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2 delegates criticize Fairfax proposal to protect transgender students

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:25pm
Two state Republican delegates spoke out against a proposal in Fairfax County to include transgender students and staff in the school system’s non-discrimination policy.The proposal, submitted by school board member Ryan McElveen (At Large), comes after Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) issued an opinion in March granting local school boards the authority to include sexual orientation and gender identity in non-discrimination policies. Read full article >>

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‘Free range’ advocates urge parents to let children walk home alone on May 9

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:05pm
A Maryland group that backs “free range” parenting is asking families to show their support for independent outdoor play by taking their children to a downtown Silver Spring park and letting them walk home by themselves.Read full article >>

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Strauss: More than a dozen states report trouble with computerized Common Core tests

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 9:41am
This is the first spring of Common Core standardized testing across the country (as previous posts have noted), and a number of states have reported problems administering the computer-based exams.  Here is a list of headlines from publications around the country revealing the scope of the difficulties, compiled by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest, a nonprofit organization that advocates against the misuse and abuse of standardized tests.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Teacher: What I wish everyone knew about working in some high-needs schools

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 9:00am
The following post was written by a fifth-year English teacher in a Title 1 middle school who blogs anonymously at the loveteachblog. It captures both the joys and overwhelming burdens of working in an under-resourced school with a large population of high-risk students  and in a system that makes it difficult for teachers and students to succeed. Though these are the experiences of one teacher, they reflect those of others (though certainly not all) across the country.Read full article >>

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After a fight over race, terrorism and free speech, American flags flood campus

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:02pm
Hundreds of people filled the Valdosta State University campus Friday, waving American flags in a peaceful show of support for the national symbol a week after several students trampled a flag to protest racism.Read full article >>

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Now faculty are suing Sweet Briar, too

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:56pm
A group of more than 50 Sweet Briar College faculty members filed a lawsuit Friday hoping to stop the college from firing them and closing. They argued that closure would be a breach of contract, that the financial crisis cited as the reason for closing did not, in fact, exist, and they are seeking more than $40 million in damages for the irreparable harm they claim they would suffer if it did.Read full article >>
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The e-mails fly over One Newark, the controversial N.J. city school plan

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:48pm
Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) exchanged letters Friday with Cami Anderson, the state-appointed superintendent of Newark Public Schools and architect of a controversial school system overhaul in New Jersey’s largest city.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Why it’s so scary that test prep works so well

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:01pm
Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her own parentingthecore blog. In the last year she has written a number of pieces on this blog documenting her own evolution into education activism, including one published last year titled, “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong,” and another titled  “Pearson’s wrong answer — and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era.” Here’s a new post by Blaine about test prep — how it worked for her when she was studying for the bar exam to become a lawyer, and it how it affects students and the process of learning.Read full article >>

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Georgia campus closed in debate over racism, patriotism, free speech, terrorism

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:23am
Valdosta State University officials canceled classes and urged nonessential employees to stay away from campus Friday as police braced for an influx of thousands of protesters and searched for a student — believed to be armed and dangerous — who has described himself as a terrorist against white people.Read full article >>

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Feds urge schools and colleges to appoint Title IX coordinators

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:16am
The U.S. Education Department issued guidance Friday reminding schools that they must designate an employee to oversee their efforts to comply with Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities.Read full article >>

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The rich get richer in higher ed: 40 colleges hold two-thirds of the wealth, and growing

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:00am
Much of the recent discussion about income inequality in the U.S. has focused on the decline of the American middle class. What’s true in the overall economy seems to be the reality in higher education as well: The wealthiest colleges, both public and private, are pulling away from the rest of the herd financially.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Miami-Dade Schools dumps 290 district-created tests

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:27pm
The superintendent of the nation’s fourth largest school district, Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade public schools in Florida, just announced what he called “the most aggressive decommissioning of testing in the state of Florida, if not in the country.” He said on Thursday that he was cutting the number of  district-developed end-of-course exams from 300 to 10 — including all for elementary school — to “restore teaching time” and “respect the educational environment.”Read full article >>

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Many protest D.C. schools capital plan

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:49pm
A marathon school budget hearing kicked off Thursday morning with a group of elementary school students from Orr Elementary. Third-grader Rontay Hall told the Education Committee that the D.C. Council made a promise when he was in first grade that he would have a new school.Read full article >>

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D.C. schools budget includes wide range in per-student spending

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:53pm
Proposed spending ranges widely in the D.C. Public School system’s budget for the next school year, from $16,467 per student at Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill to $8,312 per student at Wilson High School in Upper Northwest, according to an online budget tool released Wednesday.Read full article >>

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Carnegie Mellon students invent apps to head off sexual assaults

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:46pm
A freshman girl stumbles glassy-eyed at a crowded party, and a guy steps in, leading her upstairs to his room. Maybe a couple of people notice, and wonder: “Shouldn’t her friends, whoever they are, walk her home?” then turn back to their conversations.Read full article >>
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Atlanta judge to reconsider sentences for three educators in cheating case

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:09pm
An Atlanta judge will reconsider the tough prison sentences he handed down to three former school administrators who were convicted of participating in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student test scores.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Jon Stewart: Cheating teachers go to jail. Cheating Wall Streeters don’t. What’s up with that?

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:49am
This is one of those videos that make you want to laugh and cry at the same time. I you didn’t watch it, take a few minutes, and if you did see it, watch it again and see what you missed amid the layers of deep analysis for which “The Daily Show” is known.Read full article >>

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Strauss: How teachers want to evaluate their students

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:00am
Kathryn Mitchell Pierce is a literacy teacher at Wydown Middle School in the Clayton School District in Missouri, where she has been working since 2003. She has taught in elementary school as well as at the university level, and has written extensively on the role of talk in literature study, as well as about children’s books and professional resources for literacy teachers.  In the following post, she writes about how teachers would like to assess their students, referencing a project by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)  in which teachers are reporting on how good assessment works.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Must today’s eighth-graders know three ways animals survive in cold winters? How to renovate the instructional core.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:00am
When was the last time you saw a high school senior running down the hallway, high-fiving his classmates about schoolwork? That’s the start of the following post about what kind of instruction makes sense in the 21st Century. It was written by Tyler S. Thigpen, who has worked in public, private, and charter schools in Atlanta. Currently he is a Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Read full article >>

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Skipping Shakespeare? Yes, English majors can often bypass the Bard.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:01am
William Shakespeare, born in England about this time 451 years ago, is in little jeopardy of being forgotten in literature or popular culture. His native language has gone global. His poetry and plays, endlessly influential, are read, translated, adapted and performed around the world.Read full article >>
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