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Strauss: Reading between the lines of Arne Duncan’s ‘major’ speech

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:48pm
Education Secretary Arne Duncan went Monday morning to a D.C. elementary school, which he and his entourage assumed would be filled with children for good photo opportunities, to give what was advanced as a major speech. Freezing rain in the Washington region led school districts to open two hours late, so Duncan delivered his speech in a school devoid of children.Read full article >>






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Education groups, leaders weigh in on Duncan’s speech

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:17pm
A range of interest groups and players are weighing in on U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s speech Monday regarding the Obama administration’s priorities as Congress rewrites the main federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Read full article >>






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Meet the students behind Sunday’s story about test prep — and success — at a Va. school

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:33pm
On Sunday, we wrote about the struggle of one Arlington school to raise test scores — and how the resounding success of one class in doing just that has brought ambivalence amid the celebration. Educators recognized the importance of the tests, but they lamented taking away from class time to prepare for them.Read full article >>






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Forecast prompts D.C.-area school districts to open late; some take whole day off

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:42pm
Late Sunday and early Monday, school officials closely eyed forecasts calling for freezing rain to fall during the morning commute, with the possibility of roads becoming slick and dangerous.But rather than cancel school or open on time, a dozen school districts in the District, Maryland and Virginia opted to split the difference, delaying their start times. Loudoun County in Virginia and Frederick County in Maryland opted to take the whole day off.Read full article >>






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Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evals

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:07pm
Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law Monday, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. Read full article >>






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Police clear U-Va. fraternity, say rape did not happen there

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:47am
CHARLOTTESVILLE — A police investigation has cleared a University of Virginia fraternity of any involvement in an alleged gang rape that was detailed in a Rolling Stone magazine story last year, with authorities saying there was “no basis to believe that an incident occurred” at the Phi Kappa Psi house.Read full article >>






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Civil rights groups back standardized testing in No Child Left Behind rewrite

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 8:04am
A coalition of civil rights groups released a statement Sunday urging Congress to maintain one of the most controversial portions of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind: the requirement that public schools administer annual standardized tests in math and reading.Read full article >>






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Strauss: One thing schools should do to boost students’ intellectual growth

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:00am
Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students learn. You can see some of his earlier pieces on this here (Why Common Core isn’t the answer), here (One way to solve America’s major curriculum problem) and here  (‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming public education). Here’s his newest.Read full article >>






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Group proposes more assessments for Va. kindergartners

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:24pm
A University of Virginia report published last week found that about a third of Virginia youngsters rated poorly on kindergarten readiness and argued that more assessments are needed for young students to identify where they fall short.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Some parents decry more computer work

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:26pm
Laptops or tablets for every student have led to messes in many big school districts, such as Los Angeles. Could the same be true of the new technology program in Arlington County, one of this region’s best-run school systems? Read full article >>






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Poor, Hispanic school focuses on test prep, sees huge gains. But can it be replicated?

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 5:32pm
A grim picture of academic performance was emerging at Carlin Springs Elementary. Fewer than half of the school’s third-graders had passed the reading and math portions of the Virginia Standards of Learning exam, and numbers for history and science weren’t much better.Read full article >>






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Northern Virginia’s weird week in snow

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 6:04pm
For the Washington region’s school employees, parents and schoolchildren, this week’s arctic blast brought school closings, late openings, an avalanche of gripes, a handful of school bus accidents and at least one hilarious parody of a top school official.Read full article >>






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Education Secretary Arne Duncan to outline education priorities and defend testing

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 5:57pm
As a new Congress gets to work to rewrite the 2002 federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration is drawing what Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls a “line in the sand”: The federal government must continue to require states to give annual, standardized tests in reading and math.Read full article >>






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Obama’s free community college tuition plan: Four questions

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 2:39pm
President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college could be “a game-changer,” some education leaders say, if it entices students who hadn’t thought seriously about going to college to reverse course and pursue a degree. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: The greatest gifts students have given me that can’t be purchased or wrapped

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:45am
With the education debate focused so much on policy and standards, it is easy to forget what actually goes on in classrooms beyond test-taking. This post reminds us of the real stuff of teaching and learning. It was written by Jess Burnquist is a veteran high school teacher and writer who works in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Her writing has appeared in TIME.COM, The Frisky, xojane, mommyish.com, and she is a regular contributor to Life of the Law. You can see her work at www.jessburnquist.com.Read full article >>






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Maryland and Microsoft partnership provides free Office 365 for students

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 9:41am
Maryland education officials say the state’s 870,000 public school students will get free Microsoft Office 365 software as part of a new state partnership with the technology giant.Under the collaboration, students will be able to download the Microsoft software at no cost on up to five devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and cellphones, a spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education said.Read full article >>






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Superintendent calls for $70 million in teacher raises in new Fairfax budget

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:03pm
Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza will seek almost $70 million in pay raises for teachers next year as part of a budget proposal she announced Thursday night.“Our outstanding employees are key to our past and future success,” Garza said. “And we are losing great teachers to surrounding school systems.”Read full article >>






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Obama to unveil proposal for tuition-free community college

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 8:14pm
President Obama on Friday will propose making community college tuition-free for “responsible students,” launching what officials described as an ambitious plan for the federal and state governments to widen access to higher education.Read full article >>






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One of the top states for public schools is ... Wyoming?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:43pm
Education Week has come out with its annual state rankings for public education, and topping the list are plenty of the usual suspects, many of them in the Northeast. But also making its debut in the top 10 is a surprise: Wyoming, a state better known for its cowboys than its excellent schools.Read full article >>






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D.C. teacher wins $25,000 cash award

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:08pm
The Milken Family Foundation presented Michelle Johnson, a second-grade teacher at the District’s Seaton Elementary, with a $25,000 award Thursday in recognition of her success in the classroom. Johnson was surprised with the award during an assembly at Seaton in the District’s Shaw neighborhood. Her students, many of whom are low-income and learning English as a second language, have made impressive academic gains under her tutelage, according to the Milken Family Foundation.Read full article >>






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