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Strauss: Why teaching is more like basketball than baseball — and why it matters

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:30pm
Is teaching more like basketball, or more of an individual team sport, like baseball? And why does it matter? This post looks at the nature of teaching in an unconventional way that informs the national discussion about school reform and its focus on recruiting and retaining great teachers. This post, which I am publishing with permission, was written by Esther Quintero, a senior fellow at the nonprofit Albert Shanker Institute, and it first appeared on the institute’s blog.Read full article >>






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White House pushes back against GOP on funds for poor school children

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:00pm
The Obama administration on Friday said legislation passed this week by Republicans on the House education panel would rob vital federal dollars from the nation’s poorest schools and redirect them to wealthier schools.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What David Carr told me about standardized testing — and his unconventional schooling

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:46pm
The great New York Times reporter David Carr passed away Thursday night at the age of 58. In 2010, I interviewed Carr about his views on his own education — both formal and informal — as part of a series of Q & As I was doing with people from different walks of life about education. Excerpts of our interview, which remain as interesting as when I first published them, are below.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How teachers unions must change -- by a union leader

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:15am
There is nothing new about Republican opposition to teachers unions, but in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that some Democrats have turned against them as well. In the following post we hear from a union leader, Bob Peterson, the president of the  Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, about how he thinks teachers union must change to keep alive public education. This post first appeared in Rethinking Schools, a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to improving public education. I am republishing this with permission from the author.Read full article >>






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Plz RT: Twitter advice, why comets are like deep-fried ice cream, and other new research

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 8:28am
What are they finding out in all those labs on campus these days?At Cornell, researchers developed a computer model to help predict how persuasive a message is, the university announced recently. When they tested it on Twitter, the computer was more successful than people at pointing to what would be retweeted more — and the researchers believe the algorithm would work with longer ideas and essays.Read full article >>






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Strauss: No Child Left Behind’s test-based policies failed. Is Congress poised to keep them?

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 5:00am
Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote on the department’s website here that “for more than a decade, states and schools throughout this country have worked within the narrow confines of the No Child Left Behind law,” and that “it’s long past time to move past that law, and replace it with one that expands opportunity, increases flexibility and gives schools and educators more of the resources they need.” He’s right about that; the severely flawed  NCLB was supposed to be rewritten in 2007 but Congress didn’t get around to doing it until now. But Duncan says he wants to retain the NCLB requirement of annual standardized testing that drove the law’s unworkable accountability system, and many Republicans in Congress agree. Indeed, the House education committee this week approved legislation to rewrite NCLB that includes an annual testing mandate.Read full article >>






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Nation’s high school graduation rate ticks up for second year in a row

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 5:21pm
The nation’s high school graduation rate ticked up for the second year in a row, according to new federal data released Thursday showing that 81 percent of the Class of 2013 graduated within four years.Read full article >>






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Some D.C. Council members defend Henderson’s minority male initiative

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:33pm
Days after D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (Ward 3) asked the District’s attorney general to provide an opinion about the legality of Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s plan to dedicate $20 million in extra funds to support minority male students, given questions about gender inequality, some of her colleagues are coming to the plan’s defense.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Latest high school graduation rates -- state by state

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:57pm
New data from the U.S. Education Department shows that 81 percent of high school students graduated in four years in 2012-13, the latest year for which there is data. As my colleague Emma Brown reported here, this represents the highest national graduation rate since 2010, when the federal government required states to calculate graduation rates the same way.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Which U.S. presidents didn’t earn a college degree? (Two of them are on Mount Rushmore)

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:58pm
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is apparently considering whether he should mount a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 but, as this story by my Post colleague David Fahrenthold says, there are questions about whether it will matter to voters that he didn’t earn a college degree. Walker attended Marquette University, but he dropped out in his senior year without earning a degree.Read full article >>






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D.C. charter board delays vote on revocation for Community Academy

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:54pm
The D.C. Public Charter School Board delayed a vote that was scheduled for Thursday morning about whether to revoke the charter for a network of city schools amid allegations that its founder diverted millions of dollars to a private management company for his own financial gain. Read full article >>






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Strauss: 115 education groups: GOP No Child Left Behind legislation is vastly underfunded

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:27pm
The Republican-dominated House education committee just approved legislation, H.R. 5, that is a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act with funding levels that critics say are inadequate to properly support K-12 public education. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate’s education committee, has released draft legislation that has been hit as well by critics who say the funding levels are below the fiscal 2012 pre-sequestration total and would harm efforts to improve student achievement.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century?

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 6:00am
What is the purpose of education? The question came into stark relief when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently tried to quietly change the century-old mission of the University of Wisconsin system by proposing to remove words in the state code that command the university to “search for truth” and “improve the human condition” and replacing them with “meet the state’s workforce needs.” Walker backed off when the issue became public and sparked intense criticism from academics and others, but the issue remains a topic of national debate and of the following post. It was written by Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teach For Finland? Why it won’t happen.

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 5:00am
You’ve certainly heard of Teach For America but you may not know that its founder, Wendy Kopp, now runs a related organization called Teach For All which is a network of TFA-like school reform organizations in a few dozen countries around the world. One place there isn’t such an affiliate is in Finland. Why that is so is explained in the following post by Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg, who is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices. Sahlberg is the author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?” — originally published in 2011  and just republished in an updated edition —  which details how Finland created its world-class school system. The former director general of Finland’s Center for International Mobility and Cooperation, Sahlberg is now a visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has written a number of important posts for this blog, including “What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools,” and “What the U.S. can’t learn from Finland about ed reform.” Here is a new piece that debunks some myths about teachers and teacher preparation. You can find more about him here on his website.Read full article >>






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Pro-charter school group estimates 14 percent enrollment gain nationwide

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:01am
The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools estimates in a new report that 2.9 million children now attend U.S. charter schools, up 14 percent from last school year.More than 500 new charter schools opened in the 2014-2015 school year and 200 charters were closed for reasons ranging from poor academic performance to financial problems, according to the organization.Read full article >>






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Report on black males’ graduation rates shows that data are muddy

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:01am
The Schott Foundation for Public Education released its biennial report about black males in U.S. public schools on Wednesday, estimating that 59 percent of black males graduated from high school on time in the 2012-2013 school year, compared to 65 percent of Latino males and 80 percent of white males.Read full article >>






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Wake Forest stands by its Muslim chaplain, despite call for donor boycott until views of ‘radical jihadist’ can be debated

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:37pm
Wake Forest University’s president took a public stand Wednesday in support of the school’s imam, who has been targeted by an alumni campaignlabeling him a radical jihadist and calling for a boycott of donations.Read full article >>
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Charter board could close school amid allegations that leader diverted money

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:16pm
They were called “Kent’s kids,” scores of inner-city teens in the 1980s who found structure and mentoring from Kent Amos, a corporate executive-turned-community activist who offered study sessions and family meals in his Northwest home.Read full article >>






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St. Mary’s College of Md. facing federal scrutiny for handling of sexual violence reports

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 7:06pm
The federal government disclosed Wednesday that it has opened an investigation of how St. Mary’s College of Maryland handles sexual violence reports.The announcement means the public liberal arts college in Southern Maryland is now one of 96 colleges and universities nationwide that face such scrutiny from the U.S. Education Department Office for Civil Rights. Last May, there were 55 schools on the list, but the number has climbed steadily in recent months.Read full article >>
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St. Mary’s College of Md. facing federal scrutiny for handling of sexual violence reports

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 7:06pm
The federal government disclosed Wednesday that it has opened an investigation of how St. Mary’s College of Maryland handles sexual violence reports.The announcement means the public liberal arts college in Southern Maryland is now one of 96 colleges and universities nationwide that face such scrutiny from the U.S. Education Department Office for Civil Rights. Last May, there were 55 schools on the list, but the number has climbed steadily in recent months.Read full article >>
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