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School districts uncertain about new tests

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:02am

Leaders of school districts that expect to administer one of two major new standardized tests next spring linked to the Common Core math and reading standards are worried they don’t have enough computers, bandwidth or personnel to administer the new online exams, according to a survey of educators released Thursday.

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U-Md. adopts new sexual misconduct policy after debate on many details

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:19pm

The University of Maryland at College Park adopted a new sexual misconduct policy this month — with special procedures for investigation and discipline — after lengthy deliberations on fine points such as how to define sexual assault and what role attorneys should play.

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First vaccine for deadly form of meningitis approved in U.S.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 7:56pm

When meningitis outbreaks sickened students at Princeton and at the University of California at Santa Barbara last year, the schools had to seek special permission to vaccinate their students, using a vaccine that was not yet approved for use in the United States.

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Fairfax seeks to dismiss teachers’ lawsuit alleging principal’s bias

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 7:42pm

Lawyers representing Fairfax County public schools filed motions to dismiss and split up a federal lawsuit against the school system and a principal who teachers allege discriminated against them based on religious affiliation, gender and race.

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Strauss: Allegations of cheating on SAT in Korea, China being probed

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 5:06pm

The College Board  is investigating allegations of cheating on the SAT given Oct. 11, 2014, in Korea and China, and has withheld scores for students in those countries.

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Maxwell receives educator award for promoting environmental education

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:37pm

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell was named the 2014 Educator of the Year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for his work in promoting environmental education in Maryland.

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UNC-Chapel Hill chief speaks out on ‘paper class’ scandal

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:51am

Carol L. Folt became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in July 2013, well after the emergence of an academic scandal involving student-athletes had tarnished the prestigious public flagship known nationwide for its Tar Heels.

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Meet the Ward 1 candidates for D.C. State Board of Education

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:00am

Five candidates are vying for an open seat on the D.C. State Board of Education this year.  Patrick Mara, who was elected in 2010, is not seeking another term. It’s a competitive race that has spurred far more fundraising than the other two State Board elections.

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Strauss: Cuomo calls public school system a ‘monopoly’ he wants to bust

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:00am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, has angered teachers, parents and education activists by telling the New York Daily News editorial board that he views the K-12 public education system as a “monopoly” and that teachers are opposed to be evaluated.

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New Jersey schools promise to correct racial disparities

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:35pm

A school district serving two suburban communities in New Jersey has agreed to expand access to Advanced Placement classes and other higher learning opportunities to African American students, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Montgomery schools chief proposes $221 million in additional construction funding

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:24pm

Montgomery County’s schools chief on Tuesday called for nearly $221 million in added funding for the district’s school construction plan as student enrollment continues to surge in Maryland’s fastest-growing school system.

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Maryland’s new test requirement for graduation to be delayed two years

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:08pm

The Maryland State Board of Education voted on Tuesday for a two-year delay in requiring that high school students pass new standardized tests in order to graduate.

This year, students in grades 3 to 8 and in English 10 and Algebra I will take the new tests, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and based on the national Common Core State Standards.

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As many as 19 U-Md. students have contracted viral meningitis, officials say

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:02pm

Nineteen students at the University of Maryland at College Park have come down with confirmed or suspected cases of viral meningitis in a little more than a week.

Health officials at the university said that they are encouraging students to practice good hygiene to avoid the serious illness. David McBride, director of the campus health center, said that most of the students who became sick recovered quickly, returning to class in as little as two days.

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Maxwell hires former Baker aide to serve as board liaison

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:24pm

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell has hired Christian Rhodes, the education adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, to join his executive team.

Rhodes will become the executive board liaison and strategic partners officer.

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Meet the Ward 6 candidates for D.C. State Board of Education

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:18pm

Two candidates are vying for an open seat on the D.C. State Board of Education in Ward 6. Monica Warren-Jones, who was elected in 2010, is not seeking reelection.

The board’s main function is to set policies around graduation requirements and academic standards. It no longer plays a role in decisions about school system facilities, operations and budget, because the D.C. Council established mayoral control over the schools in 2007. But many of the candidates also view the position as an opportunity to advocate for school issues in their part of the city. Here are the Ward 6 candidates. Their responses are based on interviews, correspondence and campaign materials.

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Strauss: Eleven civil rights groups urge Obama to drop test-based K-12 ‘accountability’ system

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:19am

Eleven national civil rights groups sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and congressional leaders saying that the current standardized test-based “accountability system” for K-12 education ignores “critical supports and services” children need to succeed and discourages “schools from providing a rich curriculum for all students focused on the 21st century skills they need to acquire.”  The groups make recommendations on how to revamp the system in a way that would improve educational opportunity and equity for students of color.

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Meet the Ward 3 candidates for D.C. State Board of Education

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:52am

The Ward 3 seat for the D.C. State Board of Education is wide open this fall. After seven years on the board, Laura Slover decided not to run for another term.

The board’s main function is to set policies around graduation requirements and academic standards. It no longer plays a role in decisions about school system facilities, operations and budget, since the D.C. Council established mayoral control over the schools in 2007. But many of the candidates also see the position as a key advocate for school issues in their part of the city. Here are the Ward 3 candidates. Their responses here are based on interviews.

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U.S. News rolls out global university rankings, with some surprises

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:01am

U.S. News & World Report put Princeton atop its list of the nation’s best universities last month. On Tuesday, the magazine declared Harvard best in the world — one of nine U.S. and three British universities listed ahead of the Ivy League school in New Jersey.

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An heiress’s surprise $40 million gift pumps life into Virginia’s all-girls Foxcroft School

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:01am

In a life that ended at age 99, Ruth T. Bedford served with the Red Cross during the London Blitz, worked on Broadway as a Rodgers and Hammerstein production hand, raced thoroughbreds that won stakes at Saratoga and Belmont, and was a skilled aviatrix who flew a seaplane. ¶ But few people who knew Bedford in recent years were aware of her glamorous history. For much of the past half-century, Bedford lived modestly, volunteering at a hospital, driving an Oldsmobile station wagon and wearing jeans to muck out barn stalls.

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Towson University changes policy on tuition for undocumented immigrants

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:04pm

After inquiries from the Baltimore Sun, Towson University has changed its policies for undocumented immigrants seeking to pay in-state tuition under two programs. And that’s good news for Cindy Kolade.

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