National Education News

Achievements, Dissension Marked Tenn. Chief's Tenure

Education Week - November 20, 2014 - 7:24am
Kevin Huffman gained prominence for policy positions as Tennessee's education commissioner, but he also clashed with state lawmakers and local superintendents.

Bits Blog: ClassDojo Adopts Deletion Policy for Student Data

NYT Education News - November 20, 2014 - 6:46am
The maker of ClassDojo, a popular classroom app, said that starting in January it plans to keep students’ behavioral records for only one school year.






Bowling lanes? Unlimited beer? Awesome work perks

CNN - Tecnology - November 20, 2014 - 5:35am
Freezing staff members' eggs, creating a disco tunnel in the office or offering unlimited vacation time - companies are thinking outside the box to keep their staff happy.

The Learning Network: What Are You Thankful For?

NYT Education News - November 20, 2014 - 4:04am
As Thanksgiving approaches, what are you grateful for? Why?






The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | ‘Extreme’ Snowstorm Pummels Western New York

NYT Education News - November 20, 2014 - 3:42am
Where has a powerful snowstorm swept, creating snowdrifts as high as houses, trapping people in their homes and forcing hundreds of motorists to abandon their cars on roads that were quickly buried in blizzard-like conditions?






The Learning Network: Test Yourself | No More Ms. Nice Gal

NYT Education News - November 20, 2014 - 3:30am
Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






Are NOLA Schools Failing Students With Disabilities?

NPR on Education - November 20, 2014 - 2:46am

In New Orleans, 9 in 10 children attend charter schools. But parents and activists say the city's nearly all-charter system is failing many children with disabilities.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | impenitent

NYT Education News - November 19, 2014 - 11:03pm
This word has appeared in three New York Times articles in the past two years.






Hour of Code to feature ‘Frozen’ characters

Washington Post Education News - November 19, 2014 - 10:50pm

Code.org, the non-profit group that offers a free tutorial in computer programming to students as early as kindergarten, is preparing to unveil its second annual “Hour of Code” lesson, but with an assist from Disney designed to attract more girls to participate.

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Public school enrollment jumps in N. Va., heading to 40 percent of state’s students

Washington Post Education News - November 19, 2014 - 10:00pm

Enrollment in Northern Virginia’s public schools is surging toward a record even as student populations dwindle in the vast majority of school systems across the state in the wake of the 2008 recession, according to a new University of Virginia study.

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Passing Rate Declines by 20% as State Uses New Certification Exams for Teachers

NYT Education News - November 19, 2014 - 9:43pm
The fall in certifications resembles, in some respects, the state’s experience with the Common Core, a set of more rigorous learning standards for students that has been adopted by New York and most other states.






University of California Is Set to Raise Tuition

NYT Education News - November 19, 2014 - 8:27pm
Despite protests and a last-ditch effort by Gov. Jerry Brown to block an increase in costs, the University of California Board of Regents approved a plan to raise tuition 27.6 percent over five years.






The Learning Network: Food Fight: Researching and Debating the Future of G.M.O.’s

NYT Education News - November 19, 2014 - 8:19pm
In this lesson, students will learn about the science behind G.M.O.’s, and they will explore questions about the consequences, both intended and unintended, related to their use.






Maxwell rejects admission request by charter school with ties to U-Md.

Washington Post Education News - November 19, 2014 - 7:43pm

Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell has denied a charter school’s request that children of College Park residents employed by the University of Maryland be given special consideration when applying to the school, which has ties to the university.

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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight to Court

NYT Education News - November 19, 2014 - 7:03pm
Seven law students and undergraduates filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the president and fellows of Harvard College for what they call “mismanagement of charitable funds.”

Purdue offers free online computer programming course to Indiana high school students

Educational Technology - November 19, 2014 - 6:38pm

by Purdue

Purdue University is offering a popular introductory computer science and programming course for free to high school students in Indiana. The online course, “Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming,” offers an introduction to computer science and the Java programming language. The course will not be graded or count toward credit requirements, but it covers material similar to the computer science Advanced Placement course and could prepare a student to test out of Purdue’s or another institution’s freshman programming class.

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2014/Q4/purdue-offers-free-online-computer-programming-course-to-indiana-high-school-students.html

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Will online learning melt snow days?

Educational Technology - November 19, 2014 - 6:35pm

By Allie Gross, Education Dive

In the 2013-14 school year, Indiana implemented a “virtual option” for inclement weather, allowing 40 schools to continue learning as the polar vortex bore down upon the heartland. The plan worked so well that Indiana is going to try it out again. Of course, not every school can implement a virtual alternative. Indiana’s Department of Education ultimately required districts providing the option to meet tech criteria.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/will-online-learning-melt-snow-days/330714/

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