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California school superintendent battle highlights Democratic education divisions

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:26pm

In a white-hot battle in California that is considered a proxy fight for deep national divisions in the Democratic Party over education, Tom Torlakson was narrowly reelected as the state’s schools superintendent, beating back Marshall Tuck by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

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Wild ideas for fixing gifted education

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:56am

When compared with peers in regular classes, students who got high scores on state tests got more out of gifted classes than high-IQ students did.

This is because they are hard workers who responded to increased teacher demands, while the high-IQ kids didn’t care so much, according to an intriguing new study by David Card of the University of California at Berkeley and Laura Giuliano of the University of Miami, called “Does Gifted Education Work? For Which Students?

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An analysis shows sex offense reports in public flagships, Ivy League and elsewhere

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 7:00am

These totals of forcible sex offense reports are drawn from a federal campus crime database for flagship public universities and a selection of other well-known schools in the Washington area and nationwide. The comparison is for reported events on campus from 2012 and from 2013. Forcible sex offenses include rape, sodomy, fondling and sexual assault with an object.

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Strauss: Pearson sponsoring Education Week’s analysis of how midterms will affect U.S. schools

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 5:00am

Education Week, which did a great job here of presenting all the of the 2014 midterm races that could affect education policy, is co-hosting a Nov. 12 post-election event with Gallup Education in which the results will be analyzed by reporters for the publication as well as outside analysts and politicians. It is all being sponsored by Pearson, the largest education company in the world and the most controversial of standardized test creators, which has a major interest in the voting could affect education policy.

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Excel Academy Public Charter School under scrutiny for alleged residency fraud

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:05pm

D.C. officials are looking into allegations that students at Excel Academy Public Charter School were enrolled despite not meeting city residency requirements, according to people familiar with the investigation.

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Strauss: Wouldn’t spending $30 million on kids be better than this?

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 1:06pm

Imagine a political race between two members of the same party for a state position that has very little power but attracts tens of millions of dollars in contributions — three times more than the gubernatorial contest. One of the candidates is a teacher with big union money behind him. The other is a former investment banker and charter school executive with big money from anti-union billionaires — including some who don’t even live in the state — as well as Hollywood actors making fun videos with them.

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Voters in Loudoun County to decide on $162.9 million bond for new tech academy

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:42am

On Tuesday, voters in Loudoun County will have the opportunity to weigh in on the funding for several critical school projects, including the construction of the Advanced Technology Academy, part of the highly anticipated Academies of Loudoun.

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Rocketship wins green light for its first charter school in D.C.

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:12am

The D.C. Public Charter School Board gave full approval Monday night for Rocketship Education, a California-based charter operator, to open its first school in the District in 2016.

Some of the school’s future neighbors in Anacostia protested the plans in recent weeks, saying that the chosen location — across the street from a halfway house — is unsafe. They also said the charter operator did not make sufficient efforts to reach out to residents.

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D.C. school boundaries plan gets more specific just before new mayor is elected

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:35pm

The District offers free full-day preschool to 3- and 4-year-olds through a lottery each year. Families enroll where space is available, sometimes driving miles from their homes to take advantage of the benefit.

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California’s biggest race will surprise you: It’s for state school superintendent

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 7:48pm

Perhaps the most important — and definitely the most expensive — election in California on Tuesday is the down-ballot battle for state school superintendent. The $30 million race has generated three times as much spending as the contest for governor, with money pouring in from across the country.

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Fairfax graduate James McLaughlin among five winners of high school football honor

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:56pm

A recent Fairfax County schools graduate who now plays football at Georgetown University is among five recipients of a prestigious award by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

James McLaughlin, a 2014 graduate of W.T. Woodson High School, is among five college athletes to earn the accolade for accomplishments in high school. The National High School Scholar-Athlete award has been given to 101 students since 1991 for academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and community engagement. Past recipients include Colts quarterback and Stanford University graduate Andrew Luck.

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Strauss: California school’s messaging mistake scares parents out of their wits

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:01am

This is one of those calls you never want to get to get from a school: The child who you think is safely in school isn’t.

The Press-Enterprise reports that most of the parents of the more than 700 students at Adams Elementary School in Corona, Calif., got an unexpected automated phone call from the school on Oct. 23 that said their child was not in class. The good news is that the kids actually were. Someone had made a mistake with the relatively new automated messaging system that the district uses to communicate with parents.

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Strauss: What do ebola researchers and kindergarten teachers have in common?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:56am

It’s not often you find the “ebola researcher” and “kindergarten teacher” in the same sentence but a new survey about scary jobs found a way to do it and have it make sense, more or less.

Conducted by CareerBuilder.com, the largest online employment website in the United States, the national survey was conducted by Harris Poll, which asked 3,103 full-time, non-governmental U.S. workers to name the jobs they think are the scariest. Admittedly the survey participants may not be a real nationally representative group of workers. But, that said, there is still something interesting about any group of people who would list infectious disease researchers and kindergarten teachers as among the most frightening jobs in the country.

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Strauss: Ariz. schools ordered to remove page in biology book with ‘morning after’ pill section

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:10am

A school board in Arizona has voted to remove a section in a high school biology book because it includes a factual discussion about varying methods of birth control, including the “morning after” pill that can end a pregnancy. What does “remove” mean? The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board left it to the district’s high schools to decide how to do it, but the acting board president said that ripping out the page was the “cheapest, least disruptive” method.

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Strauss: Will Obama’s new regulations on teacher preparation get it right — or wrong?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:00am

The U.S. Education Department is expected soon to issue new regulations for teacher preparation programs in colleges and universities in what will be its second attempt to shape the  way these programs are operated. The question is whether it has learned anything from the botched attempt it made in 2012 to write new regulations for these programs.

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Maryland eighth-grader becomes advocate for classmates who are bullied

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:51am

Daniel Coleman remembers feeling alone last year. His stress was causing him physical pain. Headaches and stomachaches were becoming his norm.

His grades were starting to plummet.

The culprit: bullying.

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After missing vaccine deadline, 400 Pr. George’s students could be held from class

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 8:14pm

Parents of about 400 students in Prince George’s County have been notified that their children will be barred from school this week because the children have not received their required vaccinations.

Angela M. Wakhweya, chief of school health policy, services and innovation for the Prince George’s school system, said the district made every attempt it could to warn parents of the Oct. 31 deadline issued by the state to show proof of vaccinations against measles, mumps, whooping cough and other communicable diseases.

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Why Arlington should rethink third-grade homework guidelines

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 3:43pm

Duke University psychologist Harris Cooper, the nation’s best-known expert on homework, summarized his most surprising finding 25 years ago: “For elementary students, no amount of homework — large or small — affects achievement.” There has been no significant challenge to that conclusion since. Nearly everyone in the national homework debate accepts it.

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Falls Church High sees major gains in SAT scores

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 3:38pm

The administrators at Falls Church High School are aware of the school’s reputation. Compared with other Fairfax County high schools, Falls Church students lag behind their counterparts in on-time graduation rate and average SAT score.

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Common Core math can be a mystery, and parents are going to school to understand it

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 7:55pm

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Jennifer Craig stared at her daughter’s fifth-grade math homework. It was a three-digit multiplication problem, and it seemed simple enough. But her 10-year-old was supposed to solve it by drawing a chart, breaking apart numbers, multiplying, adding and maybe more.

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