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Colorado Yogis Balk at State Regulation of Teacher Training

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 9:21pm
A debate that has roiled Colorado’s growing yoga world pits studio owners against a state agency that says programs to train yoga teachers must be certified.






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Chantilly High student journalists win award celebrating First Amendment

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:55pm
For the editors of the Chantilly High School newspaper, it was deciding to highlight free speech on the cover of the Purple Tide newspaper.For the staff of the high school’s student television newscast, it was a three-minute piece about the demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., concerning racial tensions between citizens and police. And for the teens who oversee the Chantilly High yearbook, it’s the independence to edit the Odyssey without meddling by the administration.Read full article >>






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In Arlington, growth threatens a building some view as historic

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:48pm
In this brick building on Wilson Boulevard, some see a historic gem in one of Arlington County’s oldest schools, where President Woodrow Wilson would pause and chat with children on the lawn.School officials see an outdated structure and an opportunity to relieve crowding elsewhere in the district, which is seeing unprecedented growth in the student population. The district, which owns the building, plans to tear it down and erect a building about eight times the size to house the H-B Woodlawn program and a program for students with special needs.Read full article >>






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Will new curriculums save our schools? Not anytime soon.

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:59pm
I admire Robert Pondiscio, a former fifth-grade teacher who is now a senior fellow and vice president at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. No one writes more clearly or intelligently about how to improve our schools. But even I, a devout optimist, have trouble accepting his view that 2015 will finally give America’s teachers the engaging curriculums they and their students deserve.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and baloney

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 2:30pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s school reform proposals have infuriated educators across the state. Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School is one of them and in this post, she  explains why. Burris, who has written frequently for this blog,  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, was tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Burris has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog. Her most recent post was “Principal: ‘There comes a time when rules must be broken…That time is now.’”Read full article >>






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A closer look at four New Mexico teachers’ evaluations

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 11:36am
The American Federation of Teachers last month sued New Mexico state officials over new teacher evaluations that have sparked resistance across the state from teachers who say that the system is unfair and error-ridden.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The important things standardized tests don’t measure

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 9:00am
Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one pushed by school reformers who champion the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers. Brady says schools need a complete transformationl in what and how students learn. He has also been highly critical of standardized testing. Here’s his latest piece. You can see some of his earlier pieces here (Why Common Core isn’t the answer), here (One way to solve America’s major curriculum problem) and here  (‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming public education).Read full article >>






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As Common Core Testing Is Ushered In, Parents and Students Opt Out

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 8:29am
On Monday, many public school students in New Jersey will begin to take standardized tests that are opposed by an unusually diverse coalition of enemies.






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Strauss: Teacher: Why expanding ‘parental rights’ in public education sounds good — but isn’t

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:00am
Leanne Riordan is a parent and public school teacher in Maryland. A Maryland native, she teaches English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) in a Pre-K to 8th grade Title I school in Southeast Baltimore. Her three daughters have attended public schools in Crofton and Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. In this post, Riordan explains why she has become concerned with the rationale that is being used by some in the “opt-out” movement, in which parents are refusing to allow their children to take standardized tests. Riordan read some posts on The Answer Sheet about opting-out, and sent me the following e-mail expressing her opinion. Her concern revolves around the issue of parental rights.Read full article >>






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The snow conundrum: How a school system decides whether to open

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:35pm
Todd Watkins had been following the snow forecasts closely. By the time he climbed out of bed in the darkness of 2 a.m., he didn’t think a storm would wallop the Washington region. But he thought it was possible that Montgomery’s schools would open after a delay.Read full article >>






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Opinion: Make School a Democracy

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 5:27pm
Children will learn better. Look at rural Colombia.






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Strauss: Principal targets cyberbullies: I have more respect for insurgents I fought in Iraq

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:52pm
“To the pathetic cowards who chose to start and participate in this, you are warned I am coming for you and I am furious. Winchendon PD is also involved. If you have posted on that site, you better take it off (but note I have screen captures and I will get you.)”Read full article >>






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Strauss: How Jeb Bush’s school reforms really played out in Florida

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:34pm
Jeb Bush talks a great deal about his record on education when he was governor of Florida from 1999-2007 and later as a private citizen through his Foundation for Excellence in Education. As governor, he introduced school reforms that have become common across the country — including high-stakes standardized testing for “accountability” purposes and school “choice” — and since then has been a leading voice in spreading his education gospel nationwide. His critics call him not a “reformer” but a “privatizer” of public education in part because of his attitude about traditional public schools — calling them “politicized, unionized monopolies” or “government-run monopolies run by unions” — while advocating for charter schools as well as voucher and voucher-like programs, which use public money to pay private school tuition for students.Read full article >>






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Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 12:00pm
Opponents of the nation’s teacher unions won a landmark victory last year in a California lawsuit that challenged tenure protections, a case that became the beginning of a national effort to roll back teacher tenure laws in state courts. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Separating fact from fiction in 21 claims about charter schools

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:00am
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools  released a report last year titled “Separating Fact & Fiction: What You Need to Know About Charter Schools,” which takes 21 statements that it calls “myths” about charters and attempts to debunk them, one by one. Now three education researchers have completed a fact-checking analysis of the charter report, coming to some difference conclusions about each myth.  Following is part of the new analysis, which was published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, and which you can find in full, complete with extensive footnotes on the NEPC website. (I have removed the footnotes and endnotes from the text in this post but you can see them, as well other parts of the report, here.)Read full article >>






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New York City Teachers’ Union Is Closing Portion of Its Brooklyn Charter School

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 12:41am
Low student tests scores are forcing the United Federation of Teachers to shut down the kindergarten-to-eighth-grade portion of a charter school it started in 2005.






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Schools face new challenges as poverty grows in inner suburbs

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:58pm
The District and dozens of other city centers across the country are becoming younger, more affluent and better educated while poverty rates in inner suburbs are rising, according to a study from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.Read full article >>






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Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:56pm
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced changes to newly adopted school boundaries on Friday, just three days before the close of the annual lottery in which families set preferences for where they’d like their children to go.Read full article >>






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Op-Ed Contributor: A Strike Against Student Debt

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:02pm
Student debtors should turn the vast sums they owe into leverage to demand a better system.
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Not the Usual College Party (This One’s Sober)

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:04pm
Some 135 campuses across the country have founded Collegiate Recovery community support groups in an effort to keep students sober.






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