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Montgomery to reexamine later high school start times

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 8:14pm

The Montgomery County Board of Education asked Tuesday for new, lower-cost options for shifting high school start times, opposing a recommendation from Superintendent Joshua P. Starr to shelve the district’s effort to give teens more time to sleep.

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National Briefing | Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Schools Seek More Money

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 7:59pm
The Philadelphia superintendent of schools made a last-minute plea for funding saying he needs at least an additional $96 million.
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Plan to build school on Arlington parkland draws protests

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 7:05pm

Advocates for open space in Arlington are organizing a campaign to quash a proposal by the Arlington School Board to build a new elementary school on parkland next to Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

“The school board voted to take land purchased for parks and pave it for parking lots and new buildings,” Jim Presswood, a leader of an advocacy group, said in a statement Tuesday. “This was not what voters wanted when they approved park bond issues.”

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Students pushing Potomac bluestone for official D.C. rock

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 6:26pm

The District has an official flower, the American Beauty rose. The city also has an official bird, the wood thrush, and an official tree, the scarlet oak. But unlike most U.S. states, it has no official rock.

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Economic Scene: Udacity-AT&T ‘NanoDegree’ Offers an Entry-Level Approach to College

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:51pm
The “NanoDegree,” an online collaboration of AT&T and Udacity, may offer a reasonable shot at using the web to democratize higher education.






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In Fairfax, Colvin Run students talk with astronauts on space station

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:34pm

Students at Fairfax County’s Colvin Run Elementary made an unusual long-distance phone call Tuesday, connecting with NASA astronauts orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station.

The video conference was part of a NASA effort to promote science in schools and allowed 19 curious students the rare opportunity to pose questions about the effects of gravity, or lack thereof, to the astronauts as they floated upside down in space.

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State prosecutors investigate school board’s use of credit cards in Montgomery County

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:29pm

Maryland state prosecutors are investigating whether the Montgomery County Board of Education’s use of county-issued credit cards amounts to criminal misconduct, according to officials familiar with the probe and a subpoena issued this month.

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D.C. school-boundary overhaul triggers discussion about school quality

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:45pm

The tension between neighborhood schools and school choice was on full display Monday night at the District’s Savoy Elementary, where several dozen parents and community members showed up to weigh in on the city’s latest proposal to overhaul school boundaries and student-assignment policies.

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Montgomery schools official to repay district for purchases listed in expense reports

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:40pm

Expense account records show that a deputy schools superintendent in Montgomery County charged $486 to her publicly funded credit card for a computer bag and leather computer carry-all.

Records released this month show that Kimberly A. Statham, deputy superintendent for teaching, learning and programs, bought the items in May 2013, during a trip to Chicago for a conference.

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Motherlode Blog: ‘You’ve Done Everything You Can’

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:26pm
In the past, I’d never understood people who said they were done, who gave up on their dream of having their own genetic children. But as I thought of the future, I could not imagine going on.






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Strauss: A case for why K-12 teachers need tenure

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:24pm

Why should teachers have tenure? What, for that matter, is “tenure” anyway?

The issue has become a big topic of conversation because of the recent verdict in the “Vergara trial,”  in which a Los Angeles judge tossed out California statutes giving job protections to teachers. The decision didn’t exactly come out of nowhere; school “reformers” have been moving for several years to weaken or eliminate tenure for teachers and other job protections through legislation. The lawsuit — funded by a multimillionaire from Silicon Valley — was a new weapon in the anti-union arsenal and is sure to be replicated in other states, even if Vergara is overturned by an appellate court. 

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Author Camille Farrington talks about need to redesign American high schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:09pm

As schools across the country are working to improve their graduation rates, some experts say the problem starts with the way high schools are fundamentally designed to weed out students.

Camille Farrington, a former high school teacher and now a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research, has studied persistent failure in American high schools.

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Strauss: Dear LeBron: Time to get a college degree (other big-time athletes did)

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:29am

“Thank you,” Washington Post sports writer Mike Wise wrote in this great love letter to Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James, “for giving youngsters someone to emulate.”

Love him or hate him — and it seems that more people love to hate him than perhaps anybody else in professional sports — James has been a role model to young people. That’s not because he has been perfect; it’s because he hasn’t been perfect and has  apologized for it. After he left Cleveland for the Heat in a public way that was slammed as being crass, James later apologized, Wise noted, showing “humility and perspective.” And, Wise said, James “speaks about social concerns, damn the financial risk.”

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In Fairfax County, students remember ex-Hayfield principal, who died of cancer

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:18am

Hundreds of Hayfield Secondary students gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Fairfax County school Monday night to remember Dave Tremaine, who died of cancer earlier in the day — two weeks after he stepped down as principal and the day before graduation ceremonies.

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Motherlode Blog: At the Cutting Edge of Gay Family Law

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:06am
In the past, second-parent adoptions have been standard in the gay community. But a court recently ruled that such adoptions were neither “necessary nor available” for gay married couples since a “presumption of parenthood” exists.






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