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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Should Siblings Spectate?
by NYT > Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 15, 2014
“Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.”
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Dog to fox: Leave my stuff alone!
by CNN.com - Top Stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 09, 2014
“Student loans need reform. But recent gloomy reports obscure the key benefit of borrowing for college: a college education.”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Thrill Seeking in Utah
by NYT > Education

Aug 09, 2014
“Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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Motherlode Blog: Need Kids to Follow Instructions? Don’t Ask. Tell.
by NYT > Education

Aug 09, 2014
““Do you want to put on your shoes now?” “Should we have macaroni and cheese for dinner?” “How about you go brush your teeth?” These are not really questions.”
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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest, Week 9 | What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?
by NYT > Education

Aug 09, 2014
“This week our Penguin Young Adult guest judge is Meg Wolitzer, and submissions are due by Aug. 15 at 7 a.m. Eastern.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Aug 09, 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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World Health Org. gives dire warning
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“Health experts declared the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach.”
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Treating Ebola: 'We are two steps behind'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“It's been months since this Ebola outbreak began and hundreds of people have died, but doctors in Africa says its complete, deadly reach is not known.”
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20 stunning cliffside beaches
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“There's nothing like high drama on a beach.”
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Bridezilla's no-invite list goes viral
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“An etiquette expert weighs in on a Facebook post from an alleged bride-to-be listing why some people would not be invited.”
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Does THIS make you feel skinny?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“Designers are adding inches to clothes but not changing the numbers on tags. Rachel Crane asks, does it really matter?”
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Bear sees drowning bird, and then ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“A visitor at the Budapest Zoo records a gentle bear rescuing a crow from drowning.”
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'Apparently' kid steals live news
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“Noah Ritter, known as the "apparently" kid, stole the show during a live interview and has now become a national star.”
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48 snakes (or more!) infest family's home
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“Tenants say they are fed up with their Florida home being infested with snakes. CNN affiliate WFTX has the story.”
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Spaceship for new frontiers
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“More than half a century after Sputnik, space travel remains shockingly wasteful. Every rocket we launch at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars can only be used once and completes its mission by falling to Earth in pieces. This disposable design has scarcely advanced since the 1960s.”
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Time lapse shows storm hit Hawaii
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“See Tropical Storm Iselle hit Hilo, Hawaii.”
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Why monkey seflie belongs to us all
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“Selfies are everywhere. Even Indonesian macaques are getting into the game. In 2011, two of these Old World monkeys borrowed photographer David J. Slater's camera and reportedly snapped some pictures of themselves. One of the selfies by a female macaque has since gone viral, making its way to Wikipedia's free-to-use website.”
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Army colonel: Don't go back to Iraq
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“David Sutherland, a former brigade commander in Iraq, says the U.S. spent $25 billion to train Iraq's forces. It's time to take off the training wheels, let them defend their country and turn our attention to our veterans.”
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5 things women couldn't do in the '60s
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“Can you imagine pregnancy being a fireable offense? How about job security hinging on your weight or the softness of your hands? What if you couldn't open a bank account or establish a line of credit unless you had a husband to cosign for you? What if you had the grades to attend a school like Princeton, but your gender kept you on the other side of those hallowed, ivy-covered halls?”
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Tommy Hilfiger's 'shagadelic' digs
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“The great American graphic designer Milton Glaser once declared, "There are three responses to a piece of design—yes, no, and wow! Wow is the one to aim for." Tommy and Dee Hilfiger apparently endorse that notion. The fashion mogul and his wife have planted their flag on a glorious stretch of beachfront just north of Miami with a home defined by spectacular moments, whimsical flourishes, and astonishing coups de théâtre. In this case wow! might be an understatement.”
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Nine nutrition rules for athletes
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“Follow these nutrition guidelines to ensure your hard work in training pays off.”
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Church cancels funeral for gay man
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“A family says a Florida church canceled their son's funeral service because the church found out he was gay.”
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She finds snake in case of water
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“Shopper finds a snake coiled inside a plastic wrapped case of water bottles.”
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Tsunami victim found 10 years later
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“An Indonesian girl is reunited with her family 10 years after being swept out to sea by a tsunami.”
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James Brady's death ruled a homicide
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 09, 2014
“Former White House press secretary James Brady's death this week was directly related to wounds he sustained in the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, and authorities are now investigating it as a homicide, police told CNN on Friday.”
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Federal government says Virginia schools restrained, isolated students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 09, 2014
“(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia public schools denied the right of education to emotionally disabled students after discovering teachers had frequently secluded and restrained them. The department wrote in a July 29 letter of findings that it had entered an accord with the two public schools in Prince William County, PACE East and PACE West, to correct the problems. The schools are for students with serious emotional and behavioral problems. According to the letter from the department's Office for Civil Rights, school employees in some cases physically forced students to lie face down on the floor or put them into solitary padded areas.”
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Strauss: The difference between ‘complex’ and ‘complicated’ — and why it matters in school reform
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 09, 2014
““Complex” isn’t the same thing as “complicated” — and the difference matters.  In this post, Stanford University’s  Larry Cuba n explains why in the context of school reform. Cuban was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education .” This appeared on Cuban’s on School Reform and Classroom Practice blog, which just turned 5 years old. Read full article >>”
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Arlington buys safer helmets for high school football players
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 09, 2014
“Arlington County's high school football players will have new helmets this year, purchased to mitigate the risk of head injuries and concussions.
Officials announced the new helmets in a letter to parents this week, and said they are part of a “comprehensive concussion management plan” the district has adopted. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: Why Princeton students who deserve A’s can’t get them — report
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 09, 2014
“Here’s an interesting case of unintended consequences in education reform — in this case, grading policy at an Ivy League school.
A decade ago the faculty at Princeton University adopted a grading policy that was intended to distinguish between good and great work but that wound up restricting the number of top grades professors handed out. The policy recommended that each department award no more than 35 percent of grades in the “A” range, resulting in strange grading curves that rob students of A’s they rightly deserve. Last October, new Princeton President Christopher Ludwig Eisgruber formed a committee to review the policy, noting that there had been some unfortunate unintended consequences of the policy (and even “poor behavior” by some professors). The committee’s report was just released (see below ) and it exposes an unfair system.  The key recommendation: Read full article >>”

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Proposal to quash dissent on University of Virginia’s governing board is abandoned
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 07, 2014
“A proposal meant to silence dissenters on the governing board of Virginia’s flagship public university was officially scuttled Wednesday, days after state lawmakers raised an outcry .
The initial version of a “statement of expectations” for the University of Virginia ’s Board of Visitors had stated that board members should not speak out publicly on board decisions — “whether past, present or imminent” — without permission from the board’s leader. The proposal drew sharp criticism after it surfaced publicly last week. Read full article >>”

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New York City Libraries Struggle to Meet Demand for English-Language Classes
by NYT > Education

Aug 07, 2014
“In a city where about 3.9 million residents speak a language other than English at home, the classes are so popular that people in some neighborhoods stand in line for hours to sign up.”
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Philippe Petit Walks Tightrope Between the Twin Towers
by NYT > Education

Aug 07, 2014
“On Aug. 7, 1974 Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between the twin towers, later telling The Times, “If I see three oranges I have to juggle, and if I see two towers I have to walk.””
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Motherlode Blog: If We Link Boys With Bedlam, What Does That Say to Our Girls?
by NYT > Education

Aug 07, 2014
“Our hosts this summer, all parents of girls, shook their heads ruefully as my sons romped. If I hear disapproval of my sons’ behavior in their comments, surely their daughters hear approval of more placid ways.”
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Brazen woman poses with stolen card
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 07, 2014
“Cops are looking for a woman who used a stolen credit card to buy over $400 in hair products. CNN affiliate WKMG reports.”
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Russian laser show mocks Obama
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 07, 2014
“A racially charged laser show of Barack Obama eating a banana was projected on the U.S. embassy in Moscow.”
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Passers-by step over shot man
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 07, 2014
“Video shows witnesses ignoring a shooting victim, but as CNN's Susan Candiotti reports, this isn't an isolated reaction.”
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See 'ghost' attack news crew
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 07, 2014
“A Pennsylvania family claims their house is haunted and has the pictures to prove it. CNN affiliate WPMT reports.”
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THIS creature walks like a human
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 07, 2014
“What appears to be a bear was caught on camera walking on its hind legs in a neighborhood in New Jersey.”
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Boy missing since 1940 ID'd
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 07, 2014
“On their deathbeds — her father's in the 1960s and her mother's in the 1980s — Ovell Krell's parents made her promise she'd never stop looking for her brother.”
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Michelle Obama To Teen Girls: You Have To Go To College
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 07, 2014
“Michelle Obama took a break this week from her campaign to rid the nation’s schools of cupcakes to urge American girls to go to college. “Whatever you do, I urge you to take your education seriously,” she wrote in an open letter published Wednesday morning by Seventeen, “because no matter what you want to do with your life, I guarantee that you will need a high school diploma and some higher education, like a two-year or four-year college degree or a professional certificate.””
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Teachers explain why they’re ditching iPads for ‘much more useful’ Chromebooks
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 07, 2014
“As popular as the iPad has been for end consumers, schools have also been a major part of the tablet’s success. Ever since Apple launched the iPad in 2010, schools all over the country have experimented with placing them in classrooms or giving them to students to bring home with them. The Atlantic reports that although many institutions were initially satisfied with the results, many are now beginning to see the potential upshot of affordable laptops over expensive tablets. According to Joseph Morris, director of market intelligence at the Center for Digital Education, American K-12 schools are expected to spend nearly $10 billion on technology in 2014 and about a third of that will go directly to computer hardware. Schools have a very difficult and”
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Embattled NCAA lets richest colleges play their own game
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 07, 2014
“U.S. college sports took a first step in addressing broad criticism about treatment of student-athletes with a vote Thursday to grant some autonomy to rich athletic conferences, a tacit acknowledgement of their unrivaled economic clout. The new structure among the five biggest conferences hands them broader authority to set their own rules and could potentially pave the way for the 65 universities to offer compensation to student-athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I board of directors approved the measure that would let the so-called power five - the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference - self-govern in areas such as scholarships, insurance and travel for athletes' families. The conferences and the NCAA have faced legal, political and public pressure to share its billions in revenue they generate from amateur athletes and guarantee them stronger benefits.”
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Fewer Colorado teens think pot harmful, use down since legalization
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 07, 2014
“By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The number of Colorado high school students who believe marijuana is harmful has fallen since the state legalized recreational pot, while teen use of the drug has declined slightly during the same time, health officials said on Thursday. Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana by adults in ballot measures approved by voters in 2012. Retail marijuana stores opened in Colorado on Jan. 1 and in Washington last month. The survey found that one in five students admitted using marijuana within the last 30 days, down from 22 percent of those surveyed in 2011. One-third said they have tried pot.”
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Prince George’s County to host Back to School fair
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 07, 2014
“The Prince George’s County Public School System is expecting thousands of families on Saturday to attend its annual Back to School fair at the Showplace Arena, an opportunity for students to register for classes, purchase uniforms and even get required immunizations . Read full article >>”
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Prince William schools restrain, seclude disabled kids frequently, inquiry finds
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 07, 2014
“Federal civil rights officials have found that two Prince William County public schools for students with emotional disabilities frequently restrained, secluded and removed children from classrooms in a “one-size-fits-all” approach to behavior management that took away instructional time and did not account for individual student needs. Read full article >>”
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Loudoun Valley football parents fight for helmet sensors, but administrators decline
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 07, 2014
“Amid widespread debate about head trauma and the safety of playing football, parents of the athletes at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Va., were thrilled when a Bethesda, Md., company offered to place impact sensors on team helmets. A light would turn on when a helmet took a big hit, an indicator that trainers should check for a concussion. Read full article >>”
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N.C.A.A. May Let Its Top Conferences Play by Their Own Rules
by NYT > Education

Aug 06, 2014
“The powerhouses of college sports are expected to gain preliminary approval to break away from some of the strictures of the N.C.A.A., which would give them more freedom to govern themselves and could allow athletes a share of the wealth.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | The Ebola Outbreak
by NYT > Education

Aug 06, 2014
“How does Ebola spread?”
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College President Takes a Pay Cut to Give Low-Wage Campus Workers Raise
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 06, 2014
“A minor but interesting shift took place this month when two dozen of the lowest-paid Kentucky State University workers got a hefty wage increase because their college president gave up $90,000 of his own six-digit salary so others could earn a living wage. Raymond Burse, interim president of the school, will now receive a reduced annual salary of $259,744 so low-wage workers can get a pay bump to $10.25 an hour. By comparison, food servers were paid an average of $24,213 in the 2013–2014 school year, according to a survey published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.”
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How Marriage Law Ruling Affects Financial Aid Options
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 06, 2014
“Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the federal law against gay marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act, was unconstitutional. This section had prohibited all federal agencies, including the Department of Education, from recognizing same-sex marriages for the purpose of federal programs, including financial aid programs. This ruling resulted in significant changes to eligibility for both federal student aid and certain student loan repayment options. Here are five things all families, regardless of current marriage status, need to know about changes to the financial aid process in the wake of the ruling.”
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Virginia college presidents skeptical of Obama plan to rate colleges
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 06, 2014
“Fifty higher-education leaders from Virginia are voicing skepticism about an Obama administration plan to rate colleges on measures of access and value and link those ratings to federal aid.
Presidents of schools ranging from the public University of Virginia to the private Liberty University put their names on an unusual joint letter sent July 22 to the state’s congressional delegation as well as to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). Read full article >>”

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Shining Stars finds new home in time for school year
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 06, 2014
“An earlier version of this story said that the Shining Stars Montessori Academy would be the first charter school to open in Ward 3. Washington Latin Public Charter School opened in Ward 3 and later moved. This version has been corrected. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: A lesson from South Korea: Student resistance to high-stakes testing
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 06, 2014
“Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said repeatedly that the United States isn’t as serious about educating its young people as the South Koreans. It’s just one of the many things he has said in comparing the U.S. public education system with that of other countries. But is South Korea really the country we should be emulating when it comes to schools? Kathy Schultz , a professor and dean of the School of Education at Mills College in Oakland,  is the author of  “ Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices .” Young Whan Choi and Kathy Schultz answer that question in the following post. Young Whan Choi has taught in public schools in New York City, Providence, RI, and Oakland, CA, and has consulted on work-based learning and advisory models with schools in the United States and South Korea.  He has led the development of a national online Ethnic Studies curriculum.   Currently, as the Civic Engagement Coordinator in Oakland Unified School District, he is directing an initiative to ensure that all high schools students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and habits to be active members of their community. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Michelle Rhee has a new position
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 05, 2014
“Michelle Rhee just got a new position.
According to the Sacramento Bee she was just named interim board chairwoman of St. Hope Schools, a small group of Sacramento charter schools. The new position gives “Rhee a powerful new role in the charter school system founded by her husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.” But she isn’t giving up her day job, which is running the advocacy group StudentsFirst. Read full article >>”

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Motherlode Blog: Telling the Kids: ‘We’re Moving.’
by NYT > Education

Aug 05, 2014
“Telling my children we were moving from Atlanta to Nashville was easier than I thought it would be. Getting over worrying about how the move would affect them was not.”
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Shark drags boat in circles for hours
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 05, 2014
“A Texas fisherman hooked a catch of a lifetime, but the fight to reel him in was not easy. CNN affiliate KIII reports.”
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S.Africa's Curro to reach school opening target five years early
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 05, 2014
“By Tiisetso Motsoeneng JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African private schools firm Curro Holdings Ltd will meet its target of running 40 academies by year end, five years ahead of time, it said on Tuesday, as parental frustration with often overcrowded state-run schools boosts demand. Shares in Curro, which also reported a 76 percent rise in first-half profit on Tuesday, jumped more than 5 percent to 26.25 rand by 1104 GMT, extending a rebound from a seven-month low of 23.01 rand seen at the end of last week. The company, along with rival ADvTECH Ltd, is betting on growing demand from parents unhappy with the public education system in Africa's second-largest economy. "I don't think consumer wealth has grown all that much but I think parents know that it is important to put their children in affordable and decent schools and Curro gives them all that," said Rigardt Maartens, a portfolio manager at PSG Securities.”
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College application cycle for 2015 begins
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 05, 2014
“In these lazy days of early August, many rising high school seniors no doubt relish a few more carefree weeks before classes resume. But some are now plunging deep into their college applications.
Indeed, a few have already filed. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: If this isn’t school reform failure, what is?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 05, 2014
“School reformers have made student standardized test scores the most important measure of how public schools are doing, so it seems only fair to measure their performance by their own definition of success. The newly released 2014 high-stakes test scores tells us that D.C. Public Schools doesn’t have a great deal to show for its reforms since Michelle Rhee became chancellor in 2007 and her deputy, Kaya Henderson, succeeded her in 2010. Read full article >>”
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Montgomery task force on cyber civility extends its work into the fall
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 05, 2014
“A Montgomery County schools task force looking into how to boost online civility will extend its work into the fall, continuing to meet through late October, the group decided.
The task force was announced last December after Superintendent Joshua P. Starr was zinged with offensive tweets as he and other district officials weighed whether to close schools for snow and icy weather. Some tweets included cursing or racial epithets. Read full article >>”

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International Education: College of Europe Aims to Produce Well-Rounded Civil Servants
by NYT > Education

Aug 04, 2014
“Long known as a training ground for European Union bureaucrats, the College of Europe faces challenges in its bid to produce well-rounded civil servants.”
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International Education: Education Technology Companies Play the Name Game
by NYT > Education

Aug 04, 2014
“Company names, often bastardizing, have wriggled into the lexicons of college administrators, professors and students.”
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Air Force Academy to Examine Conduct of Cadet Athletes
by NYT > Education

Aug 04, 2014
“The investigation was prompted by reports of sexual assault, drug use, cheating and other violations of the academy’s honor code.”
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Ohio Residents Told Not to Drink Tap Water
by NYT > Education

Aug 04, 2014
“Why can’t people in Toledo, Ohio, drink tap water?”
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Beyoncé and Jay Z ‘On the Run’
by NYT > Education

Aug 04, 2014
“Can you choose the best word for each blank?”
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20 most beautiful World Heritage Sites
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“Last year luxury website VeryFirstTo.com unveiled a £990,000 ($1.5 million) trip, a luxury expedition to all 962 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in what was billed as the world's most expensive vacation.”
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What is this mysterious animal?
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“Grainy video of a mysterious animal has residents of a California neighborhood wondering what it is. KTLA has more”
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Couple reject Down syndrome twin
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“A newborn with Down syndrome was abandoned by his biological parents and left with his surrogate mother in Thailand.”
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Bear sees drowning bird, and then ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“A visitor at the Budapest Zoo records a gentle bear rescuing a crow from drowning.”
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Russian soldier's selfies backfire
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“A Russian soldier is posting selfies on Instagram that reveal his exact location, indicating a presence in Ukraine.”
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Colbert mocks Bieber, Bloom feud
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“"The Colbert Report" takes sides on the Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom feud. The show even gets the Pope involved.”
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The wildest roller coaster out there
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“Goliath, at Six Flags Great America, is the world's fastest wooden coaster with the tallest and steepest drop.”
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'Star Trek' to NASA's 'secret weapon'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“She bewitched audiences as Star Trek's sassy Lt. Uhura.”
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Otter attacks 8-year-old boy
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“A river otter attacked a grandmother and a 8-year-old boy while they were swimming.”
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'Big Ben' loses 145 pounds
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 04, 2014
“The table was set with an unhealthy serving of his favorite foods: fried chicken, baked beans and an extra-large helping of macaroni and cheese. For some people, alcohol and cigarettes are unhealthy vices. For Ben Boukari Jr., food was his addiction.”
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Back-to-School Must-Haves for New High School Teachers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 04, 2014
“Thousands of newly minted high school teachers will lead a classroom for the first time in the coming weeks and may be feeling some nerves themselves. "High school is a different animal from middle school and elementary school so you have to get ready for it," says Susan Siemer, a social studies teacher at Crooksville High School in Ohio, who has been teaching for about 12 years. These are not available in the back-to-school aisle, but they can help new high school teachers start the year off on the right foot. Creativity: High school teachers may have to be a little more innovative when trying to keep students interested in learning, one educator says.”
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Strauss: Fact-checking Campbell Brown: What she said, what research really shows
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 04, 2014
“Former CNN correspondent Campbell Brown appeared on The Colbert Report last week in her role as head of the new Partnership for Educational Justice , an advocacy organization that is supporting seven parents in a lawsuit against New York State’s teacher tenure laws. (Supporting may be underestimating what the group is doing, given that she called the parents “our plaintiffs.”)  Colbert asked her some good questions but her answers were, well, questionable. In the following post, Alyssa Hadley Dunn,  a former high school English teacher who is now an assistant professor of teacher education at Michigan State University, fact-checks Brown’s answers. Dunn researches urban schools, educational policy, and social justice . Read full article >>”
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Why college kids aren’t timid or lost
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 04, 2014
“Author and former Yale faculty member William Deresiewicz has created a sensation with his attack on the Ivy League, published in the New Republic .
He is right to question our misplaced respect for elite colleges . He also wisely wonders why such institutions can’t welcome more students from low-income homes. Read full article >>”

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D.C. charter school educates parents alongside children
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 04, 2014
“The images in the book were bright and the words simple, but many of the women in the classroom hesitated as they sounded out each sentence.
“If you can’t read the words, can you talk about the pictures?” teacher Elizabeth Bergner coached. The goal for the women enrolled in Bergner’s adult-education class in the District is to learn English, but an equally important target is to help their children learn to read. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: It’s innovative, but is it really better?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 04, 2014
“The word “innovative” is invoked a lot to describe school reform policies that are alleged to be improvements over what existed before. But is innovative inherently better? Arthur H. Camins answers the question in the following post. Camins is the director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at  www.arthurcamins.com . Read full article >>”
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Socrates Takes a Back Seat to Business and Tech
by NYT > Education

Aug 02, 2014
“Looking to the future of a challenging profession, law schools want their students to be able to advise entrepreneurs in coming fields. That means learning quantitative skills, business and tech.”
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Crews Repair Water Main at U.C.L.A.
by NYT > Education

Aug 02, 2014
“Crews at the University of California, Los Angeles, finished major repairs Saturday on a main that burst and poured 20 million gallons of water onto the campus, ruining the new court at Pauley Pavilion.”
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Senior takes down suspected thief
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 02, 2014
“Store customers and a 67-year-old worker took down a suspected cell phone thief. CNN affiliate KHOU reports.”
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They got Hoffa'd in FBI search
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 02, 2014
“Houses cut up, barns destroyed, yards dug up. Hear the stories of people whose lives have been turned upside down in the search for the Teamsters boss.”
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Teens set bodies ablaze on video
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 02, 2014
“An alarming trend is on the rise where kids set themselves on fire after dousing their bodies with rubbing alcohol.”
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Legislatures taking state education into their own hands
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 02, 2014
“The backlash against the Common Core has prompted lawmakers in at least 12 states to get more involved in setting their own K-12 academic standards, injecting politics into a process usually conducted in obscurity by bureaucrats. Read full article >>”
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D.C. students’ proficiency rates inch upward on annual city tests
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 01, 2014
“Average student proficiency rates on the District’s annual standardized tests inched up in 2014, increasing 1.4 percentage points in math and less than one percentage point in reading, results that city leaders called steady-if-slow progress in improving academic prospects for the District’s children. Read full article >>”
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School Shelters Offer Limited Safety, and Even Less Comfort
by NYT > Education

Aug 01, 2014
“Life for about 200,000 people packed into more than 80 schools serving as shelters in Gaza is full of deprivation and discomfort.”
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Evaluating That Third — Boring — Year
by NYT > Education

Aug 01, 2014
“Is three years in law school one too many?”
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Motherlode Blog: What to Expect When You Shouldn’t Expect Lunch: A Dad’s Guide to Delivery Day
by NYT > Education

Aug 01, 2014
“Fathers are vital components of delivery day — except not vital enough that anyone cares if they get hungry or need something.”
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments
by NYT > Education

Aug 01, 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: The Kids Who Don’t Beat Autism
by NYT > Education

Aug 01, 2014
“Applied behavioral analysis therapy holds the possibility of “beating” autism. Some families will achieve an optimal outcome; they say, some children will become indistinguishable. Our son did not, but there’s a lot besides autism that distinguishes him.”
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Well: The Joy of Becoming a Veterinarian
by NYT > Education

Aug 01, 2014
“A literary society aims to inspire students and remind vets why they went into the profession.”
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On board the world's newest jetliner
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Takeoff on one of Airbus' new A350WXB test planes is a strangely quiet experience.”
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Neverland Ranch: Take a buyer's tour
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch may be changing hands. A look at what the new owners will get.”
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ATM shocks customers with ...
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“A Canadian ATM moved customers to tears by giving them money and gifts. The bank said it just wanted to say thanks.”
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Dog passes out from excitement
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“A dog passed out from excitement when her owner came home from Slovenia after being gone for two years.”
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See what treasure hunters found
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“A family of treasure hunters found a mystery artifact on the ocean floor in Florida. The gold piece is worth thousands.”
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World's best city beaches
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“In these cities, worker drones can strip off the suit and tie, jump into shorts or a bikini and enjoy the beach without leaving the urban perimeter.”
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This matters? MANternity photos
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Justin Sylvester's wife is pregnant. With a baby. Their second. His first”
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1-in-30M, this one saved from Publix
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Social media helps find home for rare lobster. Central Florida News 13 has the story.”
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Coyotes chase man and his dog
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“A California resident's home-surveillance shows a large pack of coyotes roaming through his neighborhood. KTLA reports.”
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1st grade teacher: No desk for you!
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“A first grader was forced to sit on the floor for four week as punishment for drawing on her desk. KHOU has more.”
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Stephen A. Smith did nothing wrong
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“After football player Ray Rice was caught on video dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator, his attorney called the incident a "very minor physical altercation." Where I'm from, when one combatant in a fight gets knocked out, that is no longer "minor."”
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Why the 99% support the 1%
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Here's something you don't see every day: The 99% demonstrating in support of the 1%. But that's exactly what's been happening for several weeks all around New England at Market Basket grocery stores.”
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Anne Frank's final entry
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Seventy years ago, Anne Frank made her final entry in her diary -- a work, says Francine Prose, that provides a crucial link to history for young people”
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Watch robbers get a beat-down
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 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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'Big Bang Theory' stalls
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Brace yourselves, "Big Bang Theory" fans: Production on the CBS comedy has been put on pause.”
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Little girl has a mortality meltdown
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Watch 5-year old's meltdown over age and death. Jeanne Moos reports on a sis who doesn't want her bro ever to grow up.”
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'UPS driver handed me a noose'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“A man claims a white UPS driver handed him a makeshift noose during an office delivery.”
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From sex offender to millionaire
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Michael Phillips has been spending most of his time these days living in a tiny room in a no-frills northeast Dallas nursing home.”
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Reporter eats 'unhealthiest' meal
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“A new survey calls Red Robin's "Monster" burger the "single unhealthiest" meal at a chain restaurant. KXTV reports.”
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What's new on Netflix and Amazon
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Netflix and Amazon are adding titles to their streaming options in August.”
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Hilary Duff: Breakup is 'very difficult'
by CNN.com - Top Stories

Aug 01, 2014
“Hilary Duff says her new album is "very positive" but admits that it started out "a lot heavier and a lot darker" because of the separation from her husband, Mike Comrie.”
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California Cracks Down on University of Phoenix's Veteran Enrollments
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 01, 2014
“The state of California has banned the San Diego campus of the University of Phoenix from enrolling additional veterans in seven of its programs, joining a growing list of government agencies cracking down on for-profit colleges. The university, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group Inc., disputes the results of the audit and said that it expects the audit to be revised. In early July, Corinthian Colleges Inc., based in Santa Ana, Calif., announced it would largely cease operations after the for-profit school came under scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Education for its marketing practices, dropout rates and loan defaults. "Nationally, we're seeing a lot more engagement from all levels of government on this issue," said Ben Miller, an education analyst at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank.”
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Financial Lessons You Must Teach Your Kids
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Aug 01, 2014
“Kids who don’t have a strong education in personal finance are at risk for making major money mistakes later that could take them years to correct. This is why financial literacy, so critical to an informed, educated and economically thriving population, can and should start young. Money management is not taught in most public schools; Right now just 17 states require high students to take a personal finance course or to have personal finance instruction embedded in an economics or civics course as a graduation requirement, according to the Council of Economic Education (CEE).”
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District releases school-by-school DC CAS results
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 01, 2014
“D.C. officials released summary results of annual standardized tests Thursday morning, but just as interesting to many parents and policymakers are the results of individual schools.
School-by-school results, posted here , show a wide variation in performance among both traditional and charter schools. Read full article >>”

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White House symposium focuses on family engagement
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 01, 2014
“A symposium at the White House Thursday explored how increasing family engagement can drive school improvement.
The meeting brought together administration officials, philanthropists, and researchers to discuss ways that parents and schools can work together more closely . Read full article >>”

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High school suspensions plummet in Montgomery, falling nearly 37 percent
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 01, 2014
“High school suspensions in Montgomery County plummeted nearly 37 percent in the past school year as the district made concerted efforts to use alternatives to out-of-school punishment and reduce racial disparities in discipline. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: What do standardized tests actually test?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 01, 2014
“What exactly do standardized tests test? In this post veteran educator Marion Brady  answers that question and its consequences for teaching and learning. Brady has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are  available here ), and courses of study. His 2011 book,  “What’s Worth Learning,”  asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is  free for downloading here . Brady’s website is  www.marionbrady.com . Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Stephen Colbert to Campbell Brown: ‘Why are we blaming the teachers? Maybe it’s the dumb kids.’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 01, 2014
“Stephen Colbert welcomed Campbell Brown to “The Colbert Report” ( see video below ) on Thursday night to talk about her support for a lawsuit just filed in New York that seeks to eliminate tenure and other job protections for teachers. The Comedy Central host didn’t give the former CNN anchor turned anti-union activist a free pass, asking her some questions that Brown critics had tweeted to Colbert to ask. Such as where her new anti-teachers union advocacy group gets its funding (she refused to answer) and why she is blaming teachers for poor student performance (“maybe it’s the dumb kids”). Read full article >>”
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Neighbors concerned about adding lights at T.C. Williams High School’s stadium
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 01, 2014
“Calvin Terrell was born in a six-bedroom house on King Street that been passed down from his grandparents in one of Alexandria’s oldest communities of African American homeowners. In the early 1960s, that house was demolished to make way for T.C. Williams High School. Read full article >>”
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Maryland schools moving away from suspensions for disrespect
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Aug 01, 2014
“Maryland is urging its 1,450 public schools to move away from student suspensions for incidents of disrespect and insubordination as part of newly approved code-of-conduct guidelines.
The guidelines reflect the sweeping changes that the Maryland State Board of Education made six months ago as it sought to take a more rehabilitative approach toward student misconduct and reduce racial disparities in punishment. Read full article >>”

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Strauss: How many colleges mishandle sexual assault cases — and what to do about it
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 31, 2014
“A bipartisan group of senators just introduced legislation in Congress that is aimed at curbing sexual assaults on college campuses. The legislation would force school officials to be more transparent and accountable in dealing with sexual assaults, including requiring better training for on-campus personnel who investigate cases and participate in disciplinary procedures. Schools that fail to comply could face steep fines. Read full article >>”
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Motherlode Blog: I Say ‘Gross.’ They Say ‘Cool.’
by NYT > Education

Jul 31, 2014
“If you have to take two cats and a bag full of wormy pet vomit to the veterinarian, you couldn’t find anyone who would enjoy it more than my young companions.”
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U.S. Senate bill would make colleges get tough on sexual assault
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 31, 2014
“By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to combat sexual assaults on college and university campuses by requiring schools to provide more help for victims and work more closely with police investigators. If the bill passes, it would also require colleges to make public the number of sexual assaults reported on their campuses. "It's deeply troubling that for too many, and a growing number of young Americans, the college experience now also involves sexual assault," said Florida Republican Marco Rubio, a sponsor of the bill. An American woman in college is more likely to be a victim of sexual assault than a woman who is not attending college, Rubio said.”
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Senators Offer Bill to Curb Campus Sexual Assault
by NYT > Education

Jul 31, 2014
“The measure, backed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, would impose financial penalties on colleges that do not comply with the law’s requirements.”
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Motherlode Blog: Teaching a Child to Wrangle, Not Reject, Rage
by NYT > Education

Jul 31, 2014
“Children can’t understand how anger works, or manage it later in life, unless we encourage them to wrestle it with safe people.”
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First Lady Praises Leaders for Progress of Girls in Africa
by NYT > Education

Jul 31, 2014
“Michelle Obama stresses that women still have a long way to go, in Africa and around the globe.”
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Osteopathic Schools Turn Out Nearly a Quarter of All Med School Grads
by NYT > Education

Jul 31, 2014
“With a looming shortage of M.D.s, osteopathic medicine is shedding its second-tier image. And yes, D.O.s are real doctors.”
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Top 25 Best Value Colleges 2014
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 31, 2014
“These are the 25 “best value” schools in the U.S —top colleges and universities that deliver the goods without picking your pocket.”
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Midcareer Teachers Love Their Jobs, but Many Can’t Afford to Keep Them
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Jul 31, 2014
“At a time when the debate on education reform has focused on standards and test scores, the report states, few policy makers are talking about upgrading teacher salaries as part of the overhaul. “One recent study found that a major difference between the education system in the United States and those in other nations with high-performing students is that the United States offers much lower pay to educators.””
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Richmond-area school to keep ‘Rebels’ team name
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 31, 2014
“A Richmond-area public high school will keep “Rebels” as its team name after a student-led protest called attention to plans by the administration to field a new mascot without ties to the Confederacy. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Campbell Brown’s anti-union group uses union slogan (update)
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 31, 2014
“(Update: Adding comment from Brown’s group)
Campbell Brown doesn’t hide her disdain for teachers unions. She has frequently railed against them, and formed an anti-union advocacy group that filed a lawsuit in New York  this week seeking to eliminate job protections for teachers in the state. Read full article >>”

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D.C. charter schools sue city, alleging unequal funding
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 31, 2014
“An organization that represents more than three dozen D.C. charter schools filed a federal lawsuit against the District on Wednesday, alleging that the city has failed to provide uniform operating funds for charter and traditional schools as the law requires. Read full article >>”
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U-Va. Board of Visitors considers limiting public dissent
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 31, 2014
“Members of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors are considering a policy that would limit their own ability to speak freely about decisions the board makes, including when members disagree with those decisions. Read full article >>”
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Strauss: A teacher asks Arne Duncan a gutsy question. Here’s the answer.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post

Jul 31, 2014
“(Update: Video added; wasn’t visible in earlier version)
What question would you ask to Education Secretary Arne Duncan if you had the chance?
Patrick Hayes, a fifth-grade teacher in Charleston, S.C., and director of EdFirstSC , a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group working to empower people who care about public schools, got that opportunity recently when Duncan had a video chat with hundreds of Charleston educators and administrators. The discussion hit on a number of topics in educational policy, including the Common Core State Standards, which South Carolina legislators recently voted to abandon and replace with new standards in the 2015-16 school year. Read full article >>”

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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.”