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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | Oct. 6, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:00am
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | New Bears for the Central Park Zoo

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 4:42am
Below are the eight paragraphs of the Sept. 30 article, “With Big Pawprints to Fill, Zoo Prepares for Grizzlies.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Haitian Women’s Soccer Team, Far From Home, Dreams of the World Cup

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 4:33am
Why is a women’s national soccer team from Haiti training in Indiana?






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Strauss: Unions say they will back teachers who refuse to administer mandated standardized tests to students

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 4:00am

Late last month the nonprofit United Opt Out National — an organization dedicated to eliminating high-stakes testing in public schools — issued a call for the big teachers union to support teachers who decide that they can no longer administer standardized tests that they feel are harming children. I asked the unions whether they would agree, and here’s what they said.

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Cornell Plans to Expand Off-Campus Engagement

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:15am
Using $50 million from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, the college will require all students to take at least one course with a community component during their undergraduate careers.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | anthropomorphic

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 42 New York Times articles in the past year.






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About New York: Bureaucracy Turns a Hero Into a Rogue

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 9:52pm
How a school system unable to dislodge failed teachers for years at a time punished an employee who helped a young boy build a record of blazing success.






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Seeking Dean’s Firing, Seminary Professors End Up Jobless

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 9:51pm
A labor dispute at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan springs from complaints about mismanagement and offensive comments attributed to its new dean.






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New principal brings ‘fresh hope’ to struggling Alexandria school

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 8:28pm

In the early 1990s, Chris Phillips was working at the Biotechnology Institute at Penn State University, synthesizing DNA and growing bacteria cultures for pharmaceutical companies while attending school full time.

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Strauss: Was the ‘original bargain’ with charter schools a raw deal?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 1:48pm

Charter school advocates didn’t like it recently when Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform issued a report calling for the strengthening of charter oversight and authorization. While noting that many charters work hard to “meet the needs of their students,” the report said that “the lack of effective oversight means too many cases of fraud and abuse, too little attention to equity, and no guarantee of academic innovation or excellence.” It provided some common-sense recommendations, including an innocuous call for the establishment of minimum qualifications for charter school treasurers. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, not surprisingly, bashed the report.

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Mathews: Parent says no mush for his first-grader

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 12:10pm

Mike Petrilli is the new president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the most energetic and influential education policy think tanks. He also is the father of a child in the Montgomery County school system. Education leaders are often put off by parents who know a lot about schools and won’t shut up. Petrilli is definitely in that category.

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Strauss: Anthropologists — including from Harvard, Georgetown — join academic boycott of Israel

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 11:51am

(Correction: Earlier version said American Anthropological Association will debate a boycott resolution late this year. An AAA official says there is no  resolution but some debate is expected.)

In February, members of the American Studies Association voted to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Now more than 500 anthropologists — including at Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities — have joined the boycott.

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Motherlode Blog: Stepmother: Not Evil. Not Perfect. Not Mom.

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 8:54am
I was certain I would be the perfect stepmother, part Mary Poppins, part Maria from “The Sound of Music,” as I helped to intertwine our families.






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The Texas Tribune: Students Not Always Drawn to Fixed-Rate Tuition

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 9:43pm
This fall semester, all public universities in Texas were required to offer incoming students the option of a payment plan that fixed their tuition at a particular rate for four years.






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U-Va. seeks to cope with trauma after sophomore Hannah Graham vanished

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 7:25pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Orange ribbons adorn lapels and backpacks throughout the campus here known as the Grounds, a reminder that the University of Virginia yearns for the return of sophomore Hannah Graham three weeks after she vanished in the night.

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Teachers take on controversial subjects: Ferguson, same-sex marriage, immigration

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 5:39pm

Just days after a teenager unfurled a Confederate flag at a high school football game in Howard County, Md., teachers began reworking lesson plans to discuss the student’s display and the school’s decision to discipline him.

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Opinion: Throw Out the College Application System

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 2:30pm
We should learn from the spymasters and assess students in person.
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Russia Cancels Exchange Program After a Student Seeks U.S. Asylum

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 1:48pm
Russian media reported that the student feared returning to Russia because he could face persecution over his sexuality.
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The parents of missing U-Va. student plead for her return

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 1:15pm

The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham issued a statement Saturday pleading for anyone with information about their daughter’s whereabouts to come forward.

John and Sue Graham spoke in a video released Saturday asking for help to find their 18-year-old daughter, who vanished three weeks ago.

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For another year, Hispanic enrollment grows in Montgomery County schools

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:35pm

Montgomery County’s kindergarten class is made up of more Hispanic students than children of any other racial or ethnic group for the third year in a row, a trend that school planners say is likely to continue in Maryland’s fastest-growing school district.

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