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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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How American University is handling fallout from crude e-mail incident

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 3:05pm

There is never an optimal time for a university to confront the disclosure of a string of e-mails, possibly originating from some of its own students, that refer to rape, assault and wild parties in crude and offensive language.

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Strauss: How, after 60 years, Brown v. Board of Education succeeded -- and didn’t

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:30am

The 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling is almost upon us and it’s a good time to take a look at whether it succeeded in its mission: to end segregation in public schools. Here is an important report about what has and has not been accomplished by the case. It was written by Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. He is also senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law, and he is the author of books including ”Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right, and “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap.” He was a national education writer for The New York Times as well. This appeared on the EPI blog.

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Historic Wilson School in Arlington may be redeveloped as a new school

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:26pm

Arlington school and county officials announced Wednesday evening that the school system plans to retain a historic school that it had intended to sell and to consider it for possible redevelopment as a new secondary school.

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Va. education board criticizes unfunded SOL reform law

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:48pm

Virginia’s Board of Education criticized the General Assembly Wednesday for approving major changes to the state Standards of Learning assessment program without providing any funding to help districts make changes.

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Computer science not widely taught in Washington area schools

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:31pm

Long after the world went digital, computer science courses are not a regular part of the academic day for most high school students in the Washington region, according to a collection of data The Washington Post has assembled.

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High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:30pm

Their lives swirl in technology, but the nation’s high school students spend little time studying the computer science that is the basis of it all. Few are taught to write lines of code, and few take classes that delve into the workings of the Internet or explain how to create an app.

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Loudoun’s small community schools saved, for now

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:55pm

Four historic elementary schools in western Loudoun County will stay open for at least one more year, after the Loudoun County School Board voted late Tuesday night to remove the schools from a list of possible budget cuts.

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U-Va. tuition and fees to rise 4.3 percent for Virginians, more for those from out of state

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:37pm

The University of Virginia’s governing board approved a 4.3 percent increase in tuition and fees Wednesday for first-year in-state students, overwhelmingly supporting the price hike despite objections from critics who called it excessive.

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Schools roll out the red carpet for dads who volunteer

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:35pm

Like lots of moms, Kristin Clennan makes time to volunteer at her children’s school. She arranges her work as an interior designer so she can be there a few times a month, getting to know the teachers and helping them by making copies or tutoring students. Once a year, she’s invited to a volunteer appreciation breakfast.

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UC’s experience with an affirmative action ban

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:47pm

Latino students crossed a higher education milestone this year in the nation’s most populous state. For the first time, the University of California admitted more Latino applicants to its incoming freshman class than those who are non-Hispanic white.

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Strauss: How anxious are kids about taking standardized tests? This anxious.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:16pm

If you have any doubt that kids feel pressure to do well on high-stakes standardized tests, consider this.

A counselor at an El Paso elementary school, in an effort to allay student fears about having to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests this week, held conversations with students in grades 3 through 5 to see exactly what they were worried about. According to the Dallas Morning News, the counselor made a list of comments kids had made during these discussions and gave it to students.

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Fairfax school board approves new proposals for later high school start times

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:39pm

Fairfax County high schools may begin classes as late 9:15 in the morning under one of the proposals the school board will offer for community discussion in upcoming months.

Researchers from Children’s National Medical Center presented the Fairfax County school board with six options for alternative bell schedules Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort by the school system to help teens get more sleep. Some high school students begin boarding school buses as early as 5:45 in the morning, which school board member Ted Velkoff (At Large) described as “inhumane.”

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Elementary school task force to report in June on options for longer day in Montgomery

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:54pm

As Montgomery County has debated a proposal to delay the opening bells of high school to 8:15 a.m. — giving teenagers more time for sleep — a district-created study group has discussed potential changes to elementary school hours.

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Poll: Majority of Virginians concerned about impact of SOL tests

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:53pm

Nearly seven out of 10 Virginians say that increased testing hurts student performance or makes no difference, according to a recent poll released by Virginia Commonwealth University.

Well over half of respondents - 63 percent - think that the state’s Standards of Learning tests put too much pressure on students, and three in four agree that preparing for SOLs means teachers can’t cover all the important material needed.

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Prince George’s County Council holds college and career readiness strategy session

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:25pm

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Kevin Maxwell told a crowd of 150 parents, elected officials and school system employees Tuesday night that the percentage of students who drop out of school in the county remains higher than the state’s average and that lowering the number is one of the school system’s top priorities.

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Strauss: Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take but Eva does

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:45am

I get a lot of e-mail from parents and teachers who wonder if President Obama, whose children go to the private Sidwell Friends School, knows what is actually going on with all of the standardized testing in public schools. Here’s an open letter to Obama explaining what he is missing, written by Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant in urban high schools, a writer and an editor. She was previously director of the High School Program at Lesley University’s School of Education and an English professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she ran the Freshman Writing Program. Steinitz is also a parent, as you will see when you read this post of hers, which also appeared on Huffington Post.

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