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Peace Corps announces major changes to application process

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:00pm

The Peace Corps, formed more than 50 years ago to send Americans abroad to perform good works, is in the midst of its most serious challenge, with the number of applicants falling rapidly, leaving the volunteer force at its lowest level in more than a decade.

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An overview of the Peace Corps, sending U.S. citizens abroad since 1961

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:00pm

The Peace Corps, officially established on March 1, 1961, sends U.S. citizens abroad to perform service projects aimed at helping to spur long-term change and to promote a better mutual understanding of global cultures. The federal agency, which grew out of then-Sen. John F. Kennedy’s vision, is “devoted to world peace and friendship.”

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Montgomery schools may explore boundary changes to address achievement gap

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 8:01pm

The Montgomery County Council pressed school officials Monday to consider shifting attendance boundaries to make schools more economically and racially diverse — a potential and politically volatile remedy for a persistent achievement gap.

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Farm camp introduces students to food at its source

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 6:15pm

The campers dropped off at an Alexandria farm are met with a list of chores: Weed the garden beds, squash bugs, gather eggs from the chicken coop, harvest the vegetables.

Children filled baskets on a recent morning with carrots, squash, tomatoes, Tongue of Fire beans and onions. A few scoured the blackberry bush for ripe fruit. It was a challenge with the eagerly tended bush, but when 7-year-old Franz Pena spotted a bright, plump blackberry, it looked too good to surrender to the basket.

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Survey finds split in Washington and Lee community over Confederate flag decision

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:05pm

Many alumni and students are divided about Washington and Lee University’s decision last week to remove Confederate battle flags from a prominent location in its Lee Chapel, according to a survey published by a campus magazine.

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Five things to know about suspension and expulsion in D.C. schools

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 1:22pm

D.C. Council member David Grosso’s push to prohibit public schools from suspending and expelling pre-kindergartners comes in response to a city report that found that 3- and 4-year-olds were punished with out-of-school suspension 181 times during the 2012-2013 school year.

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Fairfax school board elects Derenak Kaufax as chair

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:13pm

The Fairfax County school board Thursday elected Tamara Derenak Kaufax as the new chair of the board and Ted Velkoff to serve as the new vice chair.

Kaufax (Lee), who was currently serving as vice chair, will succeed Ilryong Moon (At Large), who completed two consecutive one-year terms leading the board.

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Strauss: AFT calls for Education Secretary Duncan to submit to ‘improvement’ plan or resign

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:02pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s relations with the country’s largest teachers unions — which collectively have more than 4 million members — keep getting worse. Earlier this month, the nation’s largest teachers union called for him to resign. On Sunday,  the second-largest teachers union passed a resolution that stopped short of a direct call for him to quit but urged President Obama to put Duncan on an “improvement plan.” If Duncan doesn’t improve, he should resign, it says.

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D.C. bill would ban school suspensions for city’s pre-K students

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:00pm

The District’s traditional and charter schools would be prohibited from expelling or suspending pre-kindergartners in most circumstances under new legislation that D.C. Council member David Grosso plans to introduce Monday, part of a broader push to reduce punishments that keep students out of class.

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Strauss: Readers react to what teachers told Obama

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 9:42am

There was a lot of reaction to a post I published a few days ago about what happened when four teachers from high-poverty schools sat down with President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for lunch at the White House to talk about education, teaching and school reform. Here are some of the reactions from readers.

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Sleepy campaign for D.C. Board of Education goes national

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 5:54pm

When Tierra Jolly thumbed through her mail on Monday, she was surprised to see campaign literature touting her bid for a seat on the D.C. State Board of Education.

Jolly, a teacher at a private parochial high school in Maryland, didn’t recognize the mailings, which featured her photograph and images of her students. And she said she’d never heard of Education Reform Now, the group that paid for the glossy literature.

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Montgomery algebra failures mean some students have to bail on summer plans

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:47pm

The day of her son’s eighth-grade promotion ceremony in Montgomery County, Susan Townsend got word that the teen had failed his Algebra 1 final exam. She says she was surprised, since he is a good test-taker and had a B average over his first three marking periods.

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How some colleges that ban premarital sex teach prevention of sexual assault

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:34pm

Faced with rising furor over campus sex assaults, colleges across the country are spreading the word to students that it’s wrong to have sex with anyone who for whatever reason — drugs, alcohol, exhaustion — has lost the mental capacity to consent.

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Strauss: How Microsoft will make money from Common Core (despite what Bill Gates said)

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:02am

Microsoft founder Bill Gates got somewhat indignant when my Post colleague Lyndsey Layton asked him in an interview this past spring about concerns  of some opponents of the Common Core State Standards  that his important support for the initiative has been driven by business interests. The interview was part of the extensive reporting Layton did over two months to write an important story about Gates’s vital involvement in the Core initiative, which you can read here. (You can see the full interview here and an excerpted video here. )Here is how part of the interview went:

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District’s lawsuit against Options charter school delayed

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:46pm

A Superior Court Judge on Friday briefly delayed D.C.’s lawsuit against Options Public Charter School and its former leaders, writing that he was swayed to put the case on hold by the prospect that the case could impact similar ongoing criminal proceedings.

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D.C. State Board of Education seat up for grabs in special election

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:45pm

Longtime civic activist Philip Pannell and high school teacher Tierra Jolly are vying to be Ward 8’s next representative to the D.C. State Board of Education, which is responsible for establishing citywide academic standards.

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Md. student test scores drop significantly as state shifts to Common Core

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:01pm

Reading and math scores on Maryland’s state tests for elementary and middle school students dropped to their lowest levels in seven years, according to a Washington Post analysis of test data released Friday. Some state officials expected the drop, as Maryland schools are transitioning to new national academic standards that do not align with the state test.

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In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:30am

Howard University’s credit rating by Moody’s Investors Service fell this month for the second time in the past year, largely because of concerns about money troubles at its hospital.

But the historically black university in Northwest Washington has plenty of company: Moody’s has downgraded three dozen other four-year colleges and universities since July 2013, a sign of continuing financial fragility in higher education.

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Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:01am

In response to teachers who are uneasy with the Common Core State Standards, a major teachers union is offering to underwrite projects crafted by teachers to improve the math and reading standards.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, is expected to announce Friday that the union will give up to five grants worth as much as $30,000 to teachers for projects aimed at reforming the standards.

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Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields, survey finds

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:27pm

People with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely than other college graduates to have a job, but most of them don’t work in STEM occupations, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

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