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Five things to know about suspension and expulsion in D.C. schools

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 1:22pm

D.C. Council member David Grosso’s push to prohibit public schools from suspending and expelling pre-kindergartners comes in response to a city report that found that 3- and 4-year-olds were punished with out-of-school suspension 181 times during the 2012-2013 school year.

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Fairfax school board elects Derenak Kaufax as chair

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:13pm

The Fairfax County school board Thursday elected Tamara Derenak Kaufax as the new chair of the board and Ted Velkoff to serve as the new vice chair.

Kaufax (Lee), who was currently serving as vice chair, will succeed Ilryong Moon (At Large), who completed two consecutive one-year terms leading the board.

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Strauss: AFT calls for Education Secretary Duncan to submit to ‘improvement’ plan or resign

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:02pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s relations with the country’s largest teachers unions — which collectively have more than 4 million members — keep getting worse. Earlier this month, the nation’s largest teachers union called for him to resign. On Sunday,  the second-largest teachers union passed a resolution that stopped short of a direct call for him to quit but urged President Obama to put Duncan on an “improvement plan.” If Duncan doesn’t improve, he should resign, it says.

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D.C. bill would ban school suspensions for city’s pre-K students

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:00pm

The District’s traditional and charter schools would be prohibited from expelling or suspending pre-kindergartners in most circumstances under new legislation that D.C. Council member David Grosso plans to introduce Monday, part of a broader push to reduce punishments that keep students out of class.

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Strauss: Readers react to what teachers told Obama

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 9:42am

There was a lot of reaction to a post I published a few days ago about what happened when four teachers from high-poverty schools sat down with President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for lunch at the White House to talk about education, teaching and school reform. Here are some of the reactions from readers.

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Sleepy campaign for D.C. Board of Education goes national

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 5:54pm

When Tierra Jolly thumbed through her mail on Monday, she was surprised to see campaign literature touting her bid for a seat on the D.C. State Board of Education.

Jolly, a teacher at a private parochial high school in Maryland, didn’t recognize the mailings, which featured her photograph and images of her students. And she said she’d never heard of Education Reform Now, the group that paid for the glossy literature.

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Montgomery algebra failures mean some students have to bail on summer plans

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:47pm

The day of her son’s eighth-grade promotion ceremony in Montgomery County, Susan Townsend got word that the teen had failed his Algebra 1 final exam. She says she was surprised, since he is a good test-taker and had a B average over his first three marking periods.

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How some colleges that ban premarital sex teach prevention of sexual assault

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:34pm

Faced with rising furor over campus sex assaults, colleges across the country are spreading the word to students that it’s wrong to have sex with anyone who for whatever reason — drugs, alcohol, exhaustion — has lost the mental capacity to consent.

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Strauss: How Microsoft will make money from Common Core (despite what Bill Gates said)

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:02am

Microsoft founder Bill Gates got somewhat indignant when my Post colleague Lyndsey Layton asked him in an interview this past spring about concerns  of some opponents of the Common Core State Standards  that his important support for the initiative has been driven by business interests. The interview was part of the extensive reporting Layton did over two months to write an important story about Gates’s vital involvement in the Core initiative, which you can read here. (You can see the full interview here and an excerpted video here. )Here is how part of the interview went:

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