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The president of the University of Maryland reached out Tuesday to the campus community — horrified by an offensive e-mail written by a student — and said he would meet with student leaders after spring break to talk about how to improve the campus climate. Wallace Loh, in effect, asked for patience, as the investigation into the incident continues, while emphasizing the importance of free speech.Read full article >>
The new “Lego Club Magazine” features a page of “Beauty Tips” for its 5-12 year old audience.
And now the professors have weighed in: They don’t want Sweet Briar to close, either.The faculty met Monday evening and voted unanimously to object to the abrupt plans to close the 114-year-old private women’s college in Virginia. Earlier this month, the interim president announced that insurmountable financial difficulties made closure inevitable.Read full article >>
Since late last year, Loudoun County parent Brian Davison has been fighting to obtain student-growth percentiles from the Virginia Department of Education, data that he argues can measure how effective teachers are in impacting student growth. Davison prevailed earlier this year and the state released millions of records without identifying information for teachers or students. He continues to fight to get the names of teachers attached to that data.Read full article >>
Three Montgomery educators have been named as finalists for the county’s 2015–2016 Teacher of the Year award. At the high school level, the finalist is Joseph Gannon Jr., a Damascus High social studies teacher credited with starting the school’s economics and AP world history programs. Gannon, whose career in Montgomery goes back to 1988, also has sponsored the girls’ golf team and the debate team, and has organized 14 student trips abroad.Read full article >>
Publishers and others are hammering a Consumer Reports-style review of math instructional materials that faulted programs for failing to align to the common core.