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Five Questions For Economist Joseph Price on Rethinking Gender Differences and Classroom Competition

Research has long shown that when boys and girls are put in head-to-head competition in which there’s a single, timed opportunity to win, boys excel. In a new study published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization researchers had elementary school students in Utah compete to answer math questions. While boys did perform better in the first round – reinforcing the earlier findings – when a second round was added to the competition the advantage for boys disappeared.

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Five Questions for Joel Packer of the Committee for Education Funding on Sequestration, Equity, and the Media’s Coverage

Research has long shown that when boys and girls are put in head-to-head competition in which there’s a single, timed opportunity to win, boys excel. In a new study published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization researchers had elementary school students in Utah compete to answer math questions. While boys did perform better in the first round – reinforcing the earlier findings – when a second round was added to the competition the advantage for boys disappeared.

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At Diving into Data, Reporter Crunches Numbers on School Closings in Philly

Benjamin Herold, reporter at WHYY’s Newsworks, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, crunched numbers at EWA’s Diving Into Data Workshop Feb. 22-25 and came up with an interesting analysis of neighborhood schools and how students and their parents choose whether to stay in the local school or move elsewhere.

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State Higher Education Finance 2012

State and local government financial commitment to higher education has increased substantially over the past twenty-five years. In 1987, state and local governments combined provided $33.3 billion in direct support for general operating expenses of public and independent higher education institutions. This investment increased to $50.3 billion in 1997, $82.7 billion in 2007, and $88.8 billion by 2008 (the high point in national aggregate funding).

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Resources from Diving Into Data

If you couldn’t make it to Austin for Diving Into Data Feb. 22-25, we’ve got resources from the conference for you to browse and keep for your reference.

Any reporters interested in data-based journalism – not just conference attendees – can join the EMC Diving Into Data group.

Browse tweets from the conference.

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Five Questions for Joel Packer of the Committee for Education Funding on Sequestration, Equity, and the Media’s Coverage

Joel Packer is executive director of the Committee for Education Funding, which lobbies on behalf of a diverse membership of more than 100 organizations including K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, nonprofits, professional associations, research firms, and coalitions of educators, parents, and public employees. He spoke with EWA about the looming congressional deadline for across-the-board budget cuts of about 8 percent for every federal agency, including the U.S. Department of Education.

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Who Decides What’s Off the Record?

To do their jobs, education reporters on the federal beat depend on access to congressional staffers. But what happens when those staffers want anonymity while discussing policy at a public forum? EWA asked two reporters – Libby Nelson of Inside Higher Ed and Eric Kelderman of The Chronicle of Higher Education – to explain why they’re pushing back against what they contend is an unreasonable demand.

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Digital Learning Day 2013 Is Here!

Now that we’ve all mastered the art of the “two screen experience” after watching Super Bowl XLVII, the timing is great for a second annual Digital Learning Day this Wednesday to see how students are using blended learning. This event spotlights the effective use of digital technology in the classroom from diverse school districts throughout the United States. All 50 states and about 24,000 teachers will be participating.

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Photographing students in schools

I have a question regarding photography policies when covering stories in schools.

I’ve run into the same problem at multiple schools. I go to cover some event they’ve invited the paper to cover, start taking photographs, and have a teacher come up and say, “Excuse me, but we have students who haven’t filled out a photo waiver [or whatever they call it]. We can point out a few students who we know have filled out the waiver and are allowed to be photographed.”

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Under the Microscope: Examining STEM Education

University of Maryland-Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski, who has been featured on 60 Minutes, will give the keynote address Feb. 8 at EWA’s intensive one-day conference for journalists “Under the Microscope: Examining STEM Education.” Topics covered will include the impact of the new Common Core math requirements, the influence Next Generation Science Standards initiative, and the challenges of shepherding students to STEM degrees in college.

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EdWeek’s Quality Counts Report Out Thursday

Happy New Year everyone. Just wanted to alert you all that Edweek’s annual Quality Counts special report, complete with state-by-state grades based on six education indicators, will be released Thursday (embargo lifts at 12:01 a.m.). The report has a special theme this year on School Safety, Discipline, and Climate, which is particularly timely (though it has been months in the planning). There’s a lot of great stuff in the themed content, on the research, trends, models and best practices, school design, role of counselors, and student-centered approaches.

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Five Questions For … PBS NewsHour Correspondent John Merrow on Frontline’s New Michelle Rhee Documentary

For the new Frontline documentary, veteran education journalist John Merrow (Learning Matters) was granted unprecedented access to Michelle Rhee during her turbulent three-year tenure as chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools.“The Education of Michelle Rhee” airs Tuesday on PBS, following her as she implemented sweeping changes, closed schools and fired staff.