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School year opens in Montgomery with new initiatives and expected record enrollment

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:42pm

Thousands of students returned to classes in Montgomery County Monday, as the school year opened with a new technology initiative, a new student code of conduct and a record-high projected enrollment.

Maryland’s largest school system - with more than 154,000 students expected this year — also added a new school, its 202nd: Wilson Wims Elementary, on Blue Sky Drive, in Clarksburg.

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New teachers, nervous as kindergartners, prepare for the first day of school

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:35pm

Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time.

And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students.

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Maryland awards nearly $7 million to help pay for school breakfasts

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:26pm

The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded $6.9 million in state funds to allow more students — regardless of family income — to start their school day eating breakfast.

The money for the Maryland Meals for Achievement Program will be given to 481 schools throughout the state, including 84 schools in Prince George’s County and 74 schools in Montgomery County.

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Strauss: ‘Is it winter break yet?’ and other first-day-of-school tweets

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:15pm
#FirstDayOfSchoolThoughts don’t walk into the wrong classroom

It’s raining on the first day of class. Better stay home. #FirstDayOfSchoolThoughts — Dylan Rockafellow (@D_Rockafellow) August 25, 2014

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D.C. school year starts with a dance party at Eastern Senior High School

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:48pm

Students at Eastern Senior High School were met with balloons and a dance party Monday morning on their first day of school.

They lined up on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules. Every senior at the Capitol Hill school was given a crown.

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Strauss: Superintendent tells parents what matters most — and it’s not Common Core

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:39pm

Here’s a rather unusual back-to-school letter.

It was written by Superintendent Mark R. Cross to the parents of students attending Peru Elementary School District 124, which serves the community of Peru in north-central Illinois with three schools: Northview Elementary School (grades PreK — 1), Washington Elementary School (grades 2 — 4), and Parkside Middle School (grades 5 — 8). There are about 1,000 students in the district.

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Strauss: U.S. doctors urge later school start times for teens

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:01am

The American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a new policy statement recommending that middle and high schools start class no earlier than 8:30 a.m. because adolescents have unique sleep rhythms that make it harder for them to go to sleep and wake up earlier than other people, and that sleep deprivation can affect academic achievement as well as cause other problems.

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Washington Monthly ranks four UC schools in top five in its 2014 university rankings

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:01am

The top universities in the latest rankings look much the same as they did a year ago, with only slight ups and downs.

No, we’re not talking about Princeton, Harvard and Yale and where they stand atop U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of national universities. If you want to know how the elites stack up this year in the famed U.S. News ranking, you’ll have to wait until Sept. 9.

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First day of classes brings 202nd school to Montgomery

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:50pm

When school starts Monday in Montgomery County, the firsts will accumulate quickly at Wilson Wims Elementary School.

The school bell will ring for the first time, signaling the start of the day. Teachers will give lessons in just-built classrooms. Students will eat in a cafeteria in which lunch boxes have never been opened and rush to a playground that has never hosted recess.

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Sometimes the school down the block makes you nervous

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:00pm

This story originally appeared in The Washington Post’s Education Review section on April 9, 2000.

Karen Helbrecht and Gordon Johnson had not investigated the local elementary school before they bought their light green Cape Cod house in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. But after they became parents, they had some concerns about how the school would fit the needs of their daughter Maggie.

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12 ways to identify a good school

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:00pm

Fourteen years ago, I wrote a Washington Post magazine piece about a young couple seeking a school for their daughter, including 12 things to look for in a good school. The article survives online. Parents still ask me if I would change any of those recommendations.

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Strauss: Next: #PayMyTuitionChallenge

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:45am

There is no end to the ingenuity of Twitter users. After the success of the  #IceBucketChallenge on Twitter to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord), some enterprising young people decided to challenge people, generally people they don’t know, to pay their college tuition.

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Strauss: Are the Success Academies really so successful?

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:01am

There was a big to-do recently in New York when new standardized testing results were released and the controversial Success Academies charter chain received very high scores. What, exactly, do the scores really tell us about the schools? Matthew Di Carlo, senior fellow at the non-profit Washington D.C.-based Albert Shanker Institute, explains. This post appeared on the institute’s blog.

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Strauss: Back-to-school stress: How to recognize it and help kids manage it

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 9:57am

Yes, kids get super-stressed, too, but it isn’t always easy to tell what is bothering them because they hide symptoms or explain them in vague ways. As the 2014-15 school year gears up, it’s a good time to learn how to identify stress in children and teens and help them manage it. Here are some tips from the professionals:

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Strauss: Every school should have this classroom door

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 8:01am
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Strauss: Why teachers can’t ignore Ferguson as school begins

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:31pm

As the 2014-15 school year gets underway, teachers around the country have an opportunity and a challenge to bring into the classroom for discussion — in developmentally appropriate ways — the events  roiling Ferguson, Missouri, since a white police officer shot to death an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown on Aug. 9. In the following post, veteran teacher David B. Cohen writes about thoughts he has about the larger meaning of Ferguson prompted by the news as well as interaction he has had with colleagues and others on online communities, including #CAedchat.

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Strauss: A shameless bid for Twitter followers?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:05pm
Follow us if you believe that every child deserves an excellent education!

(Here’s how the USCCF Ed & Workforce describes itself on Twitter: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education & Workforce promotes rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems.”)

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Arlington considers school board appointment to fill vacancy

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:09pm

The Arlington County school board on Friday approved a measure to consider appointing an interim member to fill one of two recent vacancies.

The school board will hold a public hearing on Sept. 4 to discuss the possible appointment to the five-member board. Currently, the board has only three elected members after two members resigned in close succession.

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Strauss: Judge smacks N.C. lawmakers, rules school vouchers unconstitutional

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:49am

Blasting state lawmakers for concocting a scheme that he said “fails” children, a North Carolina judge declared unconstitutional a state voucher program that uses public money for students from low-income families to pay private school tuition.

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Strauss: And now, final exams for kindergartners. Really.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:02am

Just when you think things can’t get any worse for kindergartners, they do.

It used to be that kindergartners could play  — which is how early childhood development experts say young children learn and are socialized best.  Today 5- and 6-year-olds are forced to sit for hours at a time doing academics, often with little or no recess, and in some places, no time for a snack. Homework goes home every day with many kindergartners.

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