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Maryland to require math for all years of high school; universities also adjust rules

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 9:44pm

Many high school students in Maryland have been able to lighten their academic load during senior year by taking a break from tough math courses.

But that’s about to end.

Starting with the Class of 2015, 12th-grade math is required for seniors who are seeking admission to Maryland’s system of public universities. Separately, all students in Maryland will soon be required to take math every year of high school in order to graduate, a change that will start with next fall’s ninth-graders.re

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Montgomery County high school student diagnosed with meningitis

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 7:57pm

Health and school officials alerted families at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac on Friday that a student had been diagnosed with a form of meningitis, saying there was little risk to students but that parents should be aware of the presence of the contagious disease.

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Strauss: Why sexual assault cases on campus are often investigated by school, not police

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 3:35pm

The new focus on sexual violence on campus  has prompted many people to wonder why local police don’t investigate all such assault allegations, given that such behavior is criminal.

The White House this week released a list of 55 colleges and universities with open “sexual violence investigations” as the Obama administration puts a new focus on the issue of sexual violence at school and in the military. A  White House task force also released a report on how colleges can work toward preventing sex assaults, saying that colleges must be more proactive in curbing violence against women.

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Clarksburg High School student Dahlia Huh elected to Montgomery County school board

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:31am

Thousands of Montgomery County high school students cast ballots for school board candidates this week, electing a teenager from Clarksburg High School as next year’s student board member.

Dahlia Huh, a junior who lives in Germantown, pulled in 69 percent of the vote, overwhelming opponent Calvin Yeh, a junior at Poolesville High School, who had 31 percent. In all, 77 percent of secondary students cast ballots.

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Strauss: 6 reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards — and 6 rules to guide policy

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

The Common Core State Standards for students in kindergarten through Grade 3 have come under severe criticism by early childhood education experts who say that they are not developmentally appropriate. Even some supporters of the Core initiative, including American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, have called for a revamping of these early education standards. Weingarten made her call in conjunction with early childhood expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige of Lesley University in Cambridge, a senior advisor to Defending the Early Years, a non-profit project of the Survival Education Fund, Inc. — a 501(c) 3 educational organization — that is dedicated to rally educators to take action on policies that affect the education of young children.

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55 colleges under Title IX inquiry for their handling of sex violence claims

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 3:15pm

The release Thursday of a federal list of 55 colleges with open “sexual violence investigations” underscores that the twin problem of how to prevent and respond to sex assaults on campus has become a national question, touching schools from elite privates to large publics to small regional schools.

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List of 55 colleges, universities under Title IX investigations over handling of sexual violence

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 2:06pm

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Thursday released a list of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for possible Title IX violations over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.

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Strauss: What if we approached testing this way?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 1:32pm

Arthur H. Camins writes about the unintended consequences of many education reform policies. Camins is the director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com. A version of this article was originally published February 2010, in the Gheens Institute for Innovation, Institute Insights.

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D.C. charter school board releases data on waiting lists, open slots

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 1:31pm

There are still more than 2,000 spots open at D.C. charter schools for the 2014-2015 school year, but most of the available seats are in low-and mid-performing schools, according to data that the D.C. Public Charter School Board released Thursday.

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Strauss: Is the $1 trillion student loan debt really a crisis?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:20pm

When you read about the more than $1 trillion student loan debt in the United States, the word “crisis” invariably appears. But is it? Donald E. Heller, dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University, offers a different view of the common media portrayal of the issue.

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Georgetown delegates to students the key job of organizing welcome events for admissions

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:23am

A junior at Georgetown University, Justin Chapman leads a student group entrusted with a major task for the school in Northwest Washington: welcoming admitted students.

The university provides money and guidance. The Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program, a student organization with more than 600 volunteers, does the rest.

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