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D.C. parents press city to help fund building renovation for D.C. International school

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 8:44pm

Parents are calling on Mayor Vincent C. Gray to restore city funding meant to help provide a permanent home for D.C. International, a new foreign-
language-immersion charter school for students in grades six through 12.

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Strauss: Teacher: What it feels like to be evaluated on test scores of students I don’t have

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:00pm

Julie Hiltz is a media specialist at Lutz Elementary in Hillsborough County, Florida, and a National Board Certified Teacher with 12 years of experience. She is also a 2013-14 Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur, who is spending half of her workweek this school year engaging colleagues across the state in teacher evaluation and Common Core reforms.

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Strauss: Ten clueless things people say to teachers -- and comebacks to throw right back

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 6:00am

People say the craziest things to teachers about their profession. Like what? Like how easy their jobs are, and how anybody can do it.

Here is a list of some of the common idiocies along with some useful comebacks, compiled and written by Cindy Long and originally published in NEA Today , a publication of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union.

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Bill Gates calls on teachers to defend Common Core

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 4:26pm

Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder who is spending part of his considerable fortune trying to improve U.S. public education, called on teachers Friday to help parents understand the new Common Core academic standards in an effort to beat back “false claims” lobbed by critics of the standards.

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One more piece of Gray’s education record: OSSE

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:52pm

Friday’s story about D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s education record leaves out, thanks to space limits, plenty of details about strengths and weaknesses in the District’s schools policies.

One area that may get more attention in the coming months is the Office of the State Superintendent of Education — the city agency responsible for monitoring special-education compliance, administering standardized tests and funneling federal grants to schools.

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Strauss: ‘Sit and stare’ -- what some kids who opt out of tests are forced to do

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:48pm

A new policy is being enacted in some school districts across the country known as “sit and stare.” What is that?

“Sit and stare” policies are enforced on those students whose parents have opted them out of taking a high-stakes standardized test but who are still required to be in the school building when the exams are actually proctored. Under this practice, kids are forced to sit at their desks and stare while their classmates take the test. They can’t read. They can’t write. They can’t put in earplugs and listen to music. They can only sit and stare. Really.

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D.C. leads nation in growth of free breakfasts for schoolchildren

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:23am

The number of K-12 students receiving free breakfast at school is rising across the country, and the District is seeing the fastest growth, compared to all 50 states.

Between 2009 and 2013, the number of students served free breakfast in the nation’s public schools jumped by about 2 million, according to the Agriculture Department, which oversees the free breakfast program.

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Researchers point to racial disparities in school suspension, spotlight new practices

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:05am

Two months after federal officials brought new attention to how students are disciplined in the nation’s schools, a group of 26 researchers, educators and advocates released findings Thursday that underscored racial disparities in suspension and pointed to promising school practices.

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Strauss: Netflix’s Reed Hastings has a big idea: Kill elected school boards

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 6:00am

There seems to be no end to the expertise that America’s billionaires possess and are happy to share with the rest of us about public education. Apparently making a fortune in the business world makes them experts on how to educate children.

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Strauss: How ‘platooning’ and data walls are changing elementary school

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 4:01am

You may have heard about the increasing use in schools of data walls on which teachers often post children’s names along with their test scores and other academic information that too often humiliates kids who don’t do well and violate federal student privacy laws. But have you heard about “platooning?” In this post three education academics from the University of New Hampshire look at both trends. They are Associate Professor Joe Onosko, Professor Paula Salvio and Clio Stearns, a former elementary school teacher and current doctoral student.

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New Obama administration proposal to regulate for-profit colleges

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:08pm

The Obama administration is proposing to tighten oversight of for-profit colleges through new rules that seek to limit how much debt students can amass in career-training programs.

The proposal, announced Friday, is the administration’s second try at regulations setting standards for what colleges must do to ensure that graduates of career programs get “gainful employment.”

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D.C. schools see progress under Mayor Gray, but questions linger

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 8:35pm

The day after Vincent C. Gray defeated Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in 2010, then-Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee warned that the election results would be “devastating for the schoolchildren of Washington, D.C.”

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Bigger focus on Latinos, ending duplicated services among Pr. George’s school goals

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 7:02pm

The Prince George’s County Public Schools System needs to focus more on its Latino students, improve the image of the district through a “rebranding” effort and conduct an internal audit of its central office to eliminate duplicated services, according to a transition report presented to the school board Thursday.

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Alexandria school closed Friday to contain stomach virus outbreak

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 6:38pm

John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria will be closed Friday to contain the spread of a stomach illness that has affected a quarter of the students over the past two days, school officials announced Thursday.

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Prince George’s schools to seek $3 million grant from Carnegie Corporation for high schools for English language learners

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 6:37pm

The Prince George’s Board of Education voted Thursday to enter into a partnership with the Internationals Network of Public Schools and CASA de Maryland, in hopes of obtaining a $3 million grant from a New York-based foundation to open two high schools for English language learners.

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Prince George’s police officer Ariel Acosta receives a thank you from the school board

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 5:58pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education publicly thanked a county police officer Thursday for what members called his “extraordinary” response in apprehending a man suspected of trying to abduct a third grader walking to school.

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Strauss: Homework hurts high-achieving students, study says

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 2:55pm

This won’t come as any surprise to many teenagers but here goes: A new study finds that a heavy homework load negatively impacts the lives of high school students in upper middle-class communities, resulting in excess stress, physical problems and little or no time for leisure.

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Strauss: Homework hurts high-achieving students, study says

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 2:55pm

This won’t come as any surprise to many teenagers but here goes: A new study finds that a heavy homework load negatively impacts the lives of high school students in upper middle-class communities, resulting in excess stress, physical problems and little or no time for leisure.

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Top teen chefs in Fairfax to duel Thursday night for best dish

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:37am

Students from five Fairfax high schools will demonstrate their culinary potential Thursday evening at a competition that could land their dishes on high school lunch menus around the county.

The Feeding Academic Success Culinary Challenge, led by the healthy school meals advocacy group Real Food For Kids, will take begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at Falls Church High School. The event promotes more nutritious meal options in school cafeterias across the county. A recent survey found that Fairfax County students hate the current lunch menus.

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Top teen chefs in Fairfax to duel Thursday night for best dish

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:37am

Students from five Fairfax high schools will demonstrate their culinary potential Thursday evening at a competition that could land their dishes on high school lunch menus around the county.

The Feeding Academic Success Culinary Challenge, led by the healthy school meals advocacy group Real Food For Kids, will take begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at Falls Church High School. The event promotes more nutritious meal options in school cafeterias across the county. A recent survey found that Fairfax County students hate the current lunch menus.

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