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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Math, June 11, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:11am
Can you calculate how long it will take for student loan debt to reach $10 trillion?






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Strauss: Assessing learning without tests

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:01am

In this era in which standardized tests are the be-all and end-all of accountability, it may seem impossible to imagine a teacher evaluating how well students are learning without giving them a test. Joanne Yatvin actually did it and she explains it in this post. Yatvin is 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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Strauss: Is this the beginning of the end of teacher tenure?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:45am

Teachers’ unions just got whacked by a California judge who bought the specious argument offered in the “Vergara trial” that state laws giving tenure, seniority and other job protections to public school teachers deprive students of their constitutional right to an adequate education.  Though he stayed his Tuesday decision striking down five state statutes on teacher employment until an appeal could be made, more such lawsuits will now be filed in other states.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | transition

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in 9,040 New York Times articles in the past year.






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DealBook: Endowment Chief to Exit at Harvard

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:42pm
Jane L. Mendillo will exit from her role as manager of the $32.7 billion nest egg by the end of the year; its performance has fallen behind those of other Ivy leagues.
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Success Academy Seeks 14 More Charter Schools in New York City

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:36pm
The city may have to house the new schools or help pay for their space.






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DealBook: Harvard’s Endowment Chief to Step Down

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 9:33pm
Jane L. Mendillo will exit from her role as manager of the university’s $32.7 billion nest egg by the end of the year; its performance has fallen behind those of other league members.






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National Briefing | Education: Campaigning for Environment, Seminary to Divest Some Holdings

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 9:11pm
The trustees of Union Theological Seminary, a liberal Protestant organization in New York City, voted on Tuesday to divest the school’s $108.4 million endowment from fossil fuel companies.
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Judge Rejects Teacher Tenure for California

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:50pm
The decision handed teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case to overturn laws governing how teachers are hired and fired and is expected to set off similar fights across the nation.






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Economic Scene: One Key to Success: A Belief in a Future

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:29pm
A program for teenage boys in Chicago makes a contribution to the battle against entrenched income inequality.
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F.C.C. Chief Plans Action on Wi-Fi in Schools

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:23pm
The F.C.C. fund that subsidizes the installation of high-speed Internet connections at schools prioritizes bringing connections to a school or library over improving networks inside a school.
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Strauss: One sweet video: Soldier back from Afghanistan surprises son at school

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:02pm

My Post colleague Ovetta Wiggins wrote this story about an Army  soldier who returned from Afghanistan to surprise his son at a school Career Day at a school in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Watch Dellion Sitladin, Sr., who hadn’t seen his son for almost a year, walk in on Career Day event at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary.

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Delay Urged on Actions Tied to Tests by Schools

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 7:35pm
In an open letter, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — a strong backer of the new academic guidelines — said more time was needed to make the standards work.






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Colleges Focus on Alcohol and Drugs as Serious Crime Dips

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 7:21pm
Colleges and universities have become more aggressive about punishing alcohol and drug offenses, even as the rate of serious crime on campus has dropped, according to a government report.






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Writing Centers Seek to Unlock Youths' Creativity

Education Week - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:54pm
A national network of after-school tutoring centers that brings a focus on creative writing is reaching a growing number of urban youths.
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U.S. Students Get Top Scores for Sleepiness

Education Week - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:53pm
International testing data shows high percentages of American students are in classes where teachers report that sleepiness gets in the way of instruction "some" or a "lot" of the time.
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Teacher, School Accountability Systems Shaken Up

Education Week - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:52pm
Many states are moving to delay or alter test-based accountability for schools and teachers, as tests associated with the Common Core State Standards head for debut nationwide.
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Converting Catholic Schools to Charters Draws Scrutiny

Education Week - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:51pm
Such conversions are rare, but a number of schools have made the switch in recent years. A study this spring found enrollment grew dramatically following the change
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N.Y.C. Parents Navigate Pre-K Enrollment Maze

Education Week - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:45pm
Flush with new state money for 45,000 preschool spots in public schools and community-based centers, New York City is pushing to make sure families know all their options.
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Calif. Pension-Overhaul Plan Has Districts on Edge

Education Week - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:41pm
California school districts would see their share of teacher-pension costs more than double to nearly 20 percent under a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown.
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