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Whooping cough confirmed at 10 Montgomery public schools since August

4 hours 42 min ago

Two more cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in Montgomery County public schools, according to health officials, who now are reporting a total of 20 cases since an outbreak during the first week of school.

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Wonkblog: David Boies helped California gay couples win the right to marry. Now he’s attacking teacher tenure

7 hours 40 min ago

David Boies is an accomplished civil rights attorney who is probably best known for his Supreme Court cases, in which he has represented Al Gore and Californian gay couples seeking to marry. Now he is working on behalf of kids in urban schools, but his approach is a controversial one. He argues that teacher tenure denies students their right to an equal education, guaranteed in Brown v. Board of Education and many state constitutions.

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Fairfax County School Board to vote on ‘portrait of a graduate’ concept

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:45pm

The Fairfax County School Board is scheduled to vote Thursday on a final version of the school system’s “portrait of a graduate” concept, which describes the skills students should have by the time they earn their diplomas.

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Police release surveillance videos showing Hannah Graham before she disappeared

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:00pm

Police investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student have focused their search in an area of downtown Charlottesville where she was last seen on surveillance video walking alone in the early morning hours Saturday.

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Georgetown says student’s meningitis death is ‘isolated case’

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:23pm

Georgetown University in an e-mail to students and staff Wednesday said the meningitis that killed a college sophomore on Tuesday is not considered a risk to other students.

The e-mail, sent from James Welsh, assistant vice president of student health services, said that Andrea Jaime, a student in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, died of “an isolated case of meningitis.”

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Strauss: More students are illegally downloading college textbooks for free

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:07pm

It’s hard (if not impossible) to know just how prevalent this practice is, but some college students around the country are uploading their expensive college textbooks onto the Internet so other students can download them for free and avoid the hefty fees that are sometimes more than $200 a book.

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New principal announced for Fairfax’s Hayfield Secondary

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:48pm

Martin Grimm, who currently serves as principal of Centreville High School, will take over as principal at Hayfield Secondary School, administration officials said.

Grimm, who has been principal at Centreville since July 2012, will assume his new role Oct. 1.

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History-loving student from Montgomery to interview U.S. archivist for Constitution Day

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:04am

It’s Constitution Day — and the most momentous one yet for 16-year-old Adalia Jimenez.

The Montgomery County junior was selected to interview Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero as part of a Constitution Day event that will be live-streamed Wednesday. It is sponsored through a partnership of the White House and Discovery Education, with 13,000 classrooms signed on, Discovery officials said.

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Strauss: Four Common Core ‘flimflams’

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:00am

Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York was once a supporter of the Common Core but came to be a critic after her state began to implement the initiative. (You can read some of her work on the botched implementation  in New York here,  here, here and here .)  Burris 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. In this post she looks at what she calls the “Four Flimflams of the Common Core.”

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Strauss: The Washington Post’s Constitution Day quiz

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:41pm

Sept. 17 is Constitution Day, celebrating the document that is at the foundation of the United States of America. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the Constitution.

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New D.C. education ombudsman has a busy first year

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:37pm

Just weeks before school started, Jennifer White received a letter from the principal at her son’s middle school in the District. With a pattern of late arrivals in the spring, the letter said, her son was not invited to return.

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School board settles 2nd discrimination case involving Largo High School principal

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:54pm

A discrimination lawsuit that pitted a former Maryland school secretary against her principal — and included allegations that the head of Largo High School bullied her staff — was settled Tuesday just as it was about to go to trial in federal court.

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Three in 10 Virginia schools lack full accreditation; students struggle with tests

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:21pm

Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago.

The Virginia Department of Education said Tuesday that 555 of the state’s 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks this past spring on the annual statewide Standards of Learning tests.Thirty percent of all schools in the state were rated “accredited with warning,” up from 22 percent the year before. Five years ago, just 15 Virginia schools received the downgraded status.

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Georgetown University student dies of apparent case of meningitis

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:58pm

A Georgetown University student died Tuesday after apparently contracting meningitis, the university said.

Andrea Jaime was a sophomore in the school of nursing and health studies, Georgetown said in a statement. She had been undergoing treatment for the infectious disease at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

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Search continues for missing U-Va. student

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:15pm

[Update: Police canvas Charlottesville for missing teen from Fairfax County]

The search continued Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student with ties to the Washington area, and her family said it would be unusual for her to go this long without having any contact with her family and friends.

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Fewer charter school applications this year

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:05pm

The D.C. Public Charter School Board two years ago created a fast track for experienced charter operators with successful records in other cities to apply to open schools in the District.

The effort brought in California-based Rocketship, which plans to open its doors in Anacostia next fall, as well as Texas-based Harmony and New York-based Democracy Prep, which opened schools this year.

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Strauss: Poll: Most Americans no longer think a college education is ‘very important’

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:32pm

Amid a national debate about the worth of a college education, a respected annual poll about the education views held by Americans has found that only 44 percent of Americans now believe that getting a college education is “very important” — down from 75 percent four years ago.

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Washington: An education capital

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:22pm

Washington, known as a seat of global power, is also a center for brainpower.

A new ranking finds the D.C. metropolitan area to be third in the nation in level of educational attainment — behind No. 1 Ann Arbor, Mich., and No. 2 Madison, Wis., but ahead of Boston, Seattle, New York and many other cities.

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Strauss: One senior’s story: Starting college admissions process is like ‘being sent out to sea by myself with 20 different maps’

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:00pm

With the 2014-15 school year now in full swing, many high school seniors are finding that they have two jobs: keeping up with classes and filling out college applications. This blog will follow one senior as she navigates the college search and application process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, will document her experience applying to college in occasional posts that will include the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. Her story may help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire.

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Options Public Charter School reopens with new leadership and new mission

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:48am

Options Public Charter School, marred by allegations of financial misconduct last year, was made over “almost from scratch” before it reopened last month under new leadership and with new staff members, according to the school’s court-appointed receiver.

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