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County reports 12 confirmed or suspected cases of whooping cough in schools

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:58pm

Montgomery County has reported three confirmed and nine suspected pertussis cases at four county schools, according to officials and a letter that went home to parents.

Treated with antibiotics, pertussis is highly contagious and begins with cold-like symptoms — including runny noses and coughs — seven to 10 days after exposure. The cough associated with the illness may include a whooping sound or may be followed by vomiting.

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U.S. colleges will screen some students for Ebola

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:10pm

For many U.S. college students arriving from West Africa, this year’s “back to school” routine will include a screening for Ebola.

Although health and university officials agree that the threat of the virus spreading at a college in the United States is small, some schools are taking absolutely no chances, according to an Associated Press report on college responses to the outbreak.

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Two Wilson football players from another school lose spot on high school’s team

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:53pm

Two varsity football players for D.C.’s Wilson High School who attend a private school were kicked off the team as the season was about to begin after school officials realized that they had mistakenly allowed the boys to play for two seasons.

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Calif. teacher tenure case spices up superintendent race

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:13pm

This story has been updated.

The Vergara case in California, in which a judge struck down that state’s tenure laws and other job protections for teachers, is about to become a central issue in the November race for state schools chief.

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Ex-GWU president criticized for remarks about women, drinking and sexual assault

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:30pm

The former president of George Washington University — who declared this week that women should be “trained not to drink in excess” so they can “be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave” — said Friday that he did not mean to imply that drunk women should be blamed if they are raped.

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Prince George’s revises its student appeals process

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:29pm

The Prince George’s Board of Education revised the school system’s policy on student appeals to mirror guidelines created earlier this year by the Maryland State Board of Education that speed up decisions on disciplinary actions.

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Loose cat causes Anne Arundel elementary school to close early

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:20pm

A loose cat closed an Anne Arundel County elementary school Friday morning.

Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman, said a teacher at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie spotted a cat inside her classroom around 7:30 a.m. Mosier said she notified school officials and there were no students inside the school at the time of the discovery.

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Seoul and other Asian cities provide surge of foreign students to U.S. universities

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:39am

Seoul is sending more students to U.S. universities than any other foreign city, followed by Beijing and Shanghai, according to a new analysis of federal data that shows in vivid detail a huge surge of visitors from overseas in recent years seeking higher education in the United States.

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Strauss: Does ‘restorative justice’ in campus sexual assault cases make sense?

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:41am

Meg Mott, a professor of political theory at Marlboro College in Vermont, recent wrote a post published on this blog about how  many colleges are mishandling cases of sexual assault on campus. The issue has been getting attention, with with a bipartisan group of senators recently introducting legislation in Congress that would force school officials to be more transparent and accountable in dealing with sexual assaults. Here’s a follow-up piece on the issue from Mott

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Strauss: State education board slams Obama administration’s testing policies

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:41am

Vermont’s Board of Education recently passed a resolution on assessment and accountability in public education (see full text below) that slams some of the Obama administration’s key school reform policies.

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Strauss: ‘We have a message for you, Secretary Arne Duncan’

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:00am

Earlier this year, Washington became the first state to lose its waiver from the most onerous parts of No Child Left Behind, flexibility that the U.S. Education Department had granted to a number of states that promised to implement specific school reforms acceptable to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The reason given by the department was that the Washington legislature had failed to pass a law linking teacher evaluation to student standardized test scores, a highly controversial assessment method embraced by Duncan’s shop.

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Prince George’s charter school to eliminate recess to shorten day

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:50pm

A charter school in Prince George’s County will eliminate recess, a revered part of each student’s daily routine, in an effort to shorten its academic day.

The county’s Board of Education approved the change at College Park Academy by a vote of 12-0, with one member abstaining and another absent. Frank Brewer, interim executive director of the academy, which is a middle school that has ties to the University of Maryland in College Park, said teachers suggested the move.

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Montgomery County teacher finalist for statewide teacher of the year award

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:21pm

When Jane Lindsay mentions that she is a middle-school teacher, some people groan. Others react with sympathy.

“It’s such a murky time of life,” Lindsay said. “But what I don’t think people realize is that it is in­cred­ibly dynamic and energizing to be in a middle school.”

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Oklahoma loses, Indiana wins federal education waiver

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:50pm

The Obama administration has stopped exempting Oklahoma from the toughest requirements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, after the state opted to drop the Common Core academic standards and revert to its old K-12 guidelines in math and reading.

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U-Va. spells out which employees must relay reports of sex assault to university officials

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:36pm

The University of Virginia will require most faculty and staff to report possible sexual misconduct they learn about from students, even if the students request confidentiality, under a policy announced this week.

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Fairfax schools chief Karen Garza takes ice bucket challenge

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:07pm

Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza was soaked by a bucket filled with ice water Wednesday afternoon as part of the viral phenomenon known as the ALS challenge.

The ice bucket challenge, popular with teens on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has helped raise close to $100 million for ALS research. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS has no known cure.

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Prince George’s charter school wants to get rid of recess

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:01pm

College Park Academy, a charter school in Prince George’s County, wants to shorten its day by 25 minutes -- not to reduce classroom instruction, but to get rid of recess.

Charter school officials have asked the school system to approve a waiver to change the school’s schedule to eliminate daily recess.

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First-day enrollment in Montgomery schools supports forecast for record-high year

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:57am

Montgomery County’s first-day enrollment numbers are on track for a record high, with school leaders counting 154,417 students Monday across the fast-growing system’s 202 schools.

Bruce Crispell, director of long-range planning for Montgomery schools, said he expects that figure to inch down slightly before student rolls settle out in September. Typically, some students expected to return do not come back, he said.

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Shining Stars under-enrolled after scramble for location

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:54am

Last spring, Shining Stars Montessori Academy had a wait list with more than 200 names on it. This week, since school started, the wait list has been whittled down and the school is under-enrolled.

In between, school officials and families went on a real-estate roller coaster ride, when negotiations for two buildings fell through at the last minute. They found themselves without a home nearly two weeks before school was to begin.

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Arlington ninth-graders to get MacBook Airs

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:08am

Arlington Public Schools plans to distribute a MacBook Air laptop computer to every ninth grader at three high schools this year, school officials said.

The laptops are one of many pilot programs in the county’s school system as it pursues a goal of giving every student a computer by 2017.

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