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Teachers unions spent $60 million for the midterms but still lost many elections

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 8:42pm

The nation’s major teachers unions suffered losses across the country Tuesday, despite pouring about $60 million into federal, state and local races in the midterm elections.

“We knew this was going to be an uphill battle,” said Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest labor union. “But I don’t think anybody on our side, and we’ve got some very savvy people, anticipated going over the falls like this. Tectonic plates have shifted. And we’re going to have to come back with a new way of organizing for these kinds of races.”

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Hopkins fraternity suspended after girl, 16, reports two men raped her at a party

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 8:39pm

BALTIMORE — A Johns Hopkins University fraternity has been placed on interim suspension for underage drinking, school officials said Wednesday, as police investigate a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped at the organization’s off-campus house.

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Strauss: Billionaires can’t always get what they want

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 7:33pm

There are, apparently, some things even billionaires can’t buy. The California state superintendent’s position, for example.

With strong support from teachers unions and school superintendents, Tom Torlakson, the incumbent California superintendent of public education, handily beat Marshall Tuck, who was strongly backed by a gaggle of anti-union billionaires from Wall Street, real estate and Silicon Valley, including some who don’t live in California. Who? People such as former Enron trader John Arnold, who lives in New Jersey; Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, who lives in Arkansas; and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Forcible sex offense reports double at U-Md. and U-Va., echoing increase across U.S.

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:57pm

Reports of forcible sex offenses at the flagship public universities of Virginia and Maryland doubled last year, according to new federal data.

There were 19 reports at the University of Maryland in 2013, up from nine the year before, and 27 at the University of Virginia, up from 11.

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Princeton Mishandled Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Cases, U.S. Inquiry Finds

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:32pm
The Office of Civil Rights found that the university, which is already enacting reforms, failed to respond quickly and fairly to students’ complaints.
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Brooklyn Principal Apologizes for Remark Deemed Offensive

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:19pm
Donna Taylor, the principal of the Brooklyn School of Inquiry, said she regretted telling a group of parents and children that “if you don’t speak Spanish, you’re going to clean your own house.”
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New filings claim more discrimination under Fairfax principal

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 5:57pm

The lawyer representing three former Fairfax County educators in a federal discrimination lawsuit filed new court documents to bolster their claims of a hostile work environment, including affidavits from five additional staffers who claim they, too, were discriminated against and treated harshly by the school system.

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Motherlode Blog: While Some Parents Volunteer Too Much, Others Feel Excluded

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 5:32pm
Language barriers and perceived race and class barriers can mean that when it comes to volunteering, some parents stay home—and feel unable to help their children achieve.






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Strauss: What the new education powerhouse in Congress wants to do

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 4:06pm

(Correction: Earlier version said Alexander had taken “ambitious” position on Common Core. the correct characterization is “ambiguous.”

Congress is about to get a new education powerhouse, one  who is no stranger to federal education policy.

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The Learning Network: Exponential Outbreaks: The Mathematics of Epidemics

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:28pm
In this lesson, students explore the fundamental mathematical concepts underlying the spread of contagious disease.






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Middle School Social Studies Teacher | The Blake School

Latest Job Postings - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:23pm
US - MN, Our new social studies teacher will join other dedicated colleagues in a collaborative and stimulating environment. Duties will include classroom instruction, leading an advisory group, conferences wi
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Building Blocks: At Future Cornell Campus, the First Step in Restoring Murals Is Finding Them

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:01pm
Restoring three pieces from the federal Work Projects Administration at a hospital on Roosevelt Island presented many challenges.
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Deal Professor: Creditors Keep Troubled Law Schools on Life Support

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:58pm
Creditors do not move to shut down a law school because keeping a struggling school alive means there is some possibility of repayment.






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Pr. George’s school board race too close to call in District 3

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:07pm

The race for the District 3 seat on the Prince George’s County Board of Education was deadlocked Wednesday with seven votes separating newcomer Dinora Hernandez and incumbent Amber Waller.

Hernandez, who was endorsed by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), has 5,167 votes over Waller’s 5,160 votes.

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Motherlode Blog: Paid Sick Leave: On Four Ballots, and Undefeated

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:35pm
Paid sick leave was on four ballots last night. All four initiatives passed, even in Massachusetts, which now has both a Republican governor and the nation’s strongest requirements for paid sick leave.






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D.C. State Board of Education has three new members

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:40pm

The D.C. State Board of Education has three new members that will start in January.

In Ward 3, Ruth Wattenberg will take the seat vacated by Laura Slover. Wattenberg, an education policy consultant, won with just over 7,100 votes.

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California school superintendent battle highlights Democratic education divisions

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:26pm

In a white-hot battle in California that is considered a proxy fight for deep national divisions in the Democratic Party over education, Tom Torlakson was narrowly reelected as the state’s schools superintendent, beating back Marshall Tuck by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

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