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Blunder of the year? Hillsborough County, Fla., board fires acclaimed superintendent

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 6:18pm
When you meet Washington-area school board members, give them a warm smile and a kind word. They wrestle with complex issues, boring meetings and ill-tempered constituents, yet by and large they do good jobs. In the 40 years I have been watching them, only once or twice have they made a mistake as senseless and catastrophic as what the Hillsborough County, Fla., school board just pulled off.Read full article >>






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Blunder of the year? Hillsborough County, Fla., board fires acclaimed superintendent

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 6:18pm
When you meet Washington-area school board members, give them a warm smile and a kind word. They wrestle with complex issues, boring meetings and ill-tempered constituents, yet by and large they do good jobs. In the 40 years I have been watching them, only once or twice have they made a mistake as senseless and catastrophic as what the Hillsborough County, Fla., school board just pulled off.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The terrible thing that happened to a Teach For America corps member

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 3:13pm
The friend request popped onto Josh Kaplowitz’s Facebook page one afternoon. He was at his office at a top-shelf D.C. law firm, but the name on the screen transported him to a very different place, a decade earlier, to a time of humiliation and failure.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The terrible thing that happened to a Teach For America corps member

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 3:13pm
The friend request popped onto Josh Kaplowitz’s Facebook page one afternoon. He was at his office at a top-shelf D.C. law firm, but the name on the screen transported him to a very different place, a decade earlier, to a time of humiliation and failure.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Principal: What I’ve learned about annual standardized testing

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 2:00pm
The U.S. Congress is — eight years late — taking up the rewriting of No Child Left Behind, and one of the key issues under discussion is just how big the federal footprint on local public schools should be. No Child Left Behind requires that students take an annual standardized test for purposes of holding schools “accountable” from Grades 3-8 and once in high school. Whether such annual testing is now being hotly debated. Here’s a post looking at this issue, by Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York, who was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Burris has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog. Some of her pieces are listed after the post.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Principal: What I’ve learned about annual standardized testing

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 2:00pm
The U.S. Congress is — eight years late — taking up the rewriting of No Child Left Behind, and one of the key issues under discussion is just how big the federal footprint on local public schools should be. No Child Left Behind requires that students take an annual standardized test for purposes of holding schools “accountable” from Grades 3-8 and once in high school. Whether such annual testing is now being hotly debated. Here’s a post looking at this issue, by Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York, who was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Burris has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog. Some of her pieces are listed after the post.Read full article >>






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After all the debate, what will U-Va. sorority women do tonight?

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 8:16pm
Like several other women she knows at the University of Virginia, junior Sara Surface had been planning to go to fraternity parties Saturday night. It’s a big night, when all the fraternities celebrate their new members, and it follows a huge home game, when the undefeated men’s basketball team takes on powerhouse Duke with TV cameras broadcasting live on campus all day.Read full article >>
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After all the debate, what will U-Va. sorority women do tonight?

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 8:16pm
Like several other women she knows at the University of Virginia, junior Sara Surface had been planning to go to fraternity parties Saturday night. It’s a big night, when all the fraternities celebrate their new members, and it follows a huge home game, when the undefeated men’s basketball team takes on powerhouse Duke with TV cameras broadcasting live on campus all day.Read full article >>
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Should GED lead to a diploma? District considers changing policy to help outcomes

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:14pm
The graduates wore royal blue and white robes. The principal talked about “closing one chapter and beginning another.” Students got awards. Parents cried.Thursday night’s ceremony was like those at most high schools, with one exception: The piece of paper inside the gold-embossed folders school leaders handed to students at the end.Read full article >>






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Should GED lead to a diploma? District considers changing policy to help outcomes

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:14pm
The graduates wore royal blue and white robes. The principal talked about “closing one chapter and beginning another.” Students got awards. Parents cried.Thursday night’s ceremony was like those at most high schools, with one exception: The piece of paper inside the gold-embossed folders school leaders handed to students at the end.Read full article >>






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Prince William school system faces more cuts, with full-day kindergarten at risk

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:59pm
Prince William County’s schools enrollment boom has outpaced the growth of the district’s budget for years, a quandary exacerbated by the recession. Class sizes have ballooned. Bus service has been cut. Per-pupil spending has flattened.Read full article >>






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Prince William school system faces more cuts, with full-day kindergarten at risk

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:59pm
Prince William County’s schools enrollment boom has outpaced the growth of the district’s budget for years, a quandary exacerbated by the recession. Class sizes have ballooned. Bus service has been cut. Per-pupil spending has flattened.Read full article >>






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Strauss: So much for ‘choice.’ Florida says parents can’t opt out their kids from standardized tests

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:40pm
There is a big push today to give parents “choice” about which schools their children attend.  Many parents can also choose, among other things, not to have their children read specific assigned books that they find offensive, participate in sex education classes or attend assemblies they deem controversial. But when it comes to standardized tests, so much for the “choice” movement. Parents in most places aren’t  given a choice.Read full article >>






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Strauss: So much for ‘choice.’ Florida says parents can’t opt out their kids from standardized tests

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:40pm
There is a big push today to give parents “choice” about which schools their children attend.  Many parents can also choose, among other things, not to have their children read specific assigned books that they find offensive, participate in sex education classes or attend assemblies they deem controversial. But when it comes to standardized tests, so much for the “choice” movement. Parents in most places aren’t  given a choice.Read full article >>






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“It’s just one night!” Sorority leaders baffled at U-Va. response to frat party ban

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:10pm
National sorority leaders said Friday they have been very surprised by the reaction to a letter sent to University of Virginia chapters warning them to avoid fraternity parties on campus Saturday night.Read full article >>






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“It’s just one night!” Sorority leaders baffled at U-Va. response to frat party ban

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:10pm
National sorority leaders said Friday they have been very surprised by the reaction to a letter sent to University of Virginia chapters warning them to avoid fraternity parties on campus Saturday night.Read full article >>






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U-Va. president, in a year of challenges, speaks about the path forward

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:51pm
University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan gave this speech Friday in Charlottesville, addressing campus safety and other recent issues that have challenged the community of Virginia’s public flagship. A university official said Sullivan was aiming to spotlight efforts to shape “the university’s future entering its third century.”Read full article >>






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U-Va. president, in a year of challenges, speaks about the path forward

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:51pm
University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan gave this speech Friday in Charlottesville, addressing campus safety and other recent issues that have challenged the community of Virginia’s public flagship. A university official said Sullivan was aiming to spotlight efforts to shape “the university’s future entering its third century.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why Cuomo’s school reform plans would make teaching a very high-risk career choice

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:33pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stirred the ire of educators across the state because of controversial new school reform proposals. To wit:*Boost overall school funding by nearly 5 percent (but he would only provide the full increase if state legislators do what he wants on school reforms.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why Cuomo’s school reform plans would make teaching a very high-risk career choice

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:33pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stirred the ire of educators across the state because of controversial new school reform proposals. To wit:*Boost overall school funding by nearly 5 percent (but he would only provide the full increase if state legislators do what he wants on school reforms.Read full article >>






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