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Texas Schools Balk at State Calculator Requirement

Education Week - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 8:07am
School district officials across Texas say efforts to equip students with new technology are being impeded by a state directive that they must purchase costly calculators for 8th graders.
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Strauss: Why the Common Core flunks on civic education

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 6:00am

Do the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts promote authentic civic learning? This article in The Atlantic magazine says yes. The following post says “no.” It was written by Nicole Mirra, a former classroom teacher and an education researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her main interest is infusing meaningful civic learning opportunities into classroom instruction. This post appeared on her blog, Revise and Submit.

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Strauss: D.C. school system’s gaping achievement gaps -- in seven graphs

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 4:00am

In his 2014 State of the District speech, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray talked Tuesday night about the “significant progress” that the D.C. Public Schools systems have made in recent years -- progress that is measured by (of course) standardized test scores.

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | stanch

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 49 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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Motherlode Blog: A Sister’s Love, Not Tempered by Expectations

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:24pm
A mother and filmmaker captures her daughter’s unreserved love for a brother born with cerebral palsy.
    
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Status Quo at Elite New York Schools: Few Blacks and Hispanics

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:44pm
The stagnant racial demographics at the city’s nine specialized high schools led Mayor Bill de Blasio to call again for increasing their diversity.
    





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D.C. mayor says he plans to increase budget for schools by more than $100 million

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:14pm

The District’s traditional public and public charter schools would receive a major infusion of more than $100 million next year, including tens of millions to improve services for at-risk students, under a budget proposal announced Tuesday evening by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D).

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Universities Try a Cultural Bridge to Lure Foreign Students

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:05pm
Oregon State University is among a growing number of academic institutions that are teaming up with private companies to lure foreign students with yearlong transitional programs.
    





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After Students’ Hazing-Related Deaths, Fraternity Eliminates Tradition of Pledging

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:20pm
Sigma Alpha Epsilon will no longer force aspiring members to endure onerous tasks of the type that have defined fraternity initiations for more than half a century.
    





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Virginia State Superintendent Patricia Wright to retire in May

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 6:53pm

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright Tuesday announced that she will retire May 1 after six years in the state’s top education job and nearly three decades with the state’s Education Department.

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The Learning Network Blog: Text to Text | ‘The Prince’ and ‘Why Machiavelli Still Matters’

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:24pm
In this Text to Text, we pair Machiavelli’s “The Prince” with the Times Opinion article “Why Machiavelli Still Matters” by John T. Scott and Robert Zaretsky.
    





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Two Fairfax crossing guards honored by VDOT

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:28pm

For helping children safely walk across busy streets, two Fairfax County schools crossing guards were honored for their work by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Phyllis Krapf, of Armstrong Elementary near Reston and Sherry Mull of Stratford Landing Elementary near Alexandria were named among a group of six to be Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of the year for 2013.

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Strauss: How billionaire-funded ‘ed reform’ groups push charters, vouchers

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:10pm

How powerful are organizations such as Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst and other like-minded groups that support charter schools, voucher programs and the weakening of teachers unions.?

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that works to reveal abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by public and private institutions, takes a look at this issue in a new post on its Web site, ”Education groups battle teachers unions in state races.” It reveals the growing power of the purse of “education reform” organizations that are funded by wealthy philanthropists and that are spending big bucks to support mostly conservative candidates running for local and state offices around the country.

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Fairfax students earn science recognition

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:05pm

Five Fairfax County students from the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology were named semifinalists for the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search competition.

The teenagers were among 300 students from around the country who qualified as semifinalists out of 1,800 entrants who applied. The students will receive $1,000 in awards. None of the students made it to the final round of 40.

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Eight groups apply to open new D.C. charter schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:04pm

Eight groups have submitted applications to open new D.C. charter schools in fall 2015, according to the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which is responsible for vetting proposals and deciding which merit approval.

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N.Y.C. Charter Groups Rally to Keep Rent-Free School Spaces

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 1:01pm
Angered by Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to rescind co-location agreements for some charter schools, thousands of protesters took their fight to the state capitol.
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Why Learning to Write by Hand Matters

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:58pm
A special education teacher's experiences in a French school led her to see value in teaching children to write by hand, rather than by redirecting children to keyboarding when they struggle with writing.
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Early-Years Data Push a Touchy Topic in Delaware

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:56pm
State officials say better data on the youngest children will help educators gauge their academic needs, but some raise privacy concerns with sharing such information more broadly.
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