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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:08pm
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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Strauss: It’s Friday the 13th. Keep your paraskevidekatriaphobia in check.

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:06am

If you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia, otherwise known as  paraskevidekatriaphobia, today isn’t a great day for you.  It’s Friday the 13th, and the phobia is all about a blinding fear of this day — however irrational it may seem. (But you can take heart; it’s the last Friday on the 13th day of any month in 2014, although 2015, like 2012, will have three.)

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Motherlode Blog: A Lost Father, and a Daughter Who’s Not Ready to Let Him Go

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 9:56am
The Friday before Father’s Day last year, my dad, an Alzheimer’s patient, wandered off from my mother at the grocery store. I’d been saying goodbye to him for almost a decade, but I wasn’t ready to lose him.






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Survey results help Pr. George’s school officials formulate strategic plan

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 9:55am

Prince George’s County school chief Kevin Maxwell plans to make improving students’ reading and math skills — a top priority identified by parents, students and school employees — a key element to turning around the school system.

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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest, Week 1 | What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 9:50am
Our Summer Reading Contest begins. Post here by 7 a.m. Eastern on June 20. Winners will be announced on July 1.






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Strauss: Mother of 7 in jail because her kids skipped school dies in cell

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 8:39am

A 55-year-old Pennsylvania mother of seven, sentenced to serve two days in jail because her children were absent too much from school and she couldn’t pay some $2,000 in truancy fines, was found dead in her cell.

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Strauss: One thing we can learn from Shanghai: How to develop teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 6:02am

Shanghai has been No. 1 on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, two straight times — in 2009 and 2012 — though it is now considering pulling out of the exercise in part, officials say, because they don’t want to place so much emphasis on standardized tests. That sounds refreshing. And here’s another lesson from Shanghai: how to professionalize teaching and develop teachers. Here to explain how Shanghai does it is Rachel Evans,  a National Board Certified Teacher in Seattle, Washington. Since 2010, she has been an active member of her district’s International Schools Leadership Team, working collaboratively with colleagues to develop a framework for international education for Seattle Public Schools. She is also a Virtual Community Organizer and Collaboratory member with the Center for Teaching Quality.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | The Sneaker Comes of Age

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:30am
Who started the latest trend in sneaker culture?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Editing Practice, June 13, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:12am
Can you choose the verbs that correctly complete the sentence from the article?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | amnesty

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:01am
This word has appeared in 486 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Strauss: AFT’s Weingarten smacks Arne Duncan about his praise for Vergara decision

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:27pm

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten just sent a letter (see below) to Education Secretary Arne Duncan blasting him for his statement praising a California judge’s decision to throw out five state statutes that provide job protections to teachers.

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David Brat and Jack Trammell show unease in the spotlight

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:01pm
David Brat, who beat Eric Cantor, and Jack Trammell, the academic colleague Mr. Brat faces in the election, have found themselves unprepared for the political fishbowl.
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D.C. releases new boundaries proposal with emphasis on neighborhood schools

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 8:01pm

D.C. officials on Thursday put forth a new proposal for public school boundaries that would maintain a system of neighborhood schools while providing a pathway for children, particularly those who are disadvantaged, to gain access to schools outside their immediate communities.

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Op-Ed Contributor: California Ruling on Teacher Tenure Is Not Whole Picture

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:59pm
Firing bad educators won’t close the achievement gap.






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With California tenure ruling, a Democratic divide

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:52pm

When a California judge struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers this week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) both applauded, revealing fissures in the once-solid alliance between labor unions and the Democratic Party.

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Montgomery school board committee to recommend changes to spending rules

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:45pm

A Montgomery County school board committee tentatively agreed Thursday to recommend tightening the district’s expense-reporting practices in the wake of concerns about improper credit card charges and vague rules.

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