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Strauss: How New York’s mayor got steamrolled by his own governor and charter lobby

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 1:56pm

If you doubt the power of the charter school movement, consider this: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, just slapped down New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, over the issue. Or, as education historian Diane Ravitch put it in this piece for the New York Review of Books blog:

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International Education: Academic Publishing Waiver Raises Concern

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:03pm
Faculty authors who contract to write for some scientific journals could be signing away more than the economic rights to their work, according to a Duke University official.






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Briefly: International Education: A Summer Semester Online Offered by 13 Universities

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:02pm
A group of 13 United States and foreign universities has teamed up with 2U, an online education provider, to offer online undergraduate summer courses.






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Strauss: Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:36am

Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it.

The former D.C. schools chancellor and now leader of a national organization that pushes corporate school and attacks teachers unions, just wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that uses bad analogies and a number of straw men to argue against the growing “opt out” movement in which parents are refusing to allow their children to take high-stakes standardized tests. A small but growing number of educators are refusing to administer the tests, too.

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Motherlode Blog: Jesus Lives, but Should He Live in My Front Yard?

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:47pm
As a young adult Christian whose political views are left of center, working in higher education where intellect is the only religion, I’m constantly negotiating how much of myself to share. My daughter has no such doubts.






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D.C. releases proposed school boundaries and far-reaching student assignment policies

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 7:44pm

D.C. officials released a proposal for new elementary school boundaries Saturday, the first comprehensive overhaul of the politically sensitive partitions in four decades.

The proposed new lines — redrawn to adjust for schools that are overcrowded or underused and to address travel or safety issues — could affect thousands of families. But even more far-reaching­ than the reconfigured map is a set of three policy proposals the city also unveiled at a public meeting, parts of which could fundamentally change how students are assigned to traditional public schools.

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What are ‘authentic assessments’? How are they different from multiple-choice tests?

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:49pm

Virginia’s elementary and middle school students will have fewer Standards of Learning tests starting next school year, since Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates five tests.

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Virginia students will take fewer Standards of Learning tests next year

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:17pm

Spring is a busy time for third-grade teacher Marlon Mohammed, who is preparing his students to take the Virginia Standards of Learning tests for the first time.

In addition to reviewing four years of material in reading, math, social studies and science for the cumulative state tests, he also has to teach them how to take the exams. That means familiarizing 8-year-olds and 9-year-olds at Discovery Elementary School in Ashburn with multiple-choice questions and conditioning them to sit through the hour-long tests.

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Strauss: What Americans like best about their favorite teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 1:00pm

What attribute do Americans find most compelling in the teacher they have identified as having the greatest impact on their lives?

I learned the answer recently when I was listening to a speech by Brandon H. Busteed, the executive director of Gallup Education, about public education and what polls show about how Americans view their teachers.

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Brief summary of D.C. student-assignment proposals

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:21am

D.C. officials have put forth a proposal to redraw elementary-school boundaries, but they are also floating three broader policy proposals, pieces of which have the potential to radically change the way in which students are assigned to schools.

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Strauss: The federal government’s short attention span

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:00am

When it comes to school and neighborhood inequality, the federal government has a short attention span, discussed here by Elaine Weiss and Patrick Sharkey. Weiss is the national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, a project of the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute that recognizes the impact of social and economic disadvantage on many schools and students, and works to better the conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn. Sharkey is an associate professor of Sociology at New York University and the author of Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality. He will discuss key findings at an Economic Policy Institute event on Thursday, April 10.

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Food Service Worker, Sr (Catering) on call (5651C) #17668 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 7:15am
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Library Professional 4 - Permissions Officer (6268U) #17646 | University of California Berkeley

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Move Registrar (9723C) #17682 | University of California Berkeley

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Temporary Cook (5523C) #17035 | University of California Berkeley

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Financial Analyst 5 (0216U) #17675 | University of California Berkeley

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PART TIME -Asst. Production Manager (Events Specialist 3, 6292U), Theater, Dance & Performance Studi | University of California Berkeley

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Cal Housing Coordinator (7376U) #17674 | University of California Berkeley

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Assistant Electrician (6335C) #17670 | University of California Berkeley

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ASSISTANT TICKET OFFICE MANAGER (7553U) #17641 | University of California Berkeley

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