Positive

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:27am
Do morality tales change children’s behavior? Research suggests that emphasizing the positive effects of honesty may, while tales of dire consequences fall on deaf ears.

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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 5 | ‘I Changed My Definition of the Word “Lucky” ’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:05am
This week’s winner is Kiran, and our Penguin Young Readers Group judge was the author Alex London. There are still three weeks of the contest left.

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Tensions Roil in Indiana Over NCLB Waiver

Education Week - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:16am
A new critique of Indiana's efforts to maintain its exemptions from the No Child Left Behind requirements, written by top staff to Gov. Mike Pence, is widening a rift between state education leaders as federal officials near a decision on the waiver.
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Principals Test Entrepreneurial Ideas in K-12

Education Week - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:10am
Principals are applying concepts familiar in business circles—such as marketing, branding, and coordinated public outreach through social media—to manage their schools.
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Second-Chance Med School

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:00am
In the Caribbean, students who have long been told they weren’t good enough find out they are.

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Strauss: A teacher asks Arne Duncan a gutsy question. Here’s the answer.

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 5:01am

(Update: Video added; wasn’t visible in earlier version)

What question would you ask to Education Secretary Arne Duncan if you had the chance?

Patrick Hayes, a fifth-grade teacher in Charleston, S.C., and director of EdFirstSC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group working to empower people who care about public schools, got that opportunity recently when Duncan had a video chat with hundreds of Charleston educators and administrators. The discussion hit on a number of topics in educational policy, including the Common Core State Standards, which South Carolina legislators recently voted to abandon and replace with new standards in the 2015-16 school year.

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Strauss: How many colleges mishandle sexual assault cases — and what to do about it

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:02am

A bipartisan group of senators just introduced legislation in Congress that is aimed at curbing sexual assaults on college campuses. The legislation would force school officials to be more transparent and accountable in dealing with sexual assaults, including requiring better training for on-campus personnel who investigate cases and participate in disciplinary procedures. Schools that fail to comply could face steep fines.

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First Lady Praises Leaders for Progress of Girls in Africa

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:30pm
Michelle Obama stresses that women still have a long way to go, in Africa and around the globe.

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