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Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:23pm
The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning.Read full article >>






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D.C. Charter board moves to revoke charter for Community Academy

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:12pm
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Monday night to initiate the process to revoke the charter for Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School for fiscal mismanagement, after the founder was charged with diverting millions of dollars to a private management company for his own financial benefit.Read full article >>






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Strauss: 10-year-old tells school board: ‘I love to read… I love to do math. But I don’t love the PARCC. Why? Because it stinks.’

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 5:00am
Elizabeth Blaine is a very smart 10-year-old fourth grader in Montclair Public Schools in New Jersey. She attended a Montclair School Board meeting on Monday night and sat for hours listening to the adults talk before giving testimony (see video below) about a proposed policy to allow parents to opt out their children from taking the Common Core test known as PARCC (for Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) when it is given later this school year. The policy (see text below) had its first reading at the meeting and will be voted on at a later board meeting.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Who took that striking picture of Arne Duncan at Sharpton’s march?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:00am
Who took that striking black-and-white picture of Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the social justice march last Saturday in Washington D.C. led by the Rev. Al Sharpton?Duncan attended as a participant and marcher, not a speaker or invited dignitary, an Education Department spokesman said.Read full article >>






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Colleges often reluctant to expel for sexual violence — with U-Va. a prime example

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:48pm
As growing numbers of students report sexual violence, those who seek justice through internal channels at colleges are learning that even when allegations are upheld, school officials are often reluctant to impose their harshest punishment on the attackers: expulsion.Read full article >>






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Maryland state senator wants Pr. George’s charter school to become a contract school

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:24pm
When a Maryland state senator said he wanted to make changes to the charter school agreement between College Park Academy , which has ties to the University of Maryland and the Prince George’s County school system, parents wondered what that would mean for the school’s future.Read full article >>






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Jennifer Niles appointed D.C.’s next deputy mayor for education

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:20pm
Jennifer C. Niles, the founder and head of a prominent charter school in the District, was named the next deputy mayor for education on Monday.Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser cited Niles’s 25 years of experience in public education and said she will work closely with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to make “the goal of a quality school in every neighborhood a reality for all our families.”Read full article >>






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Harvard President Faust on federal college ratings, campus sexual assault and more

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:47am
Any day now, the federal government is expected to reveal its first comprehensive plan for rating colleges on measures of value and access. You might think that Harvard University, perennially ranked at or near the top in higher education, would be unconcerned.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teach For America could miss recruitment mark by more than 25 percent

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:00am
Growing criticism about Teach For America and a polarized education reform debate is affecting recruitment of new corps members and the organization “could fall short of our partners’ overall needs by more than 25 percent” next year, TFA officials say.Read full article >>






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D.C. explores widening the road to earning a high school diploma

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:13pm
As D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson embarks on a plan to “rethink high schools” and improve graduation rates in 2015, she is pushing for new regulations that would move District schools away from a century-old measure of academic progress: seat time.Read full article >>






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Why some D.C. charters have more white kids

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 5:09pm
Former history teacher Erich Martel, a proven expert on D.C. school mismanagement, suggested in my Nov. 24 column that some D.C. charter schools had more white students than he thought likely if admission by random lottery was the rule, as it is supposed to be. Read full article >>






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Strauss: A teacher’s open letter to Congress: What kids need two years after Sandy Hook

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 2:00pm
Today is the second anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman named Adam Lanza who then killed himself. There have been repeated calls since then for Congress to take some action to prevent more gun violence but none has been taken. Since the Dec. 14, 2012 Newtown killings, there have been more at least 44 school shootings on K-12 or college campuses in 24 states, according to a new report. In this post, Marie Corfield, a New Jersey art teacher, mother and activist, writes an open letter to elected officials asking them to do something, finally. Corfield gave me permission to publish this piece, which appeared on her blog.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What Arne Duncan’s new senior adviser did to N.Y. schools

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 11:00am
John King is leaving his job as commissioner of New York State schools commissioner to become a senior adviser to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, with the “roles and responsibilities of the deputy secretary,” according to the Education Department, which issued a statement giving King high praise for his work in New York. Some in New York think otherwise. Here’s a piece by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York, who was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Burris has been exposing on this blog King’s troubling record in implementing school reform program in New York. You can read some of her other word here and here and here.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Major charter researcher causes stir with comments about market-based school reform

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:51pm
Margaret Raymond is the founding director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes, known as CREDO, which is part of the Hoover Institution located at Stanford University. CREDO’s mission is researching and evaluating educational policy and is best known for its research studies on charter schools in the United States.Read full article >>






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Wilson High principal Cahall, who came out as gay, says he’s losing job over test scores

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:14pm
Peter Cahall, the Wilson High School principal who made national headlines last year when he came out as gay to his students at Pride Day activities, said he learned this month that his contract will not be renewed next school year because of test-score performance at the Northwest Washington school.Read full article >>






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High-poverty school divisions harder hit by state funding cuts in Virginia, study says

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:53pm
Across Virginia, school divisions have been grappling with a decline in state education funding since 2008. But poor school divisions have born a disproportionate brunt of the cuts, according to a study by the Commonwealth Institute.Read full article >>






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3 U-Va. students add their names to account of alleged rape’s aftermath

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:45pm
The three University of Virginia students who came to the aid of their friend, a freshman named Jackie who was at the center of an explosive Rolling Stone account about her alleged sexual assault, are now speaking publicly about what they believe occurred that night in 2012.Read full article >>






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Prince George’s schools chief announces spending freeze, unveils budget plan

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:18am
Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell announced Thursday night that all schools and departments will be told to limit discretionary spending as the school system braces for possible revenue shortfalls. Read full article >>






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D.C. tech students spend ‘Hour of Code’ at Microsoft

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:15am
D.C. students who signed up for the Hour of Code this week had some highly skilled people to help them as they typed through the online coding tutorial from a conference room at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center on K Street. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: The day I knew for sure I was burned out

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:00am
Ellie Herman became a teacher after working for for decades as a writer/producer for television shows such as “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope,” “Newhart,” etc., and as an author whose fiction has appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. In 2007, she decided, “on an impulse,” she wrote, to become an English teacher and got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition at a charter high school in South Los Angeles until 2013,  when she decided to stop teaching — a decision explained in the following post — and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She has chronicled the lessons she has learned on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., as well as on LA School report, a website that covers the intersection of politics and education in Los Angeles, where this piece first appeared in November 2013. I am republishing it, with permission from Herman and LA School Report, because it is as relevant today as it was when it was written.Read full article >>






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