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Strauss: University of Florida admits 3,000 students — then tells them it is only for online program

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:10pm
Some 3,100 students accepted as freshman by the University of Florida for the fall got a big surprise along with their congratulations notices: They were told that the acceptance was contingent on their agreement to spend their first year taking classes online as part of a new program designed to attract more freshmen to the flagship public university.Read full article >>






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Nation’s largest teachers union launches ad campaign as Congress debates No Child Left Behind

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:44am
As Congress debates how to rewrite No Child Left Behind, the nation’s largest teachers union is launching a $500,000 ad campaign urging lawmakers to reach a deal that reduces the focus on standardized testing.Read full article >>






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For a family whose ancestors were slaves at the Sweet Briar plantation, a loss

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:24am
When Bethany Pace’s husband called her to say that Sweet Briar College was closing, she thought she must not have heard him correctly. Then she froze, in the middle of a Maryland grocery store, people pushing past her, her daughter confused, tugging at her sleeve.Read full article >>






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Are Harvard, Yale, and Stanford really public universities?

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:28am
More than 800 colleges and universities across North America hold endowment assets of $516 billion. But the top 10 schools in terms of assets have about $180 billion, or one-fifth of that total. Harvard University alone has a $35 billion endowment.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘Opting Haven out of the state-mandated tests is our family’s act of civil disobedience’

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 4:00am
New York has been at the center of a national “opt-out” movement in which thousands of parents have refused to allow their children to take new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards or to similar standards in states that had originally adopted the Core but dropped them and designed their own. New York officials had signed on several years ago to a multi-state consortium known as PARCC, which developed new tests aligned to the Common Core, which public schools in the state have been implementing. But New York decided not to administer PARCC for various reasons and contracted with Pearson to design its own set of tests, which students have taken for a few years and will take again this month.  The state now wants to design yet another new test and is seeking proposals from test companies.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teen rejects Duke University’s rejection letter — and her response goes viral

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:00am
Rejection letters from colleges and universities are a dime a dozen, but a rejection letter to the rejection letter? Here’s one that went viral:I don’t know you Siobhan O’Dell but you are my new hero. pic.twitter.com/h70W3cJU49Read full article >>






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High school seniors in mad scramble to finish community service

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 5:53pm
Mary Wagner gets insistent with her students at this time of year. It’s 10 weeks until graduation day, and she’s been nudging seniors at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring to finish their community service hours. Read full article >>






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Mathews: Why can’t we have more teachers like the ones we loved?

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 3:35pm
My favorite teacher, Al Ladendorff, died March 20 at the age of 93. At Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, Calif., he was known as “Big Al.” Educators like him enhance our lives, for reasons not always in sync with what policymakers are doing to try to improve teaching.Read full article >>






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A principal yanked a drug article from a student newspaper, so it ran online

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 1:44pm
It’s called “dabbing,” and it involves smoking a distilled version of marijuana’s active ingredient off of a nail, delivering a potent high.When Fauquier High School senior SaraRose Martin heard that her peers were experimenting with the technique, she decided to pen a story about it for the student newspaper, the Falconer, of which she is co-editor in chief. Read full article >>






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Strauss: If you cheat to escape a corrupt accountability system, who is really to blame?

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 10:45am
An Atlanta jury last week convicted 11 teachers of racketeering in a standardized test-cheating scandal. Yes, prosecutors used a law previously employed against mobsters against the educators, who were part of a group of 35 indicted in 2013 in the scheme. That included the now-deceased Atlanta schools superintendent, Beverly Hall. You can read here about how and why the cheating scheme occurred in Atlanta. The following post looks at something broader: how the scandal fits into a story about the consequences of bad policy-making. When people cheat to escape a corrupt accountability system, who is to blame?Read full article >>






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Social worker’s nightmare: The day he discovered Relisha Rudd was missing

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 5:48pm
The social worker from Payne Elementary School had a simple mission the day he drove to the D.C. homeless shelter where 8-year-old Relisha Rudd lived. He needed to get a doctor’s note. By that Wednesday — March 19, 2014 — the second-grader had been absent from her Capitol Hill classroom for nearly three weeks without a written excuse. Relisha’s mother had said she was under the care of a doctor. LaBoné Workman, speaking publicly for the first time since Relisha went missing a year ago, said he talked to the man by phone, and then went to the family shelter to find him. Read full article >>






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Strauss: What it’s like being a New York City public school teacher

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 5:00am
// The best and most honest video we’ve seen about being a New York City public school teacher.Read full article >>






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Charter schools still a D.C. hot-button issue

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:30pm
For years, District residents have forecast — for better or worse — a future where charter schools consumed neighborhood schools. And with charter school enrollment growing every year for nearly two decades, that day has seemed not too far away.Read full article >>






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ABC arrests lag behind local police for student alcohol violations

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 9:32pm
University of Virginia students arrested for alleged alcohol violations last year were far more likely to be taken into custody by local police in the Charlottesville area than by agents with the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, according to data obtained by The Washington Post.Read full article >>






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Op-eds on religious freedom, Facebook, satire and political correctness at U-Va.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:36pm
This week in college newspapers across the country, students offered opinions about banning cigarettes, Iran, sex, suicide, admissions rates, racism and haircuts. (But never all in the same piece.)Some are preachy, some are heart-wrenching, some are funny. One that was particularly well received: An Ivy League student offered to become the school’s drug lord.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What the ‘thoughtless’ N.Y. government just did to teachers

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:00am
The New York legislature this week approved a budget along with some education reforms proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that have been strongly opposed by teachers in part because they make the state’s awful teacher evaluation system even worse. In this post, award-winning principal Carol Burris explains exactly why what the legislature did is so harmful to public schools.Read full article >>






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Mayor’s capital plan delays some school projects

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 7:13pm
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) on Thursday announced a $1.3 billion, six-year capital budget that pushes back more than a dozen proposed school renovations and adds $30 million to the budget for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, making it the most expensive high school project to date.Read full article >>






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Latino children’s language skills are lagging by age 2, study says

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 5:16pm
Nine-month-old Latino babies have the same language and cognitive abilities as their white peers, but by the time they reach age 2, they lag significantly behind, according to new research from the University of California at Berkeley.Read full article >>






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Common announced—and then unannounced—as Kean University commencement speaker

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:50pm
Fresh off his Oscar win last month, Common was announced Monday night as the commencement speaker for Kean University in Union, N.J. But less than a day later, the university changed its mind.The university announced Common’s upcoming appearance via tweet on Monday night, according to The Record. The tweet has since been deleted, but a follow-up tweet suggesting the Common announcement was made prematurely remains.Read full article >>






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After a noose is found on campus, Duke unites to reject racism

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:27pm
Duke University officials on Thursday continued to investigate after a noose was found hanging from a tree outside the student union on campus earlier this week.On Wednesday evening, thousands of students and others had gathered for a forum in front of the Duke Chapel, where university president Richard Brodhead told the crowd: “This is a beautiful day, and this is a beautiful place. But we are gathered here because something ugly happened here today.”Read full article >>






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