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D.C. government office released students’ personal data to a reporter

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:25pm
This story has been updated.The Office of the State Superintendent of Education notified parents this week that personal information about students was inadvertently sent to a reporter in February, education officials said.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Need a job? How you can write test questions for Pearson.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:52pm
If you are looking for a job in the area of test development, there’s some good news. Pearson, the world’s largest education company, is advertising for test item writers and you apparently don’t have to have a bachelor’s degree. It is just “preferred.” Here’s the ad on the Pearson Web site:Read full article >>

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Strauss: NEA president: It’s time for education companies to be transparent

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:30pm
Lily Eskelsen García is the president of the National Education Association, the largest teachers union in the United States. (It is in fact the largest union of any kind in the country.)  In this post, she looks at current education reform efforts and calls for education companies to be transparent about what they are doing and how it is affecting young people.Read full article >>

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City charge dropped in Hannah Graham case to facilitate murder trial

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:48pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — City prosecutors here have dropped an abduction charge against the man accused of killing University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, a move that will allow more serious charges against him to move forward in neighboring Albemarle County.Read full article >>

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UNC students demand new name for building honoring a KKK leader

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:31am
For years, students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been asking school leaders to change the name of Saunders Hall, named after a former trustee who was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Largest for-profit university in U.S. loses hundreds of thousands of students

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:27am
The University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit university in the United States, has lost a few hundred thousand students in the last five years, according to its parent company.Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, announced Wednesday that revenues and enrollment had fallen in the last quarter about 14 percent compared to the same period in 2014. What’s more, the school’s enrollment five years ago was 460,000 students and now it is 213,000, CNN Money reported. The news on Wednesday sparked a 30 percent drop in Apollo’s stock. (Apollo stock was at $19.57 a share in Thursday morning trading, down 2.4 percent.)Read full article >>

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Strauss: No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:53am
Plans to overhaul schools in Finland — whose students have been at or near the top of international exams for years — have sparked stories in the media saying that traditional subjects, such as math and history and art, will be abandoned. A recent story in the British newspaper the Independent, for example, had this headline: “Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system.”  Alas, the stories are overblown, according to Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg. In this post, Sahlberg explains what is actually happening in Finland.Read full article >>
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U of Md. student will not return to school after racist, sexist e-mail

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:50am
A University of Maryland student who was a member of the school’s Kappa Sigma fraternity and sent an e-mail that contained “vulgar language” will not return to the campus this semester, according to a top university official.Read full article >>

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How do schools respond to competition? Not as you might expect.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:00am
The school-choice movement is built on the philosophy that competition forces schools to improve.But new research on New Orleans — arguably the nation’s most competitive school market — suggests that school leaders are less likely to work on improving academics than to use other tactics in their efforts to attract students.Read full article >>

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Strauss: How brainy are you about brains? A neuroscience quiz.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:00am
We have  a winner in the 2015 USA National Brain Bee Champion: Soren Christensen, a ninth-grader at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., representing the Washington, D.C. region of the competition.Read full article >>

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Strauss: ‘What I saw surprised me. But not in the way I’d expected.’

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:00am
Ethan Andrews is a writer in Maine who spent a few hours with Waldo County middle school students recently as they were taking tests created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. SBAC is one of two multi-state consortia given a total of $360 million from the Obama administration to design new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards, and Maine opted to join SBAC. In the following post, Andrews describes what he saw as he watched kids working with the SBAC test. Suffice to say, he was surprised with the experience. This post is being republished with permission: Bay PilotRead full article >>

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How snow days don’t hurt student progress, but absences do, in graphs

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:01am
It’s time to bury what you think you know about snow days and student achievement.Joshua Goodman, an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, examined weather data, student test scores and attendance figures in Massachusetts between 2003 and 2010. He found that school closures on snow days do not hurt student progress.Read full article >>

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Do snow days hurt student progress? A Harvard professor says no.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:01am
It’s become a maxim in education: More learning time leads to greater student achievement. So when schools close for snow — as they did over and over this winter across many states — the assumption is that student achievement will suffer.Read full article >>

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McAuliffe orders Va. ABC officers to be retrained in use of force, diversity

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:57pm
Spurred by the violent arrest of a black college student by white Alcoholic Beverage Control police officers, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to reform the state agency’s law enforcement arm.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Maryland Senate expected to vote on allowing parents to opt out of Common Core tests

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:31pm
(Correction: MD Education Department would create opt-out plan under amendment, not the budget committees)A Maryland senator is proposing an amendment to the state’s fiscal 2016 budget that would allow parents to opt their children out of Common Core tests with impunity to the students and the schools — and the Senate is expected to vote on it as early as Thursday.Read full article >>

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Md. school leader needs vision, collaborative style, report says

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:30pm
As Montgomery County seeks a new superintendent to lead its well-regarded school system, its central concerns include testing, transparency, diversity, economic disparities and the achievement gap, according to a new report based on recent public comments.Read full article >>

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Nation’s largest labor union: We want 2016 hopefuls talking about schools

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:02pm
The National Education Association, the largest U.S. labor union, is pushing to make public schools a front-burner domestic issue throughout the 2016 presidential race, union leaders said Wednesday. “We have 3 million members who want desperately to know what the candidates have to say to really, seriously improve public education,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told reporters. “We intend to activate those 3 million members, the parents, even the students.”Read full article >>

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Wesleyan student: My college discriminates against fraternities. We’re suing.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:07am
After a series of scandals at fraternities on campus, officials at Wesleyan University in Connecticut ordered frats to admit women as members — or shut down.The move came in the midst of a national debate over Greek life on campus, with racial incidents and sexual assaults making headlines even as membership and volunteerism surges at fraternities across the country. Read full article >>

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Weill Cornell dean: Private donors have stepped up to save medical research

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:58am
 Sharp cuts in federal funding for medical research are having a lasting impact, including driving young researchers out of the field, argues Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and provost for medical affairs at Cornell University.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Schwarzenegger and Paige: Why Congress should keep funding afterschool programs

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:00am
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, high-quality afterschool programs. The idea of providing programs for students to attend after the regular school day — where they can keep learning in different ways, play and stay in a safe environment — is a no-brainer, but somehow keeps falling under the radar of school reformers and policy makers. In fact, for years the Obama administration diverted money intended to be used for high-quality afterschool programs to support the expansion of learning time during school hours (which sounds useful but is often a waste of time). As alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant once wrote on this blog:Read full article >>

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