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Strauss: Principal to parents: ‘We don’t need to get used to this. We need to stop it.’

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:00am
Troy LaRaviere is the principal of Chicago’s Blaine Elementary School and a leader of the Administrators Alliance for Proven Policy and Legislation in Education. He has been outspoken about school reform policies that he thinks are harmful to children or a waste of Chicago Public Schools money. Here’s an example, from  this interview with him:Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘The Other PARCC’ — a short video about the test refusal movement

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 5:00am
Here is a five-minute video about the growing test refusal movement, called “The Other PARCC — The Other PARCC — Parents Advocating Refusal on High-Stakes Testing.” PARCC is a reference to the Common Core test created by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia given $360 million in federal funds to design new standardized tests for accountability purposes.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How one teacher changed the life of one child

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:30pm
Andres Rodriguez Jr., now 63 years old, moved to New York City from Puerto Rico when he was a child, in 1960. He didn’t speak a word of English. The kindness of a single teacher at the first school in which he was enrolled changed his life, and all these years later he remains grateful. He tells his story in the following post, which first appeared on the Badass Teachers Association blog, and I am republishing it, with permission, because I like stories about acts of kindness and dedication. Rodriguez went on to graduate from Harvard University and was an administrator at medical centers. Here is his story.Read full article >>






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Sweet Briar College alumnae rally to prevent shutdown

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:36pm
When the president of Sweet Briar College announced that the school would close forever this summer, many women burst into tears.But then a common refrain began to echo through the small Virginia school’s close-knit alumnae: Not if I can help it.Read full article >>






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Shock over Sweet Briar turns to determination to stop the college from closing

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:50pm
The first reactions were of shock: Tears, disbelief, silence.But within hours of Sweet Briar College’s president announcing that the more-than-a-century-old women’s college in Virginia would abruptly close this summer, the response for many had changed. It was not just sorrow but determination.Read full article >>






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Fairfax schools chief explains snow day policies

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:56pm
Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza held an open meeting for parents in Chantilly on Tuesday and at the end of the session she addressed an issue looming in the room: snow days.“Okay, let’s talk about the snow,” Garza said. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have to.”Read full article >>






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Middle-finger photo in Michigan State newspaper sparks a protest

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:42am
Daniel Reimold, an assistant professor of journalism and faculty adviser of The Hawk at Saint Joseph’s University, was struck by the debate over a photo that ran in another campus newspaper:The State News at Michigan State University is apologizing to readers for a photo published earlier this week showing a student, well, flipping the bird — a pair of birds actually.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Are colleges gaming their applicants?

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:15am
As anybody who has been through it knows, the college application process is tough. In the following post, Liz Willen of the Hechinger Report looks at how colleges make it even harder for many students and asks whether applicants are actually being gamed by schools looking to boost their admissions numbers and lower their selectivity rates. Willen is the editor of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. This post, which I am republishing with her permission, appeared first on the Hechinger site.Read full article >>






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International exams show persistent achievement gaps between boys and girls

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 6:01am
International math, science and reading exams show that across dozens of countries, 15-year-old boys are more likely to be low achievers than 15-year-old girls, especially in reading. But among the highest-performing students, girls trail boys, and girls have far less confidence in their ability to solve math problems.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What is the Montgomery County school district thinking? (update)

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:26am
(Update: Moco closes Thursday morning)The D.C. Public Schools District  announced Wednesday it was closing Thursday, March 5, because of a big sleet/snow storm strongly forecast to hit the greater Washington D.C. region. So have the school systems in the following counties: Prince George’s, Howard and  Anne Arundel  in Maryland; Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William as well as Alexandria City and Manassas City in Virginia.  So what about Montgomery County Public Schools?Read full article >>






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Strauss: Are small colleges really doomed?

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:00pm
News that Sweet Briar College, a liberal arts school for women in Virginia, is closing because of financial difficulties sparked new predictions that single-sex colleges and many small and rural private liberal arts colleges around the United States are doomed education because of declining enrollment. College President  James F. Jones Jr. said declining enrollment was the challenge facing Sweet Briar and other small rural private arts colleges. But are small colleges really doomed?  Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing at DePaul University in Chicago, isn’t so sure. Boeckenstedt looked at the data and wrote about it on his blog, Higher Ed Data Stories. Here, with his permission, is his post, complete with an interactive graphic at the end.Read full article >>






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Murder trial in U-Va. student Hannah Graham’s slaying delayed

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:34pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — An Albemarle County Circuit Court judge granted a delay in the case against a man charged in the disappearance and slaying of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and authorized his lawyers to hire a DNA expert for the trial.Read full article >>






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Shock over Sweet Briar’s closing turns to somber questions

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:15pm
SWEET BRIAR, Va. — The first reactions were of shock: Tears, disbelief, hugs, silence. But then the questions began.Sweet Briar College’s president stunned faculty, students, alumnae and parents Tuesday when he announced that, because of “insurmountable financial challenges” the women’s college in Virginia would abruptly close this summer. A visitor to campus described how, shortly after noon, every student was summoned to an emergency meeting, down to the last lifeguards ordered to stop watching the pool, and the painful sound that followed the news — almost a collective howl, as hundreds of young women began sobbing all at once.Read full article >>






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Md. state board upholds boy’s suspension in pastry gun case

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:47pm
The Maryland State Board of Education upheld the suspension of a boy who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, saying the punishment was warranted because of the disruption and other previous misconduct.Read full article >>






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Strauss: New York City, nation’s largest school district, adds two Muslim holidays to academic calendar

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:36pm
The New York City schools, the nation’s largest school district, are adding two major Muslim holidays to the academic calendar for 2015-16, an action some other districts have refused to make.Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced on Wednesday that schools will close on Sept 24, for Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the Festival of  the Sacrifice. Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan at the end of the summer, will be observed during summer school in 2016. The change was years in the making; the City Council approved a resolution to add the holidays to the school calendar in 2009 but the then-mayor, Michael Bloomberg, did not want to implement it.Read full article >>






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Some D.C. families get extended deadline for school enrollment lottery

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:09pm
Nearly 300 District families got extra time to finalize their online school lottery applications after technical glitches crashed the enrollment lottery’s Web site in the hours before the 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline.Read full article >>






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Pot is legal in the District. GWU students running for campus office want in.

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:25pm
Now that marijuana is legal in D.C., students at George Washington University are hoping some of the city’s new marijuana freedom trickles down to them. Two students are running for Student Association Senate seats on platforms to reform campus drug policies, calling for the private university’s administration to align its policies more with municipal government laws.Read full article >>






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At-risk funds will follow students; chancellor will have say in spending

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:54pm
The D.C. Council on Tuesday reaffirmed the intent of legislation to provide more funding to schools based on the number of high-needs students they serve. It also amended the law to give D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson more discretion in how the funds will be spent.Read full article >>






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New ‘Consumer Reports’ for Common Core finds learning materials lacking

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:32pm
A new organization calling itself the “Consumer Reports” of K-12 textbooks has issued its first analysis of classroom materials in the age of the Common Core State Standards, and it found most of the materials lacking. Read full article >>






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Strauss: A stunning reversal on charter schools

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:00am
David Hornbeck was the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools from 1976 to 1988 and the superintendent of the Philadelphia school district from 1994 to 2000. For years he was a supporter of charter schools, seeing them as an important tool in the school reform arsenal, and as Philadelphia’s superintendent, he recommended that more than 30 charter schools be allowed to open. Now, in a reversal that is rare in education, he said this:  “The last 20 years make it clear I was wrong.”Read full article >>






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