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Dunbar celebrates largest high school test scores gains in the city

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:54pm

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), flanked by cheerleaders and a marching band, congratulated the students at Dunbar High School on Thursday for achieving some of the biggest gains on the city’s standardized tests last year.

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Charter School Backers Rally, Hoping to Influence de Blasio’s Policies

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:50pm
Demonstrators filled Foley Square to highlight what they said was a crisis of quality in New York City public schools.
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Motherlode Blog: In Defense of Sparkle Science

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:15pm
It’s not necessary to create an arbitrary dividing line between “serious” science and everything else. For some children, learning about the science behind sparkly things is their way in to a whole world of technology.






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Virginia middle school student diagnosed with whooping cough

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

A student at an Ashburn, Va. middle school has been diagnosed with whooping cough, a Loudoun County Public Schools official said.

Spokesman Wayde Bayard said an e-mail was sent to parents of students at Eagle Ridge Middle School on Thursday morning notifying them of the diagnosis. The e-mail included a letter from the health department telling parents to watch for symptoms.

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Howard U. retains California firm to manage its troubled teaching hospital

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:34pm

Howard University said Thursday it has reached agreement with a California firm to manage its teaching hospital, which in recent years has been a major source of fiscal strains for the school in Northwest Washington.

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The Learning Network: 10 Ways to Explore and Express What Makes Your Community Unique

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:14pm
What communities are you a part of? Which one matters to you most? What do people need to know about this community? How can you communicate that? Here are some ideas for projects for teachers and students that help answer those questions, in honor of Connected Educator Month and the Oct. 20 National Day on Writing.






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Strauss: Colorado student protest leader: ‘I’m learning how people need to act to make a democracy function’

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:13pm

Kyle Ferris is a student at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo., and a leader of protests that have been rocking the school system there for weeks. In the following Q&A, Ferris explains why he started protests at his school and what he and others hope to achieve from their demonstrations as well as what he is learning about American democracy.

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In Dallas Schools, Fear of Possible Ebola Exposure

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:01pm
Parents and schoolchildren wrestled with their fears after learning that five school-age children had had contact with a man who is ill with Ebola.
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Strauss: How much data is being ‘mined’ from our kids? More than you know.

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:09pm

If you think that people are constantly collecting data about your and your kids but you aren’t exactly sure, here’s some information that can help you figure it out.

Below is an infographic from Marketplace.org showing just how data-mined our kids are every day. The graphic accompanies a story titled, “A day in the life of a data mined kid,” which says in part:

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Motherlode Blog: Dear Parent: A Student May Have Been Exposed to the Ebola Virus

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:56pm
In an atmosphere of uncertainty, an excess of caution can seem perfectly reasonable. So were the parents who removed their children from schools in Dallas because of the fear of Ebola wrong?






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Archive Dive: The Long, Slow Growth of Prekindergarten in New York City

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:04pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiative to expand early-childhood education comes 50 years after the city first started classes for 4-year-olds.
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Motherlode Blog: Fairy House for Sale. No Financing.

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:40am
“I’m interested in buying a fairy house,” I told the first branch of the phone tree at Bank of America Home Loans. In August, the company agreed to pay a $16.65 billion penalty for its role in selling bonds based on make-believe mortgages. I felt that I had gone to the right place. Read more (and watch the slide show).
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Moody’s: Rising number of college applications doesn’t equal rising demand

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:16am

The more applications a college receives, the greater the consumer demand for that school, right?

Not necessarily, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report Thursday.

The credit rating agency, based in New York, found that applications to private colleges rose nearly 70 percent from 2004 to 2013 but that the annual total of new high school graduates rose a much more modest amount in that time, about 5 percent.

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The Learning Network: Poetry Pairing | ‘Dedication for a Plot of Ground’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:08am
William Carlos Williams’s poem “Dedication for a Plot of Ground” and the article “United Behind a Son’s American Dream, No Matter the Consequences” by David Gonzalez appear in this Poetry Pairing.






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