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Duke Ellington School of the Arts mourns death of principal John Payne

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:41pm

Students and staff at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts are mourning the loss of their principal, who died suddenly Thursday night.

John Payne collapsed at the school and was taken to the hospital. He died of an apparent heart attack.

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Strauss: The amazing thing Malala plans to say if a Taliban gunman approaches her again

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 5:22pm

The Norwegian Nobel Committee just did what it should have done in 2013: Give the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational 17-year-old Pakistani who advocates for the right of girls to get a formal education — and who nearly died after being shot by Taliban gunmen who did not want girls to go to school.

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Stanford’s Hennessy on technology, college ratings, sex assault prevention — and more

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:45pm

The head of the Silicon Valley university at the forefront of the digital revolution in teaching and learning warned more than two years ago that “there’s a tsunami coming” in higher education. In hindsight, Stanford University President John L. Hennessy’s assessment could be seen as overstated.

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Strauss: The serious problem with the 2014 SAT scores

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:39pm

(Update: College Board releases  SAT data tables after pressure from journalists, particularly my colleague Nick Anderson.)

In case you missed it, the 2014 SAT test scores were just released and looked stubbornly like the scores from 2013. Naturally, the results were met with alarm by those who seem to really believe that the college admissions exam scores are truly reflective of readiness for college and/or how well an individual student will do in college. If they really were that valuable, the College Board, which owns the exam, wouldn’t be creating a substantially revised test — set for unveiling in 2016 —  for the second time since 2005.

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Former Howard County school official named Prince George’s interim CFO

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:51pm

A former deputy school superintendent in Howard County has been named the interim chief financial officer for Prince George’s County School System.

Ray Brown was welcomed by Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell at Thursday night’s board meeting.

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Strauss: Educating kids isn’t rocket science. It’s harder.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 7:00am

Many school reformers blame unions and entrenched bureaucracy for blocking school reforms that, they say, would have worked beautifully if  they had been implemented as designed. Actually, as Jack Schneider explains in this post, most school reforms imposed over decades have been implemented but they never turn out to be as effective as promised. Schneider is an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, the author of two books, and the father of a pre-K public school student. He tweets @Edu_Historian.

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SAT scores in most Fairfax high schools see notable jump, while some still struggle

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:00am

The average SAT score in Fairfax County jumped five points in 2014, even as students around the country saw scores remain stagnant.

Compared to 2013, the average composite score for students in Fairfax, the 10th-largest school division in the country and most dynamic district in the sate, rose to 1668, more than 170 points above the nationwide average of 1497.

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Strauss: Why students don’t read books assigned in class — and how they get away with it

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 4:00am

Here’s a video in which young people explain why they don’t read the books that are assigned in school but somehow manage to get away with it in class. They also talk about how much they actually like to read — when given a chance to pick their own material.

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Prince George’s board members charge thousands in local restaurant meals

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:15pm

Prince George’s County school board members have used credit cards issued by the district to pay for thousands of dollars in meals at local restaurants, spending that some are calling a misuse of school system funds even though it does not appear to violate the rules.

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Would-be challenger to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seriously ill

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:50pm

Karen Lewis, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president who has been laying the groundwork for a challenge to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, underwent emergency surgery Wednesday and has a “serious illness,” according to the union.

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Strauss: Really? D.C. charter school employees to get admissions preference for their kids.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:51pm

The Web site of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, the entity that approves and oversees 60 charter schools in the nation’s capital,  says the following:

Charter  schools  are  public,  taxpayer-funded  and  open  to  all  DC  residents;  parents  can  enroll  their  child  if  there  is  space,  and  if  there  is  not,  schools  hold  a  random selection  process  or  lottery. Charter  schools  are  not  selective.” Read full article >>






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Counties look at cost of educating unaccompanied minors who crossed border

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:34pm

Officials in three Northern Virginia counties are scrutinizing the costs of educating the nearly 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant children living there with an eye toward recouping expenses from the federal government for keeping the young migrants — who crossed the U.S. border without their parents — in local public schools.

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Strauss: School districts moving to cut reliance on test scores to evaluate schools

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:00pm

Big school districts around the country — including in New York City — are starting to lessen their misplaced reliance on student standardized test scores to evaluate schools, as this roundup of “test reform” news shows. And some are doing it in unusual ways.

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Strauss: Why are TFA and a California billionaire investing in Minnesota school board race?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:00am

For several years now local school board races around the country have attracted big money from outside the state — and sometimes from across the country — as school reformers and their supporters seek to elect like-minded public officials. In 2013, for example, millions of dollars were spent on school board races in Los Angeles and in 2012, outsiders poured money into a New Orleans school board race. The following post looks at what is going in a Minnesota school board race . It was written Minneapolis-based writer and former teacher Sarah Lahm, published by In These Times, and reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund with support from the Puffin Foundation.

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Strauss: Tell us what you really think

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:00am

In Hinsdale, Illinois, the school board has been negotiating with the teachers union on a new contract but things have not gone well. In fact, some members of the community in the Chicago suburb felt that the negotiators for the conservative board were trying to bust the union — an idea that seems to have been reinforced by the following advertisement placed in the Daily Herald [bold face in the ad is mine] after it was feared that the teachers might strike:

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D.C. charter board reviewing admissions preference for children of employees

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:57pm

The D.C. Public Charter School Board is considering a policy that would give the children of charter school employees preference in the city’s enrollment lottery.

The measure, which would give children a far better chance of getting into the charter schools where their parents work, is meant to bring the charter board’s policies in line with a law that the D.C. Council approved this past spring. That law is aimed at helping the city’s charter schools recruit and retain employees.

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Montgomery school officials asks for delay in using new state tests for graduation

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:00pm

Montgomery County school leaders asked state officials Wednesday for a two-year delay in requiring that Maryland high school students pass new standardized tests in order to graduate.

The new tests, based on the national Common Core State Standards, are viewed as a more rigorous replacement for the High School Assessments, or HSAs, which Maryland has used since 2005 to test learning in Algebra 1, English 10, biology and government.

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Strauss: Scripps College uninvites George Will because of column on sexual assault

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 5:13pm

Syndicated columnist George Will has been uninvited to speak at Scripps College for women as part of a series intended to bring conservative voices to the campus in California because of his op-ed published in The Washington Post about sexual assault that was slammed by critics who accused him of attacking the victims.

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Strauss: An educator challenges the Gates Foundation

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:16pm

Anybody paying attention to school reform in recent years knows the power that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has wielded with its ability to play a leading role in driving the reform agenda by distributing mountains of cash to every sector of the education world. Veteran educator Anthony Cody has been questioning the role of the foundation on a blog, Living in Dialogue, that he wrote for some time on Education Week, and now as an independent Web site. He even engaged in a discussion with the foundation about its role in school reform. Now Cody has written a book titled, “The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges Bill Gates,” in which he explores the foundation’s influence on education issues and whether that has been good or bad for the public school system.

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D.C. public schools enrollments continue to climb

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:12pm

Enrollment is up in both D.C. charter and traditional public schools this year, according to unofficial numbers released this week by officials from the D.C. Public Charter School Board and D.C. Public Schools.

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