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Arlington schools chief proposes raising pay and cutting 75 jobs

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 6:17pm

Arlington County Schools Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy unveiled a $539.4 million budget plan Thursday that would increase salaries and consolidate services for students pursuing alternative paths to high school graduation.

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Strauss: Gates Foundation opposes release of teachers’ VAM scores in Florida

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 5:16pm

Readers of this blog know that I am not a fan of the “value-added method” of evaluating educators. VAM uses student test scores and adds them into complicated formulas that can supposedly figure out the “value” teachers add to student learning. (Can a complicated formula really factor out the post traumatic stress that affects a student’s ability to take a standardized test or the effects of persistent hunger?) Assessment experts have cautioned that the use of VAM for high-stakes evaluation decisions is a bad idea because the results are generally not valid or reliable, but policymakers have gone ahead and required school districts to use them anyway.

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‘Flappy birthday’ to Code.org

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 2:13pm

To mark its one-year anniversary, Code.org, the nonprofit that has created free lessons to get kids from K-12 to write computer code, has released a new drag-and-drop tutorial that lets anyone build a version of the Flappy Bird game.

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Virginia preschool funding formula change could cause Arlington to lose slots

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:14am

A proposed change in Virginia’s preschool funding formula could leave Arlington County with about 50 fewer state-funded slots, if the House of Delegates and Senate don’t agree on a fix in the coming days.

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Montgomery County candidates jump into race for school board

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:04am

As the June primary nears in Maryland, Montgomery County’s school board election has come into sharper focus, with a collection of new candidates jumping into the race just ahead of this week’s filing deadline.

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Strauss: Gov. Christie’s new crisis: Protests grow over state control of Newark schools

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 5:00am

There’s a new crisis in New Jersey, and it isn’t about traffic jams.

Public protests in Newark are growing over an effort by Superintendent Cami Anderson, who was appointed to run the state-operated district by Gov. Chris Christie, to reshape the city’s school system. She plans to close some traditional schools, lay off more than 1,000 teachers and hire Teach For America recruits to fill some open spots, and create a single enrollment system for the 21 charters and 71 traditional public schools under an initiative called One Newark.

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Strauss: What D.C. schools are doing right and how to make it better

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 4:00am

There is a lot to celebrate about the pre-kindergarten program in the D.C. public schools. In fact, some aspects of the program are so strong that school officials would be smart to borrow them for application in later grades. This is all explained in the following post by Elaine Weiss, the national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, a project of the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute that recognizes the impact of social and economic disadvantage on many schools and students, and works to better the conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.

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Maryland audit of Prince George’s school system identifies weak financial controls

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:11pm

A state audit of the Prince George’s County school system found that weak financial controls and insufficient oversight have resulted in $1 million in overpayments to employees and have left the district’s computer network vulnerable to attack.

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Leadership shuffle at Common App

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 7:22pm

The nonprofit organization that oversees the online Common Application for hundreds of colleges announced an abrupt leadership shuffle Wednesday, months after the rocky rollout of a redesigned application system.

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George Mason University seeks more foreign students

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 6:01pm

George Mason University, the largest public university in Virginia, aims to grow its international student enrollment by 50 percent in five years through a joint venture with an overseas recruiting firm announced Wednesday.

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D.C. International charter school may lose $6 million in expected city funds

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:47pm

The D.C. Council set aside $6 million last spring to help D.C International — a new language immersion charter school for students in grades six through 12 — renovate its home-to-be, a building on the site of the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Northwest Washington.

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Advocates for Loudoun musical theater magnet sing their pitch

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:59pm

The biggest advocates for the new musical theater arts magnet school that the Loudoun County School Board approved Tuesday night were some of its future applicants.

Before the board voted 7 to 2 to approve the pilot program, which will serve up to 32 students starting in the fall, a ninth-grader from Loudoun County High School approached the dais.

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Strauss: Chicago charter schools expel many more kids than district schools — new data

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 2:41pm

New data released by the Chicago Public School system reveals that the city’s public charter schools — whose expansion has been pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for several years — expelled about 12 times the number of students last year than did traditional public schools.

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Pr. Geo Board of Education approves proposed schools budget

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 2:37pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education, which has had a rocky start adjusting to the school system’s new governance structure, was united on Tuesday night, voting unanimously to approve the $1.75 billion budget proposed by Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell.

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Pr. George’s school board sets later start for 2014-2015 school year

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 2:04pm

It’s official. Prince George’s parents, mark your calendars.

Schools in Prince George’s County will start one week later for the 2014-15 school year.

The Prince George’s County Board of Education approved the school calendar Tuesday night, and one of the biggest changes is the delayed start.

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Fairfax school board members react with disappointment to proposed county budget

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:53pm

On Tuesday, members of the Fairfax County school board took part in a rally before county executive Ed Long presented the proposed budget for next year. Long’s budget calls for a 2 percent increase in local funds to the schools, significantly lower than new superintendent Karen Garza’s original 5.7 percent request.

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Fairfax budget meetings ahead this week

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:45pm

Fairfax County School Board members will host two budget meetings this week to discuss strategies for addressing the upcoming decision by the Board of Supervisors to set the tax rate limits for next year.

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Fairfax schools band directors win honors

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:16pm

Two Fairfax County band directors received honors this month for exemplary leadership in musical education.

Jane Morgan, who teaches at Stratford Landing and Waynewood elementary schools, and Linda Gammon, of Rachel Carson Middle, were named the 2013-2014 band directors of the year by the Fairfax County Band Directors Association.

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Alternative education gets a remake in Montgomery schools

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 12:38pm

School board members in Montgomery County got their first detailed look this week at a new plan to turn around the district’s beleaguered alternative education program for students in middle and high school.

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Loudoun School Board approves pilot musical theater magnet

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:25am

The Loudoun County School Board has approved a musical theater pilot program that is scheduled to start next fall at Heritage High School.

As many as 32 talented high school juniors or seniors will be selected for the part-time magnet program, designed to give them an edge when applying for specialized arts programs in college or pursuing work in the field.

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