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Napolitano and Brown duke it out over proposed tuition hike at the University of California

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:52am
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) usually gets his way with the Democratic legislature. He’s been able to persuade voters to raise their own taxes and to give him new authority to expand the state’s rainy-day fund.Read full article >>

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One million students to receive free Office 365 , including many in D.C.

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:42am
More than a million students, including many in the District, will be able to download Microsoft software for free at home, through an agreement between the non-profit Communities in Schools and the technology giant.Read full article >>

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Virginia lawmakers struggle with campus sexual assault policy

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:08pm
RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers on Thursday heard two hours of sometimes emotional testimony about campus sexual assault — and then threw up their hands.On the heels of high-profile cases of rape on college campuses, lawmakers are struggling with how to punish the perpetrators without taking away victims’ rights when they are most vulnerable.Read full article >>

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Lawsuit filed against NCAA, University of North Carolina in ‘paper class’ athletics scandal

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 7:31pm
Two former University of North Carolina athletes have filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA in the wake of a far-reaching athletics scandal, alleging that they were deprived of a high-class education because of substandard courses.Read full article >>

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Md. high school principal accused of discrimination has left her job

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 6:53pm
A Prince George’s County high school principal who was accused of bullying employees and of discriminating against a white, male teacher is no longer employed by the county school system.Angelique Simpson-Marcus, who led Largo High School, was at the center of several discrimination lawsuits filed against the county — claims that alleged the principal mistreated teachers and secretaries at the school. A jury awarded one teacher $350,000 last summer, and the county school system settled a second case later in the year.Read full article >>

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Michelle Rhee weighs in on women’s empowerment on visit to D.C.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 6:51pm
Michelle Rhee isn’t breaking any news today. She’s not here, in this private banquet room at a D.C. restaurant, as the polarizing former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. She’s here to answer questions from women who are eager for inspiration: How did Rhee find the confidence to take on a high-profile job for which, she openly says, she lacked obvious qualifications? How has she — founder of the national lobbying group StudentsFirst and a leader in the education reform movement — managed life as a working mom?Read full article >>

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Hundreds of thousands of college students will be asked about sexual assault on campus this spring

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:39pm
More than 800,000 students at 28 college campuses will be asked about sexual assault this spring, one of the largest surveys ever on the topic.The Obama administration has made the issue a priority, and the number of federal investigations into how colleges investigate reports of sexual violence has increased dramatically. Many universities have made their own attempts to change campus culture and ensure that students are safe, but there are many students complaining that officials are too worried about bad publicity to tackle the problem head-on.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Teacher: Common Core tests set kids up to fail

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:26am
Jennifer Rickert is a sixth-grade teacher who has worked for 22 years in the Ichabod Crane Central School District in New York State. She just gave a powerful, detailed speech to her Board of Education about her objections to the state’s English Language Arts Common Core test and her decision not to administer it this spring.Read full article >>

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Strauss: What the new Common Core tests are — and aren’t

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:09am
At a Senate education committee hearing this week on how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, the subject quickly turned to standardized testing and whether the federal government should maintain NCLB’s annual testing mandate. Witnesses and legislators talked about the amount of time students are tested, the stakes tied to the scores for students and teachers, and the quality of the tests.  Tom Boasberg, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, praised new Common Core tests as being more sophisticated than earlier standardized testing. He said:Read full article >>

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Strauss: What Obama didn’t mention in his State of the Union speech

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:23am
President Obama talked about a lot of things in his State of the Union message on Tuesday night, but what was striking was what he didn’t mention — at least in the education world.The big debate at the moment in education centers around No Child Left Behind and how Congress, which is taking up a rewrite of the law, will address growing concerns about annual standardized testing that the law requires in Grades 3 — 8, and once in high school. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who has taken over leadership of the Senate education committee, is holding his first hearing on NCLB on Wednesday.Read full article >>

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D.C. schools to invest $20 million in efforts to help black and Latino male students

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:36pm
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan Wednesday to invest $20 million in new support programs for black and Latino male students in the District, including opening an all-boys college preparatory high school east of the Anacostia River.Read full article >>
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At Senate education hearing, ties between panel, witnesses

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:59pm
It’s trivia time for all those in education circles who were riveted by Wednesday’s well-attended Senate hearing on standardized testing. And the question is: Name the two pairs of men in the hearing room who crossed paths as teenagers or young adults. Read full article >>
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Strauss: New cheating concerns raised about SAT being given in Asia on Jan. 24

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:11pm
(Update: College Board says it is aware of reports of possible cheating on Jan. 24 SAT in Asia)The College Board was forced to withhold some scores on the SAT in Asia in October, November and December  because of allegations that some students cheated, and now, there are new concerns that the integrity of the exam being administered in Asia on Saturday has been compromised.Read full article >>
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Senate begins debate on education law, focuses on testing

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:09pm
The Senate began its most serious attempt in years to rewrite the country’s main education law with a hearing Wednesday focusing on an issue that has caused an uproar nationwide: Whether states should be required to test students every year.Read full article >>
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Brown and Duke crack down on illegal activities at parties

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:43pm
Brown and Duke universities — two of the nation’s elite schools — are cracking down on illegal behavior at parties this semester, with each college sanctioning fraternities in the past week as part of an effort to curb excessive drinking and address sexual assault.Read full article >>
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NYU waited months to tell police that a student allegedly set fire to a bed with a girl in it

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:37pm
A New York University student set fire to the bed in his dorm room — where a 19-year-old woman was fast asleep and intoxicated, according to the New York Daily News. The attacker allegedly filmed this all on Snapchat, singing as the flames spread, the newspaper reported.Read full article >>
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What are the odds that Congress actually rewrites No Child Left Behind? 50-50, Arne Duncan says.

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:31pm
Education Secretary Arne Duncan gives Congress a 50-50 chance of reaching a deal to rewrite No Child Left Behind, the federal education law that expired in 2002.“We would love to find a way to fix it. We think obviously much of it is outdated,” Duncan said Wednesday, speaking at the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington. “The only way we’re going to fix it is if folks in Washington work in a bipartisan way. There’s a chance that will happen, but it’s not a guarantee.”Read full article >>
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Strauss: Diane Ravitch, former adviser to Lamar Alexander, sends him new NCLB advice

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 2:09pm
You may not remember (if you knew at all) that education historian and activist Diane Ravitch, who as much as anybody else led the movement in recent years against No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, once worked for Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who now chairs the Senate education committee but was once the U.S. secretary of education.Read full article >>
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Three Intel finalists from Washington area high schools

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:00pm
Three Washington area students were tapped Wednesday as Intel Science Talent Search finalists, recognized among a group of 40 honored nationwide in the prestigious research competition for high school seniors.Read full article >>
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Strauss: Teacher tells Congress: ‘The federal incentives in education are wrong’

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:10am
Here is testimony given by a public school teacher at Wednesday’s hearing on the rewriting of No Child Left Behind by the Senate education committee, chaired by Sen. Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and a former U.S. secretary of education. The teacher is Stephen Lazar, a National Board Certified teacher who helped start Harvest Collegiate High School, a public school in New York City where he teaches social studies and English, and is dean of Academic Progress. He is also developing model U.S. history curriculum units for the New York Social Studies Toolkit Project. He previously taught at the Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn and the Bronx Lab School, where he served as department chair, instructional coach, and UFT chapter leader. He began teaching at Hayfield High School in Fairfax County, Va. Lazar’s writing on education policy and practice has been widely published. The testimony was also published on the Shanker blog.Read full article >>
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