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Strauss: Why teachers can’t ignore Ferguson as school begins

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:31pm

As the 2014-15 school year gets underway, teachers around the country have an opportunity and a challenge to bring into the classroom for discussion — in developmentally appropriate ways — the events  roiling Ferguson, Missouri, since a white police officer shot to death an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown on Aug. 9. In the following post, veteran teacher David B. Cohen writes about thoughts he has about the larger meaning of Ferguson prompted by the news as well as interaction he has had with colleagues and others on online communities, including #CAedchat.

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Strauss: A shameless bid for Twitter followers?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:05pm
Follow us if you believe that every child deserves an excellent education!

(Here’s how the USCCF Ed & Workforce describes itself on Twitter: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education & Workforce promotes rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems.”)

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Arlington considers school board appointment to fill vacancy

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:09pm

The Arlington County school board on Friday approved a measure to consider appointing an interim member to fill one of two recent vacancies.

The school board will hold a public hearing on Sept. 4 to discuss the possible appointment to the five-member board. Currently, the board has only three elected members after two members resigned in close succession.

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Strauss: Judge smacks N.C. lawmakers, rules school vouchers unconstitutional

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:49am

Blasting state lawmakers for concocting a scheme that he said “fails” children, a North Carolina judge declared unconstitutional a state voucher program that uses public money for students from low-income families to pay private school tuition.

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Strauss: And now, final exams for kindergartners. Really.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:02am

Just when you think things can’t get any worse for kindergartners, they do.

It used to be that kindergartners could play  — which is how early childhood development experts say young children learn and are socialized best.  Today 5- and 6-year-olds are forced to sit for hours at a time doing academics, often with little or no recess, and in some places, no time for a snack. Homework goes home every day with many kindergartners.

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D.C. Mayor Gray adopts new school boundary recommendations

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:45pm

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) authorized new school boundaries Thursday that are slated to go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year and that will in coming years change the assigned schools for tens of thousands of students.

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Duncan offers teachers leeway on job performance tied to standardized tests

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:11pm

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to delay using student standardized test results on teacher performance evaluations, a move widely seen as an effort to calm tension between Duncan and the nation’s educators.

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Former congressman Davis chosen to lead George Mason University’s governing board

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:35pm

Former congressman Thomas M. Davis III will become the next leader of the governing board of George Mason University, officials announced Thursday.

Davis, a Republican who represented Northern Virginia in the House from January 1995 to November 2008, was elected rector of the university’s Board of Visitors in a vote of the board. Mason, with nearly 34,000 students last fall at the main campus in Fairfax County and at satellite campuses, is Virginia’s largest public university.

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Strauss: Is doing less harm enough for Education Secretary Duncan?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:34pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today via a blog post that he has decided to allow most states to apply for permission from the Education Department to push back to 2015-16 a requirement that they use student standardized test scores in teacher’s evaluations. This marked a step beyond flexibility Duncan offered last year, when he said states could seek flexibility from making personnel decisions based on teacher evaluations linked to student standardized test scores.

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Strauss: For first time, minority students expected to be majority in U.S. public schools this fall

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:05pm

For the first time in U.S. history, ethnic and racial minorities are projected to make up the majority of students attending American public schools this fall, ending the white-majority population that has existed from the beginnings of the public education system.

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Strauss: Books that college freshmen should have read over the summer

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:34am

It has become a common practice at many colleges and universities to assign to incoming freshmen a book or other reading selection over the summer —sometimes as a requirement, sometimes just as a suggestion — so they can all come together to participate in a discussion about a particular theme during the school year. In some cases, students are also required to write about the book. Here are some of the 2014 reading selections from various schools and the reasons for which they were selected:

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Gov. McAuliffe forms task force to combat sexual violence at Virginia colleges

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00am

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe formed a task force to combat sexual violence at the state’s colleges and universities, addressing a problem that has commanded attention this year in Washington and on campuses nationwide.

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Strauss: A shocking statistic about the quality of education research

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:01am

In 1968, an article in Kappan magazine titled “The Need for Replication in Education Research” by education Professor Robert H. Bauernfeind said:

The principle of replication is the cornerstone of scientific inquiry. This principle holds that under similar conditions, one should obtain similar results. Replication has long been an essential aspect of research in the natural sciences, where science findings are not published until their repeatability has been demonstrated. In the natural science, the investigator may repeat his experiment 10 or 20 times, cross-comparing all results, prior to publishing his “findings”…. Read full article >>






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Behind a sexual misconduct case at Brandeis University: questions on all sides

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:05pm

They dated for most of their first two years at Brandeis University, a relationship that began as one of the gay students was coming out. They broke up last summer. Six months later, one accused the other of sexual misconduct.

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Men punished in sexual misconduct cases on colleges campuses are fighting back

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:44pm

Men punished for sexual misconduct in the wave of cases sweeping college campuses are fighting back against what they call unfair student disciplinary systems and publicity that threatens to shatter their reputations.

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Strauss: Beyond Ferguson: The troubled state of America’s children, by the numbers

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:31am

The 2014-15 school year is beginning at a time when all eyes are on the troubling events in Ferguson, Mo., where unrest continues after the Aug. 9 shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer and charges of systemic racial injustice have been raised. As all this unfolds, here’s a look at how children in Ferguson and across the country live.  The following information was taken from the 2014 State of America’s Children report issued by the Children’s Defense Fund, which you can read in full below.

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Strauss: The strategic campaign needed to save public education — in nine steps

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:02am

Leaders of the school standardized test-based reform’ movement have been very smart about using public relations and intentional messaging to their benefit, something their critics have failed to do. Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., discusses where supporters of equitable, democratic and respectful education need to go — and how to get there.  The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com.

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Growing number of states fund ACT college admission testing for 11th-grade students

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:00am

Thirteen states paid for 11th-grade students in all public high schools to take the ACT college admission test this year, with several more planning to join them in 2015.

These statewide programs, begun in Illinois and Colorado in 2001, have helped the ACT surpass the College Board’s SAT in recent years to become the nation’s most widely used admission exam. State officials say the test-everyone policy nudges many students onto the college track who otherwise could have been overlooked.

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Strauss: Obama losing public support on education issues, new poll finds

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:09am

Anybody paying attention to the roiling education reform debate won’t be especially surprised by the results of a well-regarded annual poll: Support for President Obama on education issues is waning — with only 27 percent giving him an A or B — and a majority of the public saying they oppose the Common Core State Standards and have more trust in their local school board than in the federal government when it comes to deciding what students should learn.

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Common Core educational standards are losing support nationwide, poll shows

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:01am

A year ago, the term Common Core meant little to the American public. But today, a vast majority of people in the country are familiar with the nationwide educational standards, and most of them oppose the initiative touted by the Obama administration, a new survey shows.

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