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Should GED lead to a diploma? District considers changing policy to help outcomes

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:14pm
The graduates wore royal blue and white robes. The principal talked about “closing one chapter and beginning another.” Students got awards. Parents cried.Thursday night’s ceremony was like those at most high schools, with one exception: The piece of paper inside the gold-embossed folders school leaders handed to students at the end.Read full article >>






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Prince William school system faces more cuts, with full-day kindergarten at risk

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:59pm
Prince William County’s schools enrollment boom has outpaced the growth of the district’s budget for years, a quandary exacerbated by the recession. Class sizes have ballooned. Bus service has been cut. Per-pupil spending has flattened.Read full article >>






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Prince William school system faces more cuts, with full-day kindergarten at risk

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:59pm
Prince William County’s schools enrollment boom has outpaced the growth of the district’s budget for years, a quandary exacerbated by the recession. Class sizes have ballooned. Bus service has been cut. Per-pupil spending has flattened.Read full article >>






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Strauss: So much for ‘choice.’ Florida says parents can’t opt out their kids from standardized tests

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:40pm
There is a big push today to give parents “choice” about which schools their children attend.  Many parents can also choose, among other things, not to have their children read specific assigned books that they find offensive, participate in sex education classes or attend assemblies they deem controversial. But when it comes to standardized tests, so much for the “choice” movement. Parents in most places aren’t  given a choice.Read full article >>






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Strauss: So much for ‘choice.’ Florida says parents can’t opt out their kids from standardized tests

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:40pm
There is a big push today to give parents “choice” about which schools their children attend.  Many parents can also choose, among other things, not to have their children read specific assigned books that they find offensive, participate in sex education classes or attend assemblies they deem controversial. But when it comes to standardized tests, so much for the “choice” movement. Parents in most places aren’t  given a choice.Read full article >>






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“It’s just one night!” Sorority leaders baffled at U-Va. response to frat party ban

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:10pm
National sorority leaders said Friday they have been very surprised by the reaction to a letter sent to University of Virginia chapters warning them to avoid fraternity parties on campus Saturday night.Read full article >>






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“It’s just one night!” Sorority leaders baffled at U-Va. response to frat party ban

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:10pm
National sorority leaders said Friday they have been very surprised by the reaction to a letter sent to University of Virginia chapters warning them to avoid fraternity parties on campus Saturday night.Read full article >>






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U-Va. president, in a year of challenges, speaks about the path forward

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:51pm
University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan gave this speech Friday in Charlottesville, addressing campus safety and other recent issues that have challenged the community of Virginia’s public flagship. A university official said Sullivan was aiming to spotlight efforts to shape “the university’s future entering its third century.”Read full article >>






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U-Va. president, in a year of challenges, speaks about the path forward

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:51pm
University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan gave this speech Friday in Charlottesville, addressing campus safety and other recent issues that have challenged the community of Virginia’s public flagship. A university official said Sullivan was aiming to spotlight efforts to shape “the university’s future entering its third century.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why Cuomo’s school reform plans would make teaching a very high-risk career choice

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:33pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stirred the ire of educators across the state because of controversial new school reform proposals. To wit:*Boost overall school funding by nearly 5 percent (but he would only provide the full increase if state legislators do what he wants on school reforms.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why Cuomo’s school reform plans would make teaching a very high-risk career choice

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:33pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stirred the ire of educators across the state because of controversial new school reform proposals. To wit:*Boost overall school funding by nearly 5 percent (but he would only provide the full increase if state legislators do what he wants on school reforms.Read full article >>






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Obama budget includes $1 billion for Native American education

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:32pm
President Obama’s budget request will include $1 billion for American Indian schools next year, including millions of dollars to renovate crumbling buildings and connect remote classrooms via broadband Internet.Read full article >>






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Obama budget includes $1 billion for Native American education

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:32pm
President Obama’s budget request will include $1 billion for American Indian schools next year, including millions of dollars to renovate crumbling buildings and connect remote classrooms via broadband Internet.Read full article >>






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With Starr’s future uncertain, Montgomery school officials say private talks are best

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:49pm
With the reappointment of Montgomery County’s school superintendent in doubt, district officials released a statement Friday saying the public will be notified as steps are taken in the process but described its closed-session deliberations as “the best course.” Read full article >>






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With Starr’s future uncertain, Montgomery school officials say private talks are best

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:49pm
With the reappointment of Montgomery County’s school superintendent in doubt, district officials released a statement Friday saying the public will be notified as steps are taken in the process but described its closed-session deliberations as “the best course.” Read full article >>






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Strauss: Who does the Montgomery County school board think it is working for?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:42pm
Who exactly does the Montgomery County Board of Education think it is working for?County residents pay hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes to help fund the public school system. They elect the members of the board, too. Given that, it seems clear that the eight-person board owes the public a candid and detailed explanation — right now — about why the guy they brought in as superintendent in July 2011 as the worthy successor to the somewhat legendary Jerry Weast is no longer the right man for the job.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Who does the Montgomery County school board think it is working for?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:42pm
Who exactly does the Montgomery County Board of Education think it is working for?County residents pay hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes to help fund the public school system. They elect the members of the board, too. Given that, it seems clear that the eight-person board owes the public a candid and detailed explanation — right now — about why the guy they brought in as superintendent in July 2011 as the worthy successor to the somewhat legendary Jerry Weast is no longer the right man for the job.Read full article >>






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More than 4 out of 5 students graduate without a job. How could colleges change that?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:26am
Robert J. LaBombard, the CEO for GradStaff, Inc., says graduates miss out on opportunities because smaller companies don’t have the resources to recruit on campus, and college career counseling hasn’t kept up with an evolving job market. His company provides a college recruiting program to help hiring companies fill entry-level positions. Here’s his take:Read full article >>






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Nation’s per-pupil K-12 funding fell for second consecutive year in 2012

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:01am
After more than a decade of increases in per-pupil funding for K-12 public schools, the nation’s per-pupil spending dropped in 2012 for the second year in a row, according to data released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics.Read full article >>






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Renovation of D.C.’s Garrison Elementary delayed again

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:35pm
It is a dream scenario for District leaders: Parents rallying around their neighborhood school and vowing to be a part of its renaissance. That’s been happening in the rapidly gentrifying Northwest Washington neighborhood of Logan Circle, where a growing number of parents are hoping to send their young children to school down the street rather than move to the suburbs. Read full article >>
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