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Strauss: School superintendent writes ‘warning’ letter on PARCC Common Core test

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:21pm
Superintendent Trisha Kocanda of Winnetka Public Schools in Illinois has written what could be called a “warning” letter to parents, community members and district staff about the PARCC Common Core exam that students in the state will be taking in March and May.  She writes in part:Read full article >>






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Should colleges be required to report accusations of rape immediately, no matter what victims say?

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 1:33pm
With national attention focused on the issue of campus sexual assault — from the President, Congress and a national survey of hundreds of thousands of college students — Virginia lawmakers are considering forcing state college officials to report suspected cases to police immediately.Read full article >>






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Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation?

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 7:00am
If you watch college sports on television, you’ve probably seen the ad for Enterprise Rent-A-Car featuring former college athletes working behind the counter at your nearby Enterprise location. Enterprise — which hires more entry-level college graduates annually than any other company in the U.S. — likes recruiting college athletes because they know how to work on teams and multitask. Read full article >>






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Just look at their faces: A bus full of UMd admissions staff and a turtle mascot surprise applicants with good news

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 7:05pm
Alex Mazze answered the door at his family’s house in Rockville on Sunday morning, then jumped back: A huge red bus was rumbling on the street out front of his house, a small crowd of people wearing red had gathered around his door, neighbors were staring, and video cameras were rolling.Read full article >>






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Just look at their faces: A bus full of UMd admissions staff and a turtle mascot surprise applicants with good news

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 7:05pm
Alex Mazze answered the door at his family’s house in Rockville on Sunday morning, then jumped back: A huge red bus was rumbling on the street out front of his house, a small crowd of people wearing red had gathered around his door, neighbors were staring, and video cameras were rolling.Read full article >>






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What happens when the Common Core becomes less ... common?

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:57pm
The Common Core State Standards were envisioned as a way to measure most of the nation’s students against a shared benchmark, but education experts say political upheaval and the messy reality of on-the-ground implementation is threatening that original goal.Read full article >>






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What happens when the Common Core becomes less ... common?

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:57pm
The Common Core State Standards were envisioned as a way to measure most of the nation’s students against a shared benchmark, but education experts say political upheaval and the messy reality of on-the-ground implementation is threatening that original goal.Read full article >>






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The decline of neighborhood schools causes discomfort. Should it?

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:02pm
I try to impress my grandsons with tales of my difficult childhood. Unlike them, I say, I walked to school every day.They find this amusing because they often stay at the little house in San Mateo, Calif., where I grew up. They know my walk to my elementary school was about 200 yards, the same as my walk to my middle school in the opposite direction. High school was a longer hike, but still just two blocks.Read full article >>






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The decline of neighborhood schools causes discomfort. Should it?

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:02pm
I try to impress my grandsons with tales of my difficult childhood. Unlike them, I say, I walked to school every day.They find this amusing because they often stay at the little house in San Mateo, Calif., where I grew up. They know my walk to my elementary school was about 200 yards, the same as my walk to my middle school in the opposite direction. High school was a longer hike, but still just two blocks.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher to legislators: Here’s how your decisions impact my students every single day

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 12:00pm
Lori Rice is a fourth-grade teacher at West Elementary in Wamego, Kansas, who has  taught K-2 reading as well as kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade for the past 19 years. Her students read books that are held together by tape, and because of budget cuts her school does not have a full-time librarian, art teacher, technology teacher or music teacher.  As a result, she says, “our schedules are limited and cannot be arranged for what is best for students.”Read full article >>






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Distracted behind the wheel? These teens are developing an app for that

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:01pm
Block it Out, submission for Verizon Innovative App Challenge from Margaret Anderson on Vimeo.Every school day, 16-year-old Meg Anderson, a freshly minted driver, makes the 45-minute commute from her home in Woodbridge, Va., to the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park. Then, in the afternoon, she makes the 45-minute trek back to Woodbridge Senior High School, where she is also enrolled.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Mom: I thought I did everything right, but my 6-year-old is already ‘behind’ in reading

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 2:34pm
A recent post on a new report calling into question the practice of forcing young children to read to meet Common Core standards generated hundreds of responses from educators and parents. The report, written by three experts in early childhood education, said that requiring some youngsters to read before they are ready could be harmful.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:13pm
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is taking the reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation while the former Florida governor continues exploring whether he will dive into the 2016 presidential race.Read full article >>






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Montgomery parents plead for later high school start times

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:52pm
Parents in Montgomery County made impassioned pleas Thursday for later high school starting times, sharing personal stories of teenagers who barely function in the pre-dawn darkness, fall asleep during early classes and fight chronic exhaustion.Read full article >>






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J.C. Hayward announces retirement from WUSA 9 after long hiatus

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:22pm
Longtime television news anchor J.C. Hayward is retiring from WUSA Channel 9 after four decades on the air, following a hiatus that began in late 2013, when she was linked to allegations of financial irregularities at a D.C. charter school whose board she chaired.Read full article >>






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KIPP DC’s Jennifer Ramacciotti named Teacher of the Year

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:50pm
D.C.’s Teacher of the Year for 2015 is Jennifer Ramacciotti, an eighth-grade math teacher at KIPP DC-Aim Academy. The George Washington University graduate spent her first two years in the classroom as a Teach for America fellow in Philadelphia and then came back to the District to teach at the KIPP school in Ward 8. Read full article >>






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Strauss: This 90-year-old Kenyan goes to primary school with her great-great grandchildren

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:49am
She goes to school with her great-great grandchildren.Ninety-year-old Priscilla Sitienei attends Leaders Vision Preparatory School in Ndalat, Kenya, wearing a blue school uniform and green jumper, and participating in math, English, physical education, dance, drama and singing, according to this report by the BBC.  Some of her classmates their lives to her, in a sense: she serves as a midwife in Ndalat and helped deliver them.Read full article >>






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Virginia Tech will cover the full cost of attendance for student athletes

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:45am
Students playing in all 22 sports at Virginia Tech who get athletic scholarships will have all the costs of attending college covered, beyond tuition, housing, meals and books, director of athletics Whit Babock announced.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Five key questions to ask now about charter schools

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:19am
You can tell that National School Choice Week is nearly upon us — it runs from Jan. 25- 31 — by the number of announcements coming forth hailing the greatness of school choice.Jeb Bush’s Florida-based Foundation for Excellence in Education put out an announcement that it would participate in a march next week in Texas to support school choice (with one of the speakers being Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Jeb’s son). There’s a new poll by the pro-choice American Federation for Children showing (I bet you can guess) that most Americans support school choice.  Etc., etc.Read full article >>






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Catholic University gets $3 million , from a Koch foundation and others, to teach principled entrepreneurship

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:59am
A $3 million gift to the Catholic University of America’s Business and Economics program will allow the school to hire four faculty members with an interest in integrating business practices and Catholic social doctrine, the school announced Thursday.Read full article >>






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