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National Briefing | Plains: Kansas: Governor Signs School Funding Bill

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:48pm
Gov. Sam Brownback signed a school funding bill on Monday that increases aid for poor districts to satisfy a portion of a State Supreme Court ruling and that also ends the state’s mandate for teacher tenure.






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Waiting Lists for Kindergarten Drop by Half, New York City Says

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:13pm
In some neighborhoods, the process of applying for kindergarten has come to resemble a mini-Ivy League, with parents hiring consultants, touring scores of schools and inundating online forums.






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Fairfax teens could get extra hour of sleep on school days

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:33pm

Teens in Fairfax County would get an extra hour of sleep under new proposals to push back high school start times following a year-long study by researchers at Children’s National Medical Center.

The study, which began in April 2013, was commissioned by the Fairfax County School Board to determine options for delaying the first bell in high schools until after 8 a.m. Some teenagers across the county board buses at 5:45 a.m. to make it to their first high school classes of the day, which begin at 7:20 a.m.

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Motherlode Blog: In Defense of Chocolate Milk

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:06pm
When schools took chocolate milk off the menu, children drank less milk and purchased fewer school lunches, a study found.






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Enrollment in Prince George’s schools increases

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:01pm

The Prince George’s County school system has experienced a slight bump in enrollment for the first time in a decade, with nearly 2,000 more students attending the county’s schools this year than last.

County leaders have trumpeted the increase as a sign that the long-struggling school system, which has lost an average of 1,000 students a year during the past 10 years, is moving in the right direction. Increased enrollment means increased funding, and, they said, the additional resources will help as the district continues to turn itself around.

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The new SAT: Aptitude testing for college admissions falls out of favor

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:14pm

There’s a reason the College Board scrubbed “aptitude” from the name of its big admission test two decades ago. The idea of a Scholastic Aptitude Test left the organization open to criticism that it believed some people were born to go to college and some weren’t.

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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | April 8-21, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:38pm
An avalanche disaster, a novelist’s death, an Internet bug and a late-night successor: How many of the 10 questions in this week’s news quiz can you answer correctly?
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Prince George’s County hosts teacher recruitment fair

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:23pm

The Prince George’s County Public School System, which routinely starts each school year with dozens of teacher vacancies, is holding a job fair on Saturday to recruit teachers.

The school district is encouraging candidates to pre-register for the fair, which will be held at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville.

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D.C. officials to consider eight proposals for new charter schools

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:50pm

The D.C. Public Charter School Board is slated to hear proposals Tuesday and Wednesday evening from eight applicants who are seeking permission to open new charter schools in the fall of 2015.

Two of the eight proposals would establish boarding high schools, including one that would aim to meet the particular needs of children in foster care and another that would connect students with internships on Capitol Hill.

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Pa. teacher uses grant to enhance students' learning about the Civil War

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:15pm
History teacher Ross Farmer used a $750 grant to buy a 150-year-old canteen, artillery shells and other Civil War-era artifac -More
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Mass. students highlight history to mark community's 250th anniversary

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:15pm
Seventh-graders in Newburyport, Mass., will mark their community's 250th anniversary when their Port Projects showcase local  -More
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Okla. weighs bill that would cut social studies testing in 2015

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:15pm
Oklahoma lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit testing not mandated by federal law -- ending social studies te -More
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Wash. state drops graduation-project requirement

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:15pm
Washington state has adopted a law that eliminates a requirement that students complete culminating projects to graduate from -More
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Conn. 6th-graders write letters, visit lawmakers to support Alzheimer's bill

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:15pm
A group of sixth-graders from East Ridge Middle School in Connecticut recently went a step further on a project about Alzheim -More
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Ga. students care for on-campus fruit, nut trees

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:15pm
Students in a Georgia school district are raising vegetables and flowers in school gardens, and now have added caring for fru -More
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