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Some Parents Bemoan Icy Treks as de Blasio Stands by Choice to Keep Schools Open

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:21pm
Across New York City on Wednesday, schools grappled with anemic attendance and complaints that Mayor Bill de Blasio had erred by holding class on a day of subzero winds and frozen streets.
    





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Loudoun cancels rest of school week, midterms after snow

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:18pm

Loudoun County officials have closed the county’s school system through the end of the week and have canceled midterm exams, citing continuing traffic-safety issues after a snowstorm passed through the region.

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Gay Marriages Confront Catholic School Rules

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 9:42pm
Some young Catholics have been mystified by a wave of firings and forced resignations at Roman Catholic institutions around the country, most often over gay educators’ decisions to marry.
    





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D.C. officials in talks to operate Options public charter

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:55pm

The District’s traditional public school system is in negotiations to run Options Public Charter, a school for at-risk youth that faces possible closure in the wake of allegations that its former managers diverted millions of tax dollars meant for students.

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District lawmakers poised to pass Title IX legislation

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:43pm

District lawmakers appear poised to pass legislation meant to address large and enduring discrepancies between boys’ and girls’ sports opportunities in the city’s public schools, disparities that triggered two recent civil rights complaints and years of frustration among parents, athletes and activists.

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Revised GED Ushers in New Era With More Options

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:49pm
Some states are facing a bumpy transition as they adjust to the altered assessment landscape and had to cope with a late 2013 surge in test-takers.
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The Learning Network Blog: Interpreting the Data: 10 Ways to Teach Math and More Using Infographics

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:29pm
In this lesson we offer a math-focused list of 10 ways students can learn from and tell stories with the numbers in some recent charts, tables and interactives found in The Times.
    





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Community college enrollment falls in Maryland and Virginia, echoing national trend

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:29pm

Student enrollment is falling at most of Maryland’s and Virginia’s community colleges, echoing a national trend in a sector of higher education closely tied to the economy.

There were 190,528 students in Virginia’s 24 public two-year colleges in fall 2013, according to new data from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. That represented a drop of 2 percent from the previous year and 3 percent from three years earlier.

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Analysis Points to Growth in Per-Pupil Spending—and Disparities

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:21pm
Since the War on Poverty, the average gap in per-pupil spending between two states grew by 256 percent, an Education Week analysis finds.
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Still Segregated After 50 Years: A Visit to Cincinnati's West End

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:20pm
Fifty years after the War on Poverty began, schools serving children in Cincinnati's West End are still largely segregated by economics and race.
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K-12 Publishing, Ed-Tech Markets Seeing Sales Increases

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:19pm
An improving economy, schools' greater reliance on digital resources, and demand for common-core materials are creating new revenues, two recent reports suggest.
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Calif. Transgender-Student Law Takes Effect, Amid Recall Push

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:17pm
A new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity faces a recall effort.
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Danger Posed by Student-Data Breaches Prompts Action

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:16pm
Privacy advocates say the increased collection, storage, and sharing of educational data entails real threats to children and families, and some high-profile incidents have led to new legislation, legal action, and formal complaints.
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Fla. Pushes Longer Day, More Reading in Some Schools

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:15pm
Early results suggest the new state policy, which targets the 100 lowest-performing elementary schools in the Sunshine State, may be paying off.
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50 Years Later, War on Poverty Yields Mixed Success

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:14pm
While child poverty remains a stubborn enemy, the federal anti-poverty initiative launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson has led to health and IQ gains for disadvantaged students.
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Desegregation Payments to End for Little Rock Schools

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:13pm
A federal judge has approved a settlement to allow Arkansas to phase out millions of dollars in school desegregation aid to three Little Rock-area districts.
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Strauss: Shout-out to great ed reporter

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:00pm

Nick Anderson, a veteran education reporter and editor at The Post, wrote the following about a great young colleague of ours, Jenna Johnson, who spent four years covering American college life while breaking some important news stories. Her coverage was memorable. Here’s what he wrote:

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Don't Underestimate the Power of Pleasure Reading

Education Week - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:48pm
When students crack open a book of questionable literary merit in their free time, teachers and parents should see it as a valuable exercise, not a waste of time, write Jeffrey D. Wilhelm and Michael W. Smith.
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Strauss: Why do schools open when it feels like 4 below outside?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:16pm

According to the Weather Channel, it is 12 degrees Fahrenheit in Newark., but it feels like 4 below outside because of the wind chill. According to the Star-Ledger, “treacherous driving conditions” on Wednesday morning “prompted school officials to cancel classes in most of Essex County.

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