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Degrees of Education: When the College Admissions Battle Starts at Age 3

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:19pm
In New York City, some parents are hoping that elite prekindergarten will give their children an edge at getting into Harvard. But will it?






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N.C.A.A. Deal Revamps Head-Injury Care

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:43pm
The settlement brings a significant change in the care and safety of current and former college athletes, including a $70 million medical monitoring fund and a new national protocol for head injuries.






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Montgomery board gives up district-funded credit cards and adopts new rules

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:47pm

Montgomery County’s school board members unanimously voted to give up their district-paid credit cards, adopting a sweeping set of new spending rules after public disclosure of improper charges, unclear guidelines and poor oversight.

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Fairfax schools budget administrator Kristen Michael promoted to top ranks

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:25pm

An experienced budget administrator for Fairfax County schools has been promoted to become the new assistant superintendent of financial services.

Kristen Michael, the former director of budget services, will succeed Susan Quinn, who became chief operating officer in July. Michael will assume her new position on Aug. 1.

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Motherlode Blog: The Cuckoo Bird and the Baby

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:39am
The cuckoo bird lays its eggs in another bird’s nest, then flies off, never to return. Is a sperm donor like the cuckoo bird?






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E-Cigarettes Cloud Schools' Anti-Smoking Policies

Education Week - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:16am
Fearing that trendy electronic cigarettes will fuel a resurgence in teenage smoking, educators are clamping down on students' use of the devices on school grounds.
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Strauss: School puts nearly 100 kindergartners in one class in a teaching experiment

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:02am

(No, the headline is not from The Onion.)

Brenda Scott Academy of Theater Arts is a high-poverty preK-8th school in east Detroit that is part of the Education Achievement Authority, a district run by Michigan authorities for schools identified as being the lowest-performing. Brenda Scott has an extended calendar and won’t end its current school year until Aug. 7.

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Everyday Economics: How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:30am
The inflation index for college tuition has become notorious. But it reflects sticker prices over the past 20 years, not what families actually pay.






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Gene I. Maeroff, Education Reporter and Author, Dies at 75

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:28pm
A former education reporter for The Times, Mr. Maeroff found a second career working as an author, a researcher and an adviser on education issues.






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Campbell Brown takes on teacher tenure in New York

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:54pm

An advocacy group headed by former television journalist Campbell Brown filed a lawsuit in New York on Monday that seeks to overturn the state’s tenure laws and other job protections for teachers.

The legal challenge in New York comes a month after a Los Angeles judge struck down teacher tenure and other related California laws that offer job security to educators, a decision that is triggering similar actions around the country.

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Major county youth soccer group files lawsuit against Montgomery school system

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:16pm

A Montgomery County Council committee on Monday sidestepped a battle between the school system and the county’s major recreational youth soccer organization, giving its go-ahead for bidding on a synthetic turf playing field at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac but saying it would not weigh in on what has become a legal clash.

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Strauss: 50 Virginia college presidents protest Obama’s planned school rating system (update)

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 5:03pm

(Update: Adding statement from Education Department)

Fifty presidents of public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in Virginia have signed a letter (see text below) to Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressing “serious reservations” about the Obama administration’s “misguided” development of a school rating system that could include data such as how much students earn after graduation.  What will be called the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System is intended to be used in the process of determining which institutions deserve federal student aid (though congressional approval will be needed for this step).

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Strauss: That kid in class who utterly infuriated me

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:51pm

For two decades Ellie Herman was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” Her fiction has appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. In 2007, she decided, “on an impulse,” she wrote, to become an English teacher and got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition at a charter high school in south Los Angeles until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She is chronicling the lessons she is learning on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., where a version of the following post appeared. The names of the students have been changed.

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