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Strauss: Aren’t California tenure policies in fact unreasonable? Plus 4 more Vergara questions asked and answered

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 5:02am

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu handed down a ruling in Vergara vs California this month tossing out California statutes providing job protections to teachers, siding with plaintiffs who argued that California children who live in low-income families receive an inadequate education because they get weak teachers who can’t be fired. The ruling has been stayed until an appeal can be heard, but there are a lot of questions about the judge’s decisions as well as tenure policies in California. Here are five key issues explained by Kevin Welner, the director of the National Education Policy Center, an attorney and a professor education policy at the University of Colorado Boulder. Last week, Welner wrote a piece about the case trial, titled “A silver lining in the Vergara trial?”

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | The Fight Over the New Common Core Standards

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:30am
Are you familiar with the new Common Core standards? Have you noticed any shift in teaching at your school aligned with the new standards? Do you have an opinion about the Common Core? Explain.






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Strauss: From Redskins to Redhawks: Why one Washington high school changed team name after 88 years

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:01am

This week, a Washington state high school whose sports teams were known as the Redskins for 88 years gave final approval for a new logo with the team’s new name: The Redhawks. Why did it make the change? Because it determined that while tradition was important and change is hard, the Redskins name is disparaging and should be “retired with honor and dignity.” The story of this name change at Port Townsend High School in Washington state seems particularly relevant given that on Wednesday, the Redskins professional football team learned that it was losing its trademark protection after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the name is disparaging to Native Americans. This happened once before and the decision was later overturned, but it seems less likely that a Redskins appeal this time would come out successful. The owner of the Redskins, Daniel Snyder, has been resisting calls to change the team name. But some high schools around the country have decided that it is time to give up the Redskins name, including Port Townsend High School. After a parent complained about the Redskins name in 2012, the school formed a committee to conduct a review of the name last year. The panel’s report could in fact be a template for any other teams looking to find their way out of a Redskins controversy, the Peninsula Daily News reported. The Mascot Study Committee Report said in part:

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | rampart

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:04am
This word has appeared in 33 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Report shows school disengagement among Latino youth

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:01am

High dropout rates and school disengagement among Montgomery County’s fast-growing Latino population appear to stem from such factors as low expectations from teachers, a lack of parental involvement and not having regular computer access at home, according to a study released Thursday.

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Governor Plans to Cut Ties to Common Core in Louisiana

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 8:43pm
Louisiana’s governor said on Wednesday that his state would end its enactment of the educational guidelines, but other officials immediately said that he had overstepped his authority.






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Op-Ed Contributors: Simplifying Fafsa Will Get More Kids Into College

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 7:45pm
Fafsa’s complicated application form discourages many from going to college. Our bill proposes replacing it with just two simple questions.
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National Briefing | Education: College to No Longer Consider Test Scores in Its Decisions

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 7:36pm
Hampshire College, in Amherst, Mass., said Wednesday it would no longer consider SAT or ACT scores in admissions or financial aid decisions.






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Prince George’s considers lifting cellphone ban in county schools

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 7:00pm

A Prince George’s County school board committee agreed Wednesday night to recommend that the school system do away with rules that prohibit students from using cellphones during the school day, the strictest cellphone regulations in the Washington region.

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Analysts: Federal government should cut funding from lowest-performing colleges

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 6:22pm

The federal government spends billions of dollars a year on higher education but almost never cuts off funding to colleges and universities that struggle to fulfill their mission.

One reason is that policymakers are reluctant to penalize students enrolled in these schools. Another is a lack of consensus on what constitutes the lowest acceptable performance.

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Starbucks chooses Arizona State to deliver online college courses for employees

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:48pm

Like an extra shot of espresso in a cup of coffee, the announcement this week that Starbucks will spend millions of dollars to help its employees take online college courses at low cost or for free sent a jolt through the world of higher education.

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Motherlode Blog: No ‘Fat Talk’ and No Skinny Talk, Either, at Some Camps

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:15pm
Some camps, in an effort to end not just the “fat talk,” but the mindset that leads to it, have put in place rules banning all body talk: positive, negative or in between.






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Jindal says he’s withdrawing Louisiana from Common Core standards

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:45pm

Tensions over the Common Core in Louisiana erupted into an intramural battle Wednesday as Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) declared he was withdrawing his state from the national education standards while the state’s top education officials insisted Louisiana would keep them.

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Motherlode Blog: Vegetarian Meals Are a Success, But the Real Win Is Learning to Plan Ahead

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:21pm
The meat-loving Ruder family loved the lasagna, the Big Bowl with Greens, and the beans. The family’s primary cooked loved planning ahead for leftovers.






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White House Maker Faire aims to inspire new generation of tinkerers

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:11pm

President Obama invited dozens of tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs to show off their creations at the White House Wednesday during its first-ever Maker Faire.

Obama said he hopes to “inspire a new wave of innovation”  among Americans that can bring new jobs and new industries that will help rebuild the nation’s economy.

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Mass. 6th-graders show expertise on the ancient world

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:01pm
Sixth-graders in a Massachusetts middle school wrapped up their social studies class with a showcase of ancient world history -More
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Educator: Now is the time for teachers to reflect on the school year

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:01pm
Teachers should reflect on what steps they took this year to improve students' learning, teacher Elizabeth Stein writes in th -More
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Is Calif. tenure ruling as historic as Brown?

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:01pm
A court ruling in California that struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers is being hailed by some as a way  -More
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