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Renovation of D.C.’s Garrison Elementary delayed again

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:35pm
It is a dream scenario for District leaders: Parents rallying around their neighborhood school and vowing to be a part of its renaissance. That’s been happening in the rapidly gentrifying Northwest Washington neighborhood of Logan Circle, where a growing number of parents are hoping to send their young children to school down the street rather than move to the suburbs. Read full article >>
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Montgomery schools chief made a case to Board of Education members for his return

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:21pm
Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr made a case to keep his job as leader of Maryland’s largest school system last week, just days before reports surfaced that he lacked majority support from the Board of Education for reappointment.Read full article >>
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No hard alcohol, no pledging: Dartmouth plans major cultural reforms

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:15pm
Dartmouth College will prohibit all students, regardless of age, from drinking or possessing hard alcohol on campus and will create a new network of residential communities for student social life in a effort to rid the school of what its president calls “extreme behaviors.”Read full article >>
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Strauss: SAT questions posted online before exam was recently given in Asia

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:03pm
More than a week before the SAT was given to students in Asia on Saturday, Jan. 24,  some if not all of the questions on two versions of the exam given that day were posted online, and a week in advance of the exam, a U.S. nonprofit organization known as FairTest received a PDF of one of the SAT test forms.Read full article >>
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Sorority leaders stand by decision to keep U-Va. women away from frat parties

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:04pm
National sorority leaders are standing by their decision to keep University of Virginia sorority members away from fraternity parties Saturday night for their own safety.This weekend will be a big one at U-Va., with fraternities celebrating their new members on Saturday night, an annual tradition known as Boys’ Bid Night, and the most important home game of the year for the undefeated men’s basketball team. After a traumatic fall semester and a temporary suspension of all Greek activities, many students are ready to get back to normal.Read full article >>
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Teachers union, think tank propose compromise on testing of U.S. students

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:29pm
As Congress undertakes its most serious effort to rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law, backlash against standardized testing has prompted vigorous debate about whether the federal government should continue requiring annual exams.Read full article >>
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Strauss: Does Maryland’s new governor want to hit ‘pause’ button on Common Core?

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:13pm
Does the new Republican governor of Maryland want to revisit the state’s commitment to the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC Common Core test?When Larry Hogan was running for governor of Maryland, he responded to questions about his position on school reform by saying that he believed in local control of education, and he characterized the implementation of reforms in the state as “a train wreck.” This is how he responded to some questions from the Capital News Service during the campaign:Read full article >>
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Strauss: Teacher: I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I am disgusted by it.

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:30am
Here is a post by a Colorado teacher who vividly explains the difference in the lives of fortunate students and the less fortunate students whom she teaches. Her last post on this blog was a nuanced look into the psyche of some students of color who live in poverty, which you can read here. This public school teacher often blogs anonymously under the name Shakespeare’s Sister at Daily Kos. She teaches 11th grade AP Language and Composition in the Denver area.Read full article >>
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U-Va. sorority sister: We’ve been reduced to objects of sexual pleasure

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:08am
Erin Dyer, a sorority sister and a junior at the University of Virginia, wrote this (very lightly edited) piece after she was told that she and other sorority members on campus would not be allowed to attend fraternity parties on Saturday night. It reminded her of the lyrics to a Beyoncé song:Read full article >>
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How job licensing increases the cost of college

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00am
One proposal in President Obama’s budget, which is scheduled for release on Monday, has nothing to do with higher education, but it might make a dent in the rising cost of college tuition. According to the New York Times, the fiscal plan will include $15 million for states to study the costs and benefits of their licensing rules for occupations that range from emergency medical technicians to cosmetologists to interior designers.Read full article >>
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Arlington schools officials urge students to #keepitclean on Twitter

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:00am
Friendly reminder to be respectful when tweeting to us — we remove followers who don’t. Our technology policies apply in the Twitterverse.For the second time this year, Arlington school officials took to Twitter to urge students keep it civil online after their decision to keep schools open during bad weather made them a target for vulgar missives.Read full article >>
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‘Is this the 1950s?’ Students respond to sororities telling U-Va. members not to party with fraternity guys

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:52pm
Determined to reduce sexual assaults on campus, some colleges have banned frat parties, others have imposed strict new social rules and many are changing how they respond when victims come forward.At the University of Virginia, which has been having a very public debate about its culture, a powerful national group of sororities is trying something new for this weekend: Banning its members from partying with fraternity men.Read full article >>

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Montgomery schools chief may face uphill battle on board

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:25pm
Amid reports that Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr lacks the support he needs on the county school board to gain reappointment, the board took no official action Wednesday on Starr’s future with Maryland’s largest school district.Read full article >>

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Strauss: How school reform has failed the test

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:00pm
Few education policies are built from a deep knowledge of schools, the teachers who work in them, or the students who attend them. In an article in The American Scholar’s Winter, 2015 edition, scholar Mike Rose takes us into life in the classroom, and from that vantage point examines the pitfalls of contemporary school reform. I am running parts of the article — titled “School Reform Fails the Test: How can our schools get better when we have made teachers the problem and not the solution?” — with the permission of Rose and the journal.Read full article >>

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McDuffie introduces Title IX legislation again

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:25pm
D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) reintroduced a bill to increase athletic opportunities for girls in the city’s public schools.The District has some of the lowest participation rates in the country for girls in sports, an issue that has become the subject of two discrimination complaints in recent years.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Mom: Common Core wants kids to develop reading skills at the same pace. My daughters didn’t.

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:00am
Early childhood experts have raised the alarm about some of the Common Core State Standards in the earliest grades, saying that they are not developmentally appropriate. The Core calls for kindergartners to develop reading skills, which some kindergartners are capable of accomplishing. But plenty of them are not ready to, and some can take into third grade (and beyond) to feel confident with reading. A recent report noted that forcing kids to read in kindergarten can wind up being harmful to some of them.  In the following post, the mother of two daughters developing reading skills at different rates explains why she believes the Core early education Foundational Standards in reading are developmentally inappropriate. (You can see the Common Core standards for kindergartners here.)Read full article >>

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Montgomery County schools chief’s tenure in doubt

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:31pm
The future of Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr appeared to be in doubt as the eight-member Board of Education prepared for a Wednesday executive session to discuss renewal of his contract, two county officials with direct knowledge of board deliberations said Tuesday evening.Read full article >>

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U-Va. sorority sisters ordered to stay home Saturday night for their own safety — while fraternity brothers party

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:40pm
Sorority sisters at the University of Virginia were ordered by their national chapters to avoid fraternity events this weekend — a mandate that many of the women said was irrational, sexist and contrary to the school’s culture.Read full article >>
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Ted Leonsis to head board of college access organization in the District

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:05pm
Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington team known as the Caps, is taking a leading position at an organization with a similar name and nothing to do with hockey: D.C. CAP, a nonprofit group that helps students in the District get into and graduate from college.Read full article >>

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Senate appears unlikely to push for test-based teacher evaluations in revised law

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:06pm
The Senate continued its most serious effort to date to rewrite the education law known as No Child Left Behind with a hearing Tuesday that focused on improving the nation’s teachers.Lawmakers from both parties indicated that they would not seek to continue the Obama administration’s push to link teacher evaluations and teacher pay to student test scores. Republicans said they don’t believe Washington should issue such directives to the states.Read full article >>

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