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Report: D.C. homeless students need more support

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:05pm

As the number of homeless children in the District is increasing, public schools need to redouble efforts to help them, according to a new report by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

More than 4,000 children in D.C. public schools qualified as homeless in the past school year, a 37 percent increase from the 2011-2012 school year, the report found. That includes nearly a quarter of students in some schools. And one in eight schools had a homeless rate of more than 10 percent. The figures include families living with friends or relatives, as well as those living in shelters or motels.

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Hannah Graham’s parents plead for information about missing U-Va. student

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:59pm

The parents of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old University of Virginia sophomore, released a statement Monday pleading for information about her whereabouts, 30 days after she disappeared in downtown Charlottesville.

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Prince George’s school system schedules 2016 budget forum

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:52am

The Prince George’s County Public School System will hold a forum Tuesday night to get input from the community about priorities for the 2016 budget.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the school district’s administration building.

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Focus on ninth-grade promotion rate helps Maryland district see dramatic gains

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 5:47pm

Tiny slips of paper are stuck to a board in a small conference room next to Principal Gorman Brown’s office at Charles H. Flowers High School, each bearing the name of a ninth-grader.

If a student’s name appears on a green slip, the student has a high probability of passing the ninth grade. A yellow piece of paper means a student is likely to make it to the 10th grade on time. If a student’s name is on red, the child is at risk of failing.

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Mathews: AP U.S. history change is not unpatriotic; it makes the exam less stressful for students

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 3:55pm

During the 11 years Trevor Packer has run the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, teachers of AP U.S. history have bemoaned the wide-open nature of the AP final exam’s multiple-choice section. Questions could range across anything related to American history. It was hard to resist stuffing students with every stray fact for fear it would be on the test.

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Strauss: ‘No, this is absolutely not good for kids’

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:55am

Amelia Larson has worked for a few years as an assistant superintendent for student achievement in the Pasco County School District in Florida. Now she is resigning, and going out with something of a blast. Larson wrote a formal resignation letter — apparently requested by Superintendent Kurt Browning — and in it she savages Florida’s “accountability system” for schools that relies on high-stakes standardized testing. (See text below.)

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Strauss: How to spot a fake ‘grassroots’ education reform group

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:30am

It can be bewildering to keep track of all the “grassroots” education reform groups that have popped up in recent years. Where, have you ever wondered, do they all come from? Daniel Katz, an assistant professor of educational studies at Seton Hall University, explains in the following post who is actually funding many of them — and how “grassroots” they actually aren’t.  This appeared on his blog.

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