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Education gets budget love

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 5:52pm

President Obama wants to increase discretionary spending for the Department of Education in 2015 by about 2 percent, from $67.3 billion to $68.6 billion, the largest increase of any agency besides the Department of Defense.

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Strauss: Ravitch calls for congressional hearings on standardized testing, gets unexpected support

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

Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch just called for congressional hearings on the misuse and abuse of standardized tests used for high-stakes purposes -- and she got some unexpected support.

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The Learning Network Blog: Unexpected Africa: Investigating New Ways to Think About the Continent

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 4:52pm
In this lesson, we seek to challenge preconceptions with articles that offer new perspectives and defy stereotypes. From poverty and war to arts and entertainment, the world’s second largest continent is far more complex than it may seem.
    





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When Education Is But a Test Score

Education Week - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 4:46pm
The corporate model of schooling relies on the unreasonable idea that higher test scores reflect improvements in education, writes Michael V. McGill.
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Governors Urged to Seize Pre-K Momentum

Education Week - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 4:10pm
Early-childhood education is an area ripe for gubernatorial leadership, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told members of the National Governors Association.
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Saving Progressive Education From Itself

Education Week - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 3:07pm
In order to function well, schools must claim some intellectual authority over their students, Adam Laats writes.
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Prince George’s candidates vie for school board seats

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:49pm

Twelve candidates, including two new appointees in the Baker administration, are vying for four district seats on the Prince George’s County Board of Education, according to recent election filings.

The two top vote-getters in each June primary race will face off against each other in the November general election.

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Finland working to expand early education

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:07pm

Finland often ranks among the highest-performing countries on international math and reading tests. The Nordic nation gets results despite one surprising fact — compulsory schooling does not start until age 7.

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Michelle Obama notes Fairfax student effort to promote healthier food choices

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:02pm

In remarks at the White House last week, first lady Michelle Obama cited an effort by Fairfax County high school students to promote healthier eating habits.

While announcing a new initiative last Tuesday to curtail junk food marketing in public schools, Obama noted that students from Marshall High School in Fairfax had helped write a song about more nutritious meal choices. Obama said the song, called “wRap,” shows how much students care about what they eat.

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Fairfax students groove in ‘Happy’ video

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:28pm

Students, teachers and administrators at Mount Vernon High School jam, dance and groove in a new video set to the music of Pharrell’s hit single “Happy,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.

The short clip, posted on YouTube, shows teenagers and adults — including Mount Vernon’s principal Nardos King — showing their “Major Pride” through dance moves.

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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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