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Prince William may add three days to school year to make up for snow days

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 2:47pm

The Prince William School Board is considering a plan to add three days to the end of the school year, an effort to dig out of a deep, snow-day induced instructional hole.

The suburban district closed schools Monday and Tuesday, bringing the total number of snow days to 12 this school year, twice as many as last year. Schools opened with a two-hour delay Wednesday.

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Strauss: Grieving mom takes on state education commissioner over testing disabled students

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 1:42pm

I recently wrote about a bizarre open letter to teachers that Education Commissioner Pam Stewart released that accused people who want a change in standardized testing requirements for severely disabled students of launching a political attack on the department. Stewart’s missive followed testimony before the Board of Education by an Orange County, Fla., mother named Andrea Rediske who had waged a long battle with the department over a requirement that her severely brain-damaged and blind son, Ethan, who also suffered from cerebral palsy, take an alternative version of the state-mandated Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Rediske fought for a test waiver for her son last year and won, but recently, while he lay dying in a hospital, she was required to fill out paperwork proving that Ethan could not take a new standardized test this year. Ethan passed away on Feb. 7, at home with his parents at his side. There is now a bill called the Ethan Rediske Act in the Florida legislature that would make it easier for families to obtain test waivers by allowing local authorities to exempt disabled students from taking these high-stakes exams rather than continuing the current lengthy process that involves state officials.

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De Blasio, in Radio Interview, Defends His Position on Charter Schools

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 1:33pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on the hip-hop station Hot 97 on Thursday, arguing that his policies on New York City charter schools were being distorted.
    
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The Learning Network Blog: Poetry Pairing | ‘There Are Birds Here’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 1:06pm
The poem “There Are Birds Here” by Jamaal May and the article “A Picture of Detroit Ruin, Street by Forlorn Street” by Monica Davey appear in this poetry pairing.
    





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Is SAT becoming more like the ACT?

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:26pm

The nation’s two dominant college admissions tests, the SAT and ACT, have always sought to distinguish themselves from each other. Now they may be converging in some key ways.

The SAT, begun in 1926, is rooted in a tradition of assessing how students think regardless of what curriculum they have studied. After all, no one takes a class called “verbal.” That was the longtime name of the section of the SAT that covered language skills. It was changed in 2005 and renamed “critical reading.”

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Montgomery teachers ratify contract with raises, higher share of health premiums

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:15am

Montgomery County teachers ratified a new contract Wednesday that would provide raises totaling about 5.5 percent over three years for 12,000 educators but would require employees to pay a larger share of health insurance premiums.

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The Learning Network: What Did You Once Hate but Now Like?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 8:34am
A recent article in the Dining section suggests that there are no foods that we don’t like, “just foods that we haven’t liked yet.” What do you think? Are there foods — or other things — that you hated when you were younger but now enjoy? Why do you think your tastes changed?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | Major Changes in SAT Announced by College Board

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 5:30am
What is your reaction to the announced changes to the exam?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | English, March 6, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 5:16am
Can you choose the best meaning of “nom de guerre” as it is used in the article?
    





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Loudoun moves to open N. Virginia’s first charter school

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 8:30pm

The Loudoun County School Board has granted conditional approval for a community-led effort to save a small-town school by turning it into Northern Virginia’s first charter school.

The Middleburg Community Charter School would take the place of a century-old elementary school that has been threatened with closure in recent years as the school system has struggled to balance a tight budget with the cost of rising student enrollment.

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Strauss: The key problem the SAT changes won’t fix

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 7:53pm

Big changes are coming (again) to the SAT, the once almighty college admissions test that was overtaken in popularity by the ACT.

The essay portion of the exam, added in 2005 with great fanfare as a crucial new part of the exam, is now being made optional, because apparently, it wasn’t all that crucial after all.

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Discovery Leads Yale to Revise a Chapter of Its Black History

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:42pm
Edward Bouchet has long been recognized as the school’s first African-American graduate, but newly uncovered records suggest another man earned that distinction nearly 20 years earlier.
    





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The Learning Network: Turn Down the Volume: Researching the Science of Sound and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:17pm
In this lesson, we offer several ways to learn about hearing and hearing loss.
    





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