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Fairfax County schools to consider calendar changes

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:37am

Fairfax County School Superintendent Karen Garza is proposing significant changes to the school calendar for next fall, a move that would eliminate early elementary school release on Mondays and would effectively add 10 days to the schedule to account for inclement weather.

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Prince George’s school celebrates its 50th anniversary

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:35am

The students at James McHenry Elementary School in Prince George’s County recently held a day-long celebration of the school’s golden anniversary by taking a step back in time to recognize other events and births that took place in 1963-1964.

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Strauss: Spain’s king-to-be went to Georgetown University

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:39am

Spain’s Prince Felipe, who is about to become the new king of his country, went to high school in Canada, college in Madrid, and earned a master’s degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, announced Monday morning that he would abdicate in favor of his son, who is 46 and whose full name is Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia.

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Strauss: Racist stereotypes in Hong Kong textbooks spark controversy

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:09am

A controversy has arisen in Hong Kong as a result of new textbooks that stereotype different nationalities in exercises intended to teach multiculturalism to young students. From a blog called Hongwrong.com comes the following pictures from textbooks, published by a Singapore company called Educational Publishing House Ltd. .

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Strauss: You won’t believe these kindergarten schedules

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:01am

Anybody paying attention to school reform knows that kindergarten today is nothing like it used to be. Kindergarten schedules used to be dominated by play, but there’s not much time — if any — for that any more in many programs.  Play has been replaced with reading, writing and arithmetic — and a slew of tests on reading, writing and arithmetic. There is so much pressure on teachers to get kids in kindergarten — who can be 4, 5 or 6 — academically oriented that some teachers have stopped offering a snack because there just isn’t any time. Recess? That’s gone in some places too.

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D.C. classrooms welcome babies in effort to teach empathy

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 8:08pm

The newest teachers at the District’s Maury Elementary School haven’t been to college. They can’t tie their own shoes. They don’t speak much English. And they aren’t potty-trained.

They are babies. Mostly bald, and completely mesmerizing.

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Prince George’s school board has more college graduates

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 5:01pm

When voters were allowed to choose every member of the Prince George’s County school board, just 25 percent of the members had college degrees a year and a half ago. That percentage was lower than any other school system in the Washington region and far below the national average.

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Strauss: How much will Obama’s college rating system cost? A lot.

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 2:28pm

The Obama administration is developing a college rating (not ranking) system that will be based on criteria yet to be determined but that could include data such as tuition and how much students earn when they graduate and get a job. It is intended to be used (with congressional approval) in deciding which institutions deserve federal student aid.

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How charters and rivals may get together

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 1:46pm

Elliott Witney, a brilliant reading teacher, was one of the six people who launched KIPP, now the nation’s largest charter school network, in a Chicago hotel conference room 14 years ago. He eventually became principal of KIPP’s flagship school in Houston. So, why has this hero of the charter movement taken an administrator job in a traditional Houston area district full of bureaucratic annoyances charters were created to eliminate?

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Strauss: One surefire way to wreck a public school system

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 12:27pm

How do you wreck a public school system?

There are plenty of ways, but right now let’s just focus on one district, the state-run Philadelphia School District, which has been starved for funding by the administration of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and has been a guinea pig for corporate school reform, with widespread school closures and rapid charter expansion in the past decade.

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Strauss: Bloomberg, at Harvard, blasts Ivy League ‘liberals’ for ‘trying to repress conservative ideas’

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 10:36am

Because I am a fan of good speeches, I’ve recently posted some interesting ones from the 2014 college commencement season, including a few that were funny (Mindy Kaling at Harvard Law, Jim Carrey at the Maharishi University of Management) and one that included an extended apology to students about how the speaker’s generation had failed them. (Deborah Bial at Mount Holyoke College).

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D.C. students attempt to set Guinness world record for bubble-wrap-popping

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 7:26pm

The tennis courts at Northwest Washington’s Lafayette Elementary became the scene of a snap-crackle-pop symphony Friday afternoon as hundreds of students attempted to set a Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time.

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New vaccinations required for Maryland students when school year begins

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:44pm

New vaccinations will be required for Maryland students entering kindergarten and seventh grade when the new school year starts in August, health officials said this week.

Children starting kindergarten must have two chicken pox vaccinations, rather than one, and students headed into seventh grade need Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and meningococcal vaccinations, officials said.

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Strauss: Mark Zuckerberg is giving $120 million to Bay Area schools (after his last education reform effort didn’t go so well)

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:47am

The world’s most innovative community shouldn’t also be a home for struggling public schools. Today Priscilla and I are announcing a $120 million commitment to support efforts to improve education for underserved communities in the Bay Area. Read full article >>






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D.C. to release refined set of school boundary recommendations

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:46am

Two months ago, D.C. officials released three politically charged proposals to overhaul the city’s school boundaries and student-assignment policies, setting off vigorous debate about the future of the city’s neighborhood schools.

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Strauss: Is the $1 trillion student loan debt really a crisis? — Part 2

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:43am

Earlier this month I published a post titled “Is the $1 trillion student loan debt really a crisis?” by Donald E. Heller, dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University, which sparked a lot of comments and questions. It started out this way:

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Prince George’s honors school employees and students during recognition dinner

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:15am

A veteran educator who decided she wanted to become a teacher when she was in elementary school was given the 2014 Christa McAuliffe Outstanding Teacher award during an employee recognition dinner Thursday night in Greenbelt.

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Strauss: Winning words in National Spelling Bee going back to 1925

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:04am

It’s National Spelling Bee time again, and some Post colleagues put together a great graphic that tests your ability to spell, here. Below is a selected list of words that won the bee in various years going back to the first one in 1925. You can see the entire list here.

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Strauss: Mindy Kaling to Harvard law grads: ‘I’m afraid a couple of you probably are evil. That’s just the odds.’

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 6:12pm

Here’s yet another in my series of interesting/amusing/surprising commencement speeches that have been given in the 2014 graduation season. This one was delivered at Harvard Law School on Wednesday by Mindy Kaling, creator, producer and star of “The Mindy Project” and who had been a cast member on “The Office.” She was introduced by a student who noted that “Ms. Kaling has stated on multiple occasions that she is ‘obsessed with justice.’ Well, it seems like she’s come to the right place to find like-minded people.” Incidentally, Kaling’s a Dartmouth grad.

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Strauss: Diane Ravitch a candidate for New York governor? (update)

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 2:25pm

(Update: Ravitch confirms on her blog that she won’t be a candidate, which is what the original post said.)

Diane Ravitch a candidate for New York governor?

New York newspapers, including The New York Times, are reporting that the Working Families Party, whose New Jersey affiliate just helped get Ras Baraka elected mayor of Newark on the issue of school reform, is considering making her its candidate in this November’s election if it decides not to endorse incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A party source confirmed that she is one of several possible gubernatorial candidates and that the winner will be decided when party leaders meet this Saturday. The Daily News reported that Ravitch was interested.

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