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Anne Arundel County officials find cat that closed an elementary school in closet

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:14pm

An animal control officer captured a cat that closed an Anne Arundel County school Tuesday after two second-grade teachers discovered fur and urine inside a supply closet, a spokesmen said.

Two Richard Henry Lee Elementary School teachers contacted animal control around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the cat was captured by 9 a.m., said Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman.

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Strauss: A former university president gets schooled on sexual assault and drinking

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 9:00am

Former George Washington University president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was at the center of an international debate recently when he appeared on a radio show and made some comments about sexual assault and drinking on college campuses. My colleague Nick Anderson wrote this article about it:

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Strauss: Back to school 2014-15 — by the numbers

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:00am

Here is everything you didn’t know you didn’t know about the 2014-15 school year, getting under way in earnest around the country this week. This information comes directly from the U.S. Education Department’s Nation Center for Education Statistics:

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Often-absent students score lower on NAEP

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:01am

A state-by state analysis released Tuesday shows that students who were frequently absent from school did worse on the National Assessment of Educational Progress than those who were not.

Fourth-grade students who reported that they had missed three or more days of school prior to the 2013 test had reading scores that were 12 points lower than students with no absences. That is the equivalent of more than a full grade level, according to the test’s scale.

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Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:01pm

Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation.

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Education Post aims to take the sting out of national conversations about school reform

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:00pm

Spend any time on Twitter or in the blogosphere and the national debate about public education quickly resembles a schoolyard brawl, complete with taunts, name-calling and piling on.

Issues such as teacher tenure, parent triggers, charter schools and the Common Core State Standards bring out vitriol even among policymakers and prominent figures.

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Northern Virginia schools open year with changes ahead

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:45pm

Nearly 400,000 Virginia students in the Washington area are scheduled to return to classes Tuesday morning for the start of the 2014-2015 school year, one that brings with it a number of changes across the region’s school districts.

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Olney mourns Sherwood student killed in teen car crash

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:25pm

They had just finished the first week of school, it was the start of Labor Day weekend and a group of high school friends was hanging out at a home in Olney around midnight Friday. When Nick Stull decided to leave, he asked Shawn Gangloff if he wanted to go with him.

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Sharptown Colored School in rural Maryland reopens as a community center

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 7:04pm

Newell Quinton points through the rippled glass of a large second-story window into a sun-soaked field of tall grass. “You see where those short pine trees are? That was home plate.”

Seventy years old, Quinton stood in the wood-planked halls of the school he attended in the 1950s, filling in the field outside with the memories of his rural Maryland boyhood. A trim gray mustache lines his upper lip, and as he relays stories of softball, bib overalls and lining up after recess, the voice that leaves his mouth is at once 7 and 70, animated and articulate.

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Strauss: Why one school system is dropping Teach For America

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:51am

The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two years of service they promise to make when joining the organization.

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Security measures increase as schools open for new year in a new era

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 5:02pm

At Julius West Middle School in Rockville, Md., all doors are locked after the morning bells ring. Those who arrive once the schoolday begins must buzz to get in, and they are video-recorded as they speak into an intercom.

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Mathews: Massachusetts has better schools than us? Maybe not.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:10pm

My colleague Reid Wilson explained in Outlook recently that Massachusetts appears to be our nation’s best state for education. Its preschool and kindergarten enrollment, testing standards, high school graduation rates, family income and parental employment put it at the top.

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Strauss: SAT/ACT tutoring: $1,500 for 90 minutes. And 14 sessions are required. Really.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:15am

If you thought that paying a couple of hundred dollars for an hour of SAT/ACT tutoring for your child was outrageous, get this: A tutor named Anthony Green charges $1,500 for 90 minutes — and he insists that customers take a minimum of 14 sessions, all online. Why? Because rich people will pay, and because he believes he is just that good.

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Strauss: Can a $1 million global teacher competition (backed by Bill Clinton) boost the profession?

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 1:51pm

There’s no question that many teachers feel demoralized amid a punitive school “reform” movement and that their profession could use a boost, but is a $1 million global competition for a single “exceptional” teacher really the way to go about doing that?

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Strauss: ‘Shut your lips and stand in line’ — what no kid should hear on the first day of school

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:00am

Veteran educator Matt Fiteny is the social studies education manager at the non-profit Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington D.C., which trains educators at all stages of their careers to improve their ability to raise student achievement. He worked for 12 years as a teacher, teacher-leader and administrator. This is a short post about an experience he had on the first day of school in Washington D.C.

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County reports 12 confirmed or suspected cases of whooping cough in schools

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 12:03am

Three confirmed cases of whooping cough and nine suspected cases have been reported by Montgomery County at four schools, according to officials and a letter that went home to parents.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is highly contagious and begins with mild, coldlike symptoms, including coughs and runny noses. The initial symptoms usually appear seven to 10 days after exposure.

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U.S. colleges will screen some students for Ebola

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:10pm

For many U.S. college students arriving from West Africa, this year’s “back to school” routine will include a screening for Ebola.

Although health and university officials agree that the threat of the virus spreading at a college in the United States is small, some schools are taking absolutely no chances, according to an Associated Press report on college responses to the outbreak.

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Two Wilson football players from another school lose spot on high school’s team

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:53pm

Two varsity football players for D.C.’s Wilson High School who attend a private school were kicked off the team as the season was about to begin after school officials realized that they had mistakenly allowed the boys to play for two seasons.

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Calif. teacher tenure case spices up superintendent race

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 6:13pm

This story has been updated.

The Vergara case in California, in which a judge struck down that state’s tenure laws and other job protections for teachers, is about to become a central issue in the November race for state schools chief.

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Ex-GWU president criticized for remarks about women, drinking and sexual assault

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:30pm

The former president of George Washington University — who declared this week that women should be “trained not to drink in excess” so they can “be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave” — said Friday that he did not mean to imply that drunk women should be blamed if they are raped.

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