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Maryland and Microsoft partnership provides free Office 365 for students

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:41am
Maryland education officials say the state’s 870,000 public school students will get free Microsoft Office 365 software as part of a new state partnership with the technology giant.Under the collaboration, students will be able to download the Microsoft software at no cost on up to five devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and cellphones, a spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education said.Read full article >>






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Superintendent calls for $70 million in teacher raises in new Fairfax budget

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:03pm
Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza will seek almost $70 million in pay raises for teachers next year as part of a budget proposal she announced Thursday night.“Our outstanding employees are key to our past and future success,” Garza said. “And we are losing great teachers to surrounding school systems.”Read full article >>






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Obama to unveil proposal for tuition-free community college

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:14pm
President Obama on Friday will propose making community college tuition-free for “responsible students,” launching what officials described as an ambitious plan for the federal and state governments to widen access to higher education.Read full article >>






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One of the top states for public schools is ... Wyoming?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 5:43pm
Education Week has come out with its annual state rankings for public education, and topping the list are plenty of the usual suspects, many of them in the Northeast. But also making its debut in the top 10 is a surprise: Wyoming, a state better known for its cowboys than its excellent schools.Read full article >>






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D.C. teacher wins $25,000 cash award

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 5:08pm
The Milken Family Foundation presented Michelle Johnson, a second-grade teacher at the District’s Seaton Elementary, with a $25,000 award Thursday in recognition of her success in the classroom. Johnson was surprised with the award during an assembly at Seaton in the District’s Shaw neighborhood. Her students, many of whom are low-income and learning English as a second language, have made impressive academic gains under her tutelage, according to the Milken Family Foundation.Read full article >>






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American University’s freshmen: Where they come from

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 3:22pm
American University recruited 69 foreigners from about three dozen countries for its undergraduate Class of 2018, according to a demographic profile of its first-year class.They account for about 4 percent of the 1,787 freshmen enrolled at the private university in Northwest Washington. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Mom spells out problems with PARCC Common Core test

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:00pm
Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey. She just testified to the New Jersey Board of Education urging members to pull out of PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which is one of the two multi-state consortia designing new Common Core standardized tests with some $360 million in federal funds. PARCC has been losing members as one state after another has withdrawn, choosing to use its own tests.Read full article >>






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Class sizes, teacher salaries and per-student spending: How D.C.-area schools stack up

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 6:30pm
This story has been updated.Arlington Public Schools will outspend its counterparts in the Washington suburbs by at least $1,500 per student this year, with per-student spending above $19,000, and Prince William County schools have the largest class sizes in the region.Read full article >>






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New federal guidelines highlight civil rights of English language learners

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:54pm
The Obama administration released guidelines Wednesday that highlight the civil rights of students learning English as a second language, who under federal law are guaranteed targeted help and a high-quality public education.Read full article >>






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Michigan picks SAT over ACT for free college admission testing

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:37pm
Juniors in Michigan’s public high schools will be able to take the SAT college admission test for free starting in 2016, ending the dominance there of a rival test, the state announced Wednesday.Michigan chose the SAT over the rival ACT after a competitive bidding process. The College Board, a nonprofit organization based in New York, which oversees the SAT, won a three-year contract worth about $17.1 million. It was a significant victory for the College Board as it prepares to roll out an updated version of the SAT.Read full article >>






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Michigan picks SAT over ACT for free college admission testing

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:37pm
Juniors in Michigan’s public high schools will be able to take the SAT college admission test for free starting in 2016, ending the dominance there of a rival test, the state announced Wednesday.Michigan chose the SAT over the rival ACT after a competitive bidding process. The College Board, a nonprofit organization based in New York, which oversees the SAT, won a three-year contract worth about $17.1 million. It was a significant victory for the College Board as it prepares to roll out an updated version of the SAT.Read full article >>






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New federal guidelines highlight civil rights of English language learners

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:30am
The Obama administration on Wednesday released guidelines for schools meant to highlight the civil rights of students learning English as a second language, for whom federal law guarantees targeted help and high-quality education.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The Tao of the liberal arts

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 9:45am
In this era when you can’t turn around in the education world without someone talking about science, technology, engineering and math, the liberal arts often get short shrift. Part of the reason is that people don’t fully understand what the liberal arts are and why they remain foundational to a real education. This post helps explain all of that. It was written by  Gerald Greenberg, senior associate dean of  academic affairs; humanities; curriculum, instruction, and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Greenberg is a linguistics expert who teaches courses in Russian and whose interests include Russian and Slavic linguistics as well as syntactic theory. He has published many articles and essays on a variety of topics, including areas such as stress placement, the syntax of various non-finite constructions, case marking, and language change.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The Tao of the liberal arts

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 9:45am
In this era when you can’t turn around in the education world without someone talking about science, technology, engineering and math, the liberal arts often get short shrift. Part of the reason is that people don’t fully understand what the liberal arts are and why they remain foundational to a real education. This post helps explain all of that. It was written by  Gerald Greenberg, senior associate dean of  academic affairs; humanities; curriculum, instruction, and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Greenberg is a linguistics expert who teaches courses in Russian and whose interests include Russian and Slavic linguistics as well as syntactic theory. He has published many articles and essays on a variety of topics, including areas such as stress placement, the syntax of various non-finite constructions, case marking, and language change.Read full article >>






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Montgomery offers new options to open county high schools later

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 11:00pm
Montgomery County’s schools chief recommended Tuesday that the school board consider only no-cost approaches for moving high school bell times later in the morning, backing a proposal that would give teenagers 20 more minutes of sleep every morning.Read full article >>






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New safety rules announced for University of Virginia fraternity parties

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:20pm
New safety rules for fraternities at the University of Virginia would require at least three “sober and lucid” members to monitor behavior at parties, prohibit pre-mixed alcoholic drinks and implement guest lists to control entry to the houses during an event.Read full article >>






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Jeb Bush education foundation played leading role in mixing politics, policy

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 7:33pm
An employee of Jeb Bush’s education foundation was unequivocal when New Mexico’s top schools official needed someone to pay her travel costs to Washington to testify before Congress: The foundation would give her “whatever she needs.”Read full article >>






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Many of region’s schools opened in storm, drawing ire

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:10pm
If the storm that swooped through Washington early Tuesday was an early test of winter, by many accounts several of the region’s school systems failed.Teen drivers crashed on the way to classes. School parking lots turned into gridlock, leaving parents seething. School buses fought slick roads, often unsuccessfully, with many school ­systems reporting crashes. Read full article >>






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Strauss: A dozen questions — and a dozen answers — about school reform

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:00pm
Here is a letter that NYS Allies for Public Education — a coalition of more than 50 organizations in New York — just sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo about his education policies. While the letter is specific to New York, the issues it covers — evaluations, charter schools, due process — are hot button around the country. It was written in December by Jim Malatras, Cuomo’s director of state operations, to Board of Regents Chairwoman Merryl Tisch and John King, who was at the time the New York State commissioner of education. He resigned late last month and is becoming a top assistant to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.Read full article >>






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Fairfax school board seeks to double salary for members as district sees budget crunch

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:01pm
The Fairfax County School Board is seeking to double the salary paid to board members beginning in 2016 — in what it says is a bid to attract top candidates to the field in an election year — despite the budget challenges faced by the district.Read full article >>






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