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Economist: Send Obama’s free-community-college idea back to the drawing board

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:04am
President Obama’s proposal to make community college free sparked a debate over the plan’s ambition, expense and details. We’ll feature some of those arguments here on Grade Point. Sandy Baum is a professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, a think tank focused on social and economic policy.  An expert in student financial aid and college costs, she raises some compelling questions about the idea of free tuition for community college. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Progressive labels for regressive practices: How key terms in education have been co-opted

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 6:00am
Words matter. As Arthur H. Camins noted here, the words accountability, no-excuses and choice have “been claimed and defined by currently powerful policy makers and associated with their values.” Thus accountability language evokes the authority of the powerful to direct others to improve education, but not shared responsibility. And “no excuses language evokes blaming teachers, administrators, students and their parents for disappointing outcomes, while deflecting attention from the need to address systemic issues, such as the burden of poverty on children’s lives and inequitable school funding.” In the following posts, Alfie Kohn expands on this theme. Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.” This post, which I am publishing with permission, appeared on Kohn’s website.Read full article >>






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Strauss: When getting deferred from college is a gift

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:00am
This is the sixth post in a continuing series about a high school senior attempting to navigate through the college admissions process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, are documenting her application process in a series of occasional posts that include the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. Her story may help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire.Read full article >>






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Study: High-quality early education could reduce costs

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:43am
High-quality early childhood programs can reduce the number of children diagnosed with certain learning disabilities by third grade, according to a study published Tuesday in the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis journal.Read full article >>






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Montgomery asks for detail on proposals to revamp handling of school abuse cases

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 8:45pm
Montgomery County officials pressed school leaders Monday about a wide-ranging set of district proposals for changing how Maryland’s largest school system responds to allegations of abuse on school grounds.Read full article >>






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Montgomery asks for detail on proposals to revamp handling of school abuse cases

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 8:45pm
Montgomery County officials pressed school leaders Monday about a wide-ranging set of district proposals for changing how Maryland’s largest school system responds to allegations of abuse on school grounds.Read full article >>






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Starr did not request another four years by deadline, school board member says

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:54pm
Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr did not ask for the renewal of his contract as leader of Maryland’s largest school system by the Sunday deadline, a school board member said Monday.Read full article >>






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Starr did not request another four years by deadline, school board member says

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:54pm
Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr did not ask for the renewal of his contract as leader of Maryland’s largest school system by the Sunday deadline, a school board member said Monday.Read full article >>






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NAACP investigating teacher departures at Howard University Middle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:26pm
Updated at 8:20 p.m.The D.C. chapter of the NAACP has begun investigating the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, after parents alleged they were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.Read full article >>
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NAACP investigating teacher departures at Howard University Middle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:26pm
Updated at 8:20 p.m.The D.C. chapter of the NAACP has begun investigating the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, after parents alleged they were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.Read full article >>
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NAACP investigates teacher departures at Howard University Middle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:26pm
The District branch of the NAACP is launching an investigation into the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, who, parents allege, were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.Read full article >>






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NAACP investigates teacher departures at Howard University Middle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:26pm
The District branch of the NAACP is launching an investigation into the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, who, parents allege, were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.Read full article >>






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Obama looks for 5 percent hike in education spending

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:12pm
President Obama’s education budget for fiscal 2016 seeks new funds to provide for students at both ends of the spectrum — early childhood and community college – as well as an increase in the money spent to educate low-income children and students with disabilities in grades K through 12. Read full article >>






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Obama looks for 5 percent hike in education spending

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:12pm
President Obama’s education budget for fiscal 2016 seeks new funds to provide for students at both ends of the spectrum — early childhood and community college – as well as an increase in the money spent to educate low-income children and students with disabilities in grades K through 12. Read full article >>






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USC president seeks global reach

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:58pm
Many Americans, perhaps most, know the University of Southern California as the home of the Trojans. The branding power of college football, for certain schools, is hard to overestimate.But USC’s president, C.L. Max Nikias, noted in a recent lunch with The Washington Post that the Los Angeles school stands out for numerous reasons completely unconnected to sports.Read full article >>






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USC president seeks global reach

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:58pm
Many Americans, perhaps most, know the University of Southern California as the home of the Trojans. The branding power of college football, for certain schools, is hard to overestimate.But USC’s president, C.L. Max Nikias, noted in a recent lunch with The Washington Post that the Los Angeles school stands out for numerous reasons completely unconnected to sports.Read full article >>






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Strauss: And now, online preschool classes. Really.

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:39pm
It was only a matter of time. Online school classes for toddlers and preschoolers are here.VINCI Education is offering what it calls a “groundbreaking virtual school” for youngsters, which was featured by by Dr. Gadget, the nationally recognized TV and radio personality, on CBS’s “The Talk” late last month.Read full article >>






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Strauss: And now, online preschool classes. Really.

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:39pm
It was only a matter of time. Online school classes for toddlers and preschoolers are here.VINCI Education is offering what it calls a “groundbreaking virtual school” for youngsters, which was featured by by Dr. Gadget, the nationally recognized TV and radio personality, on CBS’s “The Talk” late last month.Read full article >>






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Kentucky students to state lawmakers: Our voices should matter

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:18pm
When the superintendent of public schools in Fayette County, Ky., resigned late last year, students wanted to have a real say in hiring his replacement. But state law prohibited them from sitting on the selection committee. Read full article >>






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Strauss: University president: Obama’s proposed regs on teacher education are ‘Orwellian’

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 5:31pm
After releasing a draft set of regulations for colleges of education last November, the U.S. Education Department solicited public comment and received lots of it. That’s no wonder, given that the draft regulations, which include ratings of schools by department-set criteria, were controversial with educators and researchers for reasons including a provision that would link some federal funding to how well students of graduates of specific programs perform on standardized test scores.Read full article >>






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