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Montgomery plans rally in Annapolis for school construction funding

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:50am

Delayed by snow last month, Montgomery County parents, students and elected officials are regrouping for a rally in Annapolis on Thursday to call for more state construction funding for Maryland’s fastest-growing school system.

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Indiana Standards to Replace Common Core Greeted Skeptically

Education Week - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:09am
At a public hearing in Indianapolis, critics expressed disappointment that the draft academic standards seemed very similar to the Common Core State Standards they are intended to replace.
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Common-Core Field Tests Gain Foothold in States

Education Week - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:08am
Armed with federal flexibility, a growing number of states plan to use common-core-aligned field tests in all, or nearly all, of their schools.
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The Learning Network Blog: What Have You Learned in Your Teens?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 6:04am
What experiences have shaped who you are as a person?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | Airport Chaplains Offer Guidance, and Directions

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 5:33am
What problems regarding spiritual and nonspiritual matters do airport chaplains help travelers solve?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | History, March 4

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 5:15am
Answer this question about Ukrainian history.
    





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Strauss: A bizarre letter from Florida’s Education Department

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 5:00am

What is the Florida Education Department thinking?

State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart just issued an open letter to teachers (see below) that makes the ridiculous mistake of accusing people who want a change in standardized testing requirements for severely disabled students of launching a political attack on the department. It said in part:

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | indeterminate

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:03am
This word has appeared in 38 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Weekly News Quiz | Feb. 25-March 3, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 8:11pm
Ukraine, the Academy Awards, winter weather and primary season: How many of our 10 questions can you answer correctly?
    





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Strauss: What was on ’12 Years a Slave’ director Steve McQueen’s wrist on Oscar stage?

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 6:21pm

Director Steve McQueen was wearing a red wristband Sunday night when he ascended to the stage after his film, “12 Years a Slave,” won the Oscar for Best Picture. What was it?

McQueen was wearing a wristband that said ”Stand Up4Public Schools,” given to him by David A. Pickler, president of the National School Boards Association, on the Academy Awards red carpet.

What was the president of the NSBA doing at the Academy Awards and why would McQueen wear a wristband from the organization’s new public relations campaign in support of public education? The NSBA is partnering with McQueen and others to distribute edited copies of the powerful film to public high schools across the country along with the 1853 memoir of the same name from which it was adapted and a study guide for teachers.

A news release about the initiative quoted McQueen as saying:

“Since first reading 12 Years a Slave, it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools. I am immensely grateful to Montel Williams and the National School Boards Association for making this dream a reality and for sharing Solomon Northup’s story with today’s generation.”

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Chris Braunlich elected president of Virginia Board of Education

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 4:57pm

Christian N. Braunlich of Fairfax County has been elected president of the Virginia Board of Education.

The new leader of the board — which oversees academic standards, graduation requirements and teacher qualifications — was elected unanimously by fellow board members at their most recent meeting Thursday.

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