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Montgomery County school superintendent to step down

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 7:24pm
Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr will step down in two weeks, abruptly ending his tenure after failing to convince a majority of the school board that he was leading Maryland’s largest school system in the right direction.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why was Montgomery County’s superintendent ousted? Don’t ask the school board. It won’t say.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:53pm
After days of speculation about why the Montgomery County Board of Education decided not to retain Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr for a second four-year term and allow (push?) him to leave in two weeks, long before the end of the school year, a noon news conference was called to clear the air. All eight members of the board turned out, along with Starr and a few board spokesmen.Read full article >>






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Kentucky students to state lawmakers: Our voices should matter

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:46pm
When the superintendent of public schools in Fayette County, Ky., resigned late last year, students wanted to have a real say in hiring his replacement. But state law prohibited them from sitting on the selection committee.Read full article >>






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D.C. special-ed student information inadvertently posted online since 2010

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:33pm
Personal information for special-education students in the District has been publicly available online since 2010 through a security breach that D.C. public school officials reported on Tuesday. The personal data was included in training documents for special-education providers in 2010 and 2011. The documents, including one that was more than 300 pages long, were inadvertently posted to an internal Web site that was not secure, officials said. Read full article >>






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Joshua Starr’s three-year tenure as superintendent on par with big-city national average

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:44pm
Joshua Starr’s resignation after three and a half years as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools means his tenure will have been shorter than the national average, which is close to six years, according to AASA, a national association of school superintendents.Read full article >>






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Arlington schools recognized for green energy usage

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:28pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Arlington’s school system for its use of green energy, noting that about 10 percent of the electricity it used was generated by wind or the sun.Among the schools that participate in the Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program with the EPA, Arlington, Va., ranked second nationally for green energy usage from mid-2013 to mid-2014. The agency defines green power as power generated by wind, solar, geothermal or other sources that have low impact on the environment. The district used 4.7 million kilowatts of green power during that period, some of it purchased from Dominion Virginia Power and some of it generated by solar panels installed at several schools.Read full article >>






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Senators introduce bill inspired by U-Va. student efforts to prevent rape

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:35am
Public-high-school health-education classes would be required to include lessons about preventing sexual assaults and relationship violence under a bill introduced by Sens. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) Tuesday morning.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Ten things you need to know about international assessments

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:00am
Every now and then results from one international assessment or another come out and the United States inevitably winds up somewhere in the middle.  There is a great hue and cry about what this means for the future of American democracy (nothing good) and public education is blamed (along with good-for-little teachers). The only solution is to speed up the current smorgasbord of school reforms, the irony being that neither they, nor their predecessor reforms, did anything to improve the U.S. ranking on these international tests. So what are we to make of all of this? James Harvey, executive director of the National Superintendents Roundtable, tells us in this post. Harvey’s Seattle University dissertation was the basis of “School Performance in Context: The Iceberg Effect,” which is available free on the web pages of both the Horace Mann League, an organization that works to strengthen public schools, and the National Superintendents Roundtable.Read full article >>






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Economist: Send Obama’s free-community-college idea back to the drawing board

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:04am
President Obama’s proposal to make community college free sparked a debate over the plan’s ambition, expense and details. We’ll feature some of those arguments here on Grade Point. Sandy Baum is a professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, a think tank focused on social and economic policy.  An expert in student financial aid and college costs, she raises some compelling questions about the idea of free tuition for community college. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Progressive labels for regressive practices: How key terms in education have been co-opted

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:00am
Words matter. As Arthur H. Camins noted here, the words accountability, no-excuses and choice have “been claimed and defined by currently powerful policy makers and associated with their values.” Thus accountability language evokes the authority of the powerful to direct others to improve education, but not shared responsibility. And “no excuses language evokes blaming teachers, administrators, students and their parents for disappointing outcomes, while deflecting attention from the need to address systemic issues, such as the burden of poverty on children’s lives and inequitable school funding.” In the following posts, Alfie Kohn expands on this theme. Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.” This post, which I am publishing with permission, appeared on Kohn’s website.Read full article >>






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Strauss: When getting deferred from college is a gift

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:00am
This is the sixth post in a continuing series about a high school senior attempting to navigate through the college admissions 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, are documenting her application process in a series of occasional posts that 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.Read full article >>






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Study: High-quality early education could reduce costs

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:43am
High-quality early childhood programs can reduce the number of children diagnosed with certain learning disabilities by third grade, according to a study published Tuesday in the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis journal.Read full article >>






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Montgomery asks for detail on proposals to revamp handling of school abuse cases

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:45pm
Montgomery County officials pressed school leaders Monday about a wide-ranging set of district proposals for changing how Maryland’s largest school system responds to allegations of abuse on school grounds.Read full article >>






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Montgomery asks for detail on proposals to revamp handling of school abuse cases

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:45pm
Montgomery County officials pressed school leaders Monday about a wide-ranging set of district proposals for changing how Maryland’s largest school system responds to allegations of abuse on school grounds.Read full article >>






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Starr did not request another four years by deadline, school board member says

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:54pm
Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr did not ask for the renewal of his contract as leader of Maryland’s largest school system by the Sunday deadline, a school board member said Monday.Read full article >>






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Starr did not request another four years by deadline, school board member says

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:54pm
Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr did not ask for the renewal of his contract as leader of Maryland’s largest school system by the Sunday deadline, a school board member said Monday.Read full article >>






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NAACP investigating teacher departures at Howard University Middle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:26pm
Updated at 8:20 p.m.The D.C. chapter of the NAACP has begun investigating the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, after parents alleged they were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.Read full article >>
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NAACP investigating teacher departures at Howard University Middle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:26pm
Updated at 8:20 p.m.The D.C. chapter of the NAACP has begun investigating the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, after parents alleged they were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.Read full article >>
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NAACP investigates teacher departures at Howard University Middle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:26pm
The District branch of the NAACP is launching an investigation into the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, who, parents allege, were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.Read full article >>






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NAACP investigates teacher departures at Howard University Middle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:26pm
The District branch of the NAACP is launching an investigation into the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, who, parents allege, were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.Read full article >>






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