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 The Learning Network: Word of the Day | optional
This word has appeared in 529 New York Times articles in the past year.






 Financial Aid for Undocumented Students Is Losing Its Stigma
Colleges and universities are increasingly making higher education more affordable for students for whom all federal and most state forms of financial aid remain off limits.






 The Learning Network: Ideas for E.L.L.s | Teaching and Learning About Animals
Animals are ubiquitous, easily described, interesting to students, and curiosity-provoking, qualities that can create an engaging thematic unit for English language development. Here are some ideas for teaching with Times photos, videos and articles about critters of all kinds.






 Motherlode Blog: Motherlode?s ?Celebrity Class of Commenters?
It?s been said many times that ?the best thing about Motherlode is the comments.?






 Beverly Hills to boot non-district K-8 pupils
After more than four hours of emotional and sometimes contentious debate, the Beverly Hills Unified School District approved a controversial proposal Tuesday to boot out more than 400 out-of-district students.

 ?At hope? kids better than ?at risk??

Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-Tacoma, is sponsoring a bill this session that would replace references to low-income children such as "disadvantaged," and "at-risk" with a more-positive term, "at hope." Decades ago, poor children became known as "disadvantaged." Then they were "at-risk." Now, a Washington lawmaker wants to replace those euphemisms with a new one: "at hope."


 Hawaii legislators seek to lengthen school year
Stuck with the nation's shortest school year, Hawaii lawmakers will consider proposals for longer and more school days when this year's legislative session opens Wednesday.

 Loophole frees mentally ill youth offenders

In this undated file photo provided by Jan Henry, her husband Todd Henry is shown playing a guitar in Tyler, Texas. Todd Henry, a special education teacher, was fatally stabbed by a student at the school.Recent slaying cases highlight the complexities of a 1997 law meant to keep mentally ill juveniles from being held in detention centers where they can't get proper treatment.


 Labour to confirm tuition fee cut plan
Ed Miliband is to say university tuition fees have been a "disaster" and will set out Labour's plans to cut them by a third.

 'No conclusions' on Savile in schools
A lack of evidence means there are no conclusions from investigations into possible abuse during school visits by Jimmy Savile.

 'Inadequate' free school to close
Durham Free School is to close at the end of this term after its action plan was judged insufficient to turn it around.

 New commission on primary assessment
A teacher-led commission is being set up to help primary schools in England find new ways of assessing their pupils' progress.