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Strauss: Five flaws with college financial aid letters

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:00am
College acceptances — and rejections — are now out and millions of students are trying to figure out how they are going to afford to go to college. Complicating that effort are financial aid letters sent from colleges, which can be so confusing as to be indecipherable. For help making sense of these important letters is Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors.com, a web site about planning and paying for college. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, “Filing the FAFSA,” which is available for free download at www.edvisors.com/fafsa-book.Read full article >>






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Virginia attorney general weighs in on Sweet Briar College case

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 5:05pm
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring weighed in on the lawsuit seeking to stop Sweet Briar College from closing, with a brief arguing that the county attorney does not have legal standing to bring the case.Read full article >>






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Nevada is latest state to pass private school choice program

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:42pm
Nevada’s legislature has passed a law meant to help low-income students pay for private schools, making the Silver State the latest in a growing number of states to offer private school choice programs.Read full article >>






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Duncan wants new law to include early childhood education, state oversight

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:32pm
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the nation’s main federal education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that Congress needs to craft a modern version that stays true to the law’s intent: to create equal educational opportunity for all children.Read full article >>






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Bloomberg funds a new Kissinger institute at Johns Hopkins University

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:53pm
Michael Bloomberg, the three-term former mayor of New York, is helping to launch a new international policy institute at Johns Hopkins University, named in honor of his friend, the legendary former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.Read full article >>






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Students make world robotics competition, but their robot was stolen

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:11pm
RoboLoCo, a robotics squad of about a dozen students from Loudoun County, was considered an underdog in a regional competition last weekend in Knoxville, Tenn., where it was up against veteran programs that had 30 or more students. And no one — not even the team’s coach, Michael Tomlinson — expected the students to make it very far.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘Pop, third grade is no joke’

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:00pm
James Arnold is the former superintendent of Pelham City Schools in Pelham, Georgia. For years he has been advocating for public education and against the standardized testing-based accountability systems that have been the hallmark of the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top era. In this post he explains why his young grandsons are being opted out of high-stakes standardized tests in Georgia. A version of this appeared on his blog.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Guiding principles for a more enlightened U.S. education policy

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:00am
Michael V. McGill is the long-time superintendent of the Scarsdale school district in New York, one of o the most successful in the country. Now a professor of school leadership at Bank Street College of Education, McGill challenges the dominant vision of school reform in a new report that defines what effective policy and school leadership should like in quality schools. The paper synthesizes McGill’s views from his forthcoming book, “Race to the Bottom: Corporate Reform and the Future of Public Education” (Teachers College Press, April 2015).Read full article >>






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Strauss: What a classroom engaged in real learning looks like

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:00am
Aleta Margolis is the founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching, a D.C.-based nonprofit organization that works with teachers, principals, and entire school faculties to foster the best teaching practices. In a recent post wrote a post titled “Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning,” Margolis wrote about how teachers incorporate movement into active learning. Now in this post, she looks at other instructional elements that indicate best practices in teaching. What should you see in a classroom where students are engaged in deep learning?Read full article >>






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Wait-list numbers are up for District schools

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:51pm
More than 8,500 students in the District are on wait lists for one or more charter schools this year, and nearly 7,000 are on them for at least one traditional public school, according to data released this week.Read full article >>






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George Washington University lays off 46 employees

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:51pm
George Washington University disclosed Wednesday that it is laying off 46 employees as part of an effort to reduce administrative costs at the largest higher education institution in the nation’s capital.Read full article >>






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U-Md. student government endorses demand that Byrd stadium be renamed, citing racist legacy

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:42pm
This post has been updated. Colin Byrd hates the name. A second-generation “terrapin” — his father graduated from the University of Maryland in 1978 — he’s leading the campaign to pull the name “Byrd” off of the university’s football stadium, a proposal the student government endorsed in a 13-2-2 vote Wednesday night.Read full article >>






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Student: I got rejected from the Ivy League. Now what?

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:43pm
William Pang, a high-school senior at the Berkshire School, writes about the agonizing college-admissions process — and what he’s going to do next:Read full article >>






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Take a look inside the 600-page rewrite of No Child Left Behind

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:38pm
The bipartisan bill to replace No Child Left Behind that was crafted after months of negotiations between Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would end federal high-stakes testing and grant more power to states to decide what to do about struggling schools and how or whether to evaluate teachers.Read full article >>






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Howard to offer free courses to some D.C. high school seniors

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:18pm
Some high school students in the District will soon be able to take classes at Howard University for free through a new dual-enrollment program city and university officials announced Wednesday.Beginning next school year, seniors at Banneker and McKinley Technology high schools can spend part of their days on the college campus and earn college and high school credit at the same time.Read full article >>






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Senate’s effort to rewrite NCLB sparks cautious optimism

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:02pm
Just about everyone with a stake in public education is weighing in on the Senate’s bipartisan effort to rewrite the nation’s main education law. And while there’s no consensus, a wide range of groups and people are exhibiting cautious optimism that the draft bill released Tuesday could be the first step toward reaching a bipartisan deal in an otherwise gridlocked Congress. Read full article >>






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Strauss: 50 great apps for teachers

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 8:00am
For a change of pace, here’s a list of “awesome” apps for teachers from Scholastic Instructor magazine offering activities for a wide range of subjects. These  were chosen through crowdsourcing on Scholastic’s Facebook page for teachers as well as with help from the magazine’s teacher advisers and education bloggers. They were published  in a recent edition of the magazine,, and I am republishing them with permission.Read full article >>






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Strauss: A smarter charter?

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:00am
(Clarification: About 5 percent of public school students attend public charter schools. The word ‘charter’ was missing in an earlier version.)Charter schools can be confusing. Funded by the public, some people mistake them for private schools because of the way they are funded and operate. That’s what happened recently to Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, the head of the Senate education committee, who appeared at a Brookings Institution event and asked at one point in the discussion, “There are some private charter schools, are there not?” asked Alexander.  Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst, then the director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings, replied, “Charter schools, I guess as we define it, are public schools that operate under charters from the state rather than private, so they’re subject to the same tests.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Evidence? We don’t need no stinkin’ evidence!

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:00am
How many times have you seen smart people completely ignore compelling evidence that contradicts a deeply held thought or belief? In this post, educator and author Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) looks at how this dynamic affects the debate about how teachers and parents discpline children. Kohn is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”] This post, which I am publishing with permission, appeared on his website.Read full article >>






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Local students win National Achievement scholarships

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:01am
About 70 high school seniors from the District, Maryland and Virginia have won prestigious National Achievement scholarships, awards worth $2,500 each.Black students from across the country were invited to compete for the scholarships by scoring well on the PSAT, which many students take during their junior year of high school. Finalists were then evaluated on their SAT scores, grades, teacher recommendations and an essay.Read full article >>
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