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NAACP investigates teacher departures at Howard University Middle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:26pm
The District branch of the NAACP is launching an investigation into the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, who, parents allege, were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.Read full article >>






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Obama looks for 5 percent hike in education spending

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:12pm
President Obama’s education budget for fiscal 2016 seeks new funds to provide for students at both ends of the spectrum — early childhood and community college – as well as an increase in the money spent to educate low-income children and students with disabilities in grades K through 12. Read full article >>






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Obama looks for 5 percent hike in education spending

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:12pm
President Obama’s education budget for fiscal 2016 seeks new funds to provide for students at both ends of the spectrum — early childhood and community college – as well as an increase in the money spent to educate low-income children and students with disabilities in grades K through 12. Read full article >>






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USC president seeks global reach

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:58pm
Many Americans, perhaps most, know the University of Southern California as the home of the Trojans. The branding power of college football, for certain schools, is hard to overestimate.But USC’s president, C.L. Max Nikias, noted in a recent lunch with The Washington Post that the Los Angeles school stands out for numerous reasons completely unconnected to sports.Read full article >>






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USC president seeks global reach

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:58pm
Many Americans, perhaps most, know the University of Southern California as the home of the Trojans. The branding power of college football, for certain schools, is hard to overestimate.But USC’s president, C.L. Max Nikias, noted in a recent lunch with The Washington Post that the Los Angeles school stands out for numerous reasons completely unconnected to sports.Read full article >>






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Strauss: And now, online preschool classes. Really.

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:39pm
It was only a matter of time. Online school classes for toddlers and preschoolers are here.VINCI Education is offering what it calls a “groundbreaking virtual school” for youngsters, which was featured by by Dr. Gadget, the nationally recognized TV and radio personality, on CBS’s “The Talk” late last month.Read full article >>






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Strauss: And now, online preschool classes. Really.

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:39pm
It was only a matter of time. Online school classes for toddlers and preschoolers are here.VINCI Education is offering what it calls a “groundbreaking virtual school” for youngsters, which was featured by by Dr. Gadget, the nationally recognized TV and radio personality, on CBS’s “The Talk” late last month.Read full article >>






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Kentucky students to state lawmakers: Our voices should matter

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:18pm
When the superintendent of public schools in Fayette County, Ky., resigned late last year, students wanted to have a real say in hiring his replacement. But state law prohibited them from sitting on the selection committee. Read full article >>






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Strauss: University president: Obama’s proposed regs on teacher education are ‘Orwellian’

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 5:31pm
After releasing a draft set of regulations for colleges of education last November, the U.S. Education Department solicited public comment and received lots of it. That’s no wonder, given that the draft regulations, which include ratings of schools by department-set criteria, were controversial with educators and researchers for reasons including a provision that would link some federal funding to how well students of graduates of specific programs perform on standardized test scores.Read full article >>






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Strauss: University president: Obama’s proposed regs on teacher education are ‘Orwellian’

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 5:31pm
After releasing a draft set of regulations for colleges of education last November, the U.S. Education Department solicited public comment and received lots of it. That’s no wonder, given that the draft regulations, which include ratings of schools by department-set criteria, were controversial with educators and researchers for reasons including a provision that would link some federal funding to how well students of graduates of specific programs perform on standardized test scores.Read full article >>






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Teachers’ union: We have seen free community college succeed

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:17pm
President Obama’s call to make community college free was one of the most sweeping proposals in his State of the Union address. It was immediately controversial, with some alarmed by its expense, some praising its ambition, and some questioning the details. We’ll feature some arguments on both sides here on Grade Point. Here, two union advocates write that a similar program in New York has been a success.Read full article >>






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Teachers’ union: We have seen free community college succeed

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:17pm
President Obama’s call to make community college free was one of the most sweeping proposals in his State of the Union address. It was immediately controversial, with some alarmed by its expense, some praising its ambition, and some questioning the details. We’ll feature some arguments on both sides here on Grade Point. Here, two union advocates write that a similar program in New York has been a success.Read full article >>






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What’s the purpose of college: A job or an education?

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 3:41pm
As the price of college has skyrocketed and tens of thousands of recent graduates have found themselves on the unemployment line or stuck in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, higher education has come under attack for its failure to make students job-ready. Adding fuel to the debate is a series of what seem to be monthly surveys showing a wide gap between what employers want out of today’s college graduates and what schools are producing. Read full article >>






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What’s the purpose of college: A job or an education?

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 3:41pm
As the price of college has skyrocketed and tens of thousands of recent graduates have found themselves on the unemployment line or stuck in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, higher education has come under attack for its failure to make students job-ready. Adding fuel to the debate is a series of what seem to be monthly surveys showing a wide gap between what employers want out of today’s college graduates and what schools are producing. Read full article >>






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Strauss: What makes a great teacher

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 5:00am
What is at the heart of great teaching? Ellie Herman set out to find out and the following post explains what she learned. Herman took an unorthodox path to the world of education. For two decades she was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” She wrote fiction that appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. Then, in 2007, she decided “on an impulse” to become an English teacher. She 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 until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She chronicled the lessons she learned on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., where a version of the following post appeared. Herman, who gave me permission to publish this piece, was awarded first and third place prizes in the 2014 SoCal Journalist Awards given by the Los Angeles Press Club for pieces on her blog. Now she teaches reading and writing at an after-school enrichment program for students from low-income families, visits the classrooms of great teachers, and works with writers, artists and other creative people.Read full article >>






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Prince William’s New Directions gives students a second shot at graduating

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 8:42pm
He was a student who wanted to be invisible, and some of the time, he was. He skipped half his classes, slept through many of the ones he did attend and didn’t do his homework.At Woodbridge Senior High School, the student said he was able to slip beneath the radar. But in May, he grabbed the attention of administrators when he was arrested for being disruptive outside a house party, running from the police and breaking down a stranger’s door while he was on drugs, he said.Read full article >>






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Prince William’s New Directions gives students a second shot at graduating

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 8:42pm
He was a student who wanted to be invisible, and some of the time, he was. He skipped half his classes, slept through many of the ones he did attend and didn’t do his homework.At Woodbridge Senior High School, the student said he was able to slip beneath the radar. But in May, he grabbed the attention of administrators when he was arrested for being disruptive outside a house party, running from the police and breaking down a stranger’s door while he was on drugs, he said.Read full article >>






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Montgomery discussions continue on future of school superintendent

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 7:44pm
Montgomery County’s school board president said Sunday evening that the board will continue its discussions Monday with Superintendent Joshua P. Starr about his future in the district and hopes to say more about the matter Tuesday.Read full article >>






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Montgomery discussions continue on future of school superintendent

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 7:44pm
Montgomery County’s school board president said Sunday evening that the board will continue its discussions Monday with Superintendent Joshua P. Starr about his future in the district and hopes to say more about the matter Tuesday.Read full article >>






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Blunder of the year? Hillsborough County, Fla., board fires acclaimed superintendent

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 6:18pm
When you meet Washington-area school board members, give them a warm smile and a kind word. They wrestle with complex issues, boring meetings and ill-tempered constituents, yet by and large they do good jobs. In the 40 years I have been watching them, only once or twice have they made a mistake as senseless and catastrophic as what the Hillsborough County, Fla., school board just pulled off.Read full article >>






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