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Largo High School students perform at Kennedy Center

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:08pm
When Zakaria Ugonoh stepped onto the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, there were no jitters. No stage fright. No butterflies.“I felt like I was supposed to be there,” said Ugonoh, 17, a senior at Largo High School in Prince George’s County who wants a career in the arts.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Students deliver wish list to school board. There’s one item on it.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:00pm
Some unusual speakers appeared at the final Pittsburgh school board meeting of the year — students, and they were asking for something. Arts education. In the following post,  Jessie B. Ramey,  a parent of two children in Pittsburgh public schools and a historian of working families, gender, race and U.S. social policy who teaches women’s studies and history at the University of Pittsburgh, describes the scene at the board meeting. In the original post,  which first appeared  on her Yinzercation blog, she  wrote that seniors William Grimm and Margaret Booth, co-chairs of their school’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society, approached Yinzercation, a collective of volunteer parents, students, teachers, and community members in Southwest Pennsylvania that advocates for public education, for help in learning how to make a presentation to the school board. Steering committee member Kathy Newman assisted. Here is a version of the original piece, which I am publishing with Ramey’s permission.Read full article >>






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Student who got mistaken welcome from Hopkins: Second rejection was worse

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:04pm
He has already moved on. Duke University, Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia are in his sights. Sam Stephenson said he probably will apply to eight colleges.But the episode of double denial from Johns Hopkins University still strikes him as curious.Read full article >>






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Strauss: It’s not ‘an’ historic pact with Cuba. It’s ‘a’ historic pact with Cuba.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:55pm
If you listened to television and/or radio commentators talk today about President Obama’s agreement with Cuba to start normalizing diplomatic relations after more than 50 years, you are more than likely to have heard what I did: That his was “an” historic decision, or “an” historic pact or “an” historic” move. Well, it wasn’t.Read full article >>






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Montgomery County to probe handling of school abuse allegations

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:32pm
Montgomery officials have scheduled a public session to examine the county school system’s child abuse policies and procedures amid heightened concerns about how the district addresses alleged incidents of sexual abuse on school grounds.Read full article >>






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Turning around schools with low achievement rates never seems to work

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:36pm
One of the goals U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan set when he launched the $3.5 billion School Improvement Grant (SIG) program in 2009 was to turn 1,000 schools around annually for five years. “We could really move the needle, lift the bottom and change the lives of tens of millions of underserved children,” he said.Read full article >>






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E-mail text: The Johns Hopkins admissions misfire

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:20am
Here is the sequence of communication from Johns Hopkins University to Sam Stephenson, a Virginia student who applied for early admission to the class of 2019 in the prestigious private institution in Baltimore. First, Sam was directed, like all other “Early Decision” applicants, to a secure Web site to see the verdict. Those notifications were posted at 3 p.m. Friday. Sam and several hundred others were denied. Then he received two emails on Sunday, the first one a mistake and the second an apology. In all, 294 applicants who had not been admitted received the mistaken email Sunday. Of those, 285 had been denied and 9 deferred for consideration in the regular admission cycle.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How not to bomb the dreaded college application essay

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:15am
This is the fifth post in a continuing series about a high school senior attemping to navigate through the college admissions process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, are documenting her application process in a series of occasional posts that include the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. Her story may help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire.Read full article >>






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D.C. State Board of Education to consider early vote on new graduation requirements

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:00am
The D.C. State Board of Education will consider voting on revised proposed regulations Wednesday that would dramatically change the way students can earn high school credit and earn a diploma in the District, regulations that are still under public review.Read full article >>






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Sororities call U-Va. freeze on Greek system a violation of student rights

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:00am
A national organization representing 26 sororities says that the ongoing ban on all Greek system activities at the University of Virginia is a violation of students’ rights.“We believe it does not serve the goal of changing campus culture and eliminating sexual assault to shut down the business activity of our fraternity and sorority chapters,” the National Panhellenic Conference said in a statement provided to The Washington Post.Read full article >>






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Johns Hopkins mistakenly says ‘yes’ to hundreds of rejected applicants

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:13pm
Sam Stephenson was steeling himself for another round of college applications after his first choice, Johns Hopkins University, turned him down. Then the 17-year-old from Culpeper County in Virginia received an e-mail from Hopkins on Sunday afternoon that suggested he might still have reason to hope.Read full article >>






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D.C. judge dismisses 18-year-old special education lawsuit, giving control to schools

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:32pm
A U.S. district judge on Tuesday dismissed an 18-year-old special-education lawsuit against the District’s public school system, ending judicial oversight of how school administrators respond to families awaiting services for students with disabilities.Read full article >>






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Howard County schools consider Lunar New Year and Muslim holiday requests

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:36pm
The focus on how public schools handle religious and cultural holidays continued Monday night in Howard County, with requests to accommodate the Lunar New Year and a Muslim holy day on next year’s calendar.Read full article >>






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Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:23pm
The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning.Read full article >>






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D.C. Charter board moves to revoke charter for Community Academy

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:12pm
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Monday night to initiate the process to revoke the charter for Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School for fiscal mismanagement, after the founder was charged with diverting millions of dollars to a private management company for his own financial benefit.Read full article >>






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Strauss: 10-year-old tells school board: ‘I love to read… I love to do math. But I don’t love the PARCC. Why? Because it stinks.’

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 5:00am
Elizabeth Blaine is a very smart 10-year-old fourth grader in Montclair Public Schools in New Jersey. She attended a Montclair School Board meeting on Monday night and sat for hours listening to the adults talk before giving testimony (see video below) about a proposed policy to allow parents to opt out their children from taking the Common Core test known as PARCC (for Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) when it is given later this school year. The policy (see text below) had its first reading at the meeting and will be voted on at a later board meeting.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Who took that striking picture of Arne Duncan at Sharpton’s march?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:00am
Who took that striking black-and-white picture of Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the social justice march last Saturday in Washington D.C. led by the Rev. Al Sharpton?Duncan attended as a participant and marcher, not a speaker or invited dignitary, an Education Department spokesman said.Read full article >>






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Colleges often reluctant to expel for sexual violence — with U-Va. a prime example

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:48pm
As growing numbers of students report sexual violence, those who seek justice through internal channels at colleges are learning that even when allegations are upheld, school officials are often reluctant to impose their harshest punishment on the attackers: expulsion.Read full article >>






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Maryland state senator wants Pr. George’s charter school to become a contract school

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:24pm
When a Maryland state senator said he wanted to make changes to the charter school agreement between College Park Academy , which has ties to the University of Maryland and the Prince George’s County school system, parents wondered what that would mean for the school’s future.Read full article >>






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Jennifer Niles appointed D.C.’s next deputy mayor for education

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:20pm
Jennifer C. Niles, the founder and head of a prominent charter school in the District, was named the next deputy mayor for education on Monday.Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser cited Niles’s 25 years of experience in public education and said she will work closely with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to make “the goal of a quality school in every neighborhood a reality for all our families.”Read full article >>






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