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Strauss: N.Y. teachers bash Gov. Cuomo: Your reform plans are ‘extremely damaging’

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:47pm
There are three possibilities why New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would ignore the position of the American Statistical Association on how not to use statistics to evaluate teachers.One is that he doesn’t know the organization’s position. Two is that he knows but doesn’t understand it. Three is that he knows and understands but thinks he knows better.Read full article >>






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Maryland graduation rates hit a new high

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:33pm
Maryland’s graduation rate has hit a record high, with more than 86 percent of students earning diplomas within four years, according to state data released Tuesday.State officials cheered the new milestone, noting that the rate has climbed more than four percentage points since 2010, when just fewer than 82 percent of high school students graduated on time statewide.Read full article >>






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Four Va. universities respond to bill that would require police notification of sexual assaults

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:10pm
A bill moving in the Virginia legislature would require public universities to notify police within 24 hours after school officials learn of an alleged sexual assault on campus.The Washington Post asked four universities for response to the bill, which won approval Monday from a state Senate subcommittee and appears to have support from the public, as nine out of 10 Virginia voters say sexual assaults on campus should be reported to police immediately. The proposal is likely to generate significant debate because it could affect not only how sexual assault allegations are investigated but also whether students decide to step forward to report an attack.Read full article >>






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Why do we tolerate the lifeless SAT and ACT?

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:00am
I don’t need more reasons to loathe the SAT and the ACT, America’s sorry excuses for college entrance exams. They are scary, narrow time-wasters. But thanks to Emory University professor Mark Bauerlein, I now know those tests are expressly designed to keep every bit of wonder, humor, passion and religion out of the learning process.Read full article >>






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A ‘fever dream’ weekend: A 50-year trivia tradition so intense it consumes a campus

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:00am
Q: At what college are most of the students — and much of the surrounding community — now sleeping off 50 straight hours of trivia?*It all started when J.B. deRosset, a senior at Lawrence University at the time, wasn’t invited to an academic retreat designed to give top students an opportunity to take on the big questions in life. While the campus leaders “went off into the woods and pondered the vastness of eternity or something,” he said, he and his friends came up with their own weekend plans: An on-air contest, 50 hours of questions “for the trivial minds left behind.”Read full article >>






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Absenteeism high in D.C. Head Start programs

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:00pm
More than 25 percent of the students enrolled in Head Start programs in D.C. Public Schools were chronically absent last school year, missing at least 10 percent or the equivalent of a month or more, according to two reports the Urban Institute plans to release Tuesday.Read full article >>






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Brown University’s tighter grip on fraternities spurs debate

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:27pm
A week after Brown University imposed sanctions on two fraternities and issued a ban on alcohol at registered events on campus, administrators are reviewing current alcohol policies. The goal, said Margaret Klawunn, Brown’s vice president for campus life and student services, is to raise awareness of behaviors and activities that could put students at risk.Read full article >>






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Investigation into Md. ‘free-range parenting’ case unresolved after meeting

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:02pm
The neglect investigation that started after a Silver Spring couple allowed their children to walk home a mile from a park could continue for another couple of weeks, despite the parents’ hopes that authorities would drop the case at a meeting Monday.Read full article >>






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Strauss: School superintendent writes ‘warning’ letter on PARCC Common Core test

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:21pm
Superintendent Trisha Kocanda of Winnetka Public Schools in Illinois has written what could be called a “warning” letter to parents, community members and district staff about the PARCC Common Core exam that students in the state will be taking in March and May.  She writes in part:Read full article >>






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Should colleges be required to report accusations of rape immediately, no matter what victims say?

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 1:33pm
With national attention focused on the issue of campus sexual assault — from the President, Congress and a national survey of hundreds of thousands of college students — Virginia lawmakers are considering forcing state college officials to report suspected cases to police immediately.Read full article >>






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Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation?

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 7:00am
If you watch college sports on television, you’ve probably seen the ad for Enterprise Rent-A-Car featuring former college athletes working behind the counter at your nearby Enterprise location. Enterprise — which hires more entry-level college graduates annually than any other company in the U.S. — likes recruiting college athletes because they know how to work on teams and multitask. Read full article >>






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Just look at their faces: A bus full of UMd admissions staff and a turtle mascot surprise applicants with good news

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 7:05pm
Alex Mazze answered the door at his family’s house in Rockville on Sunday morning, then jumped back: A huge red bus was rumbling on the street out front of his house, a small crowd of people wearing red had gathered around his door, neighbors were staring, and video cameras were rolling.Read full article >>






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Just look at their faces: A bus full of UMd admissions staff and a turtle mascot surprise applicants with good news

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 7:05pm
Alex Mazze answered the door at his family’s house in Rockville on Sunday morning, then jumped back: A huge red bus was rumbling on the street out front of his house, a small crowd of people wearing red had gathered around his door, neighbors were staring, and video cameras were rolling.Read full article >>






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What happens when the Common Core becomes less ... common?

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:57pm
The Common Core State Standards were envisioned as a way to measure most of the nation’s students against a shared benchmark, but education experts say political upheaval and the messy reality of on-the-ground implementation is threatening that original goal.Read full article >>






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What happens when the Common Core becomes less ... common?

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:57pm
The Common Core State Standards were envisioned as a way to measure most of the nation’s students against a shared benchmark, but education experts say political upheaval and the messy reality of on-the-ground implementation is threatening that original goal.Read full article >>






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The decline of neighborhood schools causes discomfort. Should it?

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:02pm
I try to impress my grandsons with tales of my difficult childhood. Unlike them, I say, I walked to school every day.They find this amusing because they often stay at the little house in San Mateo, Calif., where I grew up. They know my walk to my elementary school was about 200 yards, the same as my walk to my middle school in the opposite direction. High school was a longer hike, but still just two blocks.Read full article >>






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The decline of neighborhood schools causes discomfort. Should it?

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:02pm
I try to impress my grandsons with tales of my difficult childhood. Unlike them, I say, I walked to school every day.They find this amusing because they often stay at the little house in San Mateo, Calif., where I grew up. They know my walk to my elementary school was about 200 yards, the same as my walk to my middle school in the opposite direction. High school was a longer hike, but still just two blocks.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher to legislators: Here’s how your decisions impact my students every single day

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 12:00pm
Lori Rice is a fourth-grade teacher at West Elementary in Wamego, Kansas, who has  taught K-2 reading as well as kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade for the past 19 years. Her students read books that are held together by tape, and because of budget cuts her school does not have a full-time librarian, art teacher, technology teacher or music teacher.  As a result, she says, “our schedules are limited and cannot be arranged for what is best for students.”Read full article >>






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Distracted behind the wheel? These teens are developing an app for that

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:01pm
Block it Out, submission for Verizon Innovative App Challenge from Margaret Anderson on Vimeo.Every school day, 16-year-old Meg Anderson, a freshly minted driver, makes the 45-minute commute from her home in Woodbridge, Va., to the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park. Then, in the afternoon, she makes the 45-minute trek back to Woodbridge Senior High School, where she is also enrolled.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Mom: I thought I did everything right, but my 6-year-old is already ‘behind’ in reading

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 2:34pm
A recent post on a new report calling into question the practice of forcing young children to read to meet Common Core standards generated hundreds of responses from educators and parents. The report, written by three experts in early childhood education, said that requiring some youngsters to read before they are ready could be harmful.Read full article >>






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