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John Deasy, former L.A. and Pr. George’s superintendent, lands new consulting job

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 5:30pm
Three months after resigning his post as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, John E. Deasy has landed a new gig. He will consult for the superintendent training center funded by philanthropist Eli Broad, the California billionaire who was close to Deasy during his tenure at the head of the nation’s second-largest school system.Read full article >>
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With Garrett’s ascension to Cornell presidency, women will lead half of the Ivy League

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:54pm
One by one, the glass ceilings of academia are vanishing. Elizabeth Garrett, president-elect of Cornell University, will become the first woman to lead that school when she takes office in July. But in the Ivy League, such firsts have become almost commonplace.Read full article >>

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The president proposed making community college free. This university president wants to make ALL college free.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:45pm
After President Obama proposed eliminating tuitionfor many community college students, we turned to a longtime advocate of making higher education affordable, Shai Reshef, founder and president of University of the People, a nonprofit online university. His TED talk last summer has been viewed by more than a million people.Read full article >>

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Senators set stage for debate about federal education law

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:44pm
Top Republican and Democratic negotiators over federal education law each took to the Senate floor Tuesday to lay out their sometimes conflicting visions for rewriting No Child Left Behind.Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chair of the Senate education panel, emphasized that he wants to shrink the federal footprint in local education, saying the Obama administration has acted as a “national school board” and that Congress ought to cede power back to states to decide how best to educate K-12 students. Read full article >>

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Extending community college would help 20-somethings emerging into adulthood

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:00pm
President Obama’s $60 billion plan for free community college for millions of students probably has little chance of going anywhere in a Republican-controlled Congress. Even so, the proposal raises an important question: Is 13 years of universal schooling enough when young people are taking longer than previous generations to grow up and engage in a fast-changing economy?Read full article >>

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Strauss: What are all these civil rights groups thinking?

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:02pm
What are all these civil rights and advocacy groups thinking?Nineteen organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the United Negro College Fund, just issued a joint statement (see text and full list of signatories below) about what they would like to see in a newly written No Child Left Behind law, which is the top priority of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the new chairman of the Senate education committee. And in their statement, they make some faulty assumptions about teaching and learning that have been the basis of flawed education reforms in the past.Read full article >>

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Introducing Grade Point, The Washington Post’s higher education blog

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:20am
Welcome to Grade Point, The Washington Post’s new higher education blog. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive daily report about colleges and universities nationwide, including breaking news, profiles of interesting people in higher education, stories about life on campus, and coverage of higher education policy and trends. We also will aim to include voices of those connected to higher education coast-to-coast, from university presidents to college freshmen.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:19am
The Common Core State Standards call for kindergartners to learn how to read, but a new report by early childhood experts says that forcing some kids to read before they are ready could be harmful.Two organizations that advocate for early childhood education — Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood — issued the report titled “Reading in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose.”  It says there is no evidence to support a widespread belief in the United States that children must read in prekindergarten or kindergarten to become strong readers and achieve academic success.Read full article >>

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Strauss: U.S. education policy: Federal overreach or reaching for the wrong things?

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:00am
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is seen as the most powerful education secretary ever, given his use of federal funding and No Child Left Behind waivers to get states to follow school reform policies that he supported.  Many of his critics argue that his federal overreach is excessive and has encroached on local and state authority to run public school districts as they see fit. The author of the following posts asks whether there has been too much federal overreach, or whether the administration has used its executive power in education in the wrong ways. This was written by Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at full article >>

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Strauss: A Supreme Court case that public education advocates should be watching

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:00am
Critics of education reform that focuses on standardized tests for accountability purposes and the expansion of “choice” correctly point out that what happens in a classroom is impossible to entirely divorce from what happens to children outside their school buildings. Government housing, tax and other policies affect public schools, though they are very rarely considered when people talk about how to close the achievement gap or about how to provide more college access to children from low-income families. In the following piece, scholar Richard Rothstein looks at a coming U.S. Supreme Court case that he says could indirectly be the most important public school desegregation case since Brown vs. Board of Education was handed down in 1954 and ruled unconstitutional all state laws that created separate public schools for black and white children. In fact, in a piece last year on the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board, Rothstein noted that public schools remain segregated today because neighborhoods in which they are located are segregated, and he wrote, “Education policy is housing policy.”Read full article >>

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Strauss: Reading between the lines of Arne Duncan’s ‘major’ speech

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:48pm
Education Secretary Arne Duncan went Monday morning to a D.C. elementary school, which he and his entourage assumed would be filled with children for good photo opportunities, to give what was advanced as a major speech. Freezing rain in the Washington region led school districts to open two hours late, so Duncan delivered his speech in a school devoid of children.Read full article >>

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Education groups, leaders weigh in on Duncan’s speech

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:17pm
A range of interest groups and players are weighing in on U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s speech Monday regarding the Obama administration’s priorities as Congress rewrites the main federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Read full article >>

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Meet the students behind Sunday’s story about test prep — and success — at a Va. school

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:33pm
On Sunday, we wrote about the struggle of one Arlington school to raise test scores — and how the resounding success of one class in doing just that has brought ambivalence amid the celebration. Educators recognized the importance of the tests, but they lamented taking away from class time to prepare for them.Read full article >>

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Forecast prompts D.C.-area school districts to open late; some take whole day off

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:42pm
Late Sunday and early Monday, school officials closely eyed forecasts calling for freezing rain to fall during the morning commute, with the possibility of roads becoming slick and dangerous.But rather than cancel school or open on time, a dozen school districts in the District, Maryland and Virginia opted to split the difference, delaying their start times. Loudoun County in Virginia and Frederick County in Maryland opted to take the whole day off.Read full article >>

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Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evals

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:07pm
Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law Monday, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. Read full article >>

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Police clear U-Va. fraternity, say rape did not happen there

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:47am
CHARLOTTESVILLE — A police investigation has cleared a University of Virginia fraternity of any involvement in an alleged gang rape that was detailed in a Rolling Stone magazine story last year, with authorities saying there was “no basis to believe that an incident occurred” at the Phi Kappa Psi house.Read full article >>

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Civil rights groups back standardized testing in No Child Left Behind rewrite

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 8:04am
A coalition of civil rights groups released a statement Sunday urging Congress to maintain one of the most controversial portions of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind: the requirement that public schools administer annual standardized tests in math and reading.Read full article >>

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Strauss: One thing schools should do to boost students’ intellectual growth

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:00am
Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students learn. You can see some of his earlier pieces on this here (Why Common Core isn’t the answer), here (One way to solve America’s major curriculum problem) and here  (‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming public education). Here’s his newest.Read full article >>

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Group proposes more assessments for Va. kindergartners

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:24pm
A University of Virginia report published last week found that about a third of Virginia youngsters rated poorly on kindergarten readiness and argued that more assessments are needed for young students to identify where they fall short.Read full article >>

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Mathews: Some parents decry more computer work

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:26pm
Laptops or tablets for every student have led to messes in many big school districts, such as Los Angeles. Could the same be true of the new technology program in Arlington County, one of this region’s best-run school systems? Read full article >>

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