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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | 25 Years of ‘The Simpsons’
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“What has “The Simpsons” meant to you? What are your favorite episodes? If you are a teacher, do you teach with it? Let us know”
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Op-Ed Contributor: Your Waitress, Your Professor
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“Why do we draw a line between blue-collar and white-collar work?”
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Cuomo Signals Changes for Education Next Year
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s goals include making it easier to fire low-performing teachers and increasing the number of charter schools.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Riches to Rags for New York Teenager Who Now Says His Story Is Hoax
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“What lessons should be learned from this incident?”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A Makeover for Archie and the Gang
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“Here are several paragraphs from a Dec. 14 article, “As Archie Nears 75, Riverdale Gets a Youthful Infusion.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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The Learning Network: Was Sony Right to Cancel ‘The Interview’ After Receiving a Threat Against Theaters?
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“Many in Hollywood expressed dismay that hackers could force a studio to cancel a movie. Does Sony’s decision threaten First Amendment freedoms?”
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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Winter Weather
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“Test your knowledge of winter weather by playing our crossword.”
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International Education: Why Colleges Haven't Stopped Binge Drinking
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“More than 1,800 students die every year of alcohol-related causes. But attention to the issue over decades has not made much difference in the United States.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.”
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At Voice Charter School in Queens, Students Have Outperformed Their Peers Academically
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“Voice Charter School in Long Island City, Queens, credits its focus on music with its students outpacing their peers on New York State math and English exams.”
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Motherlode Blog: Why We Don’t Do the Naughty List
by NYT > Education

Dec 19, 2014
“I understand why the naughty list helps some parents. But for my anxious daughter, it’s the opposite of Christmas magic. Bless the mall Santa who understood that.”
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The city that was cut in half
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“When he brought his camera to shoot the shrinking German city of Hoyerswerda, you could say American photographer Demetrius Freeman took a few risks.”
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Obama: Sony 'made a mistake'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“President Barack Obama on Friday said that Sony Pictures made a mistake in canceling the release of a movie after a cyberattack from North Korean-backed hackers.”
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Watch 'karate instructor' levitate
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“What do you do when your karate instructor flies? Watch the "The Carbonaro Effect" Thursdays 10/9c on truTV.”
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Dog flunks out of academy, does this
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“A dog that never made it as a K-9 officer because of his fear of thunder unexpectedly helped put a suspected robber behind bars.”
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Jail's camera rolls while clients ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“A county jail is under fire for security cameras recording private moments of clients using the toilet and dressing.”
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This video will make your heart stop
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“Veteran BASE jumpers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a world record by BASE jumping off the world's tallest building.”
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Boy rips off Santa's beard to find ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“An airman disguised himself as Santa to surprise his six-year-old son who thought he wouldn't be home for Christmas.”
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The week in 32 photos
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“The Pope celebrated his birthday, a landslide buried homes in California and holidays were observed around the world. See these and other images from the week's news.”
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Dancer: Told I was the wrong color
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“Misty Copeland makes history as the American Ballet Theatre's first African-American soloist in two decades.”
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Rare rhino hunter still awaiting permit
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“It has been almost one year since Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 for a hunting permit issued by the government of Namibia to hunt an endangered black rhinoceros. He hasn't gone on the hunt and it's still not entirely clear if he will ever shoot the animal.”
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1 million mummies buried here?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“Archeologists claim there is an estimated one million mummies buried at a site in Egypt. CNN's Amir Daftari reports.”
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Mystery deep-sea fish discovered
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“A new species of fish that's translucent with wing-like fins and an eel-like tail was discovered in the Mariana Trench.”
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DUI charge in fatal crowd crash
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“A 56-year-old Southern California woman was charged Friday with driving intoxicated into a crowd exiting a church Christmas-related event, killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, prosecutors said.”
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Penn Jillette: Please don't feed hackers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“How about a world where we have murderers but no murders? The police still chase down criminals who commit murder, we have trials, juries who judge, and justice is handed out . . . but no one dies.”
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15 cool gifts for travelers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“Journals, luggage tags, Panama hats? Yawn. We've got a selection of gifts travelers will actually use.”
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Music helps veterans heal
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“When Capt. Greg Galeazzi joined the Army seven years ago, he was well aware of the risks he would face.”
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Epic office cubicle will amaze you
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“One woman took her company's holiday cubicle decorating contest to the next level with her custom log cabin. WCCO reports.”
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U.S. military's stealth dirt bike
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“The U.S. military's building a stealth bike with an electric battery, capable of silent operation for covert missions.”
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Yearbook pic school wanted to ban
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“A high school senior's yearbook picture includes her two great loves: her dog and hunting. CNN affiliate WTEN has more.”
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Why Castro asked FDR for $10
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“President Barack Obama jolted the long, tumultuous relationship between the United States and Cuba with his decision to normalize relations with a country that has fascinated and vexed Americans since the days of Theodore Roosevelt.”
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Family: Meatloaf dinner killed parents
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 19, 2014
“The children of an elderly West Virginia couple who passed away months apart in late 2012 and early 2013 are blaming their deaths on a restaurant chain's meatloaf.”
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Newtown teachers want continued mental health funding
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 19, 2014
“NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers told top union leaders on Tuesday they are worried what will happen once various pots of funding for mental health services run out in 2016.”
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Lawmakers push for changes to higher education
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 19, 2014
“Gov. Jerry Brown isn't expected to release his new budget until next month but higher education has already emerged as a contentious topic with legislators introducing competing plans to avoid tuition ...”
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Analyzing Colleges' Graduation Rates for Low-Income Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 19, 2014
“U.S. News has used exclusive data to analyze how successful colleges and universities have been at graduating their low-income students compared with their overall student bodies.”
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Early admission rates for Class of 2019
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 19, 2014
“The first wave of admission decisions is in for the Class of 2019.Here are admission rates for the early round at some highly selective schools. We’ll update as we get more data. These are culled from news releases.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Why kindergarten teachers don’t want to give this test to their students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 19, 2014
“The state of Maryland has developed a new Common Core-aligned “kindergarten readiness assessment” for teachers to administer to young kids to see, rather obviously, if they are “ready” for kindergarten. Now hundreds of kindergarten teachers who used the computer-based test for the first time this fall are pushing back, saying the assessment is not appropriate and won’t help them teach.Read full article >>”
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Vote on more flexible D.C. high school graduation requirements delayed for input
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 19, 2014
“The D.C. State Board of Education on Wednesday night voted unanimously to table a vote on proposed revisions to graduation requirements that would create more flexible routes to a high school diploma, citing the need to give the community more time to respond.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Are you a truly bad teacher? Here’s how to tell.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 19, 2014
“Bad teacher. There was a movie with that title, and now a television series. Time magazine had a recent cover with the title “Rotten Apples” that was not a reference to rotten Honey Crisps. And many school reformers talk about teachers as if nearly all of them are lousy. Certainly some teachers who should be doing something else (and it shouldn’t take forever to remove them from a classroom), but there’s a legitimate reason why polls show that teachers are utterly demoralized.Read full article >>”
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Employment and earnings weighed in Obama’s college-rating plan
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 19, 2014
“The Obama administration said Friday it is considering a college-rating system that would measure whether graduates earn enough money after leaving school to be substantially above the poverty level.In response to those who worry ratings could be skewed in favor of colleges with lots of graduates who strike it rich, the Education Department is weighing a proposal to set an earnings benchmark for recent graduates and former students that it calls “substantial employment.” That could be 200 percent of the poverty level, the department said, or a multiple of the full-time minimum wage projected over a year.Read full article >>”
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U-Va. board leader denounces ‘drive-by journalism’ of Rolling Stone’s rape article
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 19, 2014
“The leader of the University of Virginia’s governing board on Friday denounced Rolling Stone magazine for an article on an alleged gang rape at U-Va. that he likened to a drive-by assault.“Like a neighborhood thrown into chaos by drive-by violence, our tightly knit community has experienced the full fury of drive-by journalism in the 21st century,” U-Va. Rector George Keith Martin said at a meeting of the Board of Visitors in Charlottesville.Read full article >>”
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Girl's last words: 'I know I'm going to die'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 18, 2014
“An 11-year-old girl died from an allergic reaction on a family trip to Hawaii. CNN affiliate KTXL reports.”
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Real life castaway seen on island
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 18, 2014
“The Coast Guard released video of a real life castaway they say was stranded on an island in the Bahamas for six days.”
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'The Interview' 'utterly sucks'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 18, 2014
“Timothy Stanley says theaters' understandable decision to pull 'The Interview' to protect patrons after hackers' extortionate threat of violence is a lesson about free speech and totalitarianism”
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12 best places to spend Christmas 2014
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 18, 2014
“If your Christmas is too often one of tacky decorations and bitter family feuds, you may need to put the baubles back in the attic and plan a yuletide getaway.”
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Grandma passes out, tot does this
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 18, 2014
“A smart 4-year-old boy took all the right steps when his grandmother collapsed in their home. CNN affiliate WRIC reports.”
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Largo High School students perform at Kennedy Center
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 18, 2014
“When Zakaria Ugonoh stepped onto the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, there were no jitters. No stage fright. No butterflies.“I felt like I was supposed to be there,” said Ugonoh, 17, a senior at Largo High School in Prince George’s County who wants a career in the arts.Read full article >>”
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Robert Caret, leader of U-Mass. system, is named chancellor of Md. university system
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 18, 2014
“A higher education leader in Massachusetts and former president of Towson University will be the next chancellor of Maryland’s state university system, officials announced Wednesday.Robert L. Caret, 67, president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system since 2011, will become chancellor of the University System of Maryland in July.Read full article >>”
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Principal at Loudoun County charter school could get provisional license
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 18, 2014
“A principal who has been running Northern Virginia’s first charter school without proper credentials has moved closer to obtaining a state license. Barbara Smith was hired in the spring to lead Middleburg Community Charter School in Loudoun County and applied for a principal’s license. But she faced challenges because she is not technically employed by Loudoun’s public school system and earned her education credentials in Canada.Read full article >>”
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Consumerism in Iran
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“When Thomas Cristofoletti walked into the Hyperstar supermarket in Shiraz, Iran, he was stopped at the door. He had his camera over his shoulder, and the international-style grocery store was built inside a large mall with a strict policy against photography.”
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Letter From America: Students See New Hope in Bias Protests
by NYT > Education

Dec 17, 2014
“Student activists at Harvard hope to bring renewed momentum to the "Black Lives Matter" movement so that it avoids the fate of the Occupy Wall Street effort.”
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Motherlode Blog: A Foreskin in the Right Place at the Right Time
by NYT > Education

Dec 17, 2014
“Proposed CDC guidelines would have doctors promote the benefits of circumcision in newborns, teenagers and adults, but parents will still make their own decisions—sometimes for unexpected reasons.”
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Motherlode Blog: Pausing for Hanukkah While Everything Else Keeps Going
by NYT > Education

Dec 17, 2014
“Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas has made me aware of how much easier the outside world makes it to protect one tradition over the other.”
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New York City Teachers Score Highly Under New Evaluation System
by NYT > Education

Dec 17, 2014
“The system was created to make it easier to identify which teachers performed the best so their methods could be replicated, and which performed the worst, so they could be fired.”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Young Grandmasters Try to Make Chess Cool
by NYT > Education

Dec 17, 2014
“Here are several paragraphs from a Dec. 12 article, “Young Grandmasters Try to Make Chess Cool.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Pakistani Taliban Attack on Peshawar School Leaves 145 Dead
by NYT > Education

Dec 17, 2014
“How should the Pakistani government respond to this school attack?”
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The Learning Network: What Were the Best and Worst Things About 2014?
by NYT > Education

Dec 17, 2014
“You can put anything you like on your lists — the movies, music, TV or books you liked best ; the news stories or viral videos or sporting events that you thought were great or terrible; the aspects of your personal, family or academic life that were most notable for being bad or good; or a mix.”
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The Learning Network: Looking Back on 2014 | 15 Ways to Teach and Learn About the Year That Was
by NYT > Education

Dec 17, 2014
“Fifteen ideas for teaching and learning about 2014, using retrospective videos, photos, articles and lists from The New York Times and around the Web.”
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John King Jr., New York State’s Education Chief, to Leave Many Policy Wars Behind
by NYT > Education

Dec 17, 2014
“Whoever replaces Dr. King will have to juggle issues like the Common Core standards, teacher evaluation and training, and charter schools.”
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The yearbook pic they didn't want you to see
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“A high school senior's yearbook picture includes her two great loves: her dog and hunting. CNN affiliate WTEN has more.”
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5 ways to be extraordinary
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“What makes a person extraordinary?”
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Atomic site could become national park
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“It was the bomb credited with ending World War II.”
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This city was rebuilt 40 times
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“In the heart of Belgrade, the vibrant and resilient capital of Serbia, a slow and colorful transformation is taking place.”
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Family of man killed at Walmart sues
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“The family of a man who picked up a BB gun for sale at an Ohio Walmart and was shot dead by police has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming that the corporation and police are responsible for his death.”
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Anchor cries, knew standoff victim
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“Channel Seven anchor breaks down over the death of her close friend Katrina Dawson.”
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Did UVA rapist actually exist?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“He's the man Jackie, the alleged victim of a gang rape, said lured her to his room. But accounts from some of Jackie's friends raise questions about whether he existed.”
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5 signs of U.S. love for public transit
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“You could call it a budding romance with the possibility of a long-lasting relationship. More Americans are riding public transportation. In fact, ridership is on track to top 2013, which was the highest since 1956.”
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Remains found in 'house of horrors'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 17, 2014
“A woman has been indicted on two murder charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her home.”
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Electronic cigarettes gain foothold in American middle and high schools
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 17, 2014
“First, the good news: Far fewer teens are taking up cigarette smoking than ever before. However, many are instead turning to electronic cigarettes, according to a national survey of middle and high school students.”
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Race in school discipline: Study looks at silence among educators
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 17, 2014
“As protests and anger continue to percolate around the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other unarmed black men, one group is calling attention to the fact that many of the racial stereotypes that may have contributed to these events begin at much younger ages.”
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D.C. Charter board moves to revoke charter for Community Academy
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 17, 2014
“The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Monday night to initiate the process to revoke the charter for Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School for fiscal mismanagement, after the founder was charged with diverting millions of dollars to a private management company for his own financial benefit.Read full article >>”
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Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 17, 2014
“The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning.Read full article >>”
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Howard County schools consider Lunar New Year and Muslim holiday requests
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 17, 2014
“The focus on how public schools handle religious and cultural holidays continued Monday night in Howard County, with requests to accommodate the Lunar New Year and a Muslim holy day on next year’s calendar.Read full article >>”
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D.C. judge dismisses 18-year-old special education lawsuit, giving control to schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 17, 2014
“A U.S. district judge on Tuesday dismissed an 18-year-old special-education lawsuit against the District’s public school system, ending judicial oversight of how school administrators respond to families awaiting services for students with disabilities.Read full article >>”
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Johns Hopkins mistakenly says ‘yes’ to hundreds of rejected applicants
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 17, 2014
“Sam Stephenson was steeling himself for another round of college applications after his first choice, Johns Hopkins University, turned him down. Then the 17-year-old from Culpeper County in Virginia received an e-mail from Hopkins on Sunday afternoon that suggested he might still have reason to hope.Read full article >>”
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Sororities call U-Va. freeze on Greek system a violation of student rights
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 17, 2014
“A national organization representing 26 sororities says that the ongoing ban on all Greek system activities at the University of Virginia is a violation of students’ rights.“We believe it does not serve the goal of changing campus culture and eliminating sexual assault to shut down the business activity of our fraternity and sorority chapters,” the National Panhellenic Conference said in a statement provided to The Washington Post.Read full article >>”
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D.C. State Board of Education to consider early vote on new graduation requirements
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 17, 2014
“The D.C. State Board of Education will consider voting on revised proposed regulations Wednesday that would dramatically change the way students can earn high school credit and earn a diploma in the District, regulations that are still under public review.Read full article >>”
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Student who got mistaken welcome from Hopkins: Second rejection was worse
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 17, 2014
“He has already moved on. Duke University, Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia are in his sights. Sam Stephenson said he probably will apply to eight colleges.But the episode of double denial from Johns Hopkins University still strikes him as curious.Read full article >>”
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A town that's lost its men
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 15, 2014
“In the Armenian village of Lichk, you will find many hard-working women, but you will not find many men. All these women's husbands are thousands of miles away.”
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MaxPreps Top 25 national high school boys basketball rankings
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 15, 2014
“File photo by Andrew Bershaw No. 1 prospect Ben Simmons notched a triple-double in top-ranked Montverde Academy's big win Friday. MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard 1. (No. 1 preseason) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 7-0 The Eagles – winners of 41 in a row – were in attack mode and wore out then-No. 7 Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 78-64 in an ESPN-televised showdown Friday. Australian phenom Ben Simmons notched a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. A three-peat attempt at the prestigious City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., is up next. 2. (2) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 17-0 After a 70-54 win over then-No. 22 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) over the weekend at the National High School Hoops Festival in Maryland, the Warriors head to the Iolani Classic in Hawaii. Aforementioned Bishop O'Dowd and Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) are among the contenders that will join Oak Hill Academy in the Iolani field. 3. (3) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 10-0 The Pilots ran away in the second half for an 82-66 win over Mike Bibby's Shadow Mountain (Phoenix) team Saturday night. Findlay will stay close to home for the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas this week. 4. (4) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 9-0 Jalen Coleman pumped in 28 points as the Lakers remained unbeaten with an 83-55 win over Midwest Elite Prep Academy (Merrillville, Ind.) on Saturday. La Lumiere is headed to Fort Myers for the Signature Series portion of the City of Palms Classic. 5. (5) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 1-0 After opening their season with a 94-38 win over Yeshiva University (Los Angeles) last week, the Trailblazers head to the City of Palms Classic. Sierra Canyon opens play Thursday against Trinity (Louisville, Ky.). Photo by Randy Sartin Ronshad Allen-Shabazz is one of many weapons for No. 6 Huntington St. Joseph Prep. 6. (6) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.), 12-0 Ronshad Allen-Shabazz (22 points), Miles Bridges (18) and Thomas Bryant (15) all had big games as the Fighting Irish stayed perfect Saturday with an 84-57 win over Walnut Ridge (Columbus, Ohio). 7. (8) Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.), 6-0 The Patriots will tune up for a repeat run at the storied Proviso West Holiday Tournament by hosting Warren Gurnee on Friday. 8. (7) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), 2-1 After traveling across the country to face No. 1 Montverde Academy in Florida, O'Dowd will pile up even more airline mileage by joining No. 2 Oak Hill Academy in Hawaii for the Iolani Classic. 9. (9) Roselle Catholic (N.J.), 0-0 Opens Dec. 19 vs. Plainfield. 10. (10) Simeon (Chicago), 3-0 The Wolverines passed their toughest test of the season Sunday with a 71-66 win over Chicago Public Schools rival Morgan Park. Nebraska-bound forward Ed Morrow scored 15 points and grabbed 17 boards in the victory. Photo by Heston Quan Career victory 1,000 for Gary McKnight of Mater Dei came Friday night against Corona del Mar. 11. (11) Plano West (Texas), 8-1 After losing to No. 1 Montverde Academy at a West Virginia showcase, the Wolves bounced back last week with wins over Lancaster and Boyd (McKinney). 12. (12) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 6-0 Head coach Gary McKnight got the 1,000th victory of his illustrious career Friday night as the Monarchs beat Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) in the semifinals of the Beach Bash tournament. Mater Dei went on to beat Tustin in the final Saturday – the program's 45th win in a row. Up next is a trip to the City of Palms Classic. 13. (13) Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, Va.), 5-0 The Dolphins beat Amelia Academy (Amelia Court House, Va.) 64-40 in their final tune-up before heading to the Chick-fil-A Classic in South Carolina. 14. (14) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 10-0 Junior star Harry Giles put up 32 points as Wesleyan Christian got past a good High Point Christian Academy (N.C.) program 72-66 on Saturday night. 15. (16) Atascocita (Humble, Texas), 13-0 After winning its second tournament of the season last weekend, Atascocita got a much-deserved week off. The Eagles will hit the floor again Monday against Clear Brook (Friendswood). File photo by Steven Ryan Head coach Adam Ross has helped Sagemont go 50-2 since January of 2013. 16. (17) Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), 5-0 The Wildcats are headed to the City of Palms Classic and open Friday against Malik Monk and Bentonville (Ark.). 17. (18) Muskegon (Mich.), 0-0 Michigan's defending Class A state champions beat Rockford 79-49 on Friday to open their 2014-15 campaign. All-American candidate Deyonta Davis, a 6-foot-9 Michigan State signee, led the way with 24 points. 18. (20) Sagemont (Weston, Fla.), 8-0 The Lions face three tough round robin games at the Kreul Classic against Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Mount Vernon (N.Y.) and Pembroke Pines Charter (Fla.). 19. (21) St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 5-0 So far, so good for the Gray Bees. St. Benedict's Prep has dispatched its first five opponents by an average margin of over 30 points per game. 20. (23) Centennial (Corona, Calif.), 3-0 The Huskies will be put to the test this week at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, which features host Bishop Gorman, Chino Hills (Calif.), Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), Overland (Aurora, Colo.), Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) and West Linn (Ore.) among others. Photo by Wayne Litmer Brian Parker and Villa Angela-St. Joseph are off to a hot start. 21. (15) Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.), 7-2 OSNA is getting a bit of a pass for losses each of the past two weekends at the hands of No. 2 Oak Hill Academy and Canadian powerhouse Orangeville Prep featuring Thon Maker. A third loss would create a much deeper hole to climb out of from a rankings perspective. 22. (25) Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland), 3-0 After dispatching Pennsylvania powerhouse Archbishop Carroll (Radnor) last week at the Marshall County Hoopfest, the Vikings returned home and topped the century mark twice in wins over Holy Names (Parma Heights) and Euclid. 23. (24) Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), 3-0 Delaware's Slam Dunk to the Beach after Christmas will be huge for the Royals. Christ the King will have a tough, three-night run at the event with games against Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) and Sanford (Hockessin, Del.). 24. (NR) Greensboro Day (N.C.), 13-0 The Bengals are a bit of a mystery but have some quality wins on the resume and will get an opportunity to prove they belong with a home-and-home against No. 14 Wesleyan Christian Academy later this season. 25. (NR) Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.), 7-0 It's hard not to get on the Wildcat bandwagon after they drilled perennial Memphis power White Station 101-65 on Friday, then knocked off defending Missouri state champ Christian Brothers (St. Louis) the next night. Dropped out: No. 19 Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.), No. 22 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.).”
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Tax extenders expected to win U.S. Senate approval within days
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 15, 2014
“By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was expected this week to renew dozens of temporary tax breaks, known as the "extenders," including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits. Ordinary Americans are also affected by extender provisions for state and local sales tax, canceled mortgage debt, college tuition, schoolteacher supplies and health insurance. Senate aides said on Sunday that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid planned to handle some nominations first, then take up the tax bill sent over from the House of Representatives. ...”
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Riverbed to be bought by Thoma Bravo, Ontario Teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 15, 2014
“By Soham Chatterjee and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Thoma Bravo LLC and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan said they would buy network equipment maker Riverbed Technology Inc for $3.6 billion, just over a year after the company's biggest shareholder started agitating for a sale. Paul Singer's Elliott Management Corp had been pressing Riverbed to sell itself due to a slowdown in its main wide-area network (WAN) optimization business and its struggle to integrate Opnet, a maker of software to manage traffic on networks that it bought in 2012 for about $1 billion. ...”
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Strauss: What Arne Duncan’s new senior adviser did to N.Y. schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 15, 2014
“John King is leaving his job as commissioner of New York State schools commissioner to become a senior adviser to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, with the “roles and responsibilities of the deputy secretary,” according to the Education Department, which issued a statement giving King high praise for his work in New York. Some in New York think otherwise. Here’s a piece by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York, who was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Burris has been exposing on this blog King’s troubling record in implementing school reform program in New York. You can read some of her other word here and here and here.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: A teacher’s open letter to Congress: What kids need two years after Sandy Hook
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 15, 2014
“Today is the second anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman named Adam Lanza who then killed himself. There have been repeated calls since then for Congress to take some action to prevent more gun violence but none has been taken. Since the Dec. 14, 2012 Newtown killings, there have been more at least 44 school shootings on K-12 or college campuses in 24 states, according to a new report. In this post, Marie Corfield, a New Jersey art teacher, mother and activist, writes an open letter to elected officials asking them to do something, finally. Corfield gave me permission to publish this piece, which appeared on her blog.Read full article >>”
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Why some D.C. charters have more white kids
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 15, 2014
“Former history teacher Erich Martel, a proven expert on D.C. school mismanagement, suggested in my Nov. 24 column that some D.C. charter schools had more white students than he thought likely if admission by random lottery was the rule, as it is supposed to be. Read full article >>”
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D.C. explores widening the road to earning a high school diploma
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 15, 2014
“As D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson embarks on a plan to “rethink high schools” and improve graduation rates in 2015, she is pushing for new regulations that would move District schools away from a century-old measure of academic progress: seat time.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Teach For America could miss recruitment mark by more than 25 percent
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 15, 2014
“Growing criticism about Teach For America and a polarized education reform debate is affecting recruitment of new corps members and the organization “could fall short of our partners’ overall needs by more than 25 percent” next year, TFA officials say.Read full article >>”
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Jennifer Niles appointed D.C.’s next deputy mayor for education
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 15, 2014
“Jennifer C. Niles, the founder and head of a prominent charter school in the District, was named the next deputy mayor for education on Monday.Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser cited Niles’s 25 years of experience in public education and said she will work closely with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to make “the goal of a quality school in every neighborhood a reality for all our families.”Read full article >>”
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Colleges often reluctant to expel for sexual violence — with U-Va. a prime example
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 15, 2014
“As growing numbers of students report sexual violence, those who seek justice through internal channels at colleges are learning that even when allegations are upheld, school officials are often reluctant to impose their harshest punishment on the attackers: expulsion.Read full article >>”
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Lego Reissues Popular Science Line for Girls
by NYT > Education

Dec 14, 2014
“American customers are limited to one set per household.”
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Barnard Considers Policy for Transgender Students
by NYT > Education

Dec 14, 2014
“The women’s college is considering adopting a formal admissions policy as it and other single-sex schools grapple with shifting notions of gender.”
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Motherlode Blog: There’s So Much to Say About Her Aunt’s Suicide, I Can’t Even Begin.
by NYT > Education

Dec 14, 2014
“It’s been more than four months since my sister took her own life, and I still haven’t spoken with my 12-year-old daughter about it.”
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Room for Debate: Justice and Fairness in Campus Rape Cases
by NYT > Education

Dec 14, 2014
“How can women who say they have been raped be treated supportively and sensitively while their accounts are investigated and the accused get fair treatment?”
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Prince George charms in Christmas photos
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 14, 2014
“Forget about William and Catherine. The real star of this family is Prince George -- as this year's release of the royals' official Christmas photographs proves.”
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The anguish of Jackie Kennedy
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 14, 2014
“In April 1964, only a few months after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, his widow Jacqueline Kennedy wrote to Kay Halle -- an old family friend of both the Kennedys and the Churchills -- and gave a glimpse of the dark melancholy that shrouded her.”
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See the year's most insane ski run
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 14, 2014
“Need a rush? Watch this! Jeanne Moos has the year's most insane ski run. It's not a ski slope, it's a ski NOPE.”
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Drone misses jet by 20 feet
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 14, 2014
“An FAA report last month detailed some close calls when drones flew uncomfortably close to planes.”
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Building a haven for the 'Little Ones'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 14, 2014
“While working as a teacher in Guatemala, Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes saw his students struggling with poverty and violence. He wanted to give them a way out.”
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Watch meteor shower light up sky
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 14, 2014
“The Geminid meteor shower lights up the night sky in a dazzling display. CNN's ireporters capture the magic.”
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Girl's 'naughty' letter gets epic reply
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 14, 2014
“One girl wrote to the Huffington Post after the website wrote her name was "most often to appear on the naughty list."”
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John King Jr., New York State’s Education Chief, to Leave Many Policy Wars Behind
by NYT > Education

Dec 12, 2014
“Whoever replaces Dr. King will have to juggle issues like the Common Core standards, teacher evaluation and training, and charter schools.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Dec 12, 2014
“Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.”
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The Poorest Neighborhood: A Refuge and a Gateway: A Brooklyn School’s Curriculum Includes Ambition
by NYT > Education

Dec 12, 2014
“Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a public middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the poorest neighborhood in New York City, is seen by many as a safe zone in a crime-plagued area, and a gateway out of generational poverty.”
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Only one celebrated black TV actress?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 12, 2014
“Viola Davis was nominated for awards this season, but Kerry Washington was not. Is it a case of there being room for only one African-American woman to be celebrated?”
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Death of Tamir Rice ruled homicide
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 12, 2014
“The death of a 12-year-old boy who was shot by a Cleveland police officer has been ruled a homicide, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday.”
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Fast food with a twist
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 12, 2014
“In this brave, forever-new world of social media, the minutiae of daily life can be documented for public consumption with the tap of a finger.”
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Sofia Vergara stuns costar's husband
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 12, 2014
“When Sofia Vergara's boyfriend starred in "Magic Mike" she thought it would be fun, but then the injuries came.”
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Meet the U.S.Navy's spy 'fish'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 12, 2014
“Silent Nemo, an underwater robot, is being tweaked to go into hostile waters to spy on enemies and protect U.S. ships.”
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NSA: 'Traumatic' cyber attack soon
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 12, 2014
“Deborah Feyerick looks at the possibility of a cyber attack affecting critical U.S. infrastructure systems.”
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Thank you, Sony hackers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 12, 2014
“Glenn Schwartz says the airing of thee company's embarrassing emails might wake us up to the usefulness of talking--and trashing people--in-person instead of electronically”
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Missing mom found dead in trunk
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 12, 2014
“Police looking for a man, woman and four boys reported missing in California turned up the body of a woman late Wednesday in the trunk of what appears to be their family car.”
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Man's strange find in costume shop
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 12, 2014
“Carbonaro pranks a man into thinking his outfit is a costume. Watch the "The Carbonaro Effect" Thursdays 10/9c on truTV.”
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Prince George’s schools chief announces spending freeze, unveils budget plan
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 12, 2014
“Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell announced Thursday night that all schools and departments will be told to limit discretionary spending as the school system braces for possible revenue shortfalls.Read full article >>”
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U-Va. students put their names to account of attack aftermath
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 12, 2014
“The three University of Virginia students who came to the aid of their friend, a freshman named Jackie who was at the center of an explosive Rolling Stone account about her alleged sexual assault, are now speaking publicly about what they believe occurred that night in 2012.Read full article >>”
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High-poverty school divisions harder hit by state funding cuts in Virginia, study says
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 12, 2014
“Across Virginia, school divisions have been grappling with a decline in state education funding since 2008. But poor school divisions have born a disproportionate brunt of the cuts, according to a study by the Commonwealth Institute.Read full article >>”
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Wilson High principal Cahall, who came out as gay, says he’s losing job over test scores
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 12, 2014
“Peter Cahall, the Wilson High School principal who made national headlines last year when he came out as gay to his students at Pride Day activities, said he learned this month that his contract will not be renewed next school year because of test-score performance at the Northwest Washington school.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Major charter researcher causes stir with comments about market-based school reform
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 12, 2014
“Margaret Raymond is the founding director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes, known as CREDO, which is part of the Hoover Institution located at Stanford University. CREDO’s mission is researching and evaluating educational policy and is best known for its research studies on charter schools in the United States.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: An eye-opening description of one state’s failed school funding system
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“Many school reformers today like to say that “money doesn’t matter” in making schools work and that holding students and teachers more “accountable”   — largely through standardized test scores — is what is needed. Certainly a great deal of money can be used poorly but that is not the same thing as money doesn’t matter. It is, however, a good mantra for people who want to ignore the severe and consequential funding inequities that persist in the U.S. public education system across the United States.Read full article >>”
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Taking autistic kids out to a ball game
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 11, 2014
“For many families, a night at the ballpark is a treat. But it can be a nightmare for those with autistic children.”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Selling the Glamour of Travel
by NYT > Education

Dec 11, 2014
“Here are six paragraphs of an Oct. 26 article, “Art That Makes You Wish You Were There.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | At Nets’ Game, a Plan for a Simple Statement Is Carried Out to a T
by NYT > Education

Dec 11, 2014
“What “elaborate plan” took shape this Monday to get “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts to N.B.A. players?”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The Death of John Lennon
by NYT > Education

Dec 11, 2014
““The Beatles united a generation of young people with their songs, their attitudes and their sense of style, and John Lennon was the thinking man’s Beatle,” begins his 1980 obituary.”
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Motherlode Blog: A Photo of a Stillborn Baby, Proof of Life, and Grief and Memory
by NYT > Education

Dec 11, 2014
“When my brother, a writer, put a stillbirth into his last novel, the scene was a gift to me, a way of making public what had been my too-private loss.”
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The Learning Network: Teaching About Cybersecurity: Taking Steps to Improve Online Safety and Prevent Data Breaches
by NYT > Education

Dec 11, 2014
“In this lesson, students will learn about the extent of cyberattacks just in the past year and the risks they pose for companies, governments and individuals.”
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Motherlode Blog: Racial Bias in Discipline: What If Your Child’s School Is Harder on Some Kids Than Others?
by NYT > Education

Dec 11, 2014
“Black parents may want to believe that society has moved on from racial bias, but that belief can undermine their ability to advocate for their children.”
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Newest nation still at war
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 11, 2014
“When photographer Fabio Bucciarelli first visited South Sudan, he found a nation filled with hope. He found citizens worn out by decades of war -- but looking forward to an independent, peaceful future.”
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Mysterious rubber blocks wash ashore
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 11, 2014
“Blocks made of a rubber-like material have been washing ashore for decades. Where do they come from? Isa Soares reports.”
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See couple steal $180,000 fur coat
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 11, 2014
“Authorities in New York are looking for a couple who managed to steal a rare fur coat valued at $180k.”
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Detainee describes 13 years at Gitmo
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 11, 2014
“The inmate says he was touched in his "most private areas" and threatened with rape.”
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Uruguay high schoolers smoke more pot than tobacco
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 11, 2014
“MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan high school students are smoking more marijuana than tobacco.”
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Sad Pro Tip for Female Teachers: You’ll Win Over Students by Changing Your Name
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 11, 2014
“It’s nearly the end of the fall semester on America’s college campuses, which means students are preparing to be graded on their final papers and exams. It’s a stressful time, but at the end of it all, students get to turn the tables and give feedback about whether a professor lectured too much or was available to answer questions.”
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Oklahoma judge grills district over bringing football dispute to court
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 11, 2014
“By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma district judge quizzed school district lawyers on Wednesday over why they asked the court to decide the outcome of a disputed high school football playoff game, saying he will soon decide if a judicial remedy is in order. Oklahoma District Judge Bernard Jones said he would postpone making any decision until Thursday, after he questioned the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association and Oklahoma City Public Schools for hours on Wednesday. ...”
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Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 11, 2014
“By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Want to buy a forest? Oregon is preparing to sell off 92,000 acres (37,200 hectares) of coastal woodlands, in a move to distance itself from environmentally questionable timber sales that have long provided revenue to the state's public schools. Officials expect a sale price between $300 million and $700 million – a big range that reflects uncertainty about the extent of logging restrictions in the Elliott State Forest, an Oregon Department of State Lands spokeswoman said on Wednesday. ...”
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Light the Way With College Scholarships for Jewish Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 11, 2014
“For generations of American Jewish families, getting a college education has been a major priority. In fact, the Pew Research Center found that 58 percent of U.S. Jews identify as college graduates, compared with just 29 percent of total American adults.”
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'1 in 5': how a study of 2 colleges became the most cited campus sexual assault statistic
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 11, 2014
“When people talk about sexual assault on college campuses, there's one statistic that comes up again and again: one woman in five is sexually assaulted between the beginning of freshman year and graduation. It comes from a survey conducted at just two universities, and the researcher who led it says it was never intended to be generalized to the national level. This hints at a disturbing truth on the issue of sexual assault: we don't really know how common it is on college campuses.”
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Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 11, 2014
“By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration made a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline. Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of the government through September. ...”
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White House promotes public-private plan to pump $1 billion into preschool
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“The Obama administration today announced a public-private partnership designed to pump $1 billion into public preschool programs around the country.At a White House summit on preschool education Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced his agency is awarding $250 million to 18 states to either create or expand existing preschool programs. The states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. In all, 36 states had applied for the grant money.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Ohio board votes to allow schools to drop nurses, counselors, arts teachers
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“Last month I wrote that Ohio’s state school board was going to vote on whether to allow schools to drop librarians, music and art teachers, nurses, social workers and counselors in schools. Well, the board voted on Tuesday and a big majority agreed to to eliminate a state regulation that requires schools to maintain a minimum number of “specialists.”Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Embattled NY education commissioner quitting to become top adviser to Arne Duncan
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“For months parents and education advocates have been calling for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner John King. They got their wish. King is leaving his job and moving to Washington, to manage the U.S. Education Department’s operations as a senior adviser to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to a spokesman in the state education office.Read full article >>”
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Loudoun County charter school principal denied administrator’s license
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“The principal of Northern Virginia’s first and only charter school remains under scrutiny after state education officials denied her application for an administrator’s license, which she is required to have under state law.Read full article >>”
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U-Va. students challenge Rolling Stone account of alleged sexual assault
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“It was 1 a.m. on a Saturday when the call came. A friend, a University of Virginia freshman who earlier said she had a date that evening with a handsome junior from her chemistry class, was in hysterics. Something bad had happened.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Professor to students: ‘Forgive me your final grades’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“One thing teachers must do but often wish they didn’t have to do is assign grades to students. In the following post,  Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, explains in an open letter to students why he thinks grading is “dehumanizing.”  This post, which I am publishing with his permission, appeared on his blog, The Becoming Radical.Read full article >>”
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U-Va. president talks with The Post about university’s actions after rape allegation
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — Among the charges leveled against the University of Virginia in a Rolling Stone article last month, this one sticks out: That U-Va. officials took no action to warn their campus of an allegation of a gang rape at a fraternity.Read full article >>”
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As teacher diversity effort begins in Montgomery, recent data show little change
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“Montgomery County announced a new teacher diversity initiative this week that officials hope will bring significant change to the workforce in years to come.Past efforts to spur diversity have not had great impact, as shown in the figures below, which school officials released Tuesday. Read full article >>”
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Bob Jones University apologizes to victims of sexual assault
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“When they came forward to report that they were victims of sexual assault, some students at Bob Jones University said that they were shamed, discouraged from reporting matters to police, blamed for the crimes and told to repent, according to a report released Thursday.Read full article >>”
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U-Va. uproar about Rolling Stone story spawns debate over fairness to fraternities
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 11, 2014
“The uproar about student safety at the University of Virginia in the weeks after Rolling Stone magazine published an incendiary article on an alleged fraternity gang rape has spawned an intense debate about the school’s treatment of fraternal organizations.Read full article >>”
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Colleges struggle to investigate sexual assaults. But why are they involved at all?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 10, 2014
“The more horrific stories you hear of college sexual assault going unpunished — or wrongly punished — the easier it is to wonder: why are colleges handling this issue in the first place? There are two reasons why colleges are involved with campus rape and sexual assault, and why they're likely to stay that way. The first is that it's the law: Title IX, passed in 1972, requires colleges to protect students from sexual assault.”
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It’s Not the Old Days, but Berkeley Sees a New Spark of Protest
by NYT > Education

Dec 10, 2014
“The University of California, Berkeley, campus today is nothing like the one that became the symbol of student activism in the 1960s.”
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Former Miss America dies
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 10, 2014
“Mary Ann Mobley, who was the first Mississippian to be crowned Miss America and who then parlayed that achievement into a successful movie career, has died. She was 77 and had been battling breast cancer.”
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Cop caught punching woman
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 10, 2014
“Video of a Seattle police officer punching a woman after she kicked him was just released.”
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'SNL' cut this Ferguson sketch
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 10, 2014
“"Saturday Night Live" mocked Ferguson's morning show anchors struggling to stay cheerful after the riots.”
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Oklahoma City high school drops the name 'Redskins' for its team
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 10, 2014
“By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board has voted unanimously to remove "Redskins" as the nickname for a high school after hearing pleas from students and teachers who found the term offensive, school officials said on Tuesday. After 88 years, Capitol Hill High School will begin implementing its ban on the use of "Redskins" effective immediately. ...”
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4 North Dakota colleges to get $10M training grant
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 10, 2014
“The federal Labor Department is giving nearly $10 million to four North Dakota colleges to support technical programs tied to the energy, transportation and construction fields. The money going to Bismarck ...”
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Financial Times, IE Business School launch learning venture
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 10, 2014
“By Jennifer Saba (Reuters) - The Financial Times and Madrid's IE Business School launched a joint venture on Wednesday aimed at corporate executives looking to expand their education. The program includes offline and online learning classes and courses that draw upon FT news and analysis. Several business schools across the world including the Yale School of Management and Antai Business School in China are taking part in the corporate learning program. ...”
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CNN Heroes
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 09, 2014
“Photos: 'CNN Heroes' tribute show”
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Power Up: E-Sports at College, With Stars and Scholarships
by NYT > Education

Dec 09, 2014
“Video game competitions are taking off on campuses nationwide, with more than 10,000 students playing in the biggest college league, 4,400 more than last year.”
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UVA Furor Sparks Debate Over Existence of ‘Rape Culture’
by NYT > Education

Dec 09, 2014
“The story of a brutal rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house has turned from a rallying cry against sexual assault on campus to the spine of a divisive political debate.”
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Columbia Lets Law Students Delay Exams After Garner and Brown Decisions
by NYT > Education

Dec 09, 2014
“A small number of students have received postponements, which the school is granting to students who felt their performance could suffer because of the decisions in the Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island cases.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Grappling With the ‘Culture of Free’ in Napster’s Aftermath
by NYT > Education

Dec 09, 2014
“Is peer-to-peer music sharing unethical? Is it different from sharing music on YouTube? Why?”
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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Dec. 2-8, 2014
by NYT > Education

Dec 09, 2014
“On Tuesday, Dec. 16, in lieu of a weekly quiz, look for our annual news quiz that rounds up the biggest stories of the year. What do you think should be included?”
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DealBook: Leadership of Cornell’s Medical College to Stay in Sanford Weill’s Family
by NYT > Education

Dec 09, 2014
“Jessica Bibliowicz will become chairwoman of the Cornell Weill Medical College, effective Jan. 1. Her father, Sanford I. Weill, has been chairman for two decades.”
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Motherlode Blog: Counting the Days: ‘It’s Too Many Whales, Daddy’
by NYT > Education

Dec 09, 2014
“To count down the days of her father’s deployment, my daughter and I made a calendar adorned with a whale for each day he’d be gone. She was delighted with her work, until she took in what it meant.”
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525-lb. bear comes back for him 2 times
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 09, 2014
“A Minnesota man is lucky to be alive after he fought off a 525-pound bear with a knife. KARE has more.”
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Deaf child hears mom for first time
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 09, 2014
“A boy in Arizona got to hear for the first time thanks to cochlear implant surgery.”
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See the 'Batmobile' of yachts
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 09, 2014
“The Xhibitionist, a "super yacht" designed by Eduard Gray is a stylish floating mansion with unbelievable features.”
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This altercation goes viral
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 09, 2014
“Jordanian Parliament member Hind Al-Fayez speaks about her altercation with colleagues that has gone viral.”
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Most annoying airline passenger is ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 09, 2014
“Hey, seat-kicker!”
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College students stage 'die-in' in Bryn Mawr
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 09, 2014
“College students in Montgomery County are staging a 'die-in' protest in response to grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York.”
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Strauss: Mom to Common Core task force: Take the 4th-grade PARCC practice test. I dare you to tell me it makes sense.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 09, 2014
“Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who became a public education activist after watching what was happening in her daughter’s school during the controversial implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing. In the following piece she challenges members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s task force on PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the two multi-state consortia designing new Common Core standardized tests with $360 million in federal funds) to take a Common Core test and see if it seems like an appropriate task for children. This post first appeared on her Parenting the Core blog . Blaine, who gave me permission to republish this letter, has written several popular posts, including “ Pearson’s wrong answer—and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era ” and “ You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.” Read full article >>”
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Pr. George’s school board seeks input on future of school system
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 09, 2014
“The Prince George’s County Board of Education is asking the public to weigh in on a mission, vision and core values statements that it has drafted to guide the work of the board and the school district as it moves forward. Read full article >>”
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University of Virginia outlines campus safety plans
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 09, 2014
“The University of Virginia on Monday outlined steps it plans to take for campus safety, part of its effort to respond to questions raised in recent weeks following a magazine article about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity. Read full article >>”
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Holder, Duncan outline educational rights for juvenile offenders
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 09, 2014
“U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. released a set of guidelines Monday aimed at improving education for young people in the nation’s juvenile detention centers, as studies have shown that schooling can be inadequate or inferior to what students would receive in a standard classroom. Read full article >>”
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School districts in Washington region go different routes in labeling days off
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 09, 2014
“As Montgomery County’s school board came under fire for its recent decision to strike labels for Christmas and other religious holidays from its published school calendar, many have asked questions about how other local school systems handle days off . Read full article >>”
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U-Va.’s suspension of its Greek system to remain until Jan. 9
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 09, 2014
“The University of Virginia ’s suspension of social activities at fraternities and sororities will remain in effect until early January despite doubts raised about the magazine article that prompted the action, school officials said Monday. Read full article >>”
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At age 16, accomplished — and homeless
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 09, 2014
“At age 16, Sareana Kimia has compiled a deeper political résumé than many activists twice her age.
A student seat on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee . Field director for the 2014 primary campaign of Del. Will Smith (D-Montgomery) . Youth outreach coordinator for the gubernatorial run of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D). She is home-schooling her way through her junior year of high school and taking classes at the University of Maryland under a concurrent enrollment program for exceptional students. Read full article >>”

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The 'center' of America
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 08, 2014
“Close your eyes and imagine of the "center" of America.”
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U.A.B.’s Decision to Eliminate Football Is One Others Have Faced
by NYT > Education

Dec 08, 2014
“Other programs with ties to Conference USA have weighed over the years whether to keep playing football, among them Tulane, Rice and Western Kentucky.”
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | lucre
by NYT > Education

Dec 08, 2014
“This word has appeared in 12 New York Times articles in the past year.”
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Middle-Class Pay Elusive for Teachers, Report Says
by NYT > Education

Dec 08, 2014
“While higher salaries can be reached relatively early in some districts, in others it can take more than three decades to get there, the National Council on Teacher Quality says.”
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UVA rape story: What went wrong
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 08, 2014
“Marc Randazza says Rolling Stone reporter's journalistic malpractice has thrown doubt on the truth of rape allegations and potentially impugned character of accused. Is this 'rape culture' too?”
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New details in woman's killing in UAE
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 08, 2014
“A woman who allegedly stabbed a U.S. teacher at a mall in the United Arab Emirates committed a "personal terrorist act," an official told the nation's official news agency.”
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Report: Many presidents earn more than $1 million
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 08, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Three dozen college presidents at private colleges and universities made more than $1 million in 2012, with the highest earner bringing home $7.1 million in compensation, according to a survey of the 500 private schools with the largest endowments.”
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Top earning private college presidents in 2012
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 08, 2014
“According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the top 10 earners among private college presidents in 2012 were: 1) Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, $7.1 million(asterisk) ...”
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Connect on Social Media to Show Colleges Interest
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 08, 2014
“Imagine for a moment the plight of the beleaguered college admissions officer. He or she faces endless ranks of students with competitive test scores, excellent grades, thoughtful essays and a wealth of extracurricular activities.”
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Mathews: What’s a few drinks? That’s a recipe for campus rape.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 08, 2014
“I’m not surprised that University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan didn’t mention alcohol — not even once — in her Nov. 22 statement about the since-discredited report of a gang rape at a fraternity house and her desire to quell sexual abuse on campus. Education officials do their best to avoid the topic, despite the harm binge-drinking does to our students. Read full article >>”
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Overcrowding has Arlington officials debating plans for middle school expansion
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 08, 2014
“Arlington County will have 1,300 more middle school students by 2019 than it has today and — if nothing is done — not enough classrooms to put them in, according to county school officials.
Like many Northern Virginia school systems , Arlington’s student population is growing rapidly. This year, enrollment increased an unprecedented 5.2 percent, exceeding the district’s projections by 300 students. Two of the high- performing system’s middle schools are over capacity. Read full article >>”

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Fraternity advocates urge end to U-Va.’s suspension of Greek organizations
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 08, 2014
“Groups representing fraternities and sororities urged the University of Virginia on Sunday to end the suspension of Greek organizations it imposed last month after a magazine story about an alleged gang rape at a campus fraternity house. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: If teachers are judged by student test scores, how about state education leaders?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 08, 2014
“School reformers are big believers in measurement, which can be a problem when the data they use to create policy is wrong. A recent post by award-winning Principal Carol Burris ( you can read it here ) revealed that New York state education officials were using flawed data while declaring a crisis in college readiness. Here is a follow-up to that post. Burris, of South Side High School in New York,  was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Shes has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog. You can see some of her other work here and here and here . Read full article >>”
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New York’s Deal With Principals’ Union Includes Back Pay
by NYT > Education

Dec 07, 2014
“New York City has reached a tentative contract deal with the union representing school principals that would raise their salaries substantially and give them retroactive pay, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Saturday.”
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Deaf child hears his mom for first time
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“A boy in Arizona got to hear for the first time thanks to cochlear implant surgery.”
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Cop caught on camera punching woman
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“Video of a Seattle police officer punching a woman after she kicked him was just released.”
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Dramatic arrest caught on camera
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“Police in Village of Perry, New York release body camera video of an incident where officers chose not to use deadly force.”
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She died after getting wrong meds
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“A woman died after receiving the wrong medication at the hospital. CNN affiliate KTVZ reports.”
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Extraordinary people of 2014
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“Between Ebola, ISIS, downed planes and racial unrest, it's been a year of sobering news.”
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Chernobyl devastation from above
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“Cinematographer Danny Cooke captured eerie images of the destruction left by the Chernobyl nuclear explosion with a drone.”
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100 years of beauty in 70 seconds
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“Cut.com has created a time lapse of a model getting her hair and makeup done to match every decade from 1910 to 2010.”
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Mark Wahlberg wants a pardon
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“On April 8, 1988, when he was 16 and long before he became a model, rapper and actor, Mark Wahlberg -- high on drugs and alcohol -- assaulted a man while trying to steal two cases of alcohol and then punched another man in the face as he attempted to avoid the police.”
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Eruption could destroy Japan
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“A new study says a catastrophic eruption could come without warning, wiping out most of Japan. CNN's Will Ripley reports.”
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Barkley, Smith in heated debate
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 07, 2014
“Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith discuss different points of view about race, police and protesters.”
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Mexico official: At least 1 of 43 missing college students identified in charred remains
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 07, 2014
“MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico official: At least 1 of 43 missing college students identified in charred remains.”
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Key elements of Rolling Stone’s U-Va. gang rape allegations in doubt
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 07, 2014
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — A University of Virginia student’s harrowing description of a gang rape at a fraternity, detailed in a recent Rolling Stone article, began to unravel Friday as interviews revealed doubts about significant elements of the account. The fraternity issued a statement rebutting the story, and Rolling Stone apologized for a lapse in judgment and backed away from its article on the case. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Seven ways schools kill the love of reading in kids — and 4 principles to help restore it
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 07, 2014
“Why don’t more kids love (or even like) to read? This post by Alfie Kohn explains all the ways that school actually kills a desire to read in many kids, and how that can be remedied.  Alfie 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.”   This piece first appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of English Journal, but it remains as true today as it did then, perhaps even more so with the advent of the Common Core State Standards. The reference in the first sentence is to this journal. Read full article >>”
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U-Va. remains resolved to address sexual violence as Rolling Stone account unravels
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 07, 2014
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — Many people in the University of Virginia community remain outraged about the Rolling Stone account of a gang rape at a campus fraternity house that unraveled into a journalistic debacle Friday . Read full article >>”
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Corner Office: The Importance of Straight Talk
by NYT > Education

Dec 05, 2014
“Anne Williams-Isom, of Harlem Children’s Zone, says a mentor taught her much about authentic leadership, partly by “being really clear about what she was saying and what she needed.””
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Dec 05, 2014
“Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.”
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Motherlode Blog: 15-Second Vocabulary Videos
by NYT > Education

Dec 05, 2014
“The winners of The Learning Network’s Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest.”
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Meet this year's top 10 CNN Heroes
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 05, 2014
“They protect lions, teach music to injured soldiers and open new worlds to autistic youth.”
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2014: The year in pictures
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 05, 2014
“Photo gallery: 2014 in pictures”
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Cop thought pill bottle was gun
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 05, 2014
“A man in Phoenix was killed by a police officer after the cop mistook a pill bottle for a gun. CNN's Ana Cabrera reports.”
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Borger: What's with Hillary, Jeb?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 05, 2014
“Lost amidst the predictable clutter of the "will-he-or won't-she" questions about whether Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton will actually run for the presidency is an unexpected development: a hint of authenticity.”
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Must gay sex on TV always be safe?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 05, 2014
“LZ Granderson says TV characters who don't use condoms send a message to young people about unsafe behavior in a world still afflicted by AIDS”
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Actor's hilarious 'Jeopardy!' video
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 05, 2014
“Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared on "Jeopardy!" when he was 16, and boy was he excited to be there.”
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Why royal baby isn't making U.S. trip
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 05, 2014
“New York may be the "city that never sleeps" but that won't come as a shock to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are still new parents and are expecting another baby in April.”
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Woman: Cosby raped Playboy bunnies
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 05, 2014
“Several of the women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct have a Playboy connection, including one who says she knows of 12 former bunnies who have yet to come forward.”
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Denver police investigate driver who hit officers at Ferguson protest
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 05, 2014
“By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Denver police are investigating a motorist who plowed into officers during a demonstration by high school students protesting the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, badly injuring one of the officers, authorities said on Friday. Hundreds of students from the city's East High School marched through downtown streets on Wednesday in solidarity with Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot to death by a white officer on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. ...”
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France to compensate American survivors of Holocaust
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 05, 2014
“France has agreed to pay reparations to American survivors of the Holocaust who were deported to Nazi death camps in French trains, after a year of negotiations with the Obama administration.
The agreement, a bilateral accord with the U.S. government to be signed Monday, includes a $60 million lump-sum payment to be distributed among eligible survivors, their spouses and, if applicable, their heirs. Read full article >>”

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U-Va. and sexual assault: The scrutiny will continue
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 05, 2014
“The University of Virginia was under the microscope for its handling of sexual assault cases long before Rolling Stone magazine weighed in with the account of a student who said she was gang-raped at a fraternity house. Read full article >>”
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DealBook: Brazil Firm Raises $309 Million for Education-Focused Fund
by NYT > Education

Dec 04, 2014
“The success by Bozano Investimentos in raising money for its new private equity fund is another indication that some investors are looking beyond Brazil’s current economic travails.”
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The Learning Network: Student Contest | Write a Rap About the News of 2014
by NYT > Education

Dec 04, 2014
“Our Year in Rap Student Contest is back for a fourth round, and given how busy 2014 has been, we don’t think you’ll have any trouble finding topics.”
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100 years of beauty in 70 seconds
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 04, 2014
“Cut.com has created a time lapse of a model getting her hair and makeup done to match every decade from 1910 to 2010.”
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Caught on camera: Yacht vs. bridge
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 04, 2014
“A drawbridge collapses on a yacht being towed during a heavy storm. WSVN reports.”
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NBC takes Mariah live. Oops
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 04, 2014
“Mariah Carey is known for her five-octave voice, her slinky dresses and her many hits, including "All I Want for Christmas is You."”
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Lady Gaga's revealing interview
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 04, 2014
“When Lady Gaga speaks of young women being abused in the music industry, she speaks from experience.”
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The next James Bond film is...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 04, 2014
“The past is new again for agent 007: The next James Bond film will be called "Spectre."”
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Older college graduates earn just as much as their younger peers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 04, 2014
“A new survey by Gallup finds nontraditional college graduates (those who earned their degree later than age 25) actually earn just as much as traditional graduates.”
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Congressman seeks probe into China-US college ties
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 04, 2014
“A senior member of Congress called Thursday for an investigation into deals that US universities are striking with China, amid fears that such tie-ups are compromising academic freedom. Christopher Smith, who sits on the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee, voiced concern that Beijing-backed "Confucius Institutes" are muting criticism of China's Communist authorities. "Is American higher education for sale?" said the Republican from New Jersey who also co-chairs the Congressional-Executive Committee on China.”
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Big, small clique differences emerge
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 04, 2014
“My high school clique in suburban San Mateo, Calif., included Danny, Lee, Francis and Jon. We were the tennis team nerds. We did our homework. We played poker for pennies on Saturday nights. We did not include girls, but were obsessed with British actress Hayley Mills, then 15 years old. Read full article >>”
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Montgomery police call for potential victims, witnesses to come forward in schools case
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 04, 2014
“Montgomery County police made a public appeal Thursday for information from potential victims and witnesses who may know more about the actions of a former county substitute teacher accused of inappropriately touching students. Read full article >>”
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Loudoun County School Board places Middleburg Charter on probation
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 04, 2014
“The Loudoun County School Board has placed its sole charter school on probation following news that the principal lacks the proper state license to run the school .
The board also voted 6 to 3 on Tuesday night to give notice to Middleburg Community Charter School of the licensure deficiency. The board also is compelling the charter to outline a plan to resolve the license problems for Principal Barbara Smith, who is leading the school in its inaugural year. The charter school was proposed last year as a way to save a tiny rural school that was threatened with closure. It is the first charter school in Northern Virginia and one of six in the state. Read full article >>”

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D.C. students remember Marion Barry
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 04, 2014
“Eleven days after Marion Barry died, the life and legacy of the four-term mayor were the subject of a history lesson at Anacostia High School.
Students watched a news clip about him Thursday, answered questions and reflected on why he “was respected and loved by Washingtonians . . . especially those in Ward 8.” Read full article >>”

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More than 2,200 NYC school computers missing, unused: comptroller
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 03, 2014
“By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 2,200 computers purchased for New York City schools are missing or stashed away in closets and never used, according to an audit released by the city comptroller on Tuesday. The audit of the New York City Department of Education sampled only nine of more than 1,700 city schools and one administration building, sparking fears that millions of dollars worth of devices are unaccounted for citywide, Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a statement. ...”
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Patrick Suppes, Pioneer in Computerized Learning, Dies at 92
by NYT > Education

Dec 03, 2014
“In 1966, almost a decade before the invention of the personal computer, he predicted that children would have access to personal tutors “as well informed and as responsive as Aristotle.””
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Photographer's last images
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 03, 2014
“Andy Rocchelli was barely 30 years old when mortar shells obliterated his convoy near Slovyansk, Ukraine. His final photos project the maturity of a young man who, by then, had roamed confidently in dangerous war scenarios.”
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Shocking death on 'Sons of Anarchy'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 03, 2014
“It looks like "Sons of Anarchy" has decided to go out with a bang. A major character was killed off on Tuesday night's episode.”
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Ellsberg: He's a hero
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 03, 2014
“Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.”
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Santa is gay; get over it
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 03, 2014
“Who is Santa -- like, really? Santa is everyone who can supply the requisite beard and some Christmas cheer, says John Sutter”
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Unseen photos: Stones, McCartney
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 03, 2014
“REVEALED: A set of intimate portraits kept secret for decades.”
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Actress slapped, assaulted
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 03, 2014
“An Indian man slapped a movie star in the face during the filming of a TV show in Mumbai because of the length of her dress, police said.”
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Alan Gross' wife: He won't last a year
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Dec 03, 2014
“Judy Gross says she doesn't know how much longer her husband can make it in prison in Cuba. But she's scared it won't be long.”
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Five college students plead not guilty to gang rape on NJ campus
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 03, 2014
“By Sascha Brodsky PATERSON, N.J. (Reuters) - Five college students accused of gang-raping a female fellow student in a New Jersey dorm room pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, in the latest in a series of sexual assaults and harassment incidents prompting colleges to reexamine conduct policies. The five men blocked a dorm room doorway at William Paterson University in Wayne, and restrained and demanded sex from the woman on Nov. 25, when the campus had largely emptied out for the Thanksgiving break, according to the criminal complaint. ...”
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Power restored after massive outage hits downtown Detroit
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 03, 2014
“By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A massive outage on Tuesday cut power for as long as six hours to public buildings in Detroit ranging from city hall to a criminal courthouse, scores of public schools and more than three dozen buildings at Wayne State University, officials said. The outage in the city-run system that distributes power to the public buildings was another black eye for Detroit, which won court approval in November to exit the biggest U.S. municipal bankruptcy. ...”
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Newtown teachers want continued mental health funding
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 03, 2014
“NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers told top union leaders on Tuesday they are worried what will happen once various pots of funding for mental health services run out in 2016.”
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Lawmakers push for changes to higher education
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 03, 2014
“Gov. Jerry Brown isn't expected to release his new budget until next month but higher education has already emerged as a contentious topic with legislators introducing competing plans to avoid tuition ...”
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Why Caring for Older Adults Is Getting Costlier
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 03, 2014
“From the outside, Kathryn Robison, 29, looks like any other graduate student on campus at Youngstown State University in Ohio. But as she's finishing her master's degree in American Studies, she's also juggling another big responsibility: Caring for her grandmother. She recently took a year and a half break from school to serve as her grandmother's primary caregiver in Raleigh, North Carolina, and now serves as a backup caregiver, since her mom took over the reins full time.”
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Programs Offer Student Loan Repayment Help for Teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Dec 03, 2014
“Teaching is a noble profession, but not necessarily the most profitable one. You choose to enter this field because you love children, enjoy teaching or maybe because the hours and vacation time are convenient in caring for your own family. But no teacher has ever entered the field to get rich.”
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Strauss: Why the Obamas should consider teaching in an urban public school after 2016
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 03, 2014
“President Obama opened himself up to the suggestion in the following post by Howard Gardner and Jim Reese when he told Jeffrey Toobin in an interview published in The New Yorker that he loves teaching and misses the classroom. While Obama taught law at the University of Chicago Law School before he entered politics and was referring to “wrestling” with legal arguments in the classroom, he also said in the same interview that he believes helping poor black young people get a good K-12 education is of the utmost importance. That all leads to this piece, which makes the case for why the president and Michelle Obama should consider teaching in an urban public school when they leave the White House. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: The concept Education Secretary Duncan has entirely missed
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 03, 2014
“The U.S. Education Department recently released a draft set of regulations for colleges of education that would link some federal funding in part to how well the students of their graduates do on standardized test scores. It was no surprise that the department did this; it has been enamored with using standardized test scores as a chief “accountability” metric for years — despite warnings from assessment experts that it isn’t a valid or reliable method. Just how questionable this notion is is the topic of the following post by Sarah Blaine, a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who authors the parentingthecore blog. Blaine has written several popular posts that have been published on The Answer Sheet, including “ Pearson’s wrong answer—and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” and “ You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong .” Read full article >>”
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Md. city opposes cellphone towers on school property
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 03, 2014
“The Greenbelt City Council has joined a growing coalition that opposes cellphone towers being placed on school properties in Prince George’s County.
The council voted last week to send a letter to the county school system and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) expressing their objection to the school system’s proposal to possibly construct cell towers at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt Middle School and Turning Point Academy. Read full article >>”

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Future of D.C. Council Education Committee is unclear with Catania’s departure
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 03, 2014
“As Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) prepares to take office next month, there are many questions about what changes the transition will bring to the city’s efforts to reform public schools.
One of the biggest unknowns is what will happen to the D.C. Council’s two-year-old Education Committee that has been chaired by council member David A. Catania (I - At large). Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Arizona teacher sues state alleging retaliation for criticizing Common Core
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 03, 2014
“Brad McQueen is a veteran elementary school teacher in the Tanque Verde School District in Arizona. He is suing  John Huppenthal, Arizona’s outgoing superintendent of public instruction, alleging that he was the victim of retaliation by his employer after he spoke out against the Common Core State Standards and a Core-aligned testing consortium, called PARCC. Read full article >>”
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Extra funding boosts programs at D.C. schools serving at-risk students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 03, 2014
“D.C. public middle schools gained additional teachers this year, and dozens of schools got new computers and technology coaches. At Truesdell Education Campus in Ward 4, students are coming to school early or staying late for extracurricular activities that did not fit into the school day. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 03, 2014
“This is a follow-up to two popular posts about the problems kids face when they are forced to sit still in school for hours on end without a break. The first, written by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, was titled “ Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” and discussed how being inactive affects students’ ability to stay focused and learn, and in some cases leads to improper diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. The next piece was titled “ The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class .” Read full article >>”
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Marion Barry’s Washington: Snapshots of the city the former mayor left behind
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 01, 2014
“The city Marion Barry inspired, infuriated and disappointed is gone, replaced by the city he always said he wanted to build — solvent, solid, sizzling with life. And the city Barry commanded for longer than any other mayor remains saddled with the same woes he sought to eradicate — poverty, racial division, hopelessness. Read full article >>”
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Language immersion programs growing in D.C., but only west of the river
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 01, 2014
“Jimell Sanders and Antawan Holmes started looking at schools before their daughter, now 15 months old, was born. They wanted to find a school that emphasized foreign languages.
“We think bilingualism and biliteracy are a gift,” said Sanders, who grew up in a military family and lived abroad. “By speaking another language, it will open her up and allow her to engage the world in a different way.” Read full article >>”

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Strauss: The passing of a giant in education
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 01, 2014
“John Goodlad, a giant in the world of education for more than half a century, died last Saturday in Seattle. A highly influential researcher and educator, Goodlad was the author of more than three dozen books. His 1984 book “ A Place Called School ,” is often credited with launching research efforts on school improvement, and he was known for articulating the position that teaching is an ethical act. He had served as president of the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle and had held professorships at Emory University, the University of Chicago, the University of Washington and UCLA, where he was dean of the Graduate School of Education from 1967-1983. Read full article >>”
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Committee recommends changes to Virginia’s standardized testing
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 01, 2014
“A committee examining Virginia’s state standardized testing has released its first report , recommending changes to the state’s testing system, which has long been criticized as being too onerous and carrying too much weight . Read full article >>”
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Amid turmoil and safety concerns, some thinking twice about applying to U-Va.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 01, 2014
“No school sends more students to the University of Virginia than the one in Fairfax County named after the university’s founder. Sixty-five freshmen in Charlottesville this fall come from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, one of the top magnet schools in the country. Read full article >>”
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Local-state muddle threatens Middleburg charter school
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Dec 01, 2014
“Middleburg Community Charter School is a trailblazer. It is the first and only charter school in Northern Virginia, and it is the first to be approved under the state’s new charter law, which doesn’t require a sign-off from the state’s board of education. Read full article >>”
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Will Siri be your pilot?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Nov 30, 2014
“How comfortable would you be with a pilot flying your airliner with just their voice? CNN took a spin aboard this new technology. Our take: This is sophisticated stuff.”
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Lindsey Vonn opens up about Tiger
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Nov 30, 2014
“Multiple surgeries have sidelined skiing star Lindsey Vonn for the last 2 years. Now, the 30-year-old is set to return to competitive action thanks in part to a secret weapon.”
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Boys make horrifying find on beach
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Nov 30, 2014
“Two boys discovered the body of an infant while digging on an Australian beach. Seven Network reports.”
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Boy hugs mom after 4 years in attic
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Nov 30, 2014
“A missing boy who was was kept hidden by his father in a small attic space was reunited with his mother. WSB reports.”
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Strauss: A dissection of Common Core math test questions leaves educator ‘appalled’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Nov 30, 2014
“Many of the guest writers on this blog are opposed to the Common Core State Standards, not because they object to standards per se but they find fault with this particular set for one reason or another. This post was written by someone who supports the Core, but takes a critical look at New York State’s Common Core-aligned tests, specifically the eighth-grade math exam that was designed by Pearson. Grant Wiggins is the co-author of “ Understanding by Design ” and the author of “ Educative Assessment ” as well as numerous articles on education. A high school teacher for 14 years, he is the president of Authentic Education,  in Hopewell, New Jersey, which provides professional development and other services to schools aimed at improving student learning.  Wiggins gave me permission to republish this post, which first appeared on his blog, Granted, and… . It should be noted that these tests are different from the Common Core exams that are being developed by two multi-state consortia, known as PARCC and SBAC, and being given to students for the first time this school year, but educators have already raised concerns that those two assessments will not represent the “groundbreaking” next-generation exams that Education Secretary Arne Duncan had once said they would be. Read full article >>”
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High school aerospace engineering program taking flight
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Nov 30, 2014
“Students quietly worked in pairs, folding, cutting and gluing the colorful strips of tissue paper strewn across the half-dozen tables in the room.
What looked at first glance like an art class was actually Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology, part of a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics offering at DuVal High School in Prince George’s County. Read full article >>”

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After Closing Schools, a Principal Fights to Save a Bronx High School
by NYT > Education

Nov 29, 2014
“Santiago Taveras, once the public face for many school closings during the Bloomberg years, is now working on turning around the troubled DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.”
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Amid Tumult, Michigan Football Aims to Reclaim Its Footing
by NYT > Education

Nov 29, 2014
“Michigan must beat its biggest rival, Ohio State, on Saturday to become eligible to play in a bowl game, but the troubled program faces bigger challenges as the university’s sports culture is questioned.”
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Economic View: Even Among Harvard Graduates, Women Fall Short of Their Work Expectations
by NYT > Education

Nov 29, 2014
“Both sexes have ambitious goals for their career and family life, a study finds, but entrenched factors seem to hold many women back.”
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A Conundrum for Saudis: Women at Work
by NYT > Education

Nov 29, 2014
“A group of academics is joining the Saudi government in a project to lower the hurdles keeping women from becoming employed.”
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University of Virginia’s Image Suffers After Campus Rape Report
by NYT > Education

Nov 29, 2014
“The governing board will meet Tuesday to discuss complaints that the university has for years mishandled reports of sexual assaults.”
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Admissions: For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems
by NYT > Education

Nov 29, 2014
“Admission rates are misleading: It’s not that fewer students are accepted; it’s that applications have run riot.”
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The Texas Tribune: End of Texas School’s Book Ban Doesn’t Mark the Last Chapter
by NYT > Education

Nov 29, 2014
“In September, complaints about content prompted Highland Park High School in Texas to pull seven books from the curriculum, creating an uproar that led to an about-face.”
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Motherlode Blog: Glossy Photo Cards, Highlighting Grief
by NYT > Education

Nov 29, 2014
“This is not a campaign to end the photo card. But the year our daughter died, it would have been so much kinder to send something else.”
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Werewolf shooting
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Nov 29, 2014
“A man wearing a werewolf mask shot a worker at a check-cashing business in Southern California and fled, sparking a massive hunt, authorities said.”
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Shoppers brawl over Black Friday deals
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Nov 29, 2014
“CNN's Deborah Feyerick reports on the Black Friday shopping madness sweeping across the country.”
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World's biggest ritual slaughter
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Nov 29, 2014
“Motilal Kushwaha had promised the Hindu goddess Gadhimai that he would offer her a male goat if one of his children found a job.”