National Education News

D.C. opens center to help drop-outs get back to school

Washington Post Education News - October 20, 2014 - 2:14pm

District officials announced Monday the opening of a new centralized office dedicated to helping young high school dropouts get back on track to earn a diploma or GED.

The Youth Reengagement Center in Northeast Washington represents the latest effort to overhaul the city’s public education system by bringing back young adults who had given up on school.

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Strauss: Why getting kids ‘college and career ready’ isn’t enough

Washington Post Education News - October 20, 2014 - 1:30pm

Conventional wisdom holds that young people aren’t political or even civic-minded. The following post takes issue with this notion. It was written by Joseph Kahne, a professor of education at Mills College and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He chairs the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. His work concerns the ways educational initiatives and participation with digital media can influence the quality, quantity, and equality of youth civic and political participation.

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Motherlode Blog: Quandary: Books for Readers Whose Skills Lag Behind Their Age

NYT Education News - October 20, 2014 - 11:57am
Looking for books and strategies to help a behind-the-curve reader find books that interest her, and encourage her to read and improve.

Strauss: Another very scary headline about kindergartners

Washington Post Education News - October 20, 2014 - 11:25am

Early this year,  I published a post with the headline, “A very scary headline about kindergarteners,” about an op-ed in the Oregonian with this headline: “Kindergarten test results a ‘sobering snapshot.’ ” The op-ed lamented the low literacy skills entering kindergarteners in Oregon had displayed on a test.  I wondered just how 5- and 6-year-olds could be so disappointing to adults.

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Motherlode Blog: There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College

NYT Education News - October 20, 2014 - 10:28am
There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”

Motherlode Blog: For Girl Scouts, Debates Over New Badges and Classic Pursuits Continue

NYT Education News - October 20, 2014 - 10:15am
At a convention, the Girl Scouts promised to reinvigorate the role of the outdoors in the organization, but some have questioned whether new badges mean real change.

Is this the end of the 9-5 working day?

CNN - Tecnology - October 20, 2014 - 10:05am
Business Talent Group, founded by Jody Miller, seeks to help workers who are after a project-based career.

App helps find woman trapped in ravine

CNN - Tecnology - October 20, 2014 - 9:16am
After becoming trapped in her car, a woman was airlifted out of a deep ravine after police used her iPad to find her.

Mystery spaceship returns to Earth

CNN - Tecnology - October 20, 2014 - 9:12am
The X-37B space plane has returned to Earth after a two year secret mission.

Student Data Wasn't Wiped From Auctioned Computers

Education Week - October 20, 2014 - 8:11am
At least two computers from a defunct charter school organization in New Orleans that were sold at auction a week ago contained names, birthdates and social security numbers for 210 students.
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