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Scoreboards and butterfly gardens: Is parent fundraising equitable in Montgomery?

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:20pm

Parent fundraising and private donations have produced enviable results at some Montgomery County schools: athletic scoreboards, artificial turf, a nearly $250,000 elementary school improvement project.

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Strauss: Sidwell Friends School (where Obama girls attend) is getting new head

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:02am

Who runs any particular private school isn’t exactly news outside the school community but the elite Sidwell Friends School in Northwest Washington draws attention because of its famous students especially Sasha and Malia Obama ( as well as a few of Vice President Joe Biden’s grandchildren). So the  news at Sidwell is that a new head has been chosen to replace the man who took over the leadership of the Quaker school in 2010 but is leaving amid tensions with faculty. 

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D.C. charter schools say they were never under investigation for enrollment procedures

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 9:42pm

Officials at two D.C. charter schools, BASIS DC and Capital City, said Friday that they have never denied admission to immigrant students and were shocked to see their schools named among those under federal investigation for enrollment procedures that discriminate against undocumented children.

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VMI to allow pregnant and parenting cadets to remain in school after federal probe

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 3:57pm

The Virginia Military Institute has agreed to allow pregnant or parenting cadets to remain enrolled, reversing a policy that had required them to leave the public college, federal officials announced Friday.

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Teen sleep: Montgomery vote on later high school start times scheduled for June

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:43pm

A long-awaited vote on whether Montgomery County should shift the start times of the high school day has been scheduled for the June 17 school board meeting.

The vote is expected eight months after Superintendent Joshua P. Starr proposed resetting opening bells at Montgomery’s high schools to 8:15 a.m., a move intended to allow sleep-deprived teenagers to get more rest. High school classes now begin at 7:25 a.m., with buses picking up many students in the 6 o’clock hour.

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D.C. thanks its teachers

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:03am

Beneath all the rancorous debate in D.C. education are countless teachers who spend long hours preparing lessons mentoring children grading papers and working to get better at their craft.

This week parents and students and leaders from across the city have together waged a campaign to thank educators for their often-unsung work.

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Strauss: Chicago Teachers Union passes resolution opposing Common Core

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:02am

The Chicago Teachers’ Union House of Delegates has passed a resolution opposing use of the Common Core State Standards in teaching and testing, and it plans to lobby the Illinois Board of Education to reverse approval of the Core and ask its parent union, the American Federation of Teachers, to consider it at its upcoming convention.

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Davidson College is folding a rare student perk: Full-service laundry

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 5:10pm

Generations of students have learned that with all the freedoms of leaving home for college comes at least one hassle: They must do their own laundry.

Except at Davidson College.

Students at the private liberal arts school in North Carolina for the past 90 years have enjoyed the rare perk of full-service laundry. They drop off a bag of dirty clothes at the laundering center. A day or two later, they pick up their laundry all clean and folded. The service is included in mandatory student fees.

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Wise High junior elected to Prince George’s Board of Education

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:39pm

Jeffrey Taylor, a junior at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, will serve as the newest student member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

Taylor, 17, was recently elected to the post by members of the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments. Taylor, who is president of his school’s student government association, currently serves as PGRASG’s treasurer.

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College commencement speakers in 2014

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:53pm

Here are commencement speakers at selected colleges and universities this month in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

American University : May 10, Katie Couric, journalist

Bowie State University: May 19, Norman R. Augustine, businessman/former defense official

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Fairfax County schools to hold meetings on high school start time options

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:37pm

Fairfax County school administrators will host eight meetings with parents in coming weeks to discuss plans to delay high school start times.

A year ago, the Fairfax County school board commissioned Children’s National Medical Center experts to conduct a study and devise a plan to delay start times to help teenagers get more sleep. In April, the board approved four possible options. Under the current plans, classes may be delayed to 8 a.m., 40 minutes after the current opening bell at 7:20 a.m.

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Strauss: Report: Right-wing extremists use Common Core attacks to undermine public education

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:03am

A year ago I wrote about how extreme right-wing rhetoric against the Common Core State Standards was clouding a substantive debate about  the Common Core State Standards initiative. Now a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center details how right-wing extremists are using Core opposition are using conspiracy theories and misinformation to undermine the very notion of public education.

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Montgomery County seeks to add new police positions at its high schools

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:06am

All 25 of Montgomery County’s high schools may soon have a police officer on campus.

With a final budget vote expected soon, county officials say there is strong support from both the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett for beefing up Montgomery’s ranks of school resource officers (SROs).

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Strauss: How students will be affected by federal revocation of Washington’s NCLB waiver

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:02am

I recently published an open letter by a school board member in Washington named David Iseminger to Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the Education Department’s revocation of the state’s waiver from onerous parts of No Child Left Behind.  Congress was supposed to rewrite NCLB seven years ago but it hasn’t. Recognizing NCLB’s problems — such as an impossible mandate that virtually all students would score proficient in math and reading by 2014 —  the Obama administration offered waivers from the most onerous NCLB mandates to states that agreed to do what it wanted in school reform. Washington state won a waiver but recently the Education Department revoked it because the state legislature did not mandate that teacher evaluations be linked to student test scores. Despite the department’s recognition that NCLB is fundamentally flawed it is now forcing the state to comply with it. And under NCLB nearly all of Washington’s public schools will now be seen as failing — even spectacular schools.

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Strauss: Teacher fired for using broom to stop student fight wants her job back

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:12pm

Two students started fighting violently in a Detroit high school classroom knocking over desks and a teacher grabbed a broom to try to break it up. She struck one of the fighting boys and was fired for her action. Now she wants her job back — and she’s getting a lot of unexpected support.

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Lee High principal to resign, join Richmond City public schools

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 9:47pm

Lee High School Principal Abe Jeffers said he is leaving Fairfax County to join the Richmond public school system as an administrator overseeing sixth- through 12th-grade education.

Jeffers, who has served as principal at Lee in Springfield since 2009, said he will resign from Fairfax on May 23 and begin his new job May 27. Jeffers said he had applied for the position within the Richmond administration to work with new Superintendent Dana T. Bedden, who took over in January.

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Poe Middle in limbo as principal’s criminal trial is slated to begin this month

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 9:07pm

A majority of Fairfax County middle school teachers say they feel respected and empowered to lead their classrooms as they see fit. They also say their school is a good place for them to work and for students to learn. More than 80 percent say they intend to stay at the same school next year.

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Prince George’s charter school’s plans for new campus, sparks parental complaints

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 7:34pm

Rhonda Stewart has felt a mix of emotions in the weeks since her daughter was accepted by what she considers one of the top charter school programs in Prince George’s County.

First, she was elated by the lottery’s outcome. Then, two weeks ago, she was disappointed to learn that the new campus would not open near FedEx Field in Largo, as promised. Now she is appalled, Stewart said, after seeing the Forrestville building where Chesapeake Math and IT (CMIT) Academy wants her child to go to school.

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William and Mary’s tuition two-step: raise prices for freshmen, then freeze for four years

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:44pm

Tuition and fees for new Virginia students at the College of William and Mary in the next school year will be 14 percent higher than the in-state price for current freshmen, echoing a major increase approved the year before.

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Strauss: 8th grade assignment: Write essay about whether Holocaust was real or made up

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:57pm

This  is a story about some school district leaders who need some education — fast.

In an effort to have students meet Common Core standards relating to critical thinking a group of eighth grade teachers in the Rialto Unified School District designed an assignment (see document below) that asked students to write an essay arguing whether the Holocaust was real or made up. A few thousand students completed it in April while reading “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

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