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Strauss: A superintendent responds to a critic

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:30pm
Superintendent James A. Crisfield of Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey recently wrote an opinion piece in the NJ Spotlight that criticized the “opt-out” movement, in which tens of thousands of parents around the country are choosing not to allow their children to take high-stakes standardized Common Core tests. Crisfield argued that underpinning the opt-out movement is a belief “that it is a right to opt out of things happening at school with which one doesn’t agree,” and he said this was taking public education down a dangerous path. He was challenged in this post by Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and lawyer who wrote an open letter to Crisfield saying that his editorial “boils down to a slippery slope argument that misses the larger point of what the high-stakes standardized test movement is about.” Blaine, who went to Millburn schools, wrote in part:Read full article >>






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Strauss: A superintendent responds to a critic

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:30pm
Superintendent James A. Crisfield of Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey recently wrote an opinion piece in the NJ Spotlight that criticized the “opt-out” movement, in which tens of thousands of parents around the country are choosing not to allow their children to take high-stakes standardized Common Core tests. Crisfield argued that underpinning the opt-out movement is a belief “that it is a right to opt out of things happening at school with which one doesn’t agree,” and he said this was taking public education down a dangerous path. He was challenged in this post by Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and lawyer who wrote an open letter to Crisfield saying that his editorial “boils down to a slippery slope argument that misses the larger point of what the high-stakes standardized test movement is about.” Blaine, who went to Millburn schools, wrote in part:Read full article >>






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IMPACT scores ward-by-ward in D.C.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:57pm
D.C. Public Schools have released a more detailed picture this month showing significant differences across the city in where the most effective teachers are working.Last school year, half of the teachers in Ward 3, which has the highest median income in the city, were rated “highly effective,” under the teacher evaluation system known as IMPACT. In Wards 7 and 8, where poverty rates are highest, 18 percent and 19 percent respectively were rated “highly effective.”Read full article >>






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IMPACT scores ward-by-ward in D.C.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:57pm
D.C. Public Schools have released a more detailed picture this month showing significant differences across the city in where the most effective teachers are working.Last school year, half of the teachers in Ward 3, which has the highest median income in the city, were rated “highly effective,” under the teacher evaluation system known as IMPACT. In Wards 7 and 8, where poverty rates are highest, 18 percent and 19 percent respectively were rated “highly effective.”Read full article >>






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Fairfax County school board race begins early

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:56pm
Local elections in Fairfax County are months away, but some candidates for school board have already started to campaign in the run-up to November.The race for the 12-member school board will be competitive. All members of the board are up for reelection and at least one, Kathy L. Smith (Sully), has announced her candidacy for the Board of Supervisors.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Four reasons to seriously worry about ‘personalized learning’

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 7:00am
Personalized learning sounds good, right? Who could be against it? Well, here’s a post about why you should worry about what we call “personalized learning” today. It was written by Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Four reasons to seriously worry about ‘personalized learning’

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 7:00am
Personalized learning sounds good, right? Who could be against it? Well, here’s a post about why you should worry about what we call “personalized learning” today. It was written by Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: ACLU questions legality of D.C.’s plan to open prep school for black, Latino boys

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced last month that she was spending $20 million for new programs to support black and Latino male students — who make up 43 percent of enrolled district students — and would open an all-boys college prep high school in the District. Now her plans are being questioned by the American Civil Liberties Union.Read full article >>
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Strauss: ACLU questions legality of D.C.’s plan to open prep school for black, Latino boys

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:00am
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced last month that she was spending $20 million for new programs to support black and Latino male students — who make up 43 percent of enrolled district students — and would open an all-boys college prep high school in the District. Now her plans are being questioned by the American Civil Liberties Union.Read full article >>






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D.C. charter school executive salaries vary widely, Post analysis shows

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:12pm
Two of the District’s charter school leaders earned about as much as or more than D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson in 2013, though she runs a city school system that, with 45,000 students, is much larger than either of their organizations.Read full article >>






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Suspended students lose millions of days of instruction while out of school

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 7:00pm
Suspension rates dropped for many of the nation’s school districts — including some in the Washington region — but U.S. students still lost about 18 million days of instruction to out-of-school punishments in the 2011-2012 school year, according to research released Monday.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ Top Teacher is quitting: I can’t ‘drill ‘em and kill ‘em’

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:13pm
Stacie Starr is a mother and a ninth grade intervention specialist in Elyria City Schools in Ohio who was selected as “Top Teacher” last year in a national search by the popular television show “Live with Kelly and Michael.” Now, though she still loves to teach, she is quitting.Read full article >>
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Strauss: ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ Top Teacher is quitting: I can’t ‘drill ‘em and kill ‘em’

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:13pm
Stacie Starr is a mother and a ninth grade intervention specialist in Elyria City Schools in Ohio who was selected as “Top Teacher” last year in a national search by the popular television show “Live with Kelly and Michael.” Now, though she still loves to teach, she is quitting.Read full article >>






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Struggles of minority students in Montgomery: “I, Too, Am B-CC”

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 5:24pm
The words were piercing. Makdes Hailu had just won a coveted spot on an academic team at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School when she inadvertently overheard a classmate’s put-down: “Oh, she only got in because she’s black.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Indiana Superintendent of the Year: Parents should homeschool kids during testing week

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:51pm
Superintendent Rocky Killion of West Lafayette Community School District in Indiana, who was named 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, has some advice for parents: Keep your kids home when schools give the ISTEP, the state-mandated standardized test being given to students this spring.Read full article >>






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How do D.C. Public Schools spend their money?

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 2:24pm
Curious how your child’s school spends its dollars?D.C. Public Schools created an interactive Web site where you can see where money goes and compare spending with other schools. The site includes detailed information about demographics of enrolled students, staffing and salary information, and changes year to year.Read full article >>






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What many have in common with Scott Walker: College credits, no degree

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:33pm
Much attention has been given in recent weeks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to drop out of Marquette University in the spring of his senior year. The Republican presidential hopeful was just 34 credits short of earning a bachelor’s degree in 1990. He never went back.Read full article >>






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Two Chicago universities, one private and one public, vie for Obama library

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 9:31pm
CHICAGO — It would be crushing here if the winner was New York. The bid from Hawaii, where Barack Obama was born, seems an afterthought.Four short words sum up the confident pitch from the South Side for the right to host the 44th president’s official library and museum: “Bring it on home.”Read full article >>






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Larry A. Bowers becomes Montgomery’s interim superintendent

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 7:07pm
The District‘Fierce advocate’ for charters to step downRobert Cane, the executive director of a pro-charter school advocacy group in the District, has announced he is leaving his job after more than 16 years.Read full article >>






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Mathews: How the hardest-working principals avoid burning themselves out

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:39pm
When Kristy Ochs became principal of the KIPP DC AIM Academy six years ago, she started at 7 a.m. and didn’t leave the Southeast Washington school until 8 p.m. Having taught at the public charter school since it began, she felt, as other staffers did, that her mostly low-income students’ impressive achievement levels — 30 percentage points above the city average in math and nearly 20 points above the average in reading — were worth the personal sacrifices.Read full article >>






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