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Pastry gun case goes to oral arguments in Anne Arundel County

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:57pm

The so-called “Pop-Tart case” made its way to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Wednesday, where lawyers sparred in oral arguments about the disciplinary action taken against a second grader who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

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Air conditioners falter at Washington area schools as temperatures rise

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:37pm

Washington was the hottest spot on the Weather Channel’s map at noon Tuesday when temperatures spiked to 92 degrees. And at H.D. Woodson Senior High School in Northeast, students and teachers were starting to feel it as the air conditioner struggled to keep up with the mercury.

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Fairfax full-day Mondays meeting ends with tense exchange on funding

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 5:52pm

Fairfax County leaders began discussing next year’s school budget this week in a sometimes tense meeting that focused on funding the elimination of half-day Mondays.

When it began the academic year Tuesday, the county school system ended its 40-year-old practice of dismissing children in lower grades early on Mondays, a move that was popular with parents who previously had to make day-care arrangements for Monday afternoons. The policy also allowed the system to build in a scheduling cushion in the event of inclement weather, effectively adding 13 snow days to the school calendar.

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U.S. awards $3.1 million grant to Newtown schools to help with counseling services

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:14pm

Nearly two years after a gunman killed 20 first-graders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the students, parents and community members are still recovering.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education said it is awarding a $3.1 million grant to help the Newtown school system, part of $17 million the Obama administration has spent to date on counseling and other support services for the still-grieving community.

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Fairfax begins school year with added security measures

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:45pm

Students who returned to school in Fairfax County on Tuesday were protected by added security measures placed by the administration in recent months.

After the shootings at Virginia Tech and Newtown, Conn., school officials nationwide reviewed safety protocols to help prevent mass tragedies. In Fairfax, all high schools this fall are equipped with state-of-the art door-access technology that allows administrators inside the building to monitor who comes in.

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Strauss: A pledge school reformers should take

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:30pm

Education historian Larry Cuban notes that no matter what part of the political spectrum school reform originates, reformers keep making the same mistakes, decade in and decade out. What mistakes? Cuban explains in this post. Cuban was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This appeared on Cuban’s on School Reform and Classroom Practice blog.

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Strauss: Florida county rescinds decision to drop all state-mandated testing

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:14pm

Last week the school board in Lee County, Fla., became the first school district anywhere to vote to opt out of all state-mandated testing as a protest against what members said was excessive testing. The vote then was 3-2 and board member Don Armstrong called it an “act of civil disobedience.”

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In Pr. George’s County, momentum builds against cellphone towers at school sites

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:38am

The president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP wants the county school system to halt the construction of cellphone towers on school property until school officials review information about the possible dangers that the towers could pose.

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H.D. Woodson Senior High School in D.C. closed after air-conditioning outage

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:54am

D.C. Public Schools closed a Northeast high school Wednesday because of an air-conditioning outage.

The building-wide outage shut the doors of H.D. Woodson Senior High School on 55th Street NE, according to a Wednesday morning alert.

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Sherwood mourns student killed in crash, police say driver had odor of alcohol

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:30pm

Sherwood High School was a sad but unified place Tuesday, as students wore their school colors to show a common bond while struggling with the death of a 15-year-old schoolmate killed in a teen car crash over the holiday weekend.

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At Bailey’s elementary, Fairfax County students head to class in office building

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:10pm

At Fairfax County’s newest school, the first buses rolled into the parking lot Tuesday at 8:23 a.m. The giggling, jittery students poured out and looked up.

The new Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences is a five-story brick structure that nine months ago housed an office complex. Now, it’s Fairfax County’s tallest school.

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Bomb threat puts Westfield High on first-day lockdown

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:51pm

A bomb threat called in at Westfield High in Chantilly on Tuesday afternoon forced the school into lockdown while police swept the building, the only unusual incident in an otherwise normal first day of classes in Fairfax County.

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Prince George’s BOE creates committees to address numerous areas of work

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:38pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education has created six committees to help carry out the work of the school board.

The formation of the new committees comes more than a year after the board was overhauled. The reconfigured board, which was a fully-elected body changed to a hybrid board with several appointed members, had a rough transition after County Executive Rushern Baker III pushed for a school takeover.

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Stanford University plans to slowly increase its undergraduate enrollment

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:11pm

The most selective university in the country plans to open its gates a bit wider in the next few years.

Stanford University, which turns down roughly 19 out of every 20 applicants, wants to grow its entering freshman class by an estimated 100 students in the fall of 2016. That would translate to a class of about 1,800.

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Anne Arundel County officials find cat that closed an elementary school in closet

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:14pm

An animal control officer captured a cat that closed an Anne Arundel County school Tuesday after two second-grade teachers discovered fur and urine inside a supply closet, a spokesmen said.

Two Richard Henry Lee Elementary School teachers contacted animal control around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the cat was captured by 9 a.m., said Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman.

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Strauss: A former university president gets schooled on sexual assault and drinking

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 9:00am

Former George Washington University president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was at the center of an international debate recently when he appeared on a radio show and made some comments about sexual assault and drinking on college campuses. My colleague Nick Anderson wrote this article about it:

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Strauss: Back to school 2014-15 — by the numbers

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:00am

Here is everything you didn’t know you didn’t know about the 2014-15 school year, getting under way in earnest around the country this week. This information comes directly from the U.S. Education Department’s Nation Center for Education Statistics:

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Often-absent students score lower on NAEP

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:01am

A state-by state analysis released Tuesday shows that students who were frequently absent from school did worse on the National Assessment of Educational Progress than those who were not.

Fourth-grade students who reported that they had missed three or more days of school prior to the 2013 test had reading scores that were 12 points lower than students with no absences. That is the equivalent of more than a full grade level, according to the test’s scale.

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Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:01pm

Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation.

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Education Post aims to take the sting out of national conversations about school reform

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:00pm

Spend any time on Twitter or in the blogosphere and the national debate about public education quickly resembles a schoolyard brawl, complete with taunts, name-calling and piling on.

Issues such as teacher tenure, parent triggers, charter schools and the Common Core State Standards bring out vitriol even among policymakers and prominent figures.

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