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Strauss: A superintendent responds to a critic

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:30pm
Superintendent James A. Crisfield of Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey recently wrote an opinion piece in the NJ Spotlight that criticized the “opt-out” movement, in which tens of thousands of parents around the country are choosing not to allow their children to take high-stakes standardized Common Core tests. Crisfield argued that underpinning the opt-out movement is a belief “that it is a right to opt out of things happening at school with which one doesn’t agree,” and he said this was taking public education down a dangerous path. He was challenged in this post by Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and lawyer who wrote an open letter to Crisfield saying that his editorial “boils down to a slippery slope argument that misses the larger point of what the high-stakes standardized test movement is about.” Blaine, who went to Millburn schools, wrote in part:Read full article >>






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Strauss: A superintendent responds to a critic

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:30pm
Superintendent James A. Crisfield of Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey recently wrote an opinion piece in the NJ Spotlight that criticized the “opt-out” movement, in which tens of thousands of parents around the country are choosing not to allow their children to take high-stakes standardized Common Core tests. Crisfield argued that underpinning the opt-out movement is a belief “that it is a right to opt out of things happening at school with which one doesn’t agree,” and he said this was taking public education down a dangerous path. He was challenged in this post by Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and lawyer who wrote an open letter to Crisfield saying that his editorial “boils down to a slippery slope argument that misses the larger point of what the high-stakes standardized test movement is about.” Blaine, who went to Millburn schools, wrote in part:Read full article >>






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IMPACT scores ward-by-ward in D.C.

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:57pm
D.C. Public Schools have released a more detailed picture this month showing significant differences across the city in where the most effective teachers are working.Last school year, half of the teachers in Ward 3, which has the highest median income in the city, were rated “highly effective,” under the teacher evaluation system known as IMPACT. In Wards 7 and 8, where poverty rates are highest, 18 percent and 19 percent respectively were rated “highly effective.”Read full article >>






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IMPACT scores ward-by-ward in D.C.

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:57pm
D.C. Public Schools have released a more detailed picture this month showing significant differences across the city in where the most effective teachers are working.Last school year, half of the teachers in Ward 3, which has the highest median income in the city, were rated “highly effective,” under the teacher evaluation system known as IMPACT. In Wards 7 and 8, where poverty rates are highest, 18 percent and 19 percent respectively were rated “highly effective.”Read full article >>






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Fairfax County school board race begins early

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:56pm
Local elections in Fairfax County are months away, but some candidates for school board have already started to campaign in the run-up to November.The race for the 12-member school board will be competitive. All members of the board are up for reelection and at least one, Kathy L. Smith (Sully), has announced her candidacy for the Board of Supervisors.Read full article >>






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First Draft: Christie’s Truce With Teachers Could Pay Dividends in ’16

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:51am
Gov. Chris Christie and the New Jersey Education Association are cooperating to grapple with the state’s crippling pension costs, and that may help the governor’s presidential ambitions.






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Motherlode Blog: An Outpouring of Love and Onesies

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:48am
There is so much effort and love in all these packages; so much support in all the inquiries. It’s shocking, humbling and fantastic.
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