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D.C. bill would ban school suspensions for city’s pre-K students

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:00pm

The District’s traditional and charter schools would be prohibited from expelling or suspending pre-kindergartners in most circumstances under new legislation that D.C. Council member David Grosso plans to introduce Monday, part of a broader push to reduce punishments that keep students out of class.

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Strauss: Readers react to what teachers told Obama

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 9:42am

There was a lot of reaction to a post I published a few days ago about what happened when four teachers from high-poverty schools sat down with President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for lunch at the White House to talk about education, teaching and school reform. Here are some of the reactions from readers.

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Sleepy campaign for D.C. Board of Education goes national

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 5:54pm

When Tierra Jolly thumbed through her mail on Monday, she was surprised to see campaign literature touting her bid for a seat on the D.C. State Board of Education.

Jolly, a teacher at a private parochial high school in Maryland, didn’t recognize the mailings, which featured her photograph and images of her students. And she said she’d never heard of Education Reform Now, the group that paid for the glossy literature.

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Montgomery algebra failures mean some students have to bail on summer plans

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:47pm

The day of her son’s eighth-grade promotion ceremony in Montgomery County, Susan Townsend got word that the teen had failed his Algebra 1 final exam. She says she was surprised, since he is a good test-taker and had a B average over his first three marking periods.

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How some colleges that ban premarital sex teach prevention of sexual assault

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:34pm

Faced with rising furor over campus sex assaults, colleges across the country are spreading the word to students that it’s wrong to have sex with anyone who for whatever reason — drugs, alcohol, exhaustion — has lost the mental capacity to consent.

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Strauss: How Microsoft will make money from Common Core (despite what Bill Gates said)

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:02am

Microsoft founder Bill Gates got somewhat indignant when my Post colleague Lyndsey Layton asked him in an interview this past spring about concerns  of some opponents of the Common Core State Standards  that his important support for the initiative has been driven by business interests. The interview was part of the extensive reporting Layton did over two months to write an important story about Gates’s vital involvement in the Core initiative, which you can read here. (You can see the full interview here and an excerpted video here. )Here is how part of the interview went:

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District’s lawsuit against Options charter school delayed

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:46pm

A Superior Court Judge on Friday briefly delayed D.C.’s lawsuit against Options Public Charter School and its former leaders, writing that he was swayed to put the case on hold by the prospect that the case could impact similar ongoing criminal proceedings.

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D.C. State Board of Education seat up for grabs in special election

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:45pm

Longtime civic activist Philip Pannell and high school teacher Tierra Jolly are vying to be Ward 8’s next representative to the D.C. State Board of Education, which is responsible for establishing citywide academic standards.

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Md. student test scores drop significantly as state shifts to Common Core

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:01pm

Reading and math scores on Maryland’s state tests for elementary and middle school students dropped to their lowest levels in seven years, according to a Washington Post analysis of test data released Friday. Some state officials expected the drop, as Maryland schools are transitioning to new national academic standards that do not align with the state test.

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In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:30am

Howard University’s credit rating by Moody’s Investors Service fell this month for the second time in the past year, largely because of concerns about money troubles at its hospital.

But the historically black university in Northwest Washington has plenty of company: Moody’s has downgraded three dozen other four-year colleges and universities since July 2013, a sign of continuing financial fragility in higher education.

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Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:01am

In response to teachers who are uneasy with the Common Core State Standards, a major teachers union is offering to underwrite projects crafted by teachers to improve the math and reading standards.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, is expected to announce Friday that the union will give up to five grants worth as much as $30,000 to teachers for projects aimed at reforming the standards.

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Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields, survey finds

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:27pm

People with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely than other college graduates to have a job, but most of them don’t work in STEM occupations, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

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Unanimous D.C. Council panel advances special-education overhaul

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 8:23pm

The D.C. Council’s Education Committee on Thursday unanimously supported special-education legislation intended to speed services to children and give parents more leverage in disputes.

The legislation, which is scheduled to go to the full council for a vote in the fall, is contained in a package of three bills that D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) proposed in March.

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UMUC studies ideas for restructuring amid steep enrollment declines

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:26pm

University of Maryland University College, the nation’s largest online public university, is weighing ideas to restructure its operations in response to steep enrollment declines in a hotly competitive market.

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Strauss: What libraries need from key U.S. technology program

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:02pm

I’ve published two posts this week about the federal “E-Rate” program — which offers discounts to schools and libraries  for Internet access and telecommunications — and a modernization plan that the Federal Communications Commission will take up at its meeting Friday.

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Montgomery County unveils initiative to put 40,000 laptops and tablets in schools

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:54pm

Montgomery County plans to launch a major technology initiative in its public schools in August, providing 40,000 laptops and tablets to students as part of a project that will expand quickly in coming years, officials said Thursday.

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Strauss: What 4 teachers told Obama over lunch

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:02pm

President Obama sat down this week for lunch at the White House with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and four teachers to talk about education, teaching and school reform. What the teachers said to Obama is explained in the following post by Justin Minkel, the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, a board member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, and a member of the Center for Teaching Quality’s Collaboratory. He writes two blogs, Teaching for Triumph and Career Teacher. Follow him on Twitter:  @JustinMinkel

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Critics of D.C. education policies question test score gains

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:01am

A group of education advocates is calling on the District to release more information about students’ performance on city tests, arguing that the limited data released in years past has overstated city schools’ progress.

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Biggest influence on a child’s education may be the mother’s education

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:28pm

It’s long been known that a mother’s education status has a sizable influence on her children’s academic lives. But a report released Wednesday enumerates many of the ways a mother’s education plays out in the next generation’s economic, social and health outcomes as well.

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McCaskill questions athletics-department role in sex-assault cases involving athletes

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:00pm

About one in five colleges surveyed nationwide give their athletic departments oversight over cases of sexual violence involving student athletes, a Senate Democrat reported Wednesday.

That finding emerged from a survey of hundreds of colleges that Sen. Claire McCaskill’s staff conducted about campus sex assaults. The survey provides an unusually detailed look at variations in policies and customs in what has become an explosive issue for higher education.

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