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Immigrants’ School Cases Spur Enrollment Review in New York
by NYT > Education

Oct 23, 2014
“Officials will determine whether districts have discouraged undocumented immigrant children through rigid enrollment requirements.”
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | Stygian
by NYT > Education

Oct 23, 2014
“This word has appeared in eight New York Times articles in the past year.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Canadian Soldier Dead After Attack Near Parliament in Ottawa
by NYT > Education

Oct 23, 2014
“Why did Canadians have heightened concerns about terrorist attacks even before the shooting spree occurred?”
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The Learning Network: What Are Your Fears and Phobias?
by NYT > Education

Oct 23, 2014
“It’s almost Halloween, so we thought we would ask you to write about something scary: your fears and phobias.”
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Motherlode Blog: For Trick or Treaters, Skip the Candy and Give Cash
by NYT > Education

Oct 23, 2014
“A few houses hand out cash directly to kids. More often, families and dentists buy back the candy for cash. Some parents even haggle for the best stuff.”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Happy Birthday, iPod
by NYT > Education

Oct 23, 2014
“The iPod turns 13 today, and we mark the occasion with the 2001 Times article that reported its debut.”
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Motherlode Blog: Motherlode in Your (e)Mailbox
by NYT > Education

Oct 23, 2014
“Like Motherlode? You can get the week’s best posts, a preview of what’s coming up and links to the most interesting news on family from the Times and around the Web in your inbox every Thursday night—free. Click to subscribe .”
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Motherlode Blog: Preparing to Lose My Mind After Giving Birth
by NYT > Education

Oct 23, 2014
“Putting a plan in place does not guarantee that you will have a postpartum mood disorder, or that you won’t. It does guarantee you will know how to get help if you need it.”
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Which celebs speak multiple languages?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 23, 2014
“Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg already owns a good chunk of the Internet, but on Wednesday he won it as well when he spoke Chinese to an audience at a Beijing university.”
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Renee's new look is raising eyebrows
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 23, 2014
“A plastic surgeon weighs in on Zellweger's new look. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the eyebrow-raising details.”
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Dying dad's moving gift to baby girl
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 23, 2014
“Mitchell Whisenhunt left over 30 letters to his family, including some for his 1-year-old daughter's future birthdays.”
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10 outlandish future predictions
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 23, 2014
“Ever since two men first laid a bet on two flies climbing up a cave wall, gambling has struck at the core of the human condition: the future is uncertain.”
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Giant gold nugget discovered
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 23, 2014
“Five-pound nugget is 90% gold, believed to be worth between $350,000 and $450,000. KTVU has the story.”
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Time-lapse shows solar eclipse
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 23, 2014
“Time-lapse video shows the solar eclipse over Denver on October 23, 2014.”
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Swerving driver crashes on camera
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 23, 2014
“Two men captured video of a swerving driver who eventually hits a car that then crashes into the men. WTAE reports.”
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Foss Lake mystery solved: It's them
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 23, 2014
“A decades-old mystery that captivated Oklahoma has been solved after officials confirmed the identities of two groups of people -- some of them teens -- who went missing in 1969 and 1970.”
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New video shows shooting details
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 23, 2014
“Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is believed to have communicated with extremists. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.”
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Congressman should have been 'more sensitive' in suicide remarks: spokesman
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 23, 2014
“By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman should have taken a more "sensitive approach" when talking about teen suicide to a group of Alaska high school students he was addressing after a classmate recently took his own life, a spokesman said on Wednesday. Representative Don Young, a Republican, was answering questions on Monday from an initially friendly crowd of students and teachers at Wasilla High School when the politician said suicide can be attributed to a lack of support from family and friends, principal Amy Spargo said. ...”
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Teachers occupy Acapulco city hall over missing students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 23, 2014
“Around 100 teachers occupied the city hall of the Mexican tourist resort of Acapulco to demand authorities find dozens of students who disappeared nearly a month ago. "We demand to see alive the 43 victims of kidnapping by the authorities," said Walter Anorve, spokesman for the CETEG radical wing of the teachers' union. Anorve told AFP that the authorities were "delaying the process, while families are awaiting anxiously with uncertainty" since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco. Protesters torched the Iguala city hall Wednesday, while nearly 50,000 people marched in Mexico City.”
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College prep tests go missing for 200 students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 23, 2014
“Nearly 200 high school students are on edge after their college prep test scores were lost.”
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Strauss: Texas textbook review: ‘I’d like a Biblical check on that’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 23, 2014
“The Texas Education Agency held a special meeting this week at which members asked  publishers to respond to criticisms of proposed textbooks in social studies, fine arts and mathematics in advance of next month’s vote on approval of next texts. Earlier this year after publishers submitted textbooks for adoption next month, critics pored over them and found what they said were numerous inaccurate, distorted and biased material in history, geography, government, religion and other subjects. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Read the report: 18 years of academic fraud at UNC for athletes, other students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 23, 2014
“For nearly 20 years, employees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill perpetrated an academic fraud involving fake classes and grades that permitted at least 3,100 students — many of them athletes — to graduate, according to a newly released report (which you can read in full below). While a number of employees have been fired or under disciplinary review, there are still big questions about who knew what and when that the report doesn’t directly answer. Read full article >>”
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Average Prince George’s SAT score declines
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 23, 2014
“The average SAT score for the Class of 2014 in Prince George’s County was 1197, down 10 points from the year before, according to figures released by county school system officials.
This year’s students in Prince George’s County also fared worse on the SAT test than students nationally, who scored an average of 1497 on the college admission test that has a perfect score of 2400 for critical reading, math and writing. Read full article >>”

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D.C. mayoral candidates sound off on future of charter and traditional schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 23, 2014
“D.C. mayoral candidates faced a math problem of sorts Wednesday night at the campaign’s only major forum devoted to education: In 1966, the District had about 147,000 students in 196 schools. Now, there are 86,000 students in 213 neighborhood and charter school buildings, yet the city continues to open charter schools. Read full article >>”
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Multiple cases of meningitis reported at U-Md.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 23, 2014
“Multiple cases of meningitis have been reported at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Katie Lawson, a university spokeswoman, said that she did not know the number of cases, but knew that more than one student was sick. She did not know when the illness was first reported on campus. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Just when things were looking bad for PARCC, they got worse
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 23, 2014
“Just when things were already looking bad for PARCC, one of the two multi-state Common Core testing consortia, they just got worse.
The chief executive of the Chicago Public School system said that she wants to delay the use of the Common Core test being developed by PARCC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) — even though she knows state education officials don’t want to take that action. That’s how concerned she is about the test. Read full article >>”

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UNC scandal not just about athletes; many who took ‘paper classes’ were not in sports
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 23, 2014
“Much has been made of irregular “paper classes” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which helped numerous student-athletes score high grades for little, if any, academic work.
But one aspect of the latest report on the scandal, this one from investigator Kenneth L. Wainstein, is worth a closer look: It wasn’t just about special favors for student-athletes. Read full article >>”

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Graham abduction suspect Jesse Matthew Jr. charged in Fairfax sexual assault case
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 23, 2014
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — The suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham might soon be moved to Northern Virginia to face new charges related to a vicious sexual assault in 2005 in Fairfax City. Read full article >>”
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Ebola Prompts Universities to Tighten Travel Rules
by NYT > Education

Oct 22, 2014
“Several schools have allowed humanitarian exceptions to restrictions on trips to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries most affected by the virus.”
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Nation’s Wealthy Places Pour Private Money Into Public Schools, Study Finds
by NYT > Education

Oct 22, 2014
“With funding formulas that cap or redirect local property tax revenues to state coffers, some places are looking for other ways to capture local money.”
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New York City Council to Look at School Segregation
by NYT > Education

Oct 22, 2014
“Though the Council has very limited power over public schools, the bill’s sponsors say they do have the ability to increase the volume of the conversation.”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | E-Sports in South Korea
by NYT > Education

Oct 22, 2014
“Here are the first five paragraphs of the Oct. 19 article “For South Korea, E-Sports Is National Pastime.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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Motherlode Blog: Where Are the American Boy Dolls?
by NYT > Education

Oct 22, 2014
“At the American Girl store, my 8-year-old son was enraptured by the historical dolls. Surely, there were boys in those times, boys who would have saved the day by using their wits or shown great courage in hard times. Where were they?”
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Motherlode Blog: Diwali, Once Hidden, Now Lit Large
by NYT > Education

Oct 22, 2014
“When my family and I immigrated in 1977, to be an Indian-American meant replacing curry with bologna and saris with sweaters, and celebrating Diwali invisibly. My daughter’s life is very different.”
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U.N.C. Investigation Reveals Athletes Took Fake Classes
by NYT > Education

Oct 22, 2014
“A report found that classes requiring no attendance and little work were common knowledge among academic counselors and football coaches.”
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Florida secession
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“Miami-area lawmakers are proposing adding a 51st star to the American flag.”
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Witness: 'I saw body slumped down'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“Journalist Josh Wingrove describes the scene in Ottawa where at least one person has been shot.”
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'She was my everything'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“"They're somebody's daughter," says the mother of a teen found dead in Indiana over the weekend. Here's what is known so far about the victims of suspected serial killer Darren Deon Vann.”
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Witnesses depict chaos in Canada shootings
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“Peter Henderson heard gunshots ring out late Wednesday morning from the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, Canada, as workers were rolling into the office a little late, coffee in hand.”
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Nun's shocking song on new album
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“A nun sings "Like a Virgin" And CNN's Jeanne Moos says it's not the Virgin Mary she's singing about, it's a Madonna cover.”
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Citizen pulls over, warns police officer
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“Gavin Seim filmed his exchange with a police officer in an unmarked car.”
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Brazilian man admits to 39 murders
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“A Brazilian man nicknamed "handsome" serial killer has confessed to 39 murders. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.”
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Stadium's glass panel falls toward girl
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“A little girl in Ukraine has survived a close call with a glass panel from a soccer stadium. Erin Hawksworth reports.”
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Leave Renee Zellweger alone
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“LZ Granderson says the actress's changed appearance after years out of public eye unleashed a wave of gossipy judgment. Why can't we just accept her explanation that she's happy?”
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Disney's new heroine: 'Moana'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“Get ready for another addition to the line of Disney heroines: Moana, an ocean adventurer.”
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Robertson: Towels can spread AIDS
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on Pat Robertson's recent claim about how one could get AIDS from towels in Kenya.”
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Man chisels his way out of elevator
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 22, 2014
“A group in China escape from a stuck elevator thanks to one man and his trusty hammer. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.”
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Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 22, 2014
“Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team.”
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14 to be charged after fight at Newark High School
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 22, 2014
“More than a dozen high school students are facing charges in Delaware after a series of fights inside their school.”
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Strauss: Rep. George Miller hires super-lawyer Bob Barnett to broker post-Congress job deal
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 22, 2014
“Rep. George Miller, a highly influential Democratic player on education issues for 40 years, is about to leave Congress and start a new work life. And to help ensure he gets what he wants, he has hired Robert Barnett, super-lawyer to stars both in politics and in entertainment, to help him navigate his way through various offers and negotiations. Read full article >>”
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How to expand who gets gifted services
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 22, 2014
“There were more than 140 comments on my last Local Living column , where I said gifted education programs were too selective and did not appear to educate bright children any better than challenging courses we offer everyone in this region. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: What Miss Fisk at Dexter School taught Ben Bradlee
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 22, 2014
“If you somehow missed the news, the unrivaled newspaper editor Benjamin Bradlee, who turned The Washington Post into a world-class newspaper and supported reporting that led to the only resignation of a U.S. president, died  Oct. 21. You can read a lot about this force of nature here on washingtonpost.com , but this is the spirit that I will remember him for — always pushing to do your best, and then better.  From Ben Bradlee’s memoir, “ A Good Life “: Read full article >>”
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Strauss: ‘Be picky’ and 24 other great tips for teachers on how to manage a classroom
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 22, 2014
“While an education reform policy debate becomes ever more furious around the country, teachers still have to teach every day. Here, from edutopia.org , are 25 great tips to help teachers keep their classrooms in control. The most brilliant teacher can’t help kids learn if he/she can’t manage the classroom. Edutopia is a nonpartisan organization created and operated by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. It is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process through innovative and evidence-based strategies that help kids thrive in school and beyond. Read full article >>”
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Text messages between substitute teacher and detective acting as student victim
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 22, 2014
“The following is the text of a court document that outlines text messages between Symone Greene, a substitute teacher at a D.C. charter school charged with having oral sex with a student football player , and a D.C. police detective purporting to be the victim. The phone was in police custody at the time. Read full article >>”
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Students jive to Charlie Parker and Count Basie during Montgomery blues program
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 22, 2014
“The band’s beats and chords squished together like putty and dangled apart across subtle silence, and 1,600 pairs of little eyeballs widened as trombone tones danced to a Caribbean groove. Children jived and twisted in their seats as notes barreled and swayed around them. Read full article >>”
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Rumors about possible violence at Fright Fest prompt principal to send warning
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 22, 2014
“A high school principal in Prince George’s County is urging parents not to send their children to Six Flags America this weekend because of the threat of violence at Fright Fest.
“Don’t allow your children to go to Six Flags this weekend,” Nate Newman, principal of Suitland High School, said to parents in a text message. “Big gang fight planned. Retaliation from last incident.” Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Teachers as ‘conscientious objectors?’ Status sought for those who oppose high-stakes tests
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 21, 2014
“Conscientious objectors are people who refuse to serve in the armed forces on moral or religious grounds. But in New York, a teacher is looking to broaden the definition. Diane Ravitch writes on her blog about Rick Bobrick, a veteran teacher in New York who is tired of being forced to administer to students high-stakes tests that he thinks are punitive and antithetical to real learning. He wants teachers to have the right to opt out of administering standardized tests they think are harmful to students. As it is now, teachers can be fired for refusing to administer a mandated test. Why, he asks, shouldn’t there be a law protecting the rights of teachers to refuse to do what they know is wrong? Why not give teachers the right to be conscientious objectors?”
Here is an open letter to teachers by Rick Bobrick as published on Ravitch’s blog: I teach 8th grade science in a small city school district located in the Mid-Hudson Valley. I am in my 35th year in the classroom, the last 13 of which I have been required to administer punitive, high-stakes tests in math, ELA, and science. Last spring I hit the wall and I have decided that, in all good conscience, I no longer want to participate in this detrimental practice. However, like most teachers, I am unwilling to risk losing my income, or my pension, or my even my reputation, in order to take a principled stand against this new wave of failed reform. On the other hand, why should I have to risk anything in order to stand against what I know is wrong? Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Actually, we do know if high-quality preschool benefits kids. What the research really says.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 21, 2014
“As the idea of universal preschool is gaining political momentum around the country, those who oppose it are on the attack, arguing that there is little or no lasting benefits — despite evidence to the contrary. In the following post, W. Steven Barnett,  director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University,  deconstructs a new Cato Institute policy brief by David J. Armor, professor emeritus of public policy at George Mason University, who also has a piece on washingtonpost.com arguing his position under the headline “We have no idea if universal preschool actually helps kids.” Actually, we do. Here’s what the research really says. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live
by NYT > Education

Oct 21, 2014
“Can you imagine yourself moving to a city when you get older, if you don’t live there already? Why?”
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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Oct. 14-20, 2014
by NYT > Education

Oct 21, 2014
“Have you been following the news? Take our quiz to see what you know and to learn more, and look for a new edition each week on Tuesday morning.”
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Helmet cam shows shot to head
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 21, 2014
“U.S. military footage posted to YouTube shows a Marine survive a head shot by a sniper in Afghanistan in 2013.”
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On-air spat during report on riots
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 21, 2014
“A fight breaks out at a pumpkin fest over who gets the mic. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on an on-air spat sparked by riots.”
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Strauss: Another very scary headline about kindergartners
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 21, 2014
“Early this year,  I published a post  with the headline, “ A very scary headline about kindergarteners ,” about an op-ed in the Oregonian with this headline: “Kindergarten test results a ‘sobering snapshot.’ ” The op-ed lamented the low literacy skills entering kindergarteners in Oregon had displayed on a test.  I wondered just how 5- and 6-year-olds could be so disappointing to adults. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Why getting kids ‘college and career ready’ isn’t enough
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 21, 2014
“Conventional wisdom holds that young people aren’t political or even civic-minded. The following post takes issue with this notion. It was written by Joseph Kahne, a professor of education at Mills College and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He chairs the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. His work concerns the ways educational initiatives and participation with digital media can influence the quality, quantity, and equality of youth civic and political participation. Read full article >>”
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D.C. college freshmen: a portrait
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 21, 2014
“George Washington University has a huge recruiting pipeline to China: Preliminary counts show 113 of its freshmen this year come from the world’s most populous country.
That’s seven times more than the 16 Chinese in Georgetown University’s class of 2018. Read full article >>”

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International Education: Fiction Writers Help Scientists Push Known Boundaries
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“A group of authors and researchers met this month to support engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs in aiming higher with technology, despite elusive grants.”
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Sesame Workshop Tackles Literacy With Technology
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“The first products from a partnership between the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street” and the children’s speech recognition company ToyTalk could be available early next year.”
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Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“The organization has spent years moving away from its roots in camping and crafts to embrace more modern-day themes. Now some are pushing for a return to tradition.”
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Football Players in Sayreville, N.J., Recall Hazing
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“The investigation may be complicated by conflicting accounts from witnesses and some of the freshman football players targeted by older members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School team.”
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Urban Renewal: Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“More young people are moving to the very heart of cities, even in economically troubled places like Buffalo and Cleveland.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Mental Health and Gun Control Measures in New York
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“How is New York trying to keep guns from those identified by mental health professionals as potentially dangerous?”
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The Learning Network: Does Stress Affect Your Ability to Make Good Decisions?
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“How can you learn to make better decisions while experiencing stress?”
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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | Oct. 20, 2014
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.”
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Motherlode Blog: For Girl Scouts, Debates Over New Badges and Classic Pursuits Continue
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“At a convention, the Girl Scouts promised to reinvigorate the role of the outdoors in the organization, but some have questioned whether new badges mean real change.”
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Motherlode Blog: There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College
by NYT > Education

Oct 20, 2014
“There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.””
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World Series
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 20, 2014
“With the World Series on the line, radio stations in San Francisco aren't taking any chances.”
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Joanne Borgella
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 20, 2014
“Singer and model Joanne Borgella, an "American Idol" contestant in 2008, died on Saturday at age 32 after a battle with cancer, her family said on her Facebook page.”
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Comet
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 20, 2014
“It was the closest comet near-miss known to astronomers, but everything is alright.”
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Hurricane hunters fly into storms
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 20, 2014
“What will $35 million dollars do for the next generation of hurricane hunters? CNN's Rachel Crane explains.”
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NASA's new unmanned spacecraft
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 20, 2014
“Could engineers from NASA and students from Purdue University have designed the next generation of spacecraft?”
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Shark attacks 13-year-old girl
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 20, 2014
“A shark attacked a 13-year-old surfer off the coast of Australia. Seven Network reports.”
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What N. Korea wants to keep secret
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 20, 2014
“The reality of smuggling along China's border with North Korea. CNN's David McKenzie reports.”
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Mathews: Why increasing content is tough in Montgomery County public schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 20, 2014
“When Mike Petrilli, a national expert on education policy, complained in a Web site post about the thin content of social studies and science lessons in his son’s Montgomery County first-grade class, he received a friendly e-mail from Marty Creel, director of curriculum and instruction for the Montgomery County public schools. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: The glue that really holds a school together — and that reformers ignore
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 20, 2014
“In the era of “big data,” it can be easy to forget the importance of the human connection in certain enterprises, including the education of children. School reformers have set up funding programs that are competitive rather than collaborative, and evaluation systems don’t pay attention to collaboration and school culture. In the face of all of this, here is a post that talks about the importance of relationships between teachers and between teachers and administrators. After all, these connections are really what hold a school together. Read full article >>”
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Tally of federal probes of colleges on sexual violence grows 50 percent since May
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 20, 2014
“The number of federal investigations into how colleges handle sexual violence reports has jumped 50 percent in the past six months, reflecting a surge of recent discrimination claims and the difficulty of resolving high-profile cases that often drag on for years. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Leadership mess in L.A. schools could be a movie — but you wouldn’t believe the plot
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 18, 2014
“Los Angeles is all about movie-making, so how ridiculous would you find a flick with the following plot?
It opens with the hard-charging superintendent of the Los Angeles school system, the nation’s second largest, abruptly resigning after 3½ years. (That is longer than he spent as superintendent in Prince George’s County, Md., years earlier before he abruptly resigned from that post). We see the U.S. education secretary expressing “disappointment” in the departure, but the teachers in the 640,000-student system are throwing a party. Conflict established. Tension builds. Read full article >>”

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Remains Found in Search for Hannah Graham, Near University of Virginia
by NYT > Education

Oct 18, 2014
“A crew looking for Ms. Graham, a student who disappeared last month, discovered human remains outside Charlottesville, officials said.”
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Fallon, Pitt perform epic break dance
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 18, 2014
“On "The Tonight Show," host Jimmy Fallon and actor Brad Pitt performed a break dancing routine.”
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Parents let son's killer move in
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 18, 2014
“The parents of a shooting victim say they will provide a home and job for the man who took their son's life.”
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Forget willpower; this will get you slim
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 18, 2014
“John Bare says "nudge" strategies can make a big difference”
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Philadelphia teachers' union files court motions
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 18, 2014
“The union representing Philadelphia teachers says it has filed several court motions in its bid to reverse the School Reform Commission's cancellation of its contract.”
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Ex-Los Angeles schools chief says resignation came in polarized atmosphere
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 18, 2014
“By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles public schools Superintendent John Deasy said on Friday, a day after resigning from his post, that his testimony in a landmark case on tenure rules for teachers created a polarizing atmosphere over his leadership. The former top official of the second-largest school district in the nation, who has been praised by reform groups seeking to hold teachers to more stringent standards, also told reporters in a conference call that he might eventually run for office. ...”
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California mayor vocal in immigration debate suspected of drunken driving
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 18, 2014
“By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The mayor of Murrieta, California, who led a local backlash against the arrival of undocumented Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. border, has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in an accident that injured four teenagers. Mayor Alan Long was arrested late Thursday on suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence after his truck crashed into a car carrying four Murrieta Valley High School students, Murrieta police said in a statement. ...”
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Montgomery proposal would change enrollment and classroom capacity guidelines
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 18, 2014
“This story has been updated.
As Montgomery County’s enrollment surges for another year, school leaders have proposed changing guidelines to increase the preferred maximum enrollment of high schools and establish classroom capacity at 18 students in the early grades at high-needs schools. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: #WhyIrefuse
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 18, 2014
“The “testing reform” is growing around the country. Even the Obama administration has acknowledged there is too much standardized testing in public schools today. Here, on Twitter at #whyIrefuse, are tweets from parents, teachers and others about why they don’t want their children or students to take high-stakes standardized tests. This gives you an idea of why people are turning against these assessments. Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep.
by NYT > Education

Oct 17, 2014
“Sleep is learning, of a very specific kind. “Sleep Study Skills” can help our teenagers game the system—and get enough sleep.”
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Motherlode Blog: It’s 3 O’Clock. You’re at Work. Where Are Your Kids?
by NYT > Education

Oct 17, 2014
“Many parents have grown so accustomed to the need to cobble together an after-school plan that we overlook the challenge those hours present to families who are already over-stretched.”
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Obama May Name ‘Czar’ to Oversee Ebola Response
by NYT > Education

Oct 17, 2014
“After learning that a nurse infected in Texas had flown to Ohio, officials in two states closed schools and Americans debated how much they should worry.”
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The Learning Network: How Sexist Is the Gaming World?
by NYT > Education

Oct 17, 2014
“Are you an avid video game player? Do you feel the industry and culture of the gaming world is dominated by men and boys? If so, what effects of that have you seen?”
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The Learning Network: Ideas for E.L.L.s | Civics and Citizenship
by NYT > Education

Oct 17, 2014
“The 2014 elections are just around the corner, and they provide many opportunities for inviting E.L.L.s to be more active citizens.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Child Has Lice? Spread the Word.
by NYT > Education

Oct 17, 2014
“If we want to have any chance at defeating, or better yet avoiding, lice, we’re going to have to be willing to talk about them.”
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Helmet cam shows sniper shot to head
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 17, 2014
“U.S. military footage posted to YouTube shows a Marine survive a head shot by a sniper in Afghanistan in 2013.”
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Visit the past; it's worth your time
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 17, 2014
“"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin." -- Mother Teresa”
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Navy boots Biden's son for cocaine
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 17, 2014
“The Navy Reserve discharged Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter this year after he tested positive for cocaine, U.S. officials confirmed.”
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Actor returning to 'Star Wars' series
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 17, 2014
“First, the call came for Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.”
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What the dying really regret
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 17, 2014
“There are many regrets that patients have in the months before they die. But the stories about the years people spend not appreciating their body until they are close to leaving it are some of the saddest.”
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Strauss: The link between housing policy and student achievement
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 17, 2014
“It may seem intuitive that school reform should be focused on what goes on inside schools — but, in fact, such a singular focus isn’t enough, as current reform efforts have sadly shown. It is impossible to divorce a student’s life outside of school with how well he or she does in class. Most children who are sick, tired, anxious, depressed, hungry, distracted or homeless aren’t likely to be high academic achievers. Read full article >>”
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Group calls for increased investment in after-school programming
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 17, 2014
“It’s 3 p.m. Do you know where your children are?
An Afterschool Alliance survey sought to find out the answer to this question across the country, and the results led the organization to call for more funding for quality activities for school-age children after the last bell of the day rings. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: A professor’s encounter with two Teach For America recruiters
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 17, 2014
“Teach For America is an organization that recruits new college graduates, gives them five weeks of training in a summer institute and then places them in some of America’s neediest schools. Popular with the Obama administration, TFA has increasingly generated criticism about its limited training program and its requirement that corps members stay only two years in a school. I’ve published some pieces critical of TFA (see here , here and here ), including this one by  Fordham Professor Mark Naison, who explained why he does not welcome Teach For America in his classroom to recruit. Here is a post by another academic, Mitchell Robinson, an associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University, about his recent experience with two TFA recruiters who met him to discuss why he, like Naison, didn’t want them in his classroom.  Before moving to Michigan State, Robinson taught music for 10 years in the Fulton (NY) City School District, and held collegiate appointments at the University of Connecticut and the Eastman School of Music. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: ‘E’ stands for Ebola. What does ‘S’ stand for? Scaring students.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 17, 2014
“This isn’t part of the standard school curriculum, but some schools in the United States are teaching kids how to be scared. How?
Let’s review:
From WKYC.com: Read full article >>”

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Motherlode Blog: Parent to Parent: When Play Dates Go Wrong
by NYT > Education

Oct 16, 2014
“When I dropped my child’s friend off after a visit, my fellow mother came out onto the driveway. “How’d it go?” The answer was “not well,” but I didn’t know how, or whether, to say it.”
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Some Harvard Professors Oppose Policy on Assaults
by NYT > Education

Oct 16, 2014
“Dozens of faculty members asked the school to withdraw its new sexual misconduct policy, saying it violated basic principles of fairness and would do more harm than good.”
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The Learning Network: Who Outside Your Family Has Made a Difference in Your Life?
by NYT > Education

Oct 16, 2014
“An essay in the Business section told how a teenager’s life was changed by his relationship with his manager at Pizza Hut. Read his story, then tell us who you would describe if you were writing a similar essay.”
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Motherlode Blog: The Mid-Semester Organization Regroup
by NYT > Education

Oct 16, 2014
“An inspection of a fifth grader’s backpack shows that student organization is a work in progress.”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The 1918 Influenza Pandemic
by NYT > Education

Oct 16, 2014
“What lessons can we learn from past outbreaks in controlling epidemics today?”
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Court Gives Go-Ahead to Expansion by N.Y.U.
by NYT > Education

Oct 16, 2014
“The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court unanimously voted on Tuesday to allow for a major expansion in the heart of Greenwich Village.”
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Fallon, Pitt perform epic break dance
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 16, 2014
“On "The Tonight Show," host Jimmy Fallon and actor Brad Pitt performed a break dancing routine.”
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$680,000 home built on wrong lot
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 16, 2014
“Six months after building their $680,000 vacation home, a couple learned it was built on the wrong lot.”
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Marriage isn't a good deal anymore
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 16, 2014
“Pepper Schwartz says people get married when it's a good deal. So why isn't marriage a good deal anymore for women?”
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Boy's epic 'Dirty Dancing' moves
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 16, 2014
“Charlie, who is 8 years old, nailed Patrick Swayze's "Dirty Dancing" moves in this adorable video.”
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Deadliest disasters in Himalayas
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 16, 2014
“Deadliest disasters in one of the world's most treacherous mountain ranges.”
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Jennifer Garner's revealing run
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 16, 2014
“Jennifer Garner talks about her early career and her days as leader of a band of streakers.”
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Has this plane been spying on us?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 16, 2014
“The Air Force's X-37B has been in orbit for 22 months and is expected to land in California this week.”
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10 Colleges With Affordable Out-of-State Tuition
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 16, 2014
“Find a Cheap Out-of-State College”
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Teachers pleads for help in finding stolen dog
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 16, 2014
“A Philadelphia school teacher is begging the public to help her find her beloved dog, Louie. But this isn't your typical missing pet story - Louie was stolen.”
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Are For-Profit Colleges Selling a ‘Bill’ of Goods?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 16, 2014
“Designed to help World War II veterans get a college diploma, the GI Bill of 1944 provided low-cost tuition loans for service members, subsidizing their education and giving them a leg up on entering the American middle class.”
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Report finds wide disparities in local per-pupil spending; D.C. charters spend most
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 16, 2014
“Charter schools in the District spent $18,150 per student during the 2011-2012 school year, while Prince George’s County Public Schools spent $10,408 on each child it served, a significant difference between the highest and lowest spenders in the Washington region, according to a study released Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Read full article >>”
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Region’s schools asking about student travel to Africa as precaution against Ebola
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 16, 2014
“Public school systems across the Washington region are monitoring their students in a precautionary effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Students who show up at school health centers in Fairfax and Montgomery counties with signs of a fever are facing questions about their recent travel history, and new students in several districts must answer questions about travel to and from West Africa on enrollment forms so school officials can learn about possible exposure in the region of the world most affected by the Ebola outbreak. Read full article >>”

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3 former educators at Bailey’s in Fairfax file discrimination suit against principal
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 16, 2014
“Three former educators at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences allege in a federal lawsuit that they experienced severe workplace discrimination under the school’s principal, who continues to lead one of the largest elementary schools in the region. Read full article >>”
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Ebola could test college commitments to international academic exchange
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 16, 2014
“U.S. colleges and universities have long prided themselves on an open-door policy that encourages enrollment of international students . Their commitment to that principle might get tested in coming months as the deadly Ebola virus ravages three west African nations. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Oops, never mind: Why a major university retracted report on charter schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 16, 2014
“Tulane University released a report this month which said that high schools in charter-heavy New Orleans were “beating the odds” with test scores and graduation rates higher than expected for most students. The report got some attention in education circles because New Orleans is the poster city for charter schools. Furthermore, Tulane is a well-regarded research university so one could rightly assume that the research it publishes is sound. Read full article >>”
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Anti-bullying policies fall short for 30 percent of D.C. charter schools, report says
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 16, 2014
“About 30 percent of public charter schools have anti-bullying policies that are not compliant with District law, according to a report released this week by the city’s Office of Human Rights.
The District’s Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 requires all schools and libraries and other organizations that serve children and teens to adopt and implement bullying prevention programs. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: How a national moratorium on standardized testing could work
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 14, 2014
“In early 2012, Robert Scott, then the commissioner of education in Texas, rocked the world of education reform when he declared that school accountability systems based on high-stakes standardized tests  had led to a “perversion” of what a quality education should be and he called “the assessment and accountability regime” not only “a cottage industry but a military-industrial complex.”  Different kinds of protests by parents and educators, school boards and students began in Texas, California, New York and other states, and the year ended with a public call by  Joshua Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, for a three-year moratorium on standardized testing. Since then the “test reform movement” has grown around the country, with tens of thousands of parents opting their children out of mandated standardized tests, teachers are starting to raise their voices and refusing to administer them, students are leading protests for sanity in school accountability. Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: Even the Tooth Fairy Has Regrets
by NYT > Education

Oct 14, 2014
“Fall is rushing toward winter, and maybe there just isn’t enough fall fun to be had to make up for it.”
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Motherlode Blog: My Son, the Live Peanut Allergy Science Experiment
by NYT > Education

Oct 14, 2014
“Our son is allergic to peanuts, and medically supervised experimentation—a byproduct of desperation, and fear—is the best we have to offer him.”
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Groom killed hours after ceremony
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 14, 2014
“A man in Ohio died in an accident just hours after his wedding ceremony.”
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What the Worst Colleges Have In Common
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 14, 2014
“I've always felt you can get a decent education just about anywhere -- community colleges, trade schools, the streets of Chicago. But some colleges are better than others in getting you a degree and not ...”
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Massachusetts nurse educations program paying off
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 14, 2014
“A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to educate more nurses appears to be paying off, according to state Higher Education Department figures. ...”
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Chicago teachers' union head won't run against Mayor Emanuel
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 14, 2014
“(Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who had surgery last week for a serious illness, will not run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in city elections next year, her exploratory committee said on Monday. "Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid," the committee said in a statement. "Yet she charges us to continue fighting for strong schools, safe neighborhoods, and good jobs in every community." Lewis, 61, had surgery on Wednesday for a "serious illness," the union said. ...”
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Hannah Graham’s parents plead for information about missing U-Va. student
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 14, 2014
“The parents of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old University of Virginia sophomore, released a statement Monday pleading for information about her whereabouts, 30 days after she disappeared in downtown Charlottesville. Read full article >>”
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Three schools open in Loudoun County
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 14, 2014
“Three schools have opened this year in Loudoun County to accommodate the explosive growth of the student population, which has more than doubled since 2000.
Students, teachers and public officials dedicated two schools late last week: Cardinal Ridge Elementary School in Centreville on Thursday and Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn on Friday. A third, Trailside Middle School in Ashburn, had its dedication at the end of September. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Ailing Karen Lewis won’t run against Chicago mayor
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 14, 2014
“Karen Lewis, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president who was expected to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February 2015 election and who had been leading him in the polls, will not wage a campaign against him. A statement released by her exploratory committee Monday said that Lewis, who was hospitalized last week with an illness described only as “serious,” will not run and confirmed what many had already suspected. Read full article >>”
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School bus cameras spot hundreds of drivers illegally passing stopped buses
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 14, 2014
“Drivers in Montgomery County have received 825 citations this year for illegally passing school buses that were stopped to drop off and pick up children, according to data from buses equipped with enforcement cameras . Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: My Toddler, Bartleby
by NYT > Education

Oct 13, 2014
“The “terrible twos” are merely the beginning of a futile attempt to tame the Bartleby in each of us.”
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International Education: Turkish Reforms Entangle Education
by NYT > Education

Oct 13, 2014
“Secularism in schools has been undergoing a transformation that signals a reticence on the part of the government to separate religion from politics.”
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International Education: Online Magazine Brings New Life to Arab Studies
by NYT > Education

Oct 13, 2014
“Jadaliyya, a publication run mostly by dedicated volunteers, allows for a broad range of opinions on the Middle East.”
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International Education: Japan's Divided Education Strategy
by NYT > Education

Oct 13, 2014
“The government wants to rewrite textbooks to make wartime history more “patriotic.” But at the same time, it wants to project an open, international image.”
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The Learning Network: We’re Off for Columbus Day
by NYT > Education

Oct 13, 2014
“We’ll be back on Tuesday, Oct. 14, with all our usual content.”
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Motherlode Blog: The ‘Save the Princess’ Message Hurts Boys, Too
by NYT > Education

Oct 13, 2014
“Do all princes just sort of wander around, hoping for a dragon to slay and a damsel in distress to kiss? What if they are not the rescuing type? What if they are scared of the dragon?”
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Elaborate theft plan goes very wrong
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 13, 2014
“Police say a man hid inside a Family Dollar in an attempt to steal from the store. CNN affiliate KHOU reports.”
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Guess who came back on 'SNL'?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 13, 2014
“Comedians Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig returned to "Saturday Night Live" for their classic, hilarious skits.”
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SNL Highlights: A Moving Jan Hooks Tribute and the Return of Bill Hader's Stefon
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 13, 2014
“On Saturday night, Saturday Night Live paid tribute to former cast member Jan Hooks, who died last week at age 57, with a gut-punching clip of Hooks and former scene partner Phil Hartman in their "Love Is a Dream" short film. Bill Hader returned to Studio 8H to host the show, and he wasn't the only familiar face who came back. He and his Skeleton Twins co-star (and fellow former SNL cast member) Kristen Wiig introduced the Hartman/Hooks sketch, and also teamed up for his opening monologue and a Hollywood Game Night parody. Hader also resurrected his popular characters Stefon and newscaster Herb Welch. Unsurprisingly, with Hader and Wiig back, SNL was the strongest it's been in weeks. Check out some of the best sketches from the episode below: "Love Is a Dream": Watch this short film with Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman and try not to cry. Opening Monologue: During his run on SNL, Hader never sang on the show—and there's a good reason why. Not even Wiig and Harvey Fierstein could help him. Herb Welch: While this wasn't the funniest Herb Welch sketch SNL has ever done, it was nice to see Hader's curmudgeonly newscaster back on the air. This time, he was interviewing high school students about a virginity rally. Hollywood Game Night : Come for Kate McKinnon as Jane Lynch, stay for Cecily Strong as Sofia Vergara, Beck Bennett as Nick Offerman, and Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee Gifford (!). 39 Cents: For anyone doubting the SNL's need for a diverse cast—it's so the show can do skits like this one, featuring Hader as an aid worker who's trying to raise 39 cents a day to help starving people in an African village. Their question: Why not more? Weekend Update: Stefon: Stefon is back! And, in addition to tips for people visiting New York, he's got an exciting piece of news to share! Saturday Night Live returns with new episodes on October 25, with host Jim Carrey and musical guest Iggy Azalea. What did you think of this week's sketches?”
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Strauss: How to spot a fake ‘grassroots’ education reform group
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 13, 2014
“It can be bewildering to keep track of all the “grassroots” education reform groups that have popped up in recent years. Where, have you ever wondered, do they all come from? Daniel Katz, an assistant professor of educational studies at Seton Hall University, explains in the following post who is actually funding many of them — and how “grassroots” they actually aren’t.  This appeared on his blog . Read full article >>”
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Strauss: ‘No, this is absolutely not good for kids’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 13, 2014
“Amelia Larson has worked for a few years as an assistant superintendent for student achievement in the Pasco County School District in Florida. Now she is resigning, and going out with something of a blast. Larson wrote a formal resignation letter — apparently requested by Superintendent Kurt Browning — and in it she savages Florida’s “accountability system” for schools that relies on high-stakes standardized testing. (See text below.) Read full article >>”
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Mathews: AP U.S. history change is not unpatriotic; it makes the exam less stressful for students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 13, 2014
“During the 11 years Trevor Packer has run the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, teachers of AP U.S. history have bemoaned the wide-open nature of the AP final exam’s multiple-choice section. Questions could range across anything related to American history. It was hard to resist stuffing students with every stray fact for fear it would be on the test. Read full article >>”
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Focus on ninth-grade promotion rate helps Maryland district see dramatic gains
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 13, 2014
“Tiny slips of paper are stuck to a board in a small conference room next to Principal Gorman Brown’s office at Charles H. Flowers High School, each bearing the name of a ninth-grader.
If a student’s name appears on a green slip, the student has a high probability of passing the ninth grade. A yellow piece of paper means a student is likely to make it to the 10th grade on time. If a student’s name is on red, the child is at risk of failing. Read full article >>”

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Prince George’s school system schedules 2016 budget forum
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 13, 2014
“The Prince George’s County Public School System will hold a forum Tuesday night to get input from the community about priorities for the 2016 budget.
The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the school district’s administration building. Read full article >>”

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Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions
by NYT > Education

Oct 11, 2014
“A school district near Toronto has begun a program to teach students about the risks of traumatic brain injuries in sports.”
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Man rips homeless vet's sign, but ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 11, 2014
“Street magician Rob Anderson surprised a homeless vet with cash and a GoFundMe page which has raised over $30,000.”
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Shocking video of NFL fan brawl
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 11, 2014
“Prosecutors say two men face assault charges after a brawl in a Levi Stadium bathroom left one man partially paralyzed.”
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Jailed 17 years for murder, now free
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 11, 2014
“A California woman says she never gave up hope during 17 years spent in jail after being wrongfully convicted of murder.”
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Strauss: Pearson apologizes to mom for wrong answer
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 11, 2014
“Earlier this week I published a post titled “ Pearson’s wrong answer — and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era ” by Sarah Blaine, a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her own parentingthecore blog. The post (which has been very popular) detailed what happened when her fourth-grade child came home with some school work and she discovered an error by Pearson, the giant education company, which, she noted, matters a great deal in this high-stakes testing era. It turns out that a Pearson official, Brandon Pinette, senior public affairs manager, posted a comment on Friday to the post on The Answer Sheet apologizing for the mistake. Read full article >>”
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A Teacher Accused of Abuse Seen to Have Never Grown Up
by NYT > Education

Oct 10, 2014
“Sean Shaynak, a Brooklyn Technical High School teacher who faces 36 charges including sexual abuse and forcible touching, appeared forever stuck in high school to those who knew him.”
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The Learning Network: NYTLNreads | Recommendations From Ninth Graders at Garden City High School
by NYT > Education

Oct 10, 2014
“Students in Samara Skolnik’s class encouraged others to read an obituary of a Russian space scientist, reporting on college football players and head trauma and an article on Mexican Coca-Cola.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Oct 10, 2014
“Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.”
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Motherlode Blog: Ta-dah! We Built You a Hut
by NYT > Education

Oct 10, 2014
“Every year, while others are mapping out their jack-o’-lantern carvings or dusting off boxes of Christmas decorations in the attic, we are building a hut for Sukkot.”
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At Florida State, Football Clouds Justice
by NYT > Education

Oct 10, 2014
“Police and court records and interviews with witnesses show that the Tallahassee police on numerous occasions have soft-pedaled allegations of wrongdoing by Seminoles football players.”
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The week in 31 photos
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 10, 2014
“A tank from the Indonesian Marine Corps launches missiles on the military's 69th anniversary. This story, and others, told in photos from the week's news.”
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Jon Stewart was right about Malala
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 10, 2014
“You have to love Malala.”
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Paraguay's delicious mistake
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 10, 2014
“In Paraguay's capital city of Asuncion, residents amble down the streets with jugs and insulated cups of all shapes and sizes, sipping yerba mate tea through straws. (Or perhaps it's terere, yerba mate's cold counterpart, served heavy over ice.)”
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Does race shape passion for guns?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 10, 2014
“Here's a thought experiment:”
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Palin family brawl police report
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 10, 2014
“Nobody is being charged in a drunken brawl that involved a white limousine full of members of Sarah Palin's family, police in Alaska said Thursday.”
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Queen honors Angelina Jolie
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 10, 2014
“Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Friday made Hollywood star Angelina Jolie an honorary dame for her campaign to end the scourge of sexual violence in war zones.”
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New clue from body in MH17 crash
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 10, 2014
“Safety analyst David Soucie provides his insights into how an MH17 plane crash victim was found wearing an oxygen mask.”
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How baby's birth shocked parents
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 10, 2014
“We found out I was pregnant in August 2012. It was time to start our family, time to start the next chapter of our lives. The next months were going to be the best time in our lives.”
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What to Watch Tonight: Criminal Minds' Season 10 Premiere (With BAU Newbie Jennifer Love Hewitt!), The Bridge's Season Finale, and, If You Must, Stalker
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 10, 2014
“What to watch on Wednesday, October 1... 8pm, ABC The Middle In order to afford a top-flight college education for Sue, Frankie and Mike hunt for second jobs in "The Loneliest Locker." Meanwhile, Axl scavenges items from the Heck homestead to furnish his new digs, Brick rediscovers a box of old (and irritating) toys, and Sue and Brad shepherd the school's senior play. 8pm, NBC The Mysteries of Laura Old memories spark a renewed connection when Laura's latest murder case leads her and Jake to the site of their first date in "The Mystery of the Biker Bar." At home, a babysitter with a criminal record proves a worthy nemesis for the twins. 8:30pm, ABC The Goldbergs When Adam's dreams of landing the lead role in the school musical are dashed, Beverly casts him in a rival show. Elsewhere in "Mama Drama," Murray's insistence on leaving sporting events early to beat the traffic robs him and Barry of a memorable moment. SEASON 10 PREMIERE, 9pm, CBS Criminal Minds "X" marks the start of the tenth season with the BAU team investigating murders in Bakersfield, CA, that render victims unidentifiable. New addition Jennifer Love Hewitt keeps insisting she can just ask their ghosts who they were, but nobody's quite sure what she's talking about. 9pm, NBC Law & Order: SVU A pro basketball star who's just signed a high-profile branding deal is accused of multiple rapes in "American Disgrace." As the case unfolds, it sends Rollins to her old precinct in Atlanta, where she reckons with her past. 9pm, Fox Red Band Society A visitor from Jordi's past raises hell at the hospital, while Dr. McAndrews unwittingly betrays a patient's trust in "Liar, Liar Pants on Fire." And yes, I agree there should be one more comma in that title, but hey, nobody at Fox consults me about these things. 9pm, ABC Modern Family Jay and Gloria can't decide whether to go simple or extravagant for their upcoming anniversary, while Mitch, Cam, and Lily pose for a new family portrait. Meanwhile in "Do Not Push," Phil, Luke, and Haley are roped into a psych experiment when the family joins Alex on a tour of Caltech. 9:30pm, ABC Black-ish "The Talk" finds Dre educating Andre Jr. on the birds and the bees. But that proves to be a mistake when the lad begins peppering him with nonstop questions about sex. SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, CBS Stalker Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q star in the latest lurid, misogynistic excrescence thriller from Kevin Williamson. They're L.A. cops who specialize in stalking cases. Thus endeth the last time I will devote a moment's thought to Stalker until the season finale, assuming that isn't forestalled by a merciful early cancellation. SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, FX The Bridge Marco faces a test of loyalty, Sonya ties up loose ends, and Eleanor strives for closure in "Jubilex," which I'm pretty sure was also the name of Jubilee's evil alter ego at some point during the X-Men "Age of Apocalypse" saga. 10pm, ABC Nashville Rayna redoubles her publicity push after Will's debut album tops the charts in "How Far Down Can I Go." Meanwhile, Juliette readies for a critical audition against familiar competition, a rebellious Maddie proves a handful for Deacon, and Zoey's ire is raised when Scarlett collaborates with Gunnar on a new song. 10pm, FXX The League Kevin and Jenny acquire a new amenity in "The Hot Tub." In other pursuits, Taco is in the market for a new house, and surely only the toniest North Shore domicile will suffice. 10pm, TNT Franklin & Bash The fellas help a friend land a spot in an age-restricted retirement community in "Falcon's Nest," while Karp and Anita work on behalf of a scientist at risk of losing a key grant. 10pm, NBC Chicago P.D. Voight, Ruzek, Antonio, and Halstead are on the case when Voight's friend falls prey to an apparent serial killer in "Get My Cigarettes." Meanwhile, Desk Sgt. Pratt helps Burgess and Roman investigate a string of home invasions. 10pm, Comedy Central South Park Always punching in a squarely upward direction, the town takes on food allergies in "Gluten Free Ebola." 10:30pm, Comedy Central Key & Peele A parole officer and his puppet friend connect with a parolee, a soldier returns to his family, and a man refuses to let his neck brace interfere with his partying. LATE-NITE: – Nick Offerman, Jerrod Carmichael, and Pete Correale on Conan, 11pm, TBS – Lena Dunham on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central – Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central – Jennifer Garner, John Mulaney, and Lady Antebellum on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC – Bill O'Reilly and Cristin Milioti on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS – Tim Allen, Anna Gunn, and The Madden Brothers on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC – Neil Patrick Harris, Rita Wilson, and The Both on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC – Patton Oswalt and Chandra Wilson on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?”
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National Nursing Shortage Fueled by Lack of Teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 10, 2014
“They’re often the first people you see at the doctor’s office, and the first line of defense in any ER – but America’s nursing population is shrinking fast. The nursing shortage may not be caused just by lack of interest. In many ways, it’s caused...”
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Two female Louisiana teachers accused of group sex with boy
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 10, 2014
“By David Minsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Two female Louisiana high school teachers have been arrested on charges of engaging in group sex with a 16-year-old male student who then bragged to classmates, authorities said on Thursday. Rachel Respess, 24, and Shelley Dufresne, 32, are accused of having sex with the boy in Respess' apartment in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner after a Friday night football game on Sept. 12, Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser said. Dufresne also is accused of having sex with the student at her home in Montz, about 20 miles (32 km) west of New Orleans. ...”
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Portuguese teachers protest austerity cuts
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 10, 2014
“LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Several hundred Portuguese schoolteachers demonstrated Sunday in Lisbon to protest the government's education policies, especially spending cuts.”
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School Reform Commission cancels contract with Philly teachers' union
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 10, 2014
“The Philadelphia School Reform Commission announced Monday that it has canceled its contract with the teachers' union, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.”
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Union outraged over cancelled contract, Philadelphia's 'war on teachers'
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 10, 2014
“Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums.”
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America’s Teachers Still Don’t Think Black and Latino Kids Are Smart
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 10, 2014
“Students of color are up against difficult odds. They are more likely to be trapped in failing, underfunded schools; more likely to be suspended for minor infractions; less likely to have “expert teachers.” While policy makers, educators, parents, and politicians seem to be scrambling to figure out how to close the achievement gap by demanding more rigorous nationwide standards, a new report by the Center for American Progress found that the very folks tasked with making sure kids of color succeed might be the ones holding them back.”
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Senator Walsh of Montana stripped of degree for plagiarism
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 10, 2014
“(Reuters) - The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master's degree of U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, both Walsh and the college said on Friday. "The board found that then-Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his master's degree and status as a graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked," said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the college, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. ...”
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Strauss: School districts moving to cut reliance on test scores to evaluate schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 10, 2014
“Big school districts around the country — including in New York City — are starting to lessen their misplaced reliance on student standardized test scores to evaluate schools, as this roundup of “test reform” news shows. And some are doing it in unusual ways. Read full article >>”
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Counties look at cost of educating unaccompanied minors who crossed border
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 10, 2014
“Officials in three Northern Virginia counties are scrutinizing the costs of educating the nearly 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant children living there with an eye toward recouping expenses from the federal government for keeping the young migrants — who crossed the U.S. border without their parents — in local public schools. Read full article >>”
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Prince George’s board members charge thousands in local restaurant meals
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 10, 2014
“Prince George’s County school board members have used credit cards issued by the district to pay for thousands of dollars in meals at local restaurants, spending that some are calling a misuse of school system funds even though it does not appear to violate the rules. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Why students don’t read books assigned in class — and how they get away with it
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 10, 2014
“Here’s a video in which young people explain why they don’t read the books that are assigned in school but somehow manage to get away with it in class. They also talk about how much they actually like to read — when given a chance to pick their own material. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Educating kids isn’t rocket science. It’s harder.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 10, 2014
“Many school reformers blame unions and entrenched bureaucracy for blocking school reforms that, they say, would have worked beautifully if  they had been implemented as designed. Actually, as Jack Schneider explains in this post, most school reforms imposed over decades have been implemented but they never turn out to be as effective as promised. Schneider is an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross , the author of two books, and the father of a pre-K public school student. He tweets @Edu_Historian . Read full article >>”
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Former Howard County school official named Prince George’s interim CFO
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 10, 2014
“A former deputy school superintendent in Howard County has been named the interim chief financial officer for Prince George’s County School System.
Ray Brown was welcomed by Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell at Thursday night’s board meeting. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: The amazing thing Malala plans to say if a Taliban gunman approaches her again
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 10, 2014
“The Norwegian Nobel Committee just did what it should have done in 2013: Give the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational 17-year-old Pakistani who advocates for the right of girls to get a formal education — and who nearly died after being shot by Taliban gunmen who did not want girls to go to school. Read full article >>”
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by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 10, 2014
“A third generation Virginia educator whose lessons on farming explore the mysteries of plant life and the finer points of livestock care was named the state’s teacher of the year for 2015.
Jaclyn Marie Roller Ryan, a agriscience teacher at Signal Knob Middle School near Strasburg, was among eight finalists in the state for the honor. The surprise announcement was made Friday at a hotel in Richmond by Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples and state board of education president Christian N. Braunlich. Read full article >>”

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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Teenage Slang, 1943
by NYT > Education

Oct 09, 2014
““Blitz the cold-storage plant”? “Step up closer to the mike”? As this article reports, teenagers said in 1943 to mean “You figure it out”: You shred it, wheat.”
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DEA faked my Facebook page
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 09, 2014
“A woman is suing the DEA for using her photos without her knowledge to set up a fake Facebook page for criminal stings.”
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Second alert on whooping cough at Gaithersburg High School
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 09, 2014
“Health and school officials in Montgomery County have sent a second reminder about whooping cough to parents at Gaithersburg High School, asking them to be on the lookout for signs of the highly contagious disease. Read full article >>”
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Why gifted education doesn’t make sense
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 09, 2014
“A new book out by nationally known gifted-education expert James R. Delisle, a former fifth grade special education teacher and Kent State University professor, says our schools are making war on our nation’s finest young minds by failing to fund enough programs for the gifted. Read full article >>”
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D.C. charter board reviewing admissions preference for children of employees
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 09, 2014
“The D.C. Public Charter School Board is considering a policy that would give the children of charter school employees preference in the city’s enrollment lottery.
The measure, which would give children a far better chance of getting into the charter schools where their parents work, is meant to bring the charter board’s policies in line with a law that the D.C. Council approved this past spring. That law is aimed at helping the city’s charter schools recruit and retain employees. Read full article >>”

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Bill Maher's Muslim problem
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 08, 2014
“Dean Obeidallah says liberals should not give a pass to Bill Maher's Muslim bashing comments.”
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'The Flash' zooms back onto TV
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 08, 2014
“[SPOILER WARNING: If you didn't see the premiere of "The Flash," you may not want to read any further.]”
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Southern California tutor arrested over cheating scandal
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 08, 2014
“(Reuters) - A private Los Angeles-area tutor was arrested and charged on Monday for illegally changing grades for three high school students, police said. Timothy Lance Lai, 29, was charged with one count of felony burglary and four counts of felony fraud after he was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, the Newport Beach police said in a statement. Lai, who fled the United States after the investigation started, broke into Corona Del Mar High School last year and installed a USB device that recorded keystrokes on a teacher's computer, the police said. ...”
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Paying for College with a Credit Card Could Really Cost You
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 08, 2014
“College is already expensive —$41,000 a year, on average, for tuition, fees, room and board — but if you decide to charge it to your credit card, it could cost a lot more. The average convenience fee that colleges charge you for using your credit card while paying tuition is 2.62 percent, according to a CreditCards.com report out Tuesday.  Over four years, that equals an additional $3,154 to attend the average private college, $2,327 on average for out-of-state public college tuition and $932 on average for in-state tuition at public institutions. “It rarely makes sense to pay for college tuition with a credit card,” Matt Schulz, CreditCards.com’s senior industry analyst, said in a press release.”
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Union outraged over cancelled contract, Philadelphia's 'war on teachers'
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 08, 2014
“Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums.”
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Bill Clinton rallies college students in Arkansas
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 08, 2014
“FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton returned to his old haunts of northwestern Arkansas on Tuesday and implored college students to support Democrats at risk of losing what's left of the political power they have held since Reconstruction.”
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Why the White House Fudged the Numbers on Student Loans
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 08, 2014
“Eager to broadcast some good news approaching the midterm elections, the Obama administration recently announced a welcome dip in student loan defaults, from 14.7 percent for the 2010 cohort (loans taken out in that year) to 13.7 percent for 2011. Policymakers, alarmed about how our trillion-dollar student loan burden and soaring default rates are undermining our economic growth, cheered the report. In keeping with a White House that talks a good game on transparency but that is cloaked in secrecy, the Department of Education moved the goalposts at the last minute, changing how the default rates were calculated and thus sparing some colleges from tough penalties. The academic world has been anxiously awaiting the Department of Education’s annual announcement on student loan defaults.”
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Strauss: The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 08, 2014
“A post I published in July titled “ Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” seems to have struck a nerve with readers, who continue to read it in big numbers.  The piece was by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, who said that kids are being forced to sit for too long while they are in school and are being deprived of enough time for real physical activity. This, she said, is affecting their ability to learn and in some cases leading to improper ADHD diagnoses. Read full article >>”
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SAT scores edge up in Montgomery, with gains by Hispanics, African Americans
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 08, 2014
“The average score on the SAT exam edged up two points for Montgomery County’s class of 2014, compared with results for graduates a year earlier, as performance was stagnant nationally and slipped in Maryland , according to figures released Tuesday. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: The ugly facts of life in Philadelphia public schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 08, 2014
“For years now the state-run Philadelphia public school system has been under a kind of siege. The Republican administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has decimated spending for public education in the state, and Philadelphia has been hit especially hard, with thousands of layoffs, massive program cuts and dozens of closed school buildings. Many teachers buy basic supplies for their classrooms with their own funds. Read full article >>”
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Why SAT scores were packaged with results from other College Board tests
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 08, 2014
“The SAT enjoyed such dominance in college admissions testing for so long that it is worth lingering over a significant change Tuesday in how the College Board reported annual scores : They were packaged with results from other programs. Read full article >>”
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D.C. Council approves special-education bills, aims to speed delivery of services
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 08, 2014
“The D.C. Council has unanimously approved a trio of bills designed to overhaul special-education services in the city, aiming to speed delivery of services to students with special needs and give parents better information and resources they can use to advocate for their children. Read full article >>”
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The ethics of Hacking 101
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 08, 2014
“At the University of Tulsa, professor Sujeet Shenoi is teaching students how to hack into oil pipelines and electric power plants.
At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, professor David Brumley is instructing students on how to write software to break into computer networks. Read full article >>”

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Study: New York preschool push benefits wealthier families first
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 08, 2014
“New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ’s push to provide universal preschool to the city’s 4-year-olds has so far disproportionately benefited children from middle- and upper-income families, according to a report released Wednesday that the mayor’s office is disputing. Read full article >>”
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Prince George’s begins program to support new teachers
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 08, 2014
“Prince George’s County is launching a program that pairs experienced teachers with novice ones for professional development and allows teachers to have a voice in evaluating the progress of their peers. Read full article >>”
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4 Questions for High School Teachers Vetting New Tech Tools
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 06, 2014
“For busy high school teachers, taking the time to properly vet a new educational tech tool can be a challenge.”
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Bride stuns guests by doing this
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 06, 2014
“A paralyzed bride shocked her guests when she walked down the aisle. Affiliate KETV reports.”
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The dangers of connected devices
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 06, 2014
“CNNMoney's Jose Pagliery explains the internet of things and the dangers of having connected devices”
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Affleck, Bill Maher spar over Islam
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 06, 2014
“In a heated debate about Islam, actor Ben Affleck accuses host Bill Maher of being racist against Muslims.”
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Philadelphia teachers to pay for health benefits as contract axed
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 06, 2014
“By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - The state panel that oversees Philadelphia's cash-strapped public schools abruptly canceled a contract with teachers on Monday, despite nearly two years of labor negotiations, and said teachers would have to begin paying for healthcare benefits. The move, which a labor expert said was likely unprecedented in the United States, would free up $43.8 million for the district this school year. Next year, it is facing a $71 million budget shortfall. ...”
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Group: Fine-tune job programs for disabled Utahans
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 06, 2014
“Utah agencies working with people with disabilities need to fine-tune their programs to help more students transition from high school to meaningful jobs or higher education, according to a new report ...”
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Strauss: Unions say they will back teachers who refuse to administer mandated standardized tests to students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 06, 2014
“Late last month the nonprofit United Opt Out National — an organization dedicated to eliminating high-stakes testing in public schools — issued a call for the big teachers union to support teachers who decide that they can no longer administer standardized tests that they feel are harming children. I asked the unions whether they would agree, and here’s what they said. Read full article >>”
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Authors visit D.C. schools to inspire young readers and writers
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 06, 2014
“Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, said she has traveled as far as Singapore, Alaska and the British Parliament to discuss her book about the migration of African Americans from the South . But she was especially excited to be talking to students at Cardozo Education Campus Monday morning, she said. Read full article >>”
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Long trend of Hispanic enrollment increases in Montgomery
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 06, 2014
“Montgomery County’s new school enrollment figures show that Hispanic students make up the largest racial or ethnic group in kindergarten classes for a third year in a row. But the longer trend is a steady increase in Hispanic students for three decades, district numbers show. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Philadelphia school district cancels contract with teachers union
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 06, 2014
“The five-member reform commission that controls the cash-starved Philadelphia public schools announced on Monday that it was canceling its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and while it would continue to honor most contract provisions, it would change the package of health-care benefits and require all teachers to contribute to the health fund. The union said the commission’s action “has amped up a war on teachers.” Read full article >>”
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Strauss: How to start cleaning up the Common Core
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 06, 2014
“Even the strongest supporters of the Common Core State Standards would likely admit if asked that the initiative has not so far turned out as well as hoped. Implementation of the standards has been severely troubled, the testing regime that is supposed to be aligned with the Core is falling apart and increasingly people from different parts of the political spectrum have distanced themselves from the enterprise. Read full article >>”
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See the AP U.S. History course changes and take a sample exam
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 06, 2014
“In response to The Washington Post’s story about Jefferson County, Colo., becoming ground zero for a new culture fight over how to teach U.S. history to high-achieving 10th-graders, readers asked what specifically the College Board has changed in its Advanced Placement U.S. history course and what the questions on the exam are like. Read full article >>”
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A new principal takes over at Woodson High
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 06, 2014
“A new interim principal has taken the helm at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County after Jeff Yost retired unexpectedly following a turbulent time at the high-performing school.
Dan Meier will replace Yost, who led the school for seven years. In a farewell note to parents, Yost said that he stayed late on Sept. 30, his last day, to watch buses depart. Read full article >>”

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In Washington State, Political Stand Puts Schools in a Bind
by NYT > Education

Oct 05, 2014
“The state refuses to base teacher evaluations on student scores, which triggers an outdated standard: that every student be proficient in reading and math.”
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The parents of missing U-Va. student plead for her return
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 05, 2014
“The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham issued a statement Saturday pleading for anyone with information about their daughter’s whereabouts to come forward.
John and Sue Graham spoke in a video released Saturday asking for help to find their 18-year-old daughter, who vanished three weeks ago . Read full article >>”

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Degrees and Difficulty: Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation
by NYT > Education

Oct 05, 2014
“For the 50,000 students at LaGuardia Community College, the challenges can seem insurmountable.”
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Russia Cancels Exchange Program After a Student Seeks U.S. Asylum
by NYT > Education

Oct 05, 2014
“Russian media reported that the student feared returning to Russia because he could face persecution over his sexuality.”
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Opinion: Throw Out the College Application System
by NYT > Education

Oct 05, 2014
“We should learn from the spymasters and assess students in person.”
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The Texas Tribune: Students Not Always Drawn to Fixed-Rate Tuition
by NYT > Education

Oct 05, 2014
“This fall semester, all public universities in Texas were required to offer incoming students the option of a payment plan that fixed their tuition at a particular rate for four years.”
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Motherlode Blog: Stepmother: Not Evil. Not Perfect. Not Mom.
by NYT > Education

Oct 05, 2014
“I was certain I would be the perfect stepmother, part Mary Poppins, part Maria from “The Sound of Music,” as I helped to intertwine our families.”
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International Education: A Bigger World of International Law
by NYT > Education

Oct 05, 2014
“As courts and nongovernmental organizations look for wider geographical representation, smaller and newer law schools in Asia and Australia are moving to catch up.”
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International Education: Policing University Partnerships in Authoritarian Countries
by NYT > Education

Oct 05, 2014
“A professor at Wellesley College seeks to ensure that academic freedoms are upheld in collaborations between American and foreign universities.”
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Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions
by NYT > Education

Oct 05, 2014
“A school district near Toronto has begun a program to teach students about the risks of traumatic brain injuries in sports.”
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Ex-ISIS hostage: 'They are right'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 05, 2014
“Arwa Damon speaks to a boy who was kidnapped and released by ISIS. Some of his remarks about the group are stunning.”
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Once-vast sea dries up to almost nothing
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 05, 2014
“The Aral Sea, once the world's fourth largest lake, is quickly shrinking. The entire region has felt the effects.”
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Son says TSA spilled mom's ashes
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 05, 2014
“A man is suing the TSA after he says he opened his suitcase to find his mother's ashes dumped out.”
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Pastor: If my kids were gay, I'd ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 05, 2014
“Pastor John Pavlovitz wrote a blog post about how he would react if his children told him they were gay. WRAL reports.”
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Great white shark attacks kayakers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 05, 2014
“Kayakers say a great white shark punctured their vessel, forcing them to call for a rescue.”
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Violent outbursts caught on camera
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 05, 2014
“As protesters face a deadline to disperse, one man sat on top of a bridge demanding crowds to leave.”
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Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak to college graduates
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 05, 2014
“A one-time death row inmate now serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer is due to speak Sunday at a graduation from Vermont's Goddard College, his alma mater.”
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Portuguese teachers protest austerity cuts
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 05, 2014
“LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Several hundred Portuguese schoolteachers demonstrated Sunday in Lisbon to protest the government's education policies, especially spending cuts.”
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Teachers take on controversial subjects: Ferguson, same-sex marriage, immigration
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 05, 2014
“Just days after a teenager unfurled a Confederate flag at a high school football game in Howard County, Md., teachers began reworking lesson plans to discuss the student’s display and the school’s decision to discipline him . Read full article >>”
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U-Va. seeks to cope with trauma after sophomore Hannah Graham vanished
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 05, 2014
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — Orange ribbons adorn lapels and backpacks throughout the campus here known as the Grounds, a reminder that the University of Virginia yearns for the return of sophomore Hannah Graham three weeks after she vanished in the night. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Anthropologists — including from Harvard, Georgetown — join academic boycott of Israel
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 05, 2014
“(Correction: Earlier version said American Anthropological Association will debate a boycott resolution late this year. An AAA official says there is no  resolution but some debate is expected.)
In February, members of the American Studies Association voted to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Now more than 500 anthropologists — including at Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities — have joined the boycott. Read full article >>”

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New principal brings ‘fresh hope’ to struggling Alexandria school
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 05, 2014
“In the early 1990s, Chris Phillips was working at the Biotechnology Institute at Penn State University, synthesizing DNA and growing bacteria cultures for pharmaceutical companies while attending school full time. Read full article >>”
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Teachers grade Common Core: C+ and room for improvement
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 04, 2014
“Teachers feel more prepared to teach the Common Core State Standards and are already starting to see students improve their critical thinking skills. But the enthusiasm has dipped since last year, and only half say the new standards will be positive for most students.”
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In ancient Israeli city, an Arab-Jewish drive to keep Yom Kippur peace
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 04, 2014
“Facing an auditorium full of fidgeting junior high school students, the odd couple offered the traditional Jewish High Holy Day blessing that the students be “inscribed in the book of life” for the coming year.”
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Strauss: Students ask Harvard University to cut ties with Teach For America
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 04, 2014
“Teach For America has a deep association with Harvard University. The Graduate School of Education has a page on its Web site called “Stories by Teach For America,” which features, not surprisingly, heartwarming stories about students who joined TFA. Read full article >>”
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Brooklyn Tech Principal Addresses Teacher’s Arrest
by NYT > Education

Oct 04, 2014
“The principal, Randy J. Asher, said school officials had been unaware of any allegations against Sean Shaynak, now charged with sexually preying on seven students, until he was arrested in August.”
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Motherlode Blog: The Family Table: Slow-Cooker Tacos, Sesame Noodles and Meatloaf
by NYT > Education

Oct 04, 2014
“What family dinner really looks like at our house: tacos, noodles, slow-cooker curry with mixed success and a meatloaf from the freezer.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Oct 04, 2014
“Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.”
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Motherlode Blog: Not a ‘PTA Mom’
by NYT > Education

Oct 04, 2014
“Before my son started school, I shared my parents’ hippie view of the P.T.A. as a perfect-parent filled hassle and just another part of The Establishment trying to squelch creativity out of learning.”
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About New York: Bureaucracy Turns a Hero Into a Rogue
by NYT > Education

Oct 04, 2014
“How a school system unable to dislodge failed teachers for years at a time punished an employee who helped a young boy build a record of blazing success.”
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New footage from 1924 World Series
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 04, 2014
“Rare footage from the 1924 World Series was found in a garage in Massachusetts.”
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Would Jesus OK same-sex marriage?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 04, 2014
“Same-sex marriage has risen into the headlines again, as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls over whether or not it should weigh in on its constitutionality. But even Sen. Rand Paul, a likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has suggested that it should not be a matter of federal concern. "It is a local issue and always has been," he told an interviewer in South Carolina this past week. The tide on this issue seems, quite rapidly, to have shifted.”
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Treasure hunters' scary find
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 04, 2014
“Two treasure hunters in St. Petersburg Beach were treated to a scary surprise when they unearthed an explosive weapon.”
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Blood moon returns, and it's bigger
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 04, 2014
“Blood moon, Act II, opens soon in the heavens near you. And it will be bigger than Act I.”
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Kunis, Kutcher name baby girl ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 04, 2014
“Call it the big tease.”
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Marriott fined for blocking guests' Wi-Fi
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 04, 2014
“Think your hotel is deliberately blocking your personal Wi-Fi networks so you'll buy theirs?”
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Strauss: Colorado student protest leader: ‘I’m learning how people need to act to make a democracy function’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 04, 2014
“Kyle Ferris is a student at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo., and a leader of protests that have been rocking the school system there for weeks. In the following Q&A, Ferris explains why he started protests at his school and what he and others hope to achieve from their demonstrations as well as what he is learning about American democracy. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Author Nicholas Sparks accused of being racist, homophobe by ex-head of Sparks-founded school
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 04, 2014
“The  former headmaster of the North Carolina private school founded by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks filed a lawsuit saying that “The Notebook” writer responded to his efforts to recruit black students and faculty and support gays with racist and homophobic comments. He also alleged that Sparks locked him in a room until he agreed to a resignation letter. Read full article >>”
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For another year, Hispanic enrollment grows in Montgomery County schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 04, 2014
“Montgomery County’s kindergarten class is made up of more Hispanic students than children of any other racial or ethnic group for the third year in a row, a trend that school planners say is likely to continue in Maryland’s fastest-growing school district. Read full article >>”
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Dunbar celebrates largest high school test scores gains in the city
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Oct 02, 2014
“Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), flanked by cheerleaders and a marching band, congratulated the students at Dunbar High School on Thursday for achieving some of the biggest gains on the city’s standardized tests last year. Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn’t Constructive)
by NYT > Education

Oct 02, 2014
“In an attempt to make feedback palatable for children, we construct feedback sandwiches of critical meat between slices of fluffy and comforting praise.”
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The Learning Network: Poetry Pairing | ‘Dedication for a Plot of Ground’
by NYT > Education

Oct 02, 2014
“William Carlos Williams’s poem “Dedication for a Plot of Ground” and the article “United Behind a Son’s American Dream, No Matter the Consequences” by David Gonzalez appear in this Poetry Pairing.”
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Motherlode Blog: Fairy House for Sale. No Financing.
by NYT > Education

Oct 02, 2014
““I’m interested in buying a fairy house,” I told the first branch of the phone tree at Bank of America Home Loans. In August, the company agreed to pay a $16.65 billion penalty for its role in selling bonds based on make-believe mortgages. I felt that I had gone to the right place. Read more (and watch the slide show ).”
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Archive Dive: The Long, Slow Growth of Prekindergarten in New York City
by NYT > Education

Oct 02, 2014
“Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiative to expand early-childhood education comes 50 years after the city first started classes for 4-year-olds.”
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Motherlode Blog: Dear Parent: A Student May Have Been Exposed to the Ebola Virus
by NYT > Education

Oct 02, 2014
“In an atmosphere of uncertainty, an excess of caution can seem perfectly reasonable. So were the parents who removed their children from schools in Dallas because of the fear of Ebola wrong?”
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In Dallas Schools, Fear of Possible Ebola Exposure
by NYT > Education

Oct 02, 2014
“Parents and schoolchildren wrestled with their fears after learning that five school-age children had had contact with a man who is ill with Ebola.”
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Motherlode Blog: In Defense of Sparkle Science
by NYT > Education

Oct 02, 2014
“It’s not necessary to create an arbitrary dividing line between “serious” science and everything else. For some children, learning about the science behind sparkly things is their way in to a whole world of technology.”
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Cuomo Orders SUNY to Overhaul Its Sexual Assault Rules
by NYT > Education

Oct 02, 2014
“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he had instructed the State University of New York to make affirmative consent the rule on all 64 of its campuses.”
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This is not a photo
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 02, 2014
“The images you are about to see may shock or confound you. When portraiture looks this realistic, it can be hard to accept that what you see is just paint on a canvas, or ink scratches on a page.”
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4-year-old's insults to mom go viral
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 02, 2014
“4-year-old's hilarious insults zing mom! Jeanne Moos reports on "momhead" video that has moms laughing their heads off.”
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Mom-to-be waited 8 years to see this
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 02, 2014
“Ashley and Tyson Gardner tried unsuccessfully for years to get pregnant.”
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JFK, Jackie's wedding photos sold
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 02, 2014
“A previously unpublished collection of photographs from the wedding of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy will be auctioned this month.”
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Shocking tip left for awful service
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Oct 02, 2014
“One couple in Iowa leaves a waiter with a surprise tip.”
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National Nursing Shortage Fueled by Lack of Teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 02, 2014
“They’re often the first people you see at the doctor’s office, and the first line of defense in any ER – but America’s nursing population is shrinking fast. The nursing shortage may not be caused just by lack of interest. In many ways, it’s caused...”
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U.S. judge upholds for-profit college recruiter bonuses
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Oct 02, 2014
“By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled in favor of for-profit colleges and universities on Thursday, overturning a U.S. Department of Education rule that limits how the schools recruit students. Judge Rosemary Collyer of Washington, D.C. District Court said the agency failed to explain why it banned the schools from offering bonuses to recruiters based on the number of students they enroll who graduate. The court asked the Department to amend the rule. ...”
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