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Columbia University Reports 17.5% Return on Endowment

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:48pm
The result, which brings the endowment’s value to $9.2 billion, compares with the 20.2 percent return for the Ivy League leader so far, Yale.
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Whooping cough cases climb in Montgomery

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:47pm

The number of whooping cough cases in Montgomery County continues to climb, with health officials now reporting 38 since an outbreak during the first week of school.

The total includes two new cases identified this week at Gaithersburg High School and College Gardens Elementary School, both of which already had a confirmed diagnosis of the highly contagious illness.,

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Strauss: 2014 World University Rankings: ‘Worrying evidence’ of U.S. decline?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:00pm

The 2014 “World University Rankings” were released Wednesday (yes, there is such a thing as World University Rankings),  and the outlook for the United States is described as not good. In fact, “worrying evidence” is cited for decline in the United States (which holds 74 of the top 200 spots, down from 77 last year) and Canada as Asian schools rise in the rankings.

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Audit begins of Prince George’s County school system

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:53pm

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Kevin M. Maxwell said recently that auditors from CliftonLarsonAllen have started collecting information to ensure that no county school system funds were compromised during Colby White’s tenure as chief financial officer.

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U.S. Education Department issues guidance on racial disparity in nation’s schools

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:44pm

The Obama administration issued new guidance Wednesday to states and school districts aimed at reducing inequities in educational opportunity between students of color and their white peers.

“Even with all the good work that we see around the country, we also continue to see opportunity gaps that need correction,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. She said the country needs to end “the tired practice of offering students of color less than we offer other students.”

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Strauss: College Board says it ‘revised’ controversial AP U.S. history framework

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:41pm

For weeks, the Advanced Placement U.S. history course based on a newly revised “framework” for teachers has been the target of intense criticism around the country from conservatives who charge that it is anti-American. While the Republican National Committee is attacking the resolution, saying the framework “emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects,” students and teachers in Jefferson County, Colo., are protesting a suggestion that the course be reviewed to ensure that it promotes patriotism.

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The Learning Network: Learning From Disaster: Exploring the Ebola Epidemic

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:26pm
In this lesson, we provide a lesson plan for teaching about the Ebola outbreak in one or two class periods. We also offer ideas for longer-term projects or further class exploration.






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Strauss: Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:45pm

World-renowned developmental psychologist Howard Gardner revolutionized the fields of psychology and education when he published his 1983 book  “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” which detailed a new model of human intelligence that went beyond the traditional view that there was a single kind that could be measured by standardized tests. (You can read his account of how he came up with the theory here.) Gardner’s theory initially listed seven intelligences which  work together: linguistic, logical-mathematical,  musical,  bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal and intrapersonal; he later added an eighth, naturalist intelligence and says there may be a few more.  The theory became highly popular with K-12 educators around the world seeking ways to reach students who did not respond to traditional approaches, but over time, “multiple intelligences” wrongly became synonymous with the concept of “learning styles.” (You can read a piece here by Gardner explaining the difference.)

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Inequality on Campus: The University of Chicago Tries to Catch Up on Economic Diversity

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:45pm
Among wealthy colleges, Chicago enrolls relatively few lower-income students. But a new program may change the situation.
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Motherlode Blog: Would a Different Job Make You a Different Parent?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:31pm
As parents we spend a great deal of time talking about the effects of work on our home life and how family life impacts our careers. There’s a third variable worth considering: how our choice of career affects our family.






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D.C. coalition pushes city leaders to commit to strong neighborhood schools citywide

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:58pm

The most salient criticism throughout the 10-month public process of redrawing school boundaries in the District was that the city should be investing in improving neighborhood schools everywhere rather than reshuffling school assignments.

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Threat Leads to Evacuation of Sandy Hook School

Education Week - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:05pm
A bomb threat called into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Wednesday led authorities to order students, including many who lived through the 2012 massacre, out of the building.
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The Learning Network: Should You Go to Jail for Kicking a Cat?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:28am
The front page of The Times this week featured an article about a man who posted a video of himself kicking a stray cat, and the animal-rights activists who want him jailed for it. What do you think? Read about the case, then tell us here.






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D.C. charter schools come in first in new quality ranking

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:21am

The District’s charter schools ranked first in the nation in a report released Wednesday that for the first time looks at the quality of the charter school movement.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which released the report, has historically ranked states by the friendliness of their charter school laws. This is its first attempt at evaluating how charter schools are actually performing.

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Motherlode Blog: Surviving Shots: 12 Tips for Parents and Kids

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:09am
Rare is the child who looks forward to the appearance of the needle, but there are things parents can do to make the experience of getting a shot easier.






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New Federal Guidelines Aim to Rid Schools of Racial Inequality

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:21am
The Obama administration will urge public schools to ensure that all students have equal access to good teachers, advanced courses and quality facilities.
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