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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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UMUC cybersecurity team wins an international competition

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 7:15am

The University of Maryland University College, a largely online institution that targets the adult education market, has no football or basketball team to stir school spirit. But it does have the Cyber Padawans.

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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A ‘Lord of the Rings’ Video Game

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:57am
Below are the first six paragraphs of the Sept. 29 video game review, “A Vengeful Ranger Full of Attitude and on a Mission.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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Strauss: How teachers sometimes fool themselves

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

Here is a post about what goes on in classrooms and how teachers sometimes fool themselves into thinking that they are allowing students to direct their own learning when, in fact, they aren’t. This was written by Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, including, most recently, “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”

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University of Chicago Acts to Improve Access for Lower-Income Students

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:56am
A package of measures includes eliminating the expectation that certain students take jobs during the school year, guaranteeing paid internships and providing career counseling.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | malodorous

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in four New York Times articles in the past year.






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D.C. chancellor says schools on track to speed up progress this year

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:31pm

In her second annual address on the state of D.C. Public Schools, Chancellor Kaya Henderson said Tuesday night that the District’s public schools are on track to accelerate progress that has been underway in recent years.

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In a First for Cornell, a Woman Is Appointed as Its Next President

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:21pm
Elizabeth Garrett, the provost of the University of Southern California, will become the president of Cornell University as of July 1.






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Report: Large racial, ethnic gap between students, educators in Montgomery schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:10pm

Students of color make up two-thirds of Montgomery County’s public school enrollment, but most educators in the county’s schools are white, and the district does not track whether they speak Spanish or other languages, according to a county report released Tuesday.

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Test Vendor's Legal Fight, Growth Attract Attention

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:01pm
Of all the testing organizations prospering in the common-core era, few have fought as doggedly in public for a competitive edge as the American Institutes for Research.
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Reading Is About More Than 'Evidence'

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:59pm
When students approach reading as only an exercise in seeking out evidence, as the common core recommends, they risk missing out on the value of reading for intrinsic literary value, writes Mia Hood.
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Common-Core Group Revises Testing Times

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:58pm
The PARCC testing consortium says schools should set aside 10 to 11 hours or more for its assessments.
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