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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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Virginia state academic tests show stagnant scores on reading, writing
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 28, 2014
“Virginia students saw modest gains on state-mandated math tests while average scores on reading and writing exams stagnated, according to state results released Tuesday. But nearly half of the state’s districts saw drops in reading scores as many school districts brace for wavering accreditation status this fall. Read full article >>”
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Campbell Brown teacher tenure lawsuit likely to combine with N.Y. group’s case
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 28, 2014
“Lawyers in New York working with former CNN anchor Campbell Brown on a legal challenge of teacher tenure have agreed to consolidate their case with an earlier complaint filed by a group of public school parents that also seeks to change job protections for teachers. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Assistant principal who secretly changed son’s grades gets $7,000 fine
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 28, 2014
“Teachers can lose their jobs if their students don’t do well enough on standardized tests. An assistant principal in New York City who secretly changed 11 of his own son’s test scores and class grades received a $7,000 fine but still remains employed by the Education Department. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Winner, Week 9 | Adolescent Insecurities in the Age of YouTube
by NYT > Education

Aug 26, 2014
“This week’s Summer Reading Contest received the most entries yet with 682 student responses. So congratulations, Kate W. As always, we also honor several runners-up and honorable mentions.”
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Motherlode Blog: Hookup Line. Carpool. Same Rituals, New School.
by NYT > Education

Aug 26, 2014
“Some things are the same no matter where you are: the car pool line (called “hookup” in our new town). The health forms. The classrooms, the desks, the cubbies. It’s not Mars, it’s just school. They know how to do school.”
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Youths who try e-cigarettes triple since 2011
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 26, 2014
“The number of US youths who have tried e-cigarettes tripled from 2011 to 2013, raising concerns about the potential for a new generation of nicotine addicts, US health authorities said Monday. More than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013, said the findings from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to data from the National Youth Tobacco surveys of middle and high school students, 79,000 tried e-cigarettes in 2011, compared to more than 263,000 in 2013. "The increasing number of young people who use e-cigarettes should be a concern for parents and the public health community," said lead author Rebecca Bunnell, associate director for science in CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.”
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The Genius Inventions That Could Prevent Date Rape
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 26, 2014
“What if you could tell whether someone had slipped a date rape drug into your drink just by the color of your nail polish? In the spring, the idea for Undercover Colors, a nail polish that changes color when the wearer dips a finger into a drink that contains drugs such as Rohypnol or GHB, won a student competition at North Carolina State University.  "All of us have been close to someone who has been through this terrible experience, and we began to focus on finding a way to help prevent the crime," Ankesh Madan, a member of the team that came up with the concept, told Higher Education Works. One in five women report having been raped at some point in her life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's not only women who might want to wear the nail polish;”
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New Evidence That Sleep-Deprived Teenagers Need to Start School Later
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 26, 2014
“Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is putting pressure on schools to adjust the time the morning bell rings. The medical organization wrote that insufficient sleep in adolescents is a “public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of our nation’s middle and high school students.” It recommends that middle and high school students get 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep every night. Department of Education, roughly 43 percent of public high schools start before 8 a.m., but if a student is in the high school band or on the swim team, he or she may stagger into school as early as 6:30 a.m. for practice.”
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Four college students killed in fiery Ohio plane crash
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 26, 2014
“By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Four Ohio college students were killed late Monday in a fiery plane crash near a Cleveland-area airport, investigators and college officials said on Tuesday. The 1999 Cessna went down on Monday about 10 p.m. local time (2300 ET Tuesday) near a runway at Cuyahoga County Airport, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown Cleveland, according to Case Western Reserve University officials and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The victims, all students at Case Western in Cleveland, were on a sightseeing flight and attempting to return to the airport when the accident occurred, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.”
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Nigeria delays start of school year over Ebola virus
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 26, 2014
“Nigeria said Tuesday that resumption of classes in all public and private schools will be delayed by a month to put in place "preventive measures" against the Ebola virus, which has claimed five lives in Lagos. "All primary and secondary schools in private and public sectors are to remain closed until Monday, October 13," Education Minister Ibrahim Shekarau said while addressing a meeting of senior teachers in the country. The ministry said Nigeria has recorded 13 confirmed cases of Ebola, including the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to the economic capital Lagos on July 20 and died five days later. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu announced that the total number discharged is now seven.”
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Maryland awards nearly $7 million to help pay for school breakfasts
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 26, 2014
“The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded $6.9 million in state funds to allow more students — regardless of family income — to start their school day eating breakfast .
The money for the Maryland Meals for Achievement Program will be given to 481 schools throughout the state, including 84 schools in Prince George’s County and 74 schools in Montgomery County. Read full article >>”

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New teachers, nervous as kindergartners, prepare for the first day of school
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 26, 2014
“Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time.
And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students. Read full article >>”

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School year begins in D.C. and Montgomery County
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 26, 2014
“Students at Eastern High School found balloons and a dance party Monday morning when they arrived for their first day of school. Students waited on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules, and every senior at the Capitol Hill school received a crown. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: School district bans classroom discussion on Michael Brown, Ferguson
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 26, 2014
“The superintendent of a school district in Illinois has issued a directive banning any discussion in classrooms of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen killed Aug. 9 by a white police officer, or the civil unrest that followed in Ferguson, Mo. Read full article >>”
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Pediatricians call for teenagers to get more sleep
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 26, 2014
“The influential medical journal Pediatrics is calling the chronic lack of sleep among teenagers to be a health emergency, which experts say is contributing to mental health problems, obesity and car accidents due to drowsy driving. Read full article >>”
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Bowser opposes new D.C. school boundaries plan; Catania calls for delay
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 26, 2014
“D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser said she opposes the new school boundaries plan that Mayor Vincent C. Gray adopted last week and said the process should be restarted under the next mayor. Read full article >>”
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Montgomery school board members cleared of criminal misconduct in card use
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 26, 2014
“Maryland state prosecutors have cleared Montgomery County school board members and staff of criminal wrongdoing related to their use of school system-funded credit cards , ending the criminal investigation into the board’s spending practices. Read full article >>”
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District to lease four more school buildings to charters
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 26, 2014
“The District is making four more surplus school buildings available for long-term lease by public charter schools this fall.
This is the third group of buildings to become available since early 2013, when Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) first announced a list of 16 buildings the city intended to release for short- or long-term lease. Read full article >>”

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International Education: Japan Seeks Edge With Global Talent
by NYT > Education

Aug 25, 2014
“Japanese corporations are recruiting international students today to improve their ability to compete internationally.”
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International Education : Academics and Archaeologists Fight to Save Syria’s Artifacts
by NYT > Education

Aug 25, 2014
“Across Syria, the remains of ancient cities are being looted and damaged by Islamic militants; academics and archeologists are trying to document the damage and raise awareness.”
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Books of The Times: ‘The Teacher Wars,’ Dana Goldstein’s History of Education
by NYT > Education

Aug 25, 2014
“The journalist Dana Goldstein’s “The Teacher Wars” serves up historical commentary instead of a searing philippic on one of the day’s hot-button issues: the role of teaching in America.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Earthquake Rocks Northern California
by NYT > Education

Aug 25, 2014
“How much damage did an earthquake in California cause on Sunday?”
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The Learning Network: Reader Idea | Personal Writing Based on The Times’s Sunday Routine Series
by NYT > Education

Aug 25, 2014
“This Reader Idea uses Sunday Routine columns as writing models for students who write and revise their own versions.”
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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Aug. 19-25, 2014
by NYT > Education

Aug 25, 2014
“Take the quiz to see what you know about these news stories, and to find links to more information about each.”
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The Learning Network: How Will You Teach About Ferguson?
by NYT > Education

Aug 25, 2014
“As teachers head back to school, we wonder whether, and how, you will be talking and teaching about the events in Ferguson with your students. Please tell us here and we may include your thoughts in our Sept. 2 lesson plan.”
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History's worst female serial killer
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 25, 2014
“With a ruined centuries-old castle looming up on the hill above, the Slovakian village of Cachtice could easily take a starring role in a Gothic horror film.”
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SUV runs over boy, but then ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 25, 2014
“Surveillance video shows a boy being hit by an SUV in front of his home. CNN's Andrew Stevens has more.”
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Greatest building implosion ever?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 25, 2014
“A hotel is demolished in Albany, New York, with a colorful fireworks show. WRGB reports.”
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Fun facts about 'The Wizard of Oz'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 25, 2014
“"The Wizard of Oz" celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Here are some things you may not have known about the film.”
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Cops pull gun on mom, kids
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 25, 2014
“Dashcam video shows the terrifying scene as a Texas mom and four kids are pulled over by police at gunpoint. WFAA reports.”
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5 Keys to Success in Advanced Placement Courses
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 25, 2014
“As college admissions competition increases, demonstrated success in Advanced Placement courses has become an important component of many high school students' college application portfolios. The material covered in AP classes is more challenging than the content in standard high school courses. As such, AP courses can intimidate even the most confident students. Understand the expectations: AP courses more closely resemble college classes than they do high school offerings.”
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12 ways to identify a good school
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 25, 2014
“Fourteen years ago, I wrote a Washington Post magazine piece about a young couple seeking a school for their daughter, including 12 things to look for in a good school. The article survives online. Parents still ask me if I would change any of those recommendations. Read full article >>”
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Sometimes the school down the block makes you nervous
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 25, 2014
“This story originally appeared in The Washington Post’s Education Review section on April 9, 2000.
Karen Helbrecht and Gordon Johnson had not investigated the local elementary school before they bought their light green Cape Cod house in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. But after they became parents, they had some concerns about how the school would fit the needs of their daughter Maggie. Read full article >>”

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First day of classes brings 202nd school to Montgomery
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 25, 2014
“When school starts Monday in Montgomery County, the firsts will accumulate quickly at Wilson Wims Elementary School.
The school bell will ring for the first time, signaling the start of the day. Teachers will give lessons in just-built classrooms. Students will eat in a cafeteria in which lunch boxes have never been opened and rush to a playground that has never hosted recess. Read full article >>”

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Washington Monthly ranks four UC schools in top five in its 2014 university rankings
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 25, 2014
“The top universities in the latest rankings look much the same as they did a year ago, with only slight ups and downs.
No, we’re not talking about Princeton, Harvard and Yale and where they stand atop U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of national universities. If you want to know how the elites stack up this year in the famed U.S. News ranking, you’ll have to wait until Sept. 9. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: U.S. doctors urge later school start times for teens
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 25, 2014
“The American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a new policy statement recommending that middle and high schools start class no earlier than 8:30 a.m. because adolescents have unique sleep rhythms that make it harder for them to go to sleep and wake up earlier than other people, and that sleep deprivation can affect academic achievement as well as cause other problems. Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: In a Stepfamily, Whose Fairness Wins Out?
by NYT > Education

Aug 24, 2014
“In my new husband’s family, what was “fair” in family life was governed by seniority. I preferred to rely on egalitarian turn taking. “Fair” turns out to be subject to interpretation.”
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Rare creature shocks neighbors
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 24, 2014
“A rare, all white, deer was spotted in a Connecticut neighborhood. CNN affiliate WCBS has the story.”
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Jesus was against income inequality
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 24, 2014
“Does money make you happy? Does being rich contribute to your spiritual life and its possibilities?”
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Is Ice Bucket Challenge a gimmick?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 24, 2014
“John Bare says the Ice Bucket Challenge signals a new kind of activism and peer-to-peer fund-raising.”
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World's most liveable city is ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 24, 2014
“The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things.”
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Meet this 10-year-old CEO
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 24, 2014
“Meet the 10-year-old CEO who's having serious fun running a successful business.”
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Now Michelle Obama Has Caused America’s ‘Best Cafeteria Cookie’ To Be Outlawed
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 24, 2014
“An eruption of aggravation about what American schoolchildren can no longer eat in school cafeterias is never far away in the Obama era. Now, thanks to federal intervention that first lady Michelle has made her signature issue, students in all 11 taxpayer-funded public schools in Elyria, Ohio cannot enjoy the famous Elyria pink cookie anymore. The originator of the Elyria pink cookies, Jean Gawlik, formulated the legendary confection almost 40 years ago using a simple, personal recipe her late mother had given her. This year, though, students in the Elyria must say goodbye to all that because of draconian calorie restrictions.”
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Jordan students stay home as teachers strike
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 24, 2014
“Hundreds of thousands of Jordanian students stayed home Sunday on the first day of the new academic year as public school teachers observed a nationwide strike to press for improved salaries. Most of Jordan's 1.4 million public school pupils did not go to school, as the majority of the around 140,000 teachers kept away for a seventh consecutive day.”
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Strauss: Every school should have this classroom door
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 24, 2014
“29 awesome #classroom doors for #backtoschool http://t.co/9eWBsZ1w4Q #elemchat #edchat pic.twitter.com/IlnBcHO5zQ Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Back-to-school stress: How to recognize it and help kids manage it
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 24, 2014
“Yes, kids get super-stressed, too, but it isn’t always easy to tell what is bothering them because they hide symptoms or explain them in vague ways. As the 2014-15 school year gears up, it’s a good time to learn how to identify stress in children and teens and help them manage it. Here are some tips from the professionals: Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Are the Success Academies really so successful?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 24, 2014
“There was a big to-do recently in New York when new standardized testing results were released and the controversial Success Academies charter chain received very high scores. What, exactly, do the scores really tell us about the schools? Matthew Di Carlo, senior fellow at the non-profit Washington D.C.-based Albert Shanker Institute , explains. This post appeared on the institute’s blog. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Next: #PayMyTuitionChallenge
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 24, 2014
“There is no end to the ingenuity of Twitter users. After the success of the  #IceBucketChallenge on Twitter to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord), some enterprising young people decided to challenge people, generally people they don’t know, to pay their college tuition. Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: A 6-Year-Old Shouldn’t Inherit a Stiff Upper Lip
by NYT > Education

Aug 22, 2014
“My mother was sent away from her mother during the Blitz. She was expected to be stoic, and she expected the same from me. Now, I’m trying not to pass her dismissal of all fears on to my daughter.”
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Judge Hears Plea to Halt Tuition Plan at Cooper Union
by NYT > Education

Aug 22, 2014
“A group of students, faculty members and alumni mounted a legal challenge to the decision by Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art to begin charging tuition this fall.”
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Say buh-bye to seat-back screens
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 22, 2014
“Rachel Crane investigates airlines newest cost-cutting measure.”
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Robin Williams' ashes scattered
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 22, 2014
“Actor Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay, according to his death certificate.”
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500 million-year-old fossils found
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 22, 2014
“A 500 million-year-old fossil site in Canada has researchers buzzing across North America. CBC reports”
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Hunger-striking father of S.Korean ferry victim hospitalised
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 22, 2014
“The father of one of the high school students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster was hospitalised Friday after mounting a 40-day hunger strike to demand a full independent inquiry. Kim Young-Oh, who lost his 16-year-old daughter when the Sewol ferry capsized in April, was sent to hospital from Seoul's central Gwanghwamun Square, where he had been protesting, Park Yong-Woo, a spokesman for the victims' families, told reporters. The Sewol capsized on April 16 off the country's southern coast with the loss of some 300 lives, most of them high school students on an organised trip. Some relatives of the victims have been camped out in Gwanghwamun for weeks to push parliament to pass legislation setting up a full, independent inquiry.”
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Teaching for Ferguson: Volunteer Educators Give Lessons in Compassion
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 22, 2014
“After watching news reports about the violence, chaos, and heartbreak unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., last weekend, Deray McKesson—a school administrator in Minneapolis—didn’t hesitate. “I needed to bear witness and be a part of it and see it and be a part of this story,” McKesson, a young African American, said in an interview Thursday. Having grown up in a tough Baltimore neighborhood with drug-addicted parents, McKesson saw himself in the young man whose death spurred the unrest. Yet after enduring stinging tear gas and dodging heavily armed police, McKesson is now bearing witness in a different way.”
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Phila. company accused of scamming HS teens
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 22, 2014
“Police are investigating a Philadelphia company accused of targeting high school students with promises of jobs and money for college but students say the organizers took the money they were owed and disappeared.”
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Strauss: And now, final exams for kindergartners. Really.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 22, 2014
“Just when you think things can’t get any worse for kindergartners, they do.
It used to be that kindergartners could play  — which is how early childhood development experts say young children learn and are socialized best.  Today 5- and 6-year-olds are forced to sit for hours at a time doing academics, often with little or no recess, and in some places, no time for a snack. Homework goes home every day with many kindergartners. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: A shameless bid for Twitter followers?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 22, 2014
“Follow us if you believe that every child deserves an excellent education!
(Here’s how the USCCF Ed & Workforce describes itself on Twitter: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education & Workforce promotes rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems.”) Read full article >>”

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Judge blocks North Carolina school voucher program
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 21, 2014
“A North Carolina judge on Thursday blocked the state's new school voucher program, saying it unconstitutionally diverted money from public education to private schools, many of them religious. The Opportunity Scholarship program, designed to give poor and middle-class families public funds to help pay private school tuition, was passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature last year and had already begun operating. School vouchers have drawn criticism from those who say they drain money from public schools and subsidize overtly religious education. In his order blocking the program, Judge Robert Hobgood said it diverted money that under the state constitution can only be used for public schools.”
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Inquiry Urged on Air Force Academy’s Handling of Sexual Assault Cases
by NYT > Education

Aug 21, 2014
“Two senators asked for an independent investigation into allegations that Air Force Academy officials punished an investigator and the cadet informant who helped him look into drug use and sexual assault among football players.”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The 1959 Little League World Series
by NYT > Education

Aug 21, 2014
“The news from this year’s Little League World Series has been all about Mo’ne Davis, but in 1959 homesick boys from Hawaii, playing in Williamsport, Pa., just days after Hawaii became the 50th state, were the focus.”
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Motherlode Blog: Casting Call: Rethink Family Dinner With Jenny Rosenstrach
by NYT > Education

Aug 21, 2014
“During the week of Sept. 8, we’ll be coaching a real family through real family dinners in real time – seven new meals in seven days – and we hope that you’ll cook along with us.”
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Motherlode Blog: Simple Student Routines for Back-to-School Success
by NYT > Education

Aug 21, 2014
“Establishing routines like a weekly regroup (with trash can and storage at hand), evening organization and nondigital bedtimes set the stage for a successful year.”
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States Given a Reprieve on Ratings of Teachers
by NYT > Education

Aug 21, 2014
“Arne Duncan said that testing issues are “sucking the oxygen” out of classrooms, and that teachers should have another year to adjust to new standards and practices.”
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Motherlode Blog: How Dekiema Pogue, Military Spouse and Administrative Assistant, Does It
by NYT > Education

Aug 21, 2014
“A flexible schedule and an equally flexible employer help make this military spouse’s sometimes solo parenting easier.”
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James Foley
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 21, 2014
“The captors of American journalist James Foley originally demanded a ransom of 100 million euros ($132.5 million), the chief executive of a news website he worked for told The Wall Street Journal.”
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Ice bucket challenges go realllly wrong
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 21, 2014
“Ouch! Bopped, socked, and SOAKING WET! CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on ice bucket challenges gone wrong.”
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Brosnan's dirty Robin Williams story
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 21, 2014
“While filming "Mrs. Doubtfire," Robin kept trying to break Pierce up by muttering filthy things about Sally Field.”
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Skateboarder beats park ranger
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 21, 2014
“One teen was arrested and another questioned in connection with the beating of a park ranger that was caught on camera.”
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Mo'ne Davis' World Series run ends
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 21, 2014
“Sports Illustration cover girl Mo'ne Davis is out of the Little League World Series, after her Philadelphia team was eliminated Thursday.”
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Sorority boots her after racial slur
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 21, 2014
“A racial slur posted on Snapchat caused a student to get kicked out of her sorority. CNN affiliate WBRC reports.”
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Baby chokes on wrapper, then ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 21, 2014
“When a baby started choking on a plastic wrapper, a letter carrier used his training to help. CNN affiliate WYFF reports.”
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Ice Bucket Challenge hurts firefighters
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 21, 2014
“An ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went terribly wrong in Campbellsville, Kentucky, when four firefighters were seriously injured after participating in a group event, according to Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette.”
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Former POW Bergdahl seeks to return to civilian life, lawyer says
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 21, 2014
“"He is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life," Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, told Reuters. "He would like to get a college education." Bergdahl, 28, an Army sergeant, was released by the Taliban in May in exchange for five Taliban prisoners who were taken to Qatar from the U.S. The prisoner swap triggered an outcry from critics of the Obama administration amid accusations by some members of Bergdahl’s Army unit that he had deserted before being captured by the Taliban. "People who have had this kind of experience, in my understanding, tend not to remain in the service," Fidell said. "It is time for Sergeant Bergdahl to just become plain old Bowe Bergdahl and move on with his life." An Army general is investigating how Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, came to be a prisoner of the Taliban.”
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Starbucks Chases College Students Onto Campuses
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 21, 2014
“A Starbuck's food truck is coming to three lucky college campuses this semester. ”
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Millennials Latest College Funding Strategy
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 21, 2014
“Millennials are socking away money for their kids’ college education earlier than their parents did for them.”
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5 Must-Download Apps for College Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 21, 2014
“This year's crop of college freshmen was in elementary school when Apple Inc. released its first iPhone and, along with it, the App Store. Keeping up with which apps are the best bets for taking notes, managing schedules and studying for an upcoming exam can be a full-time job, though, with hundreds of new apps released every day. Below are five must-download apps for college students. Campus apps: Colleges have started to jump on the mobile craze, and schools such as Ohio State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have launched apps that allow students to check grades, manage their university accounts and track campus bus lines.”
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Fewer U.S. youth using sunscreen new study finds
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 21, 2014
“The percentage of high school students using sunscreen dropped from 67.7 percent in 2001 to 56.1 percent in 2011, according to the study by researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey and published Thursday in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease. The study analyzed survey data from high school students collected for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. The drop in sunscreen use occurred as melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, increased 1.6 percent annually among men from 2001 to 2010 and 1.4 percent among women, the study said.”
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Crowdfunding Your Medical Bills
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 21, 2014
“Jennifer Anderson, 33, knew her entire life that she would be unable to have kids naturally. Then one day when she was browsing Facebook, Anderson came across a link to the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, where people could ask for money from friends, family and strangers to help fund anything from medical bills and college tuition to vacations and weddings.”
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Some US colleges calling students back from Israel
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 21, 2014
“HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.”
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Men punished in sexual misconduct cases on colleges campuses are fighting back
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 21, 2014
“Men punished for sexual misconduct in the wave of cases sweeping college campuses are fighting back against what they call unfair student disciplinary systems and publicity that threatens to shatter their reputations. Read full article >>”
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Behind a sexual misconduct case at Brandeis University: questions on all sides
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 21, 2014
“They dated for most of their first two years at Brandeis University, a relationship that began as one of the gay students was coming out. They broke up last summer. Six months later, one accused the other of sexual misconduct. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: A shocking statistic about the quality of education research
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 21, 2014
“In 1968, an article in Kappan magazine titled “The Need for Replication in Education Research” by education Professor Robert H. Bauernfeind said: The principle of replication is the cornerstone of scientific inquiry. This principle holds that under similar conditions, one should obtain similar results. Replication has long been an essential aspect of research in the natural sciences, where science findings are not published until their repeatability has been demonstrated. In the natural science, the investigator may repeat his experiment 10 or 20 times, cross-comparing all results, prior to publishing his “findings”…. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Is doing less harm enough for Education Secretary Duncan?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 21, 2014
“Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today via a blog post that he has decided to allow most states to apply for permission from the Education Department to push back to 2015-16 a requirement that they use student standardized test scores in teacher’s evaluations. This marked a step beyond flexibility Duncan offered last year , when he said states could seek flexibility from making personnel decisions based on teacher evaluations linked to student standardized test scores. Read full article >>”
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Former congressman Davis chosen to lead George Mason University’s governing board
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 21, 2014
“Former congressman Thomas M. Davis III will become the next leader of the governing board of George Mason University , officials announced Thursday.
Davis, a Republican who represented Northern Virginia in the House from January 1995 to November 2008, was elected rector of the university’s Board of Visitors in a vote of the board. Mason, with nearly 34,000 students last fall at the main campus in Fairfax County and at satellite campuses, is Virginia’s largest public university. Read full article >>”

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Duncan offers teachers leeway on job performance tied to standardized tests
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 21, 2014
“U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to delay using student standardized test results on teacher performance evaluations, a move widely seen as an effort to calm tension between Duncan and the nation’s educators. Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Should Siblings Spectate?
by NYT > Education

Aug 20, 2014
“Is sibling attendance at a brother or sister’s sports or other events part of being a supportive family, or “dragging them along?””
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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Winner, Week 8 | The Art of Cabbage-Walking
by NYT > Education

Aug 20, 2014
“Our winner this week was ClaireMCHS2014, and our Penguin Young Readers guest judge was K.A. Harrington.”
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Cheetah cub and puppy make friends
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 20, 2014
“A cheetah cub and a female puppy played during a training session at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.”
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Sit anywhere with this invisible chair
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 20, 2014
“It's like a chair that isn't there, but magically appears whenever you need it. It's called the Chairless Chair and you wear it on your legs like an exoskeleton: when it's not activated, you can walk normally or even run. And then, at the touch of a button, it locks into place and you can sit down on it. Like a chair that is now there.”
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This action figure is NOT for kids
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 20, 2014
“Conan shows off actress Jessica Alba's sexy "Sin City 2" action figure.”
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How College Students Can Avoid Getting Sick
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 20, 2014
“Indeed, bugs like upper-respiratory infections, colds and, on the more serious side, mononucleosis and meningitis, tend to flourish on college campuses. "Fortunately, most of these illnesses aren't life-threatening," says Alan Glass, director of student health at Washington University in St. Louis and former president of the American College Health Association.”
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Colleges add luxury touches to new stadiums
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 20, 2014
“KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of renovation and construction.”
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Strauss: Ferguson public schools won’t open this week as planned
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 20, 2014
“Public schools in the 11,000-student Ferguson-Florissant School District in Missouri were supposed to open on Aug. 14 but did not as a result of the civil unrest sparked after a policeman shot and killed teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The new date for the opening of the 2014-15 school year was supposed to be Monday, Aug. 18, but authorities decided to keep the schools closed as disturbances continued. Now school is planned to begin next Monday, on Aug. 25. Here’s the note posted on the school district’s Web site, and following that is a letter to the community from the district’s acting superintendent: Read full article >>”
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Growing number of states fund ACT college admission testing for 11th-grade students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 20, 2014
“Thirteen states paid for 11th-grade students in all public high schools to take the ACT college admission test this year, with several more planning to join them in 2015.
These statewide programs, begun in Illinois and Colorado in 2001, have helped the ACT surpass the College Board’s SAT in recent years to become the nation’s most widely used admission exam. State officials say the test-everyone policy nudges many students onto the college track who otherwise could have been overlooked. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: The strategic campaign needed to save public education — in nine steps
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 20, 2014
“Leaders of the school standardized test-based reform’ movement have been very smart about using public relations and intentional messaging to their benefit, something their critics have failed to do. Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., discusses where supporters of equitable, democratic and respectful education need to go — and how to get there.  The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at  www.arthurcamins.com . Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Beyond Ferguson: The troubled state of America’s children, by the numbers
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 20, 2014
“The 2014-15 school year is beginning at a time when all eyes are on the troubling events in Ferguson, Mo., where unrest continues after the Aug. 9 shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer and charges of systemic racial injustice have been raised. As all this unfolds, here’s a look at how children in Ferguson and across the country live.  The following information was taken from the 2014 State of America’s Children report issued by the Children’s Defense Fund, which you can read in full below. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | “Be Free” Strikes a Chord
by NYT > Education

Aug 19, 2014
“What happened when J. Cole released his new song “Be Free” on Friday?”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Female Rappers
by NYT > Education

Aug 19, 2014
“Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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Motherlode Blog: Viral Video Parents and Non-Photo Sharers Debate
by NYT > Education

Aug 19, 2014
“Is sharing videos and pictures a violation of a child’s right to privacy, or a simple act to remain connected to friends and family?”
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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Aug. 12-18, 2014
by NYT > Education

Aug 19, 2014
“Take the quiz to see what you know about these news stories, and to find links to more information about each.”
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Los Angeles to Reduce Arrest Rate in Schools
by NYT > Education

Aug 19, 2014
“New policies with the aim of keeping students out of the court system will end citations for minor offenses like fighting or defacing school property.”
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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Ancient Greek Theater
by NYT > Education

Aug 19, 2014
“Test your knowledge of ancient Greek theater by playing our crossword.”
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Dare you to watch this without laughing
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 19, 2014
“Why is this grown man in a baby's high chair? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on high chair hijinks.”
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Rat attack on NYC subway
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 19, 2014
“A cameraman films a massive New York City subway rat charging at him and attacking him. WPIX reports.”
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See crocodile chase swimmer
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 19, 2014
“Video shows a crocodile pursuing a swimmer until an observer intervenes.”
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Start the Year Right With 3 Free Tech Tools for High School Teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 19, 2014
“Below are three tools that seasoned educators recommend for fellow teachers to try to excel this school year. -- Google Classroom: The new tool from Google is designed to help teachers stay organized and streamline their work processes. The product is a part of Google Apps for Education, which includes Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail, among other productivity tools. One of Google Classroom's main features is the ability for teachers to digitally distribute assignments to students, which students can subsequently turn in digitally.”
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It’s Back-to-School Season, and Local Food Is on the Cafeteria Menu This Year
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 19, 2014
“It’s sweet-corn season in Iowa, and with the school year about to commence, it would seem that the easiest way to get ears on the lunch trays of students would be to truck the harvest straight to the cafeteria. Well, kids who attend Des Moines Public Schools can expect more local corn on the menu this year, but it’s not coming to them straight from the stalk. For Des Moines Public Schools, the plant has helped eliminate two of the biggest hurdles keeping local foods off the lunch line: price and logistics. “Here in the Midwest, our growing season is so short,” explained Chad Taylor, child nutrition management specialist and executive chef for Des Moines Public Schools.”
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5 Questions to Ask the International Students Office at U.S. Colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 19, 2014
“For international students who don't know where to begin, or for those who have found a handful of places that seem equally good on paper, contacting the international students office at each of your shortlisted colleges is a good way of deciding which is the right place for you. While college websites might boast a course profile that looks perfect for you, it's always worth checking with the international students office to confirm how the applications for classes work. If you are an international student studying aboard on a temporary basis, there is a chance professors will be more likely to favor full-time students. The international students office will be able to advise you on how to maximize the class selection process and arrange the best possible schedule.”
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2015 Edition of Best Colleges Rankings Coming Soon
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 19, 2014
“Prospective students and parents looking for the school that best fits their needs will find the most complete version of the 2015 Best Colleges rankings, as well as other tables and lists, on our website. In addition, the site offers extensive statistical profiles for each school, a comprehensive college search and detailed explanations of the ranking methodologies. For extended college rankings tables, expanded school profiles with additional data, enhanced college search and other exclusive interactive tools, you can sign up for the U.S. School officials can access more Best Colleges rankings and data -- including historical information about their own school and peer institutions -- via U.S.”
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How to Be a Good Cybercitizen on a College Campus
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 19, 2014
“The rules and regulations for technology use evolve, too. High school students may be accustomed to illegally downloading movies or picking on Facebook friends on their own laptop in the basement. Schools don't do surveillance on their students, but freshmen would still be wise to check out those polices before they first log into the university network to know just what is and isn't being monitored, says professor Jibey Asthappan, director of the National Security Program at the University of New Haven. Below are several tips for students who want to use technology wisely and avoid getting in trouble with college or legal authorities.”
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Strauss: What’s the real purpose of educational benchmarking?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 19, 2014
““Benchmarking” is a word that is now everywhere in the world of education. There’s even a Center on International Education Benchmarking , a program of the National Center on Education and the Economy , which over 20 years has benchmarked the education systems of more than 20 countries in what is said to be an effort to find out what works and what doesn’t in educational practice. Could there be another purpose of benchmarking? Andy Hargreaves, the Brennan Chair in Education at Boston College, asks and attempts to answer this question in the following post. His just-published book is “ Uplifting Leadership ,” coauthored with Alan Boyle and Alma Harris. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Teacher: ‘Don’t tell me that I don’t want accountability’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 19, 2014
“I published a post last week titled “Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers” that was very popular with readers. There has been a lively debate in the comments section of that post, with some people critical of the teacher who wrote the piece and others supportive. I am publishing a response from a reader identified as “teechur” because it sums up the way a great many teachers feel about the issue of “accountability.” In this school reform era, “accountability” has largely come in the form of student standardized test scores. Read full article >>”
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Montgomery school system backpack campaign is short of its goal
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 19, 2014
“The backpack campaign goes on. With a new school year about to begin, Montgomery County is making a final push in its quest to fund 17,000 backpacks for students at high-poverty county schools.
So far, school system leaders have raised $153,000 in community, PTA, business and individual donations, enough for more than 15,000 of the $10-apiece backpacks. Read full article >>”

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Woodson principal announces retirement
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 19, 2014
“The principal of Fairfax County’s W.T. Woodson High School announced Monday that he will retire at the end of September.
Jeff Yost, who has served as principal at Woodson for the past seven years, wrote a message to parents Monday that “with mixed emotions,” he would leave the school less than a month after students return in the fall. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Poll: Common Core support among teachers plummets, with fewer than half supporting it
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 19, 2014
“Anybody watching the escalating battle across the country over the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing will hardly be surprised by a new national poll which reveals a significant loss of support over the last year — especially among teachers, whose approval rating dropped from 76 percent  in 2013 to only  46 percent in 2014. Overall support for the Core dropped from 65 percent last year to 53 percent in 2014, with most of the defection among Republicans. Read full article >>”
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Opinion: Teaching Is Not a Business
by NYT > Education

Aug 17, 2014
“Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.”
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Motherlode Blog: After a Miscarriage, Seeking Permission to Grieve
by NYT > Education

Aug 17, 2014
“I bought the milk in the refrigerator while I was still pregnant. When I sent that text, the baby was already dead, and I didn’t know it yet.”
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International Education: In Scottish Referendum, a Push for Young Voters
by NYT > Education

Aug 17, 2014
“As the Sept. 18 Scottish independence referendum approaches, campaigners are reaching out to students to explain what the vote could mean for them.”
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Briefly: International Education: Harvard Keeps Top Spot in Global University Ranking
by NYT > Education

Aug 17, 2014
“Harvard University has retained the top spot in the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities, a position it has held for the past 12 years.”
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International Education: The Challenges of ‘Higher-Education Emergencies’
by NYT > Education

Aug 17, 2014
“Without technological support and with a lack of financing, an experiment in online courses at an African refugee camp fell short.”
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These crooks the dumbest ever?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 17, 2014
“Why is this guy dragging a safe behind his car? CNN's Jeanne Moos cracks the case of the dumbest safe cracker.”
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GoPro shows boat go under
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 17, 2014
“What started as a fun day on a sailboat quickly turned to moments of panic once the rudder slipped out of reach.”
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Preparing Kids for Cyber Jobs and Cyber Warfare
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 17, 2014
“In April of this year, high school students from Iowa gathered at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames to match wits in a new kind of competition. These students were participating in the 2014 IT-Olympics, sponsored by Iowa State University and the Technology Association of Iowa. The Technology Association of Iowa and Iowa State teamed up to form HyperStream, a program that helps Iowa high schools and middle schools establish after-school clubs focused on coding and cyber defense. These clubs were then invited to compete in the cyber competition to test their skills against technology professors and mentors brought in by the HyperStream program.”
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Strauss: Exercise in math class? How one math teacher gets kids moving while studying
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 17, 2014
“I recently published a post titled “Why so many students can’t sit still in school today ” that was very popular with readers. The piece mentioned Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder but another factor, as well: the idea expressed by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom that academic pressures in school have reduced or eliminated the time that kids have for recess, physical education or other activities that allow them to get up and move. Read full article >>”
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Former D.C. charter board CFO promoted private companies that allegedly paid him
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 17, 2014
“As the D.C. Public Charter School Board’s chief financial officer, Jeremy L. Williams was responsible for monitoring charter schools’ business practices and ensuring their compliance with rules meant to prevent financial mismanagement. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Overheard at the Lincoln Memorial on a Saturday night
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 17, 2014
“Even if you aren’t trying to eavesdrop, it is impossible not to overhear other people talking at the Lincoln Memorial when it is late on a Saturday night and the site is packed with people — mostly tourists — who are visiting the magnificent marble monument for the first time and are visibly astounded by its majesty. Here are some snippets of conversation overheard in a five-minute period during a visit Saturday, Aug. 16, at 10:30 p.m.: Read full article >>”
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Strauss: ‘Dear (white) teachers…’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 17, 2014
“Michael Doyle teaches biology at Bloomfield High School, an urban district in northern New Jersey, with the aim of turning young cynical hearts into skeptical ones. He worked previously as a longshoreman, a lab tech in an alcohol plant, and, more recently, a pediatrician in the projects who decided he would rather teach than practice medicine. When he is not in school, you can find him on a back bay mud flat. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Common Core tests fail kids in New York again. Here’s how.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 17, 2014
“Results of the 2014 New York State Common Core-aligned exams were recently released along with new information about the 2013 tests and the news was not good. Here’s an analysis, by educators Bianca Tanis  and Carol Burris, explaining what the results actually mean to students and educators. Read full article >>”
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Montgomery issues new code of conduct for students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 17, 2014
“With the opening of school a week away, Montgomery County has issued a new Code of Conduct that views out-of-school suspensions as a last resort and emphasizes disciplinary consequences that allow students to learn from mistakes and repair harm. Read full article >>”
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Looking for a Washington area college? See coverage of schools in D.C., Md., Va.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 16, 2014
“Washington is one of the nation’s top college towns. The capital and the surrounding region boast a variety of schools, public and private, that fill distinctive academic niches. Some have national or global reputations for excellence. For detailed Post coverage of selected colleges and universities, click an icon on the map below and then click on a school’s name to go to its individual page. Scroll out on the interactive map to see schools in Maryland and Virginia, or choose schools from the list below it. This is not a comprehensive list of schools in the Washington region, and we’ll be adding more throughout the coming school year. Read full article >>”
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Notre Dame Investigating Four Players
by NYT > Education

Aug 16, 2014
“Four Notre Dame football players are being held out of practice while the school investigates what it is calling “suspected academic dishonesty,” the university told the N.C.A.A.”
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UFO
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 16, 2014
“Down on Earth, we all know: Do anything stupid these days, and video of it will turn up on the Internet to embarrass you.”
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Actor Kurt Russell's double life
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 16, 2014
“Kurt Russell & his nephews discuss their new baseball doc, plus how their famous acting clan is actually a sports family”
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Jeff Bridges' 18-year dream comes true
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 16, 2014
“Outside of superheroes, young adult adaptations have become one of the few thing studios can count on.”
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Philadelphia schools to open on schedule despite shortfall
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 16, 2014
“By Sean Landis PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia’s cash-strapped public schools will open on schedule in three weeks after $32 million of budget cuts, the school district's superintendent said on Friday, easing fears of closures or a late start to the school year to save money. Calling the budget cuts the “least harmful” option, Superintendent William Hite said the cuts would require the district to scale back on cleaning and repairs, leave current police vacancies unfilled and halt bus transportation for high school students who live within two miles of school, affecting about 7,500 students. Parents and teachers had feared a repeat of the school closures and massive layoffs of previous years. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was also withholding about $45 million in state funding in a move to extract concessions from unionized teachers.”
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Mary MacCracken, Who Wrote About Disabilities, Dies at 88
by NYT > Education

Aug 15, 2014
“Mrs. MacCracken wrote memoirs about her work with disabled children that inspired TV movies.”
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Motherlode Blog: Rent a Toy, Learn a Lesson
by NYT > Education

Aug 15, 2014
“What would children learn if we made them give away some of their favorite toys after a month? Maybe that ownership and appreciation aren’t linked.”
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Motherlode Blog: Harry Potter Casts a Spell for Tolerance
by NYT > Education

Aug 15, 2014
“Students who read and discussed a scene from Harry Potter in which the cruel Draco Malfoy calls Hermione a “filthy little Mudblood,” and her friends react with outrage reported more positive feelings about immigrants.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | New to the Archaeologist’s Tool Kit: The Drone
by NYT > Education

Aug 15, 2014
“Why can drones be more effective than conventional methods in surveying archaeological sites?”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Aug 15, 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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Dog to fox: Leave my stuff alone!
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“A dog gets upset when she catches a fox playing with her toy in the yard.”
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Nudists scare birds from beach
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“A popular nude beach in Florida is also a protected wildlife refuge. CNN affiliate WFLA has more.”
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Sharks lurk by swimmers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“Lifeguards held off on advising people to get out of the water after they determined sharks nearby were non-aggressive.”
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GoPro shows boat go under in seconds
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“What started as a fun day on a sailboat quickly turned to moments of panic once the rudder slipped out of reach.”
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The world's friendliest cities
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“Conde Nast Traveler reader survey praises antipodean cities but gives South Africa's biggest city a wide berth.”
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'Star Trek' actress dies
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“Actress Arlene Martel, who "Star Trek" fans know as Spock's bride-to-be, died in a Los Angeles hospital from complications of a heart attack, her son said. Martel was 78.”
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Mom drops F-bomb, gets arrested
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“A South Carolina mom was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after cursing around her children at a Kroger.”
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Bipolar disorder and the creative mind
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“The suicide death of Robin Williams has generated interest in the relationship between creativity and depression. No one knows the nature of Mr. William's problems (added to them today was the revelation that he was suffering with early stage Parkinson's disease), but the possibility of a link between "madness" and creativity is ancient and persistent. It is also controversial; some believe that making such a link romanticizes painful, potentially lethal illnesses and ignores the diversity of temperament and imagination that is essential to artistic work as a pathology.”
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Cops: Mom helped teen's fire stunt
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“North Carolina police say a mother facilitated her son setting himself on fire, a trend that is growing among teens.”
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The new Jennifer Lawrence is ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“It's official ... because Lisa says he is. Find out why super-hunky Chris Pratt is the male version of J-Law.”
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Loved ones Williams left behind
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“CNN's Poppy Harlow looks at Robin Williams' relationship with the children he left behind and the pain they are facing.”
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Wife: Robin Williams had Parkinson's
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“Robin Williams was sober, but was struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he died, his wife said.”
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Sandless beach towel saves the day
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“CNN's Richard Quest puts sandless beach gadgets to the test.”
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Politicians brawl on camera
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“A Ukrainian parliament member takes a swing at a fellow member after clashing over support for troops in the East.”
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Cops: Man lied about gym-mat death
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“The mother of a Valdosta, Georgia, teen accused of lying to police about an alleged confession in connection with Kendrick Johnson's death says her son has mental problems and is being used by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office as a "fall guy."”
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Singer denies underage sex allegation
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 15, 2014
“British singer Cliff Richard has denied an underage sex allegation dating from the 1980s as "completely false."”
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Guilt by Accusation—How Colleges Deal with Campus Sex
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 15, 2014
“It may take an avalanche of lawsuits to restore due process at the very institutions on which we rely for finishing the education of our best and brightest. Take the example of a male student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who filed suit against the school after having found him guilty of sexual misconduct. Yet Amherst immediately opened an investigation of those specific allegations and ordered him to move off campus. After three days, Amherst informed him that he was determined to be “responsible” for “sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and [violating] community living standards.” The school expelled him after he appealed to the same administration responsible for the original hearing.”
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Powers Rangers to morph into theaters in 2016
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 15, 2014
“Announced in May, the new film adaptation of the famous 1990s TV series now has a release date: July 22, 2016. Produced by Lionsgate and Saban, the feature is scripted by Robert Orci ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2") and by "X-Men: First Class" screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller. It will explore the origin story of the "Power Rangers," the group of ordinary high school students who become endowed with extraordinary powers. Based on the Japanese series "Super Sentai," the American "Power Rangers" franchise invaded the small screen and the shelves of toy stores in the 1990s.”
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Washington state school officials criticize federal 'failing' status
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 15, 2014
“By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Superintendents from 28 Washington state school districts have begun sending letters to parents that criticize the classification of many schools in the state as failing under federal standards, education officials said on Thursday. A large number of schools in Washington's 295 districts this year will receive a failing grade under the federal No Child Left Behind education law, which ties U.S. funding to students' performance on standardized tests and penalizes schools for low performance. In April, Washington became the first state to lose a waiver exempting it from some of the law's requirements after its state legislature declined to link student test scores to teacher evaluations. Though the list of schools to be classified as failing by the U.S. Department of Education will not be released until Aug. 27, superintendents in the Puget Sound area, which includes Seattle and Tacoma, this week began informing parents via mail of some schools' failing status.”
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How Immigrants Without Legal Status Can Pay for College
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 15, 2014
“More than 1 million immigrant children without legal status reportedly live in the United States. Two major barriers -- a lack of information and assistance -- often prevent immigrant teens without legal permission from continuing their education, says Laura Bohorquez, coordinator of the DREAM Educational Empowerment Program at United We Dream, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy organization. "Unfortunately, we're still getting a lot of questions from students thinking that because they're undocumented, they can't access higher education," Bohorquez says. Students without legal status have options, though, including laws at the state level that allow some noncitizens to receive in-state tuition at state colleges and universities, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an executive order issued by President Barack Obama that gives some young immigrants -- often referred to as DREAMers -- temporary resident status and a pathway to work legally.”
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Strauss: Scoring error on one SOL test question meant hundreds of Virginia students who failed really passed
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 15, 2014
“More than 500 students in Virginia just learned that their score on the Standards of Learning Civics & Economics test they took last spring rose when it was discovered that the answer to one question was incorrectly scored. For 224 students, getting credit for one more question meant the difference between failing the exam and passing. Read full article >>”
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Eleven Montgomery high schools get new computer science offerings
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 15, 2014
“Computer science courses are expanding at 11 Montgomery County high schools from Clarksburg to Silver Spring in the coming school year as part of a new initiative to boost student understanding of what many see as a vital subject. Read full article >>”
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One-third of Virginia’s schools could lack full accreditation as standards toughen
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 15, 2014
“Nearly one-third of Virginia’s public schools will not earn full accreditation this fall after reading and science scores dropped precipitously on state-mandated standardized tests, according to state education officials. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Are teachers unions really the scourge of the nation?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 15, 2014
“Are teachers unions really the scourge of the nation? You might think so if you listen to some reformers who link union-negotiated job protections for teachers to poor academic performance of students in high-poverty schools. But does the data actually support that contention? Bruce D. Baker, a professor of education and leadership in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, decided to look at what is true and what is not in the following post, initially published in 2012 on   his School Finance 101 blog . This is a long, technical post, filled with graphs, but worth your time. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Winner, Week 7 | On Freedom, Order and Subway Acrobats
by NYT > Education

Aug 13, 2014
“Our winner this week was Dillon H., and our Penguin Young Readers guest judge was Andrew Smith.”
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National Briefing | New England: Massachusetts: Former Associate Dean to Plead Guilty in Case on Investments
by NYT > Education

Aug 13, 2014
“Federal prosecutors in Boston said that a former associate dean at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his son had agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy.”
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In Upper West Side Playground Fight, It’s Parents vs. Parents
by NYT > Education

Aug 13, 2014
“First proposed in 2012, the renovation of Public School 166’s outdoor amphitheater, considered an architectural gem by some and outdated by others, has stalled as a war of words spins on.”
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Columbia Cancels Concert Amid Safety Concerns
by NYT > Education

Aug 13, 2014
“On Monday, Columbia University officials canceled Bacchanal, a campuswide concert scheduled for next month. Student groups argued the move was made to reduce sexual assaults on campus, while school officials denied that harassment concerns played a part in the decision.”
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | kudos
by NYT > Education

Aug 13, 2014
“This word has appeared in 94 New York Times articles in the past year.”
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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Volcanoes
by NYT > Education

Aug 13, 2014
“Test your knowledge of volcanoes by playing our crossword.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide
by NYT > Education

Aug 13, 2014
“What was your reaction to the announcement that Robin Williams had died?”
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Motherlode Blog: Rainy Day Video Game Rules: Is iPad Monopoly ‘Screen Time?’
by NYT > Education

Aug 13, 2014
“There are only two children at home on this rainy day, and only one child wants to play Monopoly — which brought up a new question. Is playing Monopoly against the iPad really a “video game”?”
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Earl Cheit, Prescient Educator, Dies at 87
by NYT > Education

Aug 13, 2014
“In 1970, Dr. Cheit wrote an influential report that said two-thirds of U.S. colleges and universities were in or near grave financial difficulty.”
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Grandma in hot water over these pictures
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 13, 2014
“A grandmother's photo of her granddaughter with a pacifier duct-taped to her mouth has sparked outrage.”
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The Nation’s Grade-School Population Has Changed, and It Speaks Spanish
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 13, 2014
“At 49.8 percent, white children will remain the largest single ethnic or racial group enrolled in American public schools, according to a recent NCES survey. But blacks, latinos, and Asians combined will comprise 49.9 percent of students enrolled, thus putting white students in the minority. The percentage of Latino and African American children will be greater than white children, largely driven by immigration from Mexico and Central America. At about 25 percent, Hispanic students are by far the largest minority group; African American students are about 15 percent of the total, and roughly 5 percent of minority students are Asian and Pacific Islanders.”
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Strauss: Kids can have depression, too, even toddlers. Here’s how to tell.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“The death of Robin Williams, who was reported to be suffering from severe depression and is believed to have committed suicide, brings into stark relief the very serious but too-often-ignored issue of depression in people of all ages, including teenage students and toddlers. Read full article >>”
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Wise High School receives ‘Best High School’ award from Steve Harvey
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“Students and teachers at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro will return to school in celebration mode later this month.
Wise received the Best High School award from the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards during a star-studded program at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Mourning Robin Williams and ‘teacher John Keating’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch wrote the following in memory of Robin Williams.
By Diane Ravitch
We have become accustomed in recent years to seeing films in which teachers are shown as lazy, greedy slugs. This fits nicely with the corporate reform narrative that seeks to strip all honor, dignity, and rights from teachers. Teachers don’t deserve those mean-spirited caricatures, nor the treatment they receive from legislatures. Read full article >>”

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Montgomery schools project highest one-year enrollment jump since 2000
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“With school starting in less than two weeks, Montgomery County has firmed up its enrollment forecast: Its student population will surge by 2,864, the largest one-year jump in more than a decade.
Projections call for a record-high student enrollment of 154,153 for the coming school year, said Bruce Crispell, director of long-range planning for Montgomery schools. Read full article >>”

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Johns Hopkins U. faces federal probe related to handling of sex assault reports
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“The federal government has begun an investigation of Johns Hopkins University related to its response to reports of sex assault, the school said Tuesday.
The announcement from university President Ronald J. Daniels, in an e-mail to students, faculty and staff, means that the prestigious private university based in Baltimore joins dozens of other colleges and universities nationwide that face similar federal probes. Read full article >>”

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Help Wanted: Prince George’s searches for full-time registered nurses for schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“The Prince George’s County Public School System is aggressively trying to recruit school nurses to build up its compliment of trained professionals to handle medical emergencies and other needs as it heads into a new school year in two weeks. Read full article >>”
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High-profile Head Start center in the District loses federal funding
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“When Congress reauthorized Head Start in 2007, a little girl named Cynthia Martinez -Cardoso from one of the District’s longest-running Head Start centers sat in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lap as she signed the bill. Read full article >>”
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Manassas principal resigns, loses teaching license after allegedly faking résumé
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“A Manassas City principal resigned and has lost his teaching license after officials alleged that he falsified most of his educational credentials, presenting himself as having college degrees he did not and slipping through school system vetting procedures. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Campbell Brown responds to critics (including me)
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“I have recently published several posts about a new effort led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown to eliminate or restrict teacher and other job protections for teachers. (You can see them here , here , here and here .) Brown has appeared on numerous television shows recently arguing that legal job protections for teachers have a negative impact on student achievement; critics say there is no research showing a connection between teacher tenure laws and lower rates of student achievement.  In the following post, Brown responds to the posts I have published as well as other criticism of her activism. Readers, as always, are welcome to respond. Read full article >>”
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New D.C. principals trained through fellowship designed to promote talent
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“D.C. public schools announced this week that eight new principals graduated from a fellowship program the school system designed to create an internal pipeline for leaders.
The rising principals are the first graduates of the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship, which provides 18 months of training and mentoring for promising D.C. schools employees who want to become principals . Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Michelle Rhee reported to be stepping down as StudentsFirst chief
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“Michelle Rhee has been the most visible star in the nation’s galaxy of school reformers  since she became D.C. schools chancellor in 2007, abruptly quit in 2010, and started an advocacy organization called StudentsFirst in 2011. Now, it is being reported that she will step down soon from her role as head of StudentsFirst at a time when the organization is facing questions about its effectiveness. Read full article >>”
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Known for strong leadership, principal felled by résumé
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 13, 2014
“Robin Anthony Toogood II was an admired educator, the kind of principal who inspires loyalty among other teachers for his compassion and positive attitude. To his students, he was a role model who commanded respect, a leader who handled discipline infractions with a gentle hand. Read full article >>”
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New Mexico faces teacher shortage two days before school begins
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 12, 2014
“By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Just two days before classes resume, New Mexico's biggest school district faces a shortage of almost 200 teachers, officials say, with the majority of the unfilled positions in special education and elementary grades. With some 87,000 students due to return to Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) on Wednesday, the district is still looking for 392 staff, including 198 teachers. APS spokeswoman Johanna King said the shortages represented just a small fraction of the district's total teacher roster of around 6,300. APS will likely need short- and long-term substitutes, and it would also ask teachers to sacrifice some of their preparatory time in order to take on more classes and to have bigger class sizes.”
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Kansas teachers' union challenges anti-tenure law
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 12, 2014
“The largest teachers' union in Kansas filed a lawsuit Monday against a new state law that ended guaranteed tenure for public school teachers, arguing that legislators violated the state constitution by ...”
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Atlanta educators face trial in widespread cheating scandal
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 12, 2014
“By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The trial of a dozen former Atlanta educators charged in one of the nation's largest school test-cheating scandals began on Monday, a case receiving wide attention as similar cheating accusations blemish schools across the United States. Lawyers say it could take several months to try the group of former teachers, principals and administrators, accused of conspiring to alter students' standardized test scores after a state investigation uncovered cheating at 44 Atlanta public schools in 2009. The high-profile Atlanta case is one in a string of cheating cases affecting 39 states over the last five years, said Bob Schaeffer, education director at the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as FairTest, which seeks to end the misuse of standardized tests. “I think the nation closely follows the Atlanta investigation and trial to determine the scope of the problem,” said Schaeffer.”
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Strauss: How high school changed Robin Williams’ life
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 12, 2014
“The late Robin Williams credited his “gestalt high school” in California with sparking his interest in entertainment. Born in Chicago, he grew up in Michigan, where he attended the private Detroit Country Day School. He told interviewers that he was bullied by classmates when he was young because he was overweight, and he played at home by himself a lot. After moving as a teenager to California’s Marin County with his family, he attended the public Redwood High School, where he joined the drama club and became involved in theater. Then he enrolled in Claremont Men’s College in Claremont, California (now Claremont McKenna College), where he studied political science. He left Claremont and attended the College of Marin, where he studied theater, and in 1973 moved to New York to study as one of 20 freshmen at the famed Julliard School. In 1996, he gave an interview to the Detroit Free Press while promoting a movie called Jack , in which he played a boy who has a disease that causes him to age four times faster than normal. In that interview he talked about how much he loved school and was not, perhaps surprisingly, the class clown. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: New NEA leader to nation’s educators: Revolt, ignore ‘stupid’ reforms
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 12, 2014
“To call the woman who is about to take the helm of the National Education Association “outspoken” would be something of an understatement. Lily Eskelsen García, who will take over next month as president of the largest teachers union in the country (and, for that matter, the largest union of any kind in the country), is nauseatingly sick of what she calls “factory school reform” and she doesn’t mind telling everybody about it in clear, challenging words. “Stop doing stupid,” she says. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | yore
by NYT > Education

Aug 11, 2014
“This word has appeared in 80 New York Times articles in the past year.”
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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Plants
by NYT > Education

Aug 11, 2014
“Test your knowledge of plants by playing our crossword.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | ‘A Safe Haven That Quickly Became a Place of Danger’ for Iraqi Refugees
by NYT > Education

Aug 11, 2014
“Who are the Yazidis, why have they been forced to leave their homes and what hardships have they encountered en route to refugee camps?”
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$67M superyacht hotel: Worth it?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 11, 2014
“Say hello to London's swank new superyacht hotel. But at $1.6k a night, is it worth it?”
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8 weird houses worth a visit
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 11, 2014
“A house is just a house, right? Not if it's a pyramid or a pickle barrel.”
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Shocking twist in abandoned baby case
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 11, 2014
“An Australian couple addresses accusations of abandoning a surrogate baby with Down Syndrome. Kristie Lu Stout reports.”
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Family booted over diaper change
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 11, 2014
“A mom was asked to leave a restaurant for changing her baby's diaper at the table. The owners say customers complained.”
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The low-down on natural sweeteners
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 11, 2014
“This next generation seems way more wholesome than its chem-lab predecessors. But are these sugar subs better for you?”
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Topless dancers picket church
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 11, 2014
“Topless exotic dancers picketed outside of a church that has been protesting their strip club. WBNS reports.”
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Testing High School Athletes for Doping Uncommon
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 11, 2014
“One of the largest school districts in the U.S. is making a bold move to combat doping in high school sports. Florida's Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced last week a pilot program to test student-athletes for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. The district is the fourth largest in the U.S., serving more than 340,000 students, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. "We are very concerned about the use of these illegal drugs," says Marcos Moran, assistant superintendent of school operations in the district.”
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Strauss: Arne Duncan’s new ‘top advisers’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 11, 2014
“Throughout the first Obama administration and well into the second, many teachers and principals said they could not get a word in edgewise to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his advisers, who plowed ahead with education reforms that many educators said blamed teachers for things that weren’t their fault and set up standardized test-based “accountability” systems that were unfair. If Duncan was listening to anyone, it appeared to many educators that it was Bill Gates, who was pumping many millions into the reforms Duncan was promoting. Tensions between Duncan and many teachers were so high that in May 2011, he wrote an open letter during Teacher Appreciation Week in which he felt compelled to declare his respect for teachers: Read full article >>”
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Prince George’s County Public Schools: ‘Great by Choice’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 11, 2014
““Great by Choice,” a book that examines why some companies thrive during chaotic times while others do not, has become a staple for business leaders across the country as they look for ways to boost profits. Read full article >>”
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Rocketship to build charter school on Anacostia hilltop
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 11, 2014
“The next outpost of one of the country’s best-known high-tech charter school chains will be on a wooded hilltop across the street from an aging public housing development in Anacostia.
School officials recently announced plans for Rocketship’s first D.C. school: A 54,000-square-foot, two-story building with a glass entrance, outdoor terrace, multiple play areas and nature trails. It is scheduled to open in the 2015-2016 school year. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Why race-based affirmative action in college admissions still matters
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 11, 2014
“Last month I published a defense of race-based affirmative action for African-American students in college admissions by Richard Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. Here is a new piece by Rothstein, expanding his discussion. Rothstein is senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law, and he is the author of books including  “Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right,  and “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap.” He was also a national education writer for The New York Times.  This  appeared on the EPI blog . Read full article >>”
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Strauss: ‘I love when kids are smarter than tests (which is most of the time)’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 11, 2014
“I love when kids are smarter than tests (which is most of the time). pic.twitter.com/ayJGquJy1D Read full article >>”
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New laptops and devices roll out in phases in Montgomery schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 11, 2014
“Thousands of students will be using new laptops and tablets soon with a major technology initiative underway in the Montgomery school system.
The school board recently gave the go-ahead for the purchase of 40,000 laptops and tablets as the first stage of an effort slated to bring 100,000 devices into Montgomery’s public schools by 2017-2018. Read full article >>”

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News Analysis: 99-Page Ruling in O’Bannon Case Is Missing Something: Clarity
by NYT > Education

Aug 10, 2014
“Judge Claudia Wilken gave N.C.A.A. officials hope that any required changes might not be the death knell that seemed imminent.”
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How to Learn the Law Without Law School
by NYT > Education

Aug 10, 2014
“No degree. No debt. No problem? Why and how some aspiring lawyers are skipping law school.”
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Motherlode Blog: If My Son Loves Football, Can He Still Love Me?
by NYT > Education

Aug 10, 2014
“My husband and I consider our family progressive. We’re all for boys in pink playing with dolls. But progressive really means letting your children choose what to love, and my son loves football.”
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Prehistoric jackpot found in cave
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 10, 2014
“"It's like a refrigerator in there, and probably has been for 20,000 years," one researcher says of the dig site in Wyoming.”
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NASA's supersonic space parachute
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 10, 2014
“NASA tests a unique new technology that it hopes will help save fuel for tasks like landing heavy objects on Mars.”
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Rabbi killed walking to synagogue
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 10, 2014
“A 60-year-old rabbi was shot to death while walking to synagogue in Miami. CNN affiliate WFOR reports.”
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Meet America's dumbest fugitives
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 10, 2014
“John Walsh shares his experience chasing some of the country's less intelligent fugitives.”
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Feds: Philly doctor tied to terror group
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 10, 2014
“Hayatullah Dawari is a former doctor in Philadelphia who treated American troops in his native Afghanistan while working with the American Red Cross, according to his lawyer.”
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Pet-killing, 12-foot python caught
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 10, 2014
“Police say they have captured a 12-foot Burmese python in Florida that is responsible for strangling a cat.”
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9-foot gator attacks 9-year-old
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 10, 2014
“A 9-year-old was attacked by a 9-foot alligator while swimming in a lake in Florida. CNN affiliate WESH reports.”
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White students to no longer be majority at school
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 10, 2014
“KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.”
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See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 10, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — For a year, The Associated Press has tracked the movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. The latest presidential prep checklist:”
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Strauss: A strange definition of a ‘bad’ teacher
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 10, 2014
“Keoni Wright is the lead plaintiff  in a lawsuit organized by Campbell Brown’s education advocacy group that is seeking to overturn New York laws that provide tenure and other job  protections to K-12 teachers. Brown has appeared on a number of television shows explaining her new endeavor, which will involve filing lawsuits in other states, as well, in an attempt to have national impact on tenure laws.  ( Here’s a write-up about her appearance on “The Colbert Report,” and here’s a fact-check of what she said on the show). Read full article >>”
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Thousands attend Prince George’s County Back to School fair
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 10, 2014
“See old friends from class. Talk to some former teachers. Maybe even pick up a free backpack.
Those were some of the things on Paige Blake’s agenda as she spent a couple of hours with her dad, Randolph, at the Prince George’s County Back to School Fair on Saturday at the Showplace Arena. Read full article >>”

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Value of a Degree: What We Mean When We Say Student Debt Is Bad
by NYT > Education

Aug 09, 2014
“Student loans need reform. But recent gloomy reports obscure the key benefit of borrowing for college: a college education.”
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