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Maryland‘s private schools may seek state waivers to ease fallout from snow day closings

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:59am

It’s not just public schools in Maryland that are eligible to request state waivers for days of instruction lost to the winter’s frequent snow days.

The Maryland State Board of Education passed a separate measure Tuesday that allows private schools in Maryland to request waivers that may help them avoid lengthy weather-related extensions of the school year.

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Strauss: Who should decide who is college material and who isn’t?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:00am

College, of course, isn’t for everybody, but who should decide -- and how and when -- which students should go and shouldn’t? In this post, Kevin Welner and Carol Burris ask whether the decision should be made by policy makers and school officials or parents and students after young people have had equitable opportunities to learn in elementary and secondary school.

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Strauss: Who should decide who is college material and who isn’t?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:00am

College, of course, isn’t for everybody, but who should decide -- and how and when -- which students should go and shouldn’t? In this post, Kevin Welner and Carol Burris ask whether the decision should be made by policy makers and school officials or parents and students after young people have had equitable opportunities to learn in elementary and secondary school.

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Strauss: Arne Duncan heads to New Zealand, Hawaii with gaggle of staffers

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 5:39pm

This post has been updated.

My Post colleague Lyndsey Layton asked the Education Department about Secretary Arne Duncan’s trip this week to New Zealand and Hawaii -- which will round out his visits to all 50 states during his tenure. Here’s what she learned:

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Strauss: Arne Duncan heads to New Zealand, Hawaii with gaggle of staffers

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 5:39pm

My Post colleague Lyndsey Layton asked the Education Department about Secretary Arne Duncan’s trip this week to New Zealand and Hawaii -- which will round out his visits to all 50 states during his tenure. Here’s what she learned:

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Amherst a leader among elite colleges in enrolling students who need Pell grants

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:41pm

Most of the nation’s elite colleges and universities fall short of a benchmark that Amherst College surpassed five years ago: More than one-fifth of its students come from families poor enough to qualify for federal Pell grants.

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Amherst a leader among elite colleges in enrolling students who need Pell grants

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:41pm

Most of the nation’s elite colleges and universities fall short of a benchmark that Amherst College surpassed five years ago: More than one-fifth of its students come from families poor enough to qualify for federal Pell grants.

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Strauss: Resistance to standardized testing growing nationwide

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:39pm

Every week a nonprofit organization called the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, which is dedicated to ending the misuse and abuse of standardized testing (and is better known as FairTest) sends out an e-mail with a list of stories from around the country about resistance to high-stakes tests among teachers, students and parents. This week’s blast -- which includes stories from New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Illinois, Alaska, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts --makes an important point, saying:

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Strauss: Resistance to standardized testing growing nationwide

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:39pm

Every week a nonprofit organization called the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, which is dedicated to ending the misuse and abuse of standardized testing (and is better known as FairTest) sends out an e-mail with a list of stories from around the country about resistance to high-stakes tests among teachers, students and parents. This week’s blast -- which includes stories from New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Illinois, Alaska, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts --makes an important point, saying:

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Fairfax schools chief renews call for higher teacher pay

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:46pm

Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza said Monday that retaining quality teachers remains one of her top priorities as she plans a series of salary raises in upcoming years.

Garza was interviewed on “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” Monday afternoon on WAMU 88.5 FM, and discussed some of the challenges she faces in her first year as superintendent.

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Fairfax schools chief renews call for higher teacher pay

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:46pm

Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza said Monday that retaining quality teachers remains one of her top priorities as she plans a series of salary raises in upcoming years.

Garza was interviewed on “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” Monday afternoon on WAMU 88.5 FM, and discussed some of the challenges she faces in her first year as superintendent.

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Md. Board of Education to allow some snow day waivers for school systems

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:18pm

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to allow school systems to request waivers for as many as five days of instruction that were lost to inclement weather this year, a move that may help many school systems avoid lengthy extensions to the school year.

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Md. Board of Education to allow some snow day waivers for school systems

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:18pm

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to allow school systems to request waivers for as many as five days of instruction that were lost to inclement weather this year, a move that may help many school systems avoid lengthy extensions to the school year.

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Obama officials tout Race to the Top, saying it has unleashed ‘enormous positive change’

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 1:39pm

The Obama administration on Tuesday credited its signature K-12 education program, Race to the Top, for unleashing “enormous positive change” in public school classrooms across the country.

In a conference call with reporters to mark the fourth anniversary of the creation of Race to the Top, the White House’s Domestic Policy Council director, Cecilia Muñoz, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rattled off examples of what they said was proof that the $4 billion competitive grant was driving “dramatic change.”

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Obama officials tout Race to the Top, saying it has unleashed ‘enormous positive change’

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 1:39pm

The Obama administration on Tuesday credited its signature K-12 education program, Race to the Top, for unleashing “enormous positive change” in public school classrooms across the country.

In a conference call with reporters to mark the fourth anniversary of the creation of Race to the Top, the White House’s Domestic Policy Council director, Cecilia Muñoz, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rattled off examples of what they said was proof that the $4 billion competitive grant was driving “dramatic change.”

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Walts: Universal full-day kindergarten my greatest accomplishment

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:58pm

School officials in Loudoun County, the only district in the Washington region without universal full-day kindergarten, say that it would be too costly to add extra classrooms and staff in the fast-growing county. But nearby, Prince William County doubled the school day for all its kindergarten students in a few years.

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Walts: Universal full-day kindergarten my greatest accomplishment

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:58pm

School officials in Loudoun County, the only district in the Washington region without universal full-day kindergarten, say that it would be too costly to add extra classrooms and staff in the fast-growing county. But nearby, Prince William County doubled the school day for all its kindergarten students in a few years.

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Alexandria adds 14 minutes to middle school day to make up for snow days

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 9:10am

Alexandria middle schoolers will have a slightly longer school day starting next month to make up for time lost during snow days.

Instead of extending the school year or shrinking spring break, as some school districts are doing, Alexandria is adding back time minute by minute.

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Alexandria adds 14 minutes to middle school day to make up for snow days

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 9:10am

Alexandria middle schoolers will have a slightly longer school day starting next month to make up for time lost during snow days.

Instead of extending the school year or shrinking spring break, as some school districts are doing, Alexandria is adding back time minute by minute.

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Strauss: The new extremists in education debate

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 7:00am

A member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Andrew Brenner, wrote a post on his blog under this headline: “Public education in America is socialism, what is the solution?” He wrote in part:

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