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Strauss: Why support for Common Core is sinking

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:45pm

Over the weekend, the Board of Directors of the New York State United Teachers, a union with more than 600,000 members, passed a resolution withdrawing support for the Common Core State Standards “as implemented and interpreted” by the state Education Department and also declaring “no confidence” in the policies of State Education Commissioner John King. Why is support for the Core sinking rapidly? Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York, explains in the following post. Burris has written a series of posts about the many problems with test-driven reform in New York (here, and here and here and here and here, for example). She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by thousands of New York principals teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.

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A photo leads NYC students, teachers to discover a possible slave cemetery

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
A classroom project by a group of elementary-school students from Public School 48, in New York City's Bronx, may have lead t -More
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Ind. school's Spanish-immersion program connects with families

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
An Indiana elementary school's Spanish-immersion magnet program, which launched 20 years ago, teaches core classes, including -More

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Pa. board plans social studies changes to prepare students for exams

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
The United School Board in Armagh, Pa., has approved changes for the 2014-15 school year to align social studies courses to m -More
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How to make lessons matter beyond the final exam

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
Many students forget about classroom lessons after the final exam.  -More
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Utah students attend film screening as part of Sundance festival

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
About 1,600 students from schools in Ogden, Utah, went to a local theater to view screenings of "Zip & Zap And The Marble Gan -More
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Air Force pilot surprises Miss. student with gift

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
Olyvya Tozer, a student at Vancleave Lower Elementary School in Mississippi, was all smiles recently when Air Force pilot Chr -More
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2014 NCSS election

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
Voting for the 2014 Elections for the NCSS Board of Directors opens Feb. 3.  -More
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Upcoming state and regional social studies conferences

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
Regional, state and local social studies conferences organized by NCSS-affiliated councils provide great opportunities for te -More
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Have you visited SmartBlog on Education?

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
Check out this week's posts on SmartBlog on Education. Want to join our blogger community?  -More
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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:02pm
C.S. Lewis, Irish writer and theologian -More
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In Fairfax, new schools on the way

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:32pm

The Fairfax County School Board approved a $866 million construction program Thursday night that includes plans to build elementary schools and renovate aging facilities.

The Capital Improvement Program, approved 9 to 2, with one member abstaining, also includes a plan for a new elementary on the Fort Belvoir Army base, built and jointly funded by the Defense Department. The new schools will help the administration address a projected surge in enrollment. By 2018, the school population will grow by about 13,000 students to 199,000.

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Prince George’s schools accepting applications for specialty programs

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:18pm

The Prince George’s County Public School System is accepting online applications for its specialty programs lottery through March 12.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m.

The specialty programs in the district include: Creative and Performing Arts, French immersion, Spanish immersion/Dual language, Montessori, and Talented and Gifted.

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Northern Va. schools modify calendars to make up for snow days

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 1:40pm

Thousands of students across Northern Virginia enjoyed time off last week, allowing them go sledding, watch television or, at least in Loudoun County, celebrate a round of canceled midterm exams.

But as they return to school today, many students can look forward to school and more school as some districts make up for lost time with altered schedules.

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