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GOP reinstates usage of 'illegal alien' in Library of Congress' records

GOP reinstates usage of 'illegal alien' in Library of Congress' records | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Republicans on a powerful House panel Tuesday narrowly defended a tea party-fueled move to tell the Library of Congress how to label immigrants living in the country illegally.
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ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained

ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The ESSA is in many ways a U-turn from the current, much-maligned version of the ESEA law, the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Plenty of College Talk, But K-12 Takes a Backseat in First Democratic Debate

Plenty of College Talk, But K-12 Takes a Backseat in First Democratic Debate | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
If you were hoping for a meaty discussion of the big issues facing K-12, including testing, teacher evaluation, fixing low-performing schools, you were out of luck.
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FACT CHECK: Myths in the Political Roar Over Common Core

FACT CHECK: Myths in the Political Roar Over Common Core | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.
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GOP Leaders in Congress Outline Education Priorities

GOP Leaders in Congress Outline Education Priorities | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
School choice measures, renewal of the NCLB law, and a scaled-back federal footprint on K-12 are on the table for Republican leaders in Congress.
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State education board slams Obama administration’s testing policies

State education board slams Obama administration’s testing policies | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The state Board of Education of Vermont passes a tough resolution.
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Koch-funded think tank offers schools course in libertarianism

Koch-funded think tank offers schools course in libertarianism | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Koch-backed think tank wants to educate young minds on the benefits of the free-market system.
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Obama Makes Major Push For Preschool, School Connectivity ... Again

Obama Makes Major Push For Preschool, School Connectivity ... Again | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address ran short on fresh education policy ideas, unlike in previous years, according to the text of his speech.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Video Explanations of the Debt Ceiling and a 14th Amendment Question

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Video Explanations of the Debt Ceiling and a 14th Amendment Question | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

These are to share with your students, of course. Because we all totally understand the debt ceiling ourselves, right? 

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Government shutdown curbs academic research at many levels | Inside Higher Ed

Government shutdown curbs academic research at many levels | Inside Higher Ed | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
October 3, 2013 Michael Stratford WASHINGTON -- A wide range of academic research across the country, from sophisticated biomedical experiments at the National Institutes of Health to undergraduate political science essays, was being interrupted Wednesday as the federal government shutdown continued for a second day -- with no clear path to a resolution.

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http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/03/government-shutdown-curbs-academic-research-many-levels#ixzz2gzQLPq6o 
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Duncan’s unusual ‘state of education’ report

Duncan’s unusual ‘state of education’ report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
He starts out by bashing his critics rather than talking up the work he is doing.
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Valerie Strauss lambastes Duncan here for his failure to see the essential flaw in school reform efforts: their reliance on standardized testing as a measure of success.

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How government shutdown would affect public schools

How government shutdown would affect public schools | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"There would be repercussions...

Federal funds that public schools expect to get for this academic year have already been approved by Congress and are already in the pipeline. But sending nearly all of the department’s employees on a forced vacation for longer than a week will mean trouble for schools."

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See also: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/01/suppose-you-were-an-idiot-and-suppose-you-were-a-member-of-congress/

in which Valerie Strauss attempts to find humor in the situation with 9 quotes from past famous Congress-haters.

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Texas Lesson-Plan Brawl Resonates Beyond State Border

Texas Lesson-Plan Brawl Resonates Beyond State Border | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A fierce fight over state-developed lesson plans used by hundreds of Texas districts echoes the national debate over new common-core content.
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Teaching Tolerance magazine: Teachers can inspire students to be lifelong voters

Teaching Tolerance magazine: Teachers can inspire students to be lifelong voters | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As an election-year approaches, we offer strategies to engage students in the democratic process.
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Principal to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: Stop spreading a false narrative about public education

Principal to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: Stop spreading a false narrative about public education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
'Mr. Governor, you, like many of your elected colleagues, are lawyers, not educators. I am an educator. I have been throughout my professional life. I do not know the law, and would never try to speak with any conviction about what should happen in a courtroom.'
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Common Core, Choice, and a Teenage Clockmaker Highlight Ed. in GOP Debates

Fans of discussions about K-12 policy had little to cheer about Wednesday, but education did get occasional mentions from some of the GOP candidates.
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House Leaders Officially Postpone Vote on NCLB Rewrite

House Leaders Officially Postpone Vote on NCLB Rewrite | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's possible that leaders will find the votes to pass the bill next week—but if they don't the bid to update the NCLB law this year could be in serious trouble.
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Republicans Will Control Senate in the 114th Congress

Republicans Will Control Senate in the 114th Congress | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
With a Republican wave in the midterm elections, conservatives clinch control over the U.S. Senate.
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California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers

California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In a one-page appeal, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, argued that a decision of such scope needed to be made by a higher court.
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Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.
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Melissa Tomlinson: What Do Teachers Want?

Thanks to Kipp Dawson of Pittsburgh for drawing my attention to this letter written by Melissa Tomlinson, the teacher who confronted Governor Chris Christie, who shouted her down and said contemptuously, “What do you people want?”

This is her answer, which appeared on Mark Naison’s blog

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Elevating the American Education Debate

Elevating the American Education Debate | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's time for moderates in the education debate to speak out and deflect attention away from the schools-good, schools-bad zealots, write David Rutkowski and Lesli Rutkowski.
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EBSCO provides complimentary ERIC A&I data during government shutdown

IPSWICH, Mass. — October 3, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services(EBSCO) is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is typically available through the government website (http://eric.ed.gov/) as well as via EBSCO’s EBSCOhost® research platform. Because of the shutdown the government website is unavailable so EBSCO has decided to temporarily open its version of ERIC and make it available at:http://www.ebsco.com/freeERIC .

Heather Perkinson's insight:

Of course, here in Maine, Ebsco's ERIC resource is always available for free via our state library's collection: MARVEL http://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases

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IMLS, NARA, and Library Of Congress Closed During Government Shutdown

"After late night wrangling failed to produce a short term spending bill that could pass both the Senate and House of Representatives, the U.S. federal government has shut down for the first time in nearly two decades. As of this morning, federal agencies that support the mission of libraries around the country — from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences to the Library of Congress have found themselves forced to close their doors and furlough the majority of their staffers.

Today, the Library of Congress and and all of its online resources are unavailable, including the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which provides reading assistance for library patrons across the country who can’t read or otherwise access traditional printed material."

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Ten tips to help our daughters change the world

Ten tips to help our daughters change the world | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How do we encourage young women to enter public life? Melissa Benn presents the girls' guide to 21st-century politics
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