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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 5 | ‘I Changed My Definition of the Word “Lucky” ’

This week’s winner is Kiran, and our Penguin Young Readers Group judge was the author Alex London. There are still three weeks of the contest left.






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Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs

The City of New York pays for about 12,000 special-needs students per year to receive private school educations. Parents contend that the city fights too many of these requests, delaying important services to students in the process.






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Degrees of Education: When the College Admissions Battle Starts at Age 3

In New York City, some parents are hoping that elite prekindergarten will give their children an edge at getting into Harvard. But will it?






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N.C.A.A. Settlement Overhauls Head-Injury Policies

The settlement brings a significant change in the care and safety of current and former college athletes, including a $70 million medical monitoring fund and a new national protocol for head injuries.






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Motherlode Blog: The Cuckoo Bird and the Baby

The cuckoo bird lays its eggs in another bird’s nest, then flies off, never to return. Is a sperm donor like the cuckoo bird?






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Osteopathic Schools Turn Out Nearly a Third of All Med School Grads

With a looming shortage of M.D.s, osteopathic medicine is shedding its second-tier image. And yes, D.O.s are real doctors.






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Everyday Economics: How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College

The inflation index for college tuition has become notorious. But it reflects sticker prices over the past 20 years, not what families actually pay.






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Gene I. Maeroff, Education Reporter and Author, Dies at 75

A former education reporter for The Times, Mr. Maeroff found a second career working as an author, a researcher and an adviser on education issues.






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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Emotional and Practical Advice for Sending a Child to College

Parents, what advice do you have for someone sending a child to college for the first time?






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Discarded Museum is Resurrected at Brown

The work of the naturalist John Whipple Potter Jenks was thrown out and forgotten until a group of graduate students revived it, with an artist’s help, for a new exhibition.

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Motherlode Blog: Sticks and Stones, and a Diagnosis in Words That Can’t Hurt Us

A diagnosis, of autism or anything else, won’t make me mourn my daughter, who is different, not dying.






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The Learning Network: A Midsummer Hiatus, July 28-Aug. 1

We’re taking a break this week to get some work done behind the scenes, but we’ve left you with a summer-fun classic for your teaching and learning pleasure.






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Degrees of Education: Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard?

Money magazine released a new list of best colleges focused on what is on the minds of many parents and students: money. Babson ranked No. 1.

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Briefly: International Education: BBC Offering Archives for World War I Courses

The broadcaster will collaborate with four British universities to offer free Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, beginning in October.






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International Education: U.S. Moves to Align Student Exchanges With Policy Goals

The new strategy, reflecting a shift in thinking about how foreign exchange programs should operate in a more volatile world, would add funds for short-term fellowships but cut support for the Fulbright program.






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International Education: Learning Personal Finance as a Life Skill

A global comparative study on the financial literacy of 15-year-olds has placed a spotlight on the growing importance of economic competency training in secondary schools.






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Plagiarism Scandal Tests a Senator Still Forming a Rapport With Montanans

Many voters in Montana seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude as they assess Senator John Walsh, a Democrat accused of plagiarizing an Army War College paper.






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Shootings Redefine Beat of School Police Officers

Radical shifts in tactics have swept the field — even calling on officers to rush toward shooters without backup.






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Arts | Westchester: Putting the A in STEAM

“Steam,” a new exhibition in White Plains, takes its name from an educational movement, STEAM, which is STEM (another curriculum that is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the addition of the “A” for art.

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Motherlode Blog: Letting a Child Make the Small Sacrifice

It’s always my instinct to sacrifice for my kids. To step back; to say, you take it, you go, it’s ok, I don’t mind. My daughter’s gift of a horseback ride reminded me that being the giver isn’t always the right thing to do.






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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: Summer Reading Contest, Week 7 | What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?

Tell us what caught your eye and why, by 7 a.m. Eastern on Aug. 1. This week, our guest judge is Andrew Smith, and winners will be published on Aug. 12.






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Weird Al Yankovic Soars to the Top of the Charts

What role has Weird Al Yankovic played in pop culture since the late 1970s?






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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Explorers

Test your knowledge of explorers by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | potion

This word has appeared in 94 New York Times articles in the past year.






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