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Strauss: Matt Damon: ‘We would never let businessmen design warheads. Why would you cut out educators when you’re designing education policy?’

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 1:06pm

Matt Damon just had an online conversation with Reddit users to promote his new movie, “The Monuments Men,” and he touched on a number of topics, including his opposition to standardized test-based school reform and the exclusion of teachers from the shaping of education policy.

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Strauss: Matt Damon: ‘We would never let businessmen design warheads. Why would you cut out educators when you’re designing education policy?’

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 1:06pm

Matt Damon just had an online conversation with Reddit users to promote his new movie, “The Monuments Men,” and he touched on a number of topics, including his opposition to standardized test-based school reform and the exclusion of teachers from the shaping of education policy.

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Strauss: Matt Damon: ‘We would never let businessmen design warheads. Why would you cut out educators when you’re designing education policy?’

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 1:06pm

Matt Damon just had an online conversation with Reddit users to promote his new movie, “The Monuments Men,” and he touched on a number of topics, including his opposition to standardized test-based school reform and the exclusion of teachers from the shaping of education policy.

Read full article >>
    





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Strauss: Matt Damon: ‘We would never let businessmen design warheads. Why would you cut out educators when you’re designing education policy?’

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 1:06pm

Matt Damon just had an online conversation with Reddit users to promote his new movie, “The Monuments Men,” and he touched on a number of topics, including his opposition to standardized test-based school reform and the exclusion of teachers from the shaping of education policy.

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Prince George’s school board holds two-day retreat to work on building better relationships

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:47pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education, which continues to have difficulty adjusting to the county’s new school governance structure, spent the past two days at a retreat trying to figure out ways that members can work together more effectively.

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Fairfax County School Board approves Garza’s budget proposal

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:47pm

The Fairfax County School Board on Thursday night unanimously approved new Schools Superintendent Karen Garza’s proposed $2.5 billion budget for next year.

Ted Velkoff (At Large), the school board budget chair, said that Garza, who joined the school system in July, had brought with her a new way of developing the budget, noting that she met with local civic leaders and others in the county while drafting her proposal.

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Strauss: School board member vows to keep fighting for the late Ethan Rediske

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:42pm

Rick Roach, a member of the Orange County School Board in Florida, sent the following e-mail about the death on Friday of 11-year-old Ethan Rediske, who became known in Florida after his mother, Andrea, fought a state requirement that her blind son, who had brain damage as well as cerebral palsy, take standardized tests.

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Prince George’s County chief academic officer resigns after four years on the job

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 1:28pm

The chief academic officer for Prince George’s County public schools, who for the past four years has worked to improve the district’s academic standings, has submitted his resignation to take a position with a nonprofit organization.

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Langley High junior elected as Fairfax school board representative

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 1:00pm

Langley High school junior Harris LaTeef was elected as the 44th student representative to the Fairfax County school board Wednesday.

He will succeed Will Ashe, a senior at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

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U.S. News college ranker poses questions about federal college ratings

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:28am

The guru of college rankings stood up one afternoon this week in Washington to ask a few questions about President Obama’s college rating plan.

Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News & World Report and leader of its famous annual college rankings, wondered exactly how the government planned to meet what appears to be a September 2015 launch date for a new federal system to rate colleges on measures of value and access.

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Strauss: How to mine Sochi Olympics for teaching and learning

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:00am


View Photo Gallery —The start of Olympic competition kicked off with snowboarding, freestyle skiing and figure skating.

This is an updated version of a piece that Jeffrey S. Hacker, a teacher at Beall Elementary School in Rockville, wrote years ago for The Washington Post about the possibilities that the Olympic Games provide for teaching.

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Strauss: Wife of teacher to Obama: ‘please stop this runaway reform now’

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 9:45am

Here’s an open letter that the wife of a public school teacher in Georgia wrote to President Obama about the reality in her husband’s school. She sent a more detailed version of this letter to the president. The author is Dana Bultman, an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Georgia.

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Strauss: School apologizes for Black History Month lunch of watermelon, fried chicken

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:55pm

Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category: A Catholic high school for girls in California thought it would be a good idea to mark Black History Month with a special lunch menu of fried chicken, watermelon and cornbread. Many students and parents were not amused.

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Former Md. teacher pleads guilty to having child porn

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 7:21pm

A former Maryland music teacher pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in a Baltimore County courtroom Thursday, clearing the way for his transfer to Montgomery County, where he is accused of sexually abusing 14 elementary school students and raping a middle school girl.

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How much time do D.C. Public Schools spend testing?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 2:43pm

D.C. Public Schools do not spend as much time on testing as some other urban school districts, according to a new report from the national nonprofit Teach Plus.

Teach Plus examined school system assessment calendars in 12 large cities and found that kids spend an average of 1.7 percent of their time testing each year. But there is huge variation, with kids in high-testing districts spending five times as many hours on testing as kids in low-testing districts.

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Fairfax schools’ strategic plan diagram evokes another complex PowerPoint slide

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 2:39pm

Slide presentations largely aim to provide audiences with visual aids to help in understanding complex ideas. But sometimes, the images can just add to the complexity.

At a meeting scheduled for Monday, the Fairfax County School Board plans to discuss Superintendent Karen Garza’s top initiative for this year: A new strategic plan for the school system. Garza has said that a concrete strategy will help her administration work more efficiently and make decisions with a specific goal in mind.

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Paul VI’s planned move to Loudoun generates online opposition from those in Fairfax

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:35pm

A petition is circulating online calling for Fairfax’s Paul VI Catholic High School to refrain from a planned move to a new Loudoun County campus by 2020.

In December the Catholic Diocese of Arlington announced the plan to move Paul VI west to a property in South Riding. Established in 1983, Paul VI, with more than 1,000 students, has been situated on an 18-acre campus in Fairfax City that the diocese said it wants to sell. The site, occupying a stretch along Fairfax Boulevard near Route 123, is considered prime real estate.

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Montgomery teacher survey: more views from the classroom on exam failure

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:07am

Nearly half of Montgomery County teachers who were surveyed on the causes of widespread exam failure in the high-performing school system cited student studying as a problem, according to a 38-page summary of the results.

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Prince George’s Gray Elementary wins national distinction

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:04am

Robert R. Gray Elementary School in Prince George’s County, which has had success in narrowing the achievement gap between student groups, was named a National Title I Distinguished School for the 2013-2014 school year.

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