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Motherlode Blog: The College Essay Consultant’s Son Has No Shoes

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:44pm
It’s much easier to brush off your mother than a stranger who is paid to give advice about your college application essays.






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Strauss: School districts moving to cut reliance on test scores to evaluate schools

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:00pm

Big school districts around the country — including in New York City — are starting to lessen their misplaced reliance on student standardized test scores to evaluate schools, as this roundup of “test reform” news shows. And some are doing it in unusual ways.

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Motherlode Blog: Found Money: Return, Rejoice or Share?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:47am
One morning last month, I turned the corner with my 8-year-old daughter and there, on the sidewalk, lay a teaching moment waiting to happen in the form of a crumpled $20 bill.






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Judge: L.A. School Deprived Students of Valuable Learning Time

Education Week - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:59am
California education officials must get involved in fixing a slew of scheduling and class-assignment problems that have unconstitutionally deprived students at a Los Angeles high school of weeks of valuable learning time this fall, a judge ruled Wednesday.
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The Learning Network: Our Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:56am
Create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words from our Word of the Day feature, and post a link here by Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. Eastern.






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Motherlode Blog: What’s Really for Breakfast?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:04am
If I were faced with a photographer coming to my house to take pictures of breakfast, I’d be very tempted to do it up right.






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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Teenage Slang, 1943

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:11am
“Blitz the cold-storage plant”? “Step up closer to the mike”? As this article reports, teenagers said in 1943 to mean “You figure it out”: You shred it, wheat.






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International Education: Policing University Partnerships in Authoritarian Countries

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 6:01am
A professor at Wellesley College seeks to ensure that academic freedoms are upheld in collaborations between American and foreign universities.






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The Learning Network: What Are Your Best Tips for Studying?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:00am
What role does procrastination play in your studying? Do you tend to cram? Or do you plan out your studying long in advance?






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Strauss: Why are TFA and a California billionaire investing in Minnesota school board race?

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:00am

For several years now local school board races around the country have attracted big money from outside the state — and sometimes from across the country — as school reformers and their supporters seek to elect like-minded public officials. In 2013, for example, millions of dollars were spent on school board races in Los Angeles and in 2012, outsiders poured money into a New Orleans school board race. The following post looks at what is going in a Minnesota school board race . It was written Minneapolis-based writer and former teacher Sarah Lahm, published by In These Times, and reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund with support from the Puffin Foundation.

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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | How to Make a Black Hole

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:42am
Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | How to Make a Black Hole

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:30am
When have you observed something amazing in the night sky? What did you see? Why was it memorable?






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Strauss: Tell us what you really think

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:00am

In Hinsdale, Illinois, the school board has been negotiating with the teachers union on a new contract but things have not gone well. In fact, some members of the community in the Chicago suburb felt that the negotiators for the conservative board were trying to bust the union — an idea that seems to have been reinforced by the following advertisement placed in the Daily Herald [bold face in the ad is mine] after it was feared that the teachers might strike:

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | bolt

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 196 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Iguala Journal: In Case of Missing Students, Hillside Mass Graves Point to a Death March

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:24pm
Witnesses said that students from a teachers college were apprehended by police officers, killed and buried in Iguala, Mexico, but their accounts fuel further questions.






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D.C. charter board reviewing admissions preference for children of employees

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:57pm

The D.C. Public Charter School Board is considering a policy that would give the children of charter school employees preference in the city’s enrollment lottery.

The measure, which would give children a far better chance of getting into the charter schools where their parents work, is meant to bring the charter board’s policies in line with a law that the D.C. Council approved this past spring. That law is aimed at helping the city’s charter schools recruit and retain employees.

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