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Motherlode Blog: Change Is Not Loss. It Only Feels That Way.

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 10:20pm
I wasn’t really worried about my son spending a semester studying in Greece. I was worried about how it would feel when he was gone.






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Colleges Rattled as Obama Seeks Rating System

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 10:01pm
College presidents are balking at President Obama’s call for a rating system that would compare schools to aid prospective students and determine federal funding.
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Clinton Lauds N.Y.U. Graduates, and Inquiry, in Speech

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 8:42pm
Bill Clinton expressed support for his friend John Sexton, N.Y.U.’s president, while voicing concern about treatment of foreign laborers who helped construct the building where the ceremony was held.
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‘Star Trek’ Prop to Help ‘Reading Rainbow’ Grow

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 8:03pm
LeVar Burton is leveraging a chance to wear the original Visor he sported as the character Geordi La Forge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in exchange for a donation to a crowdfunding campaign for “Reading Rainbow.”
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An inventor takes the helm at Virginia Tech

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 7:30pm

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The incoming president of Virginia Tech, a public university that seeks to be known as an engine of innovation, holds 17 patents and was co-inventor of a laser process crucial for making white-light-emitting diodes.

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Mathews: How administrators killed Fairfax school’s math success

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 2:24pm

When people began telling me of J.E.B. Stuart High School’s decline, with scores plummeting and teachers leaving, I contacted Bill Horkan, a veteran math teacher at the Fairfax County school who is one of the most insightful educators I know.

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Briefly: International Education: IESE of Spain Announces Plans for a Munich Campus

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 12:04pm
The Spanish business school said the new campus in Germany would be open by the end of the year.






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International Education: British Universities Turn to Capital Markets

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 12:01pm
Facing government funding cuts and sharp spending increases, some British universities are raising money in the bond market.






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International Education: For Some Foreign Students, U.S. Education Is Losing Its Attraction

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 12:01pm
After years of robust enrollment increases, graduate applications from South Korea to American colleges have dropped, raising concerns that Chinese applications may follow the trend






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Strauss: What school reformers can learn from poker

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 11:47am

School reformers have made student outcomes the big focus of their efforts, targeting teachers for failure to improve student achievement. But teachers say they ignore the inputs — the issues students bring into a classroom and the training/resources of  teachers. Here’s a look about the problem with outcome-based assessment, by Ben Spielberg,  a Teach For America alum and current math instructional coach in San Jose Unified School District who serves on the Executive Board of the San Jose Teachers Association.  Ben co-founded 34justice.com and blogs about a variety of social justice issues, where you can find a version of this post. He has a bachelors degree in Mathematical and Computational Sciences from Stanford University and has written several articles about education research and policy.

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Strauss: Thousands hold vigil as UC Santa Barbara reacts to shootings

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/25/2014 - 12:41am

Several thousand students staged a candlelight vigil Saturday night in the seaside community near the University of California at Santa Barbara where  a 22-year-old gunman  killed six people  — including three students — and injured 13 others. Flags on the campus were lowered to half-staff and school officials moved quickly to set up counseling services for students, faculty and staff.

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D.C. school buses racked up traffic-camera violations

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/24/2014 - 7:12pm

Traffic cameras in the District have caught city school bus drivers speeding and running red lights hundreds of times in recent years, and — unlike most drivers in the District — they haven’t had to pay the tickets, according to city records.

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Opinion: Who Are Women’s Colleges For?

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 05/24/2014 - 2:30pm
Applications from transgender students and a Title IX ruling are forcing women’s colleges to reconsider admissions.






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Montgomery candidates for school board meet at public forum as June primary nears

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:49am

Four candidates vying for an at-large seat on Montgomery County’s school board laid out their views at their first political forum this week, with some supporting changes in special education and all weighing in on the district’s budget difficulties, changes to school schedules, the need for construction funding and the possibility of charter schools.

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Strauss: ‘Let’s stop measuring fish by how well they climb trees’

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:01am

Joshua Katz is a high school math teacher in Orange County, Florida. He gave the following speech about what he calls “the toxic culture of education” today in a TEDx talk this month at the University of Akron.

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Applied Science: The Ripple Effects of Rising Student Debt

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 05/24/2014 - 9:39am
A collection of studies shows that the burden of student loans may well cause the borrowers to make different life decisions — choices that affect the overall economy.






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Editorial: Fat-Cat Administrators at the Top 25

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 9:14pm
Higher executive pay at public universities pairs with raised tuition, fewer course offerings and an increase in miserably paid adjuncts.






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Fairfax schools chief fills key positions

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 7:10pm

Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza has announced a series of new appointments, filling key roles in her administration’s leadership days after rolling out a major shift in the school system’s organizational structure.

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Fairfax County School Board approves 2015 budget

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 6:40pm

The Fairfax County School Board has approved a $2.5 billion budget for 2015 that eliminates 720 employee positions, increases class sizes and provides raises for most teachers and staff.

The board voted 9 to 3 Friday morning to pass the budget, which is $39.9 million larger than last year’s approved budget, an increase of 1.6 percent.

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Motherlode Blog: It’s the Time You Spend on an Elementary School That Makes It Special (and Hard to Leave)

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:04pm
What started as a relationship due to proximity evolved, at some point, into genuine affection for a school, a group of children and parents, and an entire small world that my daughter’s graduation means we’ll all leave behind.






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