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Laura Nedd Shelton named Prince George’s Teacher of the Year

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:45pm

Sixteen years ago, Laura Nedd Shelton was a correctional officer in a men’s prison in Virginia wondering how she could help affect people’s lives — especially young men’s lives — before they made bad choices that had an impact on their futures.

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Strauss: Is Georgetown University ‘Catholic enough’?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:38am

William Peter Blatty, the famous author of “The Exorcist,” a graduate of Georgetown University, and a doctrinaire Catholic, submitted a petition to the Vatican last year asking church officials to strip his alma mater of  the labels Catholic and Jesuit because, it says, neither the faculty nor the student body are, in fact, Catholic enough.

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Schmoke named president of U. of Baltimore

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:04am

A top official at Howard University was named president of the University of Baltimore on Wednesday.

Kurt L. Schmoke, interim provost and general counsel at Howard, is no stranger to Baltimore. He was a three-term mayor of the city from 1987 to 1999. In the past decade Schmoke has held a variety of positions at the historically black university in Northwest Washington, including law school dean.

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Strauss: Why D.C. should take Youth Court program off life support

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:50am

The Youth Court of the District of Columbia, one of the only organizations dealing with juvenile delinquency in Washington, is currently on life support, writes Michael Shank, associate director of legislative affairs for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Here’s his post about why the D.C. mayor should keep it.

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Strauss: Holder, Duncan asked to investigate ‘racially discriminatory’ school closings in New Orleans

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:49am

This week marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that was intended to strike down the “separate but equal” doctrine that codified racism in America’s public schools. You can read a report here about what it has and has not accomplished. Following is an open letter (see full text below) to Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan from a national organization called Journey for Justice Alliance requesting that they investigate “racially discriminatory school closings” in New Orleans.

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Losing the script: Montgomery clears way to change teaching on sexual orientation

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 9:36pm

Montgomery’s school board gave the go-ahead Tuesday to an update of lessons on sexual orientation, clearing the way for a plan to introduce the topic a year earlier in middle school and put an end to tightly scripted methods of teaching.

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Fairfax considers changes to school discipline policies

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:04pm

Students facing disciplinary action in Fairfax County schools could receive lighter punishments and shorter suspensions next year if the school board approves newly proposed discipline procedures.

The proposals would mark a significant change in the county’s discipline policies and could cut most suspensions in half. Under the proposed guidelines, most serious student infractions would result in a suspension of not more than five days.

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Strauss: Join me for live online chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:02pm

I’ll be doing a live education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. Wednesday. You can submit questions, comments, suggestions, jokes or whatever here, and tune in then or read the transcript later.

Here transcripts of some of my previous online chats: here , here,   here,  and here .

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Strauss: The irony in new study that bashes popular teacher evaluation method

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:51pm

They just keep on coming. Last month, a report was released by the American Statistical Association, the largest organization in the United States representing statisticians and related professionals, that smacked the “value-added method” (VAM) of evaluating teachers that has been embraced by school “reformers” in most states. And now, there’s new research that does the same thing.

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Are school closings the ‘new Jim Crow’? Activists file civil rights complaints.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:12pm

Arguing that school closures in cities across the country disproportionately affect African American students, community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday challenging closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago and called on the Obama administration to halt similar efforts elsewhere.

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Survey: D.C. ranks first in preschool access, funding

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:28pm

The District offers broader access to public preschool than any state in the nation, according to a survey released Tuesday, which showed that the city continues to expand its early childhood education programs even as enrollment in pre-kindergarten declined nationally for the first time in a decade.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan’s letter to the U-Md. community announcing his retirement

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:25pm

The following is the text of a letter that Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan sent to the University of Maryland community Tuesday afternoon, publicly announcing his retirement after 50 years in higher education and 12 years leading the University System of Maryland.

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Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:06pm

Arguing that school closures in cities around the country have become “the new Jim Crow,” community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday alleging that school closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago disproportionately affect African American students.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of University System of Maryland

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:00pm

William E. “Brit” Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of Maryland’s public university system after a 12-year tenure known for his campaigns to expand access to higher education and use technological innovation to rejuvenate staid lecture courses.

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Prince George’s celebrates its ‘young stars,’ program highlights the top of the class

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:00pm

Mary Chinyere Egwin, the valedictorian at Bladensburg High School in Prince George’s County, will attend Tufts University in the fall as a Gates Millennium Scholar and wants to become an oncologist. Erick Vargas, No. 2 in Bladensburg’s senior class, is going to Columbia University on a full scholarship.

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Strauss: Is there anything all educated people should know anymore?

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:47am

What should all educated people know and be able to do (if anything)? Is there an immutable list? Veteran teacher Peter Greene ponders this in the following post, a version of which appeared on his Curmudgucation blog,

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Strauss: Academics call for pause in PISA tests

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:29am

Here’s an open letter written by academics and school activists from around the world to Andreas Schleicher, director of the Program of International Student Assessment, known as PISA, which tests 15-year-olds in dozens of countries and individual education systems in math, reading and science every three years.   The letter expresses concerns about the impact PISA is having on education systems around the world and asks him “to consider skipping” the next exams and come up with an improved assessment.

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Report: Preschool enrollments decline

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:07am

Enrollment in state-funded preschool programs nationally declined for the first time in more than a decade, reflecting lingering effects of the economic downturn, according to a national survey released Tuesday.

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Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:01am

In the first large-scale analysis of new systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores, two researchers found little or no correlation between quality teaching and the appraisals teachers received.

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Sexual orientation lessons could change in Montgomery

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:45pm

Montgomery County school officials could take a major step Tuesday toward updating the district’s teaching of sexual orientation, with proposals calling for introduction of the topic a year earlier in middle school and an end to scripted lessons with required phrasing.

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