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Record number of public school students nationwide are homeless

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:18pm

A record number of homeless children and teens were enrolled in public school last year, according to data released Monday by the federal government.

Elementary and secondary schools reported that 1.3 million students were homeless during the 2012-2013 year, an 8 percent jump from the prior year.

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Strauss: The ‘Big Bang’ boys (at Caltech) have a real science adviser (from UCLA)

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:56pm

Have you ever watched the popular television comedy called “The Big Bang Theory” and noticed complex formulas written on the character Sheldon’s white boards? Unless you are an accomplished mathematician, you would have no way of knowing that the formulas — every one of them — are real. In fact, the show’s creators have an actual scientist who helps them keep the show — whose new season is premiering on Sept. 22 — scientifically literate.

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Prince George’s County elementary teacher wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:45pm

Lee Hawkins, a fifth-grade social studies and science teacher in Prince George’s County, never dreamed she would appear on “Wheel of Fortune” and meet Pat and Vanna.

Her friend, who went with her to a shopping center in Virginia to try out for the show during a Wheelmobile event, was the big fan of “Wheel of Fortune.”

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The people behind college matchmaking: School counselors and admission officers

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:59pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Robyn Lady, a high school counseling chief from Northern Virginia, cruised the halls of the Indiana Convention Center late last week to schmooze with other counselors and admissions professionals at the nation’s largest gathering of college matchmakers.

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Goddard preschool supervisor and teacher charged in connection with biting

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:50am

A teacher at a private preschool in Woodbridge, Va., was charged with assault and battery for allegedly biting a 13-month-old boy to punish the toddler for biting another teacher, police said Monday.

Prince William County police also have charged Nadia Choudhry, the daughter of the owners of the Goddard School, with failing to report the attack, alleging that she told a staff member who witnessed the incident not to tell police or Child Protective Services about it.

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Strauss: Common Core calls for kids to read books that ‘frustrate’ them. Is that a good idea?

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:00am

This post is connected to two recent pieces I published about the Common Core State Standards. This post is a transcript of a debate on the Core that was recently held in New York; arguing for the Core were Carmel Martin and Mike Petrilli and arguing against were Carol Burris and Rick Hess. And this piece was written after the debate by Burris who takes issue with four arguments that Core supporters frequently make. In that piece, Burris challenges Petrilli to produce some research for arguments he was making about how children learn to read. Petrilli did send her some links, which she turned over to a literacy expert to review. This is the result of the review, written by Russ Walsh, coordinator of College Reading at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Walsh has had a 45-year career as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and curriculum director in schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He blogs on literacy instruction and issues related to public education at Russ on Reading.

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Montgomery schools differ in recent Algebra 1 final exam failures

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:52pm

A little more than half of Montgomery County’s 25 high schools had failure rates of more than 70 percent for the final exam in Algebra 1 in June, even after the district added 15 percentage points to exam grades, according to newly released district data.

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Missing U-Va. student’s father: ‘This is every parent’s worst nightmare’

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:56pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Sunday that they are holding out hope for their daughter’s safe return but fear that her disappearance was the result of “foul play.”

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President of Prince George’s NAACP branch demands Largo principal resign or be fired

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 4:53pm

The president of the Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP is demanding that a high school principal who has been accused of harassing and bullying former employees resign or be terminated.

Bob Ross said he is joining county council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) in calling for Largo High School Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus to be removed as head of the 1,100-student school.

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Mathews: In D.C. mayor’s race, vote for candidate who supports schools chief Kaya Henderson

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 3:55pm

Both of the leading mayoral candidates — D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser and David A. Catania — have the right attitude about the city’s struggling public schools. Improving education is the most significant challenge, they say. The District government cannot improve the lives and livelihoods of its residents without that.

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AmeriCorps volunteers play a big role in D.C. schools

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 3:37pm

The District is increasingly turning to another pool of labor to support its efforts to improve literacy, reduce dropout rates and turn around schools: AmeriCorps volunteers.

Twenty years after the national service program started, the $665 million federal program helps fund corps members in 1,500 organizations around the country. In the District, about 800 AmeriCorps volunteers are working in public schools — both traditional and charter — and in community organizations that support education.

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AmeriCorps celebrates 20th anniversary this month

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 3:31pm

AmeriCorps celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. The national service program, created as a kind of domestic Peace Corps, was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.

During an inaugural swearing-in ceremony he told the first volunteers: “You’re what is right with America.”

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George Washington U. student dies

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 1:53pm

A George Washington University student who died late last week was identified Sunday.

William Gwathmey, 20, died Friday, of causes yet undetermined, said Officer Paul Metcalf of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

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When no gender fits: A quest to be seen as just a person

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 6:11pm

Kelsey scans the wall of T-shirts in Five Below, one of the few stores to qualify as “quirky” in this conservative part of western Michigan. “Let’s Have a Party,” a shirt reads, near displays of body glitter and $5 leggings. “Warning: Prone to Shenanigans,” reads another, and after less than a minute, it’s clear the store doesn’t have what Kelsey is looking for, because no place ever does, at least not around here.

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State says Prince George’s schools CFO committed insurance fraud, placed on leave

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 6:02pm

The top budget official for Maryland’s second-largest school system was placed on administrative leave with pay Friday after school officials learned of an order from the Maryland Insurance Administration finding that he committed insurance fraud.

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Police name person of interest in hunt for missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:59pm

Police on Saturday publicly identified a Charlottesville man as the person of interest in the case of the missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Capt. Gary Pleasants said that police believe the man was the last person to see Graham before she disappeared early in the morning Sept. 13. Police searched the man’s car Friday and found evidence that led investigators to pursue a second search warrant to enter his Charlottesville-area apartment. Police would not publicly elaborate on what that evidence was.

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Strauss: Why a kindergarten teacher is running for Congress

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:17pm

Janet Garrett is a veteran kindergarten teacher in Oberlin, Ohio. She just started her 35th year of teaching — which will be her last. She is running as a Democrat for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 4th Congressional District of Ohio, challenging the conservative Republican incumbent, Jim Jordan. In this post she talks about the fads in education that she has seen come and go, and her concerns about what is happening in kindergarten classes today and the huge amount of testing being given to 5- and 6-year-old students.

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New effort to get more students in Maryland eating breakfast

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:32pm

There’s a new push to get more school kids in Maryland to eat breakfast, so advocates, educators and parents gathered at a public school in Silver Spring on Friday to bring attention to the idea.

They talked about better student performance, improved attendance, fewer visits to the health room and better chances of high school graduation for children who start their days with a morning meal.

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Police scrutinize ‘person of interest’ seen with missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:09pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Police pleaded with the public Friday to come forward with information about a man who they believe was in a bar with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham about the time she went missing last Saturday, saying they know who he is and have spoken with him but don’t have enough information to arrest him.

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College admissions chiefs worry: How will students find them?

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:27pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Every year, high school students stress over whether they’ll get into their top-choice college. But this week, college admission officers from across the country are gathered here to contemplate their own big worries.

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