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Mathews: How to end homework for moms

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 2:25pm

My worst memory of homework was the Tootsie Roll log cabin project our daughter did for what otherwise seemed a well-run elementary school in Scarsdale, N.Y. All parents have had such moments. They reappear in nightmares long after the kid has gotten a job and a health plan and doesn’t need our help with anything anymore.

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International Education: Kyoto Uses Its Many Charms to Attract Foreign Students

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 12:02pm
International students are flocking to Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, with 7,017 enrolling in the city's universities last year compared with 5,157 in 2009.






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International Education: Belarus’s University in Exile Looks to the West

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 12:01pm
To escape the restrictions of an authoritarian government, the European Humanities University moved to Lithuania, where it is now embroiled in a debate over its future.






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International Education: Many Teachers Feel Undervalued, Survey Finds

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 12:01pm
Yet overall job satisfaction was high, the survey said, with nine out of 10 teachers positive about their work.






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Strauss: Common Core’s testing framework is crumbling

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:24am

In 2010, Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave a major speech praising the Common Core State Standards and new Core-aligned standardized tests that the Obama administration was funding and that would be developed by two multi-state consortia. He said:

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Motherlode Blog: The Battle Over Vaccinating Grandparents

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 8:19am
Before the birth of my first baby, I asked my parents and my in-laws to get the T.D.A.P. vaccine. My mother and in-laws agreed. My father refused.






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Steep failure rate on Algebra I exams in Montgomery leads to mass recalculation

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:37pm

Montgomery County’s failure rate for the June final exam in Algebra 1 was so steep — 82 percent for high school students — that district officials say they decided to add 15 percentage points to all test grades, recalculate scores and reprint thousands of report cards.

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In Fairfax County kindergarten classes, school system’s future comes into focus

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:12pm

The kindergartners of the Class of 2026, who finished their first year in Fairfax County schools Wednesday, constitute the largest and one of the most ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse groups of students the county has seen, a fact that school system administrators say could pose significant challenges in the decade to come. 

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Op-Ed Columnist: Stopping Campus Rape

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 2:30pm
There are changes colleges could make in campus life that would address the root causes of sexual assaults.






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Strauss: ‘I teach because…’

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:01pm

Maribeth Whitehouse has been a special education teacher in the Bronx for nearly a decade. In 2012, she scored in the 99th percentile — better than nearly all other teachers in New York City — on  teacher data reports created through “value added measures”, which supposedly can determine the “value” of a teacher by plugging student standardized test scores into a complicated formula. Yet she told the New York Times’ Michael Winerip that such data is “nonsense” — and she helped organize a protest by other teachers who had top scores because, as she wrote at the time in this piece:

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Behind Ivy Walls: Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t.

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:00am
The United States may have many of the best elite colleges, but over all, our higher-education system has many of the same problems found in K-12.






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An Orchestra of Little Hands and Big Dreams

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 9:25pm
Young musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds will show off their skills on Saturday at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, Manhattan.






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Md. groups to collaborate on evaluation process for teachers, principals

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:05pm

Maryland education officials, teachers unions and other education organizations signed a written agreement Friday to collaborate on methods for assessing classroom effectiveness, a central element of the state’s evaluation system for teachers and principals.

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Report cards delayed in Montgomery after recalculation of final exam grades

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 7:11pm

Report cards for Montgomery County’s 151,000 students were mailed Friday after a three-day delay that followed a mass recalculation of final exam grades for Algebra 1, according to the school system.

Schools officials said late Friday that they added 15 percentage points to all Algebra 1 exam scores after they became aware that already-high rates of failure had risen markedly.

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Prince George's school board approves $1.8 billion budget for school system

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 2:37pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education reconciled changes made by the County Council in the school system’s 2015 budget Thursday night and approved the $1.8 billion spending plan just days before it goes into effect.

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No more half-day Mondays in Fairfax elementary schools

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:47pm

Fairfax County elementary school students will receive an extra 75 hours of instruction next year after the school board voted late Thursday to eliminate half-days on Mondays.

The school board voted 10 to 1, with one board member absent, to end the 40-year practice in elementary schools.

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Conn. students seek memorial to remember visits from MLK

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:32pm
Students and community members in Simsbury, Conn., are raising money for a memorial to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  -More
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