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Davidson College is folding a rare student perk: Full-service laundry

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 5:10pm

Generations of students have learned that with all the freedoms of leaving home for college comes at least one hassle: They must do their own laundry.

Except at Davidson College.

Students at the private liberal arts school in North Carolina for the past 90 years have enjoyed the rare perk of full-service laundry. They drop off a bag of dirty clothes at the laundering center. A day or two later, they pick up their laundry all clean and folded. The service is included in mandatory student fees.

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Wise High junior elected to Prince George’s Board of Education

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:39pm

Jeffrey Taylor, a junior at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, will serve as the newest student member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

Taylor, 17, was recently elected to the post by members of the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments. Taylor, who is president of his school’s student government association, currently serves as PGRASG’s treasurer.

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College commencement speakers in 2014

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:53pm

Here are commencement speakers at selected colleges and universities this month in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

American University : May 10, Katie Couric, journalist

Bowie State University: May 19, Norman R. Augustine, businessman/former defense official

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Fairfax County schools to hold meetings on high school start time options

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:37pm

Fairfax County school administrators will host eight meetings with parents in coming weeks to discuss plans to delay high school start times.

A year ago, the Fairfax County school board commissioned Children’s National Medical Center experts to conduct a study and devise a plan to delay start times to help teenagers get more sleep. In April, the board approved four possible options. Under the current plans, classes may be delayed to 8 a.m., 40 minutes after the current opening bell at 7:20 a.m.

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Strauss: Report: Right-wing extremists use Common Core attacks to undermine public education

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:03am

A year ago I wrote about how extreme right-wing rhetoric against the Common Core State Standards was clouding a substantive debate about  the Common Core State Standards initiative. Now a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center details how right-wing extremists are using Core opposition are using conspiracy theories and misinformation to undermine the very notion of public education.

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Montgomery County seeks to add new police positions at its high schools

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:06am

All 25 of Montgomery County’s high schools may soon have a police officer on campus.

With a final budget vote expected soon, county officials say there is strong support from both the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett for beefing up Montgomery’s ranks of school resource officers (SROs).

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Strauss: How students will be affected by federal revocation of Washington’s NCLB waiver

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:02am

I recently published an open letter by a school board member in Washington named David Iseminger to Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the Education Department’s revocation of the state’s waiver from onerous parts of No Child Left Behind.  Congress was supposed to rewrite NCLB seven years ago but it hasn’t. Recognizing NCLB’s problems — such as an impossible mandate that virtually all students would score proficient in math and reading by 2014 —  the Obama administration offered waivers from the most onerous NCLB mandates to states that agreed to do what it wanted in school reform. Washington state won a waiver but recently the Education Department revoked it because the state legislature did not mandate that teacher evaluations be linked to student test scores. Despite the department’s recognition that NCLB is fundamentally flawed it is now forcing the state to comply with it. And under NCLB nearly all of Washington’s public schools will now be seen as failing — even spectacular schools.

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