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Critics Question High Ratings on New York State Teacher Evaluations Amid Poor Test Scores

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:54pm
For the first time, parents and administrators can assess the effectiveness of teachers at the county, district and, in some cases, the school level.






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Sunday Routine: Carmen Fariña: An Old-School Abuela

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:40pm
On weekends, Ms. Fariña, chancellor of the New York City Education Department, is first and foremost an active and engaged grandmother.
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Oklahoma Loses Waiver From No Child Left Behind Provisions

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:17pm
The move comes as a result of the state’s retreat from Common Core, a set of reading and math standards adopted by more than 40 states.






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Texas School Funding Still Unconstitutional

Education Week - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:03pm
A judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional again, finding that the state still fails to provide adequate funding or distribute it fairly among school districts.
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Oklahoma loses, Indiana wins federal education waiver

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:50pm

The Obama administration has stopped exempting Oklahoma from the toughest requirements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, after the state opted to drop the Common Core academic standards and revert to its old K-12 guidelines in math and reading.

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U-Va. spells out which employees must relay reports of sex assault to university officials

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:36pm

The University of Virginia will require most faculty and staff to report possible sexual misconduct they learn about from students, even if the students request confidentiality, under a policy announced this week.

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Motherlode Blog: American Kids, Learning to Aim and Fire

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:20pm
I’ve talked to my children long and hard about guns and gun safety. I’ve made them practice what to say and do. And this summer, three of the four of them learned to shoot.






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In First Year of Pre-K Expansion, a Rush to Beat the School Bell

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:04pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 50,407 children had been enrolled in prekindergarten for this fall, and many pieces will have to fall into place by Sept. 4 for the program to go smoothly.
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Fairfax schools chief Karen Garza takes ice bucket challenge

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:07pm

Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza was soaked by a bucket filled with ice water Wednesday afternoon as part of the viral phenomenon known as the ALS challenge.

The ice bucket challenge, popular with teens on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has helped raise close to $100 million for ALS research. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS has no known cure.

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Prince George’s charter school wants to get rid of recess

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:01pm

College Park Academy, a charter school in Prince George’s County, wants to shorten its day by 25 minutes -- not to reduce classroom instruction, but to get rid of recess.

Charter school officials have asked the school system to approve a waiver to change the school’s schedule to eliminate daily recess.

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First-day enrollment in Montgomery schools supports forecast for record-high year

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:57am

Montgomery County’s first-day enrollment numbers are on track for a record high, with school leaders counting 154,417 students Monday across the fast-growing system’s 202 schools.

Bruce Crispell, director of long-range planning for Montgomery schools, said he expects that figure to inch down slightly before student rolls settle out in September. Typically, some students expected to return do not come back, he said.

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Shining Stars under-enrolled after scramble for location

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:54am

Last spring, Shining Stars Montessori Academy had a wait list with more than 200 names on it. This week, since school started, the wait list has been whittled down and the school is under-enrolled.

In between, school officials and families went on a real-estate roller coaster ride, when negotiations for two buildings fell through at the last minute. They found themselves without a home nearly two weeks before school was to begin.

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Motherlode Blog: How Nicole Zeitzer Johnson, Communications Director and Special Needs Parent, Does It

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:52am
I have a 7-year-old and a 2-year-old whose seizures mean someone’s eyes have to be on her at every moment. Fortunately I have a great support system and a flexible work arrangement.






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Motherlode Blog: Don’t Just Pay for Chores. Pay for Performance.

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:10am
A motivational scale for the chores problem: nothing if it’s all reminding and whining; more if you do an adequate job; and a substantial bonus for performance.






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