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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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Strauss: Clemson U. stops mandatory student survey with detailed sex questions

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:24am

Clemson University has said students do not now have to fill out a survey that had been mandatory and that included some highly detailed questions about sex, such as, “With how many people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?”

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Strauss: Why ‘no excuses’ charter schools mold ‘very submissive’ students — starting in kindergarten

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:00am

If you have heard the phrase “no excuses” charter schools but don’t really know what they mean, here is an informative post about  them and the controversial philosophy under which they approach student discipline and achievement.  Joan Goodman, a professor in the Graduate School of Education University of Pennsylvania and director of the school’s Teach For America program, explains her research on these charter schools tofreelance journalist and public education advocate Jennifer Berkshire, who worked for six years editing a newspaper for the American Federation of Teachers in Massachusetts and who authors the EduShyster blog, where this Q * A originally appeared. Goodman is a former school psychologist whose article “Charter Management Organizations and the Regulated Environment: Is It Worth the Price?“ appeared in the March 2013 issue of Educational Researcher.

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Strauss: The importance of a name

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:00am

Here is a post by a Colorado teacher about what seems to be a simple observation about some students — that they don’t correct adults who mispronounce their names — but is really a nuanced look into the psyche of some students of color who live in poverty. This public school teacher blogs anonymously under the name Shakespeare’s Sister at Daily Kos, where this appeared. She teaches 11th grade AP Language and Composition in the Denver area.

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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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