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Prince George’s honors school employees and students during recognition dinner

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:15am

A veteran educator who decided she wanted to become a teacher when she was in elementary school was given the 2014 Christa McAuliffe Outstanding Teacher award during an employee recognition dinner Thursday night in Greenbelt.

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Strauss: Winning words in National Spelling Bee going back to 1925

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:04am

It’s National Spelling Bee time again, and some Post colleagues put together a great graphic that tests your ability to spell, here. Below is a selected list of words that won the bee in various years going back to the first one in 1925. You can see the entire list here.

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Strauss: Mindy Kaling to Harvard law grads: ‘I’m afraid a couple of you probably are evil. That’s just the odds.’

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 6:12pm

Here’s yet another in my series of interesting/amusing/surprising commencement speeches that have been given in the 2014 graduation season. This one was delivered at Harvard Law School on Wednesday by Mindy Kaling, creator, producer and star of “The Mindy Project” and who had been a cast member on “The Office.” She was introduced by a student who noted that “Ms. Kaling has stated on multiple occasions that she is ‘obsessed with justice.’ Well, it seems like she’s come to the right place to find like-minded people.” Incidentally, Kaling’s a Dartmouth grad.

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Strauss: Diane Ravitch a candidate for New York governor? (update)

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 2:25pm

(Update: Ravitch confirms on her blog that she won’t be a candidate, which is what the original post said.)

Diane Ravitch a candidate for New York governor?

New York newspapers, including The New York Times, are reporting that the Working Families Party, whose New Jersey affiliate just helped get Ras Baraka elected mayor of Newark on the issue of school reform, is considering making her its candidate in this November’s election if it decides not to endorse incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A party source confirmed that she is one of several possible gubernatorial candidates and that the winner will be decided when party leaders meet this Saturday. The Daily News reported that Ravitch was interested.

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Is the divided New Orleans school district system fair to African American kids?

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 2:08pm

The news this week about the closing of traditional public schools in the Recovery School District in New Orleans raises questions about whether African American students are getting an equal opportunity to attend the best public schools in the city.

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State dismisses appeal by Prince George’s residents over use of vacant school

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:18pm

The Maryland State Board of Education has dismissed an appeal by a nonprofit group and dozens of Prince George’s County residents who challenged the county board of education’s decision to allow MGM Resorts to use it as a casino training facility.

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Principal at Richard Montgomery High School to leave his post in June

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:56am

Montgomery County will lose a longtime school principal this summer, with the just-announced departure of Nelson McLeod from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.

McLeod sent a message to parents Wednesday saying that a cardiac condition had kept him on extended leave for six weeks and that he would step down from the position for medical reasons on June 30.

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New principal bound for Fort Hunt elementary

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:36am

Fairfax County schools administrators announced a permanent replacement for the principal position at Fort Hunt elementary near Alexandria, six months after the school’s leader resigned.

Thomas Fitzpatrick, an assistant principal at Weyanoke Elementary, will become the new principal at Fort Hunt beginning July 1. He will replace interim principal Janet LeBel, who joined the faculty after Barbara Leibbrandt resigned in January.

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Strauss: All students should learn to code. Right? Not so fast.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:01am

It’s the newest thing in education, at least for the moment: teaching kids to learn to code computers. In fact, there is a growing chorus in the business and education world for all students to learn to code and program computers. It is the 21st Century, after all, and it’s a computer world. But education historian Larry Cuban says not so fast. In this post, Cuban looks why the growing call for all students to learn to code won’t work out as supporters hope. Cuban was high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This post appeared on his blog. (Coding and programming are not exactly the same thing but Cuban says that for this piece they can be seen as interchangeable.)

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Three Prince George’s County graduates are Gates Millennium Scholars

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:53am

Three Prince George’s County high school graduates have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars.

Oloruntobi Dare of Charles H. Flowers High School, Charmaine Scarlett of Forestville High School and Maimuna Sidibay of High Point High School are among 1,000 minority students nationwide who will receive the “good-through-graduation” scholarships to any college or university of their choice.

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Strauss: Utah high school alters girls’ yearbook photos to cover skin, remove tattoo

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 9:19am

Some female students at a high school in Utah apparently broke the “modesty” standards for their yearbook and discovered that their photos had been changed digitally, with sleeves and necklines added to cover their skin, and a tattoo removed.

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Strauss: ‘I belong to a generation that has fundamentally failed you’ — commencement speaker

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:01am

In my continuing coverage of interesting 2014 commencement speeches, here’s one that Deborah Bial, president and founder of the Posse Foundation, delivered at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley in which she bashes her own generation, not the usual focus of such events:

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Strauss: Send in questions, comments for live online education chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:02am

I’ll be doing a live online education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. Please submit questions, comments, concerns, suggestions, jokes or whatever here, and tune in then or read the transcript later.

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Strauss: Send in questions, comments for live online education chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:02am

I’ll be doing a live online education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. Please submit questions, comments, concerns, suggestions, jokes or whatever here, and tune in then or read the transcript later.

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In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 9:51pm

The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old worksheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good.

Benjamin Banneker Elementary closed Wednesday as New Orleans’s Recovery School District permanently shuttered its last five traditional public schools this week.

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D.C. weighs new admissions preference for children of charter-school employees

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:48pm

D.C. charter schools may soon get a new teacher recruiting tool courtesy of the D.C. Council, which is slated to vote Wednesday on establishing a new admissions preference for the children of full-time charter-school employees.

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Hayfield principal in Fairfax to retire for medical reasons

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:25pm

Hayfield Secondary School principal Dave Tremaine is retiring, school officials announced in a letter to parents.

Assistant superintendent Deborah L. Tyler said in a letter sent Tuesday to Hayfield parents that Tremaine will leave the school for unspecified medical reasons.

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Popular counselor remembered across Montgomery County

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:57pm

Graduation rehearsal at Col. Zadok Magruder High School is Thursday, and Denise Schaefer planned to be there, leading the effort to get the Class of 2014 ready for its momentous end of high school. It was not her paid job, but she stepped up.

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Strauss: When Maya Angelou blasted Obama’s school-reform policies

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:23am

The legendary poet and author Maya Angelou, who just passed away at the age of  86, was a big supporter of President Obama, and in 2011, he awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. But she also was a critic of his school-reform policies, raising her voice last year to blast his signature education initiative, Race to the Top, and expressing concern about the impact standardized testing was having on children.

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Strauss: WiFi in U.S. schools estimated cost: $3.2 billion to meet Obama’s goal

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:03am

(Correction: Earlier version had incorrect total)

President Obama’s vision of ensuring that 99 percent of American K-12 schools have broadband and WIFI by 2018 is going to be mighty expensive.

The Federal Communications Commission received an estimate Wednesday of how much money it will take: $800 million a year for four years for a total $3.2 billion.   The estimate came from  the Consortium for School Networking and the EducationSuperHighway, which together did an analysis of the additional E-rate funds necessary to build the networks to achieve Obama’s goal, first announced in 2013.  

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