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Va. test reform law includes no money for improved exams

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 4:35pm

Thousands of Virginia public school students are trying out a new kind of online Standards of Learning test this year that education officials say is proving to be a more efficient exam, offering more precise and valuable information about each student.

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Two moms of preschoolers push for Spanish immersion program in Prince George’s County

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 3:06pm

Delores Millhouse and Gina Bowler don’t have children in the Prince George’s County school system.

But they would like to.

That was the message they shared with members of the county Board of Education, the new schools chief, the county executive and anyone else who would take a few minutes to listen during the past several months as they lobbied the district to add a Spanish immersion program to its academic offerings.

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Does high school stress have to be a bad thing?

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 3:00pm

I am both impressed and annoyed by the work of Denise Clark Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education who has become a leading national expert on the causes of stress for high school students.

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Catania seeks to harness connections with parents for mayoral bid

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 7:00pm

D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) pledged to visit each of the city’s more than 200 traditional and charter schools when he took the helm of the council’s education committee in January 2013.

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Truancy, absenteeism a chronic problem in D.C. schools

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 6:51pm

When students at the District’s Simon Elementary show up for school on time, they reach for a numbered index card. It’s their ticket for that day’s attendance raffle.

The prizes are small — a ruler, a calculator, a bag of candy — but they are enough to trigger shrieks of celebration each morning in the cafeteria, and administrators hope they also are enough to help nudge more children through the front door of the schoolhouse. The reward program is one of the more visible parts of a much broader effort to tackle rampant truancy at Simon and other schools across the city.

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Students to march in Montgomery County, urging school action on achievement gap

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 4:41pm

Montgomery County students and their supporters plan to march in Rockville on Sunday to bring attention to the school system’s achievement gap, which has left black and Hispanic students lagging behind their white and Asian peers on multiple measures of academic success.

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Strauss: Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:59am

An annual year-end kindergarten show has been canceled at a New York school because the kids have to keep working so they will be “college and career” ready. Really.

That’s what it says in a letter (see below) sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers. The play was to be staged over two days, May 14 and 15, according to the school’s calendar.

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D.C. students explore Mars from Earth at science festival

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 9:15pm

Students from around the world explored the surface of Mars on Friday, examining the craggy outcrops of the Martian horizon and rocks smoothed by waters that once flowed on the Red Planet’s surface.

No, they weren’t actually on the surface of Mars, but it was the next-best thing. Students from the District, Houston, New Jersey, Buenos Aires and Managua, Nicaragua, joined in on a virtual field trip with NASA experts, looking at images beamed back from the rover Curiosity as part of an event that helped open this weekend’s USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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D.C. residents appear to support neighborhood schools

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 8:29pm

D.C. residents appear to overwhelmingly support maintaining the District’s neighborhood schools instead of moving to a lottery-based system, according to data presented at a public meeting Thursday night.

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Strauss: Oklahoma school district accepts Bible curriculum that says sinners must ‘suffer’ for disobeying God

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:03pm

A suburban Oklahoma City public school district has adopted a curriculum for high schools that its backers say uses Bible stories to teach subjects such as history and the arts and that says all sinners must “suffer the consequences” of disobeying God. It also says that some U2 songs are based in the Psalms.

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Strauss: Does it pay to obsess on where your kid goes to school?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:30pm

We all know people who seem to spend all of their time obsessing about where their children are going to go to school, as if there is a magical place that will ensure success. Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at this phenomenon. He is the author of two books, including “From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education.” Currently, he is engaged in a civil debate about education reform with Michelle Rhee in the Education Week blog K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric.

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Connecticut high school student killed in attack at school

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:28pm

A high school student in Connecticut was killed Friday morning after an attack by another student that led to a lockdown, an evacuation and yet another nightmarish scene at a school.

The attack occurred at around 7:15 a.m. at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., according to Keith L. Mello, the chief of police in Milford.

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Strauss: Obama plans new regulation on colleges of education

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:27am

The Obama administration’s obsession with standardized test scores knows no bounds. The newest example: a plan to spend millions of dollars to reward those colleges of education whose graduates, among other things, are successful in raising their students’ standardized test scores.

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Strauss: AFT asks Pearson to stop ‘gag order’ barring educators from talking about tests (update)

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:00am

(Update: Pearson responds to Weingarten)
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is sending a letter (see below) to the executives of Pearson, the world’s largest education company, asking them to stop a ”gag order” that is part of their $32 million contract with New York state to design new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core. The “gag order” bars teachers and principals from talking publicly about what’s on the exams, including any mistakes that educators find.

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Obama administration wants better-trained teachers

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:00am

The Obama administration is making a second attempt to regulate the way the country prepares its classroom teachers, saying training programs should be held accountable to improve the quality of K-12 teachers.

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Obama administration wants better trained teachers

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:00am

The Obama administration is working on new regulations aimed at improving the quality of K-12 teachers by requiring the colleges and universities that train them to prove their programs are effective, officials said.

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Northwestern University football players to vote on union amid debate over labor rights

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 7:38pm

Northwestern University football players are scheduled to vote Friday whether to join a union, part of a labor battle that is drawing intense scrutiny from colleges with major athletic programs, national union leaders and higher education lobbyists in Washington.

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Strauss: Arne Duncan brings hammer down on Washington state, pulling its ‘No Child’ waiver

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:08pm

The Education Department is for the first time yanking one of the waivers it gave to states that exempts them the most onerous parts of the flawed No Child Left Behind law.

As a result, Washington state will now have to comply with all parts of No Child Left Behind. Because of the peculiarities of the law, this means that virtually all of the state’s public schools will be seen as failing because they didn’t not meet set performance goals.

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Former D.C. charter school leader sentenced to prison for stealing school funds

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 3:42pm

The former executive director of a D.C. public charter school was sentenced to nine months in prison Thursday after admitting to embezzling $29,000 in school funds, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.’s office.

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Teen charged with having sex in school hallway in Montgomery County

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 3:19pm

An 18-year-old student at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville was charged with a fourth-degree sex offense after he and a 14-year-old student allegedly had consensual sex in a school hallway in late February.

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