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Howard County Schools disciplines student who displayed Confederate flag at game

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:53pm

A Howard County student who unfurled a Confederate flag at a high school football game was disciplined, according to a spokeswoman for the school system.

Rebecca Amani-Dove, the spokeswoman, would not say what type of action was taken against the Glenelg student who displayed the flag while standing at the top of the bleachers during the season opener between Glenelg and River Hill high schools on Friday night. The student was immediately told to take the flag down.

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On U.S. News glamour lists, public colleges and universities are scarce at the top

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:58pm

Most college students in the United States — more than seven of every 10 — attend public institutions of higher education. The reason is straightforward: These schools have larger capacity and lower tuition.

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Strauss: How U.S. News concocts its college rankings

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:53pm

U.S. News& World Report just released the 2015 version of its famous college rankings (which, frankly isn’t very different from the 2014 version). Princeton is No. 1. Harvard is No. 2. Yale is 3. And it turns out, there are three No. 4s — Columbia, Stanford and Chicago. Stanford and Chicago  both shared No. 5 last year, but this year, they got just that much better to move on up.

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Prince George’s Board of Education to hold retreat this week

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:44pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education this week will hold its second retreat since the school system underwent a major overhaul last year.

This time, the reconfigured board will focus some of its attention on defining and developing “a more effective working relationship” with Kevin M. Maxwell, the schools chief executive officer, and his team.

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Howard Fuller: A civil rights warrior or billionaire’s tool?

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:43pm

He’s been called both a respected voice in the African American community and a tool of billionaire conservatives. He’s a onetime labor activist who says teachers unions are blocking poor children from getting a good education. And he’s a civil rights champion who broke with the NAACP over publicly funded vouchers for private schools.

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New space in Montgomery schools as enrollment surges

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:18pm

As Montgomery County reaches record levels of student enrollment this year, the school system has added more than 200,000 additional square feet of new construction.

New projects include Montgomery’s 202nd school — Wilson Wims — which was spotlighted in first-day ceremonies on Aug. 25. Principal Sean McGee said this week that more than 660 students are now attending the Clarksburg school.

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D.C. anti-truancy program is getting more kids to school

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:45am

A single mother who is sick or dealing with car repairs. A child who’s staying with neighbors because his parent is in jail. A mother who works nights and weekends and takes her child out of school during the week to go shopping and spend time with her.

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Fairfax’s Thomas Jefferson High ranks best in the nation on Newsweek magazine list

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:42am

Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology has been named the top high school in the nation, again.

In a new Newsweek ranking, Fairfax’s magnet school was rated as the best in the country based on “student achievement and college readiness indicators,” according to a report in the magazine.

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One college lands anew in U.S. News rankings, while others are deleted from it

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:37am

Sarah Lawrence College, dropped from a U.S. News and World Report ranking several years ago because of an admissions policy shift, is happy to be back. This says something about how college leaders view the rankings they love to hate.

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Strauss: Bill Gates wants your kids to learn history this way — and he’s paying to get it into schools

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:01am

Bill Gates can’t seem to stop getting big ideas about public education — and then using part of his fortune to see them implemented.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent billions of dollars on various initiatives that Gates thought would help improve public education, including a small schools initiative that he abandoned when he didn’t get the results he wanted; pilot programs in creating controversial teacher evaluation systems linked to student standardized test scores; and promotion of the Common Core State Standards. The foundation has even funded an effort by the Council of Chief State School Officers to evaluate student work for things like creativity.

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Strauss: Michelle Obama’s shout-out to Khan Academy

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:53am

The Obama administration keeps expressing its admiration for Khan Academy and its founder, Salman Khan.

Last year, Khan, who started the now-famous Web site that offers thousands of free videos for students in a range of subjects, interviewed Education Secretary Arne Duncan  about the future of education. (You can watch the video here or below.)

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U.S. News college rankings: Amid predictability, some major shifts

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

St. John’s College in Annapolis has long disdained the rankings game. The liberal arts school, which focuses on the great works of Western civilization, was known for not responding to requests from U.S. News & World Report for information that the magazine uses to sort the nation’s colleges.

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Towson freshman dies after being found unresponsive at off-campus apartment

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:29pm

A Towson University student died over the weekend after she was found unresponsive at an off-campus apartment.

Baltimore County police said Monday they were still investigating the circumstances that led to the death of 18-year-old Julia Margaret Ratnaraj, a freshman from Sewell, N.J., outside Philadelphia. Ratnaraj’s high school counselor said she was a talented artist who made a difficult decision to attend a different college than her twin sister.

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Michelle Obama to students: Challenges are an advantage, not a disadvantage

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:45pm

ATLANTA -- Michelle Obama urged African American teenagers in a tough Atlanta neighborhood to push ahead with their studies and make it to college, whatever hardships they face on the way. She talked of her upbringing in working-class Chicago and said the students are “no different” from her.

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Strauss: Anti-testing movement growing, finding success around country

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 4:03pm

A new report on growing resistance to high-stakes standardized testing around the country finds that the movement is growing and meeting some success in numerous states where officials have decided to cut back on the numbers of tests students must take and/or the consequences for students and educators.

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Brookland Education Campus celebrates International Literacy Day

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 2:43pm

The students at Brookland Education Campus added an extra minute of reading to their school day Monday, joining with readers around the world for International Literacy Day.

The annual event was started by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading worldwide.

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Strauss: Why kids should choose their own books to read in school

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 1:00pm

At one time many public schools gave students time to read books of their own choosing, an activity based on the common-sense theory that kids will read what interests them, and that kids who can choose what they read will learn to enjoying reading, and, hence, read more. Unfortunately, many schools no longer let students choose any of the materials that they read. Why this is a problem is explained in this post by Joanne Yatvin, a one time Principal of the Year in Wisconsin and a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, who has never been able to kick the reading habit.

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District to hire a chief student advocate

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:53pm

The District is looking for a “Chief Student Advocate” to lead a new effort to help students and their families navigate the school choice process and access educational resources they need.

The person will lead a newly created “Office of the Student Advocate” within the D.C. State Board of Education that was approved by the D.C. Council last year.

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Strauss: Interactive science classes benefit black, first-generation college students, study finds

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:28pm

A new study about college-level science shows that all students do much better when traditional lecture classes are made interactive — but those most helped are first-generation and black students.

The study — titled “Getting Under the Hood: How and for Whom Does Increasing Course Structure Work?” — looked at data from six semesters of large science lecture courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The researchers compared student achievement in classes  with a traditional structure — in which students listened to a traditional lecture from a teacher and did not do any work until it was time to study the night before an exam — with student achievement in classes that had an interactive structure, in which students did homework that prepared them for performing activities during class, for which they received credit.

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Amid whooping cough outbreak, health officials offer free vaccinations

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:47am

As Montgomery County grapples with a whooping cough outbreak, health officials are offering free immunizations to seventh grade students this week, part of a continuing effort to get students in line with new state requirements.

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