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Ed tech company folds after receiving millions in Race to the Top funds

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:39pm
An education technology company has folded after receiving millions of dollars in federal Race to the Top funds to provide online assessments and other services to school districts.Charlotte-based Thinkgate LLC shut down last week, according to state education officials in Ohio and Massachusetts, two states that used Race to the Top money to contract with the company.Read full article >>







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University of Mary Washington, Where Woman Was Killed, Faces Scrutiny

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 9:51pm
In a complaint to be filed Thursday, members of a feminist student group say that the University of Mary Washington in Virginia failed to protect them from a “sexually hostile” and threatening environment.







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For transgender teens and teachers, acceptance could be two words away

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 9:46pm
For some transgender high school students in the Virginia suburbs, a school board decision Thursday could mean an end to death threats and the beginning of freedom to live openly as who they truly are.Read full article >>







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Clean-up crews set to work through night at Silver Spring school

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 7:52pm
Clean-up crews planned to work through the night Wednesday to reopen a Silver Spring elementary school that was closed for a day after a flooding problem led to significant damage in the building.Montgomery school officials said families at Flora M. Singer Elementary School would be notified as soon as an official decision is made about whether classes will be held on Thursday. Read full article >>







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Cabinet secretaries sit down for straight talk with Baltimore students

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 7:14pm
BALTIMORE — A gaggle of federal and state officials — including two Cabinet secretaries — met with community leaders and students Wednesday at Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore, across the street from Mondawmin Mall, the site of looting and rioting last week.Read full article >>







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Tuition is going up at Maryland’s public universities

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 5:31pm
Tuition will go up at the University System of Maryland colleges this fall, after the Board of Regents voted to approve an increase Wednesday.That will mean a 5 percent increase in tuition for undergraduate students. In-state graduate tuition could rise as much as 13.1 percent.Read full article >>







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Survey: Impact of So-Called 'High Stakes' Tests Actually Low

Education Week - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:10pm
A Hechinger Report examination found that, despite the controversy, few students or teachers will be much affected by the result of this spring’s common-core-aligned tests.
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In Debt: Corinthian Colleges’ Lean Business Model Leaves Little for Creditors

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:58pm
Unsecured creditors of Corinthian Colleges, including students, have little hope of recovery because the company has few assets.







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U-Va. community crowd-sourcing funds for dean’s possible Rolling Stone lawsuit

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:53pm
A crowd-funding Web site is accepting donations to fund University of Virginia associate dean Nicole Eramo’s potential legal case against Rolling Stone magazine.The Web site — “True Hoos” on crowdrise.com — started anonymously in recent days, has collected more than $15,500, with an ultimate goal of $500,000. The Web site states that the money will be used for what is described as an imminent lawsuit against the pop culture magazine for its portrayal of Eramo in a 9,000-word account of a gang-rape at U-Va. that has been retracted.Read full article >>







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Strauss: Civil rights groups blast parents opting their kids out of high-stakes tests. Why they are wrong.

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:48pm
Is high-stakes standardized testing helping students who live in poverty and students of color — or hurting them?A dozen civil rights groups have released a statement  (see below) opposing efforts by parents and others to boycott high-stakes standardized tests aligned to the Common Core and similar standards, saying that the tests are valuable to students of color and those from low-income families. The statement says in part:Read full article >>







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The Learning Network: A New Commenting System, and What It Means for You

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:09pm
We’ve been on a different commenting system than the rest of NYTimes.com for years, but we’re joining the rest of the paper — and getting all the bells and whistles that come with it. Here’s a Q. and A., with screen shots, for dealing with the changes.







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Why Georgetown students are clamoring to eat dinner with total strangers.

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:03pm
It’s hard to say what was more uncomfortable at the beginning — the silences, or the halting small talk people tried to make, about hometowns and the storm that was about to hit. Six strangers had gathered around a table at a Georgetown senior’s apartment, invited by an anonymous person (or maybe people?)  and they didn’t know what to expect.Read full article >>







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Inequality in the U.S. is excessive, and community college might be the solution

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 9:00am
This is the first in a regular series of columns about the nation’s community colleges from Jay Mathews, a longtime Washington Post education reporter, columnist and author. The columns will appear on The Post’s Grade Point blog.Read full article >>






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Lawyer Picked to Lead Little Rock, Ark., Schools

Education Week - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 8:57am
State education officials say attorney Baker Kurrus will be the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District.
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