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Cancellation of Phila. Teachers' Contract Ignites Firestorm

Education Week - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:20am
The district's decision echoes other actions by states and school boards to control personnel costs and rein in the political influence of public-employee unions.
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Strauss: An intriguing way to remake the college admissions process

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

Every year high school seniors across the country apply to college in what can only be described for most as a nerve-wracking and even soul-draining experience. They — and their parents — rail about the time-consuming and complicated process, but year after year the process survives.  What, though, if it were changed in a really big way? In this post, Dennis Eller, college counselor at the private Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, imagines how a new college admissions process could work. He has been the Canterbury college counselor since 1988 and has led sessions on this topic and others at both state and national conferences of high school and college admission counselors. His college counseling program at Canterbury School was recently featured in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for its innovation and comprehension.

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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Halloween on the Subway

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:07am
This week, in honor of Halloween, we’ll be publishing only scary editions of Test Yourself, using articles from the past and present about ghouls and goblins — or, at least, those who dress like them.






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Strauss: There should be no debate about hitting children. It’s just wrong.

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:00am

When men hit women, it is behavior that is universally condemned. But when adults hit children —  ostensibly to discipline them, at home and in school — the reaction is too often different, with many people calling the behavior acceptable. Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, looks at this issue in the following post, which appeared on The Conversation website, a new independent source of news and views from the academic and research community. This post is part of a global series, “Domestic violence and sports,” which examines how different sports across the world are dealing with the issues of family violence and respect for women

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | orthodox

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in 460 New York Times articles in the past year.






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3 New York Colleges to Drop Crime Queries for Applicants

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 9:12pm
Under an agreement with the attorney general’s office, St. John’s and two smaller colleges will no longer ask potential students if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a felony.






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Teacher Is Praised for Her Intervention in Washington School Shooting

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:52pm
Details have begun to emerge about the attack, especially on the role of a young teacher many students are calling a hero.






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In D.C.’s erratic schools landscape, families debate how hands-on next mayor should be

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:17pm

Carla Ferris can name the moment that local elections in the District changed from background noise on the radio to something personal: the day she enrolled her daughter in school.

Before that, she said, “I really couldn’t have told you much, if anything, about politics in D.C.”

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Tech-savvy Loudoun superintendent pushes innovative teaching to excite students

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 6:58pm

Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Eric Williams started his day when the sky was just half-lit and the air brisk. His first task was to accompany Hillside Elementary School students for a walk-to-school event with physical education teacher Jenny Aubel.

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Poor John Deasy. Like us, he liked new toys too much.

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 2:26pm

John Deasy was an impressive superintendent of the Prince George’s County schools when I knew him six years ago. He cared about kids. He had good ideas. He worked very hard. That got him one of the biggest jobs in education, superintendent of the Los Angeles schools in 2011. He made some improvements, including a rise in the level of challenge and achievement in those schools, but he lost touch with his school board — a common occurrence — and had to quit this month.

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Motherlode Blog: ‘Don’t Expect Dinner.’

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 2:03pm
On Monday of my third week back at work after our son was born, I came home and found my husband sipping a beer with a frown, a sauce-stained dish in front of him, and no dinner for me.






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International Education: Using Social Media to Shake Up College Fund-Raising

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:03pm
A successful campaign in Latvia helped triple alumni engagement in just six weeks. Now, universities in the Baltics and beyond are looking to replicate its success.






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Strauss: Does Arne Duncan think ‘suburban moms’ are a gullible bunch?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:00am

As pushback around the country grows against the standardized testing agenda of school reformers, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of Great City Schools  recently put out a statement saying that it was time to rethink the amount of standardized testing kids are forced to take in public schools. Then Education Secretary Arne Duncan and even the White House issued statements in support. In this post award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York looks at the statements and what she believes they really show.

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Three Supreme Court Justices Return to Yale

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 8:31pm
Justices Thomas, Sotomayor and Alito attended reunion weekend at the law school and discussed affirmative action, salsa dancing and spittoons.






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Strauss: A Time magazine cover enrages teachers — again

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 2:41pm

(Update: Petition gets more than 50,000 signatures and Time invites critics to write responses on its website)

Time magazine has done it again: It published a cover that has enraged teachers around the country, triggering protesting e-mails and tweets, a petition demanding an apology, and a call for a boycott.

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