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Strauss: A stunning reversal on charter schools

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:00am
David Hornbeck was the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools from 1976 to 1988 and the superintendent of the Philadelphia school district from 1994 to 2000. For years he was a supporter of charter schools, seeing them as an important tool in the school reform arsenal, and as Philadelphia’s superintendent, he recommended that more than 30 charter schools be allowed to open. Now, in a reversal that is rare in education, he said this:  “The last 20 years make it clear I was wrong.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Testing ‘disaster’ in Florida prompts call for statewide suspension

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:00am
How much of a mess is unfolding this week in Florida as public school students take a new computer-administered standardized test called the Florida Standards Assessment? So far, numerous school districts have been forced to delay testing because of major technological problems, two state senators have called for Gov. Rick Scott to suspend testing across the state, and the superintendent of the largest school district in the state and one of the largest in the country, Alberto  Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, is slamming the test on his Facebook page.Read full article >>






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Strauss: A principal makes a case for the Common Core

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:00am
This is the second in a continuing series of letters between two award-winning school principals, one who likes the Common Core State Standards and the other who doesn’t. The debate over the Common Core State Standards has become so polarized that it is hard to get people who disagree to have reasonable conversations about it. The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news Web site focused on inequality and innovation in education, is hosting a conversation between Carol Burris of New York and Jayne Ellspermann of Florida (in a format that Education Week once used with Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier as the authors).  The Report’s editors as well as both principals have given me permission to republish each letter.Read full article >>






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Sweet Briar College to close because of financial challenges

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:00pm
This story has been updated.For more than a century, Sweet Briar College has offered women a liberal arts education in a pastoral setting near Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Equestrian programs, a tight-knit residential community and, lately, an engineering science degree, have been its hallmarks.Read full article >>






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GW opens massive science hall, aiming to rise in college research prominence

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:00pm
George Washington University has two goals this week as it unveils a $275 million science and engineering hall on its Foggy Bottom campus: to enable ­cutting-edge experiments in fields from biotechnology to civil engineering, and to showcase its ambition to rise into the front ranks of the nation’s research universities.Read full article >>






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D.C. schools chancellor gets first pay raise since her hire, earns $284,000

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:54pm
The D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a 3 percent pay raise for Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, increasing her salary to $284,000, the first increase Henderson has received since she took the job in 2011.Read full article >>






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Teaching teenagers is hard enough, imagine doing it blind

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:39pm
Teaching teenagers is hard enough. But just imagine teaching them blind.That’s what Kathy Nimmer — an Indiana English teacher and finalist for 2015 National Teacher of the Year — has been doing for more than two decades.Read full article >>






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Chris Christie’s bold plan to remake public schools is running into trouble

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:33pm
NEWARK — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) went on a publicity blitz when he vowed to fix this city’s struggling schools with the most expansive reengineering of urban education anywhere in the country.Read full article >>






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Someone is hiding cash on campus for students, with clues on Twitter

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:40pm
A lot of students could use something like this now, in the weary dregs of winter: Envelopes full of money!It’s really happening, apparently, at Purdue.Some very nice person anonymously posted to Reddit on Monday, “I’m hiding CASH all around campus for you to find!”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Mom: Why my kids won’t be taking the new Florida Standards Assessment test

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:15am
Hundreds of thousands of students in Florida began taking the new computer-administered Florida Standards Assessment on Monday, March 2, with a number of school districts experiencing technological problems severe enough to cause testing to be suspended and rescheduled. The FSA is the state-mandated assessment Florida paid a private company to create in place of the PARCC exam, a Common Core test. Florida dropped the Common Core State Standards and developed a new set of standards that many said were remarkably similar to the Core.Read full article >>






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For D.C. charter schools, a new potential facility in Ward 7

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:37am
The District is requesting offers from charter schools to lease a vacant school building in Ward 7 as part of a larger development.The vision for the former Fletcher Johnson school is to become an adult education hub and neighborhood development.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:38pm
In New Mexico, hundreds of students protested the PARCC Common Core exam by walking out of school. In New Jersey and other states, thousands of students refused to take the tests. In Chicago, schools officials who earlier said they would not give PARCC test to all students bowed to state pressure and said they would — even though the head of the school district said “that to administer PARCC this year is absolutely not in the best interests of our students.” And in Florida, computer problems in numerous school districts forced officials Monday to delay the state’s new standardized assessment tests.Read full article >>






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Big Ten schools stage an in-your-face take on rape, drinking and social media

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:19pm
At seven Big Ten schools this year, students are taking on the issues of rape and drinking, using theater and social media to spark debate."They twisted it around and made it something it's not." Sound familiar? #GoodKidsUMDRead full article >>






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Parent group urges tax hike in Fairfax to pay for schools

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:12pm
A prominent parent group in Fairfax is urging county government leaders to increase taxes paid by homeowners next year to provide extra funds to the school system.The Fairfax County Council of PTAs issued a “call to action” message to parents and residents cautioning that “excellence is at risk” unless the board of supervisors raises the average tax bill in the county by $100 per household. Read full article >>






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Think school is tough now? Here’s what it was like at the turn of the 20th century.

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:03pm
This school year, Arlington schools topped per-pupil spending for the Washington region, spending an estimated $19,040 for every student educated in the suburban Virginia district.Compare that to 1871. The year after public education was established in Virginia, schools in Arlington spent $1,729 — total. With that budget, local officials ran five schools with about 333 students.Read full article >>






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Decision in ‘free-range’ case does not end debate about parenting and safety

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:06pm
The Maryland parents who let their children walk home from a park in Silver Spring were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully resolved their clash with authorities over their views on parenting and children’s safety.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Schools reschedule Dr. Seuss’s birthday fests so kids can take Common Core tests

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:49am
March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, or, rather, the day 111 years ago when Theodor Seuss Geisel, the famous children’s author, was born, and for years, thousands of schools around the country have celebrated the day with book readings (“Cat in the Hat, “Green Eggs and Ham,” etc.) and Seuss character costumes. This year, some of those celebrations have been changed. Why? It’s the start of the spring 2015 testing season, and at many schools students will be taking PARCC Core standardized tests instead.Read full article >>






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Just how high can college tuition go?

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:38am
Twenty-one years ago, as I entered my senior year in college, my alma mater reached a significant milestone: the price tag passed the $20,000 mark. Today, tuition, fees, room, and board for a senior at Ithaca College are more than twice that, at about $53,000.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Yet again, SAT scores in Asia withheld because of cheating

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:00am
(Correction: Earlier version had the wrong month for the next administration of the SAT in Asia.)For the fourth straight month, SAT scores in Asia are being withheld because of concerns that students cheated — and, it turns out, some of the scores withheld last year still have not been released. In the most recent case, some or all of the scores from the January administration of the exam in Asia are being withheld, as were some scores from the October, November and December exams taken in Asia.Read full article >>






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Chantilly High student journalists win award celebrating First Amendment

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:55pm
For the editors of the Chantilly High School newspaper, it was deciding to highlight free speech on the cover of the Purple Tide newspaper.For the staff of the high school’s student television newscast, it was a three-minute piece about the demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., concerning racial tensions between citizens and police. And for the teens who oversee the Chantilly High yearbook, it’s the independence to edit the Odyssey without meddling by the administration.Read full article >>






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