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Nation’s largest labor union: We want 2016 hopefuls talking about schools

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:02pm
The National Education Association, the largest U.S. labor union, is pushing to make public schools a front-burner domestic issue throughout the 2016 presidential race, union leaders said Wednesday. “We have 3 million members who want desperately to know what the candidates have to say to really, seriously improve public education,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told reporters. “We intend to activate those 3 million members, the parents, even the students.”Read full article >>

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Wesleyan student: My college discriminates against fraternities. We’re suing.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:07am
After a series of scandals at fraternities on campus, officials at Wesleyan University in Connecticut ordered frats to admit women as members — or shut down.The move came in the midst of a national debate over Greek life on campus, with racial incidents and sexual assaults making headlines even as membership and volunteerism surges at fraternities across the country. Read full article >>

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Weill Cornell dean: Private donors have stepped up to save medical research

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:58am
 Sharp cuts in federal funding for medical research are having a lasting impact, including driving young researchers out of the field, argues Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and provost for medical affairs at Cornell University.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Schwarzenegger and Paige: Why Congress should keep funding afterschool programs

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:00am
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, high-quality afterschool programs. The idea of providing programs for students to attend after the regular school day — where they can keep learning in different ways, play and stay in a safe environment — is a no-brainer, but somehow keeps falling under the radar of school reformers and policy makers. In fact, for years the Obama administration diverted money intended to be used for high-quality afterschool programs to support the expansion of learning time during school hours (which sounds useful but is often a waste of time). As alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant once wrote on this blog:Read full article >>

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U-Va. board approves 11% increase in tuition, fees for in-state freshmen

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:30pm
The home-state price of entry to the University of Virginia will rise 11 percent next fall — one of the highest tuition-and-fee increases in the nation — under a plan approved Tuesday that will simultaneously slash the debt burden for students in need.Read full article >>

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D.C. Public Schools plans to offer international trips to middle schoolers

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 9:38pm
The District’s public school system plans to offer middle-school students the opportunity to travel internationally, officials announced Tuesday, part of an effort to expand opportunities in grades where the city has faced struggles.Read full article >>

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U-Va. will raise tuition 11 percent next fall, one of highest increases in the nation

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:29pm
The home-state price of entry at the University of Virginia will rise 11 percent next fall — one of the highest college tuition-and-fee increases in the nation — under a plan approved Tuesday that also aims to slash the debt burden for students in need.Read full article >>
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Police: U-Va. officials pushed for investigation of gang-rape allegation

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:20pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — When the Charlottesville Police Department issued its independent investigation of an alleged fraternity gang-rape here on Monday, it did more than discredit a Rolling Stone article’s version of the events: The police report also showed that University of Virginia officials made efforts to bring the allegations to police six months before the article published.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Students given wrong Common Core test to take

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:37pm
Lots of things can go wrong when taking a test, but this isn’t usually one of them: In New Hampshire, many students took the wrong Common Core test this month.According to the Union Leader, school officials in Manchester, the largest city in the state, as well as in the towns of Barrington and Gorham, gave students a practice test instead of the full math and English Language Arts Common Core computer-administered assessments created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The mistake may also have happened elsewhere but schools in these three locales reported it to the state Education Department.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:00pm
Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine who did some research on the new Common Core tests that her students are taking this spring. In Maine, students are taking the Maine Educational Assessments in math and English Language Arts, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two multi-state consortia given a total of some $360 million in federal funds to develop new exams that align with the Core standards. In this post, Talmage reports on what she found. Talmage has seven years of teaching experience in New York City and Maine, as well as a masters degree in urban education from Mercy College and a masters degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.Read full article >>

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Maryland begins to consider requests to waive school days lost to snow

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:44pm
Maryland officials will begin considering requests for waivers that would forgive school systems for canceling up to three days of classes during the winter’s snow and ice. The Maryland State Board of Education gave the go-ahead at its Tuesday meeting, saying that State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery could decide such requests on a case-by-case basis.Read full article >>

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GOP lawmaker: I’m short votes for No Child Left Behind rewrite

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:07pm
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), the chairman of the House education panel, said Tuesday that he is still a “handful” of votes short to pass his GOP bill to replace No Child Left Behind, the main federal education law. Read full article >>

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California charter schools vulnerable to fraud, report says

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:55pm
Journalists, auditors and other investigators have turned up more than $80 million in charter school fraud in California to date, according to a new report by a coalition of left-leaning organizations, which argues that lax oversight of the state’s charter schools is leaving taxpayer dollars vulnerable to abuse.Read full article >>

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Proposal would co-locate Rockville middle school and special ed school

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:54pm
Montgomery County’s interim superintendent is recommending that a Rockville-area middle school be jointly located with a special education school in a new facility that would allow students with disabilities more time in a regular school setting.Read full article >>

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U-Va. board considers tuition increase, and some worry it could be large

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:37pm
Tuition and fees for state residents attending the University of Virginia would rise 3.6 percent in the next school year under a proposal before the governing board of the flagship public university.The proposal, on the agenda of the Board of Visitors as it meets this week in Charlottesville, would set the in-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at $13,468. That would be up $470 from the current rate, $12,998.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Not my daughter: How one dad opted out his kindergartner from standardized testing

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:00am
Steven Singer is a veteran  Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Pennsylvania with a masters degree in education. He is also the dad of a kindergarten student, and education advocate and a member of the Education Bloggers Network. In the following piece, Singer explains what happened when he met with the principal of his daughter’s school and requested that she be opted out of taking standardized tests given to kindergartners.Read full article >>

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Strauss: The tower of PISA is badly leaning. An argument for why it should be saved.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:00am
The Program for International Student Assessment, better known in the education world as PISA, has come under fierce criticism in recent years. PISA is given every three years to 15-year-olds around the world in reading, math and science. PISA is influential in that many governments look at the scores as pronouncements on their education systems, though critics say the tests are flawed and the results should not be taken seriously. Last year, dozens of researchers and academics from around the world wrote an open letter to Andreas Schleicher, director of the Program of International Student Assessment, urging him to suspend administration of PISA until a new exam can be created. (You can read about that here.)Read full article >>

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Strauss: The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:00am
Larry Ferlazzo is a veteran teacher of English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He has written seven books on education — including a few on student motivation, and writes extensively on education issues, including authoring a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and maintaining a popular resource-sharing blog. His new book is titled “Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond ” published by Routledge. This piece is adapted from that book.Read full article >>

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Police find no evidence of alleged sexual assault at U-Va. fraternity

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 8:04pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — There is no evidence to support claims in a Rolling Stone article that a University of Virginia student was gang-raped at a campus fraternity in September 2012, police said, noting that a five-month investigation led detectives to discredit numerous claims about the alleged assault.Read full article >>

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Debate over test security vs. student privacy rages in the age of social media

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:45pm
A New Jersey student’s tweet about a question on new Common Core tests was deleted after it was flagged by a testing company, spurring a national debate about how to balance children’s privacy with test security in the age of social media.Read full article >>

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