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Motherlode Blog: Looking for Charities That Inspire Kids and Families

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:48pm
Tell us which charities inspire your children, and your family, to give time and money to a cause.

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Md. city opposes cellphone towers on school property

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:11pm

The Greenbelt City Council has joined a growing coalition that opposes cellphone towers being placed on school properties in Prince George’s County.

The council voted last week to send a letter to the county school system and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) expressing their objection to the school system’s proposal to possibly construct cell towers at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt Middle School and Turning Point Academy.

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Motherlode Blog: This Holiday, Together; the Next, Apart

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:52pm
For someone who ascribes so much value to being present, living in constant countdown mode while waiting for my husband’s returns feels ironic at best, overwhelming at worst.

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Strauss: The concept Education Secretary Duncan has entirely missed

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:00pm

The U.S. Education Department recently released a draft set of regulations for colleges of education that would link some federal funding in part to how well the students of their graduates do on standardized test scores. It was no surprise that the department did this; it has been enamored with using standardized test scores as a chief “accountability” metric for years — despite warnings from assessment experts that it isn’t a valid or reliable method. Just how questionable this notion is is the topic of the following post by Sarah Blaine, a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who authors the parentingthecore blog. Blaine has written several popular posts that have been published on The Answer Sheet, including “Pearson’s wrong answer—and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” and “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.”

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Mother of a prospective U-Va. student voices concerns about safety

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:55am

A Northern Virginia mother confessed Tuesday morning that she and her college-bound daughter are shocked and torn over the tumult this fall at the University of Virginia.

Her daughter, a graduating senior at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, plans to apply to U-Va. “She really wants to go there,” the mother said.

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