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One more piece of Gray’s education record: OSSE

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:52pm

Friday’s story about D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s education record leaves out, thanks to space limits, plenty of details about strengths and weaknesses in the District’s schools policies.

One area that may get more attention in the coming months is the Office of the State Superintendent of Education — the city agency responsible for monitoring special-education compliance, administering standardized tests and funneling federal grants to schools.

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Strauss: ‘Sit and stare’ -- what some kids who opt out of tests are forced to do

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:48pm

A new policy is being enacted in some school districts across the country known as “sit and stare.” What is that?

“Sit and stare” policies are enforced on those students whose parents have opted them out of taking a high-stakes standardized test but who are still required to be in the school building when the exams are actually proctored. Under this practice, kids are forced to sit at their desks and stare while their classmates take the test. They can’t read. They can’t write. They can’t put in earplugs and listen to music. They can only sit and stare. Really.

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D.C. leads nation in growth of free breakfasts for schoolchildren

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:23am

The number of K-12 students receiving free breakfast at school is rising across the country, and the District is seeing the fastest growth, compared to all 50 states.

Between 2009 and 2013, the number of students served free breakfast in the nation’s public schools jumped by about 2 million, according to the Agriculture Department, which oversees the free breakfast program.

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Researchers point to racial disparities in school suspension, spotlight new practices

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:05am

Two months after federal officials brought new attention to how students are disciplined in the nation’s schools, a group of 26 researchers, educators and advocates released findings Thursday that underscored racial disparities in suspension and pointed to promising school practices.

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De Blasio Pushes a 9-Year Contract for Teachers

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 8:00am
The de Blasio administration is seeking a deal with the union that would let New York City stretch out potentially huge retroactive pay raises.
    
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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | Celebrating Pi Day

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 7:37am
How will some people celebrate Pi Day?
    





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Strauss: Netflix’s Reed Hastings has a big idea: Kill elected school boards

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 6:00am

There seems to be no end to the expertise that America’s billionaires possess and are happy to share with the rest of us about public education. Apparently making a fortune in the business world makes them experts on how to educate children.

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The Learning Network Blog: What Qualities Would You Look For in a College Roommate?

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 5:00am
Would you want a roommate who is more similar to you or more different? Why?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | Editing Practice, March 14, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 4:16am
Can you identify the literary device in the sentences from the article?
    





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Strauss: How ‘platooning’ and data walls are changing elementary school

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 4:01am

You may have heard about the increasing use in schools of data walls on which teachers often post children’s names along with their test scores and other academic information that too often humiliates kids who don’t do well and violate federal student privacy laws. But have you heard about “platooning?” In this post three education academics from the University of New Hampshire look at both trends. They are Associate Professor Joe Onosko, Professor Paula Salvio and Clio Stearns, a former elementary school teacher and current doctoral student.

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | parable

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in 148 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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New Obama administration proposal to regulate for-profit colleges

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:08pm

The Obama administration is proposing to tighten oversight of for-profit colleges through new rules that seek to limit how much debt students can amass in career-training programs.

The proposal, announced Friday, is the administration’s second try at regulations setting standards for what colleges must do to ensure that graduates of career programs get “gainful employment.”

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About New York: No Easy Task in Bid to Find Seats for Pre-K

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 9:16pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent announcement of 29,000 possible seats for prekindergarten has run into rules that are different for 4-year-olds.
    





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De Blasio Closes In on Pre-K Funding, but Not From a Higher Tax

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 9:08pm
Even as he faces escalating attacks for his stance toward charter schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday neared securing state funding to expand prekindergarten in New York City.
    





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D.C. schools see progress under Mayor Gray, but questions linger

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 8:35pm

The day after Vincent C. Gray defeated Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in 2010, then-Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee warned that the election results would be “devastating for the schoolchildren of Washington, D.C.”

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National Briefing | Washington: For-Profit Schools Face New Default Rules

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 8:25pm
For-profit colleges would lose all federal student aid, a fatal blow, if their students fail tests of earnings and debt default, the Obama administration will propose Friday.
    
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