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Towson University changes policy on tuition for undocumented immigrants

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:04pm

After inquiries from the Baltimore Sun, Towson University has changed its policies for undocumented immigrants seeking to pay in-state tuition under two programs. And that’s good news for Cindy Kolade.

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Judge orders D.C. charter to stop payments to company founded by school leaders

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:37pm

A Superior Court judge ordered a D.C. public charter school to stop payments to a private management company set up by the school’s founder, who has been charged with diverting millions of dollars in taxpayer money for his personal gain.

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Nurses in Prince George’s will administer vaccines at 15 schools

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:18pm

Nurses are administering vaccines to students at 15 middle schools in Prince George’s County this week as the county makes a final push for students to get their required vaccinations before Friday’s deadline.

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Strauss: If teachers were treated like NFL stars

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:00am

From BuzzFeed, a video that speaks for itself:

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Strauss: An intriguing way to remake the college admissions process

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:00am

Every year high school seniors across the country apply to college in what can only be described for most as a nerve-wracking and even soul-draining experience. They — and their parents — rail about the time-consuming and complicated process, but year after year the process survives.  What, though, if it were changed in a really big way? In this post, Dennis Eller, college counselor at the private Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, imagines how a new college admissions process could work. He has been the Canterbury college counselor since 1988 and has led sessions on this topic and others at both state and national conferences of high school and college admission counselors. His college counseling program at Canterbury School was recently featured in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for its innovation and comprehension.

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Strauss: There should be no debate about hitting children. It’s just wrong.

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:00am

When men hit women, it is behavior that is universally condemned. But when adults hit children —  ostensibly to discipline them, at home and in school — the reaction is too often different, with many people calling the behavior acceptable. Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, looks at this issue in the following post, which appeared on The Conversation website, a new independent source of news and views from the academic and research community. This post is part of a global series, “Domestic violence and sports,” which examines how different sports across the world are dealing with the issues of family violence and respect for women

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In D.C.’s erratic schools landscape, families debate how hands-on next mayor should be

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:17pm

Carla Ferris can name the moment that local elections in the District changed from background noise on the radio to something personal: the day she enrolled her daughter in school.

Before that, she said, “I really couldn’t have told you much, if anything, about politics in D.C.”

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Tech-savvy Loudoun superintendent pushes innovative teaching to excite students

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 6:58pm

Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Eric Williams started his day when the sky was just half-lit and the air brisk. His first task was to accompany Hillside Elementary School students for a walk-to-school event with physical education teacher Jenny Aubel.

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Poor John Deasy. Like us, he liked new toys too much.

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 2:26pm

John Deasy was an impressive superintendent of the Prince George’s County schools when I knew him six years ago. He cared about kids. He had good ideas. He worked very hard. That got him one of the biggest jobs in education, superintendent of the Los Angeles schools in 2011. He made some improvements, including a rise in the level of challenge and achievement in those schools, but he lost touch with his school board — a common occurrence — and had to quit this month.

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Strauss: Does Arne Duncan think ‘suburban moms’ are a gullible bunch?

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:00am

As pushback around the country grows against the standardized testing agenda of school reformers, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of Great City Schools  recently put out a statement saying that it was time to rethink the amount of standardized testing kids are forced to take in public schools. Then Education Secretary Arne Duncan and even the White House issued statements in support. In this post award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York looks at the statements and what she believes they really show.

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Strauss: A Time magazine cover enrages teachers — again

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 2:41pm

(Update: Petition gets more than 50,000 signatures and Time invites critics to write responses on its website)

Time magazine has done it again: It published a cover that has enraged teachers around the country, triggering protesting e-mails and tweets, a petition demanding an apology, and a call for a boycott.

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Strauss: Teach For America and protesting Harvard students open dialogue

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:00am

Earlier this month I wrote about some Harvard University students in a group called United Students Against Sweatshops who wrote a letter to Harvard President Drew Faust asking her to sever ties with Teach For America unless TFA made big changes. It didn’t, and the ties remain, but the students and TFA have been talking and may sit down and meet face to face. Here’s the exchange of letters between TFA and USAS.

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Later school start times in Fairfax could set a trend as experts call for more teen sleep

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:44pm

Fairfax County’s plan to give more than 55,000 teens extra sleep next fall by delaying the first class of the day until 8 a.m. could set a trend for large school districts across the country as experts and educators seek to improve the health and well-being of high school students.

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Authorities confirm body is U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:27pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The body found on an abandoned property outside of this college town has been confirmed as the remains of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, a grim result that came nearly six weeks after the 18-year-old from Fairfax County went missing.

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Pr. William redraws new high school’s boundaries after DOJ inquiry

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:16pm

Prince William County officials have redrawn proposed attendance boundaries for its new high school after the initial plan prompted concerns and an inquiry from the U.S. Department of Justice because of the number of minority students slated to be sent to the high school.

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Strauss: IS MIT researcher being censored by Educational Testing Service?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:45am

Les Perelman is a research affiliate in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he spent years as a director of undergraduate writing. He researches ways to improve student writing and has been a vocal critic of the automated grading of essays. Perelman, along with MIT and Harvard students, designed the Basic Automatic B.S. Essay Language Generator, or Babel, a machine built to prove that essay-grading software is very limited in its ability to find meaning or check the accuracy of a piece of writing.  In this post, Perelman says that the Educational Testing Service, the world’s largest private nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization, is censoring him in his effort to test a product ETS is selling to schools. ETS denies it in a response following Perelman’s piece.

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Strauss: Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00am

Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days  and was amazed at what she found. Her report is in  following post, which appeared on the blog of Grant Wiggins, the co-author of “Understanding by Design” and the author of “Educative Assessment” and numerous articles on education. A high school teacher for 14 years, he is now the president of Authentic Education,  in Hopewell, New Jersey, which provides professional development and other services to schools aimed at improving student learning.  You can read more about him and his work at the AE site.

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Strauss: Why is bilingual education ‘good’ for rich kids but ‘bad’ for poor, immigrant students?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:00am

 If you follow the public debate about bilingual education, you know that there are two basic opposing views. As Claire Bowern, the author of the following post, writes,

To put it bluntly, bilingualism is often seen as “good” when it’s rich English speakers adding a language as a hobby or another international language, but “bad when it involves poor, minority, or indigenous groups adding English to their first language, even when the same two languages are involved. Read full article >>






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Fairfax County high schools to push back start times next fall

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:42am

Fairfax County teens will get extra sleep next fall under a new initiative approved late Thursday that will push back the first class of the day in high schools to 8 a.m. or after.

The school board voted 11 to 1, with board member Kathy Smith (Sully) opposed, to delay start times to between 8 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. in the county’s 22 high schools and three secondary schools.

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Graham abduction suspect Jesse Matthew Jr. charged in Fairfax sexual assault case

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:21pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham might soon be moved to Northern Virginia to face new charges related to a vicious sexual assault in 2005 in Fairfax City.

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