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Cuomo Signals Changes for Education Next Year

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:58pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s goals include making it easier to fire low-performing teachers and increasing the number of charter schools.
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Motherlode Blog: In an Orphanage, but Not Orphaned, in Sierra Leone

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:42pm
I thought overseas adoption would be my route to parenthood, but when I visited Sierra Leone, I found the situation there more complex than it seemed.






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Op-Ed Contributor: Your Waitress, Your Professor

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:40pm
Why do we draw a line between blue-collar and white-collar work?
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Four charter schools selected to lease former D.C. Public School buildings

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:28pm
Four charter school operators have been selected to lease space in two surplus D.C. public school buildings, according to an announcement this week by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith.Read full article >>






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Pr. William to start school before Labor Day, using waiver from ‘Kings Dominion’ law

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:26pm
While many children in Northern Virginia are lazing away the last days of summer next year, students in Prince William County will head to school before Labor Day for the first time, officials said.The county School Board on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a school calendar for the 2015-2016 academic year that has classes starting on Monday, Aug. 31. The decision will give students a two-week winter vacation, an earlier end to the academic year in June and more time for teachers to prepare students for standardized tests, according to a school system statement.Read full article >>






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Arlington Public Schools chief named finalist for superintendent of the year

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:40pm
Patrick Murphy, who has overseen unprecedented growth at Arlington Public Schools, was named one of four finalists for national superintendent of the year by AASA, the School Superintendents Association.Read full article >>






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Motherlode Blog: Holiday Concerts and the Anatomy of Melancholy

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:04pm
Every year, I try to find a way to embrace the ephemeral, cherry-blossom nature of December, and the way it wallops you over the head with the passage of time.






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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | 25 Years of ‘The Simpsons’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:40pm
What has “The Simpsons” meant to you? What are your favorite episodes? If you are a teacher, do you teach with it? Let us know






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Strauss: Why kindergarten teachers don’t want to give this test to their students

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:20pm
The state of Maryland has developed a new Common Core-aligned “kindergarten readiness assessment” for teachers to administer to young kids to see, rather obviously, if they are “ready” for kindergarten. Now hundreds of kindergarten teachers who used the computer-based test for the first time this fall are pushing back, saying the assessment is not appropriate and won’t help them teach.Read full article >>






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In an After-School Program, Juggling and Plate-Spinning Are Serious Business

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:55pm
A program run by the Big Apple Circus features plenty of clowning around, but also a strong focus on learning life skills.
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Early admission rates for Class of 2019

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:02pm
The first wave of admission decisions is in for the Class of 2019.Here are admission rates for the early round at some highly selective schools. We’ll update as we get more data. These are culled from news releases.Read full article >>






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Miss. Loses Out on Federal Pre-K Grant—Again

Education Week - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:31am
Last week, Mississippi was passed over for a federal preschool grant that would have tripled the number of children enrolled in early-education classes in four years, according to the state’s application.
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