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Opinion: Closing the Math Gap for Boys

An intensive tutoring and mentoring program in Chicago has produced big improvements for kids.






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National Briefing | Education: Harvard’s Endowment Remains Biggest of All

Some things do not change: Harvard’s $36 billion endowment is still the largest of any university, according to the 2014 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments.






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Dartmouth Cites Student Misconduct in Its Ban on Hard Liquor

The college’s president announced the prohibition as part of a far-ranging overhaul of campus life, but experts say few universities are likely to follow his lead.






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Motherlode Blog: Should Unvaccinated Children Stay Home to Protect a Vulnerable Classmate?

For a student unable to be vaccinated in California, the risk of measles exposure isn’t as small as his family believes it ought to be.






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Motherlode Blog: Daughter to Disney: I’ll Take the Tiara, You Keep the Prince

Answering questions from the Fairy-Godmothers-in-Training at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a tiny princess reveals that a tiara and hair extensions didn’t change the kid underneath.






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Your Money: Taxing 529 Accounts: A Plan That Went Awry

A White House plan to remove a tax break for saving money for college in 529 plans goes awry, and the reason includes money and feelings.

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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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The Learning Network: Reader Idea | For High School Online Newspapers, The Times Offers Inspiration

For the first time, we’re posting a piece by a student instead of a teacher. Preston R. Michelson, now a college student, interviews his former high school teacher and journalism adviser, David Cutler, to write about how he created an online newspaper and how its staff used The Times as inspiration.






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The Learning Network: Are You a Saver or a Spender?

Do you always like to buy new things? Or would you rather put aside your money for the future?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | From the Campaign Trail to a Storage Locker in Queens

Here are several paragraphs from a Jan. 27 article, “All the Presidents’ Memorabilia.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Jerome Jarre: The Making of a Vine Celebrity

Do you think Mr. Jarre made the right decision in turning down $1 million from an advertising agency? Why?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | impasse

This word has appeared in 574 New York Times articles in the past year.






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States Move to Make Citizenship Exams a Classroom Aid

Arizona became the first state to require its high school students to pass the test that is given to immigrants who want to become United States citizens.






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Obama Relents on Proposal to End ‘529’ College Savings Plans

The president, facing pressure from both parties, dropped from his budget a proposal to effectively end college savings accounts known as 529s.






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More Than 1,000 in Arizona Are Watched for Measles

State health officials are tracking hundreds of people, including at least 195 children, who might have been exposed in an outbreak that began at Disneyland.

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Update: A Boy Praises the Principal of His Brooklyn School, and a Fund-Raising Campaign Takes Off

The efforts of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to educate low-income children have inspired people and spurred a campaign that has raised more than $1 million for the students.

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More Special-Needs Students Remain at Charter Schools, Report Finds

New York City’s Independent Budget Office found that 53 percent of charter school kindergartners with disabilities were still in the same schools four years later, compared with 49 percent in traditional schools.

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Motherlode Blog: Do Your Children Know How Much It Costs to Support Your Family?

If you want your children to have any idea what it takes financially to take care of a family, or of themselves, it starts by letting them in on what it takes to support the family they’re a part of now.






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Motherlode Blog: Helping a Perfectionist Child Worry Less and Do More

Perfectionism can take a high toll on children who see it as the only route to living up to their own and their parents’ high standards.






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Motherlode Blog: Helping a Perfectionist Child Worry Less and Do More

Perfectionism can take a high toll on children who see it as the only route to living up to their own and their parents’ high standards.






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