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U-Va. known for generous financial aid, but low share of students in economic need

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:27pm

The University of Virginia is known for having one of the most generous financial aid programs in public higher education. But it also has a relatively low share of students from low-income families.

That is crucial context for the debate over changes to the aid program known as AccessUVa. On Sunday, The Post reported on a $4 million gift to U-Va. connected to that debate.

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Strauss: ‘The greatest line I never said’ -- from college admissions counselors

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 5:00am

Many college admissions counselors across the country communicate with each other through a listserv. Most often they share professional thoughts and advice, but every now and then, they have a little fun.

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Don’t go overboard praising China’s schools

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 9:54pm

Explanations for American schools lagging behind the rest of the world are many. One of the most prevalent themes for politicians, business executives and pundits scolding our kids, parents and teachers is fear of Asia — particularly China, Korea, Japan and Singapore — because of their world-leading test scores.

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Veteran police officer to lead Md. Center for School Safety

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 6:31pm

Ed Clarke started his career as a Montgomery County police officer. Twenty-four years later, he retired as a police captain and took a job with the county’s school system, overseeing security in the same schools he attended as a child.

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Asking for pay to go up, Fairfax teachers dress down

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 5:43pm

Walking the hallways at Woodson High School, it might be difficult to pick out some of the teachers from the swarms of students dressed in hoodies and sweatpants.

Instead of oxford shirts paired with neckties or blouses on top of dress slacks, about half of the Woodson faculty have been “dressing down” as part of a demonstration for better pay. The campaign, which members of the Fairfax County school’s English department helped organize, is gaining momentum as teachers at other schools are taking notice.

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A real-life civics lesson for Alice Deal Middle School students

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 2:51pm

The citizens who testified at city hall last week were far younger and, arguably, far more persuasive than those who usually come before the D.C. Council.

The four of them, officers of the student council at Alice Deal Middle School in Northwest, had resolved this year to take on something bigger than parties, spirit days and other typical student government fare.

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Strauss: Is it unethical to use untested technology in the classroom?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:45pm

Is it unethical to use untested technology in classrooms? Answering the question is education historian Larry Cuban, who was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years and a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA). He is now 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 his blog, Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice.
By Larry Cuban

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At U-Va., $4 million gift calms some of the ire over school’s decision to cut need-based aid

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 7:46pm

A new $4 million gift to support financial aid at the University of Virginia has blunted some of the criticism the school faced after it decided to scale back a landmark grant program for its neediest students.

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Montgomery County, teachers reach tentative deal including raises, higher health premiums

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 6:19pm

The Montgomery County Board of Education and the union representing the county’s 12,000 teachers have reached a tentative deal on a contract granting raises totaling about 5.5 percent over three years, school officials announced Saturday.

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Strauss: College professor’s post that went viral

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:05pm

Hamline professor’s post on student loan debt goes viral http://t.co/mY1JsdJlCw pic.twitter.com/WiK7iznGyw

— ProgressiveHelpPhD (@CallOut4) February 7, 2014

The man in the picture is David Davies, an associate professor of anthropology and East Asian studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., who posted a photo on his Facebook page last week that quickly went viral, according to the Star Tribune.

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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.

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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.

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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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