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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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Strauss: The coolest thing at cold colleges: Warm $700-plus Canada Goose coats

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:49pm
BOSTON — If you’ve never heard of Canada Goose, you probably haven’t been walking around college campuses in the frigid Northeast recently.The Canada Goose reference in this case is not to the animal species (with white patches on their face, black head and neck and brown bodies) but rather to a brand of goose down coats with coyote fur trimming on the hood that many say are at least as warm as any coats anywhere.Read full article >>






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Anatomy of a school closing: How Fairfax County officials make the call on snow days

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:54pm
Fairfax County schools cancelled classes for the second time this week Wednesday after a winter storm dropped about six inches of snow across the Washington area.It was the fifth time Fairfax officials closed schools this winter, and with more snowy weather in the forecast, it’s possible additional cancellations could occur this week. The 2014-2015 school year marks the first time a new calendar system took effect that added 13 extra snow days in case of inclement weather.Read full article >>






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Oops! (x 800) Carnegie Mellon tells hundreds of applicants they’re in — by mistake

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:13am
About 800 applicants to Carnegie Mellon University got great news Monday — they were accepted to the prestigious school’s top-ranked master’s in computer science program, and even given helpful “bragging points.” But in a cruel computer glitch, those congratulatory e-mails were sent out by mistake. And another, much less happy and completely exclamation-point-free batch soon followed. As Gawker first reported, those students got a message that was pretty clear:Read full article >>






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Why Notre Dame’s curriculum review raises far-reaching Catholic identity questions

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:05pm
This story has been updated.As the University of Notre Dame conducts its 10-year review of curriculum standards, a proposal to reconsider requiring students to take theology and philosophy courses is raising concerns that such a change could endanger the institution’s Catholic identity.Read full article >>






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Arizona State police officer resigns after tackling a professor to the ground

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:57pm
An Arizona State University police officer resigned Monday rather than get fired for his treatment of a faculty member, the Arizona Republic reported.Officer Stewart Ferrin stopped assistant professor Ersula Ore in May and ordered her to walk on the sidewalk, rather than the road, according to the Republic — and as she argued with him and refused to show identification, the incident escalated to the point that he was threatening to slam her into the police car, she kicked him in the shin, and he tackled her to the ground.Read full article >>






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Christie goes from Common Core supporter to critic, blames Obama

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:28pm
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is no longer the only GOP presidential hopeful to undergo an election season conversion from Common Core booster to critic.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told conservative Republicans in Iowa — the site of the first 2016 GOP caucus about a year from now — that he has “grave concerns” about the Common Core, the K-12 academic standards in reading and math adopted by 43 states and D.C. Read full article >>






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Strauss: When is it too cold outside to go to school?

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 4:49pm
BOSTON — When is it too cold outside to go to school?If you ask my younger daughter, a college freshman in Boston whose idea of acceptable weather is Miami’s, it is now too cold to go to school. It is at the moment, according to AccuWeather, 17 degrees Fahrenheit but the RealFeel is 4 degrees Fahrenheit. The bad and good news: Tuesday night it will drop to 13 degrees Fahrenheit, but the RealFeel will rise to 8 degrees Fahrenheit. She did go to class on Tuesday, but begrudgingly.Read full article >>






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New Mexico lawmakers confirm Jeb Bush protégé as education secretary

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:13pm
The New Mexico Senate voted Monday to confirm Jeb Bush protégé Hanna Skandera as the state’s secretary of public education, handing a defeat to Democrats and teacher unions in what had become a four-year political fight.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why I once liked Common Core but changed my mind — one principal’s view

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:00pm
The debate over the Common Core State Standards has become so polarized that it is hard to get people who disagree to have reasonable conversations about it. This is the first of what will be a continuing series of letters that two award-winning principals with differing views on the Core will write to each other (a concept that Education Week once used with Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier as the authors). The new iteration is being undertaken by the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news Web site focused on inequality and innovation in education, and each piece will be published there first. The Report’s editors as well as both principals have given me permission to republish each letter.Read full article >>






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University of Tennessee football players facing rape allegations

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:09am
A former University of Tennessee student says she told university officials in September that she had been raped by a member of the school’s football team soon after she started school as a freshman, but was devastated when a university inquiry concluded that the sex was consensual, according to the Tennessean.Read full article >>






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Former admissions staffer: Parents, calm down. Let Harvard go.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:27am
Like many who have worked in college admissions, she has heard it: All the worries from parents about “what they can do” to get their kids into Ivies.And she has read about a cluster of suicides that some attribute to stress, pressure on achievement.Read full article >>






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