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Georgia Colleges Prohibiting Tobacco, but Questions About Enforcement Linger

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 7:27pm
Starting Wednesday, tobacco products and e-cigarettes will be prohibited at the 31 public colleges and universities that make up the University System of Georgia.






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Mathews: Parents saying no to too much homework

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 5:40pm

A Prince George’s County reader who identifies herself on my Web page as JenPam2003 did not like my suggestion that parents enforce a reasonable amount of time for their children’s homework. I said their kids should do something else when that time expired, even if the assignments are not finished.

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Strauss: How much time will new Common Core tests take kids to finish? Quite a lot.

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 1:21pm

(Correction: Fixing the number of states believed to be using PARCC exam this school year.)

Q) How much time will it take for students to complete some of the new Common Core standardized math and English Language Arts tests?

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International Education: Agency Warns About Decline in Access to Education

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 12:10pm
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says that governments should do more to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity for a good education early in life.






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International Education: New Universities in Asia Outranking Young Colleges in the West

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 12:07pm
In an annual listing of the World's Top 50 Universities under 50, the five top spots were taken by Asian universities.






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International Education: Organizing to Defend a Professor's Freedom of Speech

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 12:01pm
After the University of Illinois revoked a job offer to Prof. Steven G. Salaita, a political theorist at Brooklyn College organized a counterattack.






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Side Street: Activist Is Celebrated at the College He Helped Save

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 12:00pm
In 1976, Ramon J. Jimenez joined a protest that averted the closing of Hostos Community College. For his 66th birthday, friends gathered there to honor him.
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Strauss: Why college freshmen need to take Emotions 101

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 11:00am

Too many college students face challenges for which they are emotionally ill-equipped to handle. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. In this piece, from OpEd Project’s Yale Public Voices Fellowship program, two mental health experts and program fellows explain how colleges and universities can better deal with the problem of student anxiety and depression. It was written by Diana Divecha, a developmental psychologist and research affiliate of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and Robin Stern, a psychoanalyst and associate director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

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Colleges Make It Easier for Students to Show, Not Tell, in Their Applications

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:37pm
A new policy at Goucher College allows applicants to submit a two-minute video rather than a high school transcript.






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Strauss: Colorado school district votes to opt most students out of Common Core testing

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 10:23am

The board of education in Colorado’s second largest city has voted to opt out most of its 30,000 students from new Common Core standardized testing and will ask the state government for flexibility to carry out its plan. It is the first district in the state and one of the first in the country to do so.

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Prototype: Using Robotics to Teach Computer Programming

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 9:40am
Parents who were frustrated by a lack of opportunities for their children to learn programming have designed products meant to appeal to children as young as 5.
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Rutgers to Endow Chair Named for Gloria Steinem

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:21pm
Reflecting Ms. Steinem’s long career as a journalist as well as a public intellectual, the chair will be in media, culture and feminist studies.






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‘Fight club’ tweets, gun rumor apparently keep many Fauquier students home Friday

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:27pm

Hundreds of students did not come to classes at Fauquier High School on Friday after numerous fights broke out during the week and rumors swirled that a student might bring a gun to the school on Friday.

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JMU president versed in civil rights law

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:34pm

HARRISONBURG, Va. — College presidents nationwide are racing this year to school themselves on what federal civil rights laws require when sexual violence flares on campus.

Jonathan R. Alger, president of James Madison University, might have an edge over his peers. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Alger worked as an attorney in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Education Department from 1992 to 1996.

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Campus discussions increasingly focus on sex assault

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:34pm

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Parents have always sent their kids off to college with lots of advice: Study hard, do your laundry, don’t spend all your money in the first week.

This year, with rising urgency, many are adding serious words of caution. To their daughters: Don’t walk alone at night. To their sons: No means no. To both: Beware of sexual hookups after heavy drinking.

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Suspect returned to Va. to face charges in U-Va. case

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:14pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was moved from a Texas holding facility and arrived Friday in Virginia, authorities said.

Jesse L. “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, who has been charged with one count of abduction with intent to sexually assault Graham, arrived at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport at about 5:45 p.m., Charlottesville police said. They said Matthew was being held without bond at the Albe­marle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He is expected to have a bond hearing on Thursday. The courthouse is closed for a statewide judicial conference that runs Monday through Wednesday.

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Two N.Y. cities and a promise: A full ride to college for high school graduates

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 5:44pm

What if every student who graduated from a city’s public high schools were guaranteed the money needed to go to college?

An experiment like this is under way in Syracuse and Buffalo through the efforts of a New York foundation called Say Yes to Education. The Syracuse promise dates to 2008, and the Buffalo version to 2011. In all, the foundation has helped more than 3,600 graduates from the two New York cities — many of them from low-income families — go to college.

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Muslim community raises concerns about equal treatment for school holidays

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:42pm

The Muslim community is concerned about “disparate treatment” toward religious groups from different Montgomery County agencies, a Muslim leader told school officials.

Saqib Ali, a former state delegate and a co-chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition, said the Muslim community took note of a recent decision by the county’s parks department to cancel a fall harvest festival that conflicted with the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

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Strauss: Why we can’t reform literacy and math all at once

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:30pm

School “reform” is hardly a new phenomenon in the public school system, with decades of efforts to improve reading and math scores. Why haven’t all these efforts met expectations? Here’s one explanation, from Andy Hargreaves, the Brennan Chair in Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College and an adviser to the  premier and minister of education of Ontario, Canada. His new book, with Alan Boyle and Alma Harris, is “Uplifting Leadership.” This first appeared on the blog of Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative.

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