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Students pushing Potomac bluestone for official D.C. rock

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 6:26pm

The District has an official flower, the American Beauty rose. The city also has an official bird, the wood thrush, and an official tree, the scarlet oak. But unlike most U.S. states, it has no official rock.

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In Fairfax, Colvin Run students talk with astronauts on space station

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:34pm

Students at Fairfax County’s Colvin Run Elementary made an unusual long-distance phone call Tuesday, connecting with NASA astronauts orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station.

The video conference was part of a NASA effort to promote science in schools and allowed 19 curious students the rare opportunity to pose questions about the effects of gravity, or lack thereof, to the astronauts as they floated upside down in space.

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State prosecutors investigate school board’s use of credit cards in Montgomery County

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:29pm

Maryland state prosecutors are investigating whether the Montgomery County Board of Education’s use of county-issued credit cards amounts to criminal misconduct, according to officials familiar with the probe and a subpoena issued this month.

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D.C. school-boundary overhaul triggers discussion about school quality

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:45pm

The tension between neighborhood schools and school choice was on full display Monday night at the District’s Savoy Elementary, where several dozen parents and community members showed up to weigh in on the city’s latest proposal to overhaul school boundaries and student-assignment policies.

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Montgomery schools official to repay district for purchases listed in expense reports

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:40pm

Expense account records show that a deputy schools superintendent in Montgomery County charged $486 to her publicly funded credit card for a computer bag and leather computer carry-all.

Records released this month show that Kimberly A. Statham, deputy superintendent for teaching, learning and programs, bought the items in May 2013, during a trip to Chicago for a conference.

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Strauss: A case for why K-12 teachers need tenure

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:24pm

Why should teachers have tenure? What, for that matter, is “tenure” anyway?

The issue has become a big topic of conversation because of the recent verdict in the “Vergara trial,”  in which a Los Angeles judge tossed out California statutes giving job protections to teachers. The decision didn’t exactly come out of nowhere; school “reformers” have been moving for several years to weaken or eliminate tenure for teachers and other job protections through legislation. The lawsuit — funded by a multimillionaire from Silicon Valley — was a new weapon in the anti-union arsenal and is sure to be replicated in other states, even if Vergara is overturned by an appellate court. 

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Author Camille Farrington talks about need to redesign American high schools

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:09pm

As schools across the country are working to improve their graduation rates, some experts say the problem starts with the way high schools are fundamentally designed to weed out students.

Camille Farrington, a former high school teacher and now a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research, has studied persistent failure in American high schools.

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Strauss: Dear LeBron: Time to get a college degree (other big-time athletes did)

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:29am

“Thank you,” Washington Post sports writer Mike Wise wrote in this great love letter to Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James, “for giving youngsters someone to emulate.”

Love him or hate him — and it seems that more people love to hate him than perhaps anybody else in professional sports — James has been a role model to young people. That’s not because he has been perfect; it’s because he hasn’t been perfect and has  apologized for it. After he left Cleveland for the Heat in a public way that was slammed as being crass, James later apologized, Wise noted, showing “humility and perspective.” And, Wise said, James “speaks about social concerns, damn the financial risk.”

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In Fairfax County, students remember ex-Hayfield principal, who died of cancer

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:18am

Hundreds of Hayfield Secondary students gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Fairfax County school Monday night to remember Dave Tremaine, who died of cancer earlier in the day — two weeks after he stepped down as principal and the day before graduation ceremonies.

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Strauss: Summer reading list for and by teachers

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:01am

Here are books for and recommended by teachers, from  Scholastic Instructor magazine and titled the “Ultimate Summer Reading List for Teachers:”

We searched far and wide to come up with a list of great books for you to crack open during the summer break—and, most important, we asked our teacher advisers and Facebook teachers what they were looking forward to reading (or rereading!). We received an avalanche of interesting responses. It was hard to choose just a few but here are some newer releases that you can pick up at your bookstore or download to an e-reader, plus teachers’ dog-eared favorites. Read full article >>






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The last segregated class at Arlington school reunites

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 7:44pm

Standing on the edge of the football field at his all-black school in Arlington County, Dennis Turner used to gaze across the Potomac River at the Washington Monument.

It was the early 1960s. The civil rights movement was raging, but he felt stuck in time.

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Prince George’s BOE accepts feasibility study for new High Point High School

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 6:21pm

High Point High School in Beltsville, Md., is a step closer to getting a new building.

The Prince George’s County Board of Education has agreed to accept a feasibility study that provides the district guidance on “how to implement a future modernization at High Point High School.”

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Pr. George’s holds district-wide training for teachers on Common Core standards

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 4:10pm

Sandra Alberti, an educator providing training to Prince George’s County teachers on new academic standards, repeated the words of a fourth-grader who once described how his teachers taught him. He called it the “spraying and praying” method, she said.

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D.C.’s Banneker High produces two Gates Millennium Scholars

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:56pm

D.C. high school senior Avery Coffey set the Internet abuzz earlier this spring when he was accepted to five Ivy League universities, proving that a child’s circumstances — Coffey was raised by a single mother in one of the District’s poorest neighborhoods — don’t have to determine his future.

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St. Mary’s College forges ties with nearby Southern Maryland community college

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:19pm

St. Mary’s College of Maryland is joining a growing number of four-year schools that guarantee transfer admission to certain students who compile a solid academic record in a two-year community college.

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James Madison U. faces federal investigation related to sexual violence issues

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:55pm

The federal government is investigating how James Madison University handles reports of sexual violence, making it the third public university in Virginia to face such scrutiny.

The Education Department listed JMU last week among 62 higher education institutions nationwide that are under investigation in connection with sexual violence issues and the anti-discrimination law known as Title IX.

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Strauss: Starbucks to offer employees free tuition to complete online bachelor’s degree

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 9:13pm

Starbucks is planning to announce on Monday a new plan to offer full tuition reimbursement to thousands of  its employees to complete a bachelor’s degree online — with no mandate to stay with the company after graduation.

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Strauss: Arne Duncan issues new statement with the ‘right lessons’ from Vergara trial

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 8:27pm

In case you weren’t sure what to think about last week’s verdict in the “Vergara trial” — in which a Los Angeles judge tossed out state statutes giving job protections to teachers — Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued a new statement Sunday offering what he thinks are the “right lessons” from the case.

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D.C. officials seek stronger oversight of charter schools after recent fraud allegations

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 7:51pm

Recent fraud allegations against leaders at two D.C. public charter schools have illuminated what city officials are calling a gap in their ability to effectively oversee the financial dealings of the fast-growing charter school sector.

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High school valedictorian has a 4.0 GPA, is headed to Towson University and is autistic

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:05pm

Montel Medley’s valedictory speech covered many standard themes: the Class of 2014’s transition from middle school to high school, the impact the graduates’ teachers had on their lives, and the future as many head to college and the beginnings of careers.

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