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Strauss: A fellow Republican calls out Ohio Gov. Kasich about Common Core

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 3:30pm
Ben Gibson is the vice president of the school board of Firelands Local Schools in Ohio. A Republican, he was nevertheless angered by comments that Ohio’s Republican governor, Gov. John Kasich, said recently on Fox News about the Common Core State Standards, and he decided to write a letter to him. Following is the letter, which was posted on the Firelands Local Schools blog, and sent to Kasich by e-mail and letter. I am publishing it with Gibson’s permission.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Law faculty accuses UNC panel of attempting to chill free speech

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 3:26pm
A few days ago, a University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ working group recommended shutting down three centers on university campuses, including Chapel Hill’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity — even though the center is self-funding. Why would it be a target if it takes no state money?Read full article >>






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Poll: Widespread misperceptions about the Common Core standards

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 7:44pm
Many Americans are confused about the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll that finds widespread misperceptions that the academic standards — which cover only math and reading — extend to topics such as sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution.Read full article >>






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Teens really are more exhausted, why taste matters, and the science behind post-joint munchies

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 6:46pm
A neuroscientist at the University of Virginia who studies the sense of taste is most fascinated, according to the university, by how quickly it can be regained: Taste cells regenerate in just about a week and a half.Read full article >>






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University of Tennessee responds to an allegation of rape

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 5:46pm
In a week when two University of Tennessee football players were charged with aggravated rape, a report in the Tennessean about yet another rape allegation against a football player got a lot of attention.Read full article >>






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Montgomery’s interim superintendent focuses on teaching, learning, budget

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:38pm
As Montgomery County searches for a new schools chief, Larry A. Bowers, the district’s longtime chief operating officer, stepped into the school system’s top job this week, becoming interim superintendent.Read full article >>






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Strauss: A superintendent says refusing Common Core tests is ‘dangerous.’ A mom says he’s wrong.

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:45am
The opt-out movement — in which parents are refusing to allow their children to take high-stakes Common Core tests — is growing, and with that comes growing pushback against the pushback.  In this post, a mom challenges a superintendent over the opt-out issue. It was wsritten by Sarah Blaine, a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who is challenging the superintendent of the school district in which she was educated, the Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey. Superintendent James A. Crisfield wrote a piece, which you can find here, in which he argues that it is dangerous for parents to opt their children out of standardized testing. He was responding to a growing opt-out movement in which tens of thousands of parents around the country are refusing to allow their children to take high-stakes Common Core tests. His piece says in part:Read full article >>






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Teaching Ferguson: How colleges are incorporating race cases in the classroom

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 7:00am
As the play opened, a young black man lay motionless beneath a tarp. He symbolized unarmed black men who’ve died because someone — a twitchy neighbor, an inexperienced police officer — perceived him as a threat. Specifically, Vaughn Midder was portraying Trayvon Martin, shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain in 2012, when Midder was a college sophomore. As they rehearsed at the University of Maryland, the cast members waited to hear whether the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot Michael Brown would be indicted.Read full article >>






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D.C. Charter School Board revokes charter for Height Community Academy

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:49pm
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Thursday morning to revoke the charter of Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School, citing a pattern of fiscal mismanagement and a breach of fiduciary duties, a move that affects 1,600 D.C. students.Read full article >>






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Frigid temperatures trigger school closures, delays across region Friday

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:17pm
As extremely cold temperatures descended on the Washington region Thursday night, area school officials made early decisions to cancel Friday classes or delay school openings as they weighed student safety, bus operations and facility concerns.Read full article >>






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A fraternity sues Wesleyan for sex discrimination

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:57pm
This fall, tired of a series of problems at its fraternity houses, Wesleyan University’s school leaders ordered the fraternities to admit women — or shut down.Now one fraternity is fighting back, with a lawsuit accusing the Connecticut college of sexual discrimination, misrepresentation and deceptive practices. Through the suit, members of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon and its alumni hope to force the school into changing its decision to revoke their housing for next year.Read full article >>






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Women are underrepresented in top MBA programs, U-Md. aims to solve that

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:33pm
This story has been updated.The share of women at top MBA programs was close to zero in the 1970s. The number spiked to nearly 30 percent within the following decade, and it’s been stuck there ever since. Barely a handful of programs hit the 40 percent mark — Harvard in the fall of 2014, Wharton for the past five years. Read full article >>






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Strauss: No more poverty in North Carolina? UNC panel wants to close school’s poverty center.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:23pm
Early this month Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly tried to change the century-old mission of the University of Wisconsin system by removing words in the state code that commanded the university to “search for truth” and “improve the human condition,” and replacing them with “meet the state’s workforce needs.” The changes didn’t happen when his effort was made public, but it was nevertheless a targeted shot against the foundational principles of higher education. And now, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, there is a new one.Read full article >>






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‘Fierce advocate’ for D.C. charter schools to step down

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:29am
Robert Cane, the executive director of an influential pro-charter school advocacy group in the District, has announced he is leaving his job after more than 16 years. During his tenure at Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), charter school enrollment in the city has grown more than tenfold, from about 3,600 to more than 38,000, representing 44 percent of public school students in the city. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Principal: ‘There comes a time when rules must be broken…. That time is now.’

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:00am
Last year the parents of about 60,000 New York state students decided to opt their children out of high-stakes standardized testing, putting the state at the forefront of an “opt-out” movement that is growing nationally. That movement will be put to its own test as new Common Core testing are scheduled to begin shortly in states around the country. In this post, award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York explains why she is now calling for parents to choose to keep their children from taking high-stakes standardized tests even though it breaks the rules.Read full article >>






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Montgomery leaders urge support for school construction funding

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:48am
Montgomery County leaders and parents are urging state lawmakers to support a bill that would provide $20 million a year in state funds to help enable the issuance of almost $700 million in school construction bonds for the fast-growing school district.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Florida Gov. Scott concedes that kids are over-tested, drops 11th-grade standardized exam

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 7:49pm
After years of calls by educators and parents for a reduction in standardized tests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that yes, in fact, students in public schools in the state are being over-tested (such as in Duval County, where kids in K-5 take 14 assessments), and he issued an executive order eliminating one statewide 11th grade standardized assessment for English Language Arts.Read full article >>






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D.C. area universities among top providers of Peace Corps volunteers

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:16pm
This story has been updated.Three Washington area universities were among the top providers of volunteers for the Peace Corps this year, sending students across the globe as part of the service organization’s mission of spreading peace and understanding.Read full article >>






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D.C. area universities among top providers of Peace Corps volunteers

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:16pm
Three Washington area universities were among the top providers of volunteers for the Peace Corps this year, sending students across the globe as part of the service organization’s mission of spreading peace and understanding.Read full article >>






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UMass reverses ban on Iranian students in science graduate programs

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:12pm
After significant pushback from within and beyond the campus community, University of Massachusetts at Amherst officials on Wednesday reversed a decision to ban Iranian students from some science and engineering graduate programs.Read full article >>






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