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Gray keeping Lanier as police chief hailed as signature accomplishment in crime fight

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 6:47pm

One of the first things Vincent C. Gray did when he was elected mayor in 2010 was decide to keep Cathy L. Lanier as police chief. By nearly all accounts, it was also one of the smartest things he’s done.

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Strauss: Why Presidents’ Day is slightly strange

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 2:13pm

Most federal holidays are clear-cut. On the Fourth of July, for example, Americans celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. On the other hand, Presidents’ Day is a slightly strange holiday for three main reasons:

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Strauss: Arne Duncan heads the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game class

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 2:00pm

Arne Duncan may have missed his calling: The 6-foot-5 education secretary was the star of Friday night’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in New Orleans, “winning” the MVP award with 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

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Strauss: Look who’s advocating for public schools

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 4:01pm

The National School Boards Association is launching a campaign in support of public education -- with some unexpected help.

Called “Stand Up4Public Schools,” the campaign’s goal is to persuade association members to be more forceful advocates for public schools and locally controlled school districts at a time when, in the name of reform, many school boards have lost their power to mayoral and even state takeovers and traditional public schools have come under attack. As an example, consider this: John Huppenthal, the reform-minded superintendent of public instruction in Arizona, is sending a message in robocalls promoting a voucher program that lets parents use public money to send their kids to private school, according to the Phoenix New Times.

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Maryland students avoid ‘double-testing’

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 7:28pm

About 25,000 elementary and middle school students in Maryland public schools, who will take the new Common Core exams for a test-drive next month, have been excused by federal officials from also having to take the Maryland School Assessment.

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Waivers might spare school districts from making up all snow days

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:39pm

As school boards puzzle through how to make up all of the instructional time lost to snow days, there could be an option more appealing than shrinking spring break or summer vacation — a state waiver.

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Strauss: How ‘data walls’ in classrooms humiliate kids

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:33pm

A long time ago I had a math teacher at West Miami Junior High School who changed the seating arrangement in my class every week according to how well each of her students did on weekly exams. Given that math was not one of my better subjects, this weekly exercise generally left me mortified with my seat assignment. It did nothing to spur me to do better, as it was presumably intended.

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U-Va. launches free Thomas Jefferson course online

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:57pm

Peter S. Onuf tells people upfront that he is not “a Jefferson worshiper.”

The University of Virginia scholar, who teaches a free online course on Thomas Jefferson that will debut Monday, is struck by the paradox of a slave-owning Founding Father who espoused liberty. Onuf’s own political sympathies lie with the party that opposed the nation’s third president.

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Duncan to play in celebrity basketball game

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:31pm

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to play in his third NBA All-Star celebrity game Friday night in New Orleans. Duncan played basketball at Harvard and spent four years as a professional player in Australia. He’ll be joined on the court by actor Kevin Hart, ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” radio program co-host Mike Golic, some WNBA players and Victoria’s Secret model, Erin Heatherton.

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Strauss: How investing in paste and crayons can help save Detroit and other big cities

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 1:30pm

What will save Detroit and other ailing big U.S. cities? Here’s an idea from Conor P. Williams, a proud product of Michigan’s public schools, and currently a senior researcher in the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative. Follow him on Twitter: @conorpwilliams. This first appeared on the Shanker blog.

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Strauss: Map: How much snow it takes to close U.S. schools

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:29am

How much snow does it take to close schools? It depends on where you. Here’s a map put together by Reddit user Alexandr Trubetskoy which answers the question (with explanations).

Caveats:

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Strauss: At least 44 school shootings since Newtown -- new analysis

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 1:09am

There have been at least 44 school shootings on K-12 or college campuses in 24 states -- an average of more than three a month -- since the deadly 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a new analysis. Twenty-eight people have died and 37 have been injured.

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Power stayed on throughout D.C. region despite the snowstorm

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

The same snowstorm that grounded airplanes, shuttered hundreds of schools and emptied the region’s streets Thursday somehow left the lights on throughout the Washington region.

In recent years, similarly colossal storms have severed power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, leaving them without heat or air conditioning, shutting off televisions and darkening streetlights. Violent thunderstorms in June 2012 cut power to more than a million customers in the region. But by mid-afternoon Thursday, fewer than 500 outages were reported in the Washington area, including 390 in Frederick County.

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Disadvantaged children can hurt achievement of others in their classrooms, study finds

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 3:56pm

Large numbers of low-income children who begin formal schooling with many disadvantages - poor medical care, homelessness, an uneducated mother, for example - not only struggle with schoolwork but hurt the achievement of other children in their classrooms, according to a new study.

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Strauss: Why boy born without complete brain has to take 2014 standardized test

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 3:42pm

Michael is a boy born with a brain stem but not a complete brain with cognitive ability. He can hear, but he can’t see or talk or understand basic information. Yet last year, when he was 9, he had to take an alternative version of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test -- and he is going to have to do it again this year.

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Strauss: ‘Ice is back and the road won’t listen’ -- school declares snow day by rap video

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:00pm

“Ice is back and the road won’t listen,” raps Michael Ulku-Steiner, the head of private Durham Academy in North Carolina, and Lee Hark, assistant head of school, as they announce a snow day for Thursday to the tune of “Ice, Ice, Baby,” by Vanilla Ice.

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Snow days are adding up at Washington area schools this winter

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:00pm

This post has been updated.

With a series of storms and cold snaps during the winter of 2013-2014, snow days at the region’s schools have been starting to pile up. The snowstorm that began Wednesday night has led the region’s school systems to close again Thursday, and cancellations are approaching the number during the 2009-2010 winter, when the area was hit with “Snowmageddon.”

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College Park decreases age limit for public office to 18, allowing Maryland students to run

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 8:15pm

The College Park City Council voted this week to allow 18-year-olds to run for public office, opening up the opportunity for students at the University of Maryland to seek council seats or the mayor’s office.

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House Democrats to Duncan: States are backsliding on help for low achievers

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:19pm

House Democratic leaders are worried that Education Secretary Arne Duncan is not doing enough to hold states accountable for educating public school students who are low-income, minority, disabled or English-language learners.

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Prince George’s at-risk-teen program gets up to $1.95 million from philanthropic group

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:19pm

Venture Philanthropy Partners has pledged to invest up to $1.95 million to a program that helps teenagers in Prince George’s County who are at risk of dropping out of school.

VPP plans to give the money to the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection to provide resources to nearly 900 middle and high school students.

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