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Montgomery confirms 29 recent cases of whooping cough, most involving schools

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:49pm

Montgomery County health officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 29 cases of whooping cough since an outbreak occurred during the first week of school.

Parents at a total of 12 Montgomery public schools have been advised of cases of the highly contagious illness, most recently at Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring and College Gardens Elementary School in Rockville, officials said.

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Enrique Cruz: newest member of the DC Public Charter School Board

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:33pm

The D.C. Council last week confirmed the appointment of Enrique “Rick” Cruz, a former charter school leader, as a new board member for the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Cruz was the chief executive for DC Prep Public Charter School in 2012-2013 and a vice president at Teach for America, where he oversaw multiple regions. He also worked for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, which promotes hands-on learning for students who are at risk of dropping out.

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New International Academy in D.C. aims to help immigrant students graduate

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:49pm

From the beginning of last school year to the end, Cardozo Education Campus in Columbia Heights admitted nearly 90 students who were not only new to the school, but also new to the country.

Berokh Abebe, 17, was one of them. When she came from Ethiopia last spring, the first months were a blur. “I was confused. Everything was new,” she said.

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Charlottesville man charged with abducting missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:11pm

A Charlottesville man who was the last person seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with abducting her, and police said they are actively searching for him.

For the first time since Graham, 18, disappeared from the city’s Downtown Mall area early Sept. 13, police said they believe Jesse Leroy “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, took her against her will. Matthew, a patient technician at the U-Va. hospital and longtime Charlottesville resident, was seen in surveillance video walking with Graham shortly after 1 a.m., and witnesses saw the two together a short time later at a nearby bar.

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Charlottesville man charged with abducting missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:11pm

A Charlottesville man who was the last person seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with abducting her, and police said they are actively searching for him.

For the first time since Graham, 18, disappeared from the city’s Downtown Mall area early Sept. 13, police said they believe Jesse Leroy “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, took her against her will. Matthew, a patient technician at the U-Va. hospital and longtime Charlottesville resident, was seen in surveillance video walking with Graham shortly after 1 a.m., and witnesses saw the two together a short time later at a nearby bar.

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MIT study finds learning gains for students who took free online course

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:33pm

Students in a free online physics course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology demonstrated roughly equal learning gains if they stuck with the class, regardless of previous academic experience, researchers reported Tuesday.

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Strauss: Colorado teacher: ‘I refuse to administer the PARCC’ Common Core test to my students

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:56pm

Peggy Robertson is an educator in Aurora, Colo., who has been a sharp critic of high-stakes standardized testing. Robertson, a teacher and literacy coach, has taught in elementary schools in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, and spent several years training teacher leaders and administrators in educational theory and practice. She is a co-founder of United Opt Out, a national organization advocating for the rights of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests and against the privatization of public education. She blogs at pegwithpen.com as well as at www.corave.org, where a version of this post appeared.

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Montgomery County releases school-specific grade data for algebra final exams

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:10pm

Failure rates on recent Algebra 1 final exams varied widely across Montgomery County’s middle schools and high schools, according to newly released figures that provide a fuller picture of performance on tests that led to a mass grade recalculation.

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Power outage closes Eastern Senior High School in Capitol Hill

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:49am

Eastern Senior High School is closed Tuesday because of a power outage, D.C. public schools announced.

An alert said the outage closed the Capitol Hill high school, but all other D.C. schools “will be open as scheduled.”

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Takoma Park school shares the thrill of teacher who won a million dollars

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:04pm

Her geometry class cheered her. The assistant principal at Takoma Park Middle School called her a star. Many wanted to know what Sarah Manchester would do with her newfound wealth, but most seemed pretty sure she would not give up teaching.

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Prince George’s schools CFO, wife resign after state’s finding of fraud over lost ring

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:52pm

The chief financial officer for the Prince George’s County school system and his wife, who works for the school district as an internal auditor, resigned Monday, just days after school officials learned that Maryland state investigators had found them responsible for insurance fraud.

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Police issue ‘wanted’ poster for man seen with U-Va. student before she went missing

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:22pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Police on Monday released a “wanted” poster seeking the man who was with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham immediately before she disappeared last week because they hope to speak with him about his interactions with Graham in the early morning hours of Sept. 13.

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Rutgers student killed by a bear while hiking in New Jersey

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 5:35pm

A 22-year-old Rutgers University student hiking at a nature preserve not far from New York was attacked and killed by a bear Sunday, making him the second Rutgers student to die over the weekend.

Darsh Patel and four other men, all of Edison, N.J., were hiking in Apshawa Preserve in West Milford Township, about an hour west of Manhattan, when they ran into the black bear, according to West Milford police.

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Record number of public school students nationwide are homeless

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:18pm

A record number of homeless children and teens were enrolled in public school last year, according to data released Monday by the federal government.

Elementary and secondary schools reported that 1.3 million students were homeless during the 2012-2013 year, an 8 percent jump from the prior year.

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Strauss: The ‘Big Bang’ boys (at Caltech) have a real science adviser (from UCLA)

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:56pm

Have you ever watched the popular television comedy called “The Big Bang Theory” and noticed complex formulas written on the character Sheldon’s white boards? Unless you are an accomplished mathematician, you would have no way of knowing that the formulas — every one of them — are real. In fact, the show’s creators have an actual scientist who helps them keep the show — whose new season is premiering on Sept. 22 — scientifically literate.

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Prince George’s County elementary teacher wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:45pm

Lee Hawkins, a fifth-grade social studies and science teacher in Prince George’s County, never dreamed she would appear on “Wheel of Fortune” and meet Pat and Vanna.

Her friend, who went with her to a shopping center in Virginia to try out for the show during a Wheelmobile event, was the big fan of “Wheel of Fortune.”

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The people behind college matchmaking: School counselors and admission officers

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:59pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Robyn Lady, a high school counseling chief from Northern Virginia, cruised the halls of the Indiana Convention Center late last week to schmooze with other counselors and admissions professionals at the nation’s largest gathering of college matchmakers.

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Goddard preschool supervisor and teacher charged in connection with biting

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:50am

A teacher at a private preschool in Woodbridge, Va., was charged with assault and battery for allegedly biting a 13-month-old boy to punish the toddler for biting another teacher, police said Monday.

Prince William County police also have charged Nadia Choudhry, the daughter of the owners of the Goddard School, with failing to report the attack, alleging that she told a staff member who witnessed the incident not to tell police or Child Protective Services about it.

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Strauss: Common Core calls for kids to read books that ‘frustrate’ them. Is that a good idea?

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:00am

This post is connected to two recent pieces I published about the Common Core State Standards. This post is a transcript of a debate on the Core that was recently held in New York; arguing for the Core were Carmel Martin and Mike Petrilli and arguing against were Carol Burris and Rick Hess. And this piece was written after the debate by Burris who takes issue with four arguments that Core supporters frequently make. In that piece, Burris challenges Petrilli to produce some research for arguments he was making about how children learn to read. Petrilli did send her some links, which she turned over to a literacy expert to review. This is the result of the review, written by Russ Walsh, coordinator of College Reading at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Walsh has had a 45-year career as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and curriculum director in schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He blogs on literacy instruction and issues related to public education at Russ on Reading.

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Montgomery schools differ in recent Algebra 1 final exam failures

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:52pm

A little more than half of Montgomery County’s 25 high schools had failure rates of more than 70 percent for the final exam in Algebra 1 in June, even after the district added 15 percentage points to exam grades, according to newly released district data.

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