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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:50am
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.
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An Open Letter to Randi Weingarten

Education Week - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 8:18am
In her recent public criticism of former L.A. schools chief John Deasy, the president of the American Federation of Teachers does not encourage civil dialogue, writes Peter Cunningham.
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The Learning Network: How Should Schools Address Cyberbullying?

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:00am
Do you notice online bullying? How big of a problem is it in your school?






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Strauss: High-achieving teacher sues state over evaluation labeling her ‘ineffective’

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:00am

Sheri G. Lederman has been teaching for 17 years as a fourth-grade teacher  in New York’s Great Neck Public School district. Her students consistently  outperform state averages on math and English standardized tests, and  Thomas Dolan, the superintendent of Great Neck schools, signed an affidavit saying “her record is flawless” and that “she is highly regarded as an educator.”

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | This Is Your Brain on Drugs

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:44am
What did Dr. Jodi Gilman and her fellow researchers at Harvard and Northwestern University find when they reviewed composite scan of the brains of 20 pot smokers, ages 18 to 25?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A Ghost in the Neighborhood Haunt?

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:38am
Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






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Strauss: The problem with tests that are not standardized

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:00am

We know all about the many problems with standardized tests. But what about non-standardized tests? Is there a problem with them, too? Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, believes that there is in, as he explains in the following post. His most recent book is “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”

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Strauss: UC Berkeley won’t let students cancel Bill Maher commencement speech

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:37am

Last May, students and alumni from the Harvard Graduate School of Education sought to get Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston disinvited as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker because they disagreed with his embrace of standardized test-based school reform. Johnston wound up speaking, but it was just one episode in what has been called “disinvitation season,” in which a speaker is lined up to appear on a college campus but then becomes the target of protesters. It happened this year to conservative George Will at Scripps College and Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice at Rutgers University, to name a few.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | divest

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:07am
This word has appeared in 196 New York Times articles in the past year.






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New Federal Standard for Aid to For-Profit Colleges Draws Criticism

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:14pm
The gainful employment provision sets a rule based on the percentage of a program graduate’s income that can be used for loan payments.






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New York City Comptroller to Audit Success Academy Charter Network

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:02pm
Scott M. Stringer’s office said it had begun an examination of the “financial and operating practices” of Eva S. Moskowitz’s 32-school network and three other institutions.






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Cheating concerns force delay in SAT scores for South Koreans and Chinese

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:15pm

Concerns about possible cheating on the SAT in Asia have led test overseers to withhold scores for students from China and South Korea who took the college admission exam nearly three weeks ago.

The nature and extent of the alleged security breach were unclear Thursday because the College Board and its contractor, the Educational Testing Service, revealed few details about the unfolding investigation. But the score-reporting delay could affect thousands of students seeking admission to U.S. colleges as November deadlines loom for early applications.

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George Mason Elementary in Alexandria to close Friday for sewage repairs

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:55pm

Alexandria City Schools announced that George Mason Elementary will close Friday while workers repair a sewage drainage issue.

Schools spokeswoman Helen Lloyd said officials “felt it was inappropriate to have students in the school while it was being resolved.”

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Prince George’s school board races could boost county executive’s influence

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:24pm

Nearly two years ago, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III tried to take over the school system and abolish the elected school board.

State lawmakers agreed to a compromise that gave Baker more influence over the schools, allowing him to hire a new schools chief, appoint three new board members and name the board’s chairman and vice chairman.

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In Wash. School Tragedy, Shooter Defies 'Typical' Stereotype

Education Week - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:29pm
While there are widely held beliefs about the "profile" of a student shooter, acts of school violence have been carried out by attackers of all races, ages, disciplinary histories, and family backgrounds.
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The Learning Network: Detection, Prevention and Treatment: Researching Issues Around Ebola in the United States

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:24pm
In this learning simulation, students are to draft a report for their boss, Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, on what lessons have been learned so far in preventing the Ebola virus from spreading in the U.S.






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