Charts: Hey, At Least Schools Fare Better Than Police In Perceived Fairness To Blacks

On the left is the percentage of whites who think blacks are treated less fairly (in schools, it's 15 percent).  On the right is the percentage of blacks (51 percent). From Charles Blow's NYT column this weekend.…

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Bruno: CCSS Supporters Beat A Hasty Retreat

Once upon a time, supporters of the Common Core argued passionately that the new math and English standards would, by virtue of their clarity and rigor, substantially improve education in the United States. In recent weeks, however, supporters - …

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How to Open and Edit Word Files in Google Drive

Every now and then I will receive a Word (Docx) file as an email attachment. I have configured my Google Account to allow me to open these files as documents converted into Google Docs format. In the video below I…

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Quotes: Duncan Responds To Criticism Of Data Privacy Guidance

We created a new Chief Privacy Officer. We've put out guidance recently, and where it needs to be strengthened going forward -- and not just us, but everybody, states, districts, schools, myself as a parent trying to figure it out …

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What is the SAT good for?

The College Board released new details on Wednesday about how the SAT will change in early 2016. My colleague Nick Anderson wrote about the changes in this story, explaining how the test, once billed as evaluating “aptitude,” is now being marketed…

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Politics: Your Favorite Liberal Lawmaker Supports Universal Vouchers*

Maybe you knew this already but liberal darling US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) supports private school vouchers -- for everyone.* US News had the story in 2012 (Elizabeth Warren's Quiet Support for Public School Vouchers), and it comes up again …

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How to Find and Use Report Card Templates in Google Drive

Earlier today through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page… I was asked for a recommendation for a free tool for creating report cards. One free online method of creating report cards is to use a Google Sheets template. Rather

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Media: Five Reasons NYT’s Homeless "Dasani" Story Didn’t Win Pulitzer

1. The omission of Dasani’s last name.  2. The length.  3. The observer effect.  4. The relentless focus on narrative.  5. The risk of the “single story.”  This is from a Columbia Journalism Review roundup of insiders' rationales. Read the details: Why was 'Dasani' shut …

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Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

Sam Levin was a student when, in 2011, he founded the Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Massachusetts. He had thrown out an idea to administrations about allowing students to create a learning environment in which teachers serve as…

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Live online chat at 1 p.m. today

I’ll be doing a live chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. today, so if you have any questions or comments about anything in education (or even marginally related), send them in here: http://live.washingtonpost.com/the-answer-sheet-20140416.html#submit-question Here’s a transcript of the first chat,…

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