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DCPS outlines baseline courses for all middle-school students

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:12am

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has promised to invest millions of dollars in improving city middle schools next year, acknowledging that many schools need more resources to offer a full range of courses and meet students’ needs.

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DCPS outlines baseline courses for all middle-school students

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:12am

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has promised to invest millions of dollars in improving city middle schools next year, acknowledging that many schools need more resources to offer a full range of courses and meet students’ needs.

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Strauss: How to make school important in places that it isn’t

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 6:00am

All of the reforms pushed onto public school districts in recent years fail to take into account that in many parts of the United States, going to school just isn’t very important. In this post, Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English who now supervises student teachers for Portland State University and writes books for teachers, talks about how to make room for cultural differences in K-12 education so that more young people will feel like they belong in school.

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Strauss: How to make school important in places that it isn’t

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 6:00am

All of the reforms pushed onto public school districts in recent years fail to take into account that in many parts of the United States, going to school just isn’t very important. In this post, Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English who now supervises student teachers for Portland State University and writes books for teachers, talks about how to make room for cultural differences in K-12 education so that more young people will feel like they belong in school.

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Strauss: The link between charter school expansion and increasing segregation

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:00am

One thing that proponents of the broad expansion of charter schools never talk about is the evidence of how charters are leading to increasing segregation by race, ethnicity and income. Here George Washington University Research Professor Iris C. Rotberg explores this connection. She is Research Professor of Education Policy at The George Washington University. She focuses on school reform, the education of low-income children, school choice, international education, and international comparisons of student achievement. She is the editor of Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform, which describes education reforms in 16 countries. This first appeared in Kappan magazine, a publication of PDK International, a professional education association.

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Montgomery Blair science finalist makes top 10 in Intel national competition

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 8:11pm

A Montgomery Blair High School student placed 10th in the nation Tuesday night in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition.

Shaun Datta, 18, of Gaithersburg, won a $20,000 award for physics research investigating the interaction between baryons in nuclear matter. He and two other Blair seniors were among 40 national finalists considered for the top 10 honors .

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Strauss: Video: Kids with severe disabilities taking mandatory standardized test

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:29pm

This video shows children with profound disabilities taking a standardized test called the Florida Alternate Assessment as required by the state but opposed by many of their teachers and parents. And below is a letter from the principal of another school serving students with similar disabilities explaining why forcing these youngsters to take the test is wrong.

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Goucher College names Jose Antonio Bowen as its 11th president

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:41pm

A veteran educator, jazz musician and author will become the 11th president of the private Goucher College in the northern suburbs of Baltimore in July.

José Antonio Bowen, author of a book called “Teaching Naked,” which is about moving technology out of the college classroom to improve learning, will succeed the retiring Sanford J. Ungar. The college’s trustees announced the appointment Wednesday.

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Chantilly principal earns award

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:49pm

Chantilly High school principal Teresa Johnson has been honored as an outstanding administrator of the year by the Southern Interscholastic Press Association.

Johnson was named the Dr. Kay Phillips administrator of the year by SIPA for her support of student journalists and Chantilly’s news publications and media outlets.

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Strauss: Why NYC mayor is getting unfairly bashed over charter schools

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:15pm

The level of discourse over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision not to allow several charter schools to co-locate in the buildings of traditional public schools has reached a hysterical pitch. He is, if you listen to his many critics, a bad man who doesn’t care about minority children. Really? Let’s look at what actually happened.

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Pr. George's school board adjusts Perrywood boundary plan following student pleas

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:35pm

First-grader Edward Stewart walked to the podium during a recent Prince George’s County Board of Education meeting and calmly stated his case to the board members.

“I love Perrywood School and I want to stay,” he said. “Please let me and my friends stay.”

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Eubanks questions impact of Peterson’s $1 million Teach For America donation

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:32pm

Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro) described the Peterson Family Foundation’s decision to donate $1 million to Teach for America D.C. Region for Prince George’s as a “way to move [the county] forward.”

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Strauss: Why the Common Core flunks on civic education

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 6:00am

Do the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts promote authentic civic learning? This article in The Atlantic magazine says yes. The following post says “no.” It was written by Nicole Mirra, a former classroom teacher and an education researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her main interest is infusing meaningful civic learning opportunities into classroom instruction. This post appeared on her blog, Revise and Submit.

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Strauss: D.C. school system’s gaping achievement gaps -- in seven graphs

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 4:00am

In his 2014 State of the District speech, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray talked Tuesday night about the “significant progress” that the D.C. Public Schools systems have made in recent years -- progress that is measured by (of course) standardized test scores.

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D.C. mayor says he plans to increase budget for schools by more than $100 million

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:14pm

The District’s traditional public and public charter schools would receive a major infusion of more than $100 million next year, including tens of millions to improve services for at-risk students, under a budget proposal announced Tuesday evening by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D).

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Virginia State Superintendent Patricia Wright to retire in May

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 6:53pm

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright Tuesday announced that she will retire May 1 after six years in the state’s top education job and nearly three decades with the state’s Education Department.

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Two Fairfax crossing guards honored by VDOT

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:28pm

For helping children safely walk across busy streets, two Fairfax County schools crossing guards were honored for their work by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Phyllis Krapf, of Armstrong Elementary near Reston and Sherry Mull of Stratford Landing Elementary near Alexandria were named among a group of six to be Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of the year for 2013.

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Strauss: How billionaire-funded ‘ed reform’ groups push charters, vouchers

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:10pm

How powerful are organizations such as Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst and other like-minded groups that support charter schools, voucher programs and the weakening of teachers unions.?

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that works to reveal abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by public and private institutions, takes a look at this issue in a new post on its Web site, ”Education groups battle teachers unions in state races.” It reveals the growing power of the purse of “education reform” organizations that are funded by wealthy philanthropists and that are spending big bucks to support mostly conservative candidates running for local and state offices around the country.

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Fairfax students earn science recognition

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:05pm

Five Fairfax County students from the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology were named semifinalists for the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search competition.

The teenagers were among 300 students from around the country who qualified as semifinalists out of 1,800 entrants who applied. The students will receive $1,000 in awards. None of the students made it to the final round of 40.

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Eight groups apply to open new D.C. charter schools

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:04pm

Eight groups have submitted applications to open new D.C. charter schools in fall 2015, according to the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which is responsible for vetting proposals and deciding which merit approval.

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