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Obama administration wants better teachers for nation’s poor schools

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:31pm

The Obama administration is ordering states to devise strategies to get better teachers into high-poverty classrooms, correcting a national imbalance in which students who need the most help are often taught by the weakest educators.

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Prince George’s the latest school system to face debate over planned cellphone towers

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:00pm

Prince George’s County has become the latest school system in the Washington region to become locked in a debate over building cellphone towers on school property.

Montgomery County officials recently abandoned plans to have a cellphone tower built at Wootton High School in Rockville after an uproar from parents. And this year, a company withdrew its plans to build a tower at Piney Orchard Elementary School in Anne Arundel County after community opposition and issues with zoning.

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Monica Warren-Jones to step down from D.C. education board

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 1:46pm

Monica Warren-Jones, who represents Ward 6 on the D.C. State Board of Education, announced this weekend that she will not seek reelection in November.

Warren-Jones said she is leaving the board to focus on improving social services and housing for the city’s disadvantaged children and families.

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Strauss: How college remediation rates are distorted — and why

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:01am

Are a large percentage of high school graduates so unprepared for college when they get there that they have to take remedial courses to catch up? School reformers like to say so, and throw out big percentages of students who are said to need remediation. But where do these figures come from, and are they accurate? Award-winning Prinicipal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York  looks at this issue in the following post.

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Strauss: A watershed moment for technology in education

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:01am

It is more than likely that many of you don’t know much, if anything, about the “E-Rate,” which is formally the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund administered  under the auspices of the Federal Communications Commission.  The E-Rate offers discounts for schools and libraries to get Internet access and telecommunications. This week, the FCC will vote on modernizing the E-Rate in a move that would first redirect a few billion dollars in E-Rate funds to the benefit of millions of students this year alone. In this post, Julius Genachowski and Jim Coulter explain why they think the FCC should approve the modernization. Genachowski is managing director of The Carlyle Group and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Jim Coulter is a commissioner of the bi-partisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission, and co-founder and chief executive officer of TPG Holdings.

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Strauss: Departing NEA president blasts ‘incredible onslaught of corporate reformers’ — including Michelle Rhee

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:16am

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel delivered his final keynote speech at the 2014 Representative Assembly of the nation’s largest teachers union, blasting Michelle Rhee and other corporate school reformers, and urging the organization’s more than 3 million members to work to change the course of education. “Proceed until apprehended!” he urged.

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New D.C. charter school highlights debate over planning

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 3:46pm

A new science-themed D.C. charter school plans to open its doors this fall across the street from a traditional school that serves the same grade levels and has the same academic focus, highlighting a lack of coordination that has drawn increasing scrutiny in recent months.

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Strauss: Why many Democrats have turned against teachers unions

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 4:01am

For years now it’s been clear that Democrats have splintered over the issue of corporate school reform. President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have been leaders of the movement to transform public schools through standardized-test-based “accountability” and the expansion of charter schools, with other Democrats arguing that these reform measures are not effective ways of closing the achievement gap and improving student performance.

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Fairfax County still trying to get high schoolers more sleep

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 8:01pm

Although the Fairfax County School Board last week approved more instructional time for elementary students and added more than 11 days to the academic calendar to account for inclement weather, a long-standing county plan to help teenagers get more sleep could call for cutting high school classes.

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Strauss: A declaration for teachers

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:01am

There’s no better time of  year to talk about declarations than on July 4th, the day the second Constitutional Convention meeting in 1776 approved the Declaration of Independence.  Here’s a new one by Jennifer Barnett, a classroom teacher for more than 20 years who decided it was time for teachers to have a declaration of their own and wrote one. Barnett currently serves as Teacher Leader in Residence for the Center for Teaching Quality. A member of the Collaboratory and co-author of Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools … Now and in the Future , Jennifer blogs, manages a tech help wiki, and spends far too much time on Twitter.

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Montgomery school officials made additional reimbursements for spending

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 8:06pm

Newly released documents show that additional Montgomery County school officials had to make reimbursements for purchases that were improperly charged to a credit card or paid for with public funds, including for personal expenses and event tickets.

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D.C. settles with former school food services director for $450,000

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 6:08pm

The District has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the city public schools’ former head of food services, who had alleged he was fired for raising alarms about the system’s mismanagement of a money-losing contract with its largest food vendor.

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Moody’s downgrades Howard U.’s credit rating for second time in the past year

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 5:52pm

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Howard University’s credit rating Thursday for the second time in less than a year, citing a “precipitous deterioration” in the financial condition of the university’s teaching hospital.

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Strauss: How much do you know about the Declaration of Independence?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:01pm

How much do you really know about the history of the Declaration of Independence and events surrounding the famous date of July 4th, 1776?

When, for example, was independence actually declared by the second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia? Who was the first signer of the declaration? Who wrote it?

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Va. committee formed to reform SOL tests

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:43pm

School board members from Alexandria, Manassas and Prince William County, a new assistant superintendent in Loudoun County and a parent in Prince William are among the members of a new statewide committee tasked with charting the course of Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests.

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Virginia, 5 other states awarded extension to ‘No Child’ waiver

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:30pm

The U.S. Education Department announced Thursday that Virginia and five other states have been awarded another year of flexibility from some requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Congress has offered no legislative fix to the 12-year old education law, which includes the goal that all students should be proficient in reading and math by 2014. States falling short could risk sanctions or lose federal aid.

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Strauss: Why we still need affirmative action for African Americans in college admissions

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:01am

Affirmative action in college admissions for African Americans has been losing support in the United States for some time, with new “colorblind” methods of ending gaining ground in the courts. In this powerful defense of affirmative action, Richard Rothstein explains why pretending color doesn’t matter doesn’t actually work and why it is unfair. Rothstein is 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 first appeared in the American Prospect.

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Morgan State now part of federal probe of handling of sexual-violence reports

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 9:43pm

Morgan State University in Baltimore is among dozens of colleges and universities under federal investigation for possible violations of anti-discrimination law in handling reports of sexual violence.

The investigation of Morgan State began June 26, according to a document that the U.S. Education Department made public Wednesday.

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A graduation conundrum for students with disabilities

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:02pm

Rarely has the education field produced a set of initials as necessary but as troublesome as these: IEP. They stand for individualized education program, the plan that governs how each child with a disability should be taught and what he or she should learn.

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Top elementary school in Prince George’s County faces criticism

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:08pm

Heather Hills Elementary School in Prince George’s County, which was designated a National Blue Ribbon School in 1990 and a Maryland Blue Ribbon School in 2007, has a clear history of student achievement.

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