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Strauss: Principal: Don’t blame Common Core Standards for bad implementation

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:01pm
This is the fourth in a continuing series of letters between two award-winning school principals, one who likes the Common Core State Standards and the other who doesn’t. The debate over the Common Core State Standards has become so polarized that it is hard to get people who disagree to have reasonable conversations about it. The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news Web site focused on inequality and innovation in education, is hosting a conversation between Carol Burris of New York and Jayne Ellspermann of Florida (in a format that Education Week once used with Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier as the authors).  The Report’s editors as well as both principals have given me permission to republish each letter.Read full article >>






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Hoping to raise interest in books, public library opens school branch

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 7:17pm
The kindergarten students sat in rows on a rainbow-colored carpet and listened to a story during a visit to their new school library. Then they did a reading cheer — “Read, Baby, Read!” — before they got to go “shopping” for books.Read full article >>






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In a challenged Loudoun County school, a teacher finds her dream job

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:31pm
There were lots of little things that marred the busy day Dawn Blevins had planned for this class of third-graders at Guilford Elementary in Sterling. There was a fight on the playground in the afternoon, which set the stage for a talk on bullying. There was a derailed pencil sharpener, an iPad that went missing and a student who was so antsy he looked as if he might burst.Read full article >>






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Spreading the word, one book at a time

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:27pm
Ageneration before Maria Magallanes was born, her grandfather — who had dropped out of high school to support his family — worked the dusty fields in Colorado during the Great Depression. It was there that he had an epiphany.Read full article >>






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She dreamed of changing the world. Now she’s doing it, one child at a time.

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:22pm
In Dahlia Constantine’s classroom at Patrick Henry Elementary, 8- and 9-year-olds are puzzling out an issue that has confounded grown-up decision-makers: What to do about Arlington’s Thomas Jefferson Middle School.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Report debunks ‘earlier is better’ academic instruction for young children

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:05pm
The debate about appropriate curriculum for young children generally centers on two options: free play and basic activities vs. straight academics (which is what many kindergartens across the country have adopted, often reducing or eliminating time for play). A new report, “Lively Minds: Distinctions between academic versus intellectual goals for young children,” offers a new way to look at what is appropriate in early childhood education.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Report debunks ‘earlier is better’ academic instruction for young children

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:05pm
The debate about appropriate curriculum for young children generally centers on two options: free play and basic activities vs. straight academics (which is what many kindergartens across the country have adopted, often reducing or eliminating time for play). A new report, “Lively Minds: Distinctions between academic versus intellectual goals for young children,” offers a new way to look at what is appropriate in early childhood education.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Beyond prestige and comfort: The right way to choose a college

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:10am
It’s decision time for high school seniors around the country, who are choosing which college/university they will attend in the fall, and its the start of decision time for high school juniors, who are getting ready to start on the college admissions road if they haven’t already (and plenty have). How to choose? Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University, provides a road map in this post. Wesleyan is a  private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut. Roth’s most recent book is “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Beyond prestige and comfort: The right way to choose a college

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:10am
It’s decision time for high school seniors around the country, who are choosing which college/university they will attend in the fall, and its the start of decision time for high school juniors, who are getting ready to start on the college admissions road if they haven’t already (and plenty have). How to choose? Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University, provides a road map in this post. Wesleyan is a  private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut. Roth’s most recent book is “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.”Read full article >>






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NEA: No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t level the playing field

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 9:39pm
The head of the country’s largest teachers union said that her organization does not support a bipartisan proposal in the Senate to replace the nation’s main federal education law because it does not go far enough to create equal educational opportunities for poor children.Read full article >>






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Popular high school athlete died of infection related to meningitis bacteria

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:08pm
A popular Loudoun County high school student and softball player who died mysteriously this week had bacterial meningitis, the school system’s first confirmed case in two years.Madison Small, 18, was a senior on the Broad Run High School softball team and in perfect health before Monday, when she came down with what friends described as headaches. After going to the hospital, her organs began shutting down, friends said, and Small died Tuesday.Read full article >>






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Is it a student’s civil right to take a federally mandated standardized test?

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 8:39pm
Advocates for poor and ­minority children are pushing a novel idea: standardized tests as a civil right.The nation’s major civil rights groups say that federally required testing — in place for a decade through existing law — is a tool to force fairness in public schools by aiming a spotlight at the stark differences in scores between poor, minority students and their more affluent counterparts.Read full article >>






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Team that had robot stolen gets $15,000 donation to go to St. Louis competition

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 5:07pm
The members of the RoboLoCo robotics squad have had quite a week.On Saturday, the team of Loudoun County teens won an unlikely bid to the world championships in St. Louis, but they had less than $2,000 left in their coffers, not enough to make the trip. Then, the school SUV was stolen after the competition in Tennessee — with the hand-built robot, tools and computers inside.Read full article >>






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Virginia student earns admission to all eight Ivy League schools, and others

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:22pm
Even at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a top-ranked magnet school, senior Pooja Chandrashekar stands out among her brainiac peers.She’s got a 4.57 grade-point average, scored a 2390 (out of 2400) on the SAT, and aced all 13 of her Advanced Placement exams. She also founded a national nonprofit organization that encourages middle-school girls to participate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why the Senate’s proposed No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t go far enough

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:06am
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is chairman of the Senate education committee, and ranking Democrat Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state recently reached an agreement on a rewrite of No Child Left Behind that, if it were to become law, would significantly reduce the federal role in local public education.Read full article >>






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New York City charters leave thousands of seats unfilled despite exploding demand, study finds

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:30am
New York City’s charter schools are leaving thousands of seats unfilled each year despite ballooning demand and long waiting lists, according to an analysis of public data to be released Friday.The decision not to fill seats that are left vacant by departing students deprives other deserving students of places in the schools, the report argues. It also means that charter schools can appear to be improving, according to proficiency rates on standardized tests, even as the absolute number of children scoring proficient declines each year, it says.Read full article >>






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Where to apply — and not to apply — in Round 2 of the D.C. school lottery

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 6:00am
The D.C. public school system published a new Web tool showing schools that still have seats available for families planning to participate in the second round of the citywide school enrollment lottery.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Five flaws with college financial aid letters

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:00am
College acceptances — and rejections — are now out and millions of students are trying to figure out how they are going to afford to go to college. Complicating that effort are financial aid letters sent from colleges, which can be so confusing as to be indecipherable. For help making sense of these important letters is Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors.com, a web site about planning and paying for college. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, “Filing the FAFSA,” which is available for free download at www.edvisors.com/fafsa-book.Read full article >>






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Virginia attorney general weighs in on Sweet Briar College case

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 5:05pm
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring weighed in on the lawsuit seeking to stop Sweet Briar College from closing, with a brief arguing that the county attorney does not have legal standing to bring the case.Read full article >>






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Nevada is latest state to pass private school choice program

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:42pm
Nevada’s legislature has passed a law meant to help low-income students pay for private schools, making the Silver State the latest in a growing number of states to offer private school choice programs.Read full article >>






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