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Prince George’s NAACP opposes schools for English-language learners

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:36pm

The Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP is opposed to the county school system’s plan to open two high schools designed specifically for recent immigrants and second-generation students, arguing that the concept might be unconstitutional.

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Center for Union Facts says Randi Weingarten is ruining nation’s schools

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:02pm

The 11-page mailing, on expensive paper stock, was sent first class to 125,000 households across the country this week.

“I’m writing to you about Randi,” the letter began. “You probably don’t know who Randi is. Most people don’t. The terrible impact Randi has on America’s educational system is something that I hope you will give me a few minutes to explain.”

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Strauss: ‘Test reform’ movement picking up steam

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:00pm

We’ve had years and years of “school reform” that has mostly resulted in creating an untenable culture of high-stakes tests— and now, there is a growing “test reform” movement that is pushing back against the culture of high-stakes testing that has taken over public education.

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National student loan default rate declines to 13.7 percent

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 3:15pm

The share of student borrowers who default on federal loans soon after payments start coming due has fallen, the government reported Wednesday.

The national student loan default rate, 14.7 percent a year ago, now stands at 13.7 percent.

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Why we wrongly freak out over AP

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:37am

Amy Brecount White, a former Advanced Placement English teacher, has written for Arlington Magazine one of the best pieces ever on high school academic pressure. Her most chilling discovery is that many students are making bad decisions because of a widespread misunderstanding of the college admissions system.

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Eastern Senior High School in Capitol Hill reopens Wednesday after crews restore power

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:05am

Eastern Senior High School will reopen Wednesday morning after power was restored to the building, according to an alert from D.C. public schools.

The power outage closed the Capitol Hill high school to its 783 students on Tuesday. School officials said late Tuesday there would be an early morning update on the progress crews were making to get the lights back on in the newly renovated green building, which conserves energy and water.

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New report reveals surprising facts about Hispanic children and teens

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:01am

Hispanic children, the largest minority group in public schools as well as the fastest growing, are increasingly showing up in preschool programs,  have made significant gains on national math tests, and are posting record high school graduation rates, according to a new study released Wednesday. But they still lagged behind their white peers in academic achievement and were more likely to live in poverty and not finish college.

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D.C. Council considers bill to ban Indian mascots at schools

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:14pm

The Anacostia High School Indians might soon have to change their name if the D.C. Council approves a new bill that would prohibit the city’s public schools from using Native American mascots.

The bill, introduced Tuesday by council members Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and David Grosso (I-At Large), would alter the Human Rights Act to ban the use of any race-based nicknames, logos, mascots or team names. It would bring the policy in line with a resolution the council passed last year that called on the Washington Redskins to change its name.

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Montgomery confirms 29 recent cases of whooping cough, most involving schools

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:49pm

Montgomery County health officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 29 cases of whooping cough since an outbreak occurred during the first week of school.

Parents at a total of 12 Montgomery public schools have been advised of cases of the highly contagious illness, most recently at Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring and College Gardens Elementary School in Rockville, officials said.

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Enrique Cruz: newest member of the DC Public Charter School Board

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:33pm

The D.C. Council last week confirmed the appointment of Enrique “Rick” Cruz, a former charter school leader, as a new board member for the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Cruz was the chief executive for DC Prep Public Charter School in 2012-2013 and a vice president at Teach for America, where he oversaw multiple regions. He also worked for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, which promotes hands-on learning for students who are at risk of dropping out.

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New International Academy in D.C. aims to help immigrant students graduate

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:49pm

From the beginning of last school year to the end, Cardozo Education Campus in Columbia Heights admitted nearly 90 students who were not only new to the school, but also new to the country.

Berokh Abebe, 17, was one of them. When she came from Ethiopia last spring, the first months were a blur. “I was confused. Everything was new,” she said.

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Charlottesville man charged with abducting missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:11pm

A Charlottesville man who was the last person seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with abducting her, and police said they are actively searching for him.

For the first time since Graham, 18, disappeared from the city’s Downtown Mall area early Sept. 13, police said they believe Jesse Leroy “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, took her against her will. Matthew, a patient technician at the U-Va. hospital and longtime Charlottesville resident, was seen in surveillance video walking with Graham shortly after 1 a.m., and witnesses saw the two together a short time later at a nearby bar.

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Charlottesville man charged with abducting missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:11pm

A Charlottesville man who was the last person seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with abducting her, and police said they are actively searching for him.

For the first time since Graham, 18, disappeared from the city’s Downtown Mall area early Sept. 13, police said they believe Jesse Leroy “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, took her against her will. Matthew, a patient technician at the U-Va. hospital and longtime Charlottesville resident, was seen in surveillance video walking with Graham shortly after 1 a.m., and witnesses saw the two together a short time later at a nearby bar.

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MIT study finds learning gains for students who took free online course

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:33pm

Students in a free online physics course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology demonstrated roughly equal learning gains if they stuck with the class, regardless of previous academic experience, researchers reported Tuesday.

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Strauss: Colorado teacher: ‘I refuse to administer the PARCC’ Common Core test to my students

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:56pm

Peggy Robertson is an educator in Aurora, Colo., who has been a sharp critic of high-stakes standardized testing. Robertson, a teacher and literacy coach, has taught in elementary schools in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, and spent several years training teacher leaders and administrators in educational theory and practice. She is a co-founder of United Opt Out, a national organization advocating for the rights of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests and against the privatization of public education. She blogs at pegwithpen.com as well as at www.corave.org, where a version of this post appeared.

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Montgomery County releases school-specific grade data for algebra final exams

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:10pm

Failure rates on recent Algebra 1 final exams varied widely across Montgomery County’s middle schools and high schools, according to newly released figures that provide a fuller picture of performance on tests that led to a mass grade recalculation.

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Power outage closes Eastern Senior High School in Capitol Hill

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:49am

Eastern Senior High School is closed Tuesday because of a power outage, D.C. public schools announced.

An alert said the outage closed the Capitol Hill high school, but all other D.C. schools “will be open as scheduled.”

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Takoma Park school shares the thrill of teacher who won a million dollars

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:04pm

Her geometry class cheered her. The assistant principal at Takoma Park Middle School called her a star. Many wanted to know what Sarah Manchester would do with her newfound wealth, but most seemed pretty sure she would not give up teaching.

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Prince George’s schools CFO, wife resign after state’s finding of fraud over lost ring

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:52pm

The chief financial officer for the Prince George’s County school system and his wife, who works for the school district as an internal auditor, resigned Monday, just days after school officials learned that Maryland state investigators had found them responsible for insurance fraud.

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Police issue ‘wanted’ poster for man seen with U-Va. student before she went missing

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:22pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Police on Monday released a “wanted” poster seeking the man who was with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham immediately before she disappeared last week because they hope to speak with him about his interactions with Graham in the early morning hours of Sept. 13.

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