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Strauss: You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 12:30pm

You went to school so you think you know what teachers do, right? You are wrong. Here’s a piece explaining all of this from Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her parentingthecore blog, where this first appeared.

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Ole Miss police seek to question three students in noose case

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 7:04pm

Three white freshmen at the University of Mississippi are being sought for questioning in the racially-charged vandalism of the school’s James Meredith statue, according to the university.

A noose and a Georgia flag from before 2003 (the year the state flag stopped including a Confederate battle flag) were discovered on the statue Sunday morning. Authorities had said they were looking for two men seen in the area and shouting racial slurs, but added that the third man’s name was also prominent in the investigation.

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Strauss: Study: High school grades best predictor of college success -- not SAT/ACT scores

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 5:29pm

A three-year national study of colleges that do not require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores found only “trivial” differences in the college graduation rates or the cumulative grade point average of students between those who do and those who do not send in their standardized test results.

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Work limits may be easing for Va. adjunct college instructors; federal health law at issue

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 5:18pm

Virginia’s limits on the work schedule of part-time college instructors, imposed last year to minimize health insurance expenses of public community colleges under the Affordable Care Act, appear to be easing for at least some of the adjunct professors.

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Strauss: Jon Stewart rips bill allowing teachers, parents to hit kids hard enough to bruise

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 4:42pm

Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category: A legislator in Kansas was pushing legislation to allow teachers and parents to whack kids hard enough to bruise. Why? Out of the mistaken belief that beating up children is an effective disciplinary method.

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LSU chief cheers federal college ratings plan

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 3:52pm

There are plenty of college presidents skeptical of President Obama’s plan to rate their schools on value and access. But don’t overlook those who support the idea, such as F. King Alexander of Louisiana State University.

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Fairfax schools to host STEM events

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:55pm

Fairfax County schools will host two upcoming events for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

On Saturday, middle and high school students, parents and teachers keen to learn more about future trends in STEM-related fields can gather at Chantilly High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expo will include presentations on how to prepare for a STEM career from experts from the CIA, Northrop Grumman, the FBI and Micron Technology. Exhibitors will also provide students with information on businesses, industries and educational opportunities involving technology, engineering, math and health and medical sciences. Those interested in attending the expo can register here.

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Alexandria School Board reconsolidates middle schools

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:53pm

The Alexandria School Board unanimously approved a plan Thursday night to re-consolidate the city’s middle schools, dissolving the five smaller schools within schools that were created just four years ago.

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Baker files for reelection less than a year after school governance changes take effect

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:05pm

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who has told county residents to “judge this administration” on what happens to the school system, filed for reelection on Friday.

Baker’s bid for a second term comes less than a year after he sought a complete takeover of the county’s long-struggling school system.

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New schools documentary screened in Fairfax

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 1:25pm

A cohort of 150 Fairfax County schools teachers gathered in McLean Thursday night for a screening of a new documentary showing a day in the life of a public school system in California.

The 90-minute film, “Go Public,” chronicles the day of May 8, 2012, in the Pasadena Unified School District through the perspective of 50 different people connected to the schools. The showing at the AMC theater in Tyson’s Corner was organized by Mosby Woods elementary second grade teacher Kristine Choi said Fairfax Education Association president Kimberly Adams.

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George Washington University plans for merger with Corcoran College

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:20pm

In some ways, it is easy for a big university to swallow a small college.

George Washington University, with 25,000-plus students and an endowment exceeding $1.3 billion, showed this week that it has the means to decide on short notice to absorb the neighboring Corcoran College of Art and Design, with roughly 550 students and major financial troubles.

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Baker reestablishes education commission to advise him on improving schools

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:18pm

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has reestablished a commission, made up of parents, business owners and educators, to advise him on ways to improve the county schools.

The Commission for Education Excellence took a hiatus last year while Baker pushed to take over the school system and after Segun Eubanks, the commission’s former chairman, was appointed to lead the district’s new hybrid school board.

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The 21 times someone falls off something in The Atlantic’s fraternities story

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:48am

Caitlin Flanagan spent a year investigating college fraternities for The Atlantic, and the resulting story is a long and thorough look at the history of these organizations, the way they deal with liability insurance and a host of other serious issues, including sexual assault, hazing and binge drinking.

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Pitbull’s school: Star promotes a radical idea for at-risk kids

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:34am

MIAMI

Armando Christian Pérez, a.k.a. the pop mogul Pitbull, is in a sixth-floor classroom of Sports Leadership and Management. It’s a new charter school he is supporting just outside the rough Little Havana neighborhood where he was raised.

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Private schools: what to avoid when picking

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:00am

When you’re thinking about private schools for your child, beware of a few common obstacles that seem to trip up even the most seasoned parents:

1. Putting all your eggs in one basket: Sometimes parents will have one school in mind that they view as “perfect,” and all their energy goes into getting their child into that single place. Don’t let unbridled optimism get the best of you — otherwise, you and your child will be disappointed if that top school doesn’t work out. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a top choice, just that you should always have a backup plan.

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Civility in the Twittersphere: Task force in the making in Montgomery County

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:21am

Students on Twitter take note: One Washington-area school system wants to help teach civility in the Twittersphere.

Montgomery County school leaders say they hope to spark a community conversation on the issue, and more than 150 parents, students and others have now applied for positions on the district’s newly forming Cybercivility Task Force.

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Strauss: How some school ‘data walls’ violate U.S. privacy law

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:00am

(Clarification: Education Department says its upcoming guidance will not be about data walls but about student privacy in general.)

After I wrote last week about “data walls” in public schools that often include lists of students and their test scores, readers asked whether such public displays of academic “achievement” -- without parental permission -- violate the federal student privacy law known as FERPA (technically the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). One privacy expert says that such lists can indeed violate FERPA.

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Private schools: Help in picking the right one

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:00am

For many parents, deciding whether private school is right for their child and which schools to apply to is overwhelming. A new book, “A Guide to Private Schools: The Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland Edition” ($25.95, iUniverse), can help.

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Strauss: Anti-testing groups form alliance to bring sanity to education policy

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 7:00am

With resistance to standardized test-obsessed school reform growing around the country, three dozen local, state and national organizations and individuals have now banded together in an alliance to expand efforts to bring sanity to education policy.

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Strauss: A deeply misguided lawsuit about teachers and students

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 5:00am

(Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly cited a Los Angeles Times editorial. The article cited was not a Times editorial but an opinion piece written by an outsider writer and published in the Times.)

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