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Deasy resigns as school superintendent in Los Angeles

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:28pm

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John E. Deasy — a former school superintendent in Prince George’s County — resigned last week as head of the nation’s second-largest school district, ending a tumultuous tenure that included battles with the teachers union and rifts with the school board.

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Montgomery proposal would change enrollment and classroom capacity guidelines

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:44pm

This story has been updated.

As Montgomery County’s enrollment surges for another year, school leaders have proposed changing guidelines to increase the preferred maximum enrollment of high schools and establish classroom capacity at 18 students in the early grades at high-needs schools.

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Strauss: ‘E’ stands for Ebola. What does ‘S’ stand for? Scaring students.

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:31am

This isn’t part of the standard school curriculum, but some schools in the United States are teaching kids how to be scared. How?

Let’s review:

From WKYC.com:

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Strauss: What the Common Core standards can’t do

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00am

A lot has been written about the Common Core State Standards, but here’s a different way of looking at the standards and what they can and can’t do. It was written by veteran educator Marion Brady, who has written history and world culture textbooks,  professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.

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Strauss: A professor’s encounter with two Teach For America recruiters

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:00am

Teach For America is an organization that recruits new college graduates, gives them five weeks of training in a summer institute and then places them in some of America’s neediest schools. Popular with the Obama administration, TFA has increasingly generated criticism about its limited training program and its requirement that corps members stay only two years in a school. I’ve published some pieces critical of TFA (see here, here and here), including this one by  Fordham Professor Mark Naison, who explained why he does not welcome Teach For America in his classroom to recruit. Here is a post by another academic, Mitchell Robinson, an associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University, about his recent experience with two TFA recruiters who met him to discuss why he, like Naison, didn’t want them in his classroom.  Before moving to Michigan State, Robinson taught music for 10 years in the Fulton (NY) City School District, and held collegiate appointments at the University of Connecticut and the Eastman School of Music.

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Strauss: Why the ‘coding for all’ movement is more than a boutique reform

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:00am

Earlier this year I published a post about coding by education historian Larry Cuban that took issue with current calls for all students to learn how to code computers as a way to learn problem solving and computational thinking. Cuban is professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, and a former high school teacher and district superintendent. Here is a response to Cuban from two academics who explain why they think all students should learn to code. This was  written by  Jane Margolis, a senior researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of  “Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing,” and  Yasmin Kafai, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and author of  “Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming.”

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Group calls for increased investment in after-school programming

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:43pm

It’s 3 p.m. Do you know where your children are?

An Afterschool Alliance survey sought to find out the answer to this question across the country, and the results led the organization to call for more funding for quality activities for school-age children after the last bell of the day rings.

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D.C. teachers share tips for implementing Common Core standards

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:20pm

More than 100 educators in the District met for a day-long training Thursday on implementing the new Common Core academic standards.

The “Ahead of the Curve” conference, organized by the D.C. Public Charter School Board and nonprofit organization Fight for Children, offered an unusual opportunity for teachers and school leaders from charter and traditional schools to work together.

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Prince George’s residents ask for resources to increase parental engagement in schools

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:43pm

Fewer than 10 people attended a recent community forum to get input from residents about the 2016 budget that will be crafted in coming months.

But many of those who testified advocated for money to help parents become engaged.

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Strauss: The link between housing policy and student achievement

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:51pm

It may seem intuitive that school reform should be focused on what goes on inside schools — but, in fact, such a singular focus isn’t enough, as current reform efforts have sadly shown. It is impossible to divorce a student’s life outside of school with how well he or she does in class. Most children who are sick, tired, anxious, depressed, hungry, distracted or homeless aren’t likely to be high academic achievers.

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Anti-bullying policies fall short for 30 percent of D.C. charter schools, report says

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:53am

About 30 percent of public charter schools have anti-bullying policies that are not compliant with District law, according to a report released this week by the city’s Office of Human Rights.

The District’s Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 requires all schools and libraries and other organizations that serve children and teens to adopt and implement bullying prevention programs.

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Strauss: Did you know it’s ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day’?

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:56am

Today, you may not know, is  national “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” so declared by a Christian ministry called Focus on The Family. Here’s what a Web site promoting the event says:

Did you know that students have recently been ordered to stop reading their Bibles during free time at school? Here at Focus on the Family, we believe the Bible is a powerful message of hope and love for humanity—something to be celebrated, not banned. We also believe in the cherished religious freedoms our Founding Fathers fought to protect. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Oops, never mind: Why a major university retracted report on charter schools

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:00am

Tulane University released a report this month which said that high schools in charter-heavy New Orleans were “beating the odds” with test scores and graduation rates higher than expected for most students. The report got some attention in education circles because New Orleans is the poster city for charter schools. Furthermore, Tulane is a well-regarded research university so one could rightly assume that the research it publishes is sound.

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Strauss: The best way for students to become writers

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:00am

What is the best way for students to become writers? If you were going to say “by practicing writing,” you may be surprised by the answer in the following post, written by Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English. Most recently she has written books about teaching reading and writing in mixed language classrooms.

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Ebola could test college commitments to international academic exchange

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:49pm

U.S. colleges and universities have long prided themselves on an open-door policy that encourages enrollment of international students. Their commitment to that principle might get tested in coming months as the deadly Ebola virus ravages three west African nations.

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Enrollment in Prince George’s schools increases for a second straight year

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:44pm

After a decade-long decline in enrollment, the Prince George’s County public school system has gained students for the second year in a row.

The county’s school system grew by 2,769 students the past year, according to preliminary figures released this week. Unofficial tallies put enrollment at 127,905, up from 125,136 during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment was 123,833 the previous year. Official numbers are expected in mid-November.

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Family in Anne Arundel pastry gun case loses school board appeal

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:48pm

School officials in Anne Arundel County rejected an appeal filed by the family of a boy suspended after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, according to a decision the family’s lawyer received Wednesday.

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School standardized testing is under growing attack, leaders pledge changes

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:38pm

The standardized test, a hallmark of the accountability movement that has defined U.S. public education since 2002, is under growing attack from critics who say students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are taking too many exams.

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3 former educators at Bailey’s in Fairfax file discrimination suit against principal

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:16pm

Three former educators at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences allege in a federal lawsuit that they experienced severe workplace discrimination under the school’s principal, who continues to lead one of the largest elementary schools in the region.

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Region’s schools asking about student travel to Africa as precaution against Ebola

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:46pm

Public school systems across the Washington region are monitoring their students in a precautionary effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Students who show up at school health centers in Fairfax and Montgomery counties with signs of a fever are facing questions about their recent travel history, and new students in several districts must answer questions about travel to and from West Africa on enrollment forms so school officials can learn about possible exposure in the region of the world most affected by the Ebola outbreak.

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