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Spoiled containers of milk being investigated in Prince William school cafeterias

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:26am

Prince William County cafeterias are not selling milk this week, after workers reported some spoiled containers of milk.

School officials notified Newport News-based Marva Maid Dairy about the spoiled half-pint containers of milk on May 23, according to a letter sent home to families on Monday. They initially thought it was an isolated incident but later learned about problems in Henrico County with the same supplier.

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Maryland schools chief takes to Twitter

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:23am

Maryland’s schools chief is slated to lead her first Twitter chat Tuesday night, in a public give-and-take using the popular social network.

Lillian M. Lowery, the state’s superintendent of schools, and her invited guest, Ray Leone, the president of Maryland’s PTA, will take questions tweeted to #MSDEChat from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Pr. George’s school board to discuss district’s strategic plan

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:01am

As the Prince George’s County Board of Education begins to work on redefining the school system’s mission, vision and core values, it is also offering input to School Chief Kevin Maxwell as he devises a strategic plan for the district.

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Strauss: 6th graders seeking payment for taking Common Core field tests

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 6:02am

Some sixth grade students in Massachusetts who spent hours over several days taking practice versions of newly developed Common Core tests decided that they should be paid for their work and are seeking payment for serving as “guinea pigs.”

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Strauss: The real story behind drop in scores on N.Y. Regents exams

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 5:01am

Two educators in New York did an analysis of scores on the June 2013 New York State Regents exams and found something  interesting that somehow never made it into news stories, including a recent “exclusive” by one New York City newspaper. Read about it what it was below in the post by Carol Burris and John Murphy. Burris, the award-winning principal of  South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District,  has been chronicling the flawed implementation of school reform and the Common Core State Standards in a series of posts on this blog (here, and here and here and here and here, for example).  Murphy is the assistant principal of South Side High School in charge of the school’s English department.

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Strauss: Three innovative ways to address mental health issues

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 4:02am

With every new traumatic shooting that rivets the nation’s attention, mental health becomes a hot topic for debate for a short while before dying down until the next disaster. In an attempt to move the dialogue into action, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, and the Cigna Foundation are hosting an all-day forum on Wednesday, June 4, at George Washington University titled  “It’s Time to Take Action: Innovative Community Approaches to Children’s Mental Health.” You can learn more here,  and read the following post, which details steps that will move the mental health debate from dialogue to action. It was written by Mary Giliberti and Stuart Lustig. Giliberti is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Lustig is the lead medical director for child and adolescent care for Cigna Behavioral Health and associate clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Psychiatry.

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Schools get road map for improving discipline practices

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:01am

A national report described as a first-of-its-kind road map for improving discipline practices in U.S. public schools was released Tuesday, with 60 recommendations intended to help schools reduce suspensions and create better learning conditions.

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Prince George’s schools mark one year under new governance structure

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 6:10pm

Since Maryland lawmakers gave Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) unprecedented power over the state’s second-largest school system last year, the district has hired a new superintendent, gained six new school board members and started to slowly work on reforms to reinvent itself.

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Strauss: How much do Oklahoma legislators hate the Common Core? This much.

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:53pm

It’s one thing to critique the Common Core State Standards. It’s another thing entirely to do what the Oklahoma legislature has done: pass a bill that not only stops schools from using the standards but also insists that new state standards are carefully compared to the Core to make sure there is no resemblance. That’s part of a bill known as HB 3399, which is now in the hands of Gov. Mary Fallin, who has this week to decide whether to sign it or kill it — either by vetoing it or or not signing it into law.

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D.C. officials allege improper diversion of charter funds

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:41pm

Kent Amos, founder of one of the oldest and largest D.C. charter school networks, allegedly funneled millions of school dollars to a for-profit management company he owns, according to a legal complaint filed Monday by D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan.

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New principals announced for Alexandria middle schools

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:54am

An educator from Houston has been chosen to guide Francis C. Hammond Middle School as its principal when it reopens next September as one large school instead of three small ones.

Meilin Jao will lead the re-consolidated school, Alexandria superintendent Alvin L. Crawley announced Sunday. She will work with three academic principals and a dean of students in a new leadership structure designed to nurture personal relationships with students in a larger setting.

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Fairfax County schools to consider calendar changes

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:37am

Fairfax County School Superintendent Karen Garza is proposing significant changes to the school calendar for next fall, a move that would eliminate early elementary school release on Mondays and would effectively add 10 days to the schedule to account for inclement weather.

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Prince George’s school celebrates its 50th anniversary

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:35am

The students at James McHenry Elementary School in Prince George’s County recently held a day-long celebration of the school’s golden anniversary by taking a step back in time to recognize other events and births that took place in 1963-1964.

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Strauss: Spain’s king-to-be went to Georgetown University

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:39am

Spain’s Prince Felipe, who is about to become the new king of his country, went to high school in Canada, college in Madrid, and earned a master’s degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, announced Monday morning that he would abdicate in favor of his son, who is 46 and whose full name is Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia.

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Strauss: Racist stereotypes in Hong Kong textbooks spark controversy

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:09am

A controversy has arisen in Hong Kong as a result of new textbooks that stereotype different nationalities in exercises intended to teach multiculturalism to young students. From a blog called Hongwrong.com comes the following pictures from textbooks, published by a Singapore company called Educational Publishing House Ltd. .

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Strauss: You won’t believe these kindergarten schedules

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:01am

Anybody paying attention to school reform knows that kindergarten today is nothing like it used to be. Kindergarten schedules used to be dominated by play, but there’s not much time — if any — for that any more in many programs.  Play has been replaced with reading, writing and arithmetic — and a slew of tests on reading, writing and arithmetic. There is so much pressure on teachers to get kids in kindergarten — who can be 4, 5 or 6 — academically oriented that some teachers have stopped offering a snack because there just isn’t any time. Recess? That’s gone in some places too.

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D.C. classrooms welcome babies in effort to teach empathy

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 8:08pm

The newest teachers at the District’s Maury Elementary School haven’t been to college. They can’t tie their own shoes. They don’t speak much English. And they aren’t potty-trained.

They are babies. Mostly bald, and completely mesmerizing.

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Prince George’s school board has more college graduates

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 5:01pm

When voters were allowed to choose every member of the Prince George’s County school board, just 25 percent of the members had college degrees a year and a half ago. That percentage was lower than any other school system in the Washington region and far below the national average.

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Strauss: How much will Obama’s college rating system cost? A lot.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 2:28pm

The Obama administration is developing a college rating (not ranking) system that will be based on criteria yet to be determined but that could include data such as tuition and how much students earn when they graduate and get a job. It is intended to be used (with congressional approval) in deciding which institutions deserve federal student aid.

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How charters and rivals may get together

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 1:46pm

Elliott Witney, a brilliant reading teacher, was one of the six people who launched KIPP, now the nation’s largest charter school network, in a Chicago hotel conference room 14 years ago. He eventually became principal of KIPP’s flagship school in Houston. So, why has this hero of the charter movement taken an administrator job in a traditional Houston area district full of bureaucratic annoyances charters were created to eliminate?

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