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D.C. tech students spend ‘Hour of Code’ at Microsoft

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:15am
D.C. students who signed up for the Hour of Code this week had some highly skilled people to help them as they typed through the online coding tutorial from a conference room at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center on K Street. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: The day I knew for sure I was burned out

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 5:00am
Ellie Herman became a teacher after working for for decades as a writer/producer for television shows such as “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope,” “Newhart,” etc., and as an author whose fiction has appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. In 2007, she decided, “on an impulse,” she wrote, to become an English teacher and got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition at a charter high school in South Los Angeles until 2013,  when she decided to stop teaching — a decision explained in the following post — and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She has chronicled the lessons she has learned on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., as well as on LA School report, a website that covers the intersection of politics and education in Los Angeles, where this piece first appeared in November 2013. I am republishing it, with permission from Herman and LA School Report, because it is as relevant today as it was when it was written.Read full article >>






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U-Va. uproar about Rolling Stone story spawns debate over fairness to fraternities

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 8:15pm
The uproar about student safety at the University of Virginia in the weeks after Rolling Stone magazine published an incendiary article on an alleged fraternity gang rape has spawned an intense debate about the school’s treatment of fraternal organizations.Read full article >>






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Bob Jones University apologizes to victims of sexual assault

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:05pm
When they came forward to report that they were victims of sexual assault, some students at Bob Jones University said that they were shamed, discouraged from reporting matters to police, blamed for the crimes and told to repent, according to a report released Thursday.Read full article >>






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As teacher diversity effort begins in Montgomery, recent data show little change

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:10pm
Montgomery County announced a new teacher diversity initiative this week that officials hope will bring significant change to the workforce in years to come.Past efforts to spur diversity have not had great impact, as shown in the figures below, which school officials released Tuesday. Read full article >>






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U-Va. president talks with The Post about university’s actions after rape allegation

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:12pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Among the charges leveled against the University of Virginia in a Rolling Stone article last month, this one sticks out: That U-Va. officials took no action to warn their campus of an allegation of a gang rape at a fraternity.Read full article >>






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Strauss: An eye-opening description of one state’s failed school funding system

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:07pm
Many school reformers today like to say that “money doesn’t matter” in making schools work and that holding students and teachers more “accountable”   — largely through standardized test scores — is what is needed. Certainly a great deal of money can be used poorly but that is not the same thing as money doesn’t matter. It is, however, a good mantra for people who want to ignore the severe and consequential funding inequities that persist in the U.S. public education system across the United States.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Professor to students: ‘Forgive me your final grades’

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:45am
One thing teachers must do but often wish they didn’t have to do is assign grades to students. In the following post,  Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, explains in an open letter to students why he thinks grading is “dehumanizing.”  This post, which I am publishing with his permission, appeared on his blog, The Becoming Radical.Read full article >>






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U-Va. students challenge Rolling Stone account of alleged sexual assault

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:24pm
It was 1 a.m. on a Saturday when the call came. A friend, a University of Virginia freshman who earlier said she had a date that evening with a handsome junior from her chemistry class, was in hysterics. Something bad had happened.Read full article >>






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Loudoun County charter school principal denied administrator’s license

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 9:12pm
The principal of Northern Virginia’s first and only charter school remains under scrutiny after state education officials denied her application for an administrator’s license, which she is required to have under state law.Read full article >>






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Education advocates help draft new D.C. mayor’s to-do list

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 8:52pm
Scores of education advocates crowded into a conference room at Judiciary Square on Wednesday to help Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser shape her to-do list for improving public education in the District.Career training, adult literacy programs, school modernizations and improved discipline policies were among the priorities that parents, school leaders and community activists shared during the four-hour forum hosted by Bowser’s education transition committee.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Embattled NY education commissioner quitting to become top adviser to Arne Duncan

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 8:19pm
For months parents and education advocates have been calling for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner John King. They got their wish. King is leaving his job and moving to Washington, to manage the U.S. Education Department’s operations as a senior adviser to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to a spokesman in the state education office.Read full article >>






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Montgomery County launches teacher diversity initiative in schools

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 7:47pm
Montgomery County’s schools chief announced a new initiative to increase diversity in the teacher workforce, seeking to bring more educators of color into a school system where 76 percent of teachers are white.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Ohio board votes to allow schools to drop nurses, counselors, arts teachers

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 6:11pm
Last month I wrote that Ohio’s state school board was going to vote on whether to allow schools to drop librarians, music and art teachers, nurses, social workers and counselors in schools. Well, the board voted on Tuesday and a big majority agreed to to eliminate a state regulation that requires schools to maintain a minimum number of “specialists.”Read full article >>






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White House promotes public-private plan to pump $1 billion into preschool

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:09pm
The Obama administration today announced a public-private partnership designed to pump $1 billion into public preschool programs around the country.At a White House summit on preschool education Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced his agency is awarding $250 million to 18 states to either create or expand existing preschool programs. The states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. In all, 36 states had applied for the grant money.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Obama’s Race to the Top loses all funding in 2015 omnibus spending bill

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:35pm
President Obama and firstlLady Michelle Obama both would see key initiatives whacked if the $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled by congressional leaders this week passes without changes in these areas: the president’s chief education initiative, Race to the Top, loses all funding, and the first lady’s effort to nutritionally improve school lunches takes a hit with language that allows schools to take their good old time about meeting a mandate on serving whole grain.Read full article >>






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Montgomery County school board elects new president

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:50pm
Montgomery County’s school board tapped its longest-serving member, Patricia O’Neill, to become the new president of the policy-making body for Maryland’s largest school system.The board selected O’Neill (District 3) in a unanimous vote Tuesday that was followed by a second unanimous vote electing Michael Durso (District 5) as board vice president. Read full article >>






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Strauss: The alarming number of school shootings since 2012 killings in Newtown

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:02am
There have been 95 shootings on K-12 and college campuses — an average of nearly one every week — in the two years since the deadly attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a new analysis. These shootings have left 45 people dead and 78 injured.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘This’ will revolutionize education (and how students really learn best)

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:29am
How many times have you heard that “this” will revolutionize education?  Computers. Videodiscs. Flipped classrooms. Smart boards. MOOCS. Charter schools? Yet we are still waiting for the revolution. Why?Read full article >>






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Strauss: What Arne Duncan says vs. what Arne Duncan does

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 5:00am
For the past six years, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has pressured states to use standardized test scores of students to evaluate their teachers. He has liked the idea so much that he made it a condition for states who want certain pots of federal funds as well as federal relief from the worst mandates of No Child Left Behind.Read full article >>






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