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Strauss: The problem with the ‘problem with tenure’ for teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:02am

Attacking tenure and job protections has become the rage in school reform circles. In recent years some states have either eliminated tenure or cut back on teacher job protections by legislative means, and the courts have become a new battleground since a California judge last month declared unconstitutional state statutes that give job protections to teachers. There are two similar lawsuits in New York state and more are expected to be filed in other states.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Life in Colonial America

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:31am
Test your knowledge of life in Colonial America by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | gesticulation

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in one New York Times article in the past year.






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Op-Ed Contributor: To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:12pm
Poor students don’t just need teachers. They need social workers.






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School year begins in D.C. and Montgomery County

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 8:19pm

Students at Eastern High School found balloons and a dance party Monday morning when they arrived for their first day of school. Students waited on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules, and every senior at the Capitol Hill school received a crown.

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School year opens in Montgomery with new initiatives and expected record enrollment

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:42pm

Thousands of students returned to classes in Montgomery County Monday, as the school year opened with a new technology initiative, a new student code of conduct and a record-high projected enrollment.

Maryland’s largest school system - with more than 154,000 students expected this year — also added a new school, its 202nd: Wilson Wims Elementary, on Blue Sky Drive, in Clarksburg.

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New teachers, nervous as kindergartners, prepare for the first day of school

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:35pm

Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time.

And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students.

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College Costs: Lowering Interest Rates on Loans Isn’t the Best Way to Help College Students

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:25pm
Increasing college attendance and reducing defaults are worthy goals, and there are effective methods to do it.






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Maryland awards nearly $7 million to help pay for school breakfasts

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:26pm

The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded $6.9 million in state funds to allow more students — regardless of family income — to start their school day eating breakfast.

The money for the Maryland Meals for Achievement Program will be given to 481 schools throughout the state, including 84 schools in Prince George’s County and 74 schools in Montgomery County.

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Strauss: ‘Is it winter break yet?’ and other first-day-of-school tweets

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:15pm
#FirstDayOfSchoolThoughts don’t walk into the wrong classroom

It’s raining on the first day of class. Better stay home. #FirstDayOfSchoolThoughts — Dylan Rockafellow (@D_Rockafellow) August 25, 2014

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Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:04pm
Surveys of top colleges found virtually no change from the 1990s to 2012 in enrollment of students who are less well off despite a huge increase in the number of such students going to college.






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Baltimore's Teacher-Pay Experiment Gains Foothold

Education Week - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:52pm
The school district, along with the local teachers' union, has worked to transform the traditional pay schedule into one emphasizing professional accomplishments over credentials and seniority.
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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Revisiting Limits on Screen Time

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:16pm
It’s a constant quandary. A parent writes “I feel like my biggest parenting challenge is the battle against screens taking over my children’s lives.”






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D.C. school year starts with a dance party at Eastern Senior High School

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:48pm

Students at Eastern Senior High School were met with balloons and a dance party Monday morning on their first day of school.

They lined up on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules. Every senior at the Capitol Hill school was given a crown.

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Strauss: Superintendent tells parents what matters most — and it’s not Common Core

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:39pm

Here’s a rather unusual back-to-school letter.

It was written by Superintendent Mark R. Cross to the parents of students attending Peru Elementary School District 124, which serves the community of Peru in north-central Illinois with three schools: Northview Elementary School (grades PreK — 1), Washington Elementary School (grades 2 — 4), and Parkside Middle School (grades 5 — 8). There are about 1,000 students in the district.

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