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Strauss: Superintendent tells parents what matters most — and it’s not Common Core

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:39pm

Here’s a rather unusual back-to-school letter.

It was written by Superintendent Mark R. Cross to the parents of students attending Peru Elementary School District 124, which serves the community of Peru in north-central Illinois with three schools: Northview Elementary School (grades PreK — 1), Washington Elementary School (grades 2 — 4), and Parkside Middle School (grades 5 — 8). There are about 1,000 students in the district.

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Strauss: U.S. doctors urge later school start times for teens

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:01am

The American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a new policy statement recommending that middle and high schools start class no earlier than 8:30 a.m. because adolescents have unique sleep rhythms that make it harder for them to go to sleep and wake up earlier than other people, and that sleep deprivation can affect academic achievement as well as cause other problems.

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Washington Monthly ranks four UC schools in top five in its 2014 university rankings

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:01am

The top universities in the latest rankings look much the same as they did a year ago, with only slight ups and downs.

No, we’re not talking about Princeton, Harvard and Yale and where they stand atop U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of national universities. If you want to know how the elites stack up this year in the famed U.S. News ranking, you’ll have to wait until Sept. 9.

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First day of classes brings 202nd school to Montgomery

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:50pm

When school starts Monday in Montgomery County, the firsts will accumulate quickly at Wilson Wims Elementary School.

The school bell will ring for the first time, signaling the start of the day. Teachers will give lessons in just-built classrooms. Students will eat in a cafeteria in which lunch boxes have never been opened and rush to a playground that has never hosted recess.

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Sometimes the school down the block makes you nervous

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:00pm

This story originally appeared in The Washington Post’s Education Review section on April 9, 2000.

Karen Helbrecht and Gordon Johnson had not investigated the local elementary school before they bought their light green Cape Cod house in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. But after they became parents, they had some concerns about how the school would fit the needs of their daughter Maggie.

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12 ways to identify a good school

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:00pm

Fourteen years ago, I wrote a Washington Post magazine piece about a young couple seeking a school for their daughter, including 12 things to look for in a good school. The article survives online. Parents still ask me if I would change any of those recommendations.

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Strauss: Next: #PayMyTuitionChallenge

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:45am

There is no end to the ingenuity of Twitter users. After the success of the  #IceBucketChallenge on Twitter to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord), some enterprising young people decided to challenge people, generally people they don’t know, to pay their college tuition.

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Strauss: Are the Success Academies really so successful?

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:01am

There was a big to-do recently in New York when new standardized testing results were released and the controversial Success Academies charter chain received very high scores. What, exactly, do the scores really tell us about the schools? Matthew Di Carlo, senior fellow at the non-profit Washington D.C.-based Albert Shanker Institute, explains. This post appeared on the institute’s blog.

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Strauss: Back-to-school stress: How to recognize it and help kids manage it

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 9:57am

Yes, kids get super-stressed, too, but it isn’t always easy to tell what is bothering them because they hide symptoms or explain them in vague ways. As the 2014-15 school year gears up, it’s a good time to learn how to identify stress in children and teens and help them manage it. Here are some tips from the professionals:

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Strauss: Every school should have this classroom door

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 8:01am
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Strauss: Why teachers can’t ignore Ferguson as school begins

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:31pm

As the 2014-15 school year gets underway, teachers around the country have an opportunity and a challenge to bring into the classroom for discussion — in developmentally appropriate ways — the events  roiling Ferguson, Missouri, since a white police officer shot to death an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown on Aug. 9. In the following post, veteran teacher David B. Cohen writes about thoughts he has about the larger meaning of Ferguson prompted by the news as well as interaction he has had with colleagues and others on online communities, including #CAedchat.

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Strauss: A shameless bid for Twitter followers?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:05pm
Follow us if you believe that every child deserves an excellent education!

(Here’s how the USCCF Ed & Workforce describes itself on Twitter: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education & Workforce promotes rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems.”)

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Arlington considers school board appointment to fill vacancy

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:09pm

The Arlington County school board on Friday approved a measure to consider appointing an interim member to fill one of two recent vacancies.

The school board will hold a public hearing on Sept. 4 to discuss the possible appointment to the five-member board. Currently, the board has only three elected members after two members resigned in close succession.

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Strauss: Judge smacks N.C. lawmakers, rules school vouchers unconstitutional

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:49am

Blasting state lawmakers for concocting a scheme that he said “fails” children, a North Carolina judge declared unconstitutional a state voucher program that uses public money for students from low-income families to pay private school tuition.

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Strauss: And now, final exams for kindergartners. Really.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:02am

Just when you think things can’t get any worse for kindergartners, they do.

It used to be that kindergartners could play  — which is how early childhood development experts say young children learn and are socialized best.  Today 5- and 6-year-olds are forced to sit for hours at a time doing academics, often with little or no recess, and in some places, no time for a snack. Homework goes home every day with many kindergartners.

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D.C. Mayor Gray adopts new school boundary recommendations

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:45pm

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) authorized new school boundaries Thursday that are slated to go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year and that will in coming years change the assigned schools for tens of thousands of students.

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Duncan offers teachers leeway on job performance tied to standardized tests

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:11pm

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to delay using student standardized test results on teacher performance evaluations, a move widely seen as an effort to calm tension between Duncan and the nation’s educators.

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Former congressman Davis chosen to lead George Mason University’s governing board

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:35pm

Former congressman Thomas M. Davis III will become the next leader of the governing board of George Mason University, officials announced Thursday.

Davis, a Republican who represented Northern Virginia in the House from January 1995 to November 2008, was elected rector of the university’s Board of Visitors in a vote of the board. Mason, with nearly 34,000 students last fall at the main campus in Fairfax County and at satellite campuses, is Virginia’s largest public university.

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Strauss: Is doing less harm enough for Education Secretary Duncan?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:34pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today via a blog post that he has decided to allow most states to apply for permission from the Education Department to push back to 2015-16 a requirement that they use student standardized test scores in teacher’s evaluations. This marked a step beyond flexibility Duncan offered last year, when he said states could seek flexibility from making personnel decisions based on teacher evaluations linked to student standardized test scores.

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Strauss: For first time, minority students expected to be majority in U.S. public schools this fall

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:05pm

For the first time in U.S. history, ethnic and racial minorities are projected to make up the majority of students attending American public schools this fall, ending the white-majority population that has existed from the beginnings of the public education system.

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