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Georgetown offering preventive antibiotics to close friends of meningitis victim

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:40pm

Georgetown University is offering antibiotics to students who came in close contact with Andrea Jaime, a sophomore who died of meningitis on Tuesday, to prevent others from developing the illness.

In an email to students and staff on Thursday night, administrators wrote that no additional cases of meningitis other than Jaime’s had been identified. To protect students, the university said, it had already provided antibiotics to Jaime’s close friends and would seek others who had had close contact with her.

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Most D.C. residents support school boundary plan, poll finds

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:31pm

Recently approved school boundary changes have been a source of anxiety and controversy for many District parents. And two leading mayoral candidates have pushed to slow or restart the process across the city.

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Police believe gun scare at Alexandria school was baseless

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:15pm

Two days after the Alexandria school system locked the doors of all of the city’s public schools as a security precaution, Alexandria police said Thursday that a gunman who was reportedly spotted near an elementary school never existed.

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Pr. George’s council member urges firing of Largo High principal over ‘racist behavior’

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:49pm

A Prince George’s County Council member is calling on Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell to fire a high school principal at the center of two discrimination cases that were recently settled.

Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) said she is “appalled by the school system’s defense of the pattern of blatantly racist behavior by the principal of Largo High School.”

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Prince George's school board talks communication, core values during retreat

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:42pm

The Prince George’s Board of Education, which continues to navigate its way around the new governance structure that took effect last year, is trying to figure out how to better work with Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell and to create core values and a mission statement for the school system.

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Strauss: 19 states still allow corporal punishment in school

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:51pm

While a national debate roils about professional athletes whacking kids, it seems useful to remember that 19 states still allow children to be hit in public school, sometimes to the point of bruising. A federal data analysis found that on average, one child is hit in public school every 30 seconds somewhere in the United States.

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Matchmaking through technology: The coming revolution in college admissions

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:08pm

INDIANAPOLIS — The old model that colleges used to recruit, through mass mailings to promising students and selective visits to key high schools, is giving way to sophisticated matchmaking tools of technology.

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Two new whooping cough cases, for total of 20, recorded in Montgomery public schools

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:58am

Two more cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in Montgomery County public schools, according to health officials, who now are reporting a total of 20 cases since an outbreak during the first week of school.

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Wonkblog: David Boies helped California gay couples win the right to marry. Now he’s attacking teacher tenure

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:00am

David Boies is an accomplished civil rights attorney who is probably best known for his Supreme Court cases, in which he has represented Al Gore and Californian gay couples seeking to marry. Now he is working on behalf of kids in urban schools, but his approach is a controversial one. He argues that teacher tenure denies students their right to an equal education, guaranteed in Brown v. Board of Education and many state constitutions.

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Fairfax County School Board to vote on ‘portrait of a graduate’ concept

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:45pm

The Fairfax County School Board is scheduled to vote Thursday on a final version of the school system’s “portrait of a graduate” concept, which describes the skills students should have by the time they earn their diplomas.

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Police release surveillance videos showing Hannah Graham before she disappeared

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:00pm

Police investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student have focused their search in an area of downtown Charlottesville where she was last seen on surveillance video walking alone in the early morning hours Saturday.

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Georgetown says student’s meningitis death is ‘isolated case’

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:23pm

Georgetown University in an e-mail to students and staff Wednesday said the meningitis that killed a college sophomore on Tuesday is not considered a risk to other students.

The e-mail, sent from James Welsh, assistant vice president of student health services, said that Andrea Jaime, a student in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, died of “an isolated case of meningitis.”

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Strauss: More students are illegally downloading college textbooks for free

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:07pm

It’s hard (if not impossible) to know just how prevalent this practice is, but some college students around the country are uploading their expensive college textbooks onto the Internet so other students can download them for free and avoid the hefty fees that are sometimes more than $200 a book.

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New principal announced for Fairfax’s Hayfield Secondary

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:48pm

Martin Grimm, who currently serves as principal of Centreville High School, will take over as principal at Hayfield Secondary School, administration officials said.

Grimm, who has been principal at Centreville since July 2012, will assume his new role Oct. 1.

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History-loving student from Montgomery to interview U.S. archivist for Constitution Day

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:04am

It’s Constitution Day — and the most momentous one yet for 16-year-old Adalia Jimenez.

The Montgomery County junior was selected to interview Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero as part of a Constitution Day event that will be live-streamed Wednesday. It is sponsored through a partnership of the White House and Discovery Education, with 13,000 classrooms signed on, Discovery officials said.

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Strauss: Four Common Core ‘flimflams’

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:00am

Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York was once a supporter of the Common Core but came to be a critic after her state began to implement the initiative. (You can read some of her work on the botched implementation  in New York here,  here, here and here .)  Burris was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010,  tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. In this post she looks at what she calls the “Four Flimflams of the Common Core.”

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Strauss: The Washington Post’s Constitution Day quiz

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:41pm

Sept. 17 is Constitution Day, celebrating the document that is at the foundation of the United States of America. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the Constitution.

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New D.C. education ombudsman has a busy first year

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:37pm

Just weeks before school started, Jennifer White received a letter from the principal at her son’s middle school in the District. With a pattern of late arrivals in the spring, the letter said, her son was not invited to return.

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School board settles 2nd discrimination case involving Largo High School principal

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:54pm

A discrimination lawsuit that pitted a former Maryland school secretary against her principal — and included allegations that the head of Largo High School bullied her staff — was settled Tuesday just as it was about to go to trial in federal court.

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Three in 10 Virginia schools lack full accreditation; students struggle with tests

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:21pm

Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago.

The Virginia Department of Education said Tuesday that 555 of the state’s 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks this past spring on the annual statewide Standards of Learning tests.Thirty percent of all schools in the state were rated “accredited with warning,” up from 22 percent the year before. Five years ago, just 15 Virginia schools received the downgraded status.

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