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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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Duncan wants new law to include early childhood education, state oversight

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:32pm
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the nation’s main federal education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that Congress needs to craft a modern version that stays true to the law’s intent: to create equal educational opportunity for all children.Read full article >>






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Bloomberg funds a new Kissinger institute at Johns Hopkins University

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:53pm
Michael Bloomberg, the three-term former mayor of New York, is helping to launch a new international policy institute at Johns Hopkins University, named in honor of his friend, the legendary former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.Read full article >>






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Students make world robotics competition, but their robot was stolen

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:11pm
RoboLoCo, a robotics squad of about a dozen students from Loudoun County, was considered an underdog in a regional competition last weekend in Knoxville, Tenn., where it was up against veteran programs that had 30 or more students. And no one — not even the team’s coach, Michael Tomlinson — expected the students to make it very far.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘Pop, third grade is no joke’

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:00pm
James Arnold is the former superintendent of Pelham City Schools in Pelham, Georgia. For years he has been advocating for public education and against the standardized testing-based accountability systems that have been the hallmark of the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top era. In this post he explains why his young grandsons are being opted out of high-stakes standardized tests in Georgia. A version of this appeared on his blog.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Guiding principles for a more enlightened U.S. education policy

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:00am
Michael V. McGill is the long-time superintendent of the Scarsdale school district in New York, one of o the most successful in the country. Now a professor of school leadership at Bank Street College of Education, McGill challenges the dominant vision of school reform in a new report that defines what effective policy and school leadership should like in quality schools. The paper synthesizes McGill’s views from his forthcoming book, “Race to the Bottom: Corporate Reform and the Future of Public Education” (Teachers College Press, April 2015).Read full article >>






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Strauss: What a classroom engaged in real learning looks like

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:00am
Aleta Margolis is the founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching, a D.C.-based nonprofit organization that works with teachers, principals, and entire school faculties to foster the best teaching practices. In a recent post wrote a post titled “Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning,” Margolis wrote about how teachers incorporate movement into active learning. Now in this post, she looks at other instructional elements that indicate best practices in teaching. What should you see in a classroom where students are engaged in deep learning?Read full article >>






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Wait-list numbers are up for District schools

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:51pm
More than 8,500 students in the District are on wait lists for one or more charter schools this year, and nearly 7,000 are on them for at least one traditional public school, according to data released this week.Read full article >>






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George Washington University lays off 46 employees

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:51pm
George Washington University disclosed Wednesday that it is laying off 46 employees as part of an effort to reduce administrative costs at the largest higher education institution in the nation’s capital.Read full article >>






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U-Md. student government endorses demand that Byrd stadium be renamed, citing racist legacy

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:42pm
This post has been updated. Colin Byrd hates the name. A second-generation “terrapin” — his father graduated from the University of Maryland in 1978 — he’s leading the campaign to pull the name “Byrd” off of the university’s football stadium, a proposal the student government endorsed in a 13-2-2 vote Wednesday night.Read full article >>






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Student: I got rejected from the Ivy League. Now what?

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:43pm
William Pang, a high-school senior at the Berkshire School, writes about the agonizing college-admissions process — and what he’s going to do next:Read full article >>






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Take a look inside the 600-page rewrite of No Child Left Behind

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:38pm
The bipartisan bill to replace No Child Left Behind that was crafted after months of negotiations between Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would end federal high-stakes testing and grant more power to states to decide what to do about struggling schools and how or whether to evaluate teachers.Read full article >>






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