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U-Va. community struggles with latest twist in traumatic fall semester

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:26pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Students and faculty whipsawed by traumatic events in the fall semester at the University of Virginia confronted a sudden twist Friday as the credibility of a blockbuster magazine story about a gang rape on campus fell into doubt.

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High school students protest the jury decisions in Brown and Garner killings

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 5:33pm

About 30 students at a Prince George’s County high school walked out of their student government class on Thursday with their hands up and marched to the school lobby to participate in a “die-in” protest.

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U-Va. and sexual assault: The scrutiny will continue

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:48pm

The University of Virginia was under the microscope for its handling of sexual assault cases long before Rolling Stone magazine weighed in with the account of a student who said she was gang-raped at a fraternity house.

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Strauss: Federally funded Common Core PARCC test going prime time in six states

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 2:16pm

After years of development and field testing and controversy, the new Common Core test known as PARCC is going prime time. Some 30,000 students in six states are sitting for the first official administration of the exam this month, the vanguard of some 5 million students who will take the PARCC later in the school year.

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France to compensate American survivors of Holocaust

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:45am

France has agreed to pay reparations to American survivors of the Holocaust who were deported to Nazi death camps in French trains, after a year of negotiations with the Obama administration.

The agreement, a bilateral accord with the U.S. government to be signed Monday, includes a $60 million lump-sum payment to be distributed among eligible survivors, their spouses and, if applicable, their heirs.

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D.C. students remember Marion Barry

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:02pm

Eleven days after Marion Barry died, the life and legacy of the four-term mayor were the subject of a history lesson at Anacostia High School.

Students watched a news clip about him Thursday, answered questions and reflected on why he “was respected and loved by Washingtonians . . . especially those in Ward 8.”

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Loudoun County School Board places Middleburg Charter on probation

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:18pm

The Loudoun County School Board has placed its sole charter school on probation following news that the principal lacks the proper state license to run the school.

The board also voted 6 to 3 on Tuesday night to give notice to Middleburg Community Charter School of the licensure deficiency. The board also is compelling the charter to outline a plan to resolve the license problems for Principal Barbara Smith, who is leading the school in its inaugural year. The charter school was proposed last year as a way to save a tiny rural school that was threatened with closure. It is the first charter school in Northern Virginia and one of six in the state.

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Montgomery police call for potential victims, witnesses to come forward in schools case

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:51pm

Montgomery County police made a public appeal Thursday for information from potential victims and witnesses who may know more about the actions of a former county substitute teacher accused of inappropriately touching students.

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Strauss: Better educated but poorer -- U.S. Census data on young adults today

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:01pm

Young adults in the United States today -- those Americans from 18 to 34 years old -- are on average earning less than their counterparts 35 years ago, but more have a college degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Strauss: Computers in the classroom are a no-brainer, right? Not so fast.

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:07pm

Did you know that the often-used term “personalized instruction” is not the same thing as the often-used term “personalized learning?” Or that the renewed push for online learning and computerized instruction is based on some of the same arguments employed more than 30 years ago? Or that there is not a great deal of evidence that “personalized instruction” broadly improves student achievement?

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D.C.’s Cesar Chavez Public Charter School celebrates ‘Tier 1’ status

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:50pm

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Parkside celebrated its “Tier 1” status this week during an assembly with a drum line, a panel discussion that touched on teen motivation, and rows of cheering students.

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Obama gathers pledges for college access

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 7:00am

Higher-education leaders from across the country are pledging to take steps to widen college opportunity and help more students finish degrees, an initiative President Obama will promote at a gathering in Washington on Thursday.

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Strauss: Principals reject ‘value-added’ assessment that links test scores to educators’ jobs

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 5:00am

Even as the Obama administration keeps extending its support for using standardized test scores for high-stakes decisions — see its new draft proposals to rate colleges of education based on the test scores of the graduates’ students — a national principals group is taking a stand against it.

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Number of AP exams taken by Montgomery students edges up

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:32pm

Montgomery County students took more than 33,660 Advanced Placement exams last spring , a district record, with nearly three-quarters of the tests receiving passing scores, according to newly released district figures.

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Grady and Hernandez sworn in as members of Prince George’s school board

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:03pm

Lupi Grady and Dinora Hernandez, who were officially sworn into office Monday night, became the first Hispanics to serve on the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

The pair represent the fastest-growing population in the county public schools. Last year, Hispanics made up 26 percent of the school population, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. A year earlier, they were 24 percent, and in 2011 they made up 21 percent of the student population.

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Big, small clique differences emerge

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:25pm

My high school clique in suburban San Mateo, Calif., included Danny, Lee, Francis and Jon. We were the tennis team nerds. We did our homework. We played poker for pennies on Saturday nights. We did not include girls, but were obsessed with British actress Hayley Mills, then 15 years old.

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Strauss: A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids.

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 8:00am

This is a follow-up to two popular posts about the problems kids face when they are forced to sit still in school for hours on end without a break. The first, written by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, was titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” and discussed how being inactive affects students’ ability to stay focused and learn, and in some cases leads to improper diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. The next piece was titled “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class.”

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Extra funding boosts programs at D.C. schools serving at-risk students

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:19pm

D.C. public middle schools gained additional teachers this year, and dozens of schools got new computers and technology coaches. At Truesdell Education Campus in Ward 4, students are coming to school early or staying late for extracurricular activities that did not fit into the school day.

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Strauss: Arizona teacher sues state alleging retaliation for criticizing Common Core

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 6:02pm

Brad McQueen is a veteran elementary school teacher in the Tanque Verde School District in Arizona. He is suing  John Huppenthal, Arizona’s outgoing superintendent of public instruction, alleging that he was the victim of retaliation by his employer after he spoke out against the Common Core State Standards and a Core-aligned testing consortium, called PARCC.

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Future of D.C. Council Education Committee is unclear with Catania’s departure

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:01pm

As Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) prepares to take office next month, there are many questions about what changes the transition will bring to the city’s efforts to reform public schools.

One of the biggest unknowns is what will happen to the D.C. Council’s two-year-old Education Committee that has been chaired by council member David A. Catania (I - At large).

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