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New acting principal takes over at Glasgow Middle

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:03pm
The current assistant principal at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church has been named the new acting principal at Glasgow Middle School amid a leadership change at both Fairfax County schools.In a message to parents Thursday, assistant superintendent Fabio Zuluaga announced that Shawn DeRose will serve as the acting principal at Glasgow, effective immediately. DeRose has been assistant principal at Stuart since 2014 and before that he had served at the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.Read full article >>

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High school, middle school kids now use more e-cigs than tobacco: CDC

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:00pm
The number of middle and high school students using electronic cigarettes tripled between 2013 and 2014, according to government figures released Thursday, a startling increase that public health officials fear could reverse decades of efforts combating the scourge of smoking.Read full article >>

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Judge upholds revocation of charter for D.C.’s Community Academy

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:52pm
A Superior Court Judge this week upheld a D.C. Public Charter School Board decision to revoke the charter of Dorothy I. Height Community Academy, whose founder Kent Amos is facing trail amid allegations that he personally profited from the diversion of taxpayer dollars meant for the school.Read full article >>

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Strauss: The ‘most powerful’ classroom innovation — by the $1 million teaching prize winner

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:00am
Nancie Atwell is the renowned founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning, an award-winning non-profit independent K-12 demonstration school in Edgecomb, Maine, where she teaches seventh- and eighth-grade writing, reading and history. She is the author of numerous books, including the classic “In the Middle: A Lifetime of Learning About Writing, Reading, and Adolescents,” which has inspired teachers for years, and she has won numerous awards, including the first-ever $1 million Global Teacher Prize given last month by the Varkey Foundation.Read full article >>

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Rich colleges and universities are getting a lot richer, study finds

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:55am
The 10 richest universities in America hold nearly a third of the total wealth, in cash and investments, amassed by about 500 public and private institutions. The 40 richest hold almost two-thirds of the total wealth.Read full article >>
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Strauss: Los Angeles school district drops Pearson software on iPads, seeks refund from Apple (update)

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 7:15am
(Update: Adding statement from Pearson)The Los Angeles Unified School District sent a letter to Apple Inc., this week saying that it will no longer pay for Pearson-created software installed on iPads purchased from Apple because it does not work. The District also said it wants a refund.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Four key principles for NCLB rewrite that would help vulnerable kids

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:00am
Congress is now attempting to rewrite the fatally flawed No Child Left Behind, the current version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  NCLB was supposed to be rewritten in 2007 but Congress never saw its way to getting the job done, so it and its impossible goals — such as having virtually all students scoring proficient in math and reading on standardized tests by 2014 — remained the law. The Obama administration offered waivers to state from the most onerous parts of NCLB, but those waivers came with controversial conditions. The current debate about the NCLB rewrite has centered around whether Congress will maintain the NCLB requirement of annual standardized testing for Grades 3-8 and once in high school — which has support in Congress and the White House — but there are other critical issues not getting as much attention.Read full article >>

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Parents rally around ‘free-range family’ with petitions, protest plans

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:10pm
The public has rallied in support of Maryland’s widely known “free-range” parents on a Facebook page, on news sites and in at least two online petitions calling for changes in how government agencies get involved in decisions by parents about what is best for their children.Read full article >>

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Suicide at William & Mary, fourth student death this year, triggers concern

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:04pm
Thursday was supposed to be opening night, when Paul Soutter, a sophomore at the College of William & Mary, would be on stage in a student-written play about how the stresses college students face can break them.Read full article >>

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New brain science shows poor kids have smaller brains than affluent kids

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:27pm
New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap.Neuroscientists who studied the brain scans of nearly1,100 children and young adults nationwide from ages 3 to 20 found that the surface area of the cerebral cortex was linked to family income. They discovered that the brains of children in families that earned less than $25,000 a year had surface areas 6 percent smaller than those whose families earned $150,000 or more. The poor children also scored lower on average on a battery of cognitive tests.Read full article >>

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New principal takes over at Stuart High

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:59pm
The principal of Fairfax County’s J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church resigned Wednesday to take a new position in the district’s administration.Prosperanta Calhoun wrote in a letter to Stuart families Wednesday afternoon that she had accepted a new role in the school system’s department of instructional services, effective immediately. Read full article >>

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How one college was cleared in a federal sexual assault case

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:43am
A growing number of U.S. colleges and universities are under federal investigation for their response to sexual assault reports. In the past year, the total has nearly doubled, from 55 to more than 100.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Why an award-winning principal feels she must retire early

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:00am
Carol Burris is the award-winning principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District in New York. Before she took that position in 2000, she taught at  the middle and high school levels and earned a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation, which studied her district’s detracking reform in math, received the 2003 National Association of Secondary Schools’ Principals Middle Level Dissertation of the Year Award. She 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 was tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State.Read full article >>

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Report offers case study of turnaround at J.C. Nalle Elementary in the District

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:07am
J.C. Nalle Elementary School was at risk of closure in 2011 because of low academic performance and flagging enrollment. Two years later, the school had the biggest math test score gains in D.C. Public Schools, with a 27 percent increase in proficiency rates.Read full article >>

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Senate panel takes up No Child Left Behind rewrite

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:37pm
The Senate education panel began marking up a bipartisan bill to replace No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans going to great lengths to hold together a delicately crafted consensus around the proposal. Read full article >>

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Rocketship breaks ground on new District charter school after delays

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:44pm
Construction for the new Rocketship elementary school, a high-tech public charter elementary school in the District, got underway Tuesday in Ward 8. The D.C. Public Charter School Board gave the California-based operator conditional approval in 2013 through an expedited application process, but opening day was ultimately pushed back a year, following a lengthy search for a location and some local opposition. Read full article >>

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Robot stolen in Tennessee turns up, but it’s found just too late for Loudoun team

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:12pm
The “Red Baron” was missing and presumed gone forever, a robot with tons of promise that had become the victim of a Knoxville, Tenn. car theft.The robot was the product of countless hours of engineering on the part of a group of Loudoun County high school students, and it had earned them an unexpected trip to the world championships in St. Louis. As they scrambled to re-create their invention on short notice during the past week, their long-shot hopes of success became even longer.Read full article >>

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Strauss: The odd thing Arne Duncan told Congress

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:50pm
On March 4, Education Secretary Arne Duncan appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to discuss the Obama administration’s 2016 budget request for the Education Department. After giving testimony, he answered questions from panel members, one of them being Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the highest-ranking Democrat on the committee. At one point, the conversation turned to teacher evaluation, and that’s when Duncan said something that was odd given his department’s policies.Read full article >>

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Lawsuit to stop Sweet Briar from closing allowed to move forward

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 2:20pm
A judge will hear arguments Wednesday on whether to stop Sweet Briar College from closing, after a split decision Tuesday that allows the case to proceed.After college leaders announced last month that financial problems at the private Virginia college necessitated an abrupt and permanent shutdown this summer, Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer asked for an injunction. She argued that charitable funds had been misused, that closing the 114-year-old college would violate the terms of the will which established the women’s college, and asked to replace the school’s leaders with a fiduciary board to manage its assets.Read full article >>

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‘Free-range’ parents plan to file lawsuit after police pick up children

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 2:06pm
A D.C-based law firm will file suit and pursue “all legal remedies” to protect the rights of the Maryland parents whose two young children were taken into custody for more than five hours Sunday after someone reported them as they made their way home unsupervised from a Silver Spring park, the firm said Tuesday.Read full article >>

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