New York Times national education reporter. Back in the day: economics, books, real estate. Still interested in all of it. My first name is Motoko.

Lawmakers Move to Limit Government’s Role in Education

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - Congress on Wednesday moved to substantially scale back the federal government's role in education, particularly the use of high-stakes standardized testing to punish schools, in the first significant proposed revisions since the No Child Left Behind law was passed 14 years ago.
Jul 09, 2015

Lawmakers Move to Limit Government’s Role in Education nyti.ms/1fpgPRc

Jul 09, 2015

Lawmakers Move to Limit Government’s Role in Education: @jestei @motokorich on No Child update. What u need to know. nytimes.com/2015/07/09/us/…

Jul 16, 2015

Lawmakers Move to Limit Government’s Role in Education nyti.ms/1fpgPRc

Colorado Court Rules Use of Public Funds for Private Schools Is Unconstitutional

nytimes.com — DENVER - Colorado's highest court on Monday struck down a voucher program that allowed parents in a conservative suburban school district to use taxpayer dollars to send their children to private schools.
Jun 30, 2015

Colorado Court Rules Use of Public Funds for Private Schools Is Unconstitutional nyti.ms/1efJx66 via @nytimes

Jul 01, 2015

RT @pattibacchus: Colorado Court Rules Use of Public Funds for Private Schools Is Unconstitutional nyti.ms/1GW2a8Q #bced #bcpoli #vanpoli

Grading the Common Core: No Teaching Experience Required

nytimes.com — SAN ANTONIO - The new academic standards known as the Common Core emphasize critical thinking, complex problem-solving and writing skills, and put less stock in rote learning and memorization.
Jun 22, 2015

Inside the scoring of Common Core tests. Who is scoring student answers? Not necessarily teachers. nyti.ms/1GDigUL

Jun 22, 2015

RT @motokorich: Inside the scoring of Common Core tests. Who is scoring student answers? Not necessarily teachers. nyti.ms/1GDigUL

Jun 22, 2015

RT @motokorich: Inside the scoring of Common Core tests. Who is scoring student answers? Not necessarily teachers. nyti.ms/1GDigUL

Jun 22, 2015

Earn $12 to $14 an hour to grade Common Core tests; no teaching experience required. @motokorich nytimes.com/2015/06/23/us/…

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After SAT Misprint, Two Sections Won’t Be Scored

nytimes.com — After a misprint in test booklets about the time allotted for taking part of the SAT earlier this month, the College Board said on Monday that it would not score two sections of the exam, and would waive its fees for students who wanted to take the test again.
Jun 15, 2015

College Board will waive SAT retest fees for students "negatively affected by printing error” nyti.ms/1dH1zhg

Jun 15, 2015

RT @motokorich: College Board will waive SAT retest fees for students "negatively affected by printing error” nyti.ms/1dH1zhg

Jun 15, 2015

I thought it was weird my little cousin said he did terribly on the SACs nyti.ms/1BiYtee

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Gang Memoir, Turning Page, Is Pure Fiction

nytimes.com — In "Love and Consequences," a critically acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods. The problem is that none of it is true.
Jun 14, 2015

Since we're all obsessing in Rachel Dolezal, here's an oldie but goodie. mobile.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/boo…

Jun 15, 2015

Rachel Dolezal follows a long line of identify fabricators. Remember Margaret Jones & the fake gang memoir? nyti.ms/1IZCPOT

Jun 15, 2015

RT @motokorich: Rachel Dolezal follows a long line of identify fabricators. Remember Margaret Jones & the fake gang memoir? http://t.co/fH3…

Kindergartens rediscover the value of playing

startribune.com — Mucking around with sand and water. Playing Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. Cooking pretend meals in a child-size kitchen. Dancing on the rug, building with blocks and painting on easels. Call it Kindergarten 2.0. Concerned that kindergarten has become overly academic in recent years, this suburban school district south of Baltimore is introducing a new curriculum in the fall for 5-year-olds.

Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom

nytimes.com — PASADENA, Md. - Mucking around with sand and water. Playing Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. Cooking pretend meals in a child-size kitchen. Dancing on the rug, building with blocks and painting on easels. Call it Kindergarten 2.0.
Jun 10, 2015

Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom nyti.ms/1dtk9cp

Jun 09, 2015

Instead of worksheets and drills, sand tables, art, Candy Land and blocks. Call it Kindergarten 2.0 nyti.ms/1dtk9cp

Jun 09, 2015

I was an asst for 3 yrs in an academic inner-city kindergarten - kids got a half hour of recess a week, if that nyti.ms/1dtk9cp

Jun 09, 2015

RT @mollyhc: I was an asst for 3 yrs in an academic inner-city kindergarten - kids got a half hour of recess a week, if that nyti.ms/1dtk9cp

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Mom and Dad Have Their Own Set of Finals

nytimes.com — Jodi Gold, a Manhattan child psychiatrist and the mother of three children ages 6, 9 and 11, is accustomed to the perennial juggle. But at this time of year, all she can do is triage. Last Wednesday, she started the morning at an Upper East Side private school in the first-grade classroom of her daughter, Samantha, observing a Minecraft-themed project.
Jun 05, 2015

Anyone who knows me at all knows how I feel about the end-of-year parental marathon: nyti.ms/1McpujY

Jun 07, 2015

Parents spend more time at kids' school in last 2 weeks of term than their parents did in 13 years of schooling. True nyti.ms/1HaenZh

Recession, Politics and Policy Stretch Arizona School Budgets

nytimes.com — PHOENIX - In the rural Saddle Mountain Unified School District 50 miles west of Phoenix, three new libraries have been locked since last year. In a neighboring county, an elementary school closed last month because there was no money to keep it open, even after the district agreed to shift to a four-day week.
Jun 08, 2015

Of the 7 states with the deepest cuts in K-12 education, six (including Oklahoma) also cut income tax rates. nytimes.com/2015/06/06/us/… #oklaed

Jun 05, 2015

Recession has ended, but not the deep cuts in public schools. AZ very hard hit nyti.ms/1dj1pwi w/ @fernandaNYT

Jun 05, 2015

AZ's education values in a nutshell: 2015 Teacher of the Year hasn't had a raise in seven years. @fernandaNYT nyti.ms/1IpopaK

Jun 05, 2015

RT @Bob_Ortega: AZ's education values in a nutshell: 2015 Teacher of the Year hasn't had a raise in seven years. @fernandaNYT nyti.ms/1IpopaK

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Three Amtrak Victims With a Common Thread: All Were Heading Home to Family

nytimes.com — PHILADELPHIA - One was a midshipman at the Naval Academy who wanted to become a member of the Navy SEALs. Another was the young chief executive of an education start-up, excited about her new job. A third was a seasoned software engineer helping The Associated Press news service move into video.
May 13, 2015

The ache of family & friends of three Amtrak victims, who were Heading Home nyti.ms/1ICm8XL

May 13, 2015

Three Amtrak Victims With a Common Thread: All Were Heading Home to Family nyti.ms/1ICm8XL

May 13, 2015

RT @nytimes: Three Amtrak victims had a common thread: all were heading home to family nyti.ms/1Iz84A3 pic.twitter.com/Ukw5iEy9K9

May 14, 2015

Three Amtrak Victims With a Common Thread: All Were Heading Home to Family nyti.ms/1Iz18mr

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Jul 29, 2015

RT @julietlapidos: 70% of California prosecutors are white. The last year that 70% of California was white? 1977 fw.to/ICdeyYI

Jul 29, 2015

Groups That Back Bloomberg’s Education Agenda Enjoy Success in Albany nyti.ms/1I10n38 @katetaylornyt

Jul 29, 2015

Say goodbye to your favorite barista, now headed to code for a tech startup. nyti.ms/1LTpZTI @stevelohr

Jul 29, 2015

Read @FrankBruni: enough is enough. "Now the concern isn’t how to rouse teens but how to lull them." nyti.ms/1I0HIUQ

Jul 28, 2015

Another reason to feel inferior to Finland: they exercise more than we do n.pr/1JL7lHu

Jul 27, 2015

RT @jestei: Required reading for any parent with college bound kids: Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection nyti.ms/1IAYqh3

Jul 27, 2015

Deeply disturbing account of the "sea slaves" who bring us cheap fish for pet food, etc. nyti.ms/1HU7pX9 @ian_urbina



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