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Just how high can college tuition go?

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:38am
Twenty-one years ago, as I entered my senior year in college, my alma mater reached a significant milestone: the price tag passed the $20,000 mark. Today, tuition, fees, room, and board for a senior at Ithaca College are more than twice that, at about $53,000.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Yet again, SAT scores in Asia withheld because of cheating

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:00am
(Correction: Earlier version had the wrong month for the next administration of the SAT in Asia.)For the fourth straight month, SAT scores in Asia are being withheld because of concerns that students cheated — and, it turns out, some of the scores withheld last year still have not been released. In the most recent case, some or all of the scores from the January administration of the exam in Asia are being withheld, as were some scores from the October, November and December exams taken in Asia.Read full article >>






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Chantilly High student journalists win award celebrating First Amendment

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:55pm
For the editors of the Chantilly High School newspaper, it was deciding to highlight free speech on the cover of the Purple Tide newspaper.For the staff of the high school’s student television newscast, it was a three-minute piece about the demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., concerning racial tensions between citizens and police. And for the teens who oversee the Chantilly High yearbook, it’s the independence to edit the Odyssey without meddling by the administration.Read full article >>






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In Arlington, growth threatens a building some view as historic

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:48pm
In this brick building on Wilson Boulevard, some see a historic gem in one of Arlington County’s oldest schools, where President Woodrow Wilson would pause and chat with children on the lawn.School officials see an outdated structure and an opportunity to relieve crowding elsewhere in the district, which is seeing unprecedented growth in the student population. The district, which owns the building, plans to tear it down and erect a building about eight times the size to house the H-B Woodlawn program and a program for students with special needs.Read full article >>






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Will new curriculums save our schools? Not anytime soon.

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:59pm
I admire Robert Pondiscio, a former fifth-grade teacher who is now a senior fellow and vice president at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. No one writes more clearly or intelligently about how to improve our schools. But even I, a devout optimist, have trouble accepting his view that 2015 will finally give America’s teachers the engaging curriculums they and their students deserve.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and baloney

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 2:30pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s school reform proposals have infuriated educators across the state. Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School is one of them and in this post, she  explains why. Burris, who has written frequently for this blog,  was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, was tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Burris has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog. Her most recent post was “Principal: ‘There comes a time when rules must be broken…That time is now.’”Read full article >>






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A closer look at four New Mexico teachers’ evaluations

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 11:36am
The American Federation of Teachers last month sued New Mexico state officials over new teacher evaluations that have sparked resistance across the state from teachers who say that the system is unfair and error-ridden.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The important things standardized tests don’t measure

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 9:00am
Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one pushed by school reformers who champion the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers. Brady says schools need a complete transformationl in what and how students learn. He has also been highly critical of standardized testing. Here’s his latest piece. You can see some of his earlier pieces here (Why Common Core isn’t the answer), here (One way to solve America’s major curriculum problem) and here  (‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming public education).Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: Why expanding ‘parental rights’ in public education sounds good — but isn’t

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:00am
Leanne Riordan is a parent and public school teacher in Maryland. A Maryland native, she teaches English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) in a Pre-K to 8th grade Title I school in Southeast Baltimore. Her three daughters have attended public schools in Crofton and Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. In this post, Riordan explains why she has become concerned with the rationale that is being used by some in the “opt-out” movement, in which parents are refusing to allow their children to take standardized tests. Riordan read some posts on The Answer Sheet about opting-out, and sent me the following e-mail expressing her opinion. Her concern revolves around the issue of parental rights.Read full article >>






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The snow conundrum: How a school system decides whether to open

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 7:35pm
Todd Watkins had been following the snow forecasts closely. By the time he climbed out of bed in the darkness of 2 a.m., he didn’t think a storm would wallop the Washington region. But he thought it was possible that Montgomery’s schools would open after a delay.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Principal targets cyberbullies: I have more respect for insurgents I fought in Iraq

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:52pm
“To the pathetic cowards who chose to start and participate in this, you are warned I am coming for you and I am furious. Winchendon PD is also involved. If you have posted on that site, you better take it off (but note I have screen captures and I will get you.)”Read full article >>






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Strauss: How Jeb Bush’s school reforms really played out in Florida

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:34pm
Jeb Bush talks a great deal about his record on education when he was governor of Florida from 1999-2007 and later as a private citizen through his Foundation for Excellence in Education. As governor, he introduced school reforms that have become common across the country — including high-stakes standardized testing for “accountability” purposes and school “choice” — and since then has been a leading voice in spreading his education gospel nationwide. His critics call him not a “reformer” but a “privatizer” of public education in part because of his attitude about traditional public schools — calling them “politicized, unionized monopolies” or “government-run monopolies run by unions” — while advocating for charter schools as well as voucher and voucher-like programs, which use public money to pay private school tuition for students.Read full article >>






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Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 12:00pm
Opponents of the nation’s teacher unions won a landmark victory last year in a California lawsuit that challenged tenure protections, a case that became the beginning of a national effort to roll back teacher tenure laws in state courts. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Separating fact from fiction in 21 claims about charter schools

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:00am
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools  released a report last year titled “Separating Fact & Fiction: What You Need to Know About Charter Schools,” which takes 21 statements that it calls “myths” about charters and attempts to debunk them, one by one. Now three education researchers have completed a fact-checking analysis of the charter report, coming to some difference conclusions about each myth.  Following is part of the new analysis, which was published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, and which you can find in full, complete with extensive footnotes on the NEPC website. (I have removed the footnotes and endnotes from the text in this post but you can see them, as well other parts of the report, here.)Read full article >>






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Schools face new challenges as poverty grows in inner suburbs

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:58pm
The District and dozens of other city centers across the country are becoming younger, more affluent and better educated while poverty rates in inner suburbs are rising, according to a study from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.Read full article >>






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Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:56pm
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced changes to newly adopted school boundaries on Friday, just three days before the close of the annual lottery in which families set preferences for where they’d like their children to go.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Leonard Nimoy to BU arts students: Be persistent. And ‘don’t create any more reality TV shows.’

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:03pm
Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83, gave the  commencement speech at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts on May 19, 2012,  telling them about advice he once got from John F. Kennedy when Nimoy picked him up in the taxi he was driving, and dispensing some life lessons:Read full article >>






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No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:29pm
The House suspended floor debate on a Republican bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind on Friday afternoon, with party leaders saying they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Yes, Scott Walker really did link terrorists with protesting teachers and other unionists

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:18pm
His spokesman tried to walk it back, and he denied making the comparison, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in an attempt to show just what a tough guy he is, really did say that his strength in taking on protesting union members qualified him for confronting radical Islamic terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘The good teachers are starting to leave’

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:00am
Susan Barber has been teaching for the last seven years at Northgate High School in Coweta County, Georgia. In the following compelling open letter to new Georgia state School Superintendent Richard Woods, Barber lays out how standardized testing has affected teachers and students in her school, and asks that he find ways to give teachers more instructional time and reduce pressure to “teach to a test.” Her first paragraph refers to a letter that Woods wrote to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, which is published in the post below this one. Barber’s open letter to Woods, which I am publishing with her permission, appeared on her blog, Teach With Class.Read full article >>






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