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Finalists named for Montgomery’s teacher of the year

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:33am
Three Montgomery educators have been named as finalists for the county’s 2015–2016 Teacher of the Year award. At the high school level, the finalist is Joseph Gannon Jr., a Damascus High social studies teacher credited with starting the school’s economics and AP world history programs. Gannon, whose career in Montgomery goes back to 1988, also has sponsored the girls’ golf team and the debate team, and has organized 14 student trips abroad.Read full article >>

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Va. judge rules to keep teacher associations out of public records case

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 6:19pm
A Richmond Circuit Court judge ruled Monday to keep associations representing educators and school boards out of a parent’s legal fight to obtain evaluation data for individual teachers. Brian Davison, a Loudoun County parent, sued the Virginia Department of Education to get student-growth percentile data, saying that he believed that the public has a right to know what the data says about the quality of public school teachers. Student-growth percentiles were created to gauge student academic growth with the aim of using it to measure how effective a teacher is in helping students learn.Read full article >>

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Wonkblog: The states where poor kids are most likely to graduate from high school

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 3:51pm
More high school students of minority backgrounds and from poor families are graduating, the U.S. Department of Education announced Monday. New data shows that not only does the high school graduation rate for the country as a whole continue to rise, but also that the increase was particularly pronounced among black, Hispanic and American Indian kids and for economically disadvantaged students.Read full article >>
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D.C. charter board receives six applications for new schools

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 3:49pm
Six applicants have submitted proposals to the D.C. Public Charter School Board this spring to open new charter schools in the District, representing a variety of schools across all grade levels.The applications include proposals for a school focused on service learning, a Montessori elementary program, an alternative school and a competency-based program for teenagers and young adults.Read full article >>

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Obama meets with city school chiefs, outlines education spending priorities

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:56pm
President Obama on Monday praised recent academic gains in the nation’s urban public school systems and warned of a fight if the Republican-led Congress fails to provide adequate funds for the neediest students.Read full article >>

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Forget Harvard and Stanford. It really doesn’t matter where you go to college

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 1:45pm
In the coming weeks, college acceptances will start rolling in for a select group of high-school seniors vying to get into the three dozen or so most-selective colleges and universities in the country. Most seniors planning to go to college this fall already have been accepted somewhere, either because they applied early or they chose less-selective schools that notify applicants almost immediately of their decision.Read full article >>
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Fairfax schools hires new communications chief

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 1:40pm
Fairfax Schools Superintendent Karen Garza announced the hiring of a new communications chief for the state’s largest school system.Garza named Matt Guilfoyle as the school district’s executive director for communications and community relations. Guilfoyle joined the Fairfax system March 9 and had previously served as a public affairs officer in the office of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington.Read full article >>

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Virginia pushed into debate of teacher privacy vs. transparency for parents

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:42am
A Loudoun County parent has sued state officials to force the release of evaluation data for thousands of teachers across Virginia, making it the latest in a series of states to grapple with whether such information should be made public.Read full article >>

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College applicant: I got in! But I can’t afford it. Was all my hard work for nothing?

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 8:27am
Crysten Price, a high-school senior in Louisiana, writes about the harsh reality she sees in college admissions:This is why I applied to Tulane University.Read full article >>
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In new class, students get lessons in karate kicks, world peace, diplomacy

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 9:22pm
The teenage high school students, dressed in white robes knotted at the waist with matching cloth belts, lined up shoulder-to-shoulder, bowed to their teacher and prepared for the day’s lesson: Precision forearm blocks and whirling chest-high kicks.Read full article >>

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Maryland physics phenom ‘tried not to faint’ upon winning national award

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:56pm
Michael Hofmann Winer is a physics phenom who has won awards and studied how fundamental quasi-particles of sound, called phonons, interact with electrons. His research could potentially be applied to complex electronic materials, such as superconductors.Read full article >>

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A father’s pressing question: How many AP courses are enough?

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:11pm
Last year, I wrote a pieceentitled “Why we wrongly freak out over AP.” Three to five Advanced Placement courses in high school would satisfy most selective colleges, I said: “Taking six, seven, eight or 20 AP courses will almost never make you more attractive to those colleges that reject more students than they accept.”Read full article >>
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Strauss: Pearson monitoring social media for security breaches during PARCC testing

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:15am
Updated with response from superintendent; Pearson revises statement to make clear it is working with PARCC states; more about social media monitoring during testing.Pearson, the world’s largest education company, is monitoring social media during the administration of the new PARCC Common Core test to detect any security breaches, and a spokeswoman said that it was “obligated” to alert authorities when any problems were discovered.Read full article >>

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Videos replace essays and test scores for some kids’ college applications

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:21pm
Mitchell Moran-Kaplan did the usual drill for most of his college applications. But for Goucher College, the 18-year-old grabbed a digital camera last fall and went for a drive, gathering footage for a two-minute video that aimed to explain what he’s all about.Read full article >>

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U-Md president jumps right into angry Twitter debate over a racist email

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:46pm
After an ugly e-mail got posted to the Internet and went viral, sparking tensions at the University of Maryland, its president took an unusual step Friday afternoon: He turned to social media to open up the debate, writing frankly of his own struggle with the issue and asking others on campus to weigh in.Read full article >>

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A U-Md. fraternity brother’s e-mail full of racial slurs has something to offend just about everyone

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 2:24pm
For the second time this week, university officials are investigating complaints of racist language by fraternity members — this time at the University of Maryland.An e-mail dated January 2014 from a U-Md. undergraduate who was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity was posted to the Internet this week, just as an incident at the University of Oklahoma had ignited tensions nationally over race relations and Greek life.Read full article >>

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Fairfax County School Board moves forward with salary raise proposal

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:48pm
Fairfax County School Board members have moved forward with a proposal to raise their salaries by more than 85 percent as the school district faces a tough budget year ahead.At a forum meeting Thursday night, 10 members of the board discussed raising their salaries to $37,500 from $20,000. A majority of the members attending the meeting approved bringing the measure to a vote before the full 12-member board in early April.Read full article >>
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After racist, sexist e-mail surfaces, U-Md. student leaves fraternity

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:21am
Officials at the University of Maryland are launching an investigation after an e-mail that contains “vulgar language” was allegedly sent by an undergraduate student who was a member of the school’s Kappa Sigma fraternity.Read full article >>

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MIT gets transcendental: Admissions decisions on ‘perfect’ Pi Day, 3.14/15

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 9:26am
Anna Tiberi recognized, with joy, the date and time of the release of MIT admissions decisions the moment she saw it written out in numerals: “That’s pi!”For anyone in the midst of college-admissions anxiety — after all the stress that precedes the applications, and all the stress that piles on during the waiting — a happy coincidence, a moment of intentional silliness, is a truly delightful thing.Read full article >>
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D.C. educational system to cut staff at central office, hire 200 at schools

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:42pm
The D.C. public school system plans to cut central office spending by 25 percent and increase funding for the city’s schools to improve course offerings next school year, part of a new budget that includes $726 million in local money.Read full article >>

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