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Everyday Economics: How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College
by NYT > Education

Jul 30, 2014
“The inflation index for college tuition has become notorious. But it reflects sticker prices over the past 20 years, not what families actually pay.”
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Motherlode Blog: The Cuckoo Bird and the Baby
by NYT > Education

Jul 30, 2014
“The cuckoo bird lays its eggs in another bird’s nest, then flies off, never to return. Is a sperm donor like the cuckoo bird?”
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N.C.A.A. Deal Revamps Head-Injury Care
by NYT > Education

Jul 30, 2014
“The settlement brings a significant change in the care and safety of current and former college athletes, including a $70 million medical monitoring fund and a new national protocol for head injuries.”
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Degrees of Education: When the College Admissions Battle Starts at Age 3
by NYT > Education

Jul 30, 2014
“In New York City, some parents are hoping that elite prekindergarten will give their children an edge at getting into Harvard. But will it?”
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North Carolina Budget Deal Includes a Raise for Teachers
by NYT > Education

Jul 30, 2014
“Legislators have announced a tentative budget agreement that includes a pay raise for public schoolteachers, but analysts expect that the proposed changes will mean more cuts elsewhere.”
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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 5 | ‘I Changed My Definition of the Word “Lucky” ’
by NYT > Education

Jul 30, 2014
“This week’s winner is Kiran, and our Penguin Young Readers Group judge was the author Alex London. There are still three weeks of the contest left.”
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Surgeon general issues <br> cancer warning
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 30, 2014
“The surgeon general called it a major public health problem that requires immediate action. Here's what you can do to protect yourself from skin cancer.”
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Geyser on Sunset Boulevard
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 30, 2014
“Streets turned into rivers and parts of UCLA turned into lakes after a massive water main break sent up to 10 million gallons of water gushing through parts of Los Angeles.”
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Stray dog put an end to burglaries
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 30, 2014
“A dog named Squid helped put an end to a string of burglaries, but his owners were surprised considering his background.”
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How often do you wash your sheets?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 30, 2014
“How often do you wash your jeans, bras and pillows? Here's a definitive guide to keeping all your quarters clean.”
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'Die Hard' actor dies
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 30, 2014
“James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Monday, his agent said. He was 81.”
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See cop take down armed suspect
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 30, 2014
“Watch an armed suspect get taken down by an officer with help from a couple of bystanders. KUSA reports.”
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Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens: study
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 30, 2014
“By Moriah Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A rise in marijuana use among U.S. teens over the past 20 years has no significant tie to the legalization of marijuana for medical use in many states, according to a new research paper. Comparing surveys of marijuana use by adolescents conducted annually by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found the probability that a high schooler had used pot in the last 30 days was no more than 0.8 percent higher in legal states compared to states that had not approved medical marijuana. "Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana among high school students," D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University, Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado and Benjamin Hansen of the University of Oregon wrote.”
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Temple University scraps SAT requirement for new students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 30, 2014
“(Reuters) - Philadelphia's Temple University said on Tuesday it will no longer require prospective students to submit a standardized test score when they apply, joining a small but growing group of schools that believe there are other ways to gauge talent. Temple said it is the first public research university in the United States' Northeast to broaden its admissions policy in this way. Most U.S. schools still rely on students' SAT or ACT test scores when choosing whom to admit. A prospective student's high-school grade point average, class rank or even his or her "grit, self-determination and self-confidence" may all be better predictors of success in higher education, Temple said in its announcement.”
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Parents sue Georgia school system in gym mat death
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 30, 2014
“The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday.”
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'Sharing Is Not a Crime': Why a Colombian Student Faces Prison for Posting Research Online
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 30, 2014
“A South American biologist who found a five-year-old master's degree thesis online, then shared it with fellow graduate students on a Web page, could spend the next eight years in prison for copyright infringement. In a case that pits Internet freedom against intellectual property rights, Diego Gomez is accused of breaking the law even though he used the paper for research, didn't try to sell it, and didn’t claim credit for the work. But the paper’s author claims Gomez, 26, illegally obtained and distributed his work product, violating copyright laws embedded in a 2006 trade deal Colombia signed with the United States.    The case against Gomez, who is studying ways to preserve his country's vast, diverse ecosystem, has become a rallying cry for international activists, including recently formed free-Internet advocacy groups in Colombia. “That’s the thing about copyright law—it sort of pulls in all sorts of uses of work” that typically weren't subject to legal protection, said Maira Sutton, a global policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a free-Internet advocacy group.”
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Strauss: School puts nearly 100 kindergartners in one class in a teaching experiment
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 30, 2014
“(No, the headline is not from The Onion.)
Brenda Scott Academy of Theater Arts is a high-poverty preK-8th school in east Detroit that is part of the Education Achievement Authority, a district run by Michigan authorities for schools identified as being the lowest-performing. Brenda Scott has an extended calendar and won’t end its current school year until Aug. 7. Read full article >>”

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Fairfax schools budget administrator Kristen Michael promoted to top ranks
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 30, 2014
“An experienced budget administrator for Fairfax County schools has been promoted to become the new assistant superintendent of financial services.
Kristen Michael, the former director of budget services, will succeed Susan Quinn, who became chief operating officer in July. Michael will assume her new position on Aug. 1. Read full article >>”

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Montgomery board gives up district-funded credit cards and adopts new rules
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 30, 2014
“Montgomery County’s school board members unanimously voted to give up their district-paid credit cards, adopting a sweeping set of new spending rules after public disclosure of improper charges , unclear guidelines and poor oversight. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Respected science publication is fooled by The Onion
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 30, 2014
“It’s one thing for an Iranian news agency to mistakenly cite as fact a piece in The Onion, a satirical humor publication, as actually happened in 2012 when the Fars News Agency referred in all seriousness to an Onion story about a  Gallup poll that supposedly showed more rural white voters in America would rather spend time with then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than with President Obama. Read full article >>”
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Degrees of Education: Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard?
by NYT > Education

Jul 28, 2014
“Money magazine released a new list of best colleges focused on what is on the minds of many parents and students: money. Babson ranked No. 1.”
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The Learning Network: A Midsummer Hiatus, July 28-Aug. 1
by NYT > Education

Jul 28, 2014
“We’re taking a break this week to get some work done behind the scenes, but we’ve left you with a summer-fun classic for your teaching and learning pleasure.”
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Secret abandoned palaces
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 28, 2014
“Patrycja Makowska likes to give enigmatic names to the extraordinarily beautiful photographs she shoots of crumbling palaces.”
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Watch robbers get a beat-down
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 28, 2014
“Robbers get beat-down by cashier cashing in on his martial arts skills. Jeanne Moos reports on flying feet, and fists.”
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Hear pilot, traffic control's spat
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 28, 2014
“Hear the testy exchange between a Delta pilot and an air traffic controller. CNN's Michaela Pereira has more.”
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Teen caught on cam taking THIS ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 28, 2014
“A Michigan man videotaped a teen trying to take his moped and then confronted the teen about it. WZZM has more.”
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Family feud cost millions of lives
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 28, 2014
“On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Over the next week, Europe's royals exchange a flurry of telegrams.”
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Healthier High School Lunches Get a Mixed Bag of Reviews
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 28, 2014
“The reviews on healthier school lunches are in, and it seems most high school students think they are tolerable. Many of the new federal requirements aimed at making school lunches healthier took effect in the 2012-2013 school year. Twelve months later, about 63 percent of high school students surveyed reported liking the new school lunches, at least to some extent, according to a report released this month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization whose mission is to improve public health. "High school kids, you know they got their opinions right away," says Susan Birmingham, director of food service for Frontier Central School District in Hamburg, New York.”
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Salvage Summer ACT, SAT Prep With a Shortened Timeline
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 28, 2014
“Some high school students begin their summers with the intent of fully preparing for standardized college admissions tests. They understand that their time to study for the ACT or SAT will be limited once they return to school in the fall and wish to complete as much exam preparation as possible while their schedules permit.”
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Ontario Teachers likely to buy rest of UK's Bristol Airport: source
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 28, 2014
“Canada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is likely to buy the rest of Britain's Bristol Airport in a deal worth up to 250 million pounds ($424.6 million), a source closely monitoring the situation said on Monday. The pension fund, which already owns 49 percent of the regional airport, has the right of first offer for the 50 percent owned by Australian asset manager Macquarie Group . Macquarie, the world's largest infrastructure asset manager, was sounding out buyers for its holding, British newspaper The Sunday Times reported. Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is eyeing the stake as it seeks to expand its infrastructure holdings from $12 billion to around $18 billion.”
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Strauss: That kid in class who utterly infuriated me
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 28, 2014
“For two decades Ellie Herman was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” Her fiction has appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. In 2007, she decided, “on an impulse,” she wrote, to become an English teacher and got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition at a charter high school in south Los Angeles until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She is chronicling the lessons she is learning on  her blog, Gatsby in L.A. , where a version of the following post appeared. The names of the students have been changed. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: 50 Virginia college presidents protest Obama’s planned school rating system (update)
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 28, 2014
“(Update: Adding statement from Education Department)
Fifty presidents of public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in Virginia have signed a letter (see text below) to Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressing “serious reservations” about the Obama administration’s “misguided” development of a school rating system that could include data such as how much students earn after graduation.  What will be called the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System is intended to be used in the process of determining which institutions deserve federal student aid (though congressional approval will be needed for this step). Read full article >>”

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Major county youth soccer group files lawsuit against Montgomery school system
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 28, 2014
“A Montgomery County Council committee on Monday sidestepped a battle between the school system and the county’s major recreational youth soccer organization, giving its go-ahead for bidding on a synthetic turf playing field at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac but saying it would not weigh in on what has become a legal clash. Read full article >>”
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Campbell Brown takes on teacher tenure in New York
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 28, 2014
“An advocacy group headed by former television journalist Campbell Brown filed a lawsuit in New York on Monday that seeks to overturn the state’s tenure laws and other job protections for teachers.
The legal challenge in New York comes a month after a Los Angeles judge struck down teacher tenure and other related California laws that offer job security to educators, a decision that is triggering similar actions around the country. Read full article >>”

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Briefly: International Education: BBC Offering Archives for World War I Courses
by NYT > Education

Jul 27, 2014
“The broadcaster will collaborate with four British universities to offer free Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, beginning in October.”
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Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs
by NYT > Education

Jul 27, 2014
“The City of New York pays for about 12,000 special-needs students per year to receive private school educations. Parents contend that the city fights too many of these requests, delaying important services to students in the process.”
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Ebola
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 27, 2014
“An American doctor trying to quell the Ebola outbreak in Liberia is now infected with the virus, the organization for which he works said.”
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UFC fighter wins bout, joins military
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 27, 2014
“CNN's Nick Valencia profiles a UFC fighter who is trading in his boxing gloves for the battlefield.”
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Husband sends wife 'no sex' list
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 27, 2014
“A wife took to Reddit after getting an e-mail from her husband with a spreadsheet tracking his attempts to get intimate.”
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Meat scandal hits McDonald's, KFC
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 27, 2014
“McDonald's and KFC are hit by the Shanghai meat Scandal. Customers get apologies but no refunds. Ralitsa Vassileva reports.”
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Crane operator falls during climb
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 27, 2014
“Firefighters raced to save a crane operator who fell climbing up a 200-foot tower. CNN affiliate KHOU reports.”
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Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 27, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.”
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Strauss: Chris Christie to mayor: ‘I’m the decider and you have nothing to do with it’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 27, 2014
“( Correction: In an earlier version the first name of Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson was missing. It is now restored. )
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is consistent — at least when it comes to espousing total  indifference to what Newark residents want for their state-operated public school system. Christie just bragged (see video below) that he told new Newark Mayor Ras Baraka that Baraka’s views on education reform don’t matter a whit — and the governor declared himself “the decider.” Read full article >>”

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In Richmond, students seek to revive ‘Rebel’ mascot
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 27, 2014
“Students and alumni from a Richmond-area high school are seeking to revive the school’s historic mascot, a Confederate soldier known as the “Rebel Man,” spurring debate about the appropriateness of public school connections to the Civil War and its icons. Read full article >>”
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Traversing two D.C.s, from Dunbar High to Georgetown University
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 27, 2014
“When Johnathon Carrington makes a trip home to visit his mother or get what he considers a decent haircut, the Georgetown University student takes a G2 Metrobus that carries him four miles east across a divide that separates the city where he goes to school from the city where he grew up. Read full article >>”
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TEACHERS' UNIONS STAND IN THE WAY OF SCHOOL REFORM
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 26, 2014
“EDITORS: Cynthia Tucker is taking a one-week vacation and will not file a column dated for Aug. 2-3. In much of the country, parents are already buying school supplies for the start of the academic year -- a departure from days of yore. The American system of public education is in dire need of comprehensive change if it is to prepare students for global competition.”
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Shootings Redefine Beat of School Police Officers
by NYT > Education

Jul 26, 2014
“Radical shifts in tactics have swept the field — even calling on officers to rush toward shooters without backup.”
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Plagiarism Scandal Tests a Senator Still Forming a Rapport With Montanans
by NYT > Education

Jul 26, 2014
“Many voters in Montana seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude as they assess Senator John Walsh, a Democrat accused of plagiarizing an Army War College paper.”
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Ukraine
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“More than a week after Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 came down in eastern Ukraine, Malaysian investigators have not yet been able to access the entire crash site, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday.”
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What if ISIS takes its fight to the West?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“ISIS has the manpower, money and know-how to hit the West, if it decides to. CNN's Paul Cruickshank says the those fighting in Syria and Iraq could pose a threat the U.S. and Europe.”
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Armed cops storm commercial jet
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“A passenger captured dramatic video as a police tactical team stormed onto a jet and ordered passengers to get their hands up, after the flight returned to Toronto's airport because of an alleged threat.”
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French Girls gone wild
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“There's a famous scene in the movie "Titanic" where Rose turns to Jack and says, "I want you to draw me like one of your French girls."”
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See cop take down armed suspect
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“Watch an armed suspect get taken down by an officer with help from a couple of bystanders. KUSA reports.”
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Cruise ship horrors include rape
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“Travelers tell of raw sewage, rape and death aboard cruise ships at a hearing for a Cruise Passenger Protection bill.”
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SWAT team storms jet, gets passenger
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“The 25-year-old airline passenger whose dramatic arrest by a SWAT team was captured by a cell phone was due in court Saturday.”
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Family's final photo before crash
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“Dave Hally took one last photo of his wife and 4-year-old daughter before takeoff for their dream vacation aboard MH17.”
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Patient: Doctor cut off my manhood
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“A man claims he went into a hospital for a circumcision and came out with no penis. CNN affiliate WTVM reports.”
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Noted male model now a woman
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“As a male model, Andrej Pejic blazed trails with an androgynous look that saw him walking the runway in women's fashion shows.”
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Remember 1974? The music sucked
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“We had joy. We had fun. We had loathing.”
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The healthiest fish to eat?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“As our oceans become more polluted, Sally Kohn sits down with Fabien Cousteau to talk about the healthiest fish to eat.”
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See through walls on your iPhone!
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“Invasive or awesome? A new device turns your iPhone into a thermal imaging sensor.”
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Lawyer: Marine's Tijuana counsel blew it
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 26, 2014
“A U.S. Marine Corps reservist held in a Mexican prison for more than three months on a weapons charge could have been released within days of his detention if not for "missed opportunities" by his original legal counsel, his attorney told CNN.”
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Strauss: Students catch school superintendent plagiarizing part of commencement speech
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 26, 2014
“(Update: Adding statement from school panel that fined superintendent)
The usual pattern for the detection of plagiarism is for an adult to catch a student copying from someone else’s work. But in Newton, Mass., it was two new high school graduates who discovered that the school district superintendent who spoke at their graduation had “borrowed” phrases from a commencement speech that Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick had just given. Read full article >>”

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For New Post at Yeshiva, Lieberman Is a Natural
by NYT > Education

Jul 25, 2014
“In the search for someone to fill Yeshiva University’s new Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service, one candidate stood out from all the rest.”
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Intruder shot
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“Tom Greer, 80 and beaten by burglars, said that as the suspects ran into an alley, one yelled, "'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant!'" But, "I had to do what I had to do."”
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Avoid These Tech Mistakes as an Online Student
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 25, 2014
“Michelle Hook Dewey jokes that when she started her online master's degree with the University of Illinois in 2011, all of her homework was organized in paper folders. Still, she admits technology can be a big hurdle to overcome, especially for online learners who tend to be older and less familiar with newer tools. "And you can find new ways to approach technology." Below are 10 technology mistakes many online students make when starting school.”
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Arts | Westchester: Putting the A in STEAM
by NYT > Education

Jul 25, 2014
““Steam,” a new exhibition in White Plains, takes its name from an educational movement, STEAM, which is STEM (another curriculum that is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the addition of the “A” for art.”
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OSCE: Passports weren't here before
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“With the site still not secure, nations such as Netherlands are pressing to send their own police and investigators. But the rebels are growing restless.”
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Best impression of this guy EVER??
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“Frank Caliendo impersonates Morgan Freeman while reading LeBron James' letter about returning to Cleveland.”
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J.Lo at 45: Still posting bikini pics
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“It's not her birthday suit, but Jennifer Lopez is showing that 45 is treating her pretty well.”
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551-lb. convict: End house arrest
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“An obese man who's under house arrest for illegally distributing prescriptions is now asking for compassionate release.”
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Teen gets 232 'teeth' removed
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“A teenager in India, who had more than 200 "teeth" growing in his mouth due to a benign dental tumor, has had them removed.”
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Has Gaza coverage been fair?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“Correspondents respond to criticism levied by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer about CNN's Middle East coverage.”
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The world's coolest bookstores
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“From Maastricht to Melbourne, these itineraries make bookish travelers look stylish.”
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer sees 'Red'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“"Fifty Shades of Grey's" infamous "Red Room" has arrived.”
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Study: Dogs get jealous, too
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“Sure, Fido is a brown lab. But inside he may be a little green, too. A study by scholars at the University of California-San Diego found that dogs showed jealous behaviors when their owners displayed affection toward an animatronic stuffed dog which barked, whined and wagged its tail.”
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Short on sleep? Beware false memories
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“Parents believe their obese kids are healthy, sleep deprivation can make you create false memories and other things we learned this week.”
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Child dies in a hot car; arrest made
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 25, 2014
“The death of a 10-month-old girl left in a hot car in Wichita, Kanas -- the latest in a string of hot-car child deaths in the United States -- triggered the quick arrest of the girl's foster father and on Friday prompted state officials to launch home inspections of adoptive and foster families.”
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Three months later, body recovered from South Korea ferry
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 25, 2014
“Divers retrieved another body Friday from the site of South Korea's ferry disaster -- the first to be recovered in nearly four weeks from the submerged vessel that sank three months ago. The body of a female was found inside a dining hall of the upturned ferry which is lying on the seabed at a depth of 40 metres (130 feet), rescue authorities said. The 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry was carrying 476 passengers and crew -- including 325 high school students -- when it capsized and sank off the southern coast on April 16. President Park Geun-Hye and her administration have been bitterly criticised for their response to the disaster, which stunned the entire country.”
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Paying Teachers to Give Up Tenure: What’s the Right Price?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 25, 2014
“Education reformer Michelle Rhee once called teacher tenure the Holy Grail of elementary and secondary school educators. In the latest tenure fight, a California judge last month ruled that the state’s last-hired, first-fired teacher tenure system deprives minority and low-income students of an equal education. Economist Allison Schrager, however, has proposed an alternative view that could help end the fighting: Convince teachers to trade job protection for cold, hard cash. Surveys show that public school teachers are among society’s lowest-paid workers;”
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Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 25, 2014
“HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.”
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Corinthian faces uphill struggle to sell Everest colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 25, 2014
“It took a cryptic message on her college login page to alert Stephenie Wickiser to the plight of the company that owns her online university. Corinthian Colleges Inc is the first university operator in the United States to feel the force of a government crackdown on the $28 billion for-profit education sector. As part of an agreement with the Department of Education - the same deal to which Wickiser's login page made reference - Corinthian has six months to sell most of its campuses or close them down. "I am just worried that I am going to be stuck with all these student loans, and my degree means absolutely nothing," said Wickiser, a paralegal student at Corinthian's Everest University Online.”
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Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 24, 2014
“Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.”
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Why Do Americans Stink at Math?
by NYT > Education

Jul 24, 2014
“The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.”
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At Manhattan Preschool, Accounts of Sex Abuse Case Differ
by NYT > Education

Jul 24, 2014
“At least three families have hired lawyers to investigate after a popular intern was accused by a teacher of inappropriately touching children and arrested.”
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Motherlode Blog: 5 Ways To Help Your Kid Not Stink At Math
by NYT > Education

Jul 24, 2014
“The “new math” curriculum is great — and nearly guaranteed to drive children and their parents understandably insane, because teachers don’t know how to teach it yet. Here’s what to do to help your child while they learn.”
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Motherlode Blog: A Dietitian Who Won’t Oversell Nutrition to Her Kids
by NYT > Education

Jul 24, 2014
“I learned long ago that nutrition information alone doesn’t motivate people to eat healthy, and I know telling my children that “broccoli will make them big and strong” could backfire.”
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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Endangered Species
by NYT > Education

Jul 24, 2014
“Test your knowledge of endangered species by playing our crossword.”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Happy Birthday, Amelia Earhart
by NYT > Education

Jul 24, 2014
“August 24 would have been the 117th birthday of Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 as she attempted to become the first woman to fly around the world.”
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Husband e-mails wife 'no sex' spreadsheet
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 24, 2014
“A wife took to Reddit after getting an email from her husband with a spreadsheet tracking his attempts to get intimate.”
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Teen invents hot car alarm device
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 24, 2014
“A New Mexico teen invented an alarm to alert people if they leave their children in hot cars. CNN affiliate KOAT reports.”
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Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 24, 2014
“America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.”
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There’s No Point in Releasing Prisoners, Ever—Unless We Do This
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 24, 2014
“In her college-level classes in New York’s correctional institutions, Baz Dreisinger has students who come from all races and backgrounds, and they are often extremely intelligent. The academic director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has seen firsthand that no matter the prisoner’s background or continued access to higher education outside confinement, even the most talented students struggle to find solid work and safe housing after release. “I had one student who was particularly bright,” Dreisinger recalls. "I was certain he was going to be successful.” On release, however, the student had no family to take him in, leaving him with one option: living in a dangerous halfway house.”
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Lawsuit challenges Louisiana governor's plan to ditch Common Core
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 24, 2014
“By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A group of charter schools, teachers and parents filed suit on Tuesday against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, asserting that he overstepped his authority and has sown chaos by moving last month to ditch the Common Core education standards for teaching English and math which he helped usher in four years ago. "The governor is acting beyond the scope of his powers under the state constitution," said Stephen Kupperman, attorney for the plaintiffs. Louisiana Education Superintendent John White has said the state must use the tests despite the governor's plan. "The Louisiana Department of Education needs to stop delaying, issue an RFP (request for proposal) and follow the law," Jindal said in a statement.”
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Montana senator's thesis appears to plagiarize
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 24, 2014
“HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.”
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Stray Decimal Points Put Thousands of Students' Financial Aid in Jeopardy
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 24, 2014
“A mistake in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application forms could cost tens of thousands of students their financial aid.  The Department of Education told The Associated Press that a change in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, resulted in many students incorrectly entering their personal income levels. They estimate up to 200,000 people were wrongly declared eligible and others were incorrectly denied.  The DOE is trying to identify who was incorrectly selected for the Pell Grants and have since corrected the error on the online form, which stemmed from rogue decimal points.”
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Newark, N.J., schools probed after claims of race discrimination
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 24, 2014
“By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education said on Wednesday it was investigating complaints that a plan to reorganize public schools in Newark, New Jersey, discriminates against black students. A parent-led group in New Jersey's largest city has said that school closings and conversions to charter schools under the "One Newark" plan disproportionately affect black students. "We can confirm that the Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether the Newark Public Schools’ enactment of the 'One Newark' plan at the end of the 2013-2014 school year discriminates against black students on the basis of race," an Education Department spokesman said in a statement.”
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Maxwell appoints new chief financial officer for Prince George’s County schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 24, 2014
“Eighteen years ago, Colby R. White was an accounting clerk for Maryland’s second-largest school system.
Today, he is the Prince George’s County school district’s chief financial officer, responsible for a staff of 175 employees and for helping craft the school system’s $1.8 billion budget. His office includes payroll, purchasing and worker’s compensation. Read full article >>”

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Fairfax schools to vote on spending millions to turn half-day Mondays into full class days
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 24, 2014
“The Fairfax County School Board is scheduled to vote Thursday on using $7.6 million to cover the estimated cost of extending Mondays from half a day of classes to a full day for elementary students in the coming school year. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Educators who support Common Core call new tests ‘a travesty’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 24, 2014
“Many parents and educators in New York are awaiting the release of results of controversial Common Core-aligned standardized tests that were given to students this past spring. Here is a letter that a principal and some of his teachers wrote to their state legislator expressing concerns about the exams. These concerns are shared by other N.Y. educators who have raised questions about what they say are badly constructed questions and arbitrarily determined cut scores for what constitutes student proficiency on the tests. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: The problem with how we talk about poverty and kids
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 24, 2014
“Ellie Herman has had a very interesting career. For two decades she was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” Her fiction has appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. In 2007, she decided, “on an impulse,” she wrote, to become an English teacher and got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition at a charter high school in South Los Angeles until 2013,  when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She is chronicling the lessons she is learning on  her blog, Gatsby in L.A. , where the following post appeared. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: ‘Say this, not that’: A slick PR guide to selling charter schools by key charter group
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 22, 2014
“It appears as if the charter school sector believes that it needs to better hone its public messaging. At its recent annual convention, the National Alliance for Public Charter School handed out an 18-page “Charter School Messaging Notebook” that actually has sections that include, “Say This, Not That,” and “Who Are ‘Our People?’ ” (See below for the entire notebook). Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Stalking the Shadow Universe
by NYT > Education

Jul 22, 2014
“How do scientists know dark matter exists?”
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Education Tracking: Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor
by NYT > Education

Jul 22, 2014
“Perceptions of disadvantage may play role as American students from low-income families struggle more than counterparts in many other nations.”
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Motherlode Blog: Putting the ‘Known’ in Known Sperm Donor
by NYT > Education

Jul 22, 2014
“The adult daughter of two mothers and a known sperm donor is candid: Much of it was great, but it is complicated.”
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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 4 | A Millennial on Patriotism
by NYT > Education

Jul 22, 2014
“Congratulations to this week’s winner, someone who goes by the handle MSDHAP2014, and to this week’s guest judge, the author Ally Condie.”
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You've gotta see viral grandpa dance
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 22, 2014
“Watch groovin' grandpa dance his way into hearts. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports he tosses his canes with disdain.”
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'Star Wars' director's 'nerd porn'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 22, 2014
“CNN's Lisa France explains why Star Wars fans are drooling over a charity video released by director J.J. Abrams.”
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Most victims of fiery California bus crash died of smoke inhalation
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 22, 2014
“(Reuters) - Most of the 10 people killed in a fiery crash of a bus full of college hopefuls in Northern California survived the initial impact and died of smoke inhalation from flames that engulfed the vehicle, the county coroner said on Tuesday. Seven of those who died after a FedEx truck crashed into the bus taking high school students to a college recruitment event in April succumbed to asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation, while two died of trauma sustained in the crash, the Glenn County Coroner's Office said. The dead in the crash in the city of Orland, an agricultural community north of Sacramento, included five Los Angeles-area students on their way to tour a Northern California university campus, as well as their chaperones and both drivers. While traveling south on Interstate 5, the FedEx truck gradually veered left and crossed a 58-foot-wide median before entering oncoming lanes of traffic, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report published in April.”
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Wayne A.I. Frederick named 17th president of Howard University
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 22, 2014
“Howard University’s Board of Trustees has named interim leader Wayne A.I. Frederick , a cancer surgeon who holds three Howard degrees, as the school’s 17th president.
His appointment comes at a tumultuous time for the historically black university, which in the past year has faced allegations of fiscal mismanagement , two credit downgrades amid concerns about the financial health of a university-owned hospital, and a drop in a major national ranking of higher-education institutions. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: New state rankings on how America’s children are faring
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 22, 2014
“A new report on how America’s children are faring, just released by the  nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that Massachusetts is doing the best job and Mississippi the worst in four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family/community indicators. Read full article >>”
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Montgomery County panel proposes cutting schools-issued credit cards for board
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 22, 2014
“Montgomery County Board of Education members should discontinue their use of school system credit cards for travel and other expenses, a board committee recommended Tuesday.
The panel proposed replacing the cards with a per-diem allowance for members attending professional conferences and establishing a list of preapproved public events members may attend at taxpayer expense. The group also recommended that board members receive supplies to maintain home offices but that the school system no longer reimburse home office Internet service. Read full article >>”

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Two Prince George’s County students take home awards at NAACP convention
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 22, 2014
“As Alfred A. Dudley III, who recently graduated from Suitland High School , sat in the ballroom of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas last weekend, he said he couldn’t help but be grateful to the African American heroes he depicted in his drawing and to his high school art teachers who helped him hone his craft. Read full article >>”
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Louisiana parents, teachers, charters sue to get the Common Core back on track
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 22, 2014
“A group of parents, teachers and a foundation that runs charter schools filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) lacks the authority to withdraw his state from the Common Core national academic standards. Read full article >>”
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McAuliffe will not appeal Virginia ruling that struck down school-takeover board
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 22, 2014
“Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that he will not appeal a circuit court’s ruling that struck down a newly created state board specializing in school takeovers as being unconstitutional.
His decision effectively neutralizes state lawmakers’ efforts to hand control of the state’s worst-performing public schools to universities or private charter groups. Read full article >>”

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The Scopes Monkey trial and the Constitution
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 21, 2014
“On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day in Tennessee.”
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Technophoria: Avoiding Roommate Shock, Online
by NYT > Education

Jul 21, 2014
“After decades of pairing students based on scant information, some colleges are giving them tools for making their own choices.”
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International Education: Adult Education Eases Path to Career Change
by NYT > Education

Jul 21, 2014
“Part-time classes prove useful when thinking about making a career change.”
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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Having a Baby, and Getting a Dog
by NYT > Education

Jul 21, 2014
“Should a couple planning on soon having a baby get a dog?”
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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | July 15-21, 2014
by NYT > Education

Jul 21, 2014
“Two big stories dominated the news in what the Sunday Review called “a week of agony.” Take the quiz below to see what you understood about those and other stories, and to find links to more information.”
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Actress looks a lot different today
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 21, 2014
“Natalie Portman talks about growing up juggling her education at Harvard and working on blockbuster films.”
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Mysterious crater baffles scientists
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 21, 2014
“A huge crater that has popped up in remote Siberia has scientists baffled. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.”
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Adam Levine marries in Mexico
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 21, 2014
“Singer Adam Levine has married an Angel -- of the Victoria's Secret variety, that is.”
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'Facts of Life' stars reunite
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 21, 2014
“On Saturday, two stars from "Facts of Life" got together for a long overdue TV reunion.”
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Huge sinkhole opens near homes
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 21, 2014
“A massive sinkhole in Spring Hill, Florida led to the evacuation of several nearby residents. CNN affiliate WTSP reports.”
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What if you only worked 3 days?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 21, 2014
“Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has proposed a 3-day work week. We asked New Yorkers what they thought.”
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Gynecologist took pics; hospital pays
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 21, 2014
“Johns Hopkins Health System has agreed to pay $190 million to settle the case of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and recorded his patients.”
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Strippers sue San Diego cops
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 21, 2014
“Several strippers in California are suing the San Diego Police Department on charges of unreasonable search and seizure.”
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Colleges woo Native Americans with new programs
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 21, 2014
“RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.”
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California law limits school football practices to cut concussions
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 21, 2014
“By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Football practices at which middle- and high-school students tackle each other will be restricted in California under a law signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest U.S. effort to minimize brain injuries from the popular sport. The measure, which limits practices with full-on tackling during the playing season and prohibits them during most of the off-season, comes amid growing concern nationwide over brain damage that can result from concussions among student as well as professional athletes. "This is a very balanced approach," said Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley, the law's author. It's good for kids and it's good for parents." The measure, which goes into effect in January, makes California the 20th state to restrict practices by middle school and high school football teams during which tackling and other full-contact activities are allowed.”
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A plethora of P’s on report cards confound parents in Montgomery County
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 21, 2014
“He was wide-eyed at first. Ten-year-old Max Krauze opened his report card on a recent summer day in his North Chevy Chase living room to find an array of grades that reflected his fifth-grade work in Montgomery County’s public schools. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: What Consumer Reports said about a kids’ tablet that it didn’t mean
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 21, 2014
“The August edition of the valuable Consumer Reports magazine includes a piece titled “Back-to-school bests: Our top picks for tablets and laptops — for all ages.”
The piece starts by noting that students today “need a lot more than pencils and notebooks” and then provides short write-ups of five different tablets: Read full article >>”

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Community colleges expanding disclosure on graduation rates and other outcomes
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 21, 2014
“Dozens of community college leaders, dissatisfied with how the federal government measures graduation rates at their schools, have signed up for an alternative reporting system that provides more information about student outcomes. Read full article >>”
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Hundreds of 2nd-graders in Prince George’s County attend new summer school program
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 21, 2014
“Traniessa Wright slowly pronounces the word “road” and anxiously waits for a student in Room 2 of Pointer Ridge Elementary School to say whether the vowel sound is long or short.
With only one eager student raising his hand, Wright figures that the others might be a little sleepy. After all, it is the middle of summer break. She instructs them all to stand up and, on the spot, creates a game to keep them engaged. Read full article >>”

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Motherlode Blog: Immaculate Incarceration: A Baby in Solitary Confinement
by NYT > Education

Jul 20, 2014
“According to my mother’s prison records, she served around 17 weeks in “The Hole”—solitary confinement. Only for her it wasn’t so solitary. She had me.”
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Tiny gymnast wows 'Ninja' competition
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 20, 2014
“Great things come in tiny packages as "American Ninja Warrior's" Kacy Catanzaro becomes the show's first female finalist.”
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Cops: Model left child, pup in hot car
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 20, 2014
“Police say a Maryland mom went shopping and left her child and puppy in a car on a 90 degree day.”
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Shining Stars Montessori scrambling to find new home after charter’s building deal fails
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 20, 2014
“When his daughters’ school announced plans to move to a new building a few blocks from his Petworth home, Wayan Vota thought he had achieved an elusive dream in his search for a charter school: a great one in a convenient location. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | addiction
by NYT > Education

Jul 19, 2014
“This word has appeared in 921 New York Times articles in the past year.”
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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest, Week Six | What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?
by NYT > Education

Jul 19, 2014
“Write in by 7 a.m. Eastern time on July 25 to be part of this week’s contest, which will be judged by Times staff and Kathryn Howe, a Penguin Young Adult author.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Jul 19, 2014
“Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.”
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Motherlode Blog: I’ve Ruined My Boys
by NYT > Education

Jul 19, 2014
“My sons—and my husband—expect me to wait on them. I can’t really blame them. I made my bed. And everyone else’s.”
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A Classroom Leaves the Syllabus to the Students
by NYT > Education

Jul 19, 2014
“Lehigh University, in an attempt to foster innovation, is offering a program with no course credit, no set curriculum and no penalty for failure.”
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UConn to Pay $1.3 Million to End Suit on Rape Cases
by NYT > Education

Jul 19, 2014
“Five students charged that the University of Connecticut treated their claims of sexual assault and harassment with indifference.”
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Pop culture 2014: Hits and misses (so far)
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“With the disappointing summer movie season, it seems like 2014 has misplaced its entertainment mojo.”
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The one-piece makes a comeback
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“Bikinis might dominate beach bods, but style editors say the one-piece makes a bolder statement.”
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You won't believe their 'after' photo
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“By the time he hit 327 pounds, Robert Foster had been playing "the fat guy" for decades. His size was the thing that made him stand out.”
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Emotional photos of dog's last day
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“A family gave their dog Duke the best last day of his life and memorialized it with this heartfelt photo diary.”
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13 key questions
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“It's an international air disaster in a war zone -- a commercial flight with almost 300 people on board shot down in eastern Ukraine.”
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'Game-changer' in Russia relations
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“The United States predicts the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, likely by pro-Russian rebels, will fundamentally shift the relationship between Russia and the international community.”
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Extreme surfers in the Arctic
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“"I love to suffer," says extreme surf photographer Chris Burkard.”
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The new Captain America is ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“Move over, Steve Rogers. Let the Falcon take wing. The Falcon, aka Sam Wilson, is taking over as Captain America.”
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McGraw swatted fan to save pants
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“Tim McGraw "instinctively swatted" at a fan who refused to let go of his leg during the finale of an Atlanta concert last week, a rep said.”
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Urgent 911 whisper: 'He's still here!'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“Police release the 911 calls from the Seattle Pacific University school shooting.”
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Jolie writes movie for her and Brad Pitt
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“Sparks flew between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie the first time they worked together. Now Hollywood's hottest couple will share the screen once again.”
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Broadway star, '30 Rock' actor dies
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 19, 2014
“Actress Elaine Stritch, known for her brash persona, gravelly voice and versatility over seven decades on Broadway, died Thursday, a longtime friend Julie Keyes told CNN. She was 89.”
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Indiana University doctoral student among Malaysia Air dead
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 19, 2014
“(Reuters) - A Dutch doctoral student and former member of the Indiana University rowing team was among the passengers killed when Malaysian airliner went down in Ukraine, the university said Friday in a statement. Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was a doctoral student in the chemistry department in the university's college of Arts and Sciences, had earned a master's degree from the university and was a member of the women's rowing team in the 2011 season, the university said. "The Indiana rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn's sudden passing," Indiana head rowing coach Steve Peterson said in a statement.”
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Corinthian Colleges to be monitored by ex-U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 19, 2014
“Former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald agreed to serve as an independent monitor of Corinthian Colleges Inc, the struggling for-profit education company that agreed to sell or close its campuses, the U.S. Department of Education said on Friday. Fitzgerald, 53, is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which he joined in 2012 after a decade as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago. As a prosecutor, he won the convictions of former Illinois governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich;”
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MIT Offers A Really Cool Course – Oh, And It’s Free
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 19, 2014
“Many colleges and universities offer free online courses for students, including giants in the higher-education industry like Harvard and Yale. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the OpenCourseWare program allows students to choose from literally thousands of free online courses ranging from business to art. According to Gizmodo, one course of note is MIT’s “Documentary of Photography” and “Photojournalism: A History of the World in Motion” course.”
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Is Good Food a Human Right for Prisoners?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 19, 2014
“Since January, at least five appearances by maggots in food or in the kitchen have been reported just in Ohio prisons, according to the records of food service operator Aramark Correctional Services. With prison cafeterias’ blotted quality-control history—including recent cases of prisoners being served expired bologna and live maggots—some prisoner advocates say there should be a baseline standard for the food served behind bars, similar to the nutritional standards guiding food service in public schools. “Everyone should have the right to decent food—adequate, nutritious food,” says Alex Friedmann, managing editor of Prison Legal News, an independent publication of the Human Rights Defense Center. “It’s not just that the [prison] food is bad, which generally it is.”
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South County principal Jane Lipp named assistant superintendent in Fairfax
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 19, 2014
“Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza named South County High School principal Jane Lipp as the assistant superintendent for special services.
Lipp, who had served as South County principal since 2008, will succeed Kim Dockery, who was promoted to the new position of chief academic officer in July. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Mom’s letter to college-bound daughter: Why ‘I have reason to fear’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 19, 2014
“Vicki Abeles is a filmmaker, attorney and mother of three. She is also the co-director and producer of the education documentary “Race to Nowhere, ” which revealed the damage to young people being done by the pressures of school, homework, tutoring and extracurricular activities. In the following letter Abeles tells her daughter Jamey, who will be a freshman at the University of Denver, to “stay true to the strong and talented self you’ve worked so hard to find, and show the world what college is really for.” Here’s her letter (which appeared on Huffington Post): Read full article >>”
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D.C. charter board member has $195,000 contract with D.C. charter school
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 19, 2014
“A member of the D.C. Public Charter School Board is receiving $195,000 to do consulting work for a network of schools that the board is responsible for overseeing, according to a list of recent contracts the board published on its Web site. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Mom: My kindergartner was ‘work-sheeted to death’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 19, 2014
“This year I have posted a number of pieces  ( here , here , here and here , for example) about the travesty that is now kindergarten in many public schools. Today, under this school reform in which standardized-test scores are the chief metric for “accountability” of students, schools, teachers, etc., kindergarten has in many classrooms become an academic workshop rather than a place where kids learn through structured play, which is how experts say young children learn best. Young children are often asked to sit for hours at a time, sometimes with little or no recess, to make sure enough reading, writing and math are covered. In this post , I detailed some kindergarten classroom schedules, and this post about “sweat shop kindergarten” drew reaction from readers reporting their children’s experiences. Read full article >>”
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Government investigates major for-profit university, leaving students in the lurch
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 17, 2014
“Corinthian College Inc. (COCO), will shutter 12 campuses and sell 85 following a Department of Education investigation into its federal student aid practices. Here's how students are reacting.”
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The Trials of Graham Spanier, Penn State’s Ousted President
by NYT > Education

Jul 17, 2014
“For 16 years, Spanier oversaw the school’s growth from remote outpost of American higher education to top-tier public university. Now he is facing felony charges. How much should anyone pay for a sin of omission?”
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | comestible
by NYT > Education

Jul 17, 2014
“This word has appeared in one New York Times article in the past year.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Rogue Sport Lacks Sand but Has Style and Speed
by NYT > Education

Jul 17, 2014
“How is the Chinatown version of volleyball different from standard volleyball?”
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Women in Tech: Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science
by NYT > Education

Jul 17, 2014
“Brochures, mentorship programs and the training of high school teachers are some of the tools being used to reverse a trend.”
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Motherlode Blog: Goodbye to Cloth Diapers, and Ideal Motherhood
by NYT > Education

Jul 17, 2014
“Those washable diapers were part and parcel of the vision I had of myself as a woman and a mother. And when I gave them up, I didn’t know who I was any more.”
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Motherlode Blog: Playgrounds for Kids Who Can’t Run and Jump
by NYT > Education

Jul 17, 2014
“Knowing how many ordinary pleasures were cut off from my daughter, I was angry when something as common as swinging through the air on a hot summer day was also unreachable because of broken or missing equipment.”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Disneyland Opens in 1955
by NYT > Education

Jul 17, 2014
“We’re experimenting with a new weekly feature. Let us know what you think.”
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Reporter shot at while covering story
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 17, 2014
“A reporter says she was shot at by someone in a truck while covering a suspected homicide. CNN affiliate WVVA reports.”
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Body cam shows dying toddler
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 17, 2014
“A toddler is lucky to be alive after nearly drowning. His dramatic rescue was all caught by a police body camera.”
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Beauty queen fights back after rape
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 17, 2014
“Six weeks before winning the 1998 Miss World crown, 18-year-old Linor Abargil was raped at knife-point by a travel agent escorting her home to Israel from a modeling gig in Italy.”
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Flesh-eating amoeba lurks in water
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 17, 2014
“CNN's Miguel Marquez reports on the most recent cases of flesh-eating bacteria in the U.S.”
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Uruguay teachers protest attacks by parents
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 17, 2014
“MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Teachers in this South American country are going on a 24-hour strike to protest a wave of physical attacks on educators by students' mothers and fathers.”
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First lady salutes Grammy Museum, music teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 17, 2014
“LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama says every arts organization in the country should embrace the mission of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which focuses on education.”
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Jim Gardner talks one-on-one with Supt. William Hite
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 17, 2014
“'Jim Gardner: One-on-One,' is a chance to get to know regional newsmakers and even individuals who aren't making headlines. Our first sit down is with Dr. William Hite, superintendent of Philadelphia public schools.”
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176 teachers killed in Nigeria's restive north-east since 2011
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 17, 2014
“Abuja (AFP) - One hundred and seventy-six teachers have been killed and 900 schools destroyed in Nigeria's Borno state since Boko Haram militants intensified their violent attacks in 2011, officials said Thursday.”
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Three months later, body recovered from South Korea ferry
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 17, 2014
“Divers retrieved another body Friday from the site of South Korea's ferry disaster -- the first to be recovered in nearly four weeks from the submerged vessel that sank three months ago. The body of a female was found inside a dining hall of the upturned ferry which is lying on the seabed at a depth of 40 metres (130 feet), rescue authorities said. The 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry was carrying 476 passengers and crew -- including 325 high school students -- when it capsized and sank off the southern coast on April 16. President Park Geun-Hye and her administration have been bitterly criticised for their response to the disaster, which stunned the entire country.”
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Garza recommends later start time for Fairfax high schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2014
“This story has been updated.
The first classes of the day at Fairfax County high schools in 2015 could begin after 8 a.m. under a plan being considered by the school district administration.
Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza said that she endorsed a proposal to push back the start of high school classes by at least 40 minutes as part of a long-enduring effort to help teens get more sleep, provided that the plan could be modified to start middle schools earlier but after 7:30 a.m. The proposal likely would cost more than $5,580,000 in new buses. Read full article >>”

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Deirdre Lavery is new principal of Fairfax’s Lee High School
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2014
“Veteran Fairfax County administrator Deirdre Lavery has been named principal of Springfield’s Lee High School.
Lavery succeeds Abe Jeffers, who left Lee in May to serve as a top administrator in Richmond city schools . Lavery had most recently served as the director of the old Cluster 3. Read full article >>”

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Why I was wrong to trash poster boards
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2014
“Several teachers and parents have been eviscerating me, rightfully, for my thoughtless dismissal of poster-board projects — those visual assignments we’ve all had to do — as homework. My column on that subject cited an expert — former national high school principal of the year, Mel Riddile — who thought poster boards were often misused. But I failed to emphasize something Riddile and I both know: These days poster boards can be vital for the presentation skills all children should learn. Read full article >>”
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Amid Common Core debate, North Carolina opts to tweak, not abandon, standards
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2014
“Lawmakers in North Carolina agreed Wednesday to come up with an alternative to the Common Core State Standards in math and reading.
Sort of.
The House and Senate agreed to a compromise that creates a commission to reexamine the Common Core standards and find ways to improve on them. Read full article >>”

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D.C. schools hire expert to help improve outcomes for African American boys
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2014
“D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has hired Robert Simmons, a professor of urban education whose work focuses on the experiences of African American boys, for a new senior-level position as the school system’s chief of innovation and research. Read full article >>”
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Poll: 70 percent of voters support federal preschool expansion
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2014
“Seven in 10 voters, including six in 10 Republicans, support a plan for the federal government to expand quality early childhood programs for low- and middle-income families, according to a national poll sponsored by the First Five Years Fund, an advocacy group. Read full article >>”
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Fairfax school system ends the year with millions in unspent cash, again
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2014
“The Fairfax County school system ended the past fiscal year with more than $38 million in extra cash, the result of budgeted funds officials did not spend.
Each year, the school system revisits the budget to identify leftover cash that can be used at the school board’s discretion for future projects. The administration plans to use approximately $20 million of this year’s funds to address a projected shortfall of more than $55 million for fiscal 2016. Read full article >>”

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Financial review of D.C. charters includes new scrutiny of management contracts
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2014
“The D.C. Public Charter School Board released its annual review of charter school finances this week, and for the first time, the board offered a snapshot of schools that have contracts with outside management companies, expenditures of taxpayer dollars that are difficult to track. Read full article >>”
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An overview of the Peace Corps, sending U.S. citizens abroad since 1961
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 16, 2014
“The Peace Corps, officially established on March 1, 1961, sends U.S. citizens abroad to perform service projects aimed at helping to spur long-term change and to promote a better mutual understanding of global cultures. The federal agency, which grew out of then-Sen. John F. Kennedy’s vision, is “devoted to world peace and friendship.” Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: The Gay Mormon Known Sperm Donor From Utah
by NYT > Education

Jul 16, 2014
“My friends used to offer up my status as a gay former Mormon as an icebreaker. Now, they’re helpfully tossing my role as “known sperm donor” out at dinner parties.”
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Appeals Panel Upholds Race in Admissions for University
by NYT > Education

Jul 16, 2014
“A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday said the University of Texas at Austin used race narrowly enough to meet the standard laid out by the Supreme Court.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Ticking Viral Bombs, Left in Boxes
by NYT > Education

Jul 16, 2014
“Should the United States and Russia destroy all stocks of the smallpox virus, or should they keep samples in case they are needed for further research? Why?”
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Motherlode Blog: Simplifying Measuring Medication for Children
by NYT > Education

Jul 16, 2014
“Parents trying to administer medicine to children younger than 12 are often baffled by measuring options and confusing labels.”
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Getting naked on TV on the first date
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 16, 2014
“CNN's Lisa France explains why VH1's new show "Dating Naked" is the new reality in reality TV.”
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Hot-car mom likened to Jewell
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 16, 2014
“The mother whose toddler died in a hot car near Atlanta last month says she finds comfort in faith but struggles to get through each day.”
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Duckling born with four legs
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 16, 2014
“Affiliate KPLC reports on Donald, a duckling who was born with four legs instead of two.”
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Dog stands guard over owner's body
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 16, 2014
“This bull terrier was found guarding his owner's body near a river in Oklahoma City. KOCO reports.”
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The Financial Literacy Gap Costs College Graduates Thousands
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 16, 2014
“The financial literacy gap that is impacting college students and graduates is hurting the economy. It's time to teach personal finance and investing in schools to offset what kids learn at home.”
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Avoid Tax Penalties on College Savings if Your Child Skips College
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 16, 2014
“Parents may save money for their child's college education for 18 years in a 529 plan, a tax-advantaged college investment account, and then pay tax penalties. Gap years, when students take a year off before college, are quite common, Curley says.”
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10 Colleges With the Highest Out-of-State Tuition
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 16, 2014
“Colleges Where Out-of-State Students Pay the Most”
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Prince George’s gets grant to open schools for young English-language learners
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 16, 2014
“Prince George’s County will open two high schools in 2015 that are specifically designed to help recent immigrant students and second-generation students who are struggling academically to adapt in the United States, school system officials said Tuesday. Read full article >>”
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D.C. leaders celebrate topping-out at new Ballou High
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 16, 2014
“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council member Marion Barry on Tuesday joined hundreds of hard-hatted construction workers in celebrating the topping-out of Southeast Washington’s new Ballou High, expected to open to students in January 2015. Read full article >>”
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Report: Nearly 1 million community college students can’t take out federal loans
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 16, 2014
“Nearly 1 million students in community colleges are unable to take out federal student loans because their schools don’t participate in the federal program, an advocacy group reported Tuesday .
The Institute for College Access and Success, which studied the issue nationally, said 8.5 percent of all students at the public two-year colleges are blocked from a source of financing usually cheaper than a private loan. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Why building relationships is vital in school reform
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 16, 2014
“Is it possible that some school reforms that hold promise are failing because educators are simply not given the time or resources to communicate and build meaningful relationships with each other in order to properly implement them? Or because the conditions in which they do their work do not support productive interactions?  The authors of the following post, Kara S. Finnigan and Alan J. Daly, explain research they have done that underscores the importance of the relational element in reform, and they draw on social network research as a way to highlight the importance of relationships as conduits through which valued resources flow and can bring about systemwide change. Read full article >>”
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Tierra Jolly wins D.C. State Board of Education race
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 16, 2014
“Tierra Jolly defeated opponent Philip Pannell in a sleepy special election Tuesday to fill the Ward 8 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education, according to unofficial results from all 17 precincts posted online late Tuesday. Read full article >>”
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Fairfax school board elects Derenak Kaufax as chair
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 14, 2014
“The Fairfax County school board Thursday elected Tamara Derenak Kaufax as the new chair of the board and Ted Velkoff to serve as the new vice chair.
Kaufax (Lee), who was currently serving as vice chair, will succeed Ilryong Moon (At Large), who completed two consecutive one-year terms leading the board. Read full article >>”

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International Education: Stuck in Visa Debate, U.S. Risks Losing Researchers
by NYT > Education

Jul 14, 2014
“As a debate in Congress over whether to extend green-card privileges to foreign students drags on, students are looking at opportunities outside the United States.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Germany Wins the World Cup
by NYT > Education

Jul 14, 2014
“What was the final score of the championship game of the World Cup on Sunday?”
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Degrees of Education: City College of San Francisco Survives
by NYT > Education

Jul 14, 2014
“A big community college had a long record of low graduation rates and uneven instruction. But when an overseer tried to act, an uproar ensued.”
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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | July 8-14, 2014
by NYT > Education

Jul 14, 2014
“The World Cup, Israel and more, including an experimental 10th question we’d love to know if you like. Let us know, and good luck!”
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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: The Kids Are Ungrateful
by NYT > Education

Jul 14, 2014
“When kids who complain about the things a parent thought they would appreciate, like vacations and even chocolate, how can a parent help them change both tone and attitude?”
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See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 14, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — For a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. Here's the latest presidential prep checklist:”
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Catalan language revival fuels backlash in Spain
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 14, 2014
“By Fiona Ortiz Spain(Reuters) - (Refiled story from July 10 in fourth paragraph to clarify that source was referring to Madrid policymakers) Francesca Munoz, the principal at Sant Miquel primary school near Barcelona, is fighting a linguistic crusade that has fuelled a remarkable recovery of the local Catalan tongue – and of the region’s secessionist movement. For 30 years, public schools in Spain's Catalonia region have taught most subjects in Catalan, not the national Castilian Spanish language. There are now some 10 million Catalan speakers in or near the region bordering France and the Mediterranean, putting the language in a league with Swedish and Greek after it was repressed under the 1939-1975 dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Such is the strength of the Catalan renaissance that it is prompting a backlash among some parents concerned their children are getting short-changed on Spanish, the world’s second-most spoken language by native speakers after Mandarin.”
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Five things to know about suspension and expulsion in D.C. schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 14, 2014
“D.C. Council member David Grosso’s push to prohibit public schools from suspending and expelling pre-kindergartners comes in response to a city report that found that 3- and 4-year-olds were punished with out-of-school suspension 181 times during the 2012-2013 school year. Read full article >>”
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Survey finds split in Washington and Lee community over Confederate flag decision
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 14, 2014
“Many alumni and students are divided about Washington and Lee University’s decision last week to remove Confederate battle flags from a prominent location in its Lee Chapel, according to a survey published by a campus magazine. Read full article >>”
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Farm camp introduces students to food at its source
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 14, 2014
“T he campers dropped off at an Alexandria farm are met with a list of chores: Weed the garden beds, squash bugs, gather eggs from the chicken coop, harvest the vegetables.
Children filled baskets on a recent morning with carrots, squash, tomatoes, Tongue of Fire beans and onions. A few scoured the blackberry bush for ripe fruit. It was a challenge with the eagerly tended bush, but when 7-year-old Franz Pena spotted a bright, plump blackberry, it looked too good to surrender to the basket. Read full article >>”

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Montgomery schools may explore boundary changes to address achievement gap
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 14, 2014
“The Montgomery County Council pressed school officials Monday to consider shifting attendance boundaries to make schools more economically and racially diverse — a potential and politically volatile remedy for a persistent achievement gap . Read full article >>”
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Peace Corps announces major changes to application process
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 14, 2014
“The Peace Corps, formed more than 50 years ago to send Americans abroad to perform good works, is in the midst of its most serious challenge, with the number of applicants falling rapidly, leaving the volunteer force at its lowest level in more than a decade. Read full article >>”
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Prototype: Shaping a School System, From the Ground Up
by NYT > Education

Jul 13, 2014
“In starting a new educational network in Peru, a businessman turned to Ideo, a design company, to help devise everything from classrooms to business models.”
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How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint
by NYT > Education

Jul 13, 2014
“A freshman said she was sexually assaulted at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The school’s handling of the investigation left her wishing she had remained silent.”
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Motherlode Blog: The Emotional Whiplash of Parenting a Teenager
by NYT > Education

Jul 13, 2014
“One minute, your teen needs you. The next, she pushes you away—hard. That’s normal for her, but tough on the parent enduring the push and pull.”
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'Harry Potter' actor found dead in desert
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 13, 2014
“"Harry Potter" actor David Legeno has died, the Inyo County Sheriff's Office confirmed.”
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See rare NYC sunset phenomenon
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 13, 2014
“Watch the sun align with Manhattan's street grid in a phenomena called "Manhattanhenge."”
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Districts debate merits of master's for teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 13, 2014
“DALLAS (AP) — Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who say the extra training is valuable.”
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Strauss: How Microsoft will make money from Common Core (despite what Bill Gates said)
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 13, 2014
“Microsoft founder Bill Gates got somewhat indignant when my Post colleague Lyndsey Layton asked him in an interview this past spring about concerns  of some opponents of the Common Core State Standards  that his important support for the initiative has been driven by business interests. The interview was part of the extensive reporting Layton did over two months to write an important story about Gates’s vital involvement in the Core initiative, which you can read here . (You can see the full interview here and an excerpted video here . )Here is how part of the interview went: Read full article >>”
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How some colleges that ban premarital sex teach prevention of sexual assault
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 13, 2014
“Faced with rising furor over campus sex assaults, colleges across the country are spreading the word to students that it’s wrong to have sex with anyone who for whatever reason — drugs, alcohol, exhaustion — has lost the mental capacity to consent. Read full article >>”
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Montgomery algebra failures mean some students have to bail on summer plans
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 13, 2014
“The day of her son’s eighth-grade promotion ceremony in Montgomery County, Susan Townsend got word that the teen had failed his Algebra 1 final exam . She says she was surprised, since he is a good test-taker and had a B average over his first three marking periods. Read full article >>”
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Sleepy campaign for D.C. Board of Education goes national
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 13, 2014
“When Tierra Jolly thumbed through her mail on Monday, she was surprised to see campaign literature touting her bid for a seat on the D.C. State Board of Education.
Jolly, a teacher at a private parochial high school in Maryland, didn’t recognize the mailings, which featured her photograph and images of her students. And she said she’d never heard of Education Reform Now, the group that paid for the glossy literature. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Readers react to what teachers told Obama
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 13, 2014
“There was a lot of reaction to a post I published a few days ago about what happened when four teachers from high-poverty schools sat down with President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for lunch at the White House to talk about education, teaching and school reform. Here are some of the reactions from readers. Read full article >>”
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Fair Game: Flunking Out, at a Price
by NYT > Education

Jul 11, 2014
“In Corinthian Colleges’ downfall, taxpayers and borrowers will again pay for regulatory lapses.”
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College sexual assaults: US campuses' failures seen as 'call to action'
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 11, 2014
“Despite stepped up attention in recent years to sexual assaults on college campuses, many colleges are failing to follow some of the most basic practices for responding to and preventing such attacks. “If we’re going to turn the tide against sexual violence, survivors must be protected, empowered, and given the confidence that if they make the difficult choice to report a crime, they will be treated with respect and taken seriously,” Senator McCaskill, a former sex-crimes prosecutor, said in a statement. “These results should serve as a call to action to our colleges and universities to tackle this terrible crime.” Among schools that reported more than zero sexual offenses to the Department of Education, however, only nine percent had conducted fewer investigations than the number of crimes reported. • Many campuses fail to encourage the reporting of sexual assaults.”
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The Case for College Students to Have Credit Cards
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 11, 2014
“Financial experts yell, scream and throw their arms in the air about avoiding credit cards. While jungle juice should be avoided, there is actually a case for college students to sign up for a credit card. Here are three reasons why a credit card will set them up for a healthy financial future. Credit cards help establish credit history.”
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U.S. telecom regulators tackle Internet subsidy for schools
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 11, 2014
“The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on Friday on a proposal intended to modernize the subsidy program that helps fund Internet access in public schools and libraries, which has faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal calls for changes in how money is spent by E-Rate, the largest U.S. education technology program, which is funded by fees Americans pay on their phone bills. The subsidy, created in 1996, has helped connect most U.S. classrooms and public libraries to the Internet, but rules have limited how much money could fund broadband and Wi-Fi. Wheeler's plan, among other things, would transition spending away from older technologies such as pagers to devote more funds to Wi-Fi and eventually focus entirely on high-speed Internet services.”
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D.C. State Board of Education seat up for grabs in special election
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 11, 2014
“Longtime civic activist Philip Pannell and high school teacher Tierra Jolly are vying to be Ward 8’s next representative to the D.C. State Board of Education, which is responsible for establishing citywide academic standards. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: Teenagers in The Times | June 2014
by NYT > Education

Jul 11, 2014
“Our monthly collection of stories about young people in the news.”
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Texas Tribune: Commitment in Texas to Fiscal Restraint Adds Burden for Education
by NYT > Education

Jul 11, 2014
“Performance in schools has improved despite the state’s low per-student spending, but Texas teachers earn less money than their peers elsewhere and face other financial strains.”
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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | retrograde
by NYT > Education

Jul 11, 2014
“This word has appeared in 76 New York Times articles in the past year.”
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Motherlode Blog: ‘All My Friends Are White’
by NYT > Education

Jul 11, 2014
“My son is black, but I’m not. Neither is his mother. We live in Singapore, where we don’t have that many friends of any color. I wish I had friends to give my son, but I don’t.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Jul 11, 2014
“Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.”
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Motherlode Blog: Summer Car Safety: Look Before You Lock, and More
by NYT > Education

Jul 11, 2014
“The terrible accusations against the father alleged to have intentionally left his toddler to die in a hot car in Georgia make it too easy to mentally file the death under the category “things that will never happen to my family.””
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Running of the bulls
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 11, 2014
“Pamplona's running of the bulls”
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CDC: Smallpox alive in storeroom
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 11, 2014
“At least two of the vials employees at the National Institutes of Health found in an unused storage room earlier this month contain viable samples of the deadly virus.”
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She drove Mercedes to pick up WIC aid
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 11, 2014
“Darlena Cuhna joins Don Lemon to reveal the life circumstances that lead her to drive a Merceds to pick up food vouchers”
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10 secret beaches worth discovering
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 11, 2014
“To all the locals who have been hoarding the following beaches, please forgive us.”
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The week in 26 photos
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 11, 2014
“From flaming fuel trucks in Afghanistan to the latest footwear by Gaultier to Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson clowning around, these are the images that caught our eye this week.”
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See 'weeping' elephant unshackled
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 11, 2014
“When Raju the elephant was rescued after being shackled and abused for five decades, the story and picture of him "crying" went viral.”
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'Mockingbird' actress dies
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 11, 2014
“Rosemary Murphy, an Emmy Award-winning actress, has died. She was 89”
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Obama to heckler: Sit down
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 11, 2014
“President Barack Obama was interrupted by hecklers during an event in Austin, Texas.”
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Catalan language revival fuels backlash in Spain
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 11, 2014
“By Fiona Ortiz CORNELLA DE LLOBREGAT Spain (Reuters) - Francesca Munoz, the principal at Sant Miquel primary school near Barcelona, is fighting a linguistic crusade that has fueled a remarkable recovery of the local Catalan tongue – and of the region’s secessionist movement. For 30 years, public schools in Spain's Catalonia region have taught most subjects in Catalan, not the national Castilian Spanish language. There are now some 10 million Catalan speakers in or near the region bordering France and the Mediterranean, putting the language in a league with Swedish and Greek after it was repressed under the 1939-1975 dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Such is the strength of the Catalan renaissance that it is prompting a backlash among some parents concerned their children are getting short-changed on Spanish, the world’s second-most spoken language by native speakers after Mandarin.”
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Montgomery County unveils initiative to put 40,000 laptops and tablets in schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 11, 2014
“Montgomery County plans to launch a major technology initiative in its public schools in August, providing 40,000 laptops and tablets to students as part of a project that will expand quickly in coming years, officials said Thursday . Read full article >>”
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UMUC studies ideas for restructuring amid steep enrollment declines
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 11, 2014
“University of Maryland University College, the nation’s largest online public university, is weighing ideas to restructure its operations in response to steep enrollment declines in a hotly competitive market. Read full article >>”
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Md. student test scores drop significantly as state shifts to Common Core
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 11, 2014
“Reading and math scores on Maryland’s state tests for elementary and middle school students dropped to their lowest levels in seven years, according to a Washington Post analysis of test data released Friday. Some state officials expected the drop, as Maryland schools are transitioning to new national academic standards that do not align with the state test. Read full article >>”
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Survey: Rapes not investigated at 2 in 5 colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 10, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | The Animal Whisperer
by NYT > Education

Jul 10, 2014
“When have you wondered if a zoo animal or pet was depressed or unhappy?”
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Motherlode Blog: Stir-Fries, Mastered. Next Up, the Easy Vegetarian Gratin
by NYT > Education

Jul 10, 2014
“Looking for an easy way to incorporate vegetables into a simple summer meal? This week, the meat-loving Ruder family tries a gratin.”
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Motherlode Blog: Parent on a Smartphone, With Almost No Guilt
by NYT > Education

Jul 10, 2014
“Smartphones can make us more present as parents—or not.”
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Ex-Inmate Threatens Columbia’s Paper, Police Say
by NYT > Education

Jul 10, 2014
“Daniel Mingues, who was involved in the fatal stabbing of a professor in 1972, recently showed up at the office of The Columbia Daily Spectator, which had published articles about the case.”
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Hasselbeck rips into former co-host
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 10, 2014
“CNN's Don Lemon talks with Joy Behar about Elisabeth Hasselbeck's comments on Rosie O'Donnell's return to "The View."”
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Letterman walks out on Joan Rivers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 10, 2014
“After Joan Rivers walked out on a CNN interview, David Letterman walked out on his own interview with Rivers.”
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Is this the new iPhone 6 screen?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 10, 2014
“The screen to the new iPhone 6 may have been leaked to a reviewer on YouTube.”
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Alarming Stats From Congressional Campus Sex Assault Report
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 10, 2014
“Many institutions of higher education are failing at addressing sexual assaults on their campuses, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said today as she released a new report on how colleges and universities are responding to sexual assault cases. READ: Campus Crisis: Sexual Assault on Campuses WATCH: ‘This...”
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Teachers, Doctor Accused of Prescription Drug Ring, Police Say
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 10, 2014
“Husband and Wife Hatched Plan to Feed Their Pill Habit”
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Connecting school spending and student achievement
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 10, 2014
“In the roiling national debate about the best ways to improve public education, one aspect gets scant attention: the relationship between the tax dollars school systems spend and academic results.
In a report released Wednesday, the left-leaning Center for American Progress looks at how much “bang for the buck” taxpayers are getting from public schools. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Will the FCC ignore educators in modernizing key U.S. technology program?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 10, 2014
“This post is a rebuttal to one that I published a few days ago about the federal “E-Rate” program — which offers discounts for schools and libraries to get Internet access and telecommunications — under the headline “ A watershed moment for technology in education .” The earlier piece was co-written by Julius Genachowski, managing director of The Carlyle Group and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Jim Coulter, a commissioner of the bi-partisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission, and co-founder and chief executive officer of TPG Holdings. Genachowski and Coulter urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve at its meeting this Friday a plan to start to modernize the E-Rate program. Genachowski and Coulter wrote that the proposal “is a first step in this modernization, which redirects over $2 billion in existing E-Rate funds out of unnecessary reserves and into classroom Wi-Fi installations and upgrades” and that this “first step would positively impact six million students in the coming year.” Read full article >>”
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McCaskill questions athletics-department role in sex-assault cases involving athletes
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 10, 2014
“About one in five colleges surveyed nationwide give their athletic departments oversight over cases of sexual violence involving student athletes, a Senate Democrat reported Wednesday.
That finding emerged from a survey of hundreds of colleges that Sen. Claire McCaskill’s staff conducted about campus sex assaults. The survey provides an unusually detailed look at variations in policies and customs in what has become an explosive issue for higher education. Read full article >>”

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Critics of D.C. education policies question test score gains
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 10, 2014
“A group of education advocates is calling on the District to release more information about students’ performance on city tests, arguing that the limited data released in years past has overstated city schools’ progress. Read full article >>”
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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | America’s First Ladies
by NYT > Education

Jul 08, 2014
“Test your knowledge of America’s first ladies by playing our crossword.”
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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Children With a Single Focus
by NYT > Education

Jul 08, 2014
“A parent asks: My 6-year-old gets very passionate about certain topics and tends to focus only on those topics. Should I try really hard to strike more of a balance?”
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Motherlode Blog: Summer Camp: The Debate
by NYT > Education

Jul 08, 2014
“Should you send your children away to summer camp? Reasonable parents can disagree, and Bruce Feiler and I do.”
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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week Two | A ‘Native Generation Z-er’ on ‘Girl Meets World’
by NYT > Education

Jul 08, 2014
“Congratulations to this week’s winner, Simi, and thank you to Andrea Cremer, our Penguin Young Readers Group author-judge.”
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About New York: For Those in the Digital Dark, Enlightenment Is Borrowed From the Library
by NYT > Education

Jul 08, 2014
“For most of New York City, two companies, Time Warner and Verizon, provide broadband access at an annual cost of close to $1,000 per home. But for many houses, that means no access at all.”
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Mila Kunis: Kutcher was my first kiss
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Jul 08, 2014
“Mila Kunis is living the dream.”
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Survey: Math, science grads earn top dollar
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 08, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems to matter less whether your alma mater is public or private than what you study — math and science in particular — when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Education.”
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Try Convincing an Employer to Pay for an Online Degree
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 08, 2014
“One way to ease the financial burden, at least for working adults, is to convince your employer to chip in for education costs. Most employers have some kind of tuition reimbursement policy, according to a 2013 survey of more than 500 human resources professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management. Experts say future online students may need to take a unique approach to the conversation, however, since many employers are not as familiar with virtual learning. Starbucks may have made headlines recently by creating a tuition reimbursement program for employers who pursue online degrees, but that doesn't mean all employers share the company's enthusiasm for online learning.”
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India state sacks hundreds of teachers over fake degrees
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 08, 2014
“India's Bihar state has sacked 1,100 school teachers in the last five years for faking their own education qualifications, an official said Tuesday. Bihar's government has launched an investigation into the eastern state's primary and secondary teachers to check the authenticity of their degrees, the official said. "We have removed about 1,100 school teachers in last five years in the state for using forged degrees to get jobs," senior state education official R.S. Singh told AFP. "Our investigation is on to verify degrees of more school teachers.”
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Corinthian Colleges seeking to reassure students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 08, 2014
“SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A for-profit education company sought to reassure nervous students Tuesday that they'll be able to finish their degrees even though their campuses were being closed amid concerns from the Education Department about its practices.”
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Strauss: Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 08, 2014
“The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it: the amount of time kids are forced to sit while they are in school. This appeared on the TimberNook blog. Read full article >>”
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Washington and Lee University to remove Confederate flags following protests
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 08, 2014
“Washington and Lee University expressed regret Tuesday for the school’s past ownership of slaves and promised to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities. Read full article >>”
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Md. educators object to recommendation that public schools open after Labor Day
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 08, 2014
“Three groups representing Maryland educators have expressed opposition to a legislative task force’s recommendation to delay the opening of the state’s public schools until after Labor Day .
A letter sent Tuesday to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and leaders of the General Assembly contends that a delay in the start of school would not be in the best interest of students. The letter was signed by leaders of the Maryland State Education Association, the Public Schools Superintendents Association of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Read full article >>”

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Growing number of kindergarteners are Hispanic
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 08, 2014
“At least one in five kindergarten students were Hispanic in 17 states, according to an analysis of 2012 census data by the Pew Research Center . That’s up significantly from 2000, when just eight states reached the same threshold for kindergarten enrollments. Read full article >>”
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Corinthian Colleges details plan to sell 85 campuses, close 12 others
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 07, 2014
“The for-profit company Corinthian Colleges detailed plans Monday to sell 85 of its career-education campuses nationwide and shutter a dozen others, including two outposts operating under the Everest brand in the Washington region. Read full article >>”
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US seeks better teachers for high-needs schools
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 07, 2014
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department on Monday announced a new initiative to attract quality teachers to the schools that need them most.”