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She renovates home to keep pet bobcat
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 18, 2014
“A bobcat owner was allowed to take her pet back from the zoo after paying a fine & making safety renovations to her home.”
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Look at me! 22 selfies of the week
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 18, 2014
“An injured athlete, politicians, socialites, cute dogs, Beyonce and airborne vegetables all make appearances in this week's collection.”
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What We've Learned in 30 Editions of the Best Colleges Rankings
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 18, 2014
“This college search thing can be a little intimidating, especially if you're going through it for the first time. This is our 30th go-round at U.S. News, so we feel like we've got some experience worth sharing.”
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Police release surveillance videos showing Hannah Graham before she disappeared
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 18, 2014
“Police investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student have focused their search in an area of downtown Charlottesville where she was last seen on surveillance video walking alone in the early morning hours Saturday. Read full article >>”
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Wonkblog: David Boies helped California gay couples win the right to marry. Now he’s attacking teacher tenure
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 18, 2014
“David Boies is an accomplished civil rights attorney who is probably best known for his Supreme Court cases, in which he has represented Al Gore and Californian gay couples seeking to marry. Now he is working on behalf of kids in urban schools, but his approach is a controversial one. He argues that teacher tenure denies students their right to an equal education, guaranteed in  Brown v. Board of Education and many state constitutions. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: Do Teachers Assign Too Much Homework?
by NYT > Education

Sep 17, 2014
“When you get home after school, how much homework will you do? Will it keep you up late? Will it cause stress in your family? Or do you have homework under control?”
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National Briefing : Trade Schools Sued for Lending Practices
by NYT > Education

Sep 17, 2014
“A federal agency sued Corinthian Colleges, a major for-profit trade school chain, on Tuesday, charging that it lured students with lies about job placement and used illegal tactics to collect on student loans.”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | YouTube Stars, and Star Makers
by NYT > Education

Sep 17, 2014
“Below are six paragraphs from the Sept. 15 article “Hollywood’s Old-Time Star Makers Are Swooping In on YouTube’s Party.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | The Big Leagues
by NYT > Education

Sep 17, 2014
“What are some of the things new N.B.A. players learn in the Rookie Transition Program?”
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The Learning Network: When Does Discipline Become Child Abuse?
by NYT > Education

Sep 17, 2014
“What is “reasonable discipline”? Is what N.F.L. player Adrian Peterson did to his son discipline, or abuse? Why?”
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Motherlode Blog: To Aid Children’s Cancer Care, Mothers Go Bald
by NYT > Education

Sep 17, 2014
“To raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research, mothers shave their heads in solidarity with their cancer-affected children.”
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Agent Storm
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 17, 2014
“When first revealed, Morten Storm's account of his life as a double agent inside al Qaeda sent shockwaves through Denmark's political and intelligence establishment. The first accounts came in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in October 2012.”
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Rare sea creature caught on tape
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 17, 2014
“Researchers captured deep sea high-definition footage of what is believed to be a siphonophore.”
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See biker get revenge on litterbugs
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 17, 2014
“Biker throws trash at litterbugs caught red-handed. But is her story garbage? CNN's Jeanne Moos sorts through the trash.”
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Facebook 'real name' policy stirs debate
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 17, 2014
“A Facebook policy that asks users to provide real names on profiles has people from all walks of life worrying their accounts might be in jeopardy.”
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He mistakenly calls 911, then ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 17, 2014
“One man accidentally dialed 911 while talking about drugs, which led cops to arrest him for possession. WKRN reports.”
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China blacks out CNN's report
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 17, 2014
“The Chinese government blacked out CNN's signal during a report on a crackdown on Christians in Eastern China.”
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Colleges That Charge the Most for Applying
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 17, 2014
“The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.”
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Corinthian Colleges sued for predatory lending
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 17, 2014
“Corinthian Colleges is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a "predatory lending scheme."”
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Teachers union calls for boycott of Nigeria school restart
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 17, 2014
“Lagos (AFP) - The head of Nigeria's main teachers union called on Tuesday for a boycott of next week's re-opening of schools, saying there had not been enough training to protect against the Ebola virus.”
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Strauss: How Common Core’s recommended books fail children of color
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“Critics of the Common Core  have questioned a number of different aspects of the standards, including how they were written, whether they are developmentally appropriate and whether too much emphasis has been placed on non-fiction at the cost of literature. Here is a look at an issue that has gotten little attention: How the recommended books in the appendix of the standards try to meet the needs of students of color.  It was written by Jane M. Gangi,  an associate professor in the Division of Education at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, and Nancy Benfer, who teaches literacy and literature at Mount Saint Mary College and is a fourth-grade teacher at Bishop Dunn Memorial School.  Gangi is the author of three books: “ Encountering Children’s Literature: An Arts Approach ,” “ Deepening Literacy Learning: Art and Literature Engagements in K-8 Classrooms (with Mary Ann Reilly and Rob Cohen),” and “ Genocide in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Cambodia to Darfur . ” Both are members of the Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning at Mount Saint Mary College. Gangi may be reached at jane.gangi@msmc.edu; Benfer at nb6221@my.msmc.edu. Read full article >>”
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Options Public Charter School reopens with new leadership and new mission
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“Options Public Charter School, marred by allegations of financial misconduct last year, was made over “almost from scratch” before it reopened last month under new leadership and with new staff members, according to the school’s court-appointed receiver. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: One senior’s story: Starting college admissions process is like ‘being sent out to sea by myself with 20 different maps’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“With the 2014-15 school year now in full swing, many high school seniors are finding that they have two jobs: keeping up with classes and filling out college applications. This blog will follow one senior as she navigates the college search and application process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, will document her experience applying to college in occasional posts that will include the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. Her story may help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire. Read full article >>”
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Washington: An education capital
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“Washington, known as a seat of global power, is also a center for brainpower.
A new ranking finds the D.C. metropolitan area to be third in the nation in level of educational attainment — behind No. 1 Ann Arbor, Mich., and No. 2 Madison, Wis., but ahead of Boston, Seattle, New York and many other cities. Read full article >>”

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Fewer charter school applications this year
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“The D.C. Public Charter School Board two years ago created a fast track for experienced charter operators with successful records in other cities to apply to open schools in the District.
The effort brought in California-based Rocketship , which plans to open its doors in Anacostia next fall, as well as Texas-based Harmony and New York-based Democracy Prep, which opened schools this year. Read full article >>”

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Georgetown University student dies of apparent case of meningitis
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“A Georgetown University student died Tuesday after apparently contracting meningitis, the university said.
Andrea Jaime was a sophomore in the school of nursing and health studies, Georgetown said in a statement. She had been undergoing treatment for the infectious disease at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Read full article >>”

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Three in 10 Virginia schools lack full accreditation; students struggle with tests
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago.
The Virginia Department of Education said Tuesday that 555 of the state’s 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks this past spring on the annual statewide Standards of Learning tests.Thirty percent of all schools in the state were rated “accredited with warning,” up from 22 percent the year before. Five years ago, just 15 Virginia schools received the downgraded status. Read full article >>”

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School board settles 2nd discrimination case involving Largo High School principal
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“A discrimination lawsuit that pitted a former Maryland school secretary against her principal — and included allegations that the head of Largo High School bullied her staff — was settled Tuesday just as it was about to go to trial in federal court. Read full article >>”
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New D.C. education ombudsman has a busy first year
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“Just weeks before school started, Jennifer White received a letter from the principal at her son’s middle school in the District. With a pattern of late arrivals in the spring, the letter said, her son was not invited to return. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Four Common Core ‘flimflams’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York was once a supporter of the Common Core but came to be a critic after her state began to implement the initiative. (You can read some of her work on the botched implementation  in New York here ,   here , here and here .)   Burris  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. In this post she looks at what she calls the “Four Flimflams of the Common Core.” Read full article >>”
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History-loving student from Montgomery to interview U.S. archivist for Constitution Day
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 17, 2014
“It’s Constitution Day — and the most momentous one yet for 16-year-old Adalia Jimenez.
The Montgomery County junior was selected to interview Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero as part of a Constitution Day event that will be live-streamed Wednesday. It is sponsored through a partnership of the White House and Discovery Education, with 13,000 classrooms signed on, Discovery officials said. Read full article >>”

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With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise
by NYT > Education

Sep 15, 2014
“Parent groups and privacy advocates are challenging the practices of an industry built on data collection, and California has passed wide-ranging legislation protecting students’ personal information.”
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | dissection
by NYT > Education

Sep 15, 2014
“This word has appeared in 77 New York Times articles in the past year.”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Minecraft and Microsoft
by NYT > Education

Sep 15, 2014
“Below are six paragraphs from the Sept. 10 article “Microsoft Sees More Than Fun in a Game Like Minecraft.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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The Learning Network: Should Parents Limit How Much Time Children Spend on Tech Devices?
by NYT > Education

Sep 15, 2014
“Do your parents limit how much time you spend on technology? Do they set limits on the types of things you are allowed to do with screens?”
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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | Sept. 15, 2014
by NYT > Education

Sep 15, 2014
“On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.”
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Motherlode Blog: Quandary Update: Yes to the Dog, Not Yet to the Baby
by NYT > Education

Sep 15, 2014
““Without some of the comments, I’m not sure we’d have Buddy now, and he’s brought us so much happiness.””
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Grading Universities: For Inspiration in Creating College Ratings, Look to Health Care
by NYT > Education

Sep 15, 2014
“A cautionary tale as the Obama administration prepares a system that it hopes will improve college quality and hold down tuition costs.”
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Capitoline Museums in Rome to Join With University of Missouri to Catalog Artifacts
by NYT > Education

Sep 15, 2014
“The university will research and analyze 249 pieces of black-glazed pottery, performing tests that the Roman institution can not afford on its own.”
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DealBook: Pressure for High Marks at Harvard Extends to Its Investment Chief
by NYT > Education

Sep 15, 2014
“Though university officials defended her record, Jane Mendillo drew scrutiny from alumni and others over relatively high pay and lackluster investment results.”
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4-year-old shamed publicly
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 15, 2014
“This father punished his 4-year-old son by making him hold a sign on the street that says "I hit little girls."”
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Colleges and Universities That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 15, 2014
“To gauge the affordability of a college or university, the sticker price is a good place to start. But savvy students should dig deeper.”
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College Students Sign Petition To Support ISIS … On 9/11[VIDEO]
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 15, 2014
“Multiple college students signed a petition to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week. Media Research Center TV reporter Dan Joseph went to the campus of George Washington University on Thursday, Sept. 11, and collected a dozen signatures from students on a petition to President Barack Obama to not only stop bombing ISIS, but also actively support the terrorist group. ISIS has beheaded two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.”
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Strauss: How one middle school handled 136 unruly students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 15, 2014
“Normandy Middle School in north St. Louis — a few miles away from Ferguson, where the August killing of a black teenager by a white police officer sparked civil unrest — has been the worst-performing district in Missouri for several years. As a result, the state took over the Normandy School District, replaced 45 percent of the staff and ordered mandatory training for teachers. When school started in mid-August, educators hoped that it was the dawn of a new era. It wasn’t. Read full article >>”
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D.C. principals: When is there too much choice?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 15, 2014
“What happens to students who attend five schools in six years? How can schools attract enough students to balance their budgets and stay competitive when new schools are opening all the time? How does school choice benefit families who are the least prepared to make informed decisions? Read full article >>”
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Strauss: A warning to U.S. about ‘educational authoritarianism’ — from a Chinese scholar
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 15, 2014
“Yong Zhao is a respected education scholar who has been a fierce critic of high-stakes standardized testing, both in China and the United States. Zhao, the presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the University of Oregon’s College of Education,  has written a new book entited “ Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World ” that my colleague, Post education writer (and former China correspondent) Jay Mathews, said in a column was “the best I have ever read on Chinese schools. Read full article >>”
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Prince George’s ed board seeks public input on school building construction, renovation
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 15, 2014
“The Prince George’s Board of Education wants residents to share their thoughts about the conditions of their school buildings during a public hearing on Tuesday night.
The board will receive testimony from the public during the Capital Improvement Program public hearing, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. The hearing was originally scheduled for last week, but was rescheduled after no one signed up to testify. Read full article >>”

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U-Va. student from Fairfax County missing in Charlottesville
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 15, 2014
“A University of Virginia student who graduated from Fairfax County’s West Potomac High School has gone missing in Charlottesville, and university leaders have expressed “deep concern” about her.
Hannah Graham, 18, has been missing since just after midnight Saturday, according to the university and Charlottesville police. Graham last made contact with friends by text message at 1:20 a.m. Saturday. Graham’s friends called police on Sunday afternoon, and police used bloodhounds to search for her Sunday evening, but that did not produce any leads, police said. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Florida drops test after kindergarten teacher took public stand against it
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 15, 2014
“( Update: Adding Education Department comment )
Last week I published a highly popular post that included a letter that kindergarten teacher Susan Bowles of Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla., posted on Facebook telling parents that she was refusing to administer the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, or FAIR. She explained what she said were serious problems with administering the test to young students, and said that taking this stance was worth risking her job.  The post was titled, “ Kindergarten teacher: ‘There is a good possibility I will get fired, but …’ ” Read full article >>”

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David Boies, eyeing education through a civil rights lens
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 15, 2014
“David Boies, the superlawyer who chairs a group that is trying to overturn teacher tenure laws in New York and elsewhere, said Monday that his organization is not looking to take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court — at least not in the short run. Read full article >>”
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Maryland offers 45-day extension for student immunizations
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 15, 2014
“Maryland has agreed to provide local school systems more time for students to get required vaccinations after school superintendents raised concerns about children missing school because they could not meet the deadline. Read full article >>”
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Montgomery plans to apply for extension on state immunization requirement
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 15, 2014
“With nearly 500 students still needing to show proof of immunizations, Montgomery County school officials said Monday they will seek a 45-day extension of the deadline for new state vaccination requirements . Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: ‘Just a Stepmother’ Sending a Son to College Without Tears
by NYT > Education

Sep 14, 2014
“Being happy as my stepson leaves us for college isn’t a sign of a lack of connection or love. It’s a sign of pride.”
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Arkansas judge
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 14, 2014
“The top court in Arkansas has ordered the immediate dismissal of a judge who leaked confidential details about an adoption involving Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, according to court documents.”
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iPhone 6 gets the pocket test
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 14, 2014
“Rachel Crane got her hands on the iPhone 6 specs, printed up some models and put the new, bigger phones to the test.”
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Mayweather: No pictures, no proof
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 14, 2014
“Rachel Nichols questions Floyd Mayweather on his history of abusing women, including the mother of his children.”
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Police: Teens cited for sexting
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 14, 2014
“Police cited two teen boys for sharing a nude photo of a girl while they were in class. CNN affiliate WKMG reports.”
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Investigations underway into Ohio prison escape
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 14, 2014
“LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Criminal and internal investigations are underway to determine how a convicted killer of three Ohio high school students managed to escape from prison, along with two other inmates, state correction officials say.”
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Strauss: Former education secretary Bill Bennett paid to praise Common Core to conservatives
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 14, 2014
“Bill Bennett, who was education secretary under President Ronald Reagan, just published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal : “The Conservative Case for Common Core,”  with the subhead: Federal intrusion and misleading rumors do a disservice to an effort that started in the states. Read full article >>”
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Algebra failures in Montgomery did not lead to summer session for most students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 14, 2014
“Roughly 1 in 7 students who failed the most recent Algebra 1 final exam in Montgomery County — a test that produced high failure rates and led to a mass grade recalculation — attended special summer reteaching sessions, according to newly released schools data. Another group retook the course. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Common Core: yes or no? A debate.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 14, 2014
“Embrace the Common Core State Standards? Do not embrace the Common Core? That was the question in New York when four people — two for embracing and two against — participated in a recent debate about the controversial initiative. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Chicago schools filthy with rodents, roaches, garbage — principals say
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 14, 2014
“School reformers today, operating under the illusion that the private sector can do just about everything better and cheaper than government institutions, have been working to privatize public education by contracting out to private entities key operations of schools — and often entire schools. Such a move with the custodial force in Chicago Public Schools has, principals say, led to a mess. Read full article >>”
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On Religion: Social Worker Spreads a Message of Acceptance to Mormons With Gay Children
by NYT > Education

Sep 12, 2014
“Caitlin Ryan, a California social worker, developed a program that uses supportive meetings, videos, handbooks and research to help Mormon families accept their gay children.”
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Higgs boson
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 12, 2014
“Physicist Stephen Hawking's said the "God particle" could obliterate us all. Meg Urry says don't panic.”
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Ohio highway patrol: Convicted killer of 3 high school students caught after prison escape
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 12, 2014
“LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio highway patrol: Convicted killer of 3 high school students caught after prison escape.”
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Economic Scene: A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income
by NYT > Education

Sep 12, 2014
“The United States trails nearly all other industrialized nations when it comes to educational equality, and it shows in income inequality.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Obama, in Speech on ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants
by NYT > Education

Sep 12, 2014
“What is your reaction to the United States’ growing military action in Iraq and Syria?”
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The Learning Network: NYTLNreads | Recommendations From a Humanities Class at High Technology High School
by NYT > Education

Sep 12, 2014
“As our first post in the experimental feature NYTLNreads, we asked Sarah Gross, a teacher and Learning Network contributor, to tell us what articles her new ninth-grade class found most interesting in The Times this week.”
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Room for Debate: How to Diversify Teaching
by NYT > Education

Sep 12, 2014
“What can be done to make a career in education more attractive to men and people of color?”
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Motherlode Blog: The Mechanics of Homework
by NYT > Education

Sep 12, 2014
“Right now, homework is feeling like an instrument of torture designed to destroy my relationship with my children. But we go through this every September. It will get better.”
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ISIS victim's mom 'appalled' by U.S.
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 12, 2014
“The mother of James Foley -- an American journalist beheaded by ISIS militants -- said she is "embarrassed and appalled" by how the U.S. government dealt with her son's case.”
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Lawyer says it was parental discipline
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 12, 2014
“The Minnesota Vikings star has been indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child, a Texas sheriff's lieutenant said. The team won't play him Sunday.”
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N.Y. Fashion Week: On the runway
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 12, 2014
“Designers showcase their spring 2015 collections at New York Fashion Week”
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Driver crashes into mom, daughters
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 12, 2014
“A security camera catches a frightening accident as a driver hits two kids and their mother as they walk to school.”
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'Married ... with Children' spinoff?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 12, 2014
“"Married ... with Children" may have ended in 1997, but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of the Bundys.”
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Mars rover arrives at key point
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 12, 2014
“After roving across more than five miles of the Red Planet's sometimes rough terrain, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has reached its primary destination: the base of a Martian mountain in the middle of a vast, deep crater.”
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10 Highly Ranked Test-Flexible Colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 12, 2014
“Schools With Flexible Test Policies”
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Teenage killer who escaped Ohio prison captured yards away
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 12, 2014
“By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A teenager serving a life sentence in the shooting deaths of three Cleveland-area high school students in 2012 was caught about 100 yards from the Ohio prison fence he had scaled to escape just hours earlier, officials said on Friday. T.J. Lane, 19, who was sentenced to life without parole last year in the attack at Chardon High School, escaped on Thursday with two other inmates from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, in northwestern Ohio, warden Kevin Jones said at a news conference outside the facility. "We are going to have to sit down and take a look at it and determine if Allen Oakwood was the place he was supposed to be," Jones said. According to the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, an Ohio prison oversight group, eight of the facility's 1,645 inmates require maximum security.”
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Strauss: Education Dept. offers 9/11 teaching materials — but won’t guarantee their accuracy
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 12, 2014
“Teachers looking for materials to help them devise lesson plans on the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks can find a lot of them on the Internet. There are lesson plans on the website of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, as well as materials on Scholastic. org and  on t he New York City schools website , and on The National History Clearing House at George Mason University, created with U.S. Department of Education funds. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Common Core: What’s true, false and fuzzy
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 12, 2014
“Thomas Scarice, the superintendent of Madison Public Schools in Connecticut, has been a vocal critic of high-stakes test-based school reform. This year  he sent a letter to  state legislators explaining why these “reforms will not result in improved conditions since they are not grounded in research” and he has spelled out what he sees as the worst effects of the test-based “accountability” movement. In the following post, he attempts to separate myth from truth about the Common Core State Standards. This appeared on the website of Scarice’s school district and in the Shoreline Times. Read full article >>”
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Brendan Iribe, co-founder of Oculus VR, makes record $31 million donation to U-Md.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 12, 2014
“Brendan Iribe dropped out of college during his freshman year at the University of Maryland to join a throng of young entrepreneurs hoping to shake up the world with high-tech start-ups.
Iribe’s brief tenure in College Park was followed by extraordinary successes in video-game technology, as he held key positions in companies that sold for millions or hundreds of millions of dollars. His latest venture, Oculus VR, which developed the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, sold to Facebook for $2 billion this year. Read full article >>”

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Record donations to colleges in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 12, 2014
“The University of Maryland plans to announce Friday that it has received the largest donation in its history, a $31 million gift from Brendan Iribe, a highly successful 35-year-old high-tech entrepreneur who dropped out of U-Md. during his freshman year in the late 1990s. He said the university was an inspiration to him, a place where he forged lifelong relationships, and he wanted to give back to students who are studying, and will study, computer science. Read full article >>”
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Prince George’s to hold free student immunization clinics Saturday
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 12, 2014
“The Prince George’s County School System is making a final push for students who have not received the new required immunizations to get their shots before Tuesday’s deadline.
The school district will offer free immunization clinics on Saturday at four schools. Health professionals will be on hand at Bladensburg, Fairmont Heights, Northwestern and Oxon Hill high schools to provide the immunizations. The clinics will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read full article >>”

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Alexandria marks the opening of $45 million Jefferson-Houston School building
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 12, 2014
“The sleek new gym at Jefferson-Houston School roared with applause Friday morning as Alexandria Schools Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley cut a ceremonial ribbon with oversized scissors, officially marking the opening of a new $45 million school building. Read full article >>”
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Arlington School Board appoints former PTA president to fill vacant seat
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 12, 2014
“The Arlington School Board appointed a former parent teacher association president to fill the seat of a member who resigned Aug. 1.
In a special meeting Friday morning, Nancy Van Doren was sworn in to take the place of Noah Simon, who left the post last month to spend more time with his family. She will hold the position until a special election scheduled for Nov. 4. Read full article >>”

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Number of aging Americans paying student loans soars: U.S. report
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 11, 2014
“By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The rising cost of higher education is dogging Americans into retirement, with people aged 65 and older still carrying some $18.2 billion in unpaid student loans, according to a federal report released on Wednesday. While the Government Accountability Office report noted that relatively few U.S. Just 4 percent of households headed by someone 65 or older carried student loan debt as of 2010, up from 1 percent in 2004. "Some may think of student loan debt as a just a young person's problem," said U.S.”
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How U.S. Colleges Gauge International Students' English Skills
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 11, 2014
“The Test of English as a Foreign Language, commonly referred to as the TOEFL, is a standardized test of English language proficiency for nonnative English language speakers. This and the International English Language Testing System, known as IELTS, are two of the most popular standardized tests for English proficiency that many international students will need to take before applying for a college or university in the U.S. TOEFL and IELTS are different from the SAT and ACT because those are comprehensive tests aimed to measure readiness for college. For the majority of international students, TOEFL is just one piece of the application -- but many institutions are realizing that neither TOEFL nor IELTS or, for that matter, any standardized test, is the end-all predictor of a student's success.”
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The Learning Network: Are Parents Violating Their Children’s Privacy When They Share Photos and Videos of Them Online?
by NYT > Education

Sep 11, 2014
“Should parents be concerned about leaving an unwanted “digital footprint” for their child?”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Liberty and the World Trade Center, 1983
by NYT > Education

Sep 11, 2014
““On that day — the Sept. 11 that requires no year — the sun set on crushed buildings in a reimagined world. It set on a recontoured skyline and a haunted city. The equations of life no longer worked. That’s the way it seemed.””
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Motherlode Blog: A Slower-Paced, but Still Easy, Wednesday Meal
by NYT > Education

Sep 11, 2014
“Last night’s Sausage with Spinach and Bean Mash was easy and “therapeutic.” Tonight, pouring sauce on chicken.”
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Motherlode Blog: Thursday Dinner, Faster Than Delivery
by NYT > Education

Sep 11, 2014
“Salad Pizza: If you’ve got a ball of whole-wheat pizza dough, you can get dinner on the table faster than you could get it delivered.”
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Bat terrifies anchors on live TV
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 11, 2014
“A bat surprised morning show anchors at CNN affiliate WATE when it dive-bombed near them on live television.”
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Kendall Jenner comes into focus
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 11, 2014
“All eyes shifted toward the beginning of the runway when a dark-haired model strutted out in a star-spangled red bikini to a fusillade of flashbulbs at Tommy Hilfiger's New York Fashion Week show on Monday.”
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Prison for 'Real Housewives' spouse
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 11, 2014
“"Real Housewives of Atlanta" husband Apollo Nida started an eight-year federal prison sentence for a fraud conviction Wednesday.”
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Severe storms forecast for Detroit, schools close early
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 11, 2014
“(Reuters) - A forecast of severe thunderstorms for the Detroit metro area on Wednesday afternoon prompted Detroit public schools to dismiss students early and city officials to warn residents of possible flooding. The National Weather Service issued a "hazardous weather outlook" for parts of southeast Michigan, with thunderstorms, the potential of localized flash flooding and wind gusts of around 60 mph (96 kph). Detroit officials asked residents to help prevent flooding by clearing storm drains of leaves and other trash in front of homes and businesses. Storms could develop through about 8 p.m. in the Detroit area south to the Ohio border, said Bryan Tilley, a National Weather Service meteorologist.”
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College Students Unaware Of 9/11 Anniversary [VIDEO]
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 11, 2014
“Dozens of students at George Washington University were unaware of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in recent interviews, while they were able to name celebrities involved in the nude photo scandal last week. Young America’s Foundation spokeswoman Ashley Pratte went to George Washington University last week, and asked 30 students  a series of questions about the Sept. 11 anniversary, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and the recent theft of nude photos of various celebrities. Twenty-nine of the students were able to name at least one of the celebrities involved. In the video of the interviews, one of the students was completely unaware that Steven Sotloff and James Foley were beheaded, and seemed very taken aback by the news.”
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Missouri lawmakers override veto of bill expanding gun rights in public schools, cities.
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 11, 2014
“JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers override veto of bill expanding gun rights in public schools, cities. .”
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10 Colleges and Universities Where Merit Aid Is Most Common
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 11, 2014
“The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.”
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Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 11, 2014
“This story has been updated to reflect that Maine incorporated the Common Core into its already-existing “Maine Learning Results” instead of adopting a new name for the standards.
As the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards, though they’re calling them something different. Read full article >>”

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Arlington schools announce key findings from ‘Big Data’ competition
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 11, 2014
“A high-tech team of number crunchers received a $10,000 prize in an Arlington competition aimed at examining public school student data to predict dropout rates.
The Big Data Roundtable event drew 23 teams, including the winning group from Deep Learning Analytics, which had experts from academia, the World Bank and top consulting corporations such as AIG and Booz Allen Hamilton. Read full article >>”

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Letting families decide homework amount
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 11, 2014
“My grandsons don’t get much screen time. By that I mean they are almost never exposed to television, laptops, tablets, smartphones and whatever is the latest thing keeping our youth awash in entertainment. Read full article >>”
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In-seat attendance up in D.C. schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 11, 2014
“D.C. law requires schools to track attendance and get involved when children rack up unexcused absences . But schools are also paying closer attention to students who send in doctors notes or accumulate other excused absences. Read full article >>”
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Two Howard County students show up to school draped with Confederate flags
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 11, 2014
“Days after a Howard County student unfurled a Confederate flag at a football game, two high school students showed up at Glenelg High School on Wednesday with Confederate flags draped over their shoulders. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | psychosis
by NYT > Education

Sep 10, 2014
“This word has appeared in 78 New York Times articles in the past year.”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Texting Anxiety Caused by Little Bubbles
by NYT > Education

Sep 10, 2014
“Below are six paragraphs from the Aug. 29 essay about texting, “Bubbles Carry a Lot of Weight.” We have dropped a word in each paragraph. Can you choose the best one for each blank?”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | When Worker Bees Get a Promotion
by NYT > Education

Sep 10, 2014
“How might scientists use similar data-rich surveillance to learn more about other insects’ behavior?”
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Motherlode Blog: Those ‘Mysterious Deadly Virus’ Headlines? Don’t Panic. Do Watch That Cold, and Wash Your Hands.
by NYT > Education

Sep 10, 2014
“Strains of enterovirus circulate every year. This year, the number of children affected is high, but the symptoms themselves (fever and coughing) are consistent with the way this virus has behaved in the past.”
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'Skinny dip' yearbook photos cause stir
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“Yearbook photos of high school students voted "most likely to skinny dip" have caused some controversy in New Mexico.”
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Is this the future of photography?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“Digital cameras have changed the way we look at pictures. Now there's a device that changes the way we focus them.”
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The colors you'll be wearing in 2015
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“Spring and summer colors rock the catwalks at New York Fashion Week. Here's some of the runway's most vibrant looks.”
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Child shares food, dies from E. coli
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“One child died and another fights for his life after they contracted an E. coli infection from a shared sandwich.”
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Shark kills swimmer; wife was there
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“What is believed to be a great white shark killed a swimmer in Australia while his wife waited for him on the shore.”
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Really? 10 unexpected cruise activities
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“If you're one of the nearly 20% of Americans who have taken a cruise, you probably already know that these giant pleasure boats have Formula One simulators, herb gardens, skating rinks, Coach stores and stages featuring sketch comedy from Chicago-born Second City.”
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Sara Gilbert and wife having a baby
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“When faced with a dare on "The Talk" on Tuesday, co-host Sara Gilbert picked truth instead.”
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7-year-old ticketed by cop for this
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“A 7-year-old boy was ticketed for driving a golf cart while in the company of his mom. CNN affiliate KTRK reports.”
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Great maritime mystery may be solved
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“One of the most famous tragedies of the Northwest Passage sea route around the top of North America might have finally been solved.”
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Caged woman begs: Don't leave!
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“CNN's Steve Kastenbaum tells the tale of an Indiana woman rescued from captors who held her in a cage in a trailer.”
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Plane crashes off Miami Beach
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“A pilot was rescued at sea after crashing off the coast of Miami Beach. CNN affiliate WSVN reports.”
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Protests disrupt Ferguson meeting
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 10, 2014
“Emotions were high during the first city council meeting in Ferguson, Missouri, since Michael brown was killed.”
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Asian parents underwrite weak education spending: OECD
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 10, 2014
“Weak public spending on education in East Asia is leaving families to pick up the tab, heaping huge burdens on parents who want to get children through college, a new global report has found. Improving academic results, particularly in maths, are being underwritten by pricey private tutoring despite the society-wide benefits of a better-educated population, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said. A common challenge for the region's governments is "to build better systems of public support to enable talented people from all sorts of backgrounds to take part in higher education", said Andreas Schleicher, director of education at the OECD. "East Asian countries spend relatively limited public budgets for education," he said during a video conferencing for Tokyo-based journalists.”
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Colleges, Employers Team Up to Train, Hire High-Tech Workers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 10, 2014
“Tom Hubschman adjusts his safety glasses as sparks fly from the computer-controlled plasma torch slicing through a piece of metal. The Boston University mechanical engineering major is working on his senior design project in the school's 9-month-old Engineering Product Innovation Center. These riches are the result of a collaboration with four big partners -- General Electric Aviation, Schlumberger, Procter & Gamble and technology company PTC -- plus a substantial investment by the university.”
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Ohio police have identified suspects in fake ALS bucket attack
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 10, 2014
“By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - High school students responsible for dumping a bucket containing water, urine and spit on a teenage boy with autism in a fake ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" have been identified, police said on Tuesday. Police did not release the names of the teenagers suspected in the attack that generated offers of rewards for information leading to their identification from comedian Drew Carey, a Cleveland native, and others. The group doused a 14-year-old boy with autism with the fouled water in Bay Village, a suburb west of Cleveland, and posted a video of the incident to Instagram, Bay Village police said in a statement. His mother reported the attack on Sept. 3 "We are appalled by the actions of the youth involved in the assault on this young man," police said.”
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Public Schools Forcibly Subject Students To ‘Meatless Monday’ Activism
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 10, 2014
“Taking a page from long-standing Christian tradition — particularly Catholic tradition — taxpayer-funded public schools across the United States are now denying children the option of eating meat for lunch one day each week. For American school children, the trendy new day of forswearing carnivorous deliciousness is Monday. “Meatless Monday” bills itself as an international campaign “launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.” It was founded by Sid Lerner, a longtime Madison Avenue advertising executive. The goal is to convince people to choose to give up meat one day each week because, as the Meatless Monday website explains, it’s “fantastic for the planet.””
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Do Prepaid 529 Plans Ever Make Sense?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 10, 2014
“Prepaid tuition plans allow parents and grandparents to do exactly that: pay for future college tuition at current rates. It sounds like a good deal, especially when you consider that tuition at public four-year colleges more than tripled between 1973 and 2013, according to The College Board.”
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Strauss: Bill Gates wants your kids to learn history this way — and he’s paying to get it into schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 10, 2014
“Bill Gates can’t seem to stop getting big ideas about public education — and then using part of his fortune to see them implemented.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent billions of dollars on various initiatives that Gates thought would help improve public education, including a small schools initiative that he abandoned when he didn’t get the results he wanted; pilot programs in creating controversial teacher evaluation systems linked to student standardized test scores; and promotion of the Common Core State Standards. The foundation has even funded an effort by the Council of Chief State School Officers to evaluate student work for things like creativity. Read full article >>”

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Howard Fuller: A civil rights warrior or billionaire’s tool?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 10, 2014
“He’s been called both a respected voice in the African American community and a tool of billionaire conservatives. He’s a onetime labor activist who says teachers unions are blocking poor children from getting a good education. And he’s a civil rights champion who broke with the NAACP over publicly funded vouchers for private schools. Read full article >>”
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Prince George’s Board of Education to hold retreat this week
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 10, 2014
“The Prince George’s County Board of Education this week will hold its second retreat since the school system underwent a major overhaul last year.
This time, the reconfigured board will focus some of its attention on defining and developing “a more effective working relationship” with Kevin M. Maxwell, the schools chief executive officer, and his team. Read full article >>”

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Prince William County reburies remains unearthed in school construction project
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 10, 2014
“By 2016, a now-rocky plot south of Manassas will be home to rowdy football games and a new high school.
But on Saturday, it was the site of a solemn moment as Prince William County school officials and members of a local family gathered to dedicate a burial plot for the remains from a more than century-old grave. The grave, which likely belonged to ancestors of the Lynn family, was unearthed when contractors were preparing to build playing fields for the new school. Read full article >>”

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Olney mother remembers teen and says others can learn from his death
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 10, 2014
“His blue Sherwood High School lacrosse jersey was laid out beside his gloves and his stick and his brightly colored cleats. They filled a table near the front of an Olney church, where hundreds gathered Tuesday to mourn Shawn Gangloff . Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Long Island high school requires students to wear IDs, sign in and out of bathroom
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 10, 2014
“A Long Island high school is now requiring students to wear identification cards at all times while in school and to sign in and out of the bathroom every time they use the facilities.
Irene McLaughlin, principal of Northport High School, wrote in a back-to-school letter sent to parents (see below) that the moves are being taken in an attempt to cut down on disciplinary problems and to prevent students from missing a lot of class time. She said that the sign-in process at the bathrooms will be monitored constantly by staff members. “It is important to note,” she wrote, that bathrooms in the commons are “open for use all day, even through change of periods” and that student bathrooms “in the instructional hallways” will be open during class. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Do students learn more when their teachers work well together?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 10, 2014
“If you think that focusing on improving relationships among teachers is just a “warm and fuzzy” idea that doesn’t really matter to student achievement, read this post by Esther Quintero, senior fellow at the nonprofit Albert Shanker Institute,  where this first appeared . Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Civilians in Space
by NYT > Education

Sep 08, 2014
“What does it take for a civilian to book a flight on a rocket to space?”
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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | Sept. 8, 2014
by NYT > Education

Sep 08, 2014
“On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.”
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Video captures teens on violent rampage
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 08, 2014
“Video of a large group of teenagers beating a supermarket employee has been circulating online. WMC has more.”
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Girl gets 'shame suit' for short skirt
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 08, 2014
“A student says she was told her skirt violated her school's dress code and had to wear a "shame suit." WJXT reports.”
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Joan Rivers gets big send-off
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 08, 2014
“Joan Rivers is getting the "Hollywood" funeral she wanted, "a huge showbiz affair with lights, camera and action."”
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Clooney lets wedding details slip
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 08, 2014
“George Clooney sees no reason to keep his upcoming nuptials hush-hush.”
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Harvard receives largest-ever gift, $350 million for public health
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 08, 2014
“By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Harvard University has received the largest donation in its history, the school announced on Monday: $350 million from the Morningside Foundation to the School of Public Health. The donation is unrestricted, and will support efforts including increased financial aid for students, loan forgiveness for graduates who work in underserved areas, new classrooms and seed money for pathbreaking research too novel to win support from other funders. In particular, said the school's dean, Julio Frenk, the Morningside gift will support research and training in four areas: pandemics ranging from malaria and Ebola to obesity and cancer; The Morningside Foundation was established in 1996 by Drs. Ronnie and Gerald Chan to support higher education in North America and Asia.”
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Lay the Groundwork for College From Freshman Year of High School
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 08, 2014
“Although it is still a few years away, many ninth-grade high school students are already thinking about the college admissions process. "We survey our freshmen every year," says Shari Sevier, a counselor at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri. While it may be too early to take college admissions exams or write college essays, experts say there are some things that ninth-grade students can do to make sure they are on the right track to college. "I think a lot of kids come into high school thinking that they can get away with doing minimal amounts of work and it's not that way," says Sevier, who is also the board chairwoman of the American School Counselor Association.”
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2015 Best Colleges Preview: Top 25 National Universities
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 08, 2014
“Applying to college is a journey that involves finding the right school, submitting applications and then -- if you're lucky -- choosing among the acceptance letters and financial aid awards to find that place you'll call home for the next few years.”
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Here’s What Happens When Three Young People Share What They’re Learning About Becoming Teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 08, 2014
“TEACH Roadtrip, inspired by Davis Guggenheim’s documentary TEACH and organized by the nonprofit Roadtrip Nation, began filming in San Francisco in August and stopped in locations nationwide, such as Yosemite National Park; By day they set up interviews with influential educators and education professionals, such as National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb and DonorsChoose founder Charles Best. After traveling through 15 states interviewing educators and change makers to find out more about how they came to be in their profession, TEACH Roadtrip participants Rafael Silva, Nadia Bercovich, and Grace Worm made one last pit stop. The three aspiring educators joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday Sept. 5 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to answer questions from a packed audience about education and share what they learned on their cross-country expedition.”
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Amid whooping cough outbreak, health officials offer free vaccinations
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 08, 2014
“As Montgomery County grapples with a whooping cough outbreak , health officials are offering free immunizations to seventh grade students this week, part of a continuing effort to get students in line with new state requirements . Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Interactive science classes benefit black, first-generation college students, study finds
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 08, 2014
“A new study about college-level science shows that all students do much better when traditional lecture classes are made interactive — but those most helped are first-generation and black students.
The study — titled “ Getting Under the Hood: How and for Whom Does Increasing Course Structure Work? ” — looked at data from six semesters of large science lecture courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The researchers compared student achievement in classes  with a traditional structure — in which students listened to a traditional lecture from a teacher and did not do any work until it was time to study the night before an exam — with student achievement in classes that had an interactive structure, in which students did homework that prepared them for performing activities during class, for which they received credit. Read full article >>”

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District to hire a chief student advocate
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 08, 2014
“The District is looking for a “Chief Student Advocate” to lead a new effort to help students and their families navigate the school choice process and access educational resources they need.
The person will lead a newly created “ Office of the Student Advocate ” within the D.C. State Board of Education that was approved by the D.C. Council last year . Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Why kids should choose their own books to read in school
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 08, 2014
“At one time many public schools gave students time to read books of their own choosing, an activity based on the common-sense theory that kids will read what interests them, and that kids who can choose what they read will learn to enjoying reading, and, hence, read more. Unfortunately, many schools no longer let students choose any of the materials that they read. Why this is a problem is explained in this post by Joanne Yatvin, a one time Principal of the Year in Wisconsin and a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, who has never been able to kick the reading habit. Read full article >>”
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Brookland Education Campus celebrates International Literacy Day
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 08, 2014
“The students at Brookland Education Campus added an extra minute of reading to their school day Monday, joining with readers around the world for International Literacy Day.
The annual event was started by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading worldwide. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Anti-testing movement growing, finding success around country
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 08, 2014
“A new report on growing resistance to high-stakes standardized testing around the country finds that the movement is growing and meeting some success in numerous states where officials have decided to cut back on the numbers of tests students must take and/or the consequences for students and educators. Read full article >>”
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Michelle Obama to students: Challenges are an advantage, not a disadvantage
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 08, 2014
“ATLANTA -- Michelle Obama urged African American teenagers in a tough Atlanta neighborhood to push ahead with their studies and make it to college, whatever hardships they face on the way. She talked of her upbringing in working-class Chicago and said the students are “no different” from her. Read full article >>”
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Towson freshman dies after being found unresponsive at off-campus apartment
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 08, 2014
“A Towson University student died over the weekend after she was found unresponsive at an off-campus apartment.
Baltimore County police said Monday they were still investigating the circumstances that led to the death of 18-year-old Julia Margaret Ratnaraj, a freshman from Sewell, N.J., outside Philadelphia. Ratnaraj’s high school counselor said she was a talented artist who made a difficult decision to attend a different college than her twin sister. Read full article >>”

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News Analysis: Why Don’t More Men Go Into Teaching?
by NYT > Education

Sep 07, 2014
“A change in the gender imbalance could sway the way teaching is regarded, and help it attract the best candidates.”
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International Education: Canadian Universities Explore Range of Real Estate Careers
by NYT > Education

Sep 07, 2014
“Several programs aim to show that the field offers a wide range of options.”
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Simone Battle
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 07, 2014
“Simone Battle, an "X Factor" finalist and G.R.L. singer, was found dead Friday in a Los Angeles home, a coroner's spokesman said. She was 25.”
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Aww! Man gets a great big lion-hug
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 07, 2014
“The founder of the Modisa Wildlife Project in Botswana got hug from a huge lion in a video that has gone viral.”
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Strauss: Testing revolt brews in Florida as Miami schools chief urges delay in new exams
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 07, 2014
“In Florida, the state where former governor Jeb Bush (R) pioneered the use of high-stakes standardized tests for school “accountability” purposes, a testing revolt is unfolding.
Late last month, the Lee County school board voted to drop all state-mandated tests as an act of “civil disobedience,” though the vote was rescinded because of fear that students would suffer the consequences. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Does holding kids back a year help them academically? No. But schools still do it.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 07, 2014
“It may seem to make sense to hold back for a year a student who can’t read well but a mountain of research shows that it doesn’t actually help. Unfortunately, school reformers don’t seem to care what the research says. Here to discuss this is Paul Thomas , an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina. This appeared on The Conversation . Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Common Core math homework ‘help’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 07, 2014
“WGRZ-TV, an NBC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., does a useful continuing series called Homework Helper that is designed to assist students and their parents to better understand schoolwork.
The series includes a set of 10 videos aimed at helping decipher Common Core math, with this explanation: Read full article >>”

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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Sep 06, 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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A close one
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 06, 2014
“A newly discovered 60-foot-long asteroid will pass "very close" to Earth on Sunday, NASA says, giving astronomers and scientists a chance to study another of the many space rocks in orbit around the sun.”
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Jimmy Fallon mocks this weather report
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 06, 2014
“A local weather reporter was ridiculed by Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show.'”
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Hammerhead chases swimmers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 06, 2014
“Swimmers in Destin, Florida, had a close call with a hammerhead shark and it was all caught on camera.”
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Maltin's 'Movie Guide' fades to black
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 06, 2014
“Leonard Maltin was 18 when the first edition of his "Movie Guide" came out in 1969.”
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You won't believe it's cardboard
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 06, 2014
“Don't call it a craft: They may be cardboard, but these 6 steampunk contraptions are seriously impressive”
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House seized after son's drug bust
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 06, 2014
“The rare moments Christos Sourovelis can take a break from running his own painting business, he can be found toiling away on his family's dream house in the suburbs of Philadelphia.”
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What you'll be wearing in 2015
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 06, 2014
“Lights, camera, fashion.”
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Cops: Facebook driver in deadly crash
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 06, 2014
“A North Dakota woman who police say was using Facebook on her cellphone when she crashed into another car is accused of negligent homicide in the death of a great-grandmother during the May accident.”
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Manhunt for 'AK-47 bandit'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 06, 2014
“Authorities are on a nationwide manhunt for a suspected serial bank robber. He is considered armed and dangerous.”
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Conservative and Same-Sex Colleges to Transgender Students: Welcome
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 06, 2014
“When Jayce Marcus wanted to move into the on-campus dorms at a Quaker-founded college in Oregon earlier this year, he expected to be admitted into the male housing unit. Although some media outlets pointed to Marcus’ medical and legal transition to the male gender, for LGBT advocates this point is irrelevant—if Marcus identifies himself as a male, then he should be treated as such. “Students deserve to exist in a place where the wholeness of their being is affirmed,” said Samantha Master, youth and campus engagement manager for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Although George Fox University ultimately secured a religious exemption for their discrimination of Marcus, most schools aren’t looking for a way out of accommodating the trans community.”
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Oops! Feds Forced To Reprocess FAFSA, Again
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 06, 2014
“Two months after admitting to an embarrassing mix-up with student financial aid applications, the Department of Education has announced that it must reprocess an additional 150,000 applications due to errors that may have cost low-income students thousands of dollars in financial aid. With the school year already begun, students may already have chosen alternative schools to make up for financial aid they did not receive, while others may have failed to start school entirely.”
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Maryland seeks help to reduce chronic absenteeism in schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 06, 2014
“The Maryland State Department of Education has teamed up with a national nonprofit to address chronic absenteeism in the state’s public schools.
State officials said Maryland is partnering with Attendance Works to lower the number of days students miss school during the school year. This week, they launched a campaign in which the state will work with local school systems to provide them with tools and strategies to get students to come to school and then keep them there. Read full article >>”

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Take Note of These Back-to-School Aids
by NYT > Education

Sep 05, 2014
“Apps can put a dictionary, graphing calculator, organizer and more in the palms of students’ hands.”
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The Learning Network: Do You Like Watching Other People Play Video Games?
by NYT > Education

Sep 05, 2014
“Would you pay money to watch an e-sports tournament live? What’s the appeal?”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | ‘The Simpsons’ Marathon Draws Large Audience
by NYT > Education

Sep 05, 2014
“Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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Motherlode Blog: Teaching Children Empathy
by NYT > Education

Sep 05, 2014
“Empathy isn’t just taking another perspective. Con men can do that. In order to be empathetic, children need to know how to value, respect and understand another person’s points of view, even when they don’t agree.”
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The Learning Network: Poetry Pairing | ‘The Properly Scholarly Attitude’
by NYT > Education

Sep 05, 2014
“This Poetry Pairing features Adelaide Crapsey’s poem “The Properly Scholarly Attitude” and the Op-Talk feature “Children Need Free Play, but Are ‘Unschoolers’ Giving Them Too Much?” by Hanna Kozlowska.”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Back to School, 1940
by NYT > Education

Sep 05, 2014
“On Sept. 8, 1940, The New York Times reminded 1,100,000 children and 40,000 teachers that New York City schools started the next day. This year New York City public schools began their new year on Sept. 4.”
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Op-Ed Contributors: Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem on Consensual Sex on Campus
by NYT > Education

Sep 05, 2014
“California is redefining true consensual sex on campus.”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Drake and Lil Wayne Take the Stage
by NYT > Education

Sep 05, 2014
“Can you choose the words to complete the paragraphs?”
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The Learning Network: Teenagers in the Times | August 2014
by NYT > Education

Sep 05, 2014
“A collection of everything published in The Times about young people in one spot.”
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Dreadnoughtus
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 05, 2014
“He was a big boy. A very, very big boy.”
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13-foot, 750-pound gator sets record
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 05, 2014
“A state record-setting 13-foot, 750-pound alligator was caught in Mississippi.”
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Embarrassing celeb pics: Conan's take
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 05, 2014
“Conan shows off his own set of embarrassing celebrity photos.”
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'I think I've found your pet's problem ... '
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 05, 2014
“They ate WHAT? X-treme animal X-Rays! Jeanne Moos has the year's weirdest pet snacks, from a bra to rubber duckies.”
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Watch angry ram take down drone
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 05, 2014
“Ram uses horns to take down a drone. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on Rambro the Angry Ram, putting the ram in rampage.”
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Never buy chicken fingers again
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 05, 2014
“Store-bought chicken fingers are packed with preservatives. This kid-friendly recipe tastes great and can be made ahead of time.”
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Teen catches 700-pound swordfish
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 05, 2014
“A 17-year-old reeled in a swordfish that weighed nearly 700 lbs. off the coast of Florida WPTV reports.”
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More than 800,000 suicides a year
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 05, 2014
“Every 40 seconds someone in the world takes their own life, a global tally of more than 800,000 suicides a year, according to a landmark United Nations report.”
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Groups host third annual virtual Supreme Court competition
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 05, 2014
“Two groups are hosting an annual competition for high school students to compete in a virtual Supreme Court complete with oral arguments in front of attorneys.”
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Judge: Michigan teachers can exit union anytime
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 05, 2014
“Michigan's largest teachers' union should allow members to resign at any time and stop enforcing an annual one-month opt-out window, a state labor judge ruled, relying on the state's right-to-work law ...”
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ACLU Targets Florida Single-Sex Classrooms
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 05, 2014
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, with the national group in support, has filed civil rights complaints with the Department of Education against schools in three Florida counties over experimental programs that allow for sex-segregated classrooms. The programs involved are limited to a handful of schools and are optional, but the ACLU says that doesn’t make them any more acceptable under Title IX, the federal law banning sex discrimination in schools receiving federal funds. “School districts are spending tens of thousands of dollars training teachers that boys and girls are so different that they have to be taught separately using radically different teaching methods,” said ACLU attorney Amy L. Katz in a statement. Galen Sherwin, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the educational approaches taken by single-sex classrooms were entrenching stereotypes.”
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Contentious California gubernatorial debate turns to insults
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 05, 2014
“By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The debate between Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown and his long-shot Republican opponent quickly turned to insults on Thursday, kicking off the state's election season with disagreements over education, high-speed rail and immigration. Brown said he would sign a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags passed last week by the state legislature, an environmentalist-backed effort that Kashkari ridiculed, along with other recent bills he had supported restricting full-on tackle football practices for middle- and high-school students to avoid concussions and a measure allowing dogs on restaurant patios.”
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California students rushed to hospital after eating pot-laced cookies
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 05, 2014
“Two California high school students were rushed to a hospital and three others were sickened on Thursday after eating marijuana-laced cookies that a classmate was selling during the lunch hour, police said. One of the students at De Anza High School in Richmond, about 17 miles northeast of San Francisco, collapsed in a classroom, while the other made it to the school office before being rushed to the hospital, said Richmond Police Department Lieutenant Al Walle. Both students were unconscious, unresponsive and in critical condition when they were taken to the hospital, police said. Three other students became nauseous after eating the cookies, but were not hospitalized, police said.”
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2015 Best Colleges Preview: Top 10 National Liberal Arts Colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 05, 2014
“Applying to college is a journey that involves finding the right school, submitting applications and then -- if you're lucky -- choosing among the acceptance letters and financial aid awards to find that place you'll call home for the next few years.”
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Strauss: Principal cancels dance to stop students from twerking and blames Miley Cyrus
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 05, 2014
“The principal and dean of students at a high school in Vermont cancelled the fall homecoming dance in an effort to stop students from “twerking” and blamed Miley Cyrus for starting the dance trend with her provocative appearance at the 2103 MTV Video Music Awards. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: The best way to get your college kid to call home
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 05, 2014
“Some kids love to call or text or video chat with their parents when they start college. Some kids seem to forget they have a home and pretty much never get in touch with their parents. So how can a parent actually get their child to call home? Read full article >>”
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Princeton moves toward revising sex assault policies amid federal probe
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 05, 2014
“Princeton University is moving toward adoption of a new standard for judging sexual misconduct cases, which would make it the latest high-profile school to revise its disciplinary policies amid a national movement to combat sex assault on campus. Read full article >>”
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Pastry gun case goes to oral arguments in Anne Arundel County
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 03, 2014
“The so-called “Pop-Tart case” made its way to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Wednesday, where lawyers sparred in oral arguments about the disciplinary action taken against a second grader who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | The ‘Sailing Stones’ of Death Valley
by NYT > Education

Sep 02, 2014
“What makes rocks move across a dry river bed in Death Valley National Park?”
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The Learning Network: What Are the Best Things You Did This Summer?
by NYT > Education

Sep 02, 2014
“What interesting, adventurous, challenging or just plain fun things did you do this summer, whether you were miles from home or in your own backyard? Tell us in our comments section.”
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Motherlode Blog: Homework and Consequences
by NYT > Education

Sep 02, 2014
“I didn’t have to ground him. I just had to carry out our deal. Incomplete homework preparation, no author visit.”
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Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says
by NYT > Education

Sep 02, 2014
“A study of college students found that the trend toward more class participation, and away from a traditional lecture-based approach, raised average test scores, with bigger gains for some.”
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Freezing water dumped on baby
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 02, 2014
“A father is angry after his 10-month-old daughter had freezing water dumped on her head during an "Ice Bucket Challenge."”
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See her wedding dress
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 02, 2014
“Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's marriage ceremony was the very definition of a family affair.”
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Richest man creates own landmark
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 02, 2014
“CNN's Nick Parker tours Soumaya Museum in Mexico City -- the brainchild of wealthy business magnate Carlos Slim.”
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Panic in jet's emergency landing
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 02, 2014
“CNN's Christine Romans details two U.S. domestic flights that had emergency landings, causing passengers to panic.”
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Canceled wedding becomes THIS
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 02, 2014
“Rather than lament his canceled wedding, an ex-groom turns his reception into a charity ball that raised thousands.”
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Venomous snake bites little girl
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 02, 2014
“A 6-year-old girl ended up in a Florida hospital's ICU after being bitten by a poisonous water moccasin.”
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East Allegheny teachers become second to strike
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Sep 02, 2014
“Teachers in a small western Pennsylvania school district went on strike Tuesday, making their union local the second to walk off the job as the new school year begins, while contract talks continue in ...”
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Often-absent students score lower on NAEP
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 02, 2014
“A state-by state analysis released Tuesday shows that students who were frequently absent from school did worse on the National Assessment of Educational Progress than those who were not.
Fourth-grade students who reported that they had missed three or more days of school prior to the 2013 test had reading scores that were 12 points lower than students with no absences. That is the equivalent of more than a full grade level, according to the test’s scale. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Back to school 2014-15 — by the numbers
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 02, 2014
“Here is everything you didn’t know you didn’t know about the 2014-15 school year, getting under way in earnest around the country this week. This information comes directly from the U.S. Education Department’s Nation Center for Education Statistics: Read full article >>”
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Strauss: A former university president gets schooled on sexual assault and drinking
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 02, 2014
“Former George Washington University president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was at the center of an international debate recently when he appeared on a radio show and made some comments about sexual assault and drinking on college campuses. My colleague Nick Anderson wrote this article about it : Read full article >>”
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Stanford University plans to slowly increase its undergraduate enrollment
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 02, 2014
“The most selective university in the country plans to open its gates a bit wider in the next few years.
Stanford University, which turns down roughly 19 out of every 20 applicants , wants to grow its entering freshman class by an estimated 100 students in the fall of 2016. That would translate to a class of about 1,800. Read full article >>”

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Bomb threat puts Westfield High on first-day lockdown
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 02, 2014
“A bomb threat called in at Westfield High in Chantilly on Tuesday afternoon forced the school into lockdown while police swept the building, the only unusual incident in an otherwise normal first day of classes in Fairfax County. Read full article >>”
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At Bailey’s elementary, Fairfax County students head to class in office building
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 02, 2014
“At Fairfax County’s newest school, the first buses rolled into the parking lot Tuesday at 8:23 a.m. The giggling, jittery students poured out and looked up.
The new Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences is a five-story brick structure that nine months ago housed an office complex. Now, it’s Fairfax County’s tallest school. Read full article >>”

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Op-Ed Contributor: The New History Wars
by NYT > Education

Sep 01, 2014
“Students need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to understand and interpret that picture.”
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Stem: Incentives Aid A.P. Science and Math Scores
by NYT > Education

Sep 01, 2014
“A Pittsburgh high school took part in an initiative to raise its performance in math and science, but did its results match the high expectations?”
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On Sidelines, Researchers See C.E.O.s
by NYT > Education

Sep 01, 2014
“A new study by researchers at Vanderbilt found that college coaches who command robust salaries are worth the money because of the value they bring to their universities.”
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The world's first 'flying motorcycle'?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 01, 2014
“Engineer Chris Malloy has created a hoverbike, which could help out in disaster zones in the future.”
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'Pants challenge' sparks fiery debate
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 01, 2014
“Fireworks ensued when guests tackled the issue of saggy pants and racial profiling.”
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Texting woman impaled in buttocks
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 01, 2014
“A woman admits to texting while driving after she hit a pole which pierced her buttocks. KUSA reports.”
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CNN Iraqi photojournalist dies
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Sep 01, 2014
“CNN lost a much loved and respected colleague Monday with the sudden passing of photojournalist Sarmad Qaseera. A longtime member of CNN's Baghdad bureau, Sarmad had to flee his country in 2006 after death threats, eventually settling in the United States and continuing his work for CNN based out of Atlanta. He was 42.”
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Strauss: Why one school system is dropping Teach For America
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 01, 2014
“The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two years of service they promise to make when joining the organization. Read full article >>”
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Olney mourns Sherwood student killed in teen car crash
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 01, 2014
“They had just finished the first week of school, it was the start of Labor Day weekend and a group of high school friends was hanging out at a home in Olney around midnight Friday. When Nick Stull decided to leave, he asked Shawn Gangloff if he wanted to go with him. Read full article >>”
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Northern Virginia schools open year with changes ahead
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 01, 2014
“Nearly 400,000 Virginia students in the Washington area are scheduled to return to classes Tuesday morning for the start of the 2014-2015 school year, one that brings with it a number of changes across the region’s school districts. Read full article >>”
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Education Post aims to take the sting out of national conversations about school reform
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Sep 01, 2014
“Spend any time on Twitter or in the blogosphere and the national debate about public education quickly resembles a schoolyard brawl, complete with taunts, name-calling and piling on.
Issues such as teacher tenure, parent triggers, charter schools and the Common Core State Standards bring out vitriol even among policymakers and prominent figures. Read full article >>”

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The Ridiculous—and Sexist—Reason This Little Boy Was Sent Home From School
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 30, 2014
“The Seminole Independent School District said that it was only following procedure, noting that proper documentation of religious or spiritual beliefs was required for exceptions. After F.J. Young Elementary turned Malachi away, his mother contacted the Navajo Nation. In Oklahoma, a school superintendent recently came under fire for asking female high school students to bend over to check the length of their shorts.”
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International Education: University Revokes Job Offer After Professor’s Twitter Posts on Israel
by NYT > Education

Aug 30, 2014
“Thousands of scholars and others are objecting after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign rescinded the offer to Steven G. Salaita.”
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Picking Up an Elusive College Dream
by NYT > Education

Aug 30, 2014
“For Tenille Warren, the burden of growing up poor was too heavy for even the offer of a free ride to college to counter. But, about to turn 38, she is back on track at the Fashion Institute of Technology.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Aug 30, 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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Lawyer Seeks to Reinstate Suit Over Alleged Abuse Cover-Up at Yeshiva High
by NYT > Education

Aug 30, 2014
“A lawyer for dozens of men who say they were sexually abused by rabbis argued that a judge had misconstrued the statute of limitations because the school’s complicity had only recently come to light.”
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App City: Shuffle, Deal and Learn
by NYT > Education

Aug 30, 2014
“Brainscape has many flashcard decks for free or for purchase, lets you assemble your own, and shuffles as you rate your knowledge of the cards.”
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California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers
by NYT > Education

Aug 30, 2014
“In a one-page appeal, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, argued that a decision of such scope needed to be made by a higher court.”
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Michael Sam
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has been waived and did not make the team's final 53-man roster.”
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Summer movies: Winners and losers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“Was it the end of the world at the summer box office? There certainly was plenty of destruction on screen, but there was also the kind of devastation Hollywood hates: The box office kind.”
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See million-dollar car get swamped
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“Watch a scammer drive a million-dollar car into a lagoon. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports the pelican DIDN'T make him do it.”
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31 can't-miss U.S. beaches
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“The crash of the waves on the shore, the sand beneath your toes and even the smell of suntan lotion are still calling.”
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'Johnny Football' goes viral in new ad
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“This weeks must see videos include a human catapult and football player Johnny Manziel as "Johnny JamBoogie."”
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Joan Rivers' chilling death joke
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“CNN's Miguel Marquez explains the chain of events that led up to Joan Rivers being rushed to the hospital.”
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Unexpected reveal of new iPhone 6
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 6 on September 9. Tech journalist Jon Erlichman talks about the new features.”
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See SWAT team raid gamer's room
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“A SWAT team raided a gamer's home after a prank call. CNN affiliate KDVR reports.”
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'Star Wars' films again after Ford injury
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“It appears the force may be back with Harrison Ford.”
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Yes ... the 'Sex Box' is real
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“CNN's Lisa France explains a new show called "Sex Box" that somehow is coming soon to a TV near you.”
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Rep. slams Obama for tan suit
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“Rep. Peter King says Obama wearing a tan suit during a press conference was a metaphor for a "lack of seriousness."”
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Meet the Fittest Man on Earth
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“From Fittest Man on Earth to new father, CrossFit champion Rich Froning talks about his success at the 2014 Games and where he goes from here.”
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2 more given drug survive Ebola
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“Two more medical workers have survived Ebola.”
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CNN tours Kim Jong Un's waterpark
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“CNN's Will Ripley is given a rare look inside North Korea and tours Kim Jong Un's pet project, a waterpark.”
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Ferguson costs another cop his job
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 30, 2014
“One St. Louis-area police officer resigned and another retired in the continued fallout from questionable police actions in the days after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a Missouri suburb.”
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Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 30, 2014
“By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. (Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate. The chess games are part of a weekly lesson given to all 34,000 second- and third-graders in Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-biggest district in the nation, in one of the largest such curriculum experiments in the country. "The act of sitting and filling in a bubble sheet is work." The initiative builds on growing numbers of school-age children playing chess in the United States. Along with Florida, thousands of students in New York City and Chicago are learning chess in school, also taught in major districts in Texas, Michigan and Washington state, among others.”
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Strauss: ‘We have a message for you, Secretary Arne Duncan’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 30, 2014
“(Update:Problem with online video)
Earlier this year, Washington became the first state to lose its waiver from the most onerous parts of No Child Left Behind, flexibility that the U.S. Education Department had granted to a number of states that promised to implement specific school reforms acceptable to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The reason given by the department was that the Washington legislature had failed to pass a law linking teacher evaluation to student standardized test scores, a highly controversial assessment method embraced by Duncan’s shop. Read full article >>”

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Loose cat causes Anne Arundel elementary school to close early
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 30, 2014
“A loose cat closed an Anne Arundel County elementary school Friday morning.
Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman, said a teacher at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie spotted a cat inside her classroom around 7:30 a.m. Mosier said she notified school officials and there were no students inside the school at the time of the discovery. Read full article >>”

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Calif. teacher tenure case spices up superintendent race
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 30, 2014
“This story has been updated.
The Vergara case in California, in which a judge struck down that state’s tenure laws and other job protections for teachers, is about to become a central issue in the November race for state schools chief. Read full article >>”

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Two Wilson football players from another school lose spot on high school’s team
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 30, 2014
“Two varsity football players for D.C.’s Wilson High School who attend a private school were kicked off the team as the season was about to begin after school officials realized that they had mistakenly allowed the boys to play for two seasons. Read full article >>”
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County reports 12 confirmed or suspected cases of whooping cough in schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 30, 2014
“Three confirmed cases of whooping cough and nine suspected cases have been reported by Montgomery County at four schools, according to officials and a letter that went home to parents.
Whooping cough, or pertussis, is highly contagious and begins with mild, coldlike symptoms, including coughs and runny noses. The initial symptoms usually appear seven to 10 days after exposure. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Can a $1 million global teacher competition (backed by Bill Clinton) boost the profession?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 30, 2014
“There’s no question that many teachers feel demoralized amid a punitive school “reform” movement and that their profession could use a boost, but is a $1 million global competition for a single “exceptional” teacher really the way to go about doing that? Read full article >>”
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NYC ex-assistant principal to stay on payroll after altering son's grades
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 29, 2014
“An assistant principal at a New York high school who admitted to secretly changing his son's grades to passing from failing will have to pay a $7,000 fine but will keep collecting his $104,437-a-year salary, school officials said on Thursday. Abdurrahim Ali admitted to hacking into the computer system at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem to boost his son's grades, according to the city's Department of Education and its Conflicts of Interest Board. "Mr. Ali abused his position, and has been disciplined for his inappropriate actions," Devora Kaye, the education department's spokeswoman, said in an email. Ali, a 25-year employee of the city's schools, started working as assistant principal at the school in 2006.”
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Texas judge rules state's school finance system unconstitutional
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 29, 2014
“By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge ruled on Thursday the state's school finance system was unconstitutional because it does not adequately or fairly provide money to public schools, a decision that could force an overhaul of how the state pays for education. The decision from State District Judge John Dietz next heads to the state's Supreme Court, legal experts said. "The court ... finds that the Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas school children," Dietz wrote. The legal action was brought on behalf of about 650 of the state's 1,000-plus school districts, accounting for some 3.7 million of Texas' 5 million school children.”
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Oklahoma loses federal 'No Child Left Behind Waiver'
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 29, 2014
“By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma lost its federal "No Child Left Behind” waiver on Thursday after it dropped education standards adopted by almost all states, a move that could lead to cuts in the $500 million in U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle said in a letter to Oklahoma Schools State Superintendent Janet Barresi the state can no longer demonstrate that it had college- and career-ready standards. Earlier this year, the state repealed Common Core for English and math due to concerns that the federal government was trying to take over the state's education policy. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, lashed out at President Barack Obama, saying his Democratic administration was punishing the state because of the repeal.”
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Build Better Teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 29, 2014
“The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities (source: National Center for Education Statistics). Reformers have urged — depending upon where they stand ideologically — smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers and educational choice.”
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In Texas, big school finance questions remain
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 29, 2014
“Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn't convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms. But how much more money it will take — and how those funds should be divvied ...”
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Shining Stars under-enrolled after scramble for location
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 29, 2014
“Last spring, Shining Stars Montessori Academy had a wait list with more than 200 names on it. This week, since school started, the wait list has been whittled down and the school is under-enrolled.
In between, school officials and families went on a real-estate roller coaster ride, when negotiations for two buildings fell through at the last minute. They found themselves without a home nearly two weeks before school was to begin. Read full article >>”

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Oklahoma loses, Indiana wins federal education waiver
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 29, 2014
“The Obama administration has stopped exempting Oklahoma from the toughest requirements of No Child Left Behind , the federal education law, after the state opted to drop the Common Core academic standards and revert to its old K-12 guidelines in math and reading. Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: Back-to-School Blues
by NYT > Education

Aug 28, 2014
“You know that moment in “A Visitor for Bear” when Bear realizes that as much as he likes his quiet routines, he likes having someone there to laugh at his jokes, too? My children went back to school this morning, and I felt that.”
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Gadgetwise: Protect and Power Back-to-School Gear
by NYT > Education

Aug 28, 2014
“Gadgets for returning students include smartpens, laptop-size backpacks, USB drives and backup batteries.”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Life Made Easier in 1967
by NYT > Education

Aug 28, 2014
“One dozen new innovations to make life easier, from the Aug. 28, 1967 New York Times.”
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Motherlode Blog: How Nicole Zeitzer Johnson, Communications Director and Special Needs Parent, Does It
by NYT > Education

Aug 28, 2014
“I have a 7-year-old and a 2-year-old whose seizures mean someone’s eyes have to be on her at every moment. Fortunately I have a great support system and a flexible work arrangement.”
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Motherlode Blog: American Kids, Learning to Aim and Fire
by NYT > Education

Aug 28, 2014
“I’ve talked to my children long and hard about guns and gun safety. I’ve made them practice what to say and do. And this summer, three of the four of them learned to shoot.”
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Watch SWAT team raid gamer's room
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 28, 2014
“A SWAT team raided a gamer's home after a prank call. CNN affiliate KDVR reports.”
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Police punch, tackle man at Walmart
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 28, 2014
“A police officer was caught on camera punching a suspect and taking him down at a Walmart.”
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Mom's online post gets son expelled
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 28, 2014
“A 4-year-old boy was expelled from preschool because of his mom's Facebook post. The school says she was "sowing discord."”
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Why these women went topless
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 28, 2014
“Women and men protest outside the TX State Capitol as part of a national movement for topless equality for all genders.”
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'Dead' man in '77 fire found alive
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 28, 2014
“A Canadian man who was declared dead after a 1977 fire has been found living in Oklahoma. CTV Network reports.”
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Common Core: Bobby Jindal says Obama forcing a national curriculum
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 28, 2014
“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) sued the US Department of Education Wednesday, accusing it of violating federal law and the US Constitution by strong-arming states into adopting the Common Core State Standards and assessments. “The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative,” Governor Jindal said, in a statement. “What started out as an innovative idea to create a set of base-line standards that could be ‘voluntarily’ used by the states has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum.” A onetime Common Core supporter, Jindal now claims that the federal government has overstepped its role in a whole host of areas, especially in education.”
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South Korea ferry victim's father ends 45-day hunger strike
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 28, 2014
“The father of one of the high school students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster on Thursday abandoned a hunger strike aimed at forcing lawmakers to set up a full independent inquiry. The Sewol ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast in April with a loss of more than 300 lives. Kim Young-Oh, who lost his 16-year-old daughter in the tragedy, went on hunger strike on July 14, demanding legislation setting up full inquiry into the disaster. A spokesman for the victims' relatives said he had decided to end the hunger strike at the urging of his family.”
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Community Colleges Offer Dropouts Path to GED, Career
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 28, 2014
“Bobby Carmichael Jr., 37, dropped out of high school in the ninth grade. Next month, almost 25 years later, the father of two will graduate with his GED diploma, three welding certificates and new career prospects. "So I came to Savannah Tech, met some wonderful, exciting teachers and staff members and it just took off from there." While Carmichael enrolled with the goal of simply earning his GED diploma, he jumped at the chance to join Savannah Tech's Accelerating Opportunity program, which allows students without a high school diploma to simultaneously pursue their GED and professional certificates.”
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Strauss: The quote that reveals how at least one corporate school reformer really views students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 28, 2014
“For years now, the U.S. public educational system has been the guinea pig for what many call “corporate education reform.” What is it? It is both a mindset and  a group of specific measures foisted on school districts, including standardized test-based “accountability” systems, the spread of charter schools and vouchers, and the overall privatization of public schools.  This primer explains it this way: Read full article >>”
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Head Start grantees flagged for quality concerns state-by-state
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 28, 2014
“The Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center  became one of the first Head Start centers in the Washington region to lose its funding this summer because of a new competitive process aimed at improving the quality of the federal preschool programs. Read full article >>”
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sues Obama over Common Core State Standards
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 28, 2014
“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing the U.S. Department of Education of illegally coercing states to adopt the Common Core academic standards by requiring states that want to compete for federal grants to embrace the national standards. Read full article >>”
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