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Enrollment in Prince George’s schools increases for a second straight year

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:44pm

After a decade-long decline in enrollment, the Prince George’s County public school system has gained students for the second year in a row.

The county’s school system grew by 2,769 students the past year, according to preliminary figures released this week. Unofficial tallies put enrollment at 127,905, up from 125,136 during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment was 123,833 the previous year. Official numbers are expected in mid-November.

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Family in Anne Arundel pastry gun case loses school board appeal

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:48pm

School officials in Anne Arundel County rejected an appeal filed by the family of a boy suspended after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, according to a decision the family’s lawyer received Wednesday.

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School standardized testing is under growing attack, leaders pledge changes

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:38pm

The standardized test, a hallmark of the accountability movement that has defined U.S. public education since 2002, is under growing attack from critics who say students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are taking too many exams.

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3 former educators at Bailey’s in Fairfax file discrimination suit against principal

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:16pm

Three former educators at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences allege in a federal lawsuit that they experienced severe workplace discrimination under the school’s principal, who continues to lead one of the largest elementary schools in the region.

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Region’s schools asking about student travel to Africa as precaution against Ebola

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:46pm

Public school systems across the Washington region are monitoring their students in a precautionary effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Students who show up at school health centers in Fairfax and Montgomery counties with signs of a fever are facing questions about their recent travel history, and new students in several districts must answer questions about travel to and from West Africa on enrollment forms so school officials can learn about possible exposure in the region of the world most affected by the Ebola outbreak.

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Rocketship encounters opposition; chosen location is near halfway house

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:23am

Rocketship, a highly regarded California-based charter school operator, is encountering community opposition as it moves to open its first school in the District.

Opponents say that the school’s chosen location in Anacostia is unsafe — across the street from a halfway house for returning felons — and that the charter operator did not make sufficient efforts to reach out to its new neighbors. In letters to the D.C. Public Charter School Board, 11 people cited safety and other concerns.

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Strauss: Campbell Brown, Wendy Kopp donate to D.C. school board candidate

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:06am

You might not think that a school board race in Washington D.C., where the Board of Education lost most of its power years ago, would be all that interesting to anybody but Washingtonians — and then again only to those who live in a particular district. But, mirroring a trend in once-invisible school board races elsewhere around the country, outsiders have taken an interest in a candidate running for Ward 1 State Board of Education representative in the Nov. 4 elections.

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Strauss: Ten things not to do when your child is applying to college

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 5:00am

If you are a parent trying to help a child apply for college, you know how hard the process can be. Figuring out what to do and not do can be bewildering. In this post, Liz Willen, editor of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news website focused on inequality and innovation in education, offers some help. This post was produced by The Hechinger Report.

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Strauss: Education Department investigating three school civil rights complaints

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:00am

(Correction: Earlier version mislabeled who protested at high school. It was community members, not students.)

The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating three complaints filed on behalf of African American parents in New Orleans, Chicago and Newark alleging racial discrimination in the closing of scores of neighborhood public schools in those three cities.

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Report finds wide disparities in local per-pupil spending; D.C. charters spend most

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:01am

Charter schools in the District spent $18,150 per student during the 2011-2012 school year, while Prince George’s County Public Schools spent $10,408 on each child it served, a significant difference between the highest and lowest spenders in the Washington region, according to a study released Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

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School bus cameras spot hundreds of drivers illegally passing stopped buses

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:21pm

Drivers in Montgomery County have received 825 citations this year for illegally passing school buses that were stopped to drop off and pick up children, according to data from buses equipped with enforcement cameras.

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Strauss: How a national moratorium on standardized testing could work

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:00am

In early 2012, Robert Scott, then the commissioner of education in Texas, rocked the world of education reform when he declared that school accountability systems based on high-stakes standardized tests  had led to a “perversion” of what a quality education should be and he called “the assessment and accountability regime” not only “a cottage industry but a military-industrial complex.”  Different kinds of protests by parents and educators, school boards and students began in Texas, California, New York and other states, and the year ended with a public call by  Joshua Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, for a three-year moratorium on standardized testing. Since then the “test reform movement” has grown around the country, with tens of thousands of parents opting their children out of mandated standardized tests, teachers are starting to raise their voices and refusing to administer them, students are leading protests for sanity in school accountability.

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Strauss: The trouble with parenting the college applicant

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:00am

With the 2014-15 school year  in full swing, many high school seniors are finding that they have two jobs: keeping up with classes and filling out college applications. This post is the second in a continuing series about one senior as she navigates the college search and application 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, will document her experience applying to college in occasional posts that will 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.

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Strauss: Ailing Karen Lewis won’t run against Chicago mayor

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:14am

Karen Lewis, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president who was expected to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February 2015 election and who had been leading him in the polls, will not wage a campaign against him. A statement released by her exploratory committee Monday said that Lewis, who was hospitalized last week with an illness described only as “serious,” will not run and confirmed what many had already suspected.

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‘Men Make a Difference’ in Prince George’s County schools

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:14pm

Malik Shakur said he was so inspired by the participation at the Prince George’s County School System’s annual “Men Make a Difference Day” on Monday that he is seriously considering joining the PTSA at his son’s school, John Hanson Montessori School in Oxon Hill.

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Strauss: James McPherson defends new AP U.S. History framework

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:39pm

With the new framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History course under attack by critics who have claimed that it isn’t patriotic enough and even, perhaps, un-American, I decided to ask historian James McPherson for a considered opinion.

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Three schools open in Loudoun County

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:09pm

Three schools have opened this year in Loudoun County to accommodate the explosive growth of the student population, which has more than doubled since 2000.

Students, teachers and public officials dedicated two schools late last week: Cardinal Ridge Elementary School in Centreville on Thursday and Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn on Friday. A third, Trailside Middle School in Ashburn, had its dedication at the end of September.

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Report: D.C. homeless students need more support

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:05pm

As the number of homeless children in the District is increasing, public schools need to redouble efforts to help them, according to a new report by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

More than 4,000 children in D.C. public schools qualified as homeless in the past school year, a 37 percent increase from the 2011-2012 school year, the report found. That includes nearly a quarter of students in some schools. And one in eight schools had a homeless rate of more than 10 percent. The figures include families living with friends or relatives, as well as those living in shelters or motels.

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Hannah Graham’s parents plead for information about missing U-Va. student

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:59pm

The parents of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old University of Virginia sophomore, released a statement Monday pleading for information about her whereabouts, 30 days after she disappeared in downtown Charlottesville.

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Prince George’s school system schedules 2016 budget forum

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:52am

The Prince George’s County Public School System will hold a forum Tuesday night to get input from the community about priorities for the 2016 budget.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the school district’s administration building.

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