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Mathews: Big charter change seen in 2 D.C. schools

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:04pm

Two D.C. charter schools you’ve probably never heard of have just been declared vital for our nation’s educational future. The reasons for focusing on these two schools are intriguing and mostly overlooked in the national debate about charters.

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Strauss: The quote that reveals how at least one corporate school reformer really views students

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:44am

For years now, the U.S. public educational system has been the guinea pig for what many call “corporate education reform.” What is it? It is both a mindset and  a group of specific measures foisted on school districts, including standardized test-based “accountability” systems, the spread of charter schools and vouchers, and the overall privatization of public schools.  This primer explains it this way:

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Maryland education board president begins third term

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:17am

Charlene M. Dukes, president of the Maryland State Board of Education, will lead the 12-member policy-making panel for a third one-year term.

Dukes, unanimously reelected by the board late last month, continues as board president at a time when the state is preparing to administer new standardized tests aligned with more rigorous Common Core-based standards and is working to implement a new educator evaluation system.

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Motherlode Blog: Back-to-School Blues

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:06am
You know that moment in “A Visitor for Bear” when Bear realizes that as much as he likes his quiet routines, he likes having someone there to laugh at his jokes, too? My children went back to school this morning, and I felt that.






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Motherlode Blog: Hookup Line. Carpool. Same Rituals, New School.

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:47am
Some things are the same no matter where you are: the car pool line (called “hookup” in our new town). The health forms. The classrooms, the desks, the cubbies. It’s not Mars, it’s just school. They know how to do school.






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Louisiana Governor Suing Feds Over Common Core

Education Week - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:59am
Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday, accusing the Obama administration of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the common-core education standards.
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The Learning Network: Reader Idea | Using Room for Debate to Teach Argumentative Writing and Discussion Skills

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:30am
In this Reader Idea, we share ways that teachers use The Times’s Room for Debate to teach argumentative writing and discussion skills in their classrooms.






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App Smart: Programming Apps Teach the Basics of Code

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:28am
Apps use different approaches in teaching the basics of coding; some offer interactive lessons, while others take the form of a game.
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Miley Cyrus Causes a Stir Again at the VMAs

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:00am
We have dropped a word in each of the first six paragraphs. Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:30am
Why are lower-income students so underrepresented at elite colleges?






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Strauss: What new Common Core test scores really show

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:00am

New York officials recently released the results of the state’s 2014 Common Core State Standards-aligned exams. In this post information award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School  in the Rockville Centre School District, explains what they mean. Burris has been writing about problems with the controversial school reform efforts in her state for some time on this blog. (You can read some of her work here, herehere,  here, and here.) She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010,  tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Music

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:32am
Test your knowledge of music by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | revile

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in seven New York Times articles in the past year.






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Bowser opposes Gray’s school boundaries overhaul; Catania seeks delay

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:46pm

Mayoral candidate Muriel E. Bowser said Tuesday that she would undo newly adopted plans to redraw the District’s school boundaries, distancing herself from the education policies of the city’s current mayor and the schools chancellor she has vowed to keep on if elected.

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Despite Racial Disparity, Alumni Group Backs Test-Only Policy for Elite Schools

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:34pm
Very few black and Hispanic students attend New York City’s eight specialized high schools, which base admissions solely on the results of a standardized test.






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Brooklyn Teacher Accused of Sending Lewd Photo

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:19pm
A student saved an image she said she received from a teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School, who is charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor.






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