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Motherlode Blog: 5 Things to Consider in Choosing a Camp for a Special-Needs Child

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:20am
Sending a child with special needs, physical or otherwise, to summer camp isn’t just a matter of filling out the forms.






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Schmoke named president of U. of Baltimore

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:04am

A top official at Howard University was named president of the University of Baltimore on Wednesday.

Kurt L. Schmoke, interim provost and general counsel at Howard, is no stranger to Baltimore. He was a three-term mayor of the city from 1987 to 1999. In the past decade Schmoke has held a variety of positions at the historically black university in Northwest Washington, including law school dean.

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Strauss: Why D.C. should take Youth Court program off life support

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:50am

The Youth Court of the District of Columbia, one of the only organizations dealing with juvenile delinquency in Washington, is currently on life support, writes Michael Shank, associate director of legislative affairs for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Here’s his post about why the D.C. mayor should keep it.

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Strauss: Holder, Duncan asked to investigate ‘racially discriminatory’ school closings in New Orleans

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:49am

This week marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that was intended to strike down the “separate but equal” doctrine that codified racism in America’s public schools. You can read a report here about what it has and has not accomplished. Following is an open letter (see full text below) to Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan from a national organization called Journey for Justice Alliance requesting that they investigate “racially discriminatory school closings” in New Orleans.

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Motherlode Blog: Talking to Children About Their Disabilities, With Metaphors and Minecraft

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:07am
Those of us who have kids with disabilities in our lives spend countless hours discussing them, yet, we rarely, if ever, talk directly to children themselves about their challenges. These conversations can be scarier for the grown-ups than they are for the kids.






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The Learning Network: What Are the Most Memorable Works of Visual Art You Have Seen?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:21am
What are the most interesting or memorable works of visual art — whether sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography or anything else — that you’ve seen? Why do you think they have stayed with you?
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Privilege at Princeton

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:43am
What does the expression “check your privilege” mean?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Math, May 14, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:11am
Can you calculate the number of nights a Queens resident has rented out his spare bedroom if you know how much he charges and how much money he has made?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | throttle

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:06am
This word has appeared in 135 New York Times articles in the past year.






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List of Names in Sex Assaults Roils Columbia

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:08pm
The list of “sexual assault violators on campus,” was quickly scrubbed away, but by early this week it had reappeared on the walls of several other women’s bathrooms around campus.
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Losing the script: Montgomery clears way to change teaching on sexual orientation

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 9:36pm

Montgomery’s school board gave the go-ahead Tuesday to an update of lessons on sexual orientation, clearing the way for a plan to introduce the topic a year earlier in middle school and put an end to tightly scripted methods of teaching.

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In Season of Protest, Haverford Speaker Is Latest to Bow Out

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 8:46pm
Robert J. Birgeneau, a former University of California, Berkeley, chancellor, withdrew from Haverford’s commencement, joining a number of others who have backed out of speaking engagements this spring in response to campus objections.






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Sallie Mae to Pay Fine Over Loans to Troops

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 8:18pm
Sallie Mae, the student lender, and Navient, its former subsidiary, have agreed to pay $97 million to settle complaints about excessive fees and interest on loans to military service members.
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Fairfax considers changes to school discipline policies

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:04pm

Students facing disciplinary action in Fairfax County schools could receive lighter punishments and shorter suspensions next year if the school board approves newly proposed discipline procedures.

The proposals would mark a significant change in the county’s discipline policies and could cut most suspensions in half. Under the proposed guidelines, most serious student infractions would result in a suspension of not more than five days.

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Strauss: Join me for live online chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:02pm

I’ll be doing a live education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. Wednesday. You can submit questions, comments, suggestions, jokes or whatever here, and tune in then or read the transcript later.

Here transcripts of some of my previous online chats: here , here,   here,  and here .

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NAEP Tech., Engineering Test Brings Interactivity

Education Week - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:51pm
Results from the first administration of the national exam, which is focused on assessing problem-solving skills, will arrive in 2016.
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