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The parents of missing U-Va. student plead for her return

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 1:15pm

The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham issued a statement Saturday pleading for anyone with information about their daughter’s whereabouts to come forward.

John and Sue Graham spoke in a video released Saturday asking for help to find their 18-year-old daughter, who vanished three weeks ago.

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For another year, Hispanic enrollment grows in Montgomery County schools

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:35pm

Montgomery County’s kindergarten class is made up of more Hispanic students than children of any other racial or ethnic group for the third year in a row, a trend that school planners say is likely to continue in Maryland’s fastest-growing school district.

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Strauss: Sidwell Friends School had both a lockdown and an evacuation this week

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 5:45pm

The private Sidwell Friends School, where President Obama’s two daughters attend, went into emergency security mode twice this week with both a lockdown and an evacuation, according to an e-mail sent to parents.

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Strauss: Students ask Harvard University to cut ties with Teach For America

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:04pm

Teach For America has a deep association with Harvard University. The Graduate School of Education has a page on its Web site called “Stories by Teach For America,” which features, not surprisingly, heartwarming stories about students who joined TFA.

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T.C. Williams football field lights move closer to fruition

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:23pm

The Alexandria School Board on Thursday night inched closer to installing lights at the T.C. Williams High School football field, a process that could take years but already has raised the ire of neighbors.

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Strauss: Author Nicholas Sparks accused of being racist, homophobe by ex-head of Sparks-founded school

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:08am

The  former headmaster of the North Carolina private school founded by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks filed a lawsuit saying that “The Notebook” writer responded to his efforts to recruit black students and faculty and support gays with racist and homophobic comments. He also alleged that Sparks locked him in a room until he agreed to a resignation letter.

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Principals named for two new high schools focusing on immigrants in Prince George’s

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:17pm

Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin Maxwell has named two administrators with experience addressing the needs of immigrants to head two new schools designed specifically to help recent immigrants and second-
generation students adapt and succeed in school.

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Catholic U. tells group to delay screening of film on gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:31pm

Catholic University told a student group this week to postpone a screening of the movie “Milk,” about gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, after officials raised questions about a flier linking the event to LGBT awareness month.

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Dunbar celebrates largest high school test scores gains in the city

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:54pm

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), flanked by cheerleaders and a marching band, congratulated the students at Dunbar High School on Thursday for achieving some of the biggest gains on the city’s standardized tests last year.

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Virginia middle school student diagnosed with whooping cough

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

A student at an Ashburn, Va. middle school has been diagnosed with whooping cough, a Loudoun County Public Schools official said.

Spokesman Wayde Bayard said an e-mail was sent to parents of students at Eagle Ridge Middle School on Thursday morning notifying them of the diagnosis. The e-mail included a letter from the health department telling parents to watch for symptoms.

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Howard U. retains California firm to manage its troubled teaching hospital

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:34pm

Howard University said Thursday it has reached agreement with a California firm to manage its teaching hospital, which in recent years has been a major source of fiscal strains for the school in Northwest Washington.

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Strauss: Colorado student protest leader: ‘I’m learning how people need to act to make a democracy function’

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:13pm

Kyle Ferris is a student at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo., and a leader of protests that have been rocking the school system there for weeks. In the following Q&A, Ferris explains why he started protests at his school and what he and others hope to achieve from their demonstrations as well as what he is learning about American democracy.

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Strauss: How much data is being ‘mined’ from our kids? More than you know.

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:09pm

If you think that people are constantly collecting data about your and your kids but you aren’t exactly sure, here’s some information that can help you figure it out.

Below is an infographic from Marketplace.org showing just how data-mined our kids are every day. The graphic accompanies a story titled, “A day in the life of a data mined kid,” which says in part:

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Moody’s: Rising number of college applications doesn’t equal rising demand

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:16am

The more applications a college receives, the greater the consumer demand for that school, right?

Not necessarily, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report Thursday.

The credit rating agency, based in New York, found that applications to private colleges rose nearly 70 percent from 2004 to 2013 but that the annual total of new high school graduates rose a much more modest amount in that time, about 5 percent.

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Strauss: ‘Schools of Opportunity’ — a new project to recognize schools that give all students a chance to succeed

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:00am

We all know about the many efforts to rate and/or rank schools by student standardized test scores and other data points — but without any of the out-of-school factors that play an enormous role in how well young people fare academically. Now two veteran educators are spearheading a new pilot initiative to identify and recognize public high schools that seek to close opportunity gaps through practices “that build on students’ strengths” — not by inundating them with tests and not by evaluating them with scores.

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No. 2 U.S. education official heads for exit

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:23pm

Jim Shelton, the deputy secretary and second in command at the U.S. Department of Education, will resign his government job by the end of the year, department officials said Wednesday.

Shelton, 47, has held several posts at the department since joining the agency in 2009 and has had a significant influence over the agency’s policies. Shelton ran the department’s innovations program and was a force behind its Promise Neighborhoods, a grant program that gives “cradle to career” help to students in selected poor communities.

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D.C. asks court to dismiss charter schools’ lawsuit alleging unequal funding

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 7:47pm

D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the city has failed to provide uniform funding to public charter schools and traditional schools.

The lawsuit, which the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools and Eagle Academy and Washington Latin public charter schools filed this past summer, argues that charters receive less public funding than traditional schools, in violation of the D.C. School Reform Act.

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Whooping cough cases climb in Montgomery

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:47pm

The number of whooping cough cases in Montgomery County continues to climb, with health officials now reporting 38 since an outbreak during the first week of school.

The total includes two new cases identified this week at Gaithersburg High School and College Gardens Elementary School, both of which already had a confirmed diagnosis of the highly contagious illness.,

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Strauss: 2014 World University Rankings: ‘Worrying evidence’ of U.S. decline?

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:00pm

The 2014 “World University Rankings” were released Wednesday (yes, there is such a thing as World University Rankings),  and the outlook for the United States is described as not good. In fact, “worrying evidence” is cited for decline in the United States (which holds 74 of the top 200 spots, down from 77 last year) and Canada as Asian schools rise in the rankings.

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Audit begins of Prince George’s County school system

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:53pm

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Kevin M. Maxwell said recently that auditors from CliftonLarsonAllen have started collecting information to ensure that no county school system funds were compromised during Colby White’s tenure as chief financial officer.

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