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Strauss: Pearson’s chief education adviser extolls the ‘joy’ of data

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:45am
Guess who gave a speech arguing that “joy and data” are the two most important ideas in learning and, in fact, that “data can and does bring joy.”No, it wasn’t Microsoft founder Bill Gates. It wasn’t Education Secretary Arne Duncan, or any other of the American school reformers for whom big data is a holy grail.Read full article >>







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Strauss: Military mom away for nine months surprises son at high school graduation

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:27am
AL.com in Alabama reports on how Petty Officer 2nd Class Vera Turner surprised her son, Steven Turner Jr., on stage at his high school graduation in Tuscaloosa on Saturday after being away for nine months at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To applause and shouts from the audience, Turner appeared on stage and embraced her son before a reunion with her husband and other members of her family.Read full article >>







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Pakistani Journalists Resign to Cut Ties to Axact, a Fake Diploma Company

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 4:13pm
The defections came hours after the interior minister said that a preliminary investigation conducted last week had uncovered evidence against Axact.







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Fairfax approves final $2.6 billion schools budget

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 2:56pm
The Fairfax County School Board passed a final $2.6 billion budget Thursday night that includes pay raises for teachers, funding for full-day Mondays for elementary schools and later high school start times.Read full article >>







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U-Va. student seeks charges to be dropped in ABC arrest

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:44am
A black University of Virginia student left bloodied during an encounter with three white Alcoholic Beverage Control police officers is seeking to have the charges against him dropped, saying his constitutional rights were violated during the arrest.Read full article >>







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Strauss: How Grades 6-12 get robbed in federal education funding

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:27am
This graphic comes from a new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education called “Why ESEA Must Fill the Missing Middle,” a reference to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which, in its current version is known as No Child Left Behind, and is now being rewritten by Congress. The report shows how federal funding is concentrated in the early years and in college — and gives “paltry” sums to middle and high school in comparison to early childhood, elementary schools and post-secondary education.Read full article >>







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Strauss: A different college ranking guide

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 4:00am
During college commencement, the spotlight is obviously on those students who have graduated — but plenty who start with the intent of earning a bachelor’s degree never do. Some don’t make it for financial or family reasons, but others don’t because they made a poor choice in selecting a college to attend. With rising high school seniors  about to jump head-first into their college applications, the following post tells about a new college ranking that looks at different data — and gives different weights to traditional measures — than the famous U.S. News & World Report, with the aim of making it easier for students to see what they are “likely to get into” and where they will have the best chances of graduating. This piece was written by Paul Glastris, editor in chief of the Washington Monthly, and co-author, with Jane Sweetland, of “The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You.”Read full article >>







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Pakistan Widens Inquiry Into Fake Diplomas

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:37pm
Heavy scrutiny has mounted over the past week for Axact, a Karachi-based software company that has made millions selling fake degrees through a sprawling empire of school websites.







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Prince William’s newest high school to be named for Virginia’s oldest senator

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:29pm
Sen. Charles J. Colgan, who has represented a swath of Prince William County since 1976, is set to leave office at year’s end. But the county school board hopes his name and legacy will live on with the opening of a brand new high school named in his honor, set to open four decades after he took office.Read full article >>







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U.S. Drug Charges for 2 Former Wesleyan Students Linked to Overdoses

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:45pm
Prosecutors said the men had sold a club drug known as Molly on campus for over a year before a February night when several students went to the hospital.







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Temple professor charged with selling trade secrets to China

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:49pm
The head of Temple University’s physics department has been charged with giving sensitive information about U.S. technology to China.Xioaxing Xi, a U.S. citizen who is a native of China, was charged with four counts of wire fraud, according to federal prosecutors. He allegedly sought “lucrative and prestigious appointments” in China in exchange for the information.Read full article >>







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Poetry contest helps locked-up youth find their voices

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:31pm
Javon hardly said a word during the time he spent in Liz Reif’s English class at the juvenile detention center in Camden County, N.J. But the day he left the center, he turned in a poem. “I read it, and my heart started beating a little more quickly. It was the best kind of surprise to receive as a teacher,” Reif said. “This kid never talks, but he’s done this amazing piece of writing.”Read full article >>







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Two board members make the case: Sweet Briar had to close

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:21pm
After its president unexpectedly announced that Sweet Briar College would close forever in the summer, many alumnae and others challenged that decision. [The leaders failed the school, a former board member argues.]Read full article >>







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Memorial Day marked by students, Scouts

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 1:29pm
Students in schools across the U.S. are marking Memorial Day with events and ceremonies.  -More
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History project combines creativity, freedom for students

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 1:29pm
To finish out the school year, educator Brison Harvey has students complete "20 Percent Google History" projects, inspired by -More
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Instructional method takes learning into the real world

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 1:29pm
Expeditionary learning is similar to project-based learning, but it also incorporates real-world issues, off-campus fieldwork -More

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Measure to train teachers in suicide prevention is weighed in Mont.

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 1:29pm
Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state to develop a course to train educators to help prevent  -More
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