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Strauss: Actually, it can matter where you go to college

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:00am
A popular post on The Washington Post’s new Grade Point blog had this headline, “Forget Harvard and Stanford. It really doesn’t matter where you go to college.”  Really?The piece, by Jeffrey Selingo, looks at a new book by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni,  titled “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.”  Selingo writes:Read full article >>






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Strauss: Are we really at a ‘new low in the teacher wars’?

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 7:31pm
Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, recently wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post blasting critics of a multimillion-dollar initiative by the Obama administration to rate colleges of education. Serving as a cheerleader for the Education Department’s effort, he accuses colleges of education of seeking to escape evaluation of their programs, and he questions whether critics have read the proposed standards. He wrote in part:Read full article >>






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Howard police officer injured in crash involving driver suspected of drinking

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 3:18pm
A Howard County police officer was injured early Sunday when he stopped to assist an off-duty Takoma Park police officer who had struck a deer and his cruiser car was hit by a man believed to have been drinking, police said.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Why should we fear teachers visiting their students’ homes?

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 1:53pm
Dave Levin thought he was going to be fired from his Houston school the day he picked up a huge, unruly sixth-grader and dropped him in his seat. He had touched a kid. That was a big no-no. He felt so bad that he went to the boy’s small wood-frame home after school — another thing he had been told never to do — and apologized to the boy’s mother. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Award-winning principal urges legislators to say ‘no’ to Gov. Cuomo

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:00am
Here is a letter that an award-winning New York high school principal is sending to every member of her state’s legislature in regard to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to reform teacher evaluation (for the second time in three years). Among Cuomo’s proposals is requiring  that student standardized test scores account for a full 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation rather than the current 20 percent. Assessment experts warn against linking test scores to educators’ evaluation for a variety of reasons, but the practice has become a central feature of the school reform agenda of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.Read full article >>






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Strauss: A weird grammar lesson from ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 4:00am
Music video by “Weird Al” Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music EntertainmentRead full article >>






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Body cameras may have provided clarity in arrest of U-Va. student

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 5:53pm
RICHMOND — As Virginia State Police, elected officials and many others try to understand how a University of Virginia student wound up on a Charlottesville sidewalk, bloody and prone, one piece of the puzzle is conspicuously absent: body-camera footage.Read full article >>






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Strauss: 2015 NCAA basketball champs — by academic performance

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 10:59am
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a serious basketball player —  co-captaining the Harvard varsity team and playing professionally, mostly in Australia — so it’s no surprise the department he leads likes to put a spotlight on academic performance among sports teams. The Education Department published on its Homeroom blog  a piece titled “A Different Approach to NCAA Bracketology,” which looks at which schools would come out on top if academic performance were considered for both men and women in the March Madness tournaments.Read full article >>






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‘We’re going to keep fighting’: Sweet Briar alumnae battle to save their college

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:51am
Michele Gargano, the vice president of development for a biotech company, says she is a realist. A 1988 graduate of Virginia’s Sweet Briar College, she knows the odds are stacked against the tiny, all-women’s liberal arts school, whose president shocked the tight-knit community when he announced the school would close because of “insurmountable financial challenges.”Read full article >>






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U-Va. students’ anger grows as they demand answers about arrest

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 8:17pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Chanting “Black lives matter” and raising their fists, more than 100 African American students walked out of a meeting with law enforcement officials here Friday as the University of Virginia community expressed growing frustration in the quest for answers about this week’s violent arrest of a black student.Read full article >>






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U-Va. student leaders, police discuss racial tensions on campus Friday

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:13pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — Student leaders at the University of Virginia hosted a public discussion on campus racial relations Friday after a black student was violently arrested by a group of white police officers this week.Read full article >>






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Cornell arts and sciences dean: Colleges must foster good citizenship

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:10pm
In this post, Gretchen Ritter, the dean of arts and sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., writes about what she believes the purpose of college should be. Ritter is scheduled to speak in Washington on Monday, discussing the role of higher education in training and preparing future public servants and government leaders, as part of a free event sponsored by the Cornell in Washington program.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘You do not speak for our children’

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:46am
Earlier this year, 19 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the United Negro College Fund, issued a joint statement about what they would like to see in a newly written No Child Left Behind law, an exercise Congress is now attempting to complete.  The statement (which you can read here) surprised many parents and educators because of its embrace of faulty thinking about teaching and learning.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Ohio superintendent: ‘I am profoundly concerned’ about new Common Core tests

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:29am
Steve Kramer is the superintendent of Madeira City Schools in Ohio. He recently wrote a letter to Ohio Superintendent Richard Ross expressing his concern that new Common Core tests students in his state are taking are “neither relevant nor important to the high quality instruction Madeira City Schools has been proud to provide for over 80 years.”Read full article >>






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A new round of soul-searching at U-Va.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:12pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan has voiced shock and indignation at the image of a bloodied student in a violent arrest this week outside a bar here. A 20-year-old African American, Martese Johnson, was arrested by white police officers who work for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.Read full article >>






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Prince Charles visits adult education school in D.C.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:57pm
When Adenike Adeliyi immigrated to the United States from Ni­ger­ia four years ago, she spoke only broken English and did not know how to read. But on Thursday, she welcomed His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to her school on behalf of her classmates.Read full article >>






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Violent arrest of black U-Va. student sparks scrutiny of Virginia ABC

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 8:17pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The violent arrest of a University of Virginia student sparked new scrutiny of Virginia’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Thursday as university officials and Richmond lawmakers questioned the tactics and approach of the agency’s law enforcement officers.Read full article >>






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Agency that violently arrested black U-Va. student drawing new scrutiny

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:35pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — The violent arrest of a University of Virginia student early Wednesday morning has sparked new scrutiny of Virginia’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and its law enforcement activities on campus and around the state.Read full article >>






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Strauss: You won’t believe what New Mexico teachers aren’t allowed to say to students

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:56am
Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category: The New Mexico Administrative Code prohibits teachers and other school staff from saying anything negative to students about standardized tests. Or, to be more precise, they are not allowed to say anything that might  “disparage or diminish the significance, importance or use of the standardized tests.” (The word “disparage” is bold-faced on the code’s Web page, which you can see here.)Read full article >>






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SOL scheduling woes cause headaches for Fairfax students

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:50am
Last week, Edison High School junior Sarah Weinstein got ready for the Standards of Learning tests — the state-mandated exams designed to keep schools and teachers accountable and measure students’ academic progress. Students must pass the SOLs, as the tests are known, in order to graduate, which can heighten anxiety surrounding the exams for many of the teens.Read full article >>






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