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Strauss: Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid)

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:00am

Amy Murray is the director of early childhood education at the Calgary French & International School in Canada. The following post, which appeared on her blog, Miss Night’s Marbles and which I am republishing with her permission, is a powerful open letter directed to parents about THAT kid, the one other kids go home and talk about, the one who is violent, curses and gets angry in class, the one who parents worry will hurt, disrupt and perhaps influence their own children.

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Forest Oak Middle School in Gaithersburg evacuated following small fire

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:39am

A small fire on the second floor of Forest Oak Middle School in Gaithersburg, Md., on Friday morning prompted students to be evacuated from the school, fire officials said. No serious injuries were reported.

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Strauss: GOP’s Kline smacks Obama over NCLB waivers, says administration ‘has not gotten the message’ from elections

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:25am

Well, that didn’t take long. The Republicans just won control of both houses of Congress in the 2014 midterm elections and new skirmishing has already begun between the legislative and executive branches over education policy, in this case, No Child Left Behind.

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College Board: Annual borrowing for college is falling, while price growth remains slow

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:01am

Annual borrowing for higher education is falling significantly, the College Board reported Thursday, while growth in the sticker price of college is continuing a recent slowdown.

Students and parents borrowed $106 billion in 2013-2014 from the federal government and other sources, the report found. That was down nearly 8 percent from the previous year after accounting for inflation, and down 13 percent from a peak of $122.1 billion in 2010-2011.

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More MoCo students allege inappropriate behavior by arrested substitute teacher

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:31pm

Several elementary and middle school students in Montgomery County have reported inappropriate interactions with a substitute teacher who was already charged with the sexual abuse of one middle school student, the school district said in a letter to parents Thursday.

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In D.C. to talk education, Newark schools chief faces protest over reforms

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 7:32pm

Cami Anderson, who runs the largest school district in New Jersey, came to Washington on Thursday to give a quiet talk about education at a think tank. But the staid event quickly turned dramatic when a busload of angry residents followed Anderson from Newark in a display of the slugfest politics that have infused debate over public education across the country.

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Strauss: States and schools with most and least student debt — in six charts

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 5:08pm

A new report from the Project on Student Debt says that seven in 10 graduating seniors at public and private nonprofit college had student loans in 2013 and that the average debt nationally was $28,400 — 2 percent higher than in 2012.

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Strauss: Why a story about a school calendar went viral

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:46pm

Should Christmas and Easter (Christian), Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Jewish)  and Ramadan and Eid al-Adha (Muslim) be included on public school calendars?  What about Janmashtami (Hindu), Gantan-sai (Shinto), Dalas Laxana (Jain) and Zarathosht Diso (Zoroastrian)?

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Backlash over Montgomery decision to strip Christmas from school calendar

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:59pm

The backlash was intense Wednesday to the Montgomery County Board of Education’s decision to scrub Christmas and other religious holidays from its published school calendar — without disturbing the days off.

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No Muslim holiday on Montgomery County school calendar isn’t fair or ‘PC’

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 8:09pm

My son, who attends a Montgomery County public school, is off on a bunch of religious holidays, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter Monday. For years, Muslim families have been arguing that it would be only fair to include at least one of their holy days on the school calendar, too.

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Strauss: China is sending fewer graduate students to U.S., but more are arriving from India

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 5:04pm

The United States remains a popular destination for international graduate students despite increased competition, according to new data just released showing that China sends the most to U.S. schools, followed by India and South Korea — although the flow of students from China declined for the first time since the data started to be collected a decade ago.

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D.C. State Board of Education member elected to lead national association

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:42am

Mary Lord, vice president of the D.C. State Board of Education, was elected president of the National Association of State Boards of Education for 2015.

Lord, a journalist and Dupont Circle resident, has served on the D.C. state board since its inception in 2007.

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Strauss: Are education groups really listening to their members?

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:30am

“It is a recurring narrative about how the leadership in so many education organizations is more responsive to those in power than to those whom they represent.” That comes from the following post about how one particular organization, the New York State PTA, dealt with the requests of some local members over the issue of high-stakes testing. It was written by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York, who was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. (You can read some of her work on the botched implementation of the Common Core in New York state here, here, here and here.)

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Strauss: What it really means to be a public school educator today

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:00am

There was a big furor among educators around the country recently when Time magazine ran a cover that said, “Rotten Apples:  It is nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” The cover, accompanied by a story that was somewhat more nuanced, sparked a mountain of response, including a post by Nancy F. Chewning, assistant principal of William Byrd High School in Roanoke, Va. on her blog, Leading by Example.  You can read her entire letter to Time magazine here. Following (which I am publishing with her permission) is the part of Chewning’s letter to Time that talks about what life as a public school educator is like today in the era of high-stakes testing and “no-excuse” reformers who ignore or give short shrift to how much a student’s life outside school affects their academic achievement and puts all of the blame/credit on teachers:

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Holidays’ names stricken from next year’s Montgomery schools calendar

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:34pm

(Related: Backlash over Montgomery decision to strip Christmas from school calendar)

Christmas and Easter have been stricken from next year’s school calendar in Montgomery County. So have Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

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Strauss: The education of Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen’s legendary manager

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:56pm

President Obama famously said in 2008: “The reason I’m running for president is because I can’t be Bruce Springsteen.” Jon Landau could have told him there were better back-up jobs. Like his.

Landau, 67, has been Springsteen’s manager, producer and friend since shortly after penning his famous May 22, 1974, article in a publication called “The Real Paper” in which he wrote:

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Hispanic students are making steady math progress

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:01am

Hispanic students have made significant gains on federal math tests during the past decade, and Hispanic public school students in major cities including Boston, Charlotte, Houston and the District have made some of the most consistent progress, according to a report released Monday.

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Trying to get better teachers into nation’s poor classrooms

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 8:01pm

The Obama administration on Monday ordered states to devise plans to get stronger teachers into high-poverty classrooms, correcting a national imbalance in which students who need the most help are often taught by the weakest educators.

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Strauss: Why Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 7:00pm

(I ran a version of this post in 2013 and a number of people told me they thought it was helpful, so here it is again:)

Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Why? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

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