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Wilson High School principal, who came out as gay last year, resigns immediately

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 6:09pm
Woodrow Wilson High School Principal Peter Cahall has resigned, effective immediately, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced in an e-mail to parents on Tuesday.The school district had already decided not to renew Cahall’s contract next year. But in a letter less than two weeks ago, Cahall said he would finish out the school year.Read full article >>






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Strauss: SAT cheating in Asia: More scores are withheld, but College Board won’t say how many

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 3:21pm
For the third straight month, some SAT scores in Asia are being withheld because of allegations of widespread cheating, this time on the December administration of the college entrance exam.The same thing happened in November, and in October, and in September. After each administration in those three months, scores on the college admissions test were withheld while cheating allegations were investigated; then some scores were released, and others were invalidated. Some students missed early-decision college application deadlines as a result.Read full article >>






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Accounts of ‘unwanted sexual advances’ and other incidents roil two private schools

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 7:05pm
Teenagers at the all-girls National Cathedral School in Washington recently created an online document to share anecdotes about “negative social and sexual experiences,” a school official said. Their goal was to brainstorm ideas for joint educational programs with the neighboring St. Albans School for boys.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Bowdoin College to pay tuition for slain officer’s son

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 6:19pm
Bowdoin College in Maine said it was would pay tuition and other expenses for the son of one of the slain New York City police officers to continue attending the school.Yankee Silver Shield Foundation, which was founded decades ago by late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, said it would pay for the education of the children of the two officers who were killed Saturday in an execution-style slaying. Officer Rafael Ramos leaves a 13-year-old son who goes to a middle school in Brooklyn, as well his son, Justin, a sophomore at Bowdoin,  the New York Daily News reported.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: What I don’t have time to do anymore — and what I’d do if I had it

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:34am
Teachers need a lot of things: more respect, higher salaries, etc. But  one teacher says there’s something they need more than anything. Time. This was written by Jake Miller, who teaches seventh-grade U.S. history in Pennsylvania and who has taught several subjects in all grades from sixth through twelfth. He is also a music lover, a public education advocate and a prolific writer who blogs here. This post first appeared on The Educators Room website, and I am republishing it with permission. Note that the bold-faced words were in the original, done by Miller.Read full article >>






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Grosso wants to focus on mental health issues in schools as new education chair

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 9:25am
D.C. Council member David Grosso (I- At large) has been appointed chairman of a stand-alone education committee starting in 2015.In an interview, he said he would continue to focus on student discipline, early childhood education, and attendance issues, and that he wants to bring a new focus to improving mental health services for students.Read full article >>






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Five tips for students during winter break: Read, camp, build, go online, play

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 5:22pm
For many young students, the toll of the bell on the last day of school before winter break means the beginning of holiday fun, presents and long, unstructured days. It can be a gleeful reprieve from hours in the classroom and daily homework assignments. But while the temptation for children might be to slump in front of a television or get lost in video games, some educators say it’s important to take steps to maintain what children learned in school while they’re taking a break from it.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Here’s who got the biggest Gates Foundation education grants for 2014

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 1:43pm
Bill Gates is famous for many things, including spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, promote and defend the Common Core State Standards. In 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded millions more for the Core, plus other issues in the education world.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Firing this D.C. principal makes no sense

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 11:53am
Hiring good principals is the key to making good schools. Firing good principals is the opposite. So I don’t understand why D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is not renewing the contract of a fine principal, Peter J. Cahall of Woodrow Wilson High School.Read full article >>






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ACLU challenges vote requiring transgender students to use ‘private’ bathroom facilities

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:07pm
Gavin Grimm just wants to be able to use the high school boys’ room without being called a “freak.”A 15-year-old sophomore at Gloucester High School in Virginia’s Tidewater region, he was barred from using the boys’ restrooms at school after the local School Board voted to limit boys’ and girls’ restrooms and locker rooms “to the corresponding biological genders,” a policy that requires transgender students to use “alternative private facilities.” Public commenters at the board meeting hurled insults at those like Gavin, saying that transgender students should not be allowed to use the bathroom that boys do because it would infringe on their privacy.Read full article >>






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Education Department releases framework for rating U.S. colleges and universities

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:01am
By the start of next school year, the federal government plans to rate colleges on access, affordability and student outcomes — possibly relying on graduates’ employment and earnings data.Schools could be rated as high performers, low performers, or “in the middle,” according to a “draft framework” of the ratings plan that the Obama administration is releasing Friday. The document, essentially a status report on an initiative President Obama announced in August 2013, leaves many questions unanswered. But it makes clear that the Education Department still intends to assume a new role as an arbiter of the performance of thousands of colleges and universities.Read full article >>






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Arlington School Board votes to move H-B Woodlawn program for new middle school

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:04pm
Arlington’s H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program will move from the building it has occupied since its inception to make room for a new middle school as part of a plan the Arlington School Board approved Thursday night. The plan, which calls for the middle school to open in 2019, is designed to help the district keep up with rapidly growing enrollment.Read full article >>
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U-Va. board leader denounces ‘drive-by journalism’ of Rolling Stone’s rape article

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:06pm
The leader of the University of Virginia’s governing board on Friday denounced Rolling Stone magazine for an article on an alleged gang rape at U-Va. that he likened to a drive-by assault.“Like a neighborhood thrown into chaos by drive-by violence, our tightly knit community has experienced the full fury of drive-by journalism in the 21st century,” U-Va. Rector George Keith Martin said at a meeting of the Board of Visitors in Charlottesville.Read full article >>
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Plan for English language learner schools causes conflict in Pr. George’s County

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:05pm
A plan to open two new high school programs for immigrants and English-language learners in Prince George’s County has created a rift between members of the African American and Hispanic communities, with opponents of the proposal questioning the school district’s decision to use its limited resources to benefit one group of students over the other.Read full article >>
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Employment and earnings weighed in Obama’s college-rating plan

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:17pm
The Obama administration said Friday it is considering a college-rating system that would measure whether graduates earn enough money after leaving school to be substantially above the poverty level.In response to those who worry ratings could be skewed in favor of colleges with lots of graduates who strike it rich, the Education Department is weighing a proposal to set an earnings benchmark for recent graduates and former students that it calls “substantial employment.” That could be 200 percent of the poverty level, the department said, or a multiple of the full-time minimum wage projected over a year.Read full article >>
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Strauss: Should the federal government rate colleges based on graduates’ earnings? It just may do it.

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:31pm
(Update: Response from Republican leaders in Congress)President Obama’s Education Department just released a “draft framework” of its plan to rate  colleges and universities on access, affordability and student outcomes — possibly including on how much a school’s graduates earn — and then to attempt to link some federal aid to the results.Read full article >>
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Strauss: Congressional probe of Wisconsin school voucher program sought

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:31am
Some congressional legislators from Wisconsin are asking the Government Accountability Office — an independent federal agency that provides investigations and evaluations to Congress — to probe Wisconsin’s school voucher program, raising questions about “alarming allegations of potentially discriminatory practices” against students with disabilities, as well as other issues.Read full article >>
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Strauss: Are you a truly bad teacher? Here’s how to tell.

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:30am
Bad teacher. There was a movie with that title, and now a television series. Time magazine had a recent cover with the title “Rotten Apples” that was not a reference to rotten Honey Crisps. And many school reformers talk about teachers as if nearly all of them are lousy. Certainly some teachers who should be doing something else (and it shouldn’t take forever to remove them from a classroom), but there’s a legitimate reason why polls show that teachers are utterly demoralized.Read full article >>
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Vote on more flexible D.C. high school graduation requirements delayed for input

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:01pm
The D.C. State Board of Education on Wednesday night voted unanimously to table a vote on proposed revisions to graduation requirements that would create more flexible routes to a high school diploma, citing the need to give the community more time to respond.Read full article >>






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Four charter schools selected to lease former D.C. Public School buildings

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:28pm
Four charter school operators have been selected to lease space in two surplus D.C. public school buildings, according to an announcement this week by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith.Read full article >>






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