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Losing the script: Montgomery clears way to change teaching on sexual orientation

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 9:36pm

Montgomery’s school board gave the go-ahead Tuesday to an update of lessons on sexual orientation, clearing the way for a plan to introduce the topic a year earlier in middle school and put an end to tightly scripted methods of teaching.

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Fairfax considers changes to school discipline policies

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:04pm

Students facing disciplinary action in Fairfax County schools could receive lighter punishments and shorter suspensions next year if the school board approves newly proposed discipline procedures.

The proposals would mark a significant change in the county’s discipline policies and could cut most suspensions in half. Under the proposed guidelines, most serious student infractions would result in a suspension of not more than five days.

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Strauss: Join me for live online chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 7:02pm

I’ll be doing a live education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. Wednesday. You can submit questions, comments, suggestions, jokes or whatever here, and tune in then or read the transcript later.

Here transcripts of some of my previous online chats: here , here,   here,  and here .

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Strauss: The irony in new study that bashes popular teacher evaluation method

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:51pm

They just keep on coming. Last month, a report was released by the American Statistical Association, the largest organization in the United States representing statisticians and related professionals, that smacked the “value-added method” (VAM) of evaluating teachers that has been embraced by school “reformers” in most states. And now, there’s new research that does the same thing.

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Are school closings the ‘new Jim Crow’? Activists file civil rights complaints.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:12pm

Arguing that school closures in cities across the country disproportionately affect African American students, community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday challenging closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago and called on the Obama administration to halt similar efforts elsewhere.

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Survey: D.C. ranks first in preschool access, funding

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:28pm

The District offers broader access to public preschool than any state in the nation, according to a survey released Tuesday, which showed that the city continues to expand its early childhood education programs even as enrollment in pre-kindergarten declined nationally for the first time in a decade.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan’s letter to the U-Md. community announcing his retirement

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:25pm

The following is the text of a letter that Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan sent to the University of Maryland community Tuesday afternoon, publicly announcing his retirement after 50 years in higher education and 12 years leading the University System of Maryland.

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Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:06pm

Arguing that school closures in cities around the country have become “the new Jim Crow,” community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday alleging that school closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago disproportionately affect African American students.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of University System of Maryland

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:00pm

William E. “Brit” Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of Maryland’s public university system after a 12-year tenure known for his campaigns to expand access to higher education and use technological innovation to rejuvenate staid lecture courses.

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Prince George’s celebrates its ‘young stars,’ program highlights the top of the class

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:00pm

Mary Chinyere Egwin, the valedictorian at Bladensburg High School in Prince George’s County, will attend Tufts University in the fall as a Gates Millennium Scholar and wants to become an oncologist. Erick Vargas, No. 2 in Bladensburg’s senior class, is going to Columbia University on a full scholarship.

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