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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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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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Benefits of 'Deeper Learning' Schools Highlighted in Studies

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:57pm
New research finds that students in schools that used deeper-learning teaching approaches had better test results and people skills than peers in other schools.
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Learning Payoff Found for 'City Connects' Program

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:57pm
The academic boost that elementary students got from a program that linked them with community supports and resources lasted all the way to middle school, a study says.
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Military Surplus Program Provides Weapons to School Police

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:56pm
School district police units around the country have acquired armored vehicles, semiautomatic weapons, and grenade launchers through a controversial program run by the Defense Department.
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States Mixed on Waiver Leeway for Teacher Evaluations

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:53pm
More than a third of states with NCLB waivers say they’re interested in a federal offer to put off until the end of the school year using student scores as part of teacher evaluations.
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Steps Weighed on Method for Flagging Bias in Spec. Ed.

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:01pm
Federal officials face a split among advocates and educators on whether to set a bright line for states in deciding if minorities are overidentified for special education services.
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Five public and private schools in the Washington area receive top honor

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:01pm

Three public schools and two private schools in the Washington area have been selected as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Cashell Elementary School in Montgomery County, Haycock Elementary School in Fairfax County and Robert Goddard French Immersion Elementary/Middle School in Prince George’s County were among 287 public schools and 50 private schools across the country that received the honor for exemplary performance.

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K-12 Schools Need More Steve Jobs and Less Bill Gates

Education Week - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:38pm
In spite of our tendency to revere the counsel of business leaders on public-policy issues, they don't always get it right, argues David Bernstein.
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Strauss: What is a STEM occupation?

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:24pm

A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau said that 74 percent of all people who hold bachelor’s degrees in the four STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — don’t have jobs in what are considered to be STEM occupations. So with a big national push to get young people to move into STEMS jobs, the question is: What is a STEM occupation?

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