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D.C. charter board reviewing admissions preference for children of employees

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:57pm

The D.C. Public Charter School Board is considering a policy that would give the children of charter school employees preference in the city’s enrollment lottery.

The measure, which would give children a far better chance of getting into the charter schools where their parents work, is meant to bring the charter board’s policies in line with a law that the D.C. Council approved this past spring. That law is aimed at helping the city’s charter schools recruit and retain employees.

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Montgomery school officials asks for delay in using new state tests for graduation

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:00pm

Montgomery County school leaders asked state officials Wednesday for a two-year delay in requiring that Maryland high school students pass new standardized tests in order to graduate.

The new tests, based on the national Common Core State Standards, are viewed as a more rigorous replacement for the High School Assessments, or HSAs, which Maryland has used since 2005 to test learning in Algebra 1, English 10, biology and government.

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Strauss: Scripps College uninvites George Will because of column on sexual assault

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 5:13pm

Syndicated columnist George Will has been uninvited to speak at Scripps College for women as part of a series intended to bring conservative voices to the campus in California because of his op-ed published in The Washington Post about sexual assault that was slammed by critics who accused him of attacking the victims.

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Strauss: An educator challenges the Gates Foundation

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:16pm

Anybody paying attention to school reform in recent years knows the power that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has wielded with its ability to play a leading role in driving the reform agenda by distributing mountains of cash to every sector of the education world. Veteran educator Anthony Cody has been questioning the role of the foundation on a blog, Living in Dialogue, that he wrote for some time on Education Week, and now as an independent Web site. He even engaged in a discussion with the foundation about its role in school reform. Now Cody has written a book titled, “The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges Bill Gates,” in which he explores the foundation’s influence on education issues and whether that has been good or bad for the public school system.

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D.C. public schools enrollments continue to climb

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:12pm

Enrollment is up in both D.C. charter and traditional public schools this year, according to unofficial numbers released this week by officials from the D.C. Public Charter School Board and D.C. Public Schools.

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D.C. public schools enrollments continue to climb

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:12pm

Enrollment is up in both D.C. charter and traditional public schools this year, according to an unofficial numbers released this week by officials from the D.C. Public Charter School Board and D.C. Public Schools.

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Why gifted education doesn’t make sense

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:04pm

A new book out by nationally known gifted-education expert James R. Delisle, a former fifth grade special education teacher and Kent State University professor, says our schools are making war on our nation’s finest young minds by failing to fund enough programs for the gifted.

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Second alert on whooping cough at Gaithersburg High School

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 1:50pm

Health and school officials in Montgomery County have sent a second reminder about whooping cough to parents at Gaithersburg High School, asking them to be on the lookout for signs of the highly contagious disease.

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School superintendents standing by Common Core State Standards

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:39pm

A majority of school officials responsible for implementing the Common Core State Standards say the new national academic benchmarks are more rigorous than their previous state standards and will improve the skills of students, according to a new national survey released Wednesday.

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Peace Corps applications surge amid recent reforms

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:58am

Applications to the Peace Corps have surged to a two-decade high after a series of recent reforms to the recruitment process at the country’s signature volunteer organization, officials said Tuesday.

More than 17,000 people submitted applications to the Peace Corps this year, an increase of more than 70 percent compared with 2013. The 17,336 new applicants in fiscal 2014 make up the largest field of candidates since 1992, when 17,438 applied.

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Prince George’s begins program to support new teachers

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:18am

Prince George’s County is launching a program that pairs experienced teachers with novice ones for professional development and allows teachers to have a voice in evaluating the progress of their peers.

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Strauss: Pearson’s wrong answer — and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:00am

Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her own parentingthecore blog.  Early this year, I published a post of hers under the headline, “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong,” that was extremely popular with readers. Here’s a new post by Blaine from her blog about what happened when her fourth-grade child came home with some school work — and why it affects far more than her family.

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Strauss: Columbus Day: ‘How is this still a thing?’

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:17am

John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” show on HBO did a segment on Columbus Day that asked this seemingly reasonable question about the federal U.S. holiday: “How is this still a thing?”

How indeed?

The first Columbus Day celebration recorded in the United States was held in New York in 1792. On Oct. 12 — the day in 1492 that Columbus and his ships made landfall not in Asia, as the explorer believed, but on an island in the Caribbean Sea. In 1892, according to History.com, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation encouraging Americans to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage with patriotic festivities.” In 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Congress, bowing to lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic group that wanted a Catholic hero to be honored, proclaimed Oct. 12 to be Columbus Day, a national holiday. In 1971, the holiday date was changed to the second Monday in October

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Study: New York preschool push benefits wealthier families first

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:01am

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push to provide universal preschool to the city’s 4-year-olds has so far disproportionately benefited children from middle- and upper-income families, according to a report released Wednesday that the mayor’s office is disputing.

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The ethics of Hacking 101

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:37pm

At the University of Tulsa, professor Sujeet Shenoi is teaching students how to hack into oil pipelines and electric power plants.

At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, professor David Brumley is instructing students on how to write software to break into computer networks.

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D.C. Council approves special-education bills, aims to speed delivery of services

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 5:43pm

The D.C. Council has unanimously approved a trio of bills designed to overhaul special-education services in the city, aiming to speed delivery of services to students with special needs and give parents better information and resources they can use to advocate for their children.

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Why SAT scores were packaged with results from other College Board tests

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:21pm

The SAT enjoyed such dominance in college admissions testing for so long that it is worth lingering over a significant change Tuesday in how the College Board reported annual scores: They were packaged with results from other programs.

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Strauss: The ugly facts of life in Philadelphia public schools

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:32pm

For years now the state-run Philadelphia public school system has been under a kind of siege. The Republican administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has decimated spending for public education in the state, and Philadelphia has been hit especially hard, with thousands of layoffs, massive program cuts and dozens of closed school buildings. Many teachers buy basic supplies for their classrooms with their own funds.

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SAT scores edge up in Montgomery, with gains by Hispanics, African Americans

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:24am

The average score on the SAT exam edged up two points for Montgomery County’s class of 2014, compared with results for graduates a year earlier, as performance was stagnant nationally and slipped in Maryland, according to figures released Tuesday.

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Strauss: The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:00am

A post I published in July titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” seems to have struck a nerve with readers, who continue to read it in big numbers.  The piece was by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, who said that kids are being forced to sit for too long while they are in school and are being deprived of enough time for real physical activity. This, she said, is affecting their ability to learn and in some cases leading to improper ADHD diagnoses.

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