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Strauss: Well-connected applicants, legacies still hold advantage in college admissions, survey finds

1 hour 56 min ago
Do well-connected applicants and legacies have a real college admissions advantage?That’s the question that Kaplan Test Prep sought to find out with a new survey of admissions officers from more than 400 top colleges and universities around the country. The results: in many cases, yes, with 25 percent saying they have “felt pressured to accept an applicant who didn’t meet” the school’s admissions requirements “because of who that applicant was connected to.”Read full article >>






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Noose is found hanging from tree on Duke’s campus

2 hours 22 min ago
A noose was found hanging from a tree near the student union at Duke University on Wednesday.The university had already been struggling with racial tensions in recent days after a black student reported being taunted by a white student with a racist chant about the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and lynching.Read full article >>






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‘Love-bombing’ group at University of Arizona called cult, thrown out of religious council

3 hours 43 min ago
The University of Arizona campus in Tucson. (AP Photo/Visit Tucson, David Jewell)Too much love, apparently. A religious council at the University of Arizona, after looking into reports that a longtime on-campus ministry known for what one student called “love-bombing” recruitment efforts, was, in fact, a cult, has revoked the church’s membership on the council.Read full article >>






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Millennials support sex ed but don’t find it helpful in real life

4 hours 39 min ago
Roughly three out of every four millennials report that they had some exposure to sex education in middle or high school, according to a new poll, and the same proportion say  they favor teaching sex ed in public schools.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How students with top test scores actually hurt a teacher’s evaluation

8 hours 51 min ago
Imagine that you are a doctor and your evaluation is based on patients you didn’t have. Or a car dealer, and you are assessed by how many cars your colleagues — not you — sell. It sounds preposterous, right? Well, that’s just what is happening to public school teachers.Read full article >>






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Asian students dominate admissions to elite Thomas Jefferson High School

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:59pm
Asian American students will make up 70 percent of the incoming freshman class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the highest percentage ever for the elite magnet school in Northern Virginia.Read full article >>






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Wilson HS community resists budget cuts as enrollment keeps climbing

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:55pm
Enrollment at Wilson High School, the city’s largest comprehensive high school, is projected to grow by nearly 10 percent next year, but its budget is expected to shrink. In what Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has dubbed the “year of the high school,’’ many comprehensive schools are poised to get a major boost in funding to provide a more equitable array of academic and extracurricular offerings. Read full article >>






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Poverty linked to brain structure in children, new research shows

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:33pm
A provocative new study suggests that poverty affects brain structure in children and teenagers, with children growing up in the poorest households having smaller brains than those who live in affluence.Read full article >>






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College VP: An experience gap is keeping graduates from getting good jobs

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:09pm
Nick Ducoff responded to writer Jeff Selingo’s Grade Point piece about how parents and students increasingly view college as a route to a first job, rather than a broad education to prepare oneself for an array of different challenges over the years of one’s career.Read full article >>






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Virginia, four other states to remain exempt from No Child Left Behind

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:40pm
Virginia and four other states will remain exempt from the key parts of No Child Left Behind for up to four years, freeing them from the most onerous requirements of the main federal education law that left many schools facing sanctions.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Families are spending big bucks on ‘promposals’ (extravagant prom invitations), survey says

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:47pm
One way to ask someone to a prom is to walk up to ask. Financial cost: nothing. But today we have “promposals” — the name for extravagant invitations to proms that are becoming increasingly popular in some schools around the country; a new survey says they are costing an average of $324 for 2015.Read full article >>






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Gifted students — especially those who are low-income — aren’t getting the focus they need

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:11pm
States aren’t doing enough to support gifted students, especially those from low-income families — that’s the message that the Virginia-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation sent Tuesday with the release of report cards on state policies for academically talented children.Read full article >>






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Sweet Briar faculty unanimously votes no confidence in the president and board

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:08pm
The Sweet Briar College faculty  held a unanimous vote Monday night to declare that they have no confidence in the president and board of trustees, formally asking them all to resign.The vote has no legal impact. But it is unusual, and sends a strong message, for faculty to collectively issue a vote of no confidence in college leaders.Read full article >>






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What happens when colleges fail to prepare graduates for jobs?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:10am
It’s a question that both high school seniors about to pick a college and even those ready to graduate with a bachelor’s degree often hear around this time of year: What are you going to do with a degree in philosophy? Or English Literature? Or sociology?Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘Dear colleges, you are doing this wrong’

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:00am
It’s time.  Millions of high school students are learning which colleges have admitted — and rejected — them. Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, has a problem with what is about to happen. He explains it in this post, which first appeared on his blog, Practical Theory, and on the Hechinger Report.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Social studies education facing ‘crisis’ as class time is slashed, departments closed

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:00am
It’s no secret that for years Social Studies (as well as the arts, science and physical education) have been given short shrift in many public schools around the country as academic emphasis has been placed on math and English Language Arts, the subjects for which there are high-stakes standardized tests. Now, Gorman Lee, president of the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, is warning that social studies education is facing a “serious civic crisis.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Guess the subjects deemed too ‘sensitive’ for new Common Core test

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:00am
Millions of students are taking Common Core tests known as the SBAC, but they may not realize that long before they sat down for the exams, certain subjects were deemed either too sensitive for inclusion or permitted on the exam in very specific ways. What subjects?  Would you believe:Read full article >>






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Montgomery to end school year one day late, after state waives lost time

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:06pm
Montgomery County’s school year will end June 15, one day later than planned, following the approval of a state waiver that forgives the school district for two days of instruction lost to the winter’s snow and ice. Read full article >>






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Students continue to fail math final exams in Montgomery high schools

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:05pm
Montgomery County’s high school students failed their most recent final exams in key math classes at rates similar to previous semesters, according to new data that shows there has been little progress in boosting scores.Read full article >>






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Md. and Va. students place 1st and 3rd in AP scores

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:17pm
Maryland again had the highest percentage of high school seniors in the country pass Advanced Placement tests, the ninth consecutive year the state’s students have topped their peers.The College Board, which administers the university-level exams for high school students, said 31.8­­ percent of Maryland’s graduating seniors received a 3 or better on at least one test in 2014 to earn college credit.Read full article >>






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