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Justice Dept. to look into complaint about boundaries for new Prince William high school

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 9:56am

The Justice Department is looking into a complaint about the process of drawing attendance boundaries for a new high school in Prince William County, according to school officials.

Schools spokesman Phil Kavits said he did not know the specifics of the complaint but said the school district would cooperate in whatever way necessary. Justice Department officials did not respond to requests for comment.

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Strauss: Jim Carrey gives commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:03am

Jim Carrey surprised graduates at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, with a funny, emotional commencement speech in which he told them a poignant story about his father and urged them to walk their own path in life and never settle.

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Anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has a new target: D.C.’s Wilson High

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:21pm

Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based organization best known for anti-gay picketing at military funerals, has chosen a new target: Wilson High School in Northwest Washington, where students are holding a Pride Day next month.

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Fairfax school staffers earn recognition

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:25pm

Five Fairfax County schools employees received awards during the annual ceremony for outstanding staffers.

The 2014 FCPS Honors event, held May 21 at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, are the school system’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, allowing the administration the opportunity to recognize employees for notable work.

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Strauss: Is Boston’s school district eliminating history department as part of Common Core?

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:13pm

The Boston public schools district found itself in the position of having to issue a public statement denying that it was eliminating its history and social studies department after someone posted on the Web that it was and the news went viral in the education world. Historians assumed it was true and rightly flipped out.

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High school graduations under way in Montgomery, with some big-name speakers

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:58pm

Montgomery County’s Class of 2014 is expected to hear from a line-up of prominent graduation speakers, including Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Donald B. Verrilli Jr., solicitor general of the United States.

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Prince George’s adds another college grad to its school board: Edward Burroughs III

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:01pm

With two of its eight members holding bachelor’s degrees, the Prince George’s County Board of Education had fewer college graduates two years ago than any other school system in the Washington region.

But the number of college graduates has changed dramatically over the past year since a new law went into effect that gave County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and the County Council the authority to appoint members to the board.

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Strauss: No. 1 Shanghai may drop out of PISA

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 5:20pm

First in 2009 and then in 2012, Shanghai’s 15-year-old students (or, rather, a supposed representative group)  were No. 1 in the world on the recent Program for International Student Assessment reading, math and science exams. But now, according to a popular Shanghai newspaper, Shanghai is considering dropping out of PISA. Why?

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D.C.’s School Without Walls reopens admissions after failing to fill freshman class

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 5:02pm

The School Without Walls, a selective D.C. public high school consistently ranked among the nation’s best, failed to fill its incoming freshman class despite receiving a record number of applications this year.

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All Montgomery high schools to have police on campus for new school year

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:37pm

Police will be posted in all 25 Montgomery County high schools next fall as county leaders bolstered the schools’ security force in a final budget approved last week.

The budget for the year that begins July 1 includes 10 new school resource officers (SROs), who will join 12 school police officers in place and three supported by the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg and the county sheriff’s department.

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Strauss: Rating colleges is ‘like rating a blender’ — Education Department official

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 1:01pm

This is what  Jamienne Studley, a deputy under secretary at the Education Department, told a group of college presidents who were meeting to talk about President’s Obama’s plan to rate colleges with the apparent aim of driving out of business schools that don’t meet the administration’s definition of success, as reported by The New York Times:

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An inventor takes the helm at Virginia Tech

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 7:30pm

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The incoming president of Virginia Tech, a public university that seeks to be known as an engine of innovation, holds 17 patents and was co-inventor of a laser process crucial for making white-light-emitting diodes.

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Mathews: How administrators killed Fairfax school’s math success

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 2:24pm

When people began telling me of J.E.B. Stuart High School’s decline, with scores plummeting and teachers leaving, I contacted Bill Horkan, a veteran math teacher at the Fairfax County school who is one of the most insightful educators I know.

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Strauss: What school reformers can learn from poker

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 11:47am

School reformers have made student outcomes the big focus of their efforts, targeting teachers for failure to improve student achievement. But teachers say they ignore the inputs — the issues students bring into a classroom and the training/resources of  teachers. Here’s a look about the problem with outcome-based assessment, by Ben Spielberg,  a Teach For America alum and current math instructional coach in San Jose Unified School District who serves on the Executive Board of the San Jose Teachers Association.  Ben co-founded 34justice.com and blogs about a variety of social justice issues, where you can find a version of this post. He has a bachelors degree in Mathematical and Computational Sciences from Stanford University and has written several articles about education research and policy.

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Strauss: Thousands hold vigil as UC Santa Barbara reacts to shootings

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 12:41am

Several thousand students staged a candlelight vigil Saturday night in the seaside community near the University of California at Santa Barbara where  a 22-year-old gunman  killed six people  — including three students — and injured 13 others. Flags on the campus were lowered to half-staff and school officials moved quickly to set up counseling services for students, faculty and staff.

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D.C. school buses racked up traffic-camera violations

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 7:12pm

Traffic cameras in the District have caught city school bus drivers speeding and running red lights hundreds of times in recent years, and — unlike most drivers in the District — they haven’t had to pay the tickets, according to city records.

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Montgomery candidates for school board meet at public forum as June primary nears

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:49am

Four candidates vying for an at-large seat on Montgomery County’s school board laid out their views at their first political forum this week, with some supporting changes in special education and all weighing in on the district’s budget difficulties, changes to school schedules, the need for construction funding and the possibility of charter schools.

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Strauss: ‘Let’s stop measuring fish by how well they climb trees’

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:01am

Joshua Katz is a high school math teacher in Orange County, Florida. He gave the following speech about what he calls “the toxic culture of education” today in a TEDx talk this month at the University of Akron.

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Fairfax schools chief fills key positions

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 7:10pm

Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza has announced a series of new appointments, filling key roles in her administration’s leadership days after rolling out a major shift in the school system’s organizational structure.

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Fairfax County School Board approves 2015 budget

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 6:40pm

The Fairfax County School Board has approved a $2.5 billion budget for 2015 that eliminates 720 employee positions, increases class sizes and provides raises for most teachers and staff.

The board voted 9 to 3 Friday morning to pass the budget, which is $39.9 million larger than last year’s approved budget, an increase of 1.6 percent.

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