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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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Some at St. Mary’s suggest capping college president’s pay

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 9:46pm

It was a novel idea that bubbled up at an unusual public college. A group of professors at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, outraged about a trend of rising presidential pay in higher education, wanted to cap the salary of their school’s president at a level no more than 10 times what the college’s least-paid employees make.

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Strauss: True or false: Students can pray in public school any time they want

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 4:54pm

True or false? Students and anybody else in a public school have a right to quietly pray any time they want.

It’s true, but you wouldn’t know it if you listen to lawmakers in Virginia who, according to this Post story, are pushing legislation that would ”codify students’ right to pray before, during and after school; organize prayer groups, clubs and events; wear religious clothing or accessories; and express religious viewpoints at school forums.”

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Perry Street Prep’s high school to close; KIPP DC to take over Arts and Technology Academy

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 2:51pm

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has decided to allow Perry Street Prep’s elementary and middle school grades to continue operating but to close its high school, making Perry Street the latest in a string of charter schools to face sanctions for poor academic performance.

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Strauss: What if Google ran the college application process?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 2:24pm

If you have ever been through the college admissions process, or your child has, or, if anybody you have ever known has been remotely connected to it, then you know how crazy it is. In this post, Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing at DePaul University in Chicago writes about the process and how it could/should be changed in ways you probably haven’t considered.

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Wisconsin lawmakers push for control over K-12 standards

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 1:56pm

As in several other states, lawmakers in Wisconsin are considering legislation that would pause, change or eliminate the new Common Core academic standards in math and reading now being implemented in public school classrooms across the country.

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Corcoran deal expands GWU’s footprint, and U-Md.’s plan for partnership ends suddenly

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:27am

George Washington University’s pending plan to take over the Corcoran College of Art and Design would expand the footprint of the largest university in the nation’s capital.

Details remain to be negotiated. But the structure of the deal, announced Wednesday, would make GWU the new owner of the Corcoran’s building on 17th Street NW, next to the White House. It also, according to GWU, would transfer to the university a Corcoran campus in Georgetown on 35th Street NW.

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Strauss: #ResistTFA popular on Twitter

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 5:00am

A student-led campaign against Teach For America took to Twitter this week and has been proving to be popular, at one point more so than tweets with the Olympic hashtag.

The Twitter effort is being led by Students United for Public Education, a grassroots, student-led organization founded by Stephanie Rivera, a Rutgers University Graduate School of Education Student & Urban Teaching Fellow, and Hannah Nguyen, University of Southern California student and a chapter leader of SUPE.

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Strauss: Text of U-Md. president’s letter about massive computer security breach

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 12:47am

A computer security breach at the University of Maryland has compromised more than 300,000 personal records for faculty, staff and students who have received identification cards. Here’s the letter about the breach from university President Wallace D. Loh released on Wednesday:

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Police use Taser on cafeteria manager at Arlington elementary school after altercation

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:32pm

An Arlington County police officer used a Taser on a cafeteria manager at an elementary school Wednesday after the school employee had an altercation with an administrator, police and school officials said.

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U-Md. computer security attack exposes 300,000 records

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:15pm

More than 300,000 personal records for faculty, staff and students who have received identification cards at the University of Maryland were compromised in a computer security breach this week, school officials said.

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Teachers union head calls for Core ‘course correction’

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:13pm

The head of the nation’s largest teachers union said the rollout of the new Common Core academic standards has been “completely botched” in many states and that wholesale changes taking place in U.S. classrooms need an immediate “course correction.”

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Alexandria rethinking small middle schools

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 8:43pm

Shortly after former superintendent Morton Sherman came to Alexandria, he orchestrated a dramatic reorganization of the city’s two middle schools to boost poor performance: He divided them into smaller schools.

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FBI, police investigating noose found on James Meredith statue at Ole Miss

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 8:29pm

A statue honoring James Meredith stands at the heart of the University of Mississippi’s campus, not far from the the Grove and a short walk from the football stadium.

Meredith enrolled in classes on Oct. 1, 1962, integrating the school known as Ole Miss, but was only able to do so after deadly riots erupted in Oxford, Miss. The statue of Meredith, unveiled in October 2006, depicts him entering the campus.

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Checking back in on the undocumented immigrant running for UNC student body president

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 7:24pm

Yesterday, we wrote about Emilio Vicente, a University of North Carolina student who was running for student body president. Vicente’s story drew national media attention, in large part because he was an undocumented immigrant who was quite open about that fact while campaigning.

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D.C. charter board postpones vote to close Options school

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 6:21pm

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has postponed its decision about whether to close Options Public Charter School in order to accommodate a request for a public hearing on the matter.

Options has been in turmoil since October, when the D.C. Office of the Attorney General filed a complaint alleging that three former managers of the school funneled millions of dollars meant for students to two for-profit businesses they owned.

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Very few D.C. students attend assigned schools, data show

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:54pm

Start with the District’s enormous range of public school quality and reputation, add the city’s enthusiastic embrace of school choice, and here is what you get: Very few D.C. students attend their assigned public school, particularly outside of a few pockets west of Rock Creek Park and on Capitol Hill.

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Pr. George’s parents criticize plan to move students away from neighborhood schools

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:42pm

More than a dozen parents attending a hearing Tuesday night questioned program changes proposed by Prince George’s County Schools chief executive Kevin M. Maxwell that would require some students to go to different schools next year.

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Strauss: Mom to officials: Stop forcing severely disabled kids to take high-stakes tests

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:16am

Earlier this month I wrote about Andrea Rediske, who had fought a long battle with the Florida Department of Education over a requirement that her blind and brain-damaged son, Ethan, who also suffered from cerebral palsy, take state-mandated standardized tests. Rediske managed to win a waiver for her son, but recently, while he lay dying in a hospital, she was required to fill out paperwork proving that Ethan could not take a new standardized test this year. Ethan passed away on Feb. 7, at home with his parents at his side.

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U of Chicago joins Universal College App, an alternative to sector leader Common App

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:05am

One of the story lines of this college admission cycle is how many universities are looking for alternatives to the Common Application after the rocky rollout of its latest online version.

This week the University of Chicago, a Common App member since 2008, announced that it will add the Universal College Application as an option for the next cycle.

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