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What our most famous private school is hiding

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:22pm

Since President Obama’s daughter Malia attends the Sidwell Friends Upper School and her Sidwell Middle School sister Sasha will too, I would argue it is our most famous private high school.

Sidwell has many great teachers and splendid facilities on a lovely campus stretching out along the 3800 block of Wisconsin Ave. in Northwest. Tuition is $36,264, but applications pour in.

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‘Angry Birds’ creator develops preschool program to promote learning through fun

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 2:52pm

The Finnish company that created Angry Birds is marketing an early childhood curriculum around the world that is meant to make learning more fun.

Rovio Entertainment is hoping to combine the popularity of the game — one of the nation’s best-known exports with more than 2 billion downloads — with the international prestige of the nation’s education system for its new early childhood learning program, called Angry Birds Playground.

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Music mogul Sean Combs receives honorary doctorate from Howard University

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:48pm

You can call him Dr. Combs.

Rap and music mogul Sean Combs electrified Howard University’s Class of 2014 on Saturday with a commencement speech that was thoughtful, funny and, surprisingly, sentimental.

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Scoreboards and butterfly gardens: Is parent fundraising equitable in Montgomery?

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:20pm

Parent fundraising and private donations have produced enviable results at some Montgomery County schools: athletic scoreboards, artificial turf, a nearly $250,000 elementary school improvement project.

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Strauss: Sidwell Friends School (where Obama girls attend) is getting new head

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:02am

Who runs any particular private school isn’t exactly news outside the school community but the elite Sidwell Friends School in Northwest Washington draws attention because of its famous students especially Sasha and Malia Obama ( as well as a few of Vice President Joe Biden’s grandchildren). So the  news at Sidwell is that a new head has been chosen to replace the man who took over the leadership of the Quaker school in 2010 but is leaving amid tensions with faculty. 

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D.C. charter schools say they were never under investigation for enrollment procedures

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 9:42pm

Officials at two D.C. charter schools, BASIS DC and Capital City, said Friday that they have never denied admission to immigrant students and were shocked to see their schools named among those under federal investigation for enrollment procedures that discriminate against undocumented children.

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VMI to allow pregnant and parenting cadets to remain in school after federal probe

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 3:57pm

The Virginia Military Institute has agreed to allow pregnant or parenting cadets to remain enrolled, reversing a policy that had required them to leave the public college, federal officials announced Friday.

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Teen sleep: Montgomery vote on later high school start times scheduled for June

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:43pm

A long-awaited vote on whether Montgomery County should shift the start times of the high school day has been scheduled for the June 17 school board meeting.

The vote is expected eight months after Superintendent Joshua P. Starr proposed resetting opening bells at Montgomery’s high schools to 8:15 a.m., a move intended to allow sleep-deprived teenagers to get more rest. High school classes now begin at 7:25 a.m., with buses picking up many students in the 6 o’clock hour.

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D.C. thanks its teachers

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:03am

Beneath all the rancorous debate in D.C. education are countless teachers who spend long hours preparing lessons mentoring children grading papers and working to get better at their craft.

This week parents and students and leaders from across the city have together waged a campaign to thank educators for their often-unsung work.

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Strauss: Chicago Teachers Union passes resolution opposing Common Core

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:02am

The Chicago Teachers’ Union House of Delegates has passed a resolution opposing use of the Common Core State Standards in teaching and testing, and it plans to lobby the Illinois Board of Education to reverse approval of the Core and ask its parent union, the American Federation of Teachers, to consider it at its upcoming convention.

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