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Virginia lawmaker seeks to clarify education law on religious exemptions

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:38am

Virginia’s law that allows families to opt out of public education for religious reasons needs further study, according to a Republican state legislator.

Del. Thomas Rust (R-Fairfax) has proposed a resolution that would direct the commonwealth’s education department to study the religious exemption law and make a recommendation as to whether it should be amended to ensure that all children are getting an adequate education.

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New York Schools Chancellor Honed Blunt Style Over 40 Years

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:12am
As a teacher and principal, Carmen Fariña became known for her hands-on approach, which propelled her rise in the Education Department of New York City and ultimately contributed to her departure.
    
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2 Injured in Shooting at New Mexico School

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:34pm
The boy suspected in the shooting at a middle school in Roswell was apprehended by a State Police lieutenant.
    
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Montgomery school board backs bills to skip standardized tests set for spring in Maryland

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:05pm

Montgomery County school leaders voted unanimously Tuesday to support efforts to get the Maryland School Assessments (MSAs) scrapped for this spring, a move that came on the heels of two new bills proposed by state lawmakers from Montgomery County.

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Successful ‘Hour of Code’ computer tutorials prompts effort to change school policies

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 9:31pm

Hadi Partovi, retired at 38 after working for Microsoft and creating other tech companies, was figuring out what to do with the rest of his life.

After spending his career in computers, he was troubled by one fact: In this digital age, only about one in 10 U.S. schools teach computer science.

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Training Fighters of Future Across Gaza

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 9:25pm
A Hamas program aims to prepare high school students for what some see as the next inevitable clash with Israel.
    
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Strauss: What Christie failed to mention in State of State speech about his education record

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 7:06pm

A big part of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State speech Tuesday was devoted to his record on school reform and his plans for moving forward -- and it is worth noting the big difference between what Christie (R) says about his record on public education and what he actually did with public education during his first term in office.

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Md. county executives push for school construction funding

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 7:03pm

County executives from Maryland’s three largest jurisdictions joined forces Tuesday to urge the General Assembly to provide more money for building and repairing public schools in their counties.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz went to Annapolis on Tuesday to state their case for a partnership with the state, a deal that would allow them to borrow more money for school construction with the state’s help.

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The Learning Network Blog: Behind the Olympics: Teaching About Russia in the Putin Era

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:56pm
In this lesson we offer a range of teaching ideas designed to help students understand the vast, multifaceted country behind the Sochi Olympics.
    





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N.Y. Governor Proposes $2 Billion for School Technology

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:50pm
School technology and rewards for teachers were central proposals in N.Y. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State speech.
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Rules Detailed on New Calif. K-12 Funding Formula

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:50pm
Regulations putting California's overhauled school-funding formula into effect seek to strike a state-local balance on how the money is spent.
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Caution Flags Raised for Six Waiver States

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:49pm
Federal monitoring reports show that some states with No Child Left Behind Act waivers are struggling in key areas.
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Teach For America Spinoff Helps Alumni Gain Influence

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:48pm
The group works with former TFA corps members eyeing careers in policy, advocacy, and community organizing, and puts campaign muscle behind those who seek elected office.
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USDA Keeps More-Flexible School Lunch Caps in Place

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:48pm
The federal agency has made permanent its rules easing restrictions on the amount of grain and protein that school cafeterias are allowed to serve in a week.
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Making Progress in Smaller Cities

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:48pm
An innovative partnership between a foundation and the schools in Syracuse, N.Y., offers a template for education change in other small- and medium-sized cities, writes Gene I. Maeroff.
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A Key to Motivating Teenagers

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:45pm
If students think that college is out of reach for their families financially, there's a good chance they will lose interest in school, writes Erich May.
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U.S. Learning Registry Aims to Tailor Online Content for Educators

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:43pm
The U.S. Department of Education says its online information-sharing network now houses 300,000 resources from a wide variety of sources, but questions remain about the initiative’s sustainability.
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Why Make Reform So Complicated?

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:42pm
When it comes to improving learning, schools would do better to choose simple solutions with clear priorities and goals instead of the complicated fixes they often adopt, Mike Schmoker writes.
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State of the States: Colorado

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:42pm
Gov. Hickenlooper proposed increased funding for K-12 and higher education and greater financial accountability for public schools during his address to state legislators.
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Feds Call for School Discipline to Be More Evenhanded

Education Week - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:41pm
In a new guidance document, the departments of Education and Justice are calling for school discipline policies and practices to be more fair and less harsh.
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