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Laura Nedd Shelton named Prince George’s Teacher of the Year

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:45pm

Sixteen years ago, Laura Nedd Shelton was a correctional officer in a men’s prison in Virginia wondering how she could help affect people’s lives — especially young men’s lives — before they made bad choices that had an impact on their futures.

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Strauss: Is Georgetown University ‘Catholic enough’?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:38am

William Peter Blatty, the famous author of “The Exorcist,” a graduate of Georgetown University, and a doctrinaire Catholic, submitted a petition to the Vatican last year asking church officials to strip his alma mater of  the labels Catholic and Jesuit because, it says, neither the faculty nor the student body are, in fact, Catholic enough.

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Schmoke named president of U. of Baltimore

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:04am

A top official at Howard University was named president of the University of Baltimore on Wednesday.

Kurt L. Schmoke, interim provost and general counsel at Howard, is no stranger to Baltimore. He was a three-term mayor of the city from 1987 to 1999. In the past decade Schmoke has held a variety of positions at the historically black university in Northwest Washington, including law school dean.

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Strauss: Why D.C. should take Youth Court program off life support

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:50am

The Youth Court of the District of Columbia, one of the only organizations dealing with juvenile delinquency in Washington, is currently on life support, writes Michael Shank, associate director of legislative affairs for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Here’s his post about why the D.C. mayor should keep it.

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Strauss: Holder, Duncan asked to investigate ‘racially discriminatory’ school closings in New Orleans

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:49am

This week marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that was intended to strike down the “separate but equal” doctrine that codified racism in America’s public schools. You can read a report here about what it has and has not accomplished. Following is an open letter (see full text below) to Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan from a national organization called Journey for Justice Alliance requesting that they investigate “racially discriminatory school closings” in New Orleans.

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