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Obama officials tout Race to the Top, saying it has unleashed ‘enormous positive change’

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 1:39pm

The Obama administration on Tuesday credited its signature K-12 education program, Race to the Top, for unleashing “enormous positive change” in public school classrooms across the country.

In a conference call with reporters to mark the fourth anniversary of the creation of Race to the Top, the White House’s Domestic Policy Council director, Cecilia Muñoz, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rattled off examples of what they said was proof that the $4 billion competitive grant was driving “dramatic change.”

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Walts: Universal full-day kindergarten my greatest accomplishment

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:58pm

School officials in Loudoun County, the only district in the Washington region without universal full-day kindergarten, say that it would be too costly to add extra classrooms and staff in the fast-growing county. But nearby, Prince William County doubled the school day for all its kindergarten students in a few years.

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Walts: Universal full-day kindergarten my greatest accomplishment

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:58pm

School officials in Loudoun County, the only district in the Washington region without universal full-day kindergarten, say that it would be too costly to add extra classrooms and staff in the fast-growing county. But nearby, Prince William County doubled the school day for all its kindergarten students in a few years.

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Alexandria adds 14 minutes to middle school day to make up for snow days

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 9:10am

Alexandria middle schoolers will have a slightly longer school day starting next month to make up for time lost during snow days.

Instead of extending the school year or shrinking spring break, as some school districts are doing, Alexandria is adding back time minute by minute.

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Alexandria adds 14 minutes to middle school day to make up for snow days

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 9:10am

Alexandria middle schoolers will have a slightly longer school day starting next month to make up for time lost during snow days.

Instead of extending the school year or shrinking spring break, as some school districts are doing, Alexandria is adding back time minute by minute.

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Strauss: The new extremists in education debate

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 7:00am

A member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Andrew Brenner, wrote a post on his blog under this headline: “Public education in America is socialism, what is the solution?” He wrote in part:

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Strauss: The new extremists in education debate

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 7:00am

A member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Andrew Brenner, wrote a post on his blog under this headline: “Public education in America is socialism, what is the solution?” He wrote in part:

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Strauss: Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled -- now

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 4:00am

N nive Calegari is a former classroom teacher who founded and serves as the president of The Teacher Salary Project, an organization aimed at improving the salaries of America’s teachers. She is also the co-producer of American Teacher, an award-winning film narrated by Matt Damon that documents the lives of four teachers based on a book she co-authored called Teachers Have it Easy; the Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers. And she is the co-founder (along with Dave Eggers) of a network of literacy organizations working to help students improve their writing called 826 National. In this post, she writes about why she thinks it is imperative for teachers’ salaries to be raised.

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Strauss: Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled -- now

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 4:00am


(McKinsey, “Closing the Talent Gap” September 2010)

N nive Calegari is a former classroom teacher who founded and serves as the president of The Teacher Salary Project, an organization aimed at improving the salaries of America’s teachers. She is also the co-producer of American Teacher, an award-winning film narrated by Matt Damon that documents the lives of four teachers based on a book she co-authored called Teachers Have it Easy; the Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers. And she is the co-founder (along with Dave Eggers) of a network of literacy organizations working to help students improve their writing called 826 National. In this post, she writes about why she thinks it is imperative for teachers’ salaries to be raised.

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Federal report says low-performing D.C. schools are not getting required attention

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 9:44pm

D.C. education officials have failed to ensure that the city’s lowest-performing schools are implementing federally mandated changes meant to spur improvement and narrow achievement gaps, according to a new report from the U.S. Education Department .

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The half-day kindergarten time crunch

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:53pm

Mary Waldman began her career teaching kindergartners how to hold a pencil and write their ABCs. Fifteen years later, she is teaching Loudoun County students to read books and write stories. While academic expectations have grown exponentially over the years, the length of the school day has stayed the same: Three hours.

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Strauss: Ex-Yale president to head Coursera MOOC site

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:20pm

Former Yale University President Richard C. Levin is taking on a new role in education. The man who lead Yale for 20 years will in mid-April become the chief executive officer of the two-year-old online MOOC provider Coursera.

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Strauss: Ex-Yale president to head Coursera MOOC site

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:20pm

Former Yale University President Richard C. Levin is taking on a new role in education. The man who lead Yale for 20 years will in mid-April become the chief executive officer of the two-year-old online MOOC provider Coursera.

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College decision time: Yeses, nos and e-mails

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:15pm

Decision time in the college application cycle means hundreds of thousands of students at the end of March are waiting for those fabled thick or thin e-mails.

Well, maybe there’s no way to measure the width of an e-mail.

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College decision time: Yeses, nos and e-mails

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:15pm

Decision time in the college application cycle means hundreds of thousands of students at the end of March are waiting for those fabled thick or thin e-mails.

Well, maybe there’s no way to measure the width of an e-mail.

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Strauss: Jeb Bush: Common Core critics care too much about kids’ self-esteem

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:36pm

While Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is trying to get the Common Core State Standards initiative defunded in Congress, other Republicans, especially former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, keep doing everything they can to promote the Core. Bush’s latest: He said in an interview with the Miami Herald that critics of the standards and of standardized testing care too much about kids’ self-esteem.

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Strauss: Jeb Bush: Common Core critics care too much about kids’ self-esteem

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:36pm

While Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is trying to get the Common Core State Standards initiative defunded in Congress, other Republicans, especially former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, keep doing everything they can to promote the Core. Bush’s latest: He said in an interview with the Miami Herald that critics of the standards and of standardized testing care too much about kids’ self-esteem.

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Fairfax County Public Schools hires new auditor

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:43pm

The Fairfax County School Board has hired a new audit manager tasked with helping the school system become more efficient with its $2.5 billion budget.

On Thursday night, School Board Chair Ilryong Moon (At Large) announced that Chris Horton will serve as the audit manager within the office of internal audit.

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One and done: Many applications to selective colleges get just a single read

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:28pm

Students aiming for selective colleges will agonize for days or weeks over every little detail of their applications. But often that file will get just one read, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, before a gatekeeper decides yes or no.

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Strauss: The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:30am

Much has been written in recent years about Finland’s vaunted education system, which has consistently scored at or close to the top in international test scores and has the distinction of operating under policies very different from those that drive U.S. corporate-based education reform. In Finland, teachers are respected and students don’t take a mountain of standardized tests. In fact, they take one high-stakes standardized test, as explained here by Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education and former director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education. He is a schoolteacher and teacher educator who has advised governments around the world about education policy and change. He has served the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the European Commission in Turin, Italy. His best-selling book, “Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland,” is the winner of 2013 Grawemeyer Award. Sahlberg has written some earlier pieces for The Answer Sheet, including this provocative piece: “What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?” He can be reached at pasi_sahlberg@gse.harvard.edu and @pasi_sahlberg.

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