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The case for abolishing class rank

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
'The vicious rivalry and inevitable resentment on display as a handful of overachievers battle it out over tiny differences in GPA has led some schools to stop ranking, or at least to identify a batch of high-scoring kids as co-valedictorians -- a tiny step in the right direction.'
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This school isn't just about academics. The emotional and physical health of kids matters too.

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
The seventh in a series of posts about schools that work to close opportunity gaps for all students.
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Students remove Shakespeare portrait from English Department at Ivy League school

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
The University of Pennsylvania students replaced it with the photo of an African-American author to highlight diversity.
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Education secretary ousts one of the nation's largest college accreditors from its oversight role

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
King rejected an appeal from ACICS, agreeing that it is incapable of rectifying years of lax oversight of troubled for-profit colleges.
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40 Marshall Scholars picked for postgraduate studies in U.K., a 25 percent expansion

December 14, 2016 - 1:00am
Four of the scholars are from MIT and three each are from U-Va. and Harvard.
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Surge of hate graffiti on bathroom walls, other areas, has Maryland county rattled

December 13, 2016 - 1:00am
Incidents involving swastikas and racial insults on the rise in Montgomery.
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The big problem with early childhood education

December 13, 2016 - 1:00am
American schools don't let the youngest kids play much anymore -- and that's how they learn.
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School choice advocates divided over Trump and his education pick, Betsy DeVos

December 13, 2016 - 1:00am
Some fear that the incoming administration could split the bipartisan coalition that has helped charter schools and vouchers expand quickly.
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A Nobel Prize winner says public preschool programs should start at birth

December 12, 2016 - 1:00am
Economist James Heckman’s new study shows that society gets a bigger bang for its buck by investing in programs for babies.
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Education digest: Dec. 12, 2016

December 12, 2016 - 1:00am
A roundup of education news.
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After Comet Ping Pong and Pizzagate, teachers tackle fake news

December 12, 2016 - 1:00am
Teachers and librarians hope to help students distinguish between the real and the invented.
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He grew up hungry. Now he wants to revolutionize school lunch.

December 12, 2016 - 1:00am
Food services manager Rodney Taylor joined Fairfax County schools with a mandate to turn it into a national model.
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States need to do better by their most talented students

December 12, 2016 - 1:00am
A new federal education law creates an opportunity for school systems to make it more likely that their best students will reach their full potential.
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Georgetown students end sit-in over university's ties to Nike

December 11, 2016 - 1:00am
Georgetown University students allege Nike mistreats workers in their Vietnamese factories. They called on the university to end its licensing agreement with the company.
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ExxonMobil's Rex Tillerson was a big booster of Common Core

December 11, 2016 - 1:00am
He warned Pennsylvania against dropping the core, and infuriated public education advocates by saying that public schools “don't understand” that the business community is their “customer” and that “they are “producing a product that may be “defective."
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Teacher to Trump's education pick: Let's 'address the elephant in the room.' It's you.

December 11, 2016 - 1:00am
Teachers "are a little freaked out by your nomination to be secretary of education."
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Trump’s choice for education secretary vows to ‘end’ Common Core

December 11, 2016 - 1:00am
She said she wants to give states the freedom to get rid of the Core — but apparently she doesn't know they already have it.
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Three challenges for teachers in the era of Trump

December 10, 2016 - 1:00am
In a society where facts don't seem to matter, teachers have new responsibilities.
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The most important thing schools don't do

December 10, 2016 - 1:00am
The problem with all the things they do instead.
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Just because your kids are headed off to college, it doesn’t mean they’ll graduate

December 10, 2016 - 1:00am
If students treat college like a spectator sport, it’s likely the game will end early for them.
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