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National Briefing | Washington: Washington: Ban Sought on Indian Nicknames

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:28pm
A Washington City Council member introduced a bill Tuesday that would force five schools in the District of Columbia to change their American Indian nicknames.






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In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:54pm
Hundreds of high school students left class in response to a Jefferson County school district proposal to oversee a curriculum that would promote patriotism and respect.






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D.C. Council considers bill to ban Indian mascots at schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:14pm

The Anacostia High School Indians might soon have to change their name if the D.C. Council approves a new bill that would prohibit the city’s public schools from using Native American mascots.

The bill, introduced Tuesday by council members Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and David Grosso (I-At Large), would alter the Human Rights Act to ban the use of any race-based nicknames, logos, mascots or team names. It would bring the policy in line with a resolution the council passed last year that called on the Washington Redskins to change its name.

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National Briefing | South: Florida: Politician to Lead University

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:36pm
Florida State University’s board voted 11 to 2 on Tuesday to hire State Senator John Thrasher as its next president despite significant campus opposition.






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For High School Football Coaches and Fans, a New Digital Blitz

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:00pm
Several websites and apps are transforming the way that players and coaches practice, scout other teams and analyze their own performance.
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Montgomery confirms 29 recent cases of whooping cough, most involving schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:49pm

Montgomery County health officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 29 cases of whooping cough since an outbreak occurred during the first week of school.

Parents at a total of 12 Montgomery public schools have been advised of cases of the highly contagious illness, most recently at Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring and College Gardens Elementary School in Rockville, officials said.

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Enrique Cruz: newest member of the DC Public Charter School Board

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:33pm

The D.C. Council last week confirmed the appointment of Enrique “Rick” Cruz, a former charter school leader, as a new board member for the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Cruz was the chief executive for DC Prep Public Charter School in 2012-2013 and a vice president at Teach for America, where he oversaw multiple regions. He also worked for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, which promotes hands-on learning for students who are at risk of dropping out.

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New International Academy in D.C. aims to help immigrant students graduate

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:49pm

From the beginning of last school year to the end, Cardozo Education Campus in Columbia Heights admitted nearly 90 students who were not only new to the school, but also new to the country.

Berokh Abebe, 17, was one of them. When she came from Ethiopia last spring, the first months were a blur. “I was confused. Everything was new,” she said.

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Charlottesville man charged with abducting missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:11pm

A Charlottesville man who was the last person seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with abducting her, and police said they are actively searching for him.

For the first time since Graham, 18, disappeared from the city’s Downtown Mall area early Sept. 13, police said they believe Jesse Leroy “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, took her against her will. Matthew, a patient technician at the U-Va. hospital and longtime Charlottesville resident, was seen in surveillance video walking with Graham shortly after 1 a.m., and witnesses saw the two together a short time later at a nearby bar.

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Charlottesville man charged with abducting missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:11pm

A Charlottesville man who was the last person seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with abducting her, and police said they are actively searching for him.

For the first time since Graham, 18, disappeared from the city’s Downtown Mall area early Sept. 13, police said they believe Jesse Leroy “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, took her against her will. Matthew, a patient technician at the U-Va. hospital and longtime Charlottesville resident, was seen in surveillance video walking with Graham shortly after 1 a.m., and witnesses saw the two together a short time later at a nearby bar.

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School Administrator Standards Stress Leading for Learning

Education Week - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:46pm
Comments are being sought on updated standards for what principals, assistant principals, superintendents, and other district heads should know and do.
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Harvard-MIT Partnership Opens MOOCs for High Schoolers

Education Week - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:45pm
Students looking to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, or simply expand their academic knowledge, now have free access to an array of classes.
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Historic Summit Fueled Push for K-12 Standards

Education Week - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:44pm
Aftershocks continue from the 1989 meeting in Charlottesville, Va., where the White House and the nation's governors took an aggressive turn toward standards-based accountability in public education.
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Due Process Laws Vary for Teachers by State

Education Week - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:26pm
An Education Week analysis has found an array of often-complicated state policies guiding how teachers are fired, and their rights to appeal such actions.
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Discipline Debates Turn to Broad Terms Like 'Defiance'

Education Week - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:15pm
School districts are zeroing in on such vague definitions as they seek to craft discipline policies that affect everyone equally.
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Harnessing Penny Power to Learn What Works

Education Week - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:15pm
If federal officials would dedicate one penny of every dollar spent on K-12 learning to education research, the payback would be enormous, Robert Balfanz writes.
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Will Common-Core Testing Platforms Impede Math Tasks?

Education Week - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:10pm
Some mathematics experts worry the computer-based testing platforms will hamper a key element of the exams: open-ended math-performance tasks that test students' ability to apply their knowledge.
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MIT study finds learning gains for students who took free online course

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:33pm

Students in a free online physics course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology demonstrated roughly equal learning gains if they stuck with the class, regardless of previous academic experience, researchers reported Tuesday.

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Strauss: Colorado teacher: ‘I refuse to administer the PARCC’ Common Core test to my students

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:56pm

Peggy Robertson is an educator in Aurora, Colo., who has been a sharp critic of high-stakes standardized testing. Robertson, a teacher and literacy coach, has taught in elementary schools in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, and spent several years training teacher leaders and administrators in educational theory and practice. She is a co-founder of United Opt Out, a national organization advocating for the rights of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests and against the privatization of public education. She blogs at pegwithpen.com as well as at www.corave.org, where a version of this post appeared.

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