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Luckiest spinner is, sadly, worst guesser
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 15, 2014
“A contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" happens to be the luckiest spinner, but the worst guesser in the game show's history.”
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International Education: Dubai Seeks to Become Islamic Economic Hub
by NYT > Education

Apr 14, 2014
“Dubai is introducing new university courses in Islamic banking to fill a shortage of qualified employees in the Islamic financial industry.”
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Actress' naked toothbrush lunges
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 14, 2014
“Jenna likes to multi-task, so she exercises while cleaning her teeth. In the buff, of course.”
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NTSB examines claim truck was on fire before crash
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 14, 2014
“RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened out-of-control across a freeway median and slammed into a bus taking high school students on a college tour, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.”
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California fatal bus crash: Was FedEx truck cargo involved?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 14, 2014
“Last week’s fatal crash involving a bus full of California high school students wasn’t the first instance of a FedEx truck bursting into flames. In Corte Madera, Calif., Friday – the day after the head-on crash along the I-5 interstate highway that killed 10 people – the driver of a smaller FedEx truck saw smoke coming out of the cargo area. Fire investigators suspect either an electrical malfunction or a chemical reaction caused the fire. There have been other recent FedEx truck fires as well.”
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Strauss: Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 14, 2014
“You can be certain that members of the American Statistical Association, the largest organization in the United States representing statisticians and related professionals, know a thing or two about data and measurement. That makes the statement that the association just issued very important for school reform. Read full article >>”
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Beliefs: At Phillips Exeter, a World of Religious Diversity
by NYT > Education

Apr 12, 2014
“For generations, the prep school in northern New England was a hothouse of upper-class Anglo-Saxon Protestant culture, but now it fosters a welter of faiths.”
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Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate
by NYT > Education

Apr 12, 2014
“Powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder, sluggish cognitive tempo, that could widely expand the ranks of young people treated for attention problems.”
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Who Am I?
by NYT > Education

Apr 12, 2014
“Creative self-portraits by student photographers.”
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In California, Saving a Language That Predates Spanish and English
by NYT > Education

Apr 12, 2014
“The Yurok Tribe’s extensive campaign to revive the language serves as a model to the many other tribes that are undertaking similar efforts, experts say.”
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Schools Chancellor Details Initiatives for Schools
by NYT > Education

Apr 12, 2014
“At a speech on Saturday, Carmen Fariña said she would aim to reduce class sizes and curb the use of suspensions at the city’s public schools.”
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Shocking gunfight caught on video
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 12, 2014
“A shootout in a Philadelphia motel was captured on a surveillance camera.”
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Roseanne Barr sheds pounds
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 12, 2014
“There is less of Roseanne Barr to love these days.”
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Investigators focus on wreckage in deadly California crash
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 12, 2014
“By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A probe into a California crash that killed 10 people focused on Friday on whether the truck driver lost consciousness, his vehicle had mechanical failure or another collision caused him to swerve across a median and slam into a bus full of students. Those killed in Thursday's crash include five high school students, the drivers of both vehicles and a college recruiter on their way to Humboldt State University in Northern California as part of a program to help disadvantaged college hopefuls. The powerful explosion that followed the collision was so loud it was heard throughout the nearby community of Orland, about 90 miles north of Sacramento, said Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones. "We don't know whether the Fed-Ex driver had fallen asleep, whether he experienced a mechanical failure with his vehicle or whether there was a separate collision on the southbound side that caused him to lose control," said Lieutenant Scott Fredrick, lead investigator for the California Highway Patrol.”
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The Learning Network: Poetry Pairing | ‘A Poem of Changgan’
by NYT > Education

Apr 11, 2014
““A Poem of Changgan” by Li Po and the Sunday Review article “Romance at Arm’s Length” by Daniel Jones appear in this Poetry Pairing.”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Editing Practice, April 11, 2014
by NYT > Education

Apr 11, 2014
“Can you identify the number of commas that belong in the sentence from the article?”
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Pope Francis
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 11, 2014
“Pope Francis said Friday he feels compelled to "personally ask for forgiveness" for priests who sexually abused children.”
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How NOT to take Kim Kardashian's photo
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 11, 2014
“Morgan Spurlock chases down Kim Kardashian and other celebs in his attempt to become a paparazzi. Watch Sunday 10pm ET”
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Former child bride mutilated
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 11, 2014
“23-year-old Sitara, a former child bride, was sleeping when her husband attacked her, asking for money to fuel his drug habit.”
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9 killed in three-vehicle crash
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 11, 2014
“ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nine people were killed Thursday in a three-vehicle crash involving a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college.”
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Truck in deadly crash slammed into charter bus
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 11, 2014
“ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — The long ride north from Los Angeles for a group of high school students who planned to visit Humbolldt State University had been fun: The hours whizzed by as they watched movies, chatted up new friends, and jammed to hip-hop on the radio.”
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Ten dead in road accident in California
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 11, 2014
“A delivery truck ploughed into a bus carrying American students in northern California, killing ten people and injuring at least 30, the California Highway Patrol said. The bus was one of three bringing high school students to tour Humboldt State University on Thursday, which is about a six-hour drive north of San Francisco. "My understanding is the FedEx truck crossed the highway divide, and it was a head on collision with our bus," Joyce Lopes, a university official, told AFP. On the bus were low-income and first-generation prospective college students, traveling as part of a university-sponsored program to introduce them to the college and other prospective students.”
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Strauss: ‘We refuse’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 11, 2014
“Liz Rosenberg and Takiema Bunche Smith, educators who have worked in New York City’s public and private schools for nearly twenty years, are also public school parents. Kemala Karmen formerly taught at the City University of New York. All three have children who attend PS 146 (Brooklyn New School), where a year-long, parent-led awareness campaign around high-stakes testing resulted in nearly 80 percent of families with students in testing grades refusing the New York State Common Core Assessments. In this piece they explain what sparked the campaign and why it continues. Read full article >>”
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Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 11, 2014
“The Washington Post has honored teaching excellence in the Washington region for three decades, with more than 500 teachers winning the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for their work in the classroom, creativity and contribution to the improvement of education. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network Blog: Reader Idea | Using the ‘Who Made That?’ Column to Teach Reading Strategies
by NYT > Education

Apr 09, 2014
“A simple, versatile idea for using one of the many products covered in a short, weekly column in The Times Magazine to teach students about how “informational text” works.”
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Motherlode Blog: Recipes for Kids: Congee
by NYT > Education

Apr 09, 2014
“Congee is a thick Chinese soup made with rice, which sort of explodes as it cooks.”
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Worst men's grooming trends of all time
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 09, 2014
“Evans vacuum cap/Crosley Xervac head vacuum”
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Mickey Rooney will: Surprise for family
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 09, 2014
“Actor Mickey Rooney disinherited his children, his wife and all but one of her children in a will he signed just weeks before his death.”
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Republican Rubio offers bill on new education financing vehicles
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 09, 2014
“By Caren Bohan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a possible 2016 White House contender, unveiled legislation on Wednesday to broaden the use of financial vehicles known as "income share agreements" that students can use to fund their higher education costs. Under the agreements, which are marketed as an alternative to traditional student loans, private investors or organizations provide students with financing for their education costs in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings. "The same way that private investors invest in a business idea, they could invest in a person who basically says: ‘This is who I am. This is what my career goals are.”
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Islam critic: Brandeis turned honor into a shaming
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 09, 2014
“BOSTON (AP) — Brandeis University has transformed an accolade into "a moment of shaming" by withdrawing a plan to give an honorary degree to a Muslim women's advocate who has made comments critical of Islam, she said Wednesday.”
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California bill requiring warning labels on sugary drinks advances
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 09, 2014
“By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A California bill to require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay passed its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, the latest move by lawmakers nationwide aimed at persuading people to drink less soda pop. If enacted, the legislation would put California, which banned sodas and junk food from public schools in 2005, in the vanguard of a growing national movement to curb the consumption of high-caloric beverages that medical experts say are largely to blame for an epidemic of childhood obesity. "By doing nothing, we are putting Californians at risk," the bill's author, Democratic state senator Bill Monning, said at a hearing on Wednesday. "The minimal burden on industry to comply with this bill is far outweighed by the benefits." In 2012, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spearheaded a citywide ban on sales of oversized sugary soft drinks, but the move was declared illegal by a state judge after a legal challenge by makers of soft drinks and a restaurant group.”
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Strauss: Coalition of 114 education groups: Ryan 2015 budget would ‘devastate’ schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 09, 2014
“The 2015 budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan’s House Budget Committee would “devastate funding for education and make college less affordable,” a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions charged in an open letter sent to the panel. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: It just keeps getting worse
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 09, 2014
“Just when you think this story can’t get any more awful, it does. Andrea Rediske’s effort to help families of children with severe disabilities has taken yet another frustrating turn.
I’ve written several posts about Rediske’s long struggle with the Florida Department of Education over a requirement that her blind and severely brain-damaged son, Ethan, take state-mandated standardized tests. Rediske won a waiver for her son in 2013, but earlier this year she was told she had to apply for another one or prove that he wasn’t able to do so. At the time, Ethan was dying in a hospital; he passed away Feb. 7, at home with his parents at his side. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Colbert’s ‘Common Core Confusion’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 09, 2014
“Stephen Colbert took on the Common Core State Standards on his “Colbert Report” on Tuesday night, and it was hilarious. Here’s the video and below a partial transcript:
The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , Indecision Political Humor , The Colbert Report on Facebook Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Live online education chat today
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 09, 2014
“I’ll be doing a live education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. today, so if you have any questions or comments about anything in education (or even marginally related), tune in here:
http://live.washingtonpost.com/the-answer-sheet-20140409.html#submit-question Read full article >>”

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Strauss: How ‘colorblind’ education reform policies actually ignore racial inequality
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 09, 2014
“A new critique of what are ostensibly “colorblind” education reform policies reveals that these initiatives are not, in fact, “colorblind,” and have the effect of perpetuating or replicating longtime patterns of race-based inequality. And it makes recommendations for policymakers that include promoting more diverse schools and encouraging inter-district transfers of students to promote diversity. Read full article >>”
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10 Courses With a Twist
by NYT > Education

Apr 08, 2014
“Professors are capitalizing on what computers can’t do — like take walks, serve pizza, chase tornadoes and teach through experience.”
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Paralysis breakthrough
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 08, 2014
“At her research lab at the University of Louisville, neuroscientist Susan Harkema turned her back to her study subject to check a reading on a computer screen.”
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See kissing video that exposed him
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 08, 2014
“Rep. Vance McAllister asks for forgiveness after a video surfaces of him kissing a female staffer.”
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She was married at 6 years old
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 08, 2014
“CNN's Anna Coren meets a young girl who was married off when she was six years old.”
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Firefighters, cops in all-out brawl
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 08, 2014
“New York firefighters and police officers had a bench-clearing brawl during a charity hockey game.”
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Fewer Pupils Qualify for Gifted Programs
by NYT > Education

Apr 07, 2014
“Some wonder who is being left out after the New York City Department of Education released data on Friday that shows a decrease in gifted enrollment.”
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Briefly: International Education: A Summer Semester Online Offered by 13 Universities
by NYT > Education

Apr 07, 2014
“A group of 13 United States and foreign universities has teamed up with 2U, an online education provider, to offer online undergraduate summer courses.”
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International Education: Academic Publishing Waiver Raises Concern
by NYT > Education

Apr 07, 2014
“Faculty authors who contract to write for some scientific journals could be signing away more than the economic rights to their work, according to a Duke University official.”
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Kansas Legislature Passes Education Finance Bill
by NYT > Education

Apr 07, 2014
“The measure directs more money to poorer districts, addressing a statewide disparity in school funding.”
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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, April 7, 2014
by NYT > Education

Apr 07, 2014
“Fill in the blanks in a passage about body language and lying.”
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Kentucky beats Wisconsin in cliffhanger
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 07, 2014
“Kentucky will face Connecticut on Monday night in the NCAA championship game at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Attendance was 79,444 Saturday night at the Final Four.”
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Finding 370: Explaining the impossible
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 07, 2014
“Richard Quest discusses the difficulty of finding flight 370 using relative figures.”
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Legendary actor Mickey Rooney dies
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 07, 2014
“Actor Mickey Rooney, who became a child star in the 1930s with the Andy Hardy film series and acted in more than 150 movies from 1932 to 2012, died Sunday in California at age 93.”
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Teacher keeps vow ... 20 years later
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 07, 2014
“A teacher keeps his promise and mails out letters to his students 20 years after they wrote them. CBC has more.”
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Creationists Hate This Catholic
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 07, 2014
“Kenneth Miller wrote the biology textbook often targeted by creationists who want to toss it from public schools. Oh, and now he’s won one of the Catholic Church’s top prizes.”
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2016 campaign checklist: Clinton
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 07, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at Hillary Rodham Clinton's preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:”
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Strauss: Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 07, 2014
“Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it.
The former D.C. schools chancellor and now leader of a national organization that pushes corporate school and attacks teachers unions, just wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that uses bad analogies and a number of straw men to argue against the growing “opt out” movement in which parents are refusing to allow their children to take high-stakes standardized tests. A small but growing number of educators are refusing to administer the tests, too. Read full article >>”

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

Apr 07, 2014
“America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index invented by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. The index formula is a simple ratio: The number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in 2013, divided by the number of graduates that year. Noted in our national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each schools’s average SAT score, a common college entrance exam with a national average of 1498 out of 2400. This year, the list also notes whether each school has an 11-person football team as an indicator of changing school cultures, the subject of Mathews’ analysis of the 2014 results. The list includes some private schools — noted with a (P) — for comparison. Certain public schools with highly selective admissions are omitted from the list, but information about them can be found online, along with full local and national lists, at www.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge. Read full article >>”
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See 'Big Bang' star's spot-on Pacino
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 04, 2014
“"Big Bang Theory" star, Simon Helberg, captures Al's particular saunter that's halfway between a mosey and a dance.”
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Car runs light, gets slammed by train
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 04, 2014
“A SUV driver is caught on tape running a red light, weaving through the guard rails and slamming into a train.”
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Attempted murder plot stuns partner
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 04, 2014
“Jane Velez-Mitchell talks to John Schellpfeffer about finding out his girlfriend is accused of attempting to kill him.”
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LZ: How Mozilla botched CEO's ouster
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 04, 2014
“LZ Granderson says promoting Brendan Eich, who donated money to an anti-gay marriage drive, to CEO showed a company out of touch with millennials strong views on same-sex marriage”
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Strauss: Teachers refuse to administer standardized tests
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 04, 2014
“Three teachers from P.S. 364 Earth School in New York have informed their administration and Chancellor Carmen Fari a that they will not proctor Common Core state standardized tests this year -- or ever -- saying in a letter (see below) that they “can no longer implement policies that seek to transform the broad promises of public education into a narrow obsession with the ranking and sorting of children.” They join a small but growing number of educators who are taking a strong stand against high-stakes testing, in Seattle last year, Chicago this year and in other places. Read full article >>        ”
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Motherlode Blog: Research on Children and Math: Underestimated and Unchallenged
by NYT > Education

Apr 03, 2014
“New research suggests that kindergarteners are capable of learning more advanced math concepts than are offered in most classrooms.        ”
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Wave of suicides at phone company
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Apr 03, 2014
“French telecom company Orange is investigating a rash of staff suicides, a majority of which have been linked to work.”
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Funding gap threatens retirement for California teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Apr 03, 2014
“The pension fund for public school teachers in California faces a long-term shortfall of $74 billion, threatening its ability to pay for the retirement of nearly 1 million teachers and administrators in the nation's most populous state, officials said on Thursday. The gap is growing by about $15 million per day, the California State Teachers Retirement System said in a written statement, and the system could run out of money in 32 years. "CalSTRS has slightly less than 67 cents on hand for every dollar it owes its members," CalSTRS spokeswoman Gretchen Zeagler said in a statement. To make up the difference, participants - whether teachers, school districts or the state - will have to contribute more toward members' retirement, said CalSTRS Chief Executive Officer Jack Ehnes.”
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Prince George’s County schools receives a two-day waiver for snow days
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 03, 2014
“Maryland State Superintendent Lillian Lowery agreed Thursday to waive two instructional days that were lost in Prince George’s County to inclement weather this winter.
With the two-day waiver granted, the last day of school for students in Prince George’s will be June 13, school officials said Thursday. Read full article >>        ”

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Today's headlines: Spokane couple collects enough cans for wedding; Longest-surviving kidney-failure patient honored
by Northwest Headlines

Apr 03, 2014
“View full sizeView full sizeGood morning, readers of NW Headlines!Plow through the puns for a story that may bring a smile: an update on the Spokane couple who began collecting tin cans to pay for their wedding. The Spokane Review...”
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Motherlode Blog: Federal Funding for Maternal and Infant Visits Extended — Briefly
by NYT > Education

Apr 02, 2014
“The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs enjoy bipartisan support. Locally run programs successfully reduce infant mortality and increase longer term family success. So Congress has extended the funding for the federal-state partnership — for six months.        ”
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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | Math, April 2, 2014
by NYT > Education

Apr 02, 2014
“Can you calculate the number of tickets sold each week for “The Lion King”?        ”
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Strauss: Case study: How politicians ignore parents on school reform
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 02, 2014
“If you read this blog regularly, you will be familiar with Carol Burris, an award-winning principal from New York. She has done a remarkable job for well over a year detailing the botched school reform efforts in her state. (You can read some of her work here , here , here , here , and here.) Below is a new post from Burris, of South Side High School, about the growing opt out movement in the state. Burris was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by thousands of principals teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here. Read full article >>        ”
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Strauss: Did Matt Damon write this?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Apr 02, 2014
“You’ve gotta love April Fools’ Day.
This morning I got an e-mail reacting to a post I wrote -- except I didn’t write the post. The reaction, though, turns out to be real. Let me back up a minute
Some background: I recently published a post about how a call for congressional hearings about over-testing of students by education historian and activist Diane Ravitch was supported by, of all people, Peter Cunningham, the former director of communications for Education Secretary Arne Duncan and still an unofficial Duncan adviser who has been a fierce Ravitch critic. In a Huffington Post column last year he started by saying: Read full article >>        ”

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Fairfax science teacher wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 31, 2014
“Elizabeth Galinis sat quietly in the bleachers of the Hayfield Secondary gymnasium, oblivious that she was about to receive the teacher’s equivalent of an Oscar.
Galinis, a science teacher who also specializes in working with teens who hope to become the first in their families to attend college, joined the entire school on a recent Friday morning for what Hayfield administrators had described blandly as an awards ceremony. Read full article >>        ”

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Steve Staples to become Virginia’s next superintendent of public instruction
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 31, 2014
“Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday that Steve Staples, a veteran school district leader and vocal advocate for testing reform, will become Virginia’s next superintendent of instruction.
Staples most recently served as executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, where he represented more than 130 district leaders and led an effort to rally state educators around a campaign for a revamped testing program. Read full article >>        ”

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State Budget Deal Reached; $300 Million for New York City Pre-K
by NYT > Education

Mar 30, 2014
“The agreement will finance the expansion of prekindergarten in New York City without the tax increase on high-earning residents sought by Mayor Bill de Blasio.        ”
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See joyful beagle, owner reunion
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 30, 2014
“A beagle has been reunited with her owner after being separated for nearly a year and a half and hundreds of miles.”
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Girl's priceless reaction to turning 4
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 30, 2014
“A Kentucky mom records her twins' priceless reaction to their fourth birthday that's gone viral.”
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Facebook unveils new technology
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 30, 2014
“Facebook unveils technology to bring internet to all. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.”
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Teen gets a tattoo of WHAT?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 30, 2014
“A teen gets a McDonald's receipt tattooed on his arm. CNN's Jeanne Moos says it gives new meaning to "save the receipt."”
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Strauss: ‘You can’t expect much success on standardized tests when students don’t even have basic supplies’ -- editorial
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 30, 2014
“The editorial board of a big-city newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, has gone on record as not only supporting the right of parents to have their children opt out of high-stakes standardized tests but also saying they are “right to protest” in this manner. Read full article >>        ”
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Strauss: Long ‘waiting list’ for Florida vouchers doesn’t actually exist
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 30, 2014
“This belongs in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.
The short version:
Florida’s lawmakers are considering expanding a voucher-like tax credit program because, legislators keep saying, there is a huge waiting list of families who want to participate. It turns out that there is no waiting list. Read full article >>        ”

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Blossom kite festival canceled because of weather
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 30, 2014
“Organizers of the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall canceled today’s event as a result of rainy weather.
The kite festival, part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, had been scheduled for Saturday but was postponed until Sunday because of inclement weather. It was scheduled to be held near the Washington Monument. Read full article >>        ”

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Motherlode Blog: The Elaborate Replacement Teddy Bear Hoax
by NYT > Education

Mar 28, 2014
“After my toddler’s bear toppled out of the stroller, I found a replacement and staged the great Rainbow Home for Christmas Spectacular. My daughter wasn’t fooled for a minute.        ”
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Distraction: This fox loooooves belly rubs
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 28, 2014
“Meet Dawn the fox: she wants to tell you how much she loves to have her belly rubbed.”
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Piers Morgan says goodbye
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 28, 2014
“At the end of his final show on CNN, Piers Morgan gives some parting thoughts as he says goodbye.”
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Student's Lego resume goes viral
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 28, 2014
“A college student finds a way to incorporate her passion for LEGOs into her internship applications. Maribel Aber reports.”
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Arrested after 1 day on FBI's Top 10 list
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 28, 2014
“A man suspected of killing a young New York mother and her toddler in 2010 was arrested in Nicaragua one day after making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, a source familiar with the investigation said Friday.”
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6 fitness myths, busted
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 28, 2014
“Are you killing it in the gym but not seeing results? Chances are, you've fallen victim to bad advice.”
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Fairfax teens earn top national writing awards
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 28, 2014
“Four Fairfax teens have received top honors in the 2014 National Scholastic Writing Awards .
A total of 21 Fairfax County public school students qualfied for national honors in the competition among 57 regional winners who received commendations earlier in March . Read full article >>        ”

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For abused children in Fairfax, a new place to stay
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 28, 2014
“Fairfax County child protective services received more than 2,300 referrals of child abuse in 2013. Soon, youths in the county who need a way to escape harm at home will have a new place to stay.
On April 2, the doors will officially open at the SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center located at 3913 Old Lee Highway in Suite 81-C. Read full article >>        ”

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Inspired by Vanilla Ice, Jefferson Academy gets pumped for city tests
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 28, 2014
“It’s D.C. CAS time, and Jefferson Academy has done it again.
Last spring in the runup to the city’s springtime standardized test, students at the Southwest D.C. middle school spent countless hours working after class with seventh-grade math teacher Greg Dohmann to produce “Rock that CAS,” an unforgettable music video parody of “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore. Read full article >>        ”

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The Learning Network Blog: Poetry Pairing | ‘Lenten Song’
by NYT > Education

Mar 27, 2014
“The poem “Lenten Song” by Phillis Levin and the article “An Online Generation Redefines Mourning” by Hannah Seligson appear in this Poetry Pairing.        ”
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Dwarf planet found at solar system's edge
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 27, 2014
“The dwarf planet, named 2012 VP113, is even farther away than Pluto. It is so far, in fact, that its orbit reaches into a new edge of the solar system.”
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Landslide toll to climb 'substantially'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 27, 2014
“When a body is extracted from the mud, "You can almost hear a pin drop out there. You see seasoned veterans in this business, they start to tear up," District Fire Chief Travis Hots says.”
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Teen gets a tattoo of WHAT?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 27, 2014
“A teen gets a McDonald's receipt tattooed on his arm. CNN's Jeanne Moos says it gives new meaning to "save the receipt."”
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Crazy ants invading the South
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 27, 2014
“CNN's Carl Azuz reports on an invasive species of insect that are slowly taking over the South.”
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Rare California tornadoes seen here
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 27, 2014
“Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California damaging over a dozen homes in Roseville.”
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Still mystery in 1977 Malaysia crash
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 27, 2014
“The families of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been waiting for answers for 20 days. The loved ones of those who were passengers on Malaysia Airlines 653 have been waiting for 37 years.”
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Brother's text back to airline: F--- you
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 27, 2014
“Jack's elder sister was returning from a holiday. Her connecting flight was through Kuala Lumpur on MH370. After news of the missing flight, Jack took leave from his job to come to Beijing in search of answers.”
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Voicemail a clue in boy's death?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 27, 2014
“A Colorado mother believes her son died in his middle school's bathroom from playing the "choking game."”
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The states with the most segregated public schools are epicenters of liberalism
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 27, 2014
“The state with the most segregated public schools is New York. Other states with exceptionally segregated schools include California, Illinois and Michigan. These findings come from a longitudinal study of enrollment figures conducted by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. New York, California, Illinois and Michigan are traditionally among the most reliably Democratic states in the union, as an interactive 2012 map created by Slate shows.”
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Lawmakers press Obama administration on Sallie Mae contract renewal
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 27, 2014
“By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday grilled an Obama administration official on the government's decision to renew a contract with student loan servicing company SLM Corp, the subject of numerous government investigations. "Sallie Mae has repeatedly broken the rules and violated its contracts with the government, and yet Sallie Mae continues to make millions on its federal contracts with the Department of Education," Warren said of SLM, popularly known as Sallie Mae. A spokeswoman for Sallie Mae, Patricia Christel, commented in an email to Reuters: "Americans with federal loans serviced by Sallie Mae are 30 percent less likely to default than others. Sallie Mae, the largest U.S. student loan provider, serviced 5.7 million student loan accounts on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education as of December 2013, according to a company spokeswoman.”
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Strauss: Arne Duncan heads to New Zealand, Hawaii with gaggle of staffers
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 27, 2014
“This post has been updated.
My Post colleague Lyndsey Layton asked the Education Department about Secretary Arne Duncan’s trip this week to New Zealand and Hawaii -- which will round out his visits to all 50 states during his tenure. Here’s what she learned: Read full article >>        ”

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Georgetown University officials describe ricin response timeline
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 27, 2014
“In the wee hours of March 18, Georgetown University Police Chief Jay Gruber faced a question as authorities responded to a report that the deadly biological toxin ricin was possibly present in McCarthy Hall. Read full article >>        ”
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Motherlode Blog: Apple Invites Parents to Review In-App Purchases
by NYT > Education

Mar 26, 2014
“If your children have been making in-app purchases on iTunes without your permission, Apple is offering a refund.        ”
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Top cop caught in prostitution sting
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 26, 2014
“A Minnesota police chief has stepped down after being arrested for engaging in prostitution. CNN affiliate WCCO reports.”
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Meet the world's smartest kid
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 26, 2014
“17-year-old Eric Chen's research has won top prize and Google, Siemens, and Intel Science Fairs.”
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How America Loses a Job Every 43 Seconds
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 26, 2014
“The first of next month is a big day for the U.S., and not because it's April Fools' Day. April 1 is when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services begins accepting new H-1B visa petitions for 2015. The H-1B program, which accounts for nearly all of America's skilled immigration, imposes an annual cap of 85,000 new visas: 65,000 with at least a bachelor's degree and 20,000 with at least a master's degree. The U.S.'s skilled immigration policy hurts American workers, companies and the economy.”
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Walts: Universal full-day kindergarten my greatest accomplishment
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 26, 2014
“School officials in Loudoun County, the only district in the Washington region without universal full-day kindergarten , say that it would be too costly to add extra classrooms and staff in the fast-growing county. But nearby, Prince William County doubled the school day for all its kindergarten students in a few years . Read full article >>        ”
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Strauss: Resistance to standardized testing growing nationwide
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 26, 2014
“Every week a nonprofit organization called the National Center for Fair and Open Testing , which is dedicated to ending the misuse and abuse of standardized testing (and is better known as FairTest ) sends out an e-mail with a list of stories from around the country about resistance to high-stakes tests among teachers, students and parents. This week’s blast -- which includes stories from New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Illinois, Alaska, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts --makes an important point, saying: Read full article >>        ”
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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | History, March 25
by NYT > Education

Mar 25, 2014
“Answer this question about the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.        ”
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Cars crash, crash, crash on camera
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 25, 2014
“A KOVR crew was filming the scene of a car accident in Sacramento when it witnessed several more crashes.”
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Razor blades glued to playground
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 25, 2014
“Authorities find about a dozen razor blades glued to playground equipment in Illinois. KWQC has the story.”
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Gym told her to wear more than this
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 25, 2014
“A California woman says she was asked to cover up while working out at her gym because she was intimidating people.”
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Teen tickets police officer
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 25, 2014
“A Texas teenager tickets a police officer for his irresponsible parking choice.”
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Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton promote higher education
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 25, 2014
“IRVING, Texas (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, potential foes in the 2016 presidential contest, said Monday that higher education has the power to transform lives and be a force for democracy around the globe.”
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Capt. Phillips to attend Mass. Maritime graduation
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 25, 2014
“BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Richard Phillips, whose real-life ordeal as a hostage of Somali pirates was the subject of the movie "Captain Phillips," has been selected to address graduates at Massachusetts Maritime Academy's commencement.”
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Strauss: Ravitch: The best reason to oppose the Common Core Standards
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 25, 2014
“The growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards does not all stem from the same criticisms or even from the same political wing. Included in the anti-Core camp are conservatives, moderates and liberals who don’t offer identical critiques of the initiative. Some don’t like it academically; some don’t like it politically. In this post, education historian and activist Diane Ravitch, the leader of the national movement that opposes corporate-influenced school reform, offers what she says is the most compelling reason to oppose the Common Core standards. This appeared on her website . Read full article >>        ”
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Fairfax County Public Schools hires new auditor
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 25, 2014
“The Fairfax County School Board has hired a new audit manager tasked with helping the school system become more efficient with its $2.5 billion budget .
On Thursday night, School Board Chair Ilryong Moon (At Large) announced that Chris Horton will serve as the audit manager within the office of internal audit. Read full article >>        ”

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Strauss: Ex-Yale president to head Coursera MOOC site
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 25, 2014
“Former Yale University President Richard C. Levin is taking on a new role in education. The man who lead Yale for 20 years will in mid-April become the chief executive officer of the two-year-old online MOOC provider Coursera . Read full article >>        ”
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Strauss: The new extremists in education debate
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 25, 2014
“A member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Andrew Brenner, wrote a post on his blog under this headline: “Public education in America is socialism, what is the solution?” He wrote in part: Read full article >>        ”
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Weird bikini ad puzzles students
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 23, 2014
“A SDSU student's run for Professional Studies and Fine Arts School president gets heat after releasing a controversial ad.”
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Michelle Obama sees Great Wall, Chinese educators
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 23, 2014
“Visiting US first lady Michelle Obama toured China's Great Wall on Sunday, after her arrival at the US embassy in Beijing earlier in the day sparked a minor security alert. Vendors at the tourist site northeast of the capital appeared to have removed T-shirts which are normally on sale showing President Obama in a Mao hat, with one merchant revealing a boxful of the souvenirs stored in the back of her tent. Earlier in the day, as Obama's motorcade arrived at the US embassy for a roundtable with educators, parents and students, two people just outside the premises began shouting. Since arriving in the capital on Thursday night, Obama -- whose mother is also accompanying her -- has also played table tennis with students and toured the Forbidden City with her counterpart Peng Liyuan.”
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Strauss: Sen. Grassley seeking to defund Common Core in Congress
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 23, 2014
“Having tried unsuccessfully last year to persuade his colleagues in Congress to defund the Common Core program, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) is at it again.
Grassley is circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter asking legislators to sign on to a separate missive that will be sent early next month to Senate education budget appropriators, asking that they no more federal money be put into the 2015 budget that helps develop or promote the Core, a set of math and English language standards adopted by most of the states that has become increasingly controversial over the past year. Grassley is likely to meet resistance from Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a Core supporter who is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on education. Read full article >>        ”

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Why most people, including me, like homework
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 23, 2014
“Everyone seems angry about homework. The pitches I receive from experts on the subject are almost always about students getting too much of it. My recent column about Fairfax County teenager Maddy King’s critique of homework drew many sympathetic comments. The school stress documentary “ Race to Nowhere ” has drawn much support. Readers hailed a father’s lament in the September 2013 Atlantic: “My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me.” Read full article >>        ”
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Motherlode Blog: Casual Remarks That Hurt: Microaggression and Adoptive Families
by NYT > Education

Mar 22, 2014
“Adoptive families, and children who were adopted into them, often talk among ourselves about the “dumb things people say” to and about us. Those comments have a name — microaggressions — but there’s no consensus about the best way to handle them.        ”
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In Beijing Talk, Michelle Obama Extols Free Speech
by NYT > Education

Mar 22, 2014
“The first lady told an audience of mainly students that unfettered expression, particularly on the Internet and in the news media, form the basis for a strong, prosperous society.        ”
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Remarkable recovery
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“After just three doses of an experimental drug, Josh Hardy -- whose parents campaigned to get him the medicine -- is sitting up, doing homework and playing board games, his mother says.”
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Forces storm Ukrainian military bases
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“Russian special forces armored personnel carriers smash through the gates of Belbek air base, firing warning shots in the air.”
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See baby booty shake to Bruno Mars
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“This adorable baby wakes up every morning dancing to Bruno Mars. HLN's Robin Meade shares the video.”
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63 years ago, this plane vanished
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“Sixty years after Flight 2501 was lost without a trace, one passenger's daughter still copes with unanswered questions.”
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Watch huge crocodile eat a GoPro
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“Video of a crocodile, chomping on a GoPro camera, has gone viral. CNN affiliate WPLG reports.”
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Mystery cop plays ball with boy
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“A mom is hoping to thank an officer who stopped to play a game of basketball with her son. CNN affilaite KENS reports.”
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How did they survive this crash?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“Dashcam footage shows an airborne truck crash into an Iowa patrol car with a state trooper inside.”
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Girl discards razor, gets suspended
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“A middle school student was suspended after she took a razor blade away from a classmate who was cutting his own arm.”
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Downtown Disney fish tank bursts
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“An aquarium in a downtown Disney restaurant cracked and sent patrons running. HLN's Robin Meade has more.”
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Who was on board?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 22, 2014
“Amid the void of information on their fates, it seems at times that the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been reduced to a number.”
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For kids of bankrupt Detroit, challenges abound
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 22, 2014
“DETROIT (AP) — In a city scarred by broken promises, the Moore brothers, James and Robert, and fellow student Chelsea Inyard are among the lucky ones. The teenagers attend one of Detroit's most promising new public schools.”
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Strauss: Hillary and Jeb: Clinton to appear at Bush education conference
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 22, 2014
“Hillary and Jeb? I’m not talking about the 2016 presidential race -- at least not yet. For now, Hillary Clinton has accepted an invitation from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to appear at a conference in Texas that he is co-hosting next week on higher education. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be there, too. Read full article >>        ”
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Inside the admissions process at George Washington University
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 22, 2014
“Britt Freitag, an admissions officer at George Washington University , confessed she was “slightly nervous” about a candidate for the Class of 2018. His grades were solid, but not stellar. The student had taken some tough courses, but not as many as Freitag would have liked. Test scores, she said, were “definitely on the low side.” Read full article >>        ”
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Snow and severe winter take a toll on classroom learning
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 22, 2014
“This winter’s frequent snowstorms have reshuffled lesson plans and testing schedules at schools across the Washington region, and the days off have left students worried about being ready for spring exams. Teachers wonder if first-graders will make their reading goals as they lose ground on snow days, and parents have been surprised by extra homework. Read full article >>        ”
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'Wheel of Fortune'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 21, 2014
“Oh baby!”
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Motherlode: EchoAge and Other Better Ways to Do Birthday Presents
by NYT > Education

Mar 21, 2014
“EchoAge enables children to get one sizeable cash gift to use for a special birthday present while giving an equivalent amount of money to charity. The catch? You have to let your children ask their friends’ parents for money.        ”
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The Learning Network: Text to Text | Groundbreaking Women, Then and Now
by NYT > Education

Mar 21, 2014
“For this edition of Text to Text, we paired Times articles with two videos from the Makers series from AOL and PBS that we thought worked particularly well together to raise questions about how women’s lives and struggles have, and haven’t, changed over the last two generations.        ”
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School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines
by NYT > Education

Mar 21, 2014
“Racial minorities are more likely than white students to be suspended from school and be taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience, according data released by the Department of Education.        ”
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Motherlode Blog: Advice on How to Have a Good Paternity Leave
by NYT > Education

Mar 21, 2014
“Advice from New York Times readers on how fathers can make the most of paternity leave.        ”
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6 fitness myths, busted
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 21, 2014
“Are you killing it in the gym but not seeing results? Chances are, you've fallen victim to bad advice.”
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Woman in coma after dental procedure
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 21, 2014
“A Hawaii woman is in a coma after going into cardiac arrest during a dental procedure.”
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Guy taking ice picture falls off cliff
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 21, 2014
“A man plummets off Cantwell Cliffs in Ohio while trying to take a picture of an ice formation. WBNS has the story.”
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Epic 2-letter win on 'Wheel of Fortune'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 21, 2014
“Oh baby!”
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Argentine teachers reject raises in 11-day strike
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 21, 2014
“BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine teachers have rejected 31 percent raises in an 11-day strike that has left 3.5 million children out of school.”
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Jeb Bush seeks common ground in higher education
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 21, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday the partisan divide isn't as wide when it comes to improving the nation's higher education system as it is in many other areas.”
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The Learning Network Blog: Poetry Pairing | ‘Mama Said…’
by NYT > Education

Mar 20, 2014
“This Poetry Pairing features the poem “Mama Said…” by Mary Moore Easter and the article “Oldest Woman in New York Celebrates Birthday No. 114″ by Michaelle Bond.        ”
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Machine Learning: Turning a Tablet Into a Child’s Interactive TV
by NYT > Education

Mar 20, 2014
“The Winston Show, which is an iPad-only program, is an example of the new content types that are possible when a TV is also a hand-held computer.        ”
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See terrifying video of airborne crash
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 20, 2014
“Dashcam footage shows an airborne truck crash into an Iowa patrol car with a state trooper inside.”
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Amateurs share DIY porn online
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 20, 2014
“HLN's Mike Galanos looks into websites that allow people to share their home pornography with a social media network.”
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Rap video secretly shot by inmates
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 20, 2014
“South Carolina Department of Corrections officials say they have identified several inmates involved in a rap video.”
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Strauss: School reformers love ‘choice,’ except when
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 20, 2014
“School “reformers” love to promote “choice.” Charters. Vouchers. Tuition tax credits. It’s all about giving parents choices, right?
Well, not always.
Reformers don’t actually like choice quite so much when: Read full article >>        ”

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Arlington principal resigns following DUI charge
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 20, 2014
“An Arlington County principal has resigned following a DUI charge earlier this month.
A letter sent home to Drew Model School families from superintendent Patrick K. Murphy said that school principal Jacqueline Smith was retiring from her job for “personal reasons.” Read full article >>        ”

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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | Math, March 19, 2014
by NYT > Education

Mar 19, 2014
“Can you calculate how long it would take a British team to break the land speed record?        ”
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Russian official: This 'will not take long'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 19, 2014
“Russia's Vladimir Putin has formally notified his nation's parliament of Crimea's accession request. A Russian official told state-run TV the process will not take long, according to news reports.”
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Mom jumps under runaway car
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 19, 2014
“A mother is severely injured while trying to save her twin toddlers inside a moving car. WCVB has more.”
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Teen dies after half-marathon
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 19, 2014
“Parents mourn their daughter who died after crossing the finish line in a half-marathon. WTVR reports.”
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Strauss: Russia’s plagiarism problem: Even Putin has done it!
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 19, 2014
“Russia has a really big plagiarism problem. So many businessmen, academics and high-ranking government officials -- President Vladimir Putin included -- have been found to have plagiarized their college and doctoral theses that Russia’s education minister just denounced the revelations, saying they were hurting Russia’s reputation. Read full article >>        ”
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Yolanda Adams appears in benefit concert to help school in Kenya
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 19, 2014
“Award-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams will headline a fundraiser next month to help Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt expand its cultural exchange program with a school in Kenya.
Adams will appear at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland for two shows (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.) on April 6. Read full article >>        ”

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63 years ago, this plane vanished, too
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 17, 2014
“Sixty years after Flight 2501 was lost without a trace, one passenger's daughter still copes with unanswered questions.”
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Mom dies, then dad 48 hours later
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 17, 2014
“Two Oklahoma sisters lost both their mother and father in a devastating 48 hour period. CNN affiliate KFOR reports.”
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Judge to Chris Brown: Go to jail
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 17, 2014
“A judge has denied rapper Chris Brown's plea to be sent to another rehab program and instead ordered him to jail.”
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Mandated Master's Degrees Could Change the Engineering Game
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 17, 2014
“Under a controversial new effort dubbed "Raise the Bar," supported by engineering's professional societies but not by program deans, the basic engineering credential would become a master's degree -- at least for those who seek a professional license. Young engineers "don't have the depth of knowledge we really need," argues Brad Aldrich, a water resource engineer and president of Aldrich + Elliott, PC, of Essex Junction, Vt. "It's in the public's interest," former Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Norman Augustine has said, "that we make the master's degree the basic degree" of the profession. The Engineering Deans Council, a leadership body under the auspices of the American Society for Engineering Education, disagrees that the move is warranted and is concerned that it could interfere with the accreditation process and "adversely affect interest" among students considering an engineering career.”
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Strauss: Billionaires are privatizing science too -- not just public education
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 17, 2014
“One of the distinguishing features of the modern school reform movement is the extent to which super-wealthy private philanthropists are leading the drive to privatize the public education system. Some of them believe the public system is inefficient, while others simply don’t believe in the public sector -- but whatever the motive, the vast amounts of private money that the wealthy have poured into reform initiatives that they favor have driven the public agenda. But now it turns out that it isn’t just public education that billionaires are privatizing. They are doing it with science, too. Read full article >>        ”
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Fairfax teens to send rockets in flight
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 17, 2014
“Aspiring teenage rocketeers from 14 Fairfax County schools will take part in qualifying rounds this month for the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
Thirty Fairfax teams, including an all-girls group from Longfellow Middle School, will compete for a spot in the national finals to be held in May at Great Meadow in the Plains, Va. The contest is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association to promote science, technology, engineering and math among the nation’s youth. Read full article >>        ”

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Wave of Sexual Abuse Allegations for Private Boys’ Schools in Britain
by NYT > Education

Mar 16, 2014
“Prompted by publicity surrounding recent child abuse scandals, dozens of British men have come forward about molestation they say they suffered at expensive private schools.        ”
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History's biggest mysteries
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 16, 2014
“The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could take its place at the top of the biggest unsolved mysteries of history.”
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Strauss: How three teachers are dealing with Common Core in class
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 16, 2014
“Love them or hate them, the Common Core State Standards in math and English/Language Arts are being implemented in classrooms in most of the country -- in some places better than others. A nonpartisan organization called Young Education Professionals asked a few teachers how they are dealing with the new standards, and their reports are below. The teachers work in Maryland and Washington and D.C.; Virginia is one of the few states that did not adopt the Common Core. This appeared on the organization’s website . Read full article >>        ”
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In Reston, Mini Maker Faire encourages creativity
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 16, 2014
“On Sunday afternoon, 7-year-old Russell Welland built a parachute out of coffee filters, cups and pipe cleaners. He wanted to make it fly.
So the amateur aeronautical engineer tested the parachute by putting it in the bottom of a tall plastic tube set atop an electrical fan in a South Lakes High School auditorium. Read full article >>        ”

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The Learning Network Blog: Skills Practice | Socratic Seminars Using Informational Text
by NYT > Education

Mar 15, 2014
“In this week’s Skills Practice, Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross focus on the Socratic method as a way to analyze informational text and encourage discourse about the new SAT.        ”
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Motherlode Blog: Why Kids Love a (Minor) ‘Crisis’
by NYT > Education

Mar 15, 2014
“When a friend’s car slid off our driveway into three-foot drifts of snow, it was all hands on deck, and a reminder that everyone, children included, likes to be needed.        ”
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Motherlode Blog: ‘Dragon Mother’ Emily Rapp: A New Baby Doesn’t, and Shouldn’t, Replace What’s Lost
by NYT > Education

Mar 15, 2014
“I can live with the joy of new motherhood without losing the memory of loving my son for his three short years or the daily painful reminder that I will never see or hold him again.        ”
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Motherlode Blog: Working With the Teenager’s Internal Clock
by NYT > Education

Mar 15, 2014
“How can parents and schools encourage good sleeping habits in their teenagers?        ”
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Motherlode Blog: Open Thread
by NYT > Education

Mar 15, 2014
“Welcome to the NYT Motherlode’s first open thread. Got thoughts about news and family this week? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.        ”
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Could the plane have landed?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 15, 2014
“Questions about the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared a week ago over Southeast Asia, continued Friday to hang in the air. Here is what we know -- and don't know -- from hard data to conspiracy theories.”
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Snapshots of Flight 370's passengers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 15, 2014
“It seems as if the passengers and crew on Flight 370 have been reduced to a number: 239. They are so much more. The youngest is 2, the oldest 76, Five haven't seen their fifth birthdays.”
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Whatever happened to Antoine Dodson?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 15, 2014
“Antoine Dodson is looking to turn his auto-tune fame into a reality show.”
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The most amazing golf shot you'll see
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 15, 2014
“Two California teenagers take the precision, timing and concentration needed for your standard golf shot up a notch.”
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It began before final 'good night'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 15, 2014
“Malaysian officials indicate that the incident involving the missing jet began before its final message from the cockpit.”
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Alex Trebek gets revenge on Conan
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 15, 2014
“Fed up with Conan's shenanigans, the "Jeopardy" host decides to get some revenge.”
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Bill Gates calls on teachers to defend Common Core
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 15, 2014
“Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder who is spending part of his considerable fortune trying to improve U.S. public education, called on teachers Friday to help parents understand the new Common Core academic standards in an effort to beat back “false claims” lobbed by critics of the standards. Read full article >>        ”
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The Learning Network Blog: Poetry Pairing | ‘Three Six Five Zero’
by NYT > Education

Mar 14, 2014
“This Poetry Pairing features the poem “Three Six Five Zero” by Conor O’Callaghan and the Bits blog post “Disruptions: Digital Era Redefining Etiquette” by Nick Bilton.        ”
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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | Editing Practice, March 14, 2014
by NYT > Education

Mar 14, 2014
“Can you identify the literary device in the sentences from the article?        ”
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Passenger leaves family eerie gift
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 14, 2014
“Danica Weeks, whose husband is among the missing from Flight 370, joins Piers Morgan for an emotional live interview.”
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Target in hot water for horrid Photoshop
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 14, 2014
“Target is under fire over a pPhotoshopped ad for girl's bathing suits. Your Money's Maribel Aber has more.”
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You'll cry when she sees soldier dad
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 14, 2014
“What better gift for a princess than her dad coming home after being deployed for 2 years? CNN affiliate KPAX reports.”
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Hunter kills 500-pound wild hog
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 14, 2014
“A North Carolina hunter says he was shocked to come across a 500 pound wild boar while hunting. Affiliate WNCT has more.”
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Wireless electricity? It's here
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 14, 2014
“Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in middle of a room with no wires attached.”
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Education groups battle teachers unions in state races
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 14, 2014
“Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.”
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Strauss: How to make school important in places that it isn’t
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 14, 2014
“All of the reforms pushed onto public school districts in recent years fail to take into account that in many parts of the United States, going to school just isn’t very important. In this post, Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English who now supervises student teachers for Portland State University and writes books for teachers, talks about how to make room for cultural differences in K-12 education so that more young people will feel like they belong in school. Read full article >>        ”
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Top teen chefs in Fairfax to duel Thursday night for best dish
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 14, 2014
“Students from five Fairfax high schools will demonstrate their culinary potential Thursday evening at a competition that could land their dishes on high school lunch menus around the county.
The Feeding Academic Success Culinary Challenge, led by the healthy school meals advocacy group Real Food For Kids, will take begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at Falls Church High School. The event promotes more nutritious meal options in school cafeterias across the county. A recent survey found that Fairfax County students hate the current lunch menus . Read full article >>        ”

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Alexandria school closed Friday to contain stomach virus outbreak
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 14, 2014
“John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria will be closed Friday to contain the spread of a stomach illness that has affected a quarter of the students over the past two days, school officials announced Thursday. Read full article >>        ”
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Strauss: How ‘platooning’ and data walls are changing elementary school
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 14, 2014
“You may have heard about the increasing use in schools of data walls on which teachers often post children’s names along with their test scores and other academic information that too often humiliates kids who don’t do well and violate federal student privacy laws . But have you heard about “platooning?” In this post three education academics from the University of New Hampshire look at both trends. They are Associate Professor Joe Onosko, Professor Paula Salvio and Clio Stearns, a former elementary school teacher and current doctoral student. Read full article >>        ”
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Strauss: Netflix’s Reed Hastings has a big idea: Kill elected school boards
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 14, 2014
“There seems to be no end to the expertise that America’s billionaires possess and are happy to share with the rest of us about public education. Apparently making a fortune in the business world makes them experts on how to educate children. Read full article >>        ”
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Motherlode Blog: A Sister’s Love, Not Tempered by Expectations
by NYT > Education

Mar 12, 2014
“A mother and filmmaker captures her daughter’s unreserved love for a brother born with cerebral palsy.        ”
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The Learning Network Blog: Text to Text | ‘Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?’ and ‘Hunting Habits of Wolves Change Ecological Balance in Yellowstone’
by NYT > Education

Mar 12, 2014
“In this Text to Text, we examine a shifting understanding, based on new data, of a long-held idea in ecology: that the return of the gray wolf brought stability and balance to the previously elk-dominated Yellowstone ecosystem.        ”
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National Briefing | New England: Massachusetts: Ex-School Doctor Sentenced for Child Pornography
by NYT > Education

Mar 12, 2014
“A former pediatrician who worked as the medical director of Phillips Academy in Andover was sentenced on Wednesday to six-and-a-half years in prison on child pornography charges.        ”
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'Killer' the boa swallowed WHAT?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 12, 2014
“Snake swallows WHAT? You stuck what WHERE? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on extra weird x-rays.”
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England brings in Chinese teachers to boost maths grades
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 12, 2014
“England, the home of some of the world's elite schools and universities, is calling in maths teachers from China to help boost standards after scoring poorly in international rankings, officials announced Wednesday. Up to 60 English-speaking teachers from cities such as Shanghai will work in a number of specialist schools from September to demonstrate their teaching methods to local staff, the Department for Education said. Shanghai topped the PISA international league table published in December by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), while Britain languished in 26th place.”
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Chantilly principal earns award
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 12, 2014
“Chantilly High school principal Teresa Johnson has been honored as an outstanding administrator of the year by the Southern Interscholastic Press Association.
Johnson was named the Dr. Kay Phillips administrator of the year by SIPA for her support of student journalists and Chantilly’s news publications and media outlets. Read full article >>        ”

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Strauss: Video: Kids with severe disabilities taking mandatory standardized test
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 12, 2014
“This video shows children with profound disabilities taking a standardized test called the Florida Alternate Assessment as required by the state but opposed by many of their teachers and parents. And below is a letter from the principal of another school serving students with similar disabilities explaining why forcing these youngsters to take the test is wrong. Read full article >>        ”
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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | History, March 11
by NYT > Education

Mar 11, 2014
“Answer this question about World War II.        ”
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The most amazing golf shot you'll see
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 11, 2014
“Two California teenagers take the precision, timing and concentration needed for your standard golf shot up a notch.”
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See Bieber cop attitude with lawyer
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 11, 2014
“CNN's Nischelle Turner describes how the release of Justin Bieber's deposition tape could hurt him in court.”
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Who Hates Minority Children?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 11, 2014
“It is, of course, the new Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, who is shutting down a number of highly successful public charter schools. Charters currently educate about 20 percent of the students in Harlem and the Bronx, boroughs known for a) poverty, b) unemployment and c) abysmal public schools. Students are chosen for charter schools by lottery, and if you've seen "Waiting for 'Superman'" or "The Cartel," you've seen the excruciating drama. The Success Academy in Harlem is typical.”
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Strauss: The myth of Common Core equity
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 11, 2014
“The Common Core State Standards were originally promoted as a way of raising academic standards for all children around the country. But is the initiative really about equitable outcomes? Here’s a post that takes on that question, by award-winning New York Principal Carol Burris and Alan A. Aja, assistant professor and deputy chair in the Department of Puerto Rican & Latino Studies at Brooklyn College (City University of New York). In 2012, he was a recipient of a Whiting Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching. Burris has been writing about the flawed Core implementation in New York on this blog Read full article >>        ”
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GWU to receive $80 million for public health; donors are Milken and Redstone
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 11, 2014
“George Washington University will receive $80 million to support public health scholarship through three gifts connected to philanthropists Michael Milken and Sumner M. Redstone, setting a donation record for the private university. Read full article >>        ”
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See his startling transformation
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 10, 2014
“Talk about a "Transformer."”
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Strauss: A truly ugly standardized testing story
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 10, 2014
“You’d think that being severely brain damaged, blind and bound to a wheelchair in 2013 would have been enough of a clue that Ethan Rediske was not able to take a required standardized test in 2014. Or the fact that he was in hospice care, dying. Read full article >>        ”
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SAT revision: The reaction
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 10, 2014
“Should a college-bound student take the SAT or ACT? What difference will the SAT revisions announced last week make as students weigh that decision? These questions are being asked in the nation’s high schools, and they are likely to intensify in the two years before the new SAT debuts in 2016. Read full article >>        ”
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Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney
by NYT > Education

Mar 08, 2014
“Owen barely communicated with my wife and me. But he opened up to the parrot from “Aladdin.”        ”
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The Youngest Technorati
by NYT > Education

Mar 08, 2014
“Teenage designers of apps and games have many incentives — financial and otherwise — to forget about their schoolwork.        ”
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Briefly: Education: Welsh University to Open Mauritius Campus
by NYT > Education

Mar 08, 2014
“Students at the new campus in St. Louis, the capital, will be awarded Aberystwyth University degrees.        ”
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Ned O’Gorman, 84, Dies; Poet Founded Innovative Harlem School
by NYT > Education

Mar 08, 2014
“Mr. O’Gorman started his “liberation camp,” the Children’s Storefront, on a dare in 1966 because he wanted to stir students’ imaginations.        ”
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Weed
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“Aimee Curry recalls sitting on her couch one day, her back contorted, as spasms -- remnants of a car accident that almost killed her in 1992 -- rippled up and down her back.”
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Daylight Saving
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“Here's some background information about Daylight Saving Time, a system to reduce electricity usage by extending daylight hours.”
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SeaWorld
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“A California state legislator is proposing to ban the captivity of killer whales for entertainment at SeaWorld in the wake of CNN's controversial documentary "Blackfish."”
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Pope
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“In some ways, the "Pope Francis effect" doesn't seem very effective at all.”
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Ukraine
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“Coarse actions by pro-Russian troops in Crimea this week were followed by harsh words out of Moscow on Saturday.”
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Bad girls gone good
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“Bad girls gone good”
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'A Fat Girl Dancing' video goes viral
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“A YouTube video titled "Fat Girl Dancing" has gone viral and its creator hopes it can help spread her message.”
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2,000 bodies in path of new building
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“Amid a grove of trees, buried beneath the grass and dirt, Mississippi's past is colliding with its future.”
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20 worked for Texas technology firm
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“The passengers and crew members on the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing Friday hail from 14 countries, according to a manifest released by the airline.”
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Pippa: My dress 'fit a little too well'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 08, 2014
“Pippa Middleton finally comments on the Alexander McQueen dress she wore to her sister's royal wedding.”
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Strauss: The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 08, 2014
“What is Social Emotional Learning? According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, it involves
the processes through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Read full article >>        ”

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The Learning Network Blog: Skills Practice | Proofreading and Fact-Checking
by NYT > Education

Mar 06, 2014
“How carefully do you read? Do you catch errors in your own work? In published pieces? Take our quiz and see if you can find 14 errors that were inserted into recent Times articles.        ”
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The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul
by NYT > Education

Mar 06, 2014
“How the College Board revolutionized the most controversial exam in America.        ”
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Why no one went looking
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 06, 2014
“For years, the payments went out of the woman's bank account.”
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See asteroid fall apart
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 06, 2014
“Amazing new pictures from space document the end of an asteroid.”
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Hear 911 plea for ocean crash mom
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Mar 06, 2014
“Dr. Michael Welner discusses what a sister's 911 call reveals about a mom who drove her SUV with her kids into the ocean.”
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Lawmaker Accuses Republicans of Secretly Wanting to Abort Biracial Babies
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 06, 2014
“After Alabama lawmakers passed four antiabortion bills this week, one African American Democrat turned to an unusual form of race-baiting, telling his white Republican colleagues that they'd feel differently about the procedure if their daughters were pregnant with a black man's baby. “Ninety-nine percent of all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion,” state Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, said on the floor, as recorded by AL.com. The topic turned to race soon after Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R–Indiana Springs, the author of one antiabortion bill, compared her legislation to Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that desegregated public schools by ruling that separate is not equal. The 1954 ruling resulted in social tumult in Alabama and other Southern states and is believed to have helped usher in the civil rights movement.  The Alabama Department of Public Health, at the behest of pro-life organizations, issued a closure order in 2012 demanding the closure of the New Women All Women abortion clinic in Birmingham, one of the last clinics in the state.”
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India's anti-graft party takes aim at Modi's economic model
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 06, 2014
“By Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition politician Narendra Modi, who leads opinion polls ahead of next month's general election, faces pressure from a small anti-graft party attacking his economic model on his home turf, the thriving state of Gujarat. The pro-business leader has presided over rapid economic growth during more than 12 years as the chief minister of the coastal state, and slashed red tape to attract companies such as Ford, Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors. Now, Modi promises to replicate his state's development model nationwide if he becomes prime minister. But Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, on Friday said small businesses in the state were being shuttered, public schools and health services were in poor shape and claims of regular supplies of electricity were not true.”
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The Learning Network: Turn Down the Volume: Researching the Science of Sound and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
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Mar 06, 2014
“In this lesson, we offer several ways to learn about hearing and hearing loss.        ”
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The Learning Network Blog: Poetry Pairing | ‘There Are Birds Here’
by NYT > Education

Mar 06, 2014
“The poem “There Are Birds Here” by Jamaal May and the article “A Picture of Detroit Ruin, Street by Forlorn Street” by Monica Davey appear in this poetry pairing.        ”
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Watch Obama meet his impersonator
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 06, 2014
“President Obama met a YouTube star known for impersonating him during a meeting at the White House.”
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'Frozen' Niagara Falls tricks tourists
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 06, 2014
“Tourists visiting Niagara Falls were disappointed to find the rapids were not completely frozen. WGRZ reports.”
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The Benefits of Connecting Kids With Autism to Social Media
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 06, 2014
“Michele McKeone studied streaming video before YouTube existed and designed a social network before Facebook became a household name. As an undergrad in digital media at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she immersed herself in the world of digital media. “As a support teacher for children with autism, I realized that while there was no curriculum designed to teach digital literacy that matched the unique needs of my students, these skills were becoming increasingly important in our day-to-day interactions and changing the way we work, communicate, and even socialize,” she says. Last summer McKeone launched Autism Expressed, the first and only online learning program teaching digital literacy to students with autism and other developmental disabilities.”
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Energy drinks linked to risky behaviors among teens
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 06, 2014
“By Kathleen Raven NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Consuming highly caffeinated energy drinks like Amp, Red Bull or Rockstar could be a telltale sign of other problems for high school students, according to a Canadian study. The more often students reported drinking energy drinks, the more likely they were to also report feeling depressed, seeking out risky experiences, drinking alcohol or smoking. "Young people tend to mix alcohol with energy drinks - and that's also a problem," lead author Sunday Azagba told Reuters Health. In a survey of 8,210 public high school students from the Atlantic Canadian region, 62 percent reported having at least one energy drink in the previous year.”
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Why the SAT had to change
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 06, 2014
“Earlier this week, high school students were given a surprise gift — the dreaded essay portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test would be going optional in spring 2016.”
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Survey finds many schools need repairs
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 06, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the nation's public schools need to be repaired, renovated or modernized, a survey released Thursday found.”
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Montgomery teachers ratify contract with raises, higher share of health premiums
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 06, 2014
“Montgomery County teachers ratified a new contract Wednesday that would provide raises totaling about 5.5 percent over three years for 12,000 educators but would require employees to pay a larger share of health insurance premiums. Read full article >>        ”
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Strauss: ‘The drive to test, test, and re-test’ leads famous school board member to quit
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 06, 2014
“Rick Roach , who is completing his fifth four-year term representing District 3 on the Board of Education in Orange County, Fla, may well be the most famous local school board member in the country. In 2011, he made national news when he took a test with questions used on standardized tests given to students in Florida and flunked , becoming a vocal critic of high-stakes standardized tests. Last year he became alarmed that the state was forcing severely disabled students to take alternative versions of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and helped publicize the plight of a boy named Michael , who was born with only a brain stem and not a full brain with cognitive ability. Michael, was also blind and bound to a wheelchair, was still required to take a state standardized test last year (and will have to take another one this year ). Read full article >>        ”
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Socialization technique helps in academic achievement, trial study finds
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 06, 2014
“A popular teaching technique to help elementary students develop emotional and social skills also leads to academic achievement, according to a study released Thursday.
In a randomized, controlled trial that examined the technique known as Responsive Classroom, researchers found that children in classrooms where the technique was fully used scored significantly higher in math and reading tests than students in classrooms where it wasn’t applied. Read full article >>        ”

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Bikini-clad baristas raise eyebrows
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 05, 2014
“A new coffee shop in California stirs up controversy with those who live near it. KMPH has more.”
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Judge's harsh words for suing teen
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 05, 2014
“A New Jersey judge denied a teenager's request for immediate financial assistance from the parents she is suing.”
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Huge wave smashes into restaurant
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Mar 05, 2014
“A powerful wave came crashing into a Santa Barbara restaurant, shattering windows and soaking patrons who were eating.”
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Judge keeps alive suit challenging California teacher tenure laws
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mar 05, 2014
“By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge refused on Tuesday to dismiss a closely watched legal challenge to California's teacher tenure laws, which education reform advocates say inflict public schools that serve poor and minority students with a disproportionate share of the worst teachers. "These five statutes are violating the rights of California public school students each and every day," plaintiffs' attorney Theodore Boutrous said in court on Tuesday. "They inevitably put and keep grossly ineffective teachers in the classroom in front of students." The lawsuit, if successful, is seen by some education reform advocates as opening a new front in the battle over how best to improve a U.S. public school system that critics say is failing too many children, especially in low-income and urban districts. The suit was filed on behalf of nine California students in 2012 by the education advocacy group Students Matter and went to a non-jury trial in January before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.”
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Education gets budget love
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 05, 2014
“President Obama wants to increase discretionary spending for the Department of Education in 2015 by about 2 percent, from $67.3 billion to $68.6 billion, the largest increase of any agency besides the Department of Defense. Read full article >>        ”
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Obama announces budget at D.C.’s Powell Elementary
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 05, 2014
“President Obama announced his fiscal 2015 budget on Tuesday morning at Powell Elementary in the District’s Petworth neighborhood, highlighting the school’s early childhood education program as a model for the nation. Read full article >>        ”
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Montgomery County leaders support keeping Walter Reed patients’ kids at Bethesda school
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 05, 2014
“Military families who are part of a wounded warrior program in Bethesda have for years sent their children to nearby Bethesda Elementary School while their injured service members are treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center . Read full article >>        ”
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Strauss: The false markets of market-based school reform
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 05, 2014
“One of the central tenets of modern school reform is that the public education system would be more efficient if it were run like a for-profit business. Here to discuss the problems with this thinking is Bruce D. Baker, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. A version of this appeared on his blog School Finance 101 . Read full article >>        ”
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Snow means some new state testing dates in Montgomery County
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Mar 05, 2014
“This week’s snowfall meddled with the schedule for MSA (Maryland School Assessment) testing in Montgomery County. Tests were supposed to begin Monday, but with school closings Monday and Tuesday , testing starts Wednesday. Read full article >>        ”
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The Dean and Richard Dawkins
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Apr 11, 2014
“The renowned biologist sits down for a public conversation on evolution and atheism with CLAS Dean Jeremy Teitelbaum.
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UConn, Comcast Launch Center for Security Innovation
by UConn Today

Apr 11, 2014
“The new Center of Excellence further strengthens UConn's position as a leader in hardware security analysis and technology.
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Hartford Parade, Rally Set for Sunday
by UConn Today

Apr 11, 2014
“The parade, starting at 4 p.m., will honor UConn's NCAA champion men's and women's basketball teams.
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A New Training Program for Managers
by UConn Today

Apr 07, 2014
“UConn employees with supervisory responsibilities will receive new training to help them develop and hone their management skills.
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A Trumpeter’s Journey
by UConn Today

Apr 07, 2014
“Years of practice have paid off for music professor Louis Hanzlik, with an invitation to join the American Brass Quintet.
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Finding Genetic Links to Personal Health and Fitness
by UConn Today

Apr 02, 2014
“Kinesiologist Linda Pescatello is exploring ways to match the right forms of exercise to the body’s genetic makeup to achieve maximum health benefits.
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Final Four Fervor
by UConn Today

Apr 02, 2014
“Everyone from the fans to the media to Gov. Malloy and the U.S. President is caught up in the excitement, as both UConn basketball teams secure berths in the Final Four.
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From Power Suits to Pink Power
by UConn Today

Mar 31, 2014
“A panel discussion on April 2 addresses how women are judged by their appearance in the workplace.
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Huskies Advance to Final Four
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Mar 31, 2014
“After a win over Michigan State 60-54 on Sunday, the men's basketball team will face Florida in Arlington, Texas next weekend.
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Straight Talk from Kevin Ollie
by UConn Today

Mar 28, 2014
“As the Huskies move on to the Elite Eight, a look back at Head Coach Kevin Ollie's words at the start of the season.
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Garden Party to Precede Friday’s NCAA Sweet 16 Game
by UConn Today

Mar 27, 2014
“Husky fans are invited to a pre-game event in NYC, when the Men’s Basketball team takes on Iowa State at Madison Square Garden. Pre-registration required.
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Urgent Care Center Opens
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Mar 27, 2014
“UConn Health has opened its walk-in medical office in Storrs Center.
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CRT Debuts ‘Inspired’ Production of Goblin Market with Puppets
by UConn Today

Mar 26, 2014
“The play, written by a puppet arts graduate student, opens today, March 27.
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Garden Party to Precede Friday’s NCAA Sweet 16 Game
by UConn Today

Mar 26, 2014
“Husky fans are invited to a pre-game event in NYC, when the men’s basketball team takes on Iowa State at Madison Square Garden.
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Making Maple Syrup the UConn Way
by UConn Today

Mar 26, 2014
“See how students from the Forestry and Wildlife Club make the University's own maple syrup from trees in the UConn Forest.
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Helping the Uninsured
by UConn Today

Mar 23, 2014
“Nine pharmacy students are helping people enroll for health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act.
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Diaries of a Cold War Diplomat
by UConn Today

Mar 19, 2014
“George Kennan was a key figure in 20th-century U.S.-Soviet relations. A UConn history professor has edited his diaries.
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Monteith Renovations Given Go-ahead
by UConn Today

Mar 19, 2014
“The project will create much-needed 'swing space' for offices and classrooms during the renovations of other buildings.
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Creativity Expert James Kaufman Joins UConn Faculty
by UConn Today

Mar 17, 2014
“Kaufman, from California State, joins a group of renowned creativity scholars in the Neag School of Education.
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NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio to Receive Honorary Degree
by UConn Today

Mar 17, 2014
“Mastracchio and seven other distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees during Commencement ceremonies in May.
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Defense Lawyer Debuts in New Reality Show
by UConn Today

Mar 17, 2014
“An alum who worked as an LAPD officer before earning a law degree stars in her own reality TV show.
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UConn Reads: Create Your Own Memoir
by UConn Today

Mar 16, 2014
“This year's UConn Reads contest presents students with the challenge, 'Render your life.'
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Zipping a Zipper the Goldberg Way
by UConn Today

Mar 14, 2014
“High school students brought their Rube Goldberg devices to Storrs to demonstrate creative solutions to a nationwide challenge.
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Military Times Applauds UConn’s Commitment to Veterans
by UConn Today

Mar 14, 2014
“UConn's Business School has been named to the Military Times' Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014 list.
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Rebuilding UConn’s Recycling
by UConn Today

Mar 12, 2014
“Boosting on-campus recycling will require practical measures, such as relabeling bins, and better awareness of single-stream recycling.
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Huskies to Host Robert Morris in Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinal
by UConn Today

Mar 11, 2014
“The Huskies and Colonials will face off in a best-of-three playoff series Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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Genome Research on Mouth Fungi May Help Predict Infections
by UConn Today

Mar 10, 2014
“The UConn study will advance the treatment of oral infections in those with a suppressed immune system.
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Newton Moves Foundation Toward Focus on Donor Interests
by UConn Today

Mar 10, 2014
“The Foundation president discusses strategic philanthropy and other ways to boost the University's fundraising.
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Information for Fusco Lecture, Spring Speakers
by UConn Today

Mar 09, 2014
“A reminder about three speakers of note who are coming to campus over the next several weeks.
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Cracking Down on Cyber Crime
by UConn Today

Mar 06, 2014
“UConn alumnus Jim Trainor '93 MPA works for the FBI's Cyber Division.
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The Man in the Crane
by UConn Today

Mar 05, 2014
“Wayne Miller spends his work day in a small compartment 250 feet in the air helping to construct UConn Health’s new hospital tower.
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Plant Biologist Pamela Diggle Joins UConn Faculty
by UConn Today

Mar 04, 2014
“Diggle, current president of the Botanical Society of America, comes to UConn from the University of Colorado.
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Student's 'heartbreaking' testimony shapes city's response to sexual assault
by The GW Hatchet

Apr 15, 2014
“Media Credit: Elise Apelian | Senior Staff Photographer
Silvia Zenteno, who was raped on campus as a sophomore, testified at a D.C. Council hearing last December, advocating for a sweeping bill to overhaul the city's response to sexual assault. The council will likely approve that bill this month.
Updated: Monday, April 14 at 5:40 p.m.
After Silvia Zenteno was raped in a Munson Hall elevator last April, she kept it a secret from everyone except her closest friends for months and never pressed charges against her attacker.
Nearly a year later, she shared her story with a room full of police officials and D.C. Council members as she called for sweeping changes to the Metropolitan Police Department’s response to sexual assault.
Zenteno said if survivors decide to come forward, the city should provide a trained advocate – like the staff member she met at GW – to help survivors through grueling police interviews and medical exams.
“Knowing [the staff member] was there to help me and not to question why I was caught in that situation was relieving. She spoke to me about how I felt and helped me understand that what happened to me was not my fault,” Zenteno said during the eight-hour hearing.
Advocates for sexual assault survivors and police officials who watched Zenteno testify said her story still haunts them. They called it pivotal in shaping the legislation that will likely pass the Council next month.
“Things shifted when her voice was heard. People are still talking about her testimony,” said Sherelle Hessel-Gordon, executive director of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, who also spoke at the hearing . “That catapulted the activism to move this legislation.”
Finding an advocate
The summer after her assault, Zenteno said she tried to forget what had happened, keeping a list of trigger words that would cause her to spiral into a depression. When she returned to GW her junior year, she started meeting with Tara Pereira, an administrator who guided students through the process of reporting sexual assaults before leaving GW last December.
Both Pereira and Suzanne Combs, GW’s victims’ services coordinator, became Zenteno’s advocates. They would remind her that she was not alone or at fault for what had happened to her. Zenteno said they also helped her feel safer on campus by helping her set up a no-contact order against her attacker to keep him from reaching out to her and a restriction preventing him from going into her residence hall.
But Zenteno then discovered that the University had placed him just floors away from her room in Ivory Tower. She called Pereira and Combs in tears, and she said she lost trust in GW.
“When I found out, I had a really hard time with it. I didn’t understand how they would take something that’s so serious and then not pay attention to it,” she said.
In a meeting with Pereira, Combs and GW Housing, Zenteno was told that no single administrator monitors the restriction orders when giving students their housing assignments. Her attacker was moved out of the dorm within two days of the meeting.
Advocacy groups and police departments across the country have struggled to encourage sexual assaults survivors to come forward without overwhelming them. Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes nationwide. Seventeen people reported on-campus sexual assaults to MPD over the last four years, according to data obtained by The Hatchet.
"I didn’t understand how they would take something that’s so serious and then not pay attention to it” - Silvia Zenteno
Zenteno said she thought that number was surprisingly low, though she said she knows other students who have decided not to report their assaults to the police department. More than 70 emergency calls for sexual assault on campus were made over the past four years.
An advocate’s most important responsibility is reminding a victim that they have choices, said Marisa Ferri, a grassroots activist and advocate for sexual assault survivors with the D.C. Justice for Survivors campaign.
“An advocate’s role is not to say, ‘You have a responsibility to stand up and be counted.’ They’re there to work with you and process what the situation is and show you where you have choices,” she said.
Ferri said the presence of a third party in all medical exams and police interviews could safeguard against mishaps or survivor mistreatment. She said another key component of the city bill includes giving survivors the right to see the results of their rape kit exams and creating a timeline to review the cases.
“What’s happening now is the victim doesn’t have any rights in the process at all,” she said.
After a scathing report, a fear of MPD
The D.C. Council measure would also increase oversight of the city’s police department by hiring a team of experts to monitor MPD’s response to sexual assault cases. City leaders have given more attention to sexual assault since the advocacy group Human Rights Watch released a scathing report two years ago that accused the D.C. police of mishandling hundreds of cases.
Zenteno told the Council last year that the report discouraged her from reporting her assault to MPD because she feared police would close the case without a proper investigation or blame her for the attack.
But as she debated whether she should report her crime, she said her inability to trust the police department made her recovery even more difficult.
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“I was very emotional about the issue and didn't want to put myself in a situation that could possibly get any worse," Zenteno said. "It is something that runs your life for a period of time and you don’t want that to be longer than it can be – that’s what I was afraid of."
Peter Newsham, assistant chief of police at MPD, said Zenteno’s “heartbreaking”
testimony confirmed the department’s fears that the Human Rights Watch report would deter survivors from reporting crimes.
Months later, an external review of the report found that the 170 missing cases it cited had actually been filed. While the review found inaccuracies in the Human Rights Watch report, it still put forward suggestions for MPD to improve its response to sexual assaults.
Before the report was made public, Newsham said MPD was already working to improve its sexual assault response by increasing training for officers and firing many officers from the sexual assault unit who mistreated survivors. Newsham also said city police have partnered with groups like the Network for Victim Recovery of D.C. to ensure survivors have a trained advocate to meet them at the hospital if they request an exam. The bill would also guarantee advocates could remain in the room for police interviews.
Newsham said while MPD already tries to provide victims with advocates, the new law would send a message to sexual assault survivors and help empower them to file reports against their attackers.
“To the extent it makes more people want to come forward is good,” he said. “How victims are treated, that will continue to evolve. I don’t think the way anyone approaches sexual assault is perfect, but that’s what you’re aiming for.”
About four months after shaping the city’s conversation about sexual assaults, Zenteno is also focusing her attention on the issue on campus by working as an intern in the victims’ services office, attending meetings with Combs about sexual assault and victim advocacy.
She hopes the new law – and the attention around it – will prompt institutions across D.C. to pour more resources into sexual assault response.
“Even though the system is changing slowly, it’s still changing, which is always good,” she said. “There are multiple reasons that sexual assault is not reported, but I’m hoping that being uncomfortable with MPD won’t be one of those reasons anymore.””