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Smartphone innovation has stalled, but that's OK

CNN - Tecnology - April 18, 2014 - 11:06am
Here's a short message to smartphone makers before you try to wow us with a bunch of glitzy features in your next device: Don't do it.

New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays

NPR on Education - April 18, 2014 - 10:57am

President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour discusses why she wants the city's public schools to close on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer?

NPR on Education - April 18, 2014 - 10:51am

The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss.

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Strauss: Arne Duncan dismisses critics: ‘Lots of drama, lots of noise’

Washington Post Education News - April 18, 2014 - 7:38am

There he goes again.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan went to New York recently and introduced state Education Commissioner John King at a function at New York University, calling him “a remarkable leader” and “as smart and as thoughtful as anyone working in this space.” As for the growing number of critics of King’s education reforms, Duncan dismissed the movement as “lots of drama, lots of noise” on which the media likes to focus. He could have been referring to the tens of thousands of parents opting their children out of Common Core-aligned standardized tests, or the nearly 3,000-delegate body of the New York State United Teachers, which earlier this month overwhelming approved a resolution calling for King to resign, or anybody else who doesn’t agree with him and King.

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Five Critical Conditions That Encourage School Improvement

Education Week - April 18, 2014 - 7:09am
In order to prepare students to be productive, forward-thinking individuals, districts must offer a range of accessible, high-quality, innovative schooling options, writes Heather Zavadsky.

Strauss: The real meaning of diversity (beyond the Benetton ads)

Washington Post Education News - April 18, 2014 - 3:00am

When colleges say they believe in diversity, what do they really mean? It talk of diversity nothing more than a gimmick to get college websites and brochures to look like politically correct Benetton ad? Alejandra Dubcovsky, an assistant professor of history at Yale University, addresses this issue in the following post. Dubcovsky’s research and teaching focus on colonial America. She is a Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project, an Echoing Green project aimed at increasing the range of voices and quality of ideas heard in the public space.

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Six Words: 'Segregation Should Not Determine Our Future'

NPR on Education - April 18, 2014 - 2:31am

Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was once considered a model of desegregation. Today, the school's population is 99 percent black. One family's story underscores three generations of change.

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Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband

NYT Education News - April 17, 2014 - 7:52pm
As more people use their local libraries to connect to the Internet, libraries are requesting funding for better services.

Can government and big business save STEM education?

Educational Technology - April 17, 2014 - 7:39pm

By Michael Sharnoff, eSchool News

Government and big business are investing millions to equip students with critical 21st century skills. In December 2013, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students, ranked the United States 26 out of 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in reading, science and math. The federal government and businesses are responding with funding, training, and the necessary tools to equip students with 21st century technology skills. On April 7, President Barack Obama announced 24 schools across the nation will receive more than $100 million in grants to provide students with work experience for what he called the “in-demand jobs of the future.”

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Google, AWS, Rackspace affected by Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw – but Azure escapes

Educational Technology - April 17, 2014 - 7:35pm

By Liam Tung, ZDNet

As most cloud infrastructure providers announced fixes to the worrying Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw, Microsoft’s Azure cloud has emerged largely unscathed — but customers running Linux images on it may be affected, the company warned. As of Wednesday, public cloud providers Google, Amazon, Rackspace, Joyant, and CenturyLink had issued updates to inform customers what systems had been patched and what remediation steps needed to be done for components that may be affected by the Heartbleed bug. For a quick recap, the memory leakage bug means attackers can hit up affected servers to extract passwords, private keys, and session tokens, among other data.

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Americans’ Trust in Online Higher Ed Rising

Educational Technology - April 17, 2014 - 7:30pm

by Valerie J. Calderon and Susan Sorenson, Gallup

Online colleges and universities continue to evolve, as do Americans’ and business leaders’ opinions about them. While perceptions about the quality of education at these institutions appear to be improving, attitudes toward community colleges and traditional universities remain far more positive at this point. And although more than half of business leaders and Americans in general say companies might be somewhat more likely to hire an online graduate over an equally qualified traditional college graduate, only about one in eight business leaders and one in seven U.S. adults overall say it is very likely. This represents room for improvement in the online education business.

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Black students at Washington and Lee urge administrators to confront school’s past

Washington Post Education News - April 17, 2014 - 7:11pm

A group of black law students at Washington and Lee University is urging administrators to atone for its Confederate heritage and what they call the “dishonorable conduct” of namesake Robert E. Lee.

The movement has struck a racial divide on the bucolic campus in Lexington, Va., where black students make up about 3.5 percent of the total student population.

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U-Va.’s in-state price likely to rise 4.3 percent

Washington Post Education News - April 17, 2014 - 6:46pm

Undergraduate tuition and fees at the University of Virginia would rise 4.3 percent for Virginians in the coming year under a proposal the governing board will consider next week.

The basic in-state price of the public flagship university, not counting room and board, would be $12,998 if the Board of Visitors approves the increase at its meeting Wednesday in the southwest Virginia town of Abingdon. The current price is $12,458.

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D.C. parents raise questions about funds for at-risk students, school renovations

Washington Post Education News - April 17, 2014 - 5:54pm

D.C. parents and education activists on Thursday praised Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposal to invest tens of millions of extra dollars to help at-risk students in the city’s traditional schools next year, but they criticized Gray’s administration for failing to explain how and where those dollars would be spent.

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Strauss: The ‘new’ Graze to the Top program

Washington Post Education News - April 17, 2014 - 2:55pm

If you need a laugh, this is for you. It’s by Matt Farmer, a Chicago trial lawyer who is a member of the Local School Council at Philip Rogers Elementary School. Farmer wrote this satirical piece about Race to the Top, the competitive funding program run by Arne Duncan’s Education Department to dispense federal grants to states and school districts that promised to implement specific school reforms.

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Motherlode Blog: My Daughter, Profoundly Disabled, Needs a School for Children Like Her

NYT Education News - April 17, 2014 - 2:25pm
The consensus that children with disabilities are best educated in an inclusive classroom is in danger of hardening into dogma that risks re-stigmatizing children with severe or profound disabilities.

Motherlode Blog: What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks

NYT Education News - April 17, 2014 - 12:47pm
If we don’t want our kids consuming marijuana, does that mean that they shouldn’t try to make money from it either? Three things to think about when it comes to children’s investing decisions.

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