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Strauss: State education board slams Obama administration’s testing policies

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:41am

Vermont’s Board of Education recently passed a resolution on assessment and accountability in public education (see full text below) that slams some of the Obama administration’s key school reform policies.

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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Designing New Airships to Carry Science Into the Stratosphere

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:30am
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 | ‘Stealth Invasion’ of Ukraine by Russian Troops

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:30am
Why does Russia deny Ukraine’s allegations of an invasion by Russian troops?






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Strauss: ‘We have a message for you, Secretary Arne Duncan’

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:00am

(Update:Problem with online video)

Earlier this year, Washington became the first state to lose its waiver from the most onerous parts of No Child Left Behind, flexibility that the U.S. Education Department had granted to a number of states that promised to implement specific school reforms acceptable to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The reason given by the department was that the Washington legislature had failed to pass a law linking teacher evaluation to student standardized test scores, a highly controversial assessment method embraced by Duncan’s shop.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Saying ‘Thank You’ Around the World

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:26am
Test your knowledge of ways to say “thank you” around the world by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | reciprocal

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:04am
This word has appeared in 74 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Prince George’s charter school to eliminate recess to shorten day

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:50pm

A charter school in Prince George’s County will eliminate recess, a revered part of each student’s daily routine, in an effort to shorten its academic day.

The county’s Board of Education approved the change at College Park Academy by a vote of 12-0, with one member abstaining and another absent. Frank Brewer, interim executive director of the academy, which is a middle school that has ties to the University of Maryland in College Park, said teachers suggested the move.

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Montgomery County teacher finalist for statewide teacher of the year award

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:21pm

When Jane Lindsay mentions that she is a middle-school teacher, some people groan. Others react with sympathy.

“It’s such a murky time of life,” Lindsay said. “But what I don’t think people realize is that it is in­cred­ibly dynamic and energizing to be in a middle school.”

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Critics Question High Ratings on New York State Teacher Evaluations Amid Poor Test Scores

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:54pm
For the first time, parents and administrators can assess the effectiveness of teachers at the county, district and, in some cases, the school level.






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Sunday Routine: Carmen Fariña: An Old-School Abuela

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:40pm
On weekends, Ms. Fariña, chancellor of the New York City Education Department, is first and foremost an active and engaged grandmother.
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Oklahoma Loses Waiver From No Child Left Behind Provisions

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:17pm
The move comes as a result of the state’s retreat from Common Core, a set of reading and math standards adopted by more than 40 states.






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Texas School Funding Still Unconstitutional

Education Week - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:03pm
A judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional again, finding that the state still fails to provide adequate funding or distribute it fairly among school districts.
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Oklahoma loses, Indiana wins federal education waiver

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:50pm

The Obama administration has stopped exempting Oklahoma from the toughest requirements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, after the state opted to drop the Common Core academic standards and revert to its old K-12 guidelines in math and reading.

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U-Va. spells out which employees must relay reports of sex assault to university officials

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:36pm

The University of Virginia will require most faculty and staff to report possible sexual misconduct they learn about from students, even if the students request confidentiality, under a policy announced this week.

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