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Motherlode Blog: How Col. Jeanette McMahon, Retired Military Widow, Does It

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:35pm
Right after my husband’s death, we were all struggling. Now, with two of my sons out of high school and only one living at home, I can finally think about what to do next.






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Meet the Ward 6 candidates for D.C. State Board of Education

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:18pm

Two candidates are vying for an open seat on the D.C. State Board of Education in Ward 6. Monica Warren-Jones, who was elected in 2010, is not seeking reelection.

The board’s main function is to set policies around graduation requirements and academic standards. It no longer plays a role in decisions about school system facilities, operations and budget, because the D.C. Council established mayoral control over the schools in 2007. But many of the candidates also view the position as an opportunity to advocate for school issues in their part of the city. Here are the Ward 6 candidates. Their responses are based on interviews, correspondence and campaign materials.

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Motherlode Blog: When the Diagnosis Is Rare, Parents May Know More Than Professionals

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:02pm
It’s fine for parents to have more expertise than the pediatrician. In fact, sometimes it’s necessary.






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Motherlode Blog: A Baby Born Exactly According to Plan, a Thousand Miles From Home

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:20am
Chances are good that Omaha won’t matter to my new daughter the way it does to me. But no matter what, it will always be a part of her life story.






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Strauss: Eleven civil rights groups urge Obama to drop test-based K-12 ‘accountability’ system

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:19am

Eleven national civil rights groups sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and congressional leaders saying that the current standardized test-based “accountability system” for K-12 education ignores “critical supports and services” children need to succeed and discourages “schools from providing a rich curriculum for all students focused on the 21st century skills they need to acquire.”  The groups make recommendations on how to revamp the system in a way that would improve educational opportunity and equity for students of color.

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Meet the Ward 3 candidates for D.C. State Board of Education

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:52am

The Ward 3 seat for the D.C. State Board of Education is wide open this fall. After seven years on the board, Laura Slover decided not to run for another term.

The board’s main function is to set policies around graduation requirements and academic standards. It no longer plays a role in decisions about school system facilities, operations and budget, since the D.C. Council established mayoral control over the schools in 2007. But many of the candidates also see the position as a key advocate for school issues in their part of the city. Here are the Ward 3 candidates. Their responses here are based on interviews.

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Two States Revisit NCLB Tangles After Losing Waivers

Education Week - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:22am
For now, Oklahoma and Washington are navigating a bumpy transition back to life under the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.
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