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Education Equity, Pre-K Get Nod in Obama Budget

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:53pm
Districts and states would get federal incentive grants to help bridge the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their more advantaged peers under a federal budget plan that faces an uphill climb on Capitol Hill.
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Teach For America Targets Retention, Longer Preparation

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:52pm
The launch of two new pilot projects signals a shift in direction for the national teacher-training and -placement organization.
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Phila. Superintendent Plans to Open Unconventional Schools

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:44pm
All three of the newly approved schools will feature project-based learning, push students to learn outside the walls of traditional classrooms, and incorporate online education.
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Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:43pm
A controversial gamble by Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite to expand innovative school models is revealing the difficulties of changing and improving how students are taught.
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Teachers Learn to Judge Formative-Testing Tools

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:40pm
Educators gathered recently for training on how to size up instructional resources for possible inclusion in a digital library that a common-core testing consortium is developing.
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Educators, Entrepreneurs Connect at South by Southwest

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:12pm
About 6,000 educators, entrepreneurs, and other innovation-minded people gathered in Austin, Texas, to talk about how technological advances are fueling improvements in education.
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State of the States: Florida

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:11pm
Facing a tough re-election campaign, Gov. Rick Scott told state lawmakers in his annual address that he plans to budget $18.8 billion for the state's public schools in fiscal year 2015.
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Let's Mend, Not End, Educational Testing

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:51am
Sound assessments are integral to good teaching and learning, but they must not be used beyond their technical limits, writes Madhabi Chatterji.
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Strauss: Teachers union cites Common Core in decision to cut Gates funding

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:20am

The American Federation of Teachers, which has won millions of dollars in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will no longer accept foundation money for its Innovation Fund. Union members have expressed concern about the poor implementation in many states of the Common Core State Standards, one of the initiatives in which the fund invests.

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Big City: How de Blasio’s Narrative Got Hijacked

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:20am
The battle over charter schools between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York is also a fight over marketing, with incomplete truths on both sides.

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Strauss: This took Teach For America 24 years to figure out?

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:42am

This took Teach For America 24 years to figure out?

The nonprofit organization -- which was founded in 1990 and is famous for recruiting young people, giving them five weeks of summer training and then placing them in high-needs schools in low-income communities -- has decided that just maybe some of its recruits need more than five weeks to get ready to work in a classroom for a two-year commitment.

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Experience at Cornell U. key to choice of Skorton to head Smithsonian Institution

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:18am

To run a vast public enterprise such as the Smithsonian Institution, it helps to have run a vast academic enterprise such as Cornell University.

That is the thinking behind the announcement Monday that David J. Skorton, president of the Ivy League university in upstate New York since 2006, will become secretary of the Smithsonian in 2015.

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Testing Skeptics Aim to Build Support for Opt-Out Strategy

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 8:05am
Critics of high-stakes testing believe having parents refuse to let their children take assessments could force policymakers to take note of their cause.
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The Learning Network Blog: Does a Championship Game Always Need to Have a Winner (and a Loser)?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 5:00am
What’s wrong with everybody being a winner? Does sharing a championship trophy somehow demean the honor?

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