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SAT scores in most Fairfax high schools see notable jump, while some still struggle

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:00am

The average SAT score in Fairfax County jumped five points in 2014, even as students around the country saw scores remain stagnant.

Compared to 2013, the average composite score for students in Fairfax, the 10th-largest school division in the country and most dynamic district in the sate, rose to 1668, more than 170 points above the nationwide average of 1497.

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The Learning Network: How Should We React to the Ebola Epidemic?

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 5:00am
Do you feel anxious? Have you noticed any signs of anxiety about Ebola in your community? How can anxiety in this situation be helpful? How can it be harmful?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A Review of ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 4:47am
Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Sharp Rise in Cuban Migration Stirs Worries of a Mass Exodus

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 4:30am
Why are so many Cubans trying to emigrate to the United States?






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Strauss: Why students don’t read books assigned in class — and how they get away with it

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

Here’s a video in which young people explain why they don’t read the books that are assigned in school but somehow manage to get away with it in class. They also talk about how much they actually like to read — when given a chance to pick their own material.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | vapid

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 31 New York Times articles in the past year.






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A Teacher Accused of Abuse Seen to Have Never Grown Up

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:05pm
Sean Shaynak, a Brooklyn Technical High School teacher who faces 36 charges including sexual abuse and forcible touching, appeared forever stuck in high school to those who knew him.






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Prince George’s board members charge thousands in local restaurant meals

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:15pm

Prince George’s County school board members have used credit cards issued by the district to pay for thousands of dollars in meals at local restaurants, spending that some are calling a misuse of school system funds even though it does not appear to violate the rules.

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Would-be challenger to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seriously ill

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:50pm

Karen Lewis, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president who has been laying the groundwork for a challenge to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, underwent emergency surgery Wednesday and has a “serious illness,” according to the union.

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Strauss: Really? D.C. charter school employees to get admissions preference for their kids.

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:51pm

The Web site of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, the entity that approves and oversees 60 charter schools in the nation’s capital,  says the following:

Charter  schools  are  public,  taxpayer-funded  and  open  to  all  DC  residents;  parents  can  enroll  their  child  if  there  is  space,  and  if  there  is  not,  schools  hold  a  random selection  process  or  lottery. Charter  schools  are  not  selective.” Read full article >>






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Counties look at cost of educating unaccompanied minors who crossed border

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:34pm

Officials in three Northern Virginia counties are scrutinizing the costs of educating the nearly 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant children living there with an eye toward recouping expenses from the federal government for keeping the young migrants — who crossed the U.S. border without their parents — in local public schools.

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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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