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LSU chief cheers federal college ratings plan

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 3:52pm

There are plenty of college presidents skeptical of President Obama’s plan to rate their schools on value and access. But don’t overlook those who support the idea, such as F. King Alexander of Louisiana State University.

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Fairfax schools to host STEM events

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:55pm

Fairfax County schools will host two upcoming events for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

On Saturday, middle and high school students, parents and teachers keen to learn more about future trends in STEM-related fields can gather at Chantilly High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expo will include presentations on how to prepare for a STEM career from experts from the CIA, Northrop Grumman, the FBI and Micron Technology. Exhibitors will also provide students with information on businesses, industries and educational opportunities involving technology, engineering, math and health and medical sciences. Those interested in attending the expo can register here.

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Alexandria School Board reconsolidates middle schools

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:53pm

The Alexandria School Board unanimously approved a plan Thursday night to re-consolidate the city’s middle schools, dissolving the five smaller schools within schools that were created just four years ago.

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Pa. elementary students blend history, art for China project

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:44pm
Fort Cherry Elementary Center students in Pennsylvania guided their peers through ancient China with their class project the  -More
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Alaska school's course on sled dog racing covers history, geography

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:44pm
Seventh- and eighth-graders at Effie Kokrine Charter School in Fairbanks, Alaska, can take a course for social studies credit -More
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Kan. bill would limit the collection of student data

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:44pm
Lawmakers in Kansas are considering legislation that would place restrictions on sharing student data and obtaining biometric -More
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Conn. district partners with city libraries to share resources

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:44pm
A Connecticut school district has formed a partnership with the local library system in an effort to make better use of limit -More
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How to teach online information, media literacy

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:44pm
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards means it is even more important for students to understand online ethic -More
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Ga. 4th-graders take field trip to state Capitol

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:44pm
A group of fourth-graders from Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Ga., recently visited the state's Capitol in Atlanta on a da -More
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Upcoming state and regional social studies conferences

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:44pm
Regional, state and local social studies conferences organized by NCSS-affiliated councils provide great opportunities for te -More
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Baker files for reelection less than a year after school governance changes take effect

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:05pm

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who has told county residents to “judge this administration” on what happens to the school system, filed for reelection on Friday.

Baker’s bid for a second term comes less than a year after he sought a complete takeover of the county’s long-struggling school system.

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New schools documentary screened in Fairfax

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 1:25pm

A cohort of 150 Fairfax County schools teachers gathered in McLean Thursday night for a screening of a new documentary showing a day in the life of a public school system in California.

The 90-minute film, “Go Public,” chronicles the day of May 8, 2012, in the Pasadena Unified School District through the perspective of 50 different people connected to the schools. The showing at the AMC theater in Tyson’s Corner was organized by Mosby Woods elementary second grade teacher Kristine Choi said Fairfax Education Association president Kimberly Adams.

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George Washington University plans for merger with Corcoran College

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:20pm

In some ways, it is easy for a big university to swallow a small college.

George Washington University, with 25,000-plus students and an endowment exceeding $1.3 billion, showed this week that it has the means to decide on short notice to absorb the neighboring Corcoran College of Art and Design, with roughly 550 students and major financial troubles.

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Baker reestablishes education commission to advise him on improving schools

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:18pm

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has reestablished a commission, made up of parents, business owners and educators, to advise him on ways to improve the county schools.

The Commission for Education Excellence took a hiatus last year while Baker pushed to take over the school system and after Segun Eubanks, the commission’s former chairman, was appointed to lead the district’s new hybrid school board.

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The 21 times someone falls off something in The Atlantic’s fraternities story

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:48am

Caitlin Flanagan spent a year investigating college fraternities for The Atlantic, and the resulting story is a long and thorough look at the history of these organizations, the way they deal with liability insurance and a host of other serious issues, including sexual assault, hazing and binge drinking.

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