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Strauss: Mom to officials: Stop forcing severely disabled kids to take high-stakes tests

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:16am

Earlier this month I wrote about Andrea Rediske, who had fought a long battle with the Florida Department of Education over a requirement that her blind and brain-damaged son, Ethan, who also suffered from cerebral palsy, take state-mandated standardized tests. Rediske managed to win a waiver for her son, but recently, while he lay dying in a hospital, she was required to fill out paperwork proving that Ethan could not take a new standardized test this year. Ethan passed away on Feb. 7, at home with his parents at his side.

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U of Chicago joins Universal College App, an alternative to sector leader Common App

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:05am

One of the story lines of this college admission cycle is how many universities are looking for alternatives to the Common Application after the rocky rollout of its latest online version.

This week the University of Chicago, a Common App member since 2008, announced that it will add the Universal College Application as an option for the next cycle.

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With a trial looming, here’s where things stand in the Atlanta school cheating scandal

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:06am

A trial in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal is just three months away, and this week a high-ranking former official in the school system pleaded guilty and became what the Fulton County District Attorney’s office calls “the state’s most valuable witness.”

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Strauss: How children learn to read

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:00am

How do children really learn to read? Answering that question is Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English who now supervises student teachers for Portland State University. She also writes books for teachers.

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The Learning Network Blog: What Crazy Adventure Would You Want to Take?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 6:00am
Where would you go? How would you travel? Would you go alone or with friends?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | Tunisian B-Boys’ Biggest Battle: Keeping Youths From Extremism

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 5:27am
Why, in this small town, and across much of Tunisian society, is there is an important battle going on for the minds of young people?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | Math, Feb. 19, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 5:11am
Can you calculate the percentage increase in Super Bowl viewers since the 1970s?
    





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Strauss: The science behind figure skating, the half pipe and other Olympic sports

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 5:00am

The National Science Foundation has for years been partnering with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, to present a series of 10 videos and other materials explaining the science, technology, engineering, design and mathematics behind Olympic winter sports. The stories in the videos are told by athletes as well as engineers and scientists. Below are some of the winter sports videos, including a tutorial on engineering the half pipe and the physics behind ice figure skating. And you can find others here .

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | marital

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:09am
This word has appeared in 362 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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Pr. George’s school cancels immigration-themed skit amid objections

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:37am

A classroom skit that third-graders were preparing to present in a Prince George’s County elementary school was canceled after a parent alerted school officials to material she thought was offensive to immigrants.

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Inquiry Into Queens School Calls for Firing of Principal

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:16am
A report by the special commissioner of investigation for the school district recommended that Marcella Sills, the principal at Public School 106, be banned from working for the Education Department.
    





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From Plains to CUNY, New Chief Is ‘Coming Home’

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:13pm
The president of the University of Nebraska, James B. Milliken, strikes many as having a talent for making people feel listened to.
    





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In N.Y.U. Merger, One University and, for Now, Two Teams

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 9:35pm
Although the former Polytechnic University officially became the N.Y.U. Polytechnic School of Engineering, some of its sports teams were allowed to remain intact.
    





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F.B.I. Joins Ole Miss Inquiry After Noose Is Left on Statue

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 8:41pm
The F.B.I. and the University of Mississippi are looking for two men who left a noose and flag with a Confederate battle emblem on a statue of the university’s first black student.
    





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Shallal criticizes D.C. school reform efforts, saying he would chart a different course

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 8:19pm

The District’s high-profile efforts to improve public schools have largely failed, said restaurateur Andy Shallal, the first mayoral candidate to challenge the fundamental policies that have driven D.C. education reform under Mayor Vincent C. Gray and his predecessor, Adrian M. Fenty.

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STEM Academy's Reach Spans Illinois

Education Week - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 6:44pm
The state's STEM school is expanding its influence beyond campus with outreach initiatives, including after-school, summer, and professional-development programs.
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Minority-Group Lawmakers Slam Impact of NCLB Waivers

Education Week - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 6:40pm
States have been allowed to back off from the core goal of educational equity, a group of powerful House Democrats tell the U.S. Department of Education.
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School Districts Embrace Second Generation of 'Innovation Zones'

Education Week - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 6:38pm
The newest of these districts and schools are using flexibility from some state requirements to focus on technology, employ crowdsourcing techniques, and target low-performing schools.
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