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UMass reverses ban on Iranian students in science graduate programs

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:12pm
After significant pushback from within and beyond the campus community, University of Massachusetts at Amherst officials on Wednesday reversed a decision to ban Iranian students from some science and engineering graduate programs.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The coolest thing at cold colleges: Warm $700-plus Canada Goose coats

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:49pm
BOSTON — If you’ve never heard of Canada Goose, you probably haven’t been walking around college campuses in the frigid Northeast recently.The Canada Goose reference in this case is not to the animal species (with white patches on their face, black head and neck and brown bodies) but rather to a brand of goose down coats with coyote fur trimming on the hood that many say are at least as warm as any coats anywhere.Read full article >>






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Anatomy of a school closing: How Fairfax County officials make the call on snow days

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:54pm
Fairfax County schools cancelled classes for the second time this week Wednesday after a winter storm dropped about six inches of snow across the Washington area.It was the fifth time Fairfax officials closed schools this winter, and with more snowy weather in the forecast, it’s possible additional cancellations could occur this week. The 2014-2015 school year marks the first time a new calendar system took effect that added 13 extra snow days in case of inclement weather.Read full article >>






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Oops! (x 800) Carnegie Mellon tells hundreds of applicants they’re in — by mistake

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:13am
About 800 applicants to Carnegie Mellon University got great news Monday — they were accepted to the prestigious school’s top-ranked master’s in computer science program, and even given helpful “bragging points.” But in a cruel computer glitch, those congratulatory e-mails were sent out by mistake. And another, much less happy and completely exclamation-point-free batch soon followed. As Gawker first reported, those students got a message that was pretty clear:Read full article >>






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Why Notre Dame’s curriculum review raises far-reaching Catholic identity questions

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:05pm
This story has been updated.As the University of Notre Dame conducts its 10-year review of curriculum standards, a proposal to reconsider requiring students to take theology and philosophy courses is raising concerns that such a change could endanger the institution’s Catholic identity.Read full article >>






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Arizona State police officer resigns after tackling a professor to the ground

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:57pm
An Arizona State University police officer resigned Monday rather than get fired for his treatment of a faculty member, the Arizona Republic reported.Officer Stewart Ferrin stopped assistant professor Ersula Ore in May and ordered her to walk on the sidewalk, rather than the road, according to the Republic — and as she argued with him and refused to show identification, the incident escalated to the point that he was threatening to slam her into the police car, she kicked him in the shin, and he tackled her to the ground.Read full article >>






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Christie goes from Common Core supporter to critic, blames Obama

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:28pm
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is no longer the only GOP presidential hopeful to undergo an election season conversion from Common Core booster to critic.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told conservative Republicans in Iowa — the site of the first 2016 GOP caucus about a year from now — that he has “grave concerns” about the Common Core, the K-12 academic standards in reading and math adopted by 43 states and D.C. Read full article >>






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Strauss: When is it too cold outside to go to school?

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 4:49pm
BOSTON — When is it too cold outside to go to school?If you ask my younger daughter, a college freshman in Boston whose idea of acceptable weather is Miami’s, it is now too cold to go to school. It is at the moment, according to AccuWeather, 17 degrees Fahrenheit but the RealFeel is 4 degrees Fahrenheit. The bad and good news: Tuesday night it will drop to 13 degrees Fahrenheit, but the RealFeel will rise to 8 degrees Fahrenheit. She did go to class on Tuesday, but begrudgingly.Read full article >>






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New Mexico lawmakers confirm Jeb Bush protégé as education secretary

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:13pm
The New Mexico Senate voted Monday to confirm Jeb Bush protégé Hanna Skandera as the state’s secretary of public education, handing a defeat to Democrats and teacher unions in what had become a four-year political fight.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why I once liked Common Core but changed my mind — one principal’s view

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:00pm
The debate over the Common Core State Standards has become so polarized that it is hard to get people who disagree to have reasonable conversations about it. This is the first of what will be a continuing series of letters that two award-winning principals with differing views on the Core will write to each other (a concept that Education Week once used with Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier as the authors). The new iteration is being undertaken by the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news Web site focused on inequality and innovation in education, and each piece will be published there first. The Report’s editors as well as both principals have given me permission to republish each letter.Read full article >>






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University of Tennessee football players facing rape allegations

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:09am
A former University of Tennessee student says she told university officials in September that she had been raped by a member of the school’s football team soon after she started school as a freshman, but was devastated when a university inquiry concluded that the sex was consensual, according to the Tennessean.Read full article >>






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Former admissions staffer: Parents, calm down. Let Harvard go.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:27am
Like many who have worked in college admissions, she has heard it: All the worries from parents about “what they can do” to get their kids into Ivies.And she has read about a cluster of suicides that some attribute to stress, pressure on achievement.Read full article >>






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Search underway for Montgomery County schools superintendent

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 7:06pm
The national search is on in Montgomery County for a new superintendent to lead Maryland’s largest school system, a high-performing district in a place with growing poverty, great affluence, budget stress and parents known for many — and strong — opinions.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The famous ‘word gap’ doesn’t hurt only the young. It affects many educators, too.

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:00pm
You have probably heard about what is called the “word gap” found in many low-income children, who were found in a famous 1995 research study to be exposed to 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate peers by age 3, and that this deficit affects literacy development. The word gap has been cited by many experts as a key reason that at-risk children need focused literacy instruction. In this post, Elizabeth A. Gilbert explains that there is a related problem: Many  early childhood educators have the same problem. Gilbert is the coordinator of the “Learn at Work Early Childhood Educator Program Labor” in the Labor Management Workplace Education Center  at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Presidents’ Day has an issue

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:17pm
There is an issue with Presidents’ Day, or, actually, more than one, to which you may not have given much thought. For one thing, there is no agreement across all states on which presidents are being honored, the actual name of the holiday, or even whether it should be “Presidents’ ” or “Presidents.”Read full article >>






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Think your college search is almost over? Think again: For many, a transfer awaits.

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 12:12pm
The college search process that for many high school seniors and their families began years ago is nearing the end, as acceptances roll in and the countdown for making a final decision quickly approaches.Read full article >>






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Prince William schools weighing steep cuts to trim $11 million out of budget

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:50pm
Facing one of its toughest financial situations in years, the Prince William County School Board has begun considering cuts to numerous discretionary programs as it seeks to trim approximately $11 million from the school system’s budget in the fast-growing division.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Why national superintendent searches miss the best people for the job

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 5:49pm
The Montgomery County Board of Education has hired a headhunting firm for $35,000 plus expenses to launch a national search to replace Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, whose last day on the job is Monday. That’s not much money, but it is still a waste of time and talent. Read full article >>






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Departing MoCo schools chief reflects on short tenure of superintendents

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 2:42pm
Montgomery County’s departing schools chief reflected on his record as leader of Maryland’s largest school system and said that sometimes expectations for superintendents are out of step with reality, according to an exit interview posted online Sunday. Read full article >>






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Strauss: A valuable school and principal — but you wouldn’t know it by the test scores

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 12:00pm
From Brownsville to The White House! @TheLopezEffect @MottHallBridges @humansofny This Is What It’s About! pic.twitter.com/lSrrEeBS68If you’ve never heard of HONY, or the Humans of New York project, this post will introduce you to it, and its relevance to school reform. The author of the post, Barnett Berry, tells the story of a wonderful school (highlighted in a HONY piece) that is embraced by its community but, unfortunately, doesn’t shine when it comes to standardized test scores. Berry is the founder, partner and chief executive officer at the Center for Teaching Quality,  a national nonprofit organization that helps teachers transform their profession.Read full article >>






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