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Tierra Jolly wins D.C. State Board of Education race

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:00am

Tierra Jolly defeated opponent Philip Pannell in a sleepy special election Tuesday to fill the Ward 8 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education, according to unofficial results from all 17 precincts posted online late Tuesday.

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A Mantra for K-12 Philanthropy: First, Do No Harm

Education Week - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 7:15am
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent $120 million gift to San Francisco Bay Area public schools is no panacea—just ask Newark, writes Frederick M. Hess.
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Strauss: Did Obama and Duncan really hear what four teachers told them?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:02am

Here is the third in a series of pieces I have been publishing about a lunch meeting that President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan had recently with four teachers from high-poverty schools that focused on education, the teaching profession and school reform.

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Strauss: Why building relationships is vital in school reform

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:02am

Is it possible that some school reforms that hold promise are failing because educators are simply not given the time or resources to communicate and build meaningful relationships with each other in order to properly implement them? Or because the conditions in which they do their work do not support productive interactions?  The authors of the following post, Kara S. Finnigan and Alan J. Daly, explain research they have done that underscores the importance of the relational element in reform, and they draw on social network research as a way to highlight the importance of relationships as conduits through which valued resources flow and can bring about systemwide change.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Geometry

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:27am
Test your knowledge of geometry by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | muddle

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 123 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Appeals Panel Upholds Race in Admissions for University

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:26pm
A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday said the University of Texas at Austin used race narrowly enough to meet the standard laid out by the Supreme Court.






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DealBook: Companies That Offer Help With Student Loans Are Often Predatory, Officials Say

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:22pm
The debt settlement industry, already accused of questionable tactics related to mortgages, is finding a gold mine of new clients among those with college loans.






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Report: Nearly 1 million community college students can’t take out federal loans

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:05pm

Nearly 1 million students in community colleges are unable to take out federal student loans because their schools don’t participate in the federal program, an advocacy group reported Tuesday.

The Institute for College Access and Success, which studied the issue nationally, said 8.5 percent of all students at the public two-year colleges are blocked from a source of financing usually cheaper than a private loan.

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D.C. leaders celebrate topping-out at new Ballou High

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:28pm

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council member Marion Barry on Tuesday joined hundreds of hard-hatted construction workers in celebrating the topping-out of Southeast Washington’s new Ballou High, expected to open to students in January 2015.

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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 3 | A Teenage Waitress on ‘Unblinking Eyes Track Employees’

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:13pm
This week our top winner is Madeline, but we’ve also chosen five runners-up and 10 honorable mentions.






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Motherlode Blog: The Gay Mormon Known Sperm Donor From Utah

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:45pm
My friends used to offer up my status as a gay former Mormon as an icebreaker. Now, they’re helpfully tossing my role as “known sperm donor” out at dinner parties.






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Garza recommends later start time for Fairfax high schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:38pm

This story has been updated.

The first classes of the day at Fairfax County high schools in 2015 could begin after 8 a.m. under a plan being considered by the school district administration.

Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza said that she endorsed a proposal to push back the start of high school classes by at least 40 minutes as part of a long-enduring effort to help teens get more sleep, provided that the plan could be modified to start middle schools earlier but after 7:30 a.m. The proposal likely would cost more than $5,580,000 in new buses.

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Prince George’s gets grant to open schools for young English-language learners

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:00pm

Prince George’s County will open two high schools in 2015 that are specifically designed to help recent immigrant students and second-generation students who are struggling academically to adapt in the United States, school system officials said Tuesday.

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Prince George’s receives grant to help young English language learners

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:00pm

Prince George’s County will open two high schools in 2015 that are specifically designed to help recent immigrant students and second-generation students who are struggling academically to adapt, school system officials say.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Companies That Offer Help With Student Loans Are Often Predatory, Officials Say

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:31am
Why did the Illinois attorney general file lawsuits against two debt settlement companies in connection with their student loan practices?






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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | World Capitals

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:35am
Test your knowledge of world capitals by playing our crossword.






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