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Feds Seek Files on Elite Nonprofit in Chicago Schools Probe

Education Week - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 9:03am
Federal investigators looking into Chicago Public Schools' dealings with a leadership training academy are also examining records involving an elite nonprofit group led by a powerful board comprised of movers and shakers.
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Trends from the 2015 America’s Most Challenging High Schools list

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 9:00am
What intrigues me about the 2015 edition of The Washington Post’s annual America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is the jump in the number of qualifying schools, about 20 percent more than at this time last year. But there are several other takeaways, particularly about the schools at the very top of the list.Read full article >>






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GOP Senators in White House Race Could Complicate K-12 Debate

Education Week - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 8:47am
A trio of Republican presidential hopefuls—Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio—aren’t necessarily in lockstep with congressional education leaders on key issues.
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N.Y.C. Head Start Inspection Sparks Congressional Letter

Education Week - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 8:46am
Two House education committee members demand to know why New York City’s Head Start grant was not suspended or revoked after inspections raised concerns about child safety.
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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | April 20, 2015

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 7:00am
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.






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The Learning Network: How Do You Deal With Boredom?

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 5:04am
What are your best tactics for putting an end to boredom?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Lucasfilm and ‘Star Wars’ Fans

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 4:38am
Here are several paragraphs from an April 14 article, “For Lucasfilm, the Way of Its Force Lies in Its ‘Star Wars’ Fans.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | A Challenge to the Wright Brothers’ Legacy

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 4:31am
Why do some people believe Gustave Whitehead, not Wilbur and Orville Wright, was the first person to fly an aircraft?






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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW IN HISTORY | The University of Sydney

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:56am
AUS - NSW - Sydney, POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW IN HISTORY FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHICAL AND HISTORICAL INQUIRY REFERENCE NO. 496/0215 Join an ARC Laureate Fellowship project ‘Inven
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | infantile

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:01am
This word has appeared in 42 New York Times articles in the past year.






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America’s Most Challenging High Schools national top 25 list for 2015

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:00pm
America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index invented by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. The index formula is a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in 2014, divided by the number of graduates that year.Read full article >>






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America’s Most Challenging High Schools local top 25 list for 2015

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:00pm
America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index invented by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. The index formula is a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in 2014, divided by the number of graduates that year.Read full article >>






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Many U.S. schools still resist challenging all their students

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:00pm
When my wife and I lived in Scarsdale, N.Y., in the 1990s, I was surprised that our son Peter had to take an entrance exam to get into the Advanced Placement U.S. History course at the local public high school. I remembered the five years I spent writing a book about an inner-city East Los Angeles school that had great success letting anyone who wanted to work hard have a chance at tackling AP. Read full article >>






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Top-performing schools with elite students

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:00pm
The Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is designed to recognize schools that challenge average students. These top-performing schools, listed in alphabetical order, were excluded from the list because, despite their exceptional quality, their admission rules and standardized test scores indicate they have few or no average students. Non-neighborhood schools with SAT or ACT averages above the highest averages for neighborhood schools nationally are placed on this list. Our sampling of private schools is exempt from this rule so that readers can see how they compare to schools on the main list.Read full article >>






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How the America’s Most Challenging High Schools list works

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:00pm
1. How does the America’s Most Challenging High Schools list work?We take the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. I call this formula the Challenge Index. With a few exceptions, public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.00, meaning they had as many tests in 2014 as they had graduates, were put on the national list. We rank the schools in order of ratio, with the highest (20.44) this year achieved by BASIS Oro Valley, in Oro Valley, Ariz., which takes over as the top-ranked school after the American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, Calif., held the position for two years.Read full article >>






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Strauss: School removes word ‘feminist’ from 13-year-old’s shirt in class picture

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:51pm
A middle school in Ohio printed class photos of students but only after removing the word “feminist” from the T-shirt worn by one student.The teen, eighth-grader Sophie Thomas at Clermont Northeastern Middle School in Owensville, had been wearing the T-shirt to school with no consequences as it didn’t violate the dress code and nobody seemed to care what it said. That, according to the Women You Should Know Web site, changed when it was time for class pictures. Sophie realized it after the pictures were given to students.Read full article >>






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High School Transdisciplinary Teacher | School for Tomorrow

Latest Job Postings - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:36pm
US - VA - Reston, The ideal candidate for the position will: Have strong writing and numeracy skills. Be comfortable teaching across disciplines. Be willing and able to quickly learn new content. Be able to teach
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Middle School Transdisciplinary Teacher | School for Tomorrow

Latest Job Postings - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:32pm
US - VA - Reston,   The ideal candidate for the position will: Have strong writing and numeracy skills. Be comfortable teaching across disciplines. Be willing and able to quickly learn new content. Be able
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Strauss: Educators alarmed by some questions on N.Y. Common Core tests

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:15pm
I wrote a post yesterday saying education activists were reporting more than 175,000 New York students had opted out of Common Core English Language Arts exams given last week — and many more districts were still unheard from.  New York is at the center of a growing movement among parents around the country to protest new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core (or similar state standards) that they think are unfair to students and teachers because the results are used for high-stakes decisions against the advice of assessment experts. The post also mentioned some complaints from teachers about the composition of the tests, which are aligned to the Core and were created for the state of New York by Pearson, the largest education company in the world.Read full article >>






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