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Prince George’s charter school to eliminate recess to shorten day

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:50pm

A charter school in Prince George’s County will eliminate recess, a revered part of each student’s daily routine, in an effort to shorten its academic day.

The county’s Board of Education approved the change at College Park Academy by a vote of 12-0, with one member abstaining and another absent. Frank Brewer, interim executive director of the academy, which is a middle school that has ties to the University of Maryland in College Park, said teachers suggested the move.

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Montgomery County teacher finalist for statewide teacher of the year award

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:21pm

When Jane Lindsay mentions that she is a middle-school teacher, some people groan. Others react with sympathy.

“It’s such a murky time of life,” Lindsay said. “But what I don’t think people realize is that it is in­cred­ibly dynamic and energizing to be in a middle school.”

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Oklahoma loses, Indiana wins federal education waiver

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:50pm

The Obama administration has stopped exempting Oklahoma from the toughest requirements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, after the state opted to drop the Common Core academic standards and revert to its old K-12 guidelines in math and reading.

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U-Va. spells out which employees must relay reports of sex assault to university officials

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:36pm

The University of Virginia will require most faculty and staff to report possible sexual misconduct they learn about from students, even if the students request confidentiality, under a policy announced this week.

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Fairfax schools chief Karen Garza takes ice bucket challenge

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:07pm

Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza was soaked by a bucket filled with ice water Wednesday afternoon as part of the viral phenomenon known as the ALS challenge.

The ice bucket challenge, popular with teens on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has helped raise close to $100 million for ALS research. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS has no known cure.

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Prince George’s charter school wants to get rid of recess

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:01pm

College Park Academy, a charter school in Prince George’s County, wants to shorten its day by 25 minutes -- not to reduce classroom instruction, but to get rid of recess.

Charter school officials have asked the school system to approve a waiver to change the school’s schedule to eliminate daily recess.

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First-day enrollment in Montgomery schools supports forecast for record-high year

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:57am

Montgomery County’s first-day enrollment numbers are on track for a record high, with school leaders counting 154,417 students Monday across the fast-growing system’s 202 schools.

Bruce Crispell, director of long-range planning for Montgomery schools, said he expects that figure to inch down slightly before student rolls settle out in September. Typically, some students expected to return do not come back, he said.

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Shining Stars under-enrolled after scramble for location

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:54am

Last spring, Shining Stars Montessori Academy had a wait list with more than 200 names on it. This week, since school started, the wait list has been whittled down and the school is under-enrolled.

In between, school officials and families went on a real-estate roller coaster ride, when negotiations for two buildings fell through at the last minute. They found themselves without a home nearly two weeks before school was to begin.

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Arlington ninth-graders to get MacBook Airs

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:08am

Arlington Public Schools plans to distribute a MacBook Air laptop computer to every ninth grader at three high schools this year, school officials said.

The laptops are one of many pilot programs in the county’s school system as it pursues a goal of giving every student a computer by 2017.

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Strauss: Assistant principal who secretly changed son’s grades gets $7,000 fine

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:46am

Teachers can lose their jobs if their students don’t do well enough on standardized tests. An assistant principal in New York City who secretly changed 11 of his own son’s test scores and class grades received a $7,000 fine but still remains employed by the Education Department.

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Strauss: Florida county opts out of all state-mandated testing in ‘act of civil disobedience’

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:46am

Florida’s Lee County became  on Wednesday night the first school district in the state to vote to opt out of all state-mandated testing, including exams that are being designed to assess student knowledge of new state standards based on the Common Core.

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Howard U.’s Kathmandu connection: Nepal emerges as top source of foreign students

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:09pm

Howard University has long been known for the global feel of its campus in Northwest Washington. Its first Chinese students arrived in 1870, three years after the school’s founding. The historically black university also draws many young scholars from Africa and the Caribbean islands.

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Campbell Brown teacher tenure lawsuit likely to combine with N.Y. group’s case

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:02pm

Lawyers in New York working with former CNN anchor Campbell Brown on a legal challenge of teacher tenure have agreed to consolidate their case with an earlier complaint filed by a group of public school parents that also seeks to change job protections for teachers.

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Virginia state academic tests show stagnant scores on reading, writing

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:36pm

Virginia students saw modest gains on state-mandated math tests while average scores on reading and writing exams stagnated, according to state results released Tuesday. But nearly half of the state’s districts saw drops in reading scores as many school districts brace for wavering accreditation status this fall.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sues Obama over Common Core State Standards

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 5:45pm

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing the U.S. Department of Education of illegally coercing states to adopt the Common Core academic standards by requiring states that want to compete for federal grants to embrace the national standards.

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Head Start grantees flagged for quality concerns state-by-state

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:44pm

The Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center became one of the first Head Start centers in the Washington region to lose its funding this summer because of a new competitive process aimed at improving the quality of the federal preschool programs.

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U-Md. student who nearly won Pr. George’s school board seat tapped for regents seat

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:38pm

Raaheela Ahmed, the teenager who nearly defeated Verjeana Jacobs, the then-chairman of the Prince George’s County Board of Education two years ago, has been selected by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to serve a one-year term as the student member on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

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Mathews: Big charter change seen in 2 D.C. schools

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:04pm

Two D.C. charter schools you’ve probably never heard of have just been declared vital for our nation’s educational future. The reasons for focusing on these two schools are intriguing and mostly overlooked in the national debate about charters.

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Strauss: The quote that reveals how at least one corporate school reformer really views students

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:44am

For years now, the U.S. public educational system has been the guinea pig for what many call “corporate education reform.” What is it? It is both a mindset and  a group of specific measures foisted on school districts, including standardized test-based “accountability” systems, the spread of charter schools and vouchers, and the overall privatization of public schools.  This primer explains it this way:

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Maryland education board president begins third term

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:17am

Charlene M. Dukes, president of the Maryland State Board of Education, will lead the 12-member policy-making panel for a third one-year term.

Dukes, unanimously reelected by the board late last month, continues as board president at a time when the state is preparing to administer new standardized tests aligned with more rigorous Common Core-based standards and is working to implement a new educator evaluation system.

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