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District to lease four more school buildings to charters

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:08pm

The District is making four more surplus school buildings available for long-term lease by public charter schools this fall.

This is the third group of buildings to become available since early 2013, when Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) first announced a list of 16 buildings the city intended to release for short- or long-term lease.

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Prince George’s schools open with expanded programs and new initiatives

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:29pm

Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III spent Tuesday watching their vision for Maryland’s second-largest school system come into sharper focus as schools opened their doors for the second year under a new governance structure.

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Montgomery school board members cleared of criminal misconduct in card use

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:23pm

Maryland state prosecutors have cleared Montgomery County school board members and staff of criminal wrongdoing related to their use of school system-funded credit cards, ending the criminal investigation into the board’s spending practices.

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Bowser opposes new D.C. school boundaries plan; Catania calls for delay

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:00pm

D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser said she opposes the new school boundaries plan that Mayor Vincent C. Gray adopted last week and said the process should be restarted under the next mayor.

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Pediatricians call for teenagers to get more sleep

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:59pm

The influential medical journal Pediatrics is calling the chronic lack of sleep among teenagers to be a health emergency, which experts say is contributing to mental health problems, obesity and car accidents due to drowsy driving.

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Strauss: School district bans classroom discussion on Michael Brown, Ferguson

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:02am

The superintendent of a school district in Illinois has issued a directive banning any discussion in classrooms of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen killed Aug. 9 by a white police officer, or the civil unrest that followed in Ferguson, Mo.

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Strauss: The problem with the ‘problem with tenure’ for teachers

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:02am

Attacking tenure and job protections has become the rage in school reform circles. In recent years some states have either eliminated tenure or cut back on teacher job protections by legislative means, and the courts have become a new battleground since a California judge last month declared unconstitutional state statutes that give job protections to teachers. There are two similar lawsuits in New York state and more are expected to be filed in other states.

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School year begins in D.C. and Montgomery County

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 8:19pm

Students at Eastern High School found balloons and a dance party Monday morning when they arrived for their first day of school. Students waited on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules, and every senior at the Capitol Hill school received a crown.

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School year opens in Montgomery with new initiatives and expected record enrollment

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:42pm

Thousands of students returned to classes in Montgomery County Monday, as the school year opened with a new technology initiative, a new student code of conduct and a record-high projected enrollment.

Maryland’s largest school system - with more than 154,000 students expected this year — also added a new school, its 202nd: Wilson Wims Elementary, on Blue Sky Drive, in Clarksburg.

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New teachers, nervous as kindergartners, prepare for the first day of school

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:35pm

Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time.

And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students.

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Maryland awards nearly $7 million to help pay for school breakfasts

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:26pm

The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded $6.9 million in state funds to allow more students — regardless of family income — to start their school day eating breakfast.

The money for the Maryland Meals for Achievement Program will be given to 481 schools throughout the state, including 84 schools in Prince George’s County and 74 schools in Montgomery County.

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Strauss: ‘Is it winter break yet?’ and other first-day-of-school tweets

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:15pm
#FirstDayOfSchoolThoughts don’t walk into the wrong classroom

It’s raining on the first day of class. Better stay home. #FirstDayOfSchoolThoughts — Dylan Rockafellow (@D_Rockafellow) August 25, 2014

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D.C. school year starts with a dance party at Eastern Senior High School

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:48pm

Students at Eastern Senior High School were met with balloons and a dance party Monday morning on their first day of school.

They lined up on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules. Every senior at the Capitol Hill school was given a crown.

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Strauss: Superintendent tells parents what matters most — and it’s not Common Core

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:39pm

Here’s a rather unusual back-to-school letter.

It was written by Superintendent Mark R. Cross to the parents of students attending Peru Elementary School District 124, which serves the community of Peru in north-central Illinois with three schools: Northview Elementary School (grades PreK — 1), Washington Elementary School (grades 2 — 4), and Parkside Middle School (grades 5 — 8). There are about 1,000 students in the district.

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Strauss: U.S. doctors urge later school start times for teens

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:01am

The American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a new policy statement recommending that middle and high schools start class no earlier than 8:30 a.m. because adolescents have unique sleep rhythms that make it harder for them to go to sleep and wake up earlier than other people, and that sleep deprivation can affect academic achievement as well as cause other problems.

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Washington Monthly ranks four UC schools in top five in its 2014 university rankings

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:01am

The top universities in the latest rankings look much the same as they did a year ago, with only slight ups and downs.

No, we’re not talking about Princeton, Harvard and Yale and where they stand atop U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of national universities. If you want to know how the elites stack up this year in the famed U.S. News ranking, you’ll have to wait until Sept. 9.

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First day of classes brings 202nd school to Montgomery

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:50pm

When school starts Monday in Montgomery County, the firsts will accumulate quickly at Wilson Wims Elementary School.

The school bell will ring for the first time, signaling the start of the day. Teachers will give lessons in just-built classrooms. Students will eat in a cafeteria in which lunch boxes have never been opened and rush to a playground that has never hosted recess.

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Sometimes the school down the block makes you nervous

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:00pm

This story originally appeared in The Washington Post’s Education Review section on April 9, 2000.

Karen Helbrecht and Gordon Johnson had not investigated the local elementary school before they bought their light green Cape Cod house in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. But after they became parents, they had some concerns about how the school would fit the needs of their daughter Maggie.

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12 ways to identify a good school

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:00pm

Fourteen years ago, I wrote a Washington Post magazine piece about a young couple seeking a school for their daughter, including 12 things to look for in a good school. The article survives online. Parents still ask me if I would change any of those recommendations.

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Strauss: Next: #PayMyTuitionChallenge

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:45am

There is no end to the ingenuity of Twitter users. After the success of the  #IceBucketChallenge on Twitter to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord), some enterprising young people decided to challenge people, generally people they don’t know, to pay their college tuition.

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