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Meeting with Obama highlights D.C. Public Schools as leader in reforms

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:37pm
The D.C. public school system has long been used as an example of what’s broken in American public education, listed at the bottom of national rankings, and written off for its low performance. But this week, President Obama held up the city’s school district as an example of what’s promising in education today.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Lawmaker reads ‘Sex After Sixty’ during education debate in Iowa legislature

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:29pm
While debating whether to change the collective bargaining rights of public school teachers, some members of the Iowa legislature had other things to do.See for yourself: #ialegis #standwithteachers @ProgressIowa Read full article >>

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon launches national effort to eliminate racism from its chapters

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:30pm
Ever since a video of a racist chant from the University of Oklahoma chapter went viral this month, national leaders of Sigma Alpha Epsilon have been reviewing their groups on more than 200 campuses to find out if there are similar chants or other offensive behaviors there.Read full article >>

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Another swastika at GW. This one was posted by a Jewish student.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:00pm
A swastika was posted on the bulletin board of a Jewish fraternity in a George Washington University dorm on Monday, leading upset students to immediately report it to police.The symbol — recognized as an emblem of hate from Nazi Germany — apparently came from an internal source: A member of the fraternity, who is Jewish, admitted that he posted it there. The student said that he brought it back from a spring break trip to India, according to university officials.Read full article >>

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Montgomery seeks state waiver that would allow school year to end on time

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:41pm
Montgomery County is seeking a state waiver to compensate for three days of required instruction that students missed when classes were canceled amid the winter’s snow and ice, officials said Wednesday.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Seven practical tips to help teachers get through their day

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:10am
Heather Wheat is a veteran high school English teacher in Colorado who authors a blog called “wanderingbarkhumanities” for which she writes about teaching and learning. Here, she offers seven practical tips for teachers to help them get through their days — advice that may not be learned in teacher training courses.  Wheat writes that these tips have “saved” her “literally or figuratively” for the last seven years. Here they are:Read full article >>
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Graduation rates up in D.C. public schools, down for charter schools

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:26pm
D.C. Public Schools’ graduation rate increased last school year by two percentage points, to 58 percent, but the city’s public charter schools recorded a drop of nearly seven points, to 69 percent, according to new data.Read full article >>

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D.C. auditor finds improvements in financial oversight of charter schools

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 7:36pm
Financial oversight of public charter schools has significantly improved in recent years, but agencies monitoring the schools need to continue improving how they track contracts and enrollment verification, according to a D.C. auditor report released Tuesday.Read full article >>
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Penn State frat suspended over Facebook page that had photos of naked women

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 6:38pm
A fraternity at Penn State University has been suspended as authorities investigate allegations that members of the group maintained a private Facebook page where they allegedly posted photos of partially naked women, hazing and drugs.Read full article >>

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Police investigating stabbing of three football players at Morgan State University

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:08pm
Three Morgan State University football players were wounded in a stabbing incident Tuesday afternoon on the campus in Baltimore, a university spokesman said.Clinton Coleman, the spokesman, said he was told the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. One player was cut across the chest, he said, a second was sliced in the arm and a third in the cheek. All were taken to a local hospital for treatment.Read full article >>

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After racist e-mail, U-Md. presidents says: We fight speech with speech

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 3:02pm
The president of the University of Maryland reached out Tuesday to the campus community — horrified by an offensive e-mail written by a student — and said he would meet with student leaders after spring break to talk about how to improve the campus climate. Wallace Loh, in effect, asked for patience, as the investigation into the incident continues, while emphasizing the importance of free speech.Read full article >>

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Sweet Briar faculty unanimously oppose closing the college

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:23pm
And now the professors have weighed in: They don’t want Sweet Briar to close, either.The faculty met Monday evening and voted unanimously to object to the abrupt plans to close the 114-year-old private women’s college in Virginia. Earlier this month, the interim president announced that insurmountable financial difficulties made closure inevitable.Read full article >>
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What a numbers-crunching parent says about Virginia’s schoolteachers

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:14pm
Since late last year, Loudoun County parent Brian Davison has been fighting to obtain student-growth percentiles from the Virginia Department of Education, data that he argues can measure how effective teachers are in impacting student growth. Davison prevailed earlier this year and the state released millions of records without identifying information for teachers or students. He continues to fight to get the names of teachers attached to that data.Read full article >>

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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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