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Strauss: The best way to get your college kid to call home

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:36am

Some kids love to call or text or video chat with their parents when they start college. Some kids seem to forget they have a home and pretty much never get in touch with their parents. So how can a parent actually get their child to call home?

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Strauss: Teacher: No longer can I throw my students to the ‘testing wolves’

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:00am

Dawn Neely-Randall, who just started her 25th year of teaching, is sick and tired of the effects that obsessive standardized testing is having on her students. She is a member of the Badass Teachers Association,  a national group of more than 51,000 educators who came together to organize resistance to school reform that focuses on using standardized test scores for high-stakes accountability purposes and that ignores the role that poverty plays in student achievement.

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Suspensions and expulsions down in D.C. charter schools

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:50pm

The expulsion rate for D.C. public charter schools in the past school year was about half of what it was two years before, and the rate of out-of-school suspensions decreased by about 20 percent in one year, according to a report released Thursday.

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Two new cases of whooping cough in Montgomery schools, health officials say

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 6:46pm

Montgomery County health officials said Thursday that they have confirmed two new cases of whooping cough among Montgomery County students, bringing the total number to 14 since an outbreak was first reported last week.

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Fairfax schools chief proposes later high school start times to improve teen health

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 5:41pm

Schools Superintendent Karen Garza plans to push for later start times at Fairfax County high schools next year, aiming to begin their day no earlier than 8 a.m. in an effort to give teenagers more time to sleep.

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Strauss: Principal cancels dance to stop students from twerking and blames Miley Cyrus

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:50pm

The principal and dean of students at a high school in Vermont cancelled the fall homecoming dance in an effort to stop students from “twerking” and blamed Miley Cyrus for starting the dance trend with her provocative appearance at the 2103 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Strauss: Will Common Core double the high school dropout rate?

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:34pm

The nonprofit Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has supported the Common Core State Standards, published a report in 2013 with some startling information that was little noticed in the education world until recently: that the high school dropout rate could double as a result of the Core initiative.

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Strauss: No, helicopter parents aren’t ruining kids after all

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:00am

There is no end to the articles and blog posts about overprotective helicopter parents who won’t let their children do anything for themselves and are raising children who can’t operate independently. There probably are some of these parents — but does the helicopter hysteria match the reality. No, says Alfie Kohn, in the following post. Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) is the author of 13 books, including, most recently, The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting , from which this article is adapted. Citations to research cited here can be found in the book.

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Goucher College allows video applications, without transcripts or test scores

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:00pm

Goucher College is offering a novel way for cellphone-savvy teenagers to seek admission if the regular application process seems too confusing or if they fear that their grades and test scores aren’t good enough.

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Pastry gun case goes to oral arguments in Anne Arundel County

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:57pm

The so-called “Pop-Tart case” made its way to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Wednesday, where lawyers sparred in oral arguments about the disciplinary action taken against a second grader who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

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Air conditioners falter at Washington area schools as temperatures rise

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:37pm

Washington was the hottest spot on the Weather Channel’s map at noon Tuesday when temperatures spiked to 92 degrees. And at H.D. Woodson Senior High School in Northeast, students and teachers were starting to feel it as the air conditioner struggled to keep up with the mercury.

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Fairfax full-day Mondays meeting ends with tense exchange on funding

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 5:52pm

Fairfax County leaders began discussing next year’s school budget this week in a sometimes tense meeting that focused on funding the elimination of half-day Mondays.

When it began the academic year Tuesday, the county school system ended its 40-year-old practice of dismissing children in lower grades early on Mondays, a move that was popular with parents who previously had to make day-care arrangements for Monday afternoons. The policy also allowed the system to build in a scheduling cushion in the event of inclement weather, effectively adding 13 snow days to the school calendar.

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U.S. awards $3.1 million grant to Newtown schools to help with counseling services

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:14pm

Nearly two years after a gunman killed 20 first-graders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the students, parents and community members are still recovering.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education said it is awarding a $3.1 million grant to help the Newtown school system, part of $17 million the Obama administration has spent to date on counseling and other support services for the still-grieving community.

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Fairfax begins school year with added security measures

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:45pm

Students who returned to school in Fairfax County on Tuesday were protected by added security measures placed by the administration in recent months.

After the shootings at Virginia Tech and Newtown, Conn., school officials nationwide reviewed safety protocols to help prevent mass tragedies. In Fairfax, all high schools this fall are equipped with state-of-the art door-access technology that allows administrators inside the building to monitor who comes in.

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Strauss: A pledge school reformers should take

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:30pm

Education historian Larry Cuban notes that no matter what part of the political spectrum school reform originates, reformers keep making the same mistakes, decade in and decade out. What mistakes? Cuban explains in this post. Cuban was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This appeared on Cuban’s on School Reform and Classroom Practice blog.

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Strauss: Florida county rescinds decision to drop all state-mandated testing

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:14pm

Last week the school board in Lee County, Fla., became the first school district anywhere to vote to opt out of all state-mandated testing as a protest against what members said was excessive testing. The vote then was 3-2 and board member Don Armstrong called it an “act of civil disobedience.”

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In Pr. George’s County, momentum builds against cellphone towers at school sites

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:38am

The president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP wants the county school system to halt the construction of cellphone towers on school property until school officials review information about the possible dangers that the towers could pose.

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H.D. Woodson Senior High School in D.C. closed after air-conditioning outage

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:54am

D.C. Public Schools closed a Northeast high school Wednesday because of an air-conditioning outage.

The building-wide outage shut the doors of H.D. Woodson Senior High School on 55th Street NE, according to a Wednesday morning alert.

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Sherwood mourns student killed in crash, police say driver had odor of alcohol

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:30pm

Sherwood High School was a sad but unified place Tuesday, as students wore their school colors to show a common bond while struggling with the death of a 15-year-old schoolmate killed in a teen car crash over the holiday weekend.

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At Bailey’s elementary, Fairfax County students head to class in office building

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:10pm

At Fairfax County’s newest school, the first buses rolled into the parking lot Tuesday at 8:23 a.m. The giggling, jittery students poured out and looked up.

The new Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences is a five-story brick structure that nine months ago housed an office complex. Now, it’s Fairfax County’s tallest school.

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