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The President is talking about making college more affordable. Skip to what you need to know

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 7:20pm
Do you like acronyms and financial aid forms and the footnotes to federal tax policy?If yes, you are in luck, and will surely enjoy financing your own and your children’s college educations.If no, but you want to know what President Barack Obama proposes to do to make college more affordable in tonight’s State of the Union address, look no further. The Post’s Danielle Douglas-Gabriel breaks down some key points here.Read full article >>

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Parents Confront Obstacles as School Choice Expands

Education Week - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:29pm
High-choice cities such as New Orleans and Denver have tried to simplify the school-selection process for families, but challenges remain.
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Doctors Enlisted to Deliver Early-Literacy Message

Education Week - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:25pm
Pediatricians join the Too Small to Fail campaign's push to encourage parents to talk, read, and sing to their infants and toddlers as a key precursor to literacy.
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Educators Often Overlook Student Grief, Experts Say

Education Week - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:19pm
A coalition of education organizations has developed resources that aim to help educators properly support students dealing with death and loss.
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Louisiana Slow in Rolling Out New Authority for Spec. Ed. Teams

Education Week - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:16pm
Worries over federal compliance slow implementation of a new law giving school-based teams the power to develop course-completion and graduation standards for some special education students.
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Charters Need Policy and Community Support

Education Week - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:15pm
Good laws are important, but they aren't the only key to successful charter schools, Nina Rees and Todd Ziebarth say.
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Four Ways to Improve Student Mental-Health Support

Education Week - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:14pm
Improving school-community collaboration is one way to help students get the mental-health treatment they need, S. Brock and H.T. Brant say.
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Make K-12 Skills Relevant to Students

Education Week - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:11pm
Making the connections clear between academics and work will benefit many students, says Jonathan Hasak.
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Idaho Schools Face Potential Tech Crisis Over Broadband Issue

Education Week - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:06pm
State officials are scrambling to make sure their broadband network provides service to school districts, following a legal battle that has left the network's future in limbo.
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Obama Calls for Stronger Protections on Student-Data Privacy

Education Week - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:06pm
A proposed new federal Student Digital Privacy Act would put new restrictions on how companies use student data, but hurdles abound.
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Manassas City schools to start before Labor Day

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:57pm
Manassas City schools will begin its next school year a week early, joining two other northern Virginia school districts in bucking a longtime Virginia tradition of starting after Labor Day.Under the amended calendar, students will be back in classrooms on Aug. 31, 2015. They are scheduled to finish the school year on June 16.Read full article >>

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Changing school hours: Is 20 minutes later a good idea? Montgomery asks the public.

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:41pm
Should public schools in Montgomery County start 2o minutes later in the morning to help weary teenagers get a little more sleep?Or perhaps the youngest children should start their school day earliest, with high schoolers heading to classes afterward.Read full article >>

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Who will sit with Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address?

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:59pm
First lady Michelle Obama has invited a handful of students and educators to sit in her viewing box Tuesday night for the State of the Union address. Among them are several people who personify themes of the Obama administration, including improving outcomes for young black men, a push to expand access to college for low-income students, job retraining for adult workers and opportunities for “dreamers,” or undocumented students brought to the United States as children.Read full article >>

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Motherlode Blog: 43 and Pregnant

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:37pm
My pregnancy’s viability is still very much in limbo. As am I. I am readying myself for whatever happens, but I am split in a way I have never felt before.

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Strauss: Teacher refuses to give Common Core test to kids — with her superintendent’s support

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm
This may be a first: A Long Island teacher has decided to refuse to administer the state’s mandated Common Core-aligned test to students — and the superintendent of the district in which she works supports her.Read full article >>

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Leg Advocacy Webinar - January 28--Michelle Herczog

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:22pm
Mark your calendars and spread the word - NCSS' first legislative advocacy webinar of 2015 will be Wednesday, January 28th at 3:00 p.m. East Coast Time Catriona Macdonald, President of Linchpin Strategies and NCSS' Congressional expert, will touch on the new congressional landscape context, and in an exciting turn of events, she will also provide information about the conversation taking place on the Hill about ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act)! In light of this critical new development, --> Read More

Strauss: Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:31pm
There is no end to the debate about school reform, but there are certain things about education that seem like no-brainers. The problem is that they continue to be ignored by policymakers and in schools. Alfie Kohn lists 10 of them in the following post, which he first published in the American School Board Journal in 2011, but which holds as true today as it did then. Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who gave me permission to republish this piece, is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”Read full article >>

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