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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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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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