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School Researchers Use Computer Models to 'Field-Test' Ideas

Education Week - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:19pm
Increasingly detailed computer models of student behavior and learning provide new testing grounds for classroom interventions.
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N.Y.C. Schools to Open Doors to Student Cellphones

Education Week - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:06pm
The country's largest school district plans to end its ban on student cellphones in schools, following the path of a growing number of districts.
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Ed. Startups Get Money, Advice From Federal Program

Education Week - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:06pm
Operating within the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the Small Business Innovation Research program has backed the development of dozens of ed-tech companies.
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Teaching the Why, Not Just the What, of Geography

Education Week - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:05pm
Standards should emphasize the deeper reasoning implicit in geography education, not just learning place names, Phil Gersmehl writes.
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Ensuring Equity in Charter Schools

Education Week - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:05pm
The underwhelming performance of many charters should be a call to action, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter say.
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Maryland’s new test requirement for graduation to be delayed two years

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:08pm

The Maryland State Board of Education voted on Tuesday for a two-year delay in requiring that high school students pass new standardized tests in order to graduate.

This year, students in grades 3 to 8 and in English 10 and Algebra I will take the new tests, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and based on the national Common Core State Standards.

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As many as 19 U-Md. students have contracted viral meningitis, officials say

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:02pm

Nineteen students at the University of Maryland at College Park have come down with confirmed or suspected cases of viral meningitis in a little more than a week.

Health officials at the university said that they are encouraging students to practice good hygiene to avoid the serious illness. David McBride, director of the campus health center, said that most of the students who became sick recovered quickly, returning to class in as little as two days.

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Maxwell hires former Baker aide to serve as board liaison

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:24pm

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell has hired Christian Rhodes, the education adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, to join his executive team.

Rhodes will become the executive board liaison and strategic partners officer.

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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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