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AmeriCorps volunteers play a big role in D.C. schools

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 3:37pm

The District is increasingly turning to another pool of labor to support its efforts to improve literacy, reduce dropout rates and turn around schools: AmeriCorps volunteers.

Twenty years after the national service program started, the $665 million federal program helps fund corps members in 1,500 organizations around the country. In the District, about 800 AmeriCorps volunteers are working in public schools — both traditional and charter — and in community organizations that support education.

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AmeriCorps celebrates 20th anniversary this month

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 3:31pm

AmeriCorps celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. The national service program, created as a kind of domestic Peace Corps, was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.

During an inaugural swearing-in ceremony he told the first volunteers: “You’re what is right with America.”

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George Washington U. student dies

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 1:53pm

A George Washington University student who died late last week was identified Sunday.

William Gwathmey, 20, died Friday, of causes yet undetermined, said Officer Paul Metcalf of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

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International Education: Campus Police Acquire Military Weapons

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:35pm
At least 124 colleges have acquired military equipment through a federal program that transfers military surplus to law-enforcement agencies across the country.






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Motherlode Blog: From Lymphoma Mom to Just Mom, and Holding

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 8:30am
During chemotherapy, my cancer shifted from being a sad thing to being a sad and annoying thing. No one wanted anything to change, but almost everything did.






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The Texas Tribune: Questioning an Ambitious Chancellor’s Vision

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 7:29pm
While the aggressive transformation of the University of Houston has drawn praise, it has also prompted questions about the college’s role in both the community and the university system.






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The Texas Tribune: Candidate’s Vow to Kill Tuition Law Makes Some in His Party Squirm

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 7:28pm
State Senator Dan Patrick, who is running for lieutenant governor in Texas, wants to repeal the Dream Act, just as Republicans are trying to appeal more to Hispanic voters.






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When no gender fits: A quest to be seen as just a person

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 6:11pm

Kelsey scans the wall of T-shirts in Five Below, one of the few stores to qualify as “quirky” in this conservative part of western Michigan. “Let’s Have a Party,” a shirt reads, near displays of body glitter and $5 leggings. “Warning: Prone to Shenanigans,” reads another, and after less than a minute, it’s clear the store doesn’t have what Kelsey is looking for, because no place ever does, at least not around here.

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State says Prince George’s schools CFO committed insurance fraud, placed on leave

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 6:02pm

The top budget official for Maryland’s second-largest school system was placed on administrative leave with pay Friday after school officials learned of an order from the Maryland Insurance Administration finding that he committed insurance fraud.

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Police name person of interest in hunt for missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:59pm

Police on Saturday publicly identified a Charlottesville man as the person of interest in the case of the missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Capt. Gary Pleasants said that police believe the man was the last person to see Graham before she disappeared early in the morning Sept. 13. Police searched the man’s car Friday and found evidence that led investigators to pursue a second search warrant to enter his Charlottesville-area apartment. Police would not publicly elaborate on what that evidence was.

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Economic View: Why Federal College Ratings Won’t Rein In Tuition

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:24pm
An ambitious plan to create a better-informed marketplace for education doesn’t take into account how public universities are funded.






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Strauss: Why a kindergarten teacher is running for Congress

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:17pm

Janet Garrett is a veteran kindergarten teacher in Oberlin, Ohio. She just started her 35th year of teaching — which will be her last. She is running as a Democrat for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 4th Congressional District of Ohio, challenging the conservative Republican incumbent, Jim Jordan. In this post she talks about the fads in education that she has seen come and go, and her concerns about what is happening in kindergarten classes today and the huge amount of testing being given to 5- and 6-year-old students.

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New Jersey Teacher Is Charged With Sexual Assault of 5 Students

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:58pm
Nicole Dufault, a teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood, who was arrested this week for having sex with three students, is charged with sexually assaulting two more students.






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Twitter Erupts as Nicki Minaj’s Offer to School Is Declined

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:15pm
Students at the rapper’s alma mater, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, post their dismay after a visit falls through.






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New effort to get more students in Maryland eating breakfast

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:32pm

There’s a new push to get more school kids in Maryland to eat breakfast, so advocates, educators and parents gathered at a public school in Silver Spring on Friday to bring attention to the idea.

They talked about better student performance, improved attendance, fewer visits to the health room and better chances of high school graduation for children who start their days with a morning meal.

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Police scrutinize ‘person of interest’ seen with missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:09pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Police pleaded with the public Friday to come forward with information about a man who they believe was in a bar with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham about the time she went missing last Saturday, saying they know who he is and have spoken with him but don’t have enough information to arrest him.

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College admissions chiefs worry: How will students find them?

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:27pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Every year, high school students stress over whether they’ll get into their top-choice college. But this week, college admission officers from across the country are gathered here to contemplate their own big worries.

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Future Tense: Disrupting the Playground

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:53pm
To see technology’s future, look no further than nursery school.
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College Recreation Now Includes Pool Parties and River Rides

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:36pm
In the university recreation center arms race, the latest idea is to turn a piece of campus into something approaching a water theme park.
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Amy Cuddy Takes a Stand

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:25pm
A successful pose has helped Ms. Cuddy become a leading voice on TED Talks.
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