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Strauss: What not to say to grieving students (and other tools to help bereaved kids at school)

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:23am
At any given time there are millions of young people in schools across the country who are grieving over some significant loss in their lives — and often the adults around them aren’t sure what to say or do to help them. There is a new Web site, grievingstudents.com,that offers an online toolkit for educators and school professionals ways to help suffering children.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Test-weary second-grader asks school board: ‘Is that all that matters to grown-ups?’

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:00am
Saige Price is a 7-year-old second grader at Briarwood Elementary School in Florham Park, New Jersey. She recently appeared before the New Jersey Board of Education to talk about her experience in school — and she gave them a piece of her mind.Read full article >>






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Muslim call to prayer sounds at Duke University, but not from chapel tower

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:22pm
DURHAM, N.C. — The Muslim call to prayer echoed across Duke University’s quad Friday, a day after the school canceled plans to have weekly services begin with an amplified call to prayer from the chapel’s bell tower.Read full article >>






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Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 7:40pm
For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.Read full article >>






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All 31 U-Va. fraternities sign agreements with school, including two holdouts

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 7:13pm
Two fraternities that had initially resisted approving updated agreements with the University of Virginia said Friday that they had signed the new contracts under pressure from the school’s administration.Read full article >>






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In Loudoun County, the latest casualty of winter is midterm exams

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 7:02pm
This year’s winter weather still doesn’t hold a candle to last year’s school-closing bonanza, but for Loudoun County schoolchildren keeping score, the 2014-2015 school year just earned another distinction.Read full article >>






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U-Va. rape survivor, author now doubts Rolling Stone account

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 5:25pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — During her freshman year at the University of Virginia in 1984, Liz Seccuro was gang-raped at a date party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity here.Seccuro wrote a memoir decades later about facing her main attacker and became a prominent advocate for sexual assault awareness and speaker about violence against college women.Read full article >>






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U-Va. Phi Kappa Psi member elected president of Inter-Fraternity Council

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:59pm
A University of Virginia junior who is a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was elected president of the influential Inter-Fraternity Council this week.Ben Gorman, who previously served as a vice president on the IFC, was elected to a one-year term on Tuesday, according to the Cavalier Daily student newspaper.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Want a crib sheet to the Arizona civics test? Check out this federal Web site.

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:46pm
Arizona just became the first state to require high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate from high school — but the questions and answers are already online at a U.S. government Web site.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Arizona becomes first state to require civics test for high school graduation

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:50am
Arizona has become the first state in the nation to require students to pass a 100-question civics test to graduate from  high school. That test questions are actually from the civics portion of the test that the U.S. government gives to immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens.Read full article >>






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O’Malley to join Johns Hopkins University business faculty after term ends

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:42am
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), whose term in office ends Wednesday, will join the Johns Hopkins University business faculty next month as a visiting professor, the school announced Friday.O’Malley will focus on government, business and urban issues in the position with the Carey Business School.Read full article >>
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Strauss: Mississippi withdrawing from Common Core PARCC consortium

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:42am
The Mississippi Board of Education announced Friday that it was withdrawing from one of the two federally funded consortia tasked with creating new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core. It has hired Pearson to create new exams for this school on an emergency basis.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What Common Core wants kindergartners to do: Read, write, do geometry

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:39am
Those are some of the Common Core State Standards for kindergartners.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.4 Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.5 With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content. CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations. CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.4 Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/“corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).Read full article >>
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‘Books from Birth’ plan aims to bridge word gap among District children

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:19am
D.C. Council member Charles Allen (Ward 6) plans to introduce a bill that would send a book each month to the home of every child under age 5 in the District. The early literacy initiative aims to address an achievement gap that begins at birth. Read full article >>






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Duke University reverses decision, cancels weekly Muslim call to prayer

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
Duke University canceled plans Thursday to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel this week, an initiative that had set off debate on social media. A school spokesman and a Duke Muslim leader said that a serious and credible security threat played a role in the decision.Read full article >>






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Thousands of D.C. students can see ‘Selma’ free

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 5:17pm
Just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands of D.C. middle and high school students can go see the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” free starting Thursday, thanks to a fundraising effort led by the March on Washington Film Festival.Read full article >>






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A bill advances in Virginia to derail a ruling granting in-state tuition for some students who came to the U.S. illegally

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:04pm
Thousands of Virginia students who were brought to this country illegally as children had been told this spring they could qualify for in-state tuition — but a bill advancing in the Virginia Senate puts that in doubt. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher assigned students to write about how they would kill her

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:45pm
Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.A Montgomery County, Md., middle school teacher assigned her English students in four separate classes a story in which they had to describe how they would kill her — and the description had to include at least three gerunds, three infinitives and three participles.Read full article >>






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Longtime Montgomery educator Christopher Garran heads to Virginia Beach

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:28pm
A longtime Montgomery County educator who is part of the superintendent’s executive leadership team is leaving for the top job at a private school in Virginia Beach.Christopher S. Garran, associate superintendent for high schools in Maryland’s largest school system, will start July 1 as head of Cape Henry Collegiate, an independent K-12 school with about 900 students.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Cutting through the stupid on annual standardized testing

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:19am
Perhaps the key struggle between Democrats and Republicans over the rewriting of No Child Left Behind will be about annual standardized testing.Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who just became chairman of the Senate education committee, says he is determined to get a bill rewriting No Child Left Behind to the Senate floor by the end of February. That would be something of a feat, given that NCLB was signed into law in 2002 and was supposed to be rewritten in 2007. Congress has been unable to get the job done since then.Read full article >>






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