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Strauss: Mom: I thought I did everything right, but my 6-year-old is already ‘behind’ in reading

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 1:34pm
A recent post on a new report calling into question the practice of forcing young children to read to meet Common Core standards generated hundreds of responses from educators and parents. The report, written by three experts in early childhood education, said that requiring some youngsters to read before they are ready could be harmful.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:13am
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is taking the reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation while the former Florida governor continues exploring whether he will dive into the 2016 presidential race.Read full article >>






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Montgomery parents plead for later high school start times

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:52pm
Parents in Montgomery County made impassioned pleas Thursday for later high school starting times, sharing personal stories of teenagers who barely function in the pre-dawn darkness, fall asleep during early classes and fight chronic exhaustion.Read full article >>






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J.C. Hayward announces retirement from WUSA 9 after long hiatus

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 5:22pm
Longtime television news anchor J.C. Hayward is retiring from WUSA Channel 9 after four decades on the air, following a hiatus that began in late 2013, when she was linked to allegations of financial irregularities at a D.C. charter school whose board she chaired.Read full article >>






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KIPP DC’s Jennifer Ramacciotti named Teacher of the Year

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:50am
D.C.’s Teacher of the Year for 2015 is Jennifer Ramacciotti, an eighth-grade math teacher at KIPP DC-Aim Academy. The George Washington University graduate spent her first two years in the classroom as a Teach for America fellow in Philadelphia and then came back to the District to teach at the KIPP school in Ward 8. Read full article >>






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Strauss: This 90-year-old Kenyan goes to primary school with her great-great grandchildren

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:49am
She goes to school with her great-great grandchildren.Ninety-year-old Priscilla Sitienei attends Leaders Vision Preparatory School in Ndalat, Kenya, wearing a blue school uniform and green jumper, and participating in math, English, physical education, dance, drama and singing, according to this report by the BBC.  Some of her classmates their lives to her, in a sense: she serves as a midwife in Ndalat and helped deliver them.Read full article >>






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Virginia Tech will cover the full cost of attendance for student athletes

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:45am
Students playing in all 22 sports at Virginia Tech who get athletic scholarships will have all the costs of attending college covered, beyond tuition, housing, meals and books, director of athletics Whit Babock announced.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Five key questions to ask now about charter schools

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:19am
You can tell that National School Choice Week is nearly upon us — it runs from Jan. 25- 31 — by the number of announcements coming forth hailing the greatness of school choice.Jeb Bush’s Florida-based Foundation for Excellence in Education put out an announcement that it would participate in a march next week in Texas to support school choice (with one of the speakers being Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Jeb’s son). There’s a new poll by the pro-choice American Federation for Children showing (I bet you can guess) that most Americans support school choice.  Etc., etc.Read full article >>






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Catholic University gets $3 million , from a Koch foundation and others, to teach principled entrepreneurship

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:59am
A $3 million gift to the Catholic University of America’s Business and Economics program will allow the school to hire four faculty members with an interest in integrating business practices and Catholic social doctrine, the school announced Thursday.Read full article >>






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Napolitano and Brown duke it out over proposed tuition hike at the University of California

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:52am
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) usually gets his way with the Democratic legislature. He’s been able to persuade voters to raise their own taxes and to give him new authority to expand the state’s rainy-day fund.Read full article >>






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One million students to receive free Office 365 , including many in D.C.

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:42am
More than a million students, including many in the District, will be able to download Microsoft software for free at home, through an agreement between the non-profit Communities in Schools and the technology giant.Read full article >>






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Virginia lawmakers struggle with campus sexual assault policy

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:08pm
RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers on Thursday heard two hours of sometimes emotional testimony about campus sexual assault — and then threw up their hands.On the heels of high-profile cases of rape on college campuses, lawmakers are struggling with how to punish the perpetrators without taking away victims’ rights when they are most vulnerable.Read full article >>






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Lawsuit filed against NCAA, University of North Carolina in ‘paper class’ athletics scandal

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 7:31pm
Two former University of North Carolina athletes have filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA in the wake of a far-reaching athletics scandal, alleging that they were deprived of a high-class education because of substandard courses.Read full article >>






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Md. high school principal accused of discrimination has left her job

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 6:53pm
A Prince George’s County high school principal who was accused of bullying employees and of discriminating against a white, male teacher is no longer employed by the county school system.Angelique Simpson-Marcus, who led Largo High School, was at the center of several discrimination lawsuits filed against the county — claims that alleged the principal mistreated teachers and secretaries at the school. A jury awarded one teacher $350,000 last summer, and the county school system settled a second case later in the year.Read full article >>






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Michelle Rhee weighs in on women’s empowerment on visit to D.C.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 6:51pm
Michelle Rhee isn’t breaking any news today. She’s not here, in this private banquet room at a D.C. restaurant, as the polarizing former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. She’s here to answer questions from women who are eager for inspiration: How did Rhee find the confidence to take on a high-profile job for which, she openly says, she lacked obvious qualifications? How has she — founder of the national lobbying group StudentsFirst and a leader in the education reform movement — managed life as a working mom?Read full article >>






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Hundreds of thousands of college students will be asked about sexual assault on campus this spring

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:39pm
More than 800,000 students at 28 college campuses will be asked about sexual assault this spring, one of the largest surveys ever on the topic.The Obama administration has made the issue a priority, and the number of federal investigations into how colleges investigate reports of sexual violence has increased dramatically. Many universities have made their own attempts to change campus culture and ensure that students are safe, but there are many students complaining that officials are too worried about bad publicity to tackle the problem head-on.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: Common Core tests set kids up to fail

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:26am
Jennifer Rickert is a sixth-grade teacher who has worked for 22 years in the Ichabod Crane Central School District in New York State. She just gave a powerful, detailed speech to her Board of Education about her objections to the state’s English Language Arts Common Core test and her decision not to administer it this spring.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What the new Common Core tests are — and aren’t

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:09am
At a Senate education committee hearing this week on how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, the subject quickly turned to standardized testing and whether the federal government should maintain NCLB’s annual testing mandate. Witnesses and legislators talked about the amount of time students are tested, the stakes tied to the scores for students and teachers, and the quality of the tests.  Tom Boasberg, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, praised new Common Core tests as being more sophisticated than earlier standardized testing. He said:Read full article >>






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Strauss: What Obama didn’t mention in his State of the Union speech

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:23am
President Obama talked about a lot of things in his State of the Union message on Tuesday night, but what was striking was what he didn’t mention — at least in the education world.The big debate at the moment in education centers around No Child Left Behind and how Congress, which is taking up a rewrite of the law, will address growing concerns about annual standardized testing that the law requires in Grades 3 — 8, and once in high school. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who has taken over leadership of the Senate education committee, is holding his first hearing on NCLB on Wednesday.Read full article >>






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D.C. schools to invest $20 million in efforts to help black and Latino male students

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:36pm
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan Wednesday to invest $20 million in new support programs for black and Latino male students in the District, including opening an all-boys college preparatory high school east of the Anacostia River.Read full article >>
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