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At Manhattan Preschool, Accounts of Sex Abuse Case Differ

NYT Education News - July 23, 2014 - 7:39am
At least three families have hired lawyers to investigate after a popular intern was accused by a teacher of inappropriately touching children and arrested.

Indiana A-F Difficulties Linger, Despite Bennett's Exoneration

Education Week - July 23, 2014 - 6:58am
While former Indiana state chief Tony Bennett is cleared of ethics allegations in the changing of a charter school's grade, the state is considering major changes in the grading system he championed.

Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

NYT Education News - July 23, 2014 - 4:00am
The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | National Youth Orchestra Prepares for Concerts

NYT Education News - July 23, 2014 - 3:43am
Why do you think virtually everyone involved in this project seems to have a strong sense of the orchestra as a family or community?

The Learning Network: Student Crossword | The Study Of …

NYT Education News - July 23, 2014 - 2:26am
Test your knowledge of areas of study by playing our crossword.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | pathos

NYT Education News - July 22, 2014 - 11:02pm
This word has appeared in 185 New York Times articles in the past year.

Managing Anytime, Anywhere Access to Windows and Mac Apps at USC Engineering

Educational Technology - July 22, 2014 - 7:40pm

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Students in the University of Southern California’s School of Engineering no longer need to crowd into busy computer labs to access the specialized software they need. The school has implemented remote access to both Windows and Mac software, so students can do their work from anywhere using their own laptops. And they can access both platforms with a single user account, so the school’s IT team doesn’t have to manage separate Windows and Mac user profiles for thousands of engineering students.

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2 Tactics for 1-to-1- and BYOD-Ready WiFi

Educational Technology - July 22, 2014 - 7:35pm

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Miami-Dade County Public Schools — the fourth-largest district in the country — is working through its ABCDs as it pursues a voluminous infusion of technology into learning. That’s how Superintendent Alberto Carvalho described the digital convergence taking place in the district he oversees. That’s also roughly the order in which each phase of the plan is unfolding. As CIO Debbie Karcher explained, the “A” stands for applications and content that can be accessed at any time on any machine. “B” is for broadband that would deliver a good access experience at every school. “C” — for connectivity — called for a massive implementation of wireless in all of the schools. “Every school, every square foot of our district has wireless in every room,” she said.

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Report: Teacher Evaluations Meaningless Without Supporting PD

Educational Technology - July 22, 2014 - 7:30pm

By Leila Meyer, THE Journal

Many states have been implementing new teacher evaluation systems in an effort to improve teacher effectiveness, but those evaluations have little meaning unless they are accompanied by individualized professional development and support, according to a new report from the School Improvement Network, a provider of professional learning and training resources for educators. The report, “Beyond Teacher Evaluation: Prioritizing Teacher Instructional Effectiveness with Meaningful Professional Development,” examines state policies on teacher professional development related to evaluations, with the goal of helping state and district leaders implement teacher evaluation and support policies that have a meaningful effect on teacher effectiveness. “For evaluations and observations to have a meaningful impact on educators and the students they teach, educators must have the personalized resources and support they need to improve practice and spur professional growth,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network, in a prepared statement.

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National Briefing | Washington: Howard Chooses Surgeon as President

NYT Education News - July 22, 2014 - 7:04pm
The board of trustees voted to appoint Wayne A. I. Frederick, 43, the interim president, to lead the historically black university.

McAuliffe will not appeal Virginia ruling that struck down school-takeover board

Washington Post Education News - July 22, 2014 - 5:25pm

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that he will not appeal a circuit court’s ruling that struck down a newly created state board specializing in school takeovers as being unconstitutional.

His decision effectively neutralizes state lawmakers’ efforts to hand control of the state’s worst-performing public schools to universities or private charter groups.

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Louisiana parents, teachers, charters sue to get the Common Core back on track

Washington Post Education News - July 22, 2014 - 4:19pm

A group of parents, teachers and a foundation that runs charter schools filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) lacks the authority to withdraw his state from the Common Core national academic standards.

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Two Prince George’s County students take home awards at NAACP convention

Washington Post Education News - July 22, 2014 - 2:52pm

As Alfred A. Dudley III, who recently graduated from Suitland High School, sat in the ballroom of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas last weekend, he said he couldn’t help but be grateful to the African American heroes he depicted in his drawing and to his high school art teachers who helped him hone his craft.

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Montgomery County panel proposes cutting schools-issued credit cards for board

Washington Post Education News - July 22, 2014 - 2:39pm

Montgomery County Board of Education members should discontinue their use of school system credit cards for travel and other expenses, a board committee recommended Tuesday.

The panel proposed replacing the cards with a per-diem allowance for members attending professional conferences and establishing a list of preapproved public events members may attend at taxpayer expense. The group also recommended that board members receive supplies to maintain home offices but that the school system no longer reimburse home office Internet service.

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Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores

NPR on Education - July 22, 2014 - 2:38pm

The University of Arkansas says charters produce a better return on investment. Let's take a closer look.

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