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Fairfax schools finds seven felons among employees, including heroin smuggler

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 5:27pm

Fairfax County Public Schools discovered the administration mistakenly hired seven employees who are convicted felons, including a high school teacher who was once part of a trafficking ring that conspired to import more than a kilogram of heroin.

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Strauss: Why support for Common Core is sinking

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 3:45pm

Over the weekend, the Board of Directors of the New York State United Teachers, a union with more than 600,000 members, passed a resolution withdrawing support for the Common Core State Standards “as implemented and interpreted” by the state Education Department and also declaring “no confidence” in the policies of State Education Commissioner John King. Why is support for the Core sinking rapidly? Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York, explains in the following post. Burris has written a series of posts about the many problems with test-driven reform in New York (here, and here and here and here and here, for example). She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by thousands of New York principals teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.

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In Fairfax, new schools on the way

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:32pm

The Fairfax County School Board approved a $866 million construction program Thursday night that includes plans to build elementary schools and renovate aging facilities.

The Capital Improvement Program, approved 9 to 2, with one member abstaining, also includes a plan for a new elementary on the Fort Belvoir Army base, built and jointly funded by the Defense Department. The new schools will help the administration address a projected surge in enrollment. By 2018, the school population will grow by about 13,000 students to 199,000.

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Prince George’s schools accepting applications for specialty programs

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:18pm

The Prince George’s County Public School System is accepting online applications for its specialty programs lottery through March 12.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m.

The specialty programs in the district include: Creative and Performing Arts, French immersion, Spanish immersion/Dual language, Montessori, and Talented and Gifted.

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Northern Va. schools modify calendars to make up for snow days

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 1:40pm

Thousands of students across Northern Virginia enjoyed time off last week, allowing them go sledding, watch television or, at least in Loudoun County, celebrate a round of canceled midterm exams.

But as they return to school today, many students can look forward to school and more school as some districts make up for lost time with altered schedules.

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Arlington organization helps Dreamers go to college

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 8:43pm

Allyson Suria was 8 years old when she came to the United States illegally from El Salvador to live with her parents. Soon after she arrived in Arlington County, her mother enrolled her in school and her father took her to get a library card.

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Teacher tenure goes on trial in California courtroom

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 7:44pm

The national debate about teacher tenure is the focus of a trial set to begin Monday in a fifth-floor Los Angeles courtroom, pitting a Silicon Valley mogul with a star-studded legal team against some of the most powerful labor unions in the country.

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Students won’t learn? Go visit their parents.

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 6:20pm

Caleb Rossiter once told his math students at H.D. Woodson High School in the District that they would not be allowed into his classroom without their homework. It didn’t work.

“The kids learn early that there are no consequences for not doing homework or even class work in high-poverty schools, since they eventually pass without doing any,” Rossiter said.

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Early call for snow day in Fairfax leads to Twitter stardom

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 5:42pm

All it took was 19 words to transform Fairfax County School Board member Ryan McElveen into a overnight Twitter sensation.

“#FCPS is closed tomorrow, Monday, December 9. Stay safe! School Board Work-session will begin at 12:30pm at Gatehouse,” McElveen tweeted at 5:47 p.m. on Dec. 8.

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Strauss: NY teachers union pulls its support from Common Core, urges removal of state ed chief

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 3:01pm

The Board of Directors of the New York State United Teachers, a union with more than 600,000 members, has approved a resolution that withdraws its earlier support for the Common Core State Standards ”as implemented and interpreted” by the New York Education Department. It also declares ”no confidence” in the policies of State Education Commissioner John King and calls for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences from standardized testing.

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Strauss: Poverty and the education opportunity gap: Will Obama step up in SOTU?

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 11:30am

President Obama is expected to talk about the issue of wealth inequality in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The question is whether he will advocate policies that actually address it or continue to push education policies that ignore the real problems facing poor children. The following was written by Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center, located at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. He is the author of the 2008 book, “NeoVouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling.

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Strauss: 13-year-old: ‘What if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy?’

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 12:40pm

A 13-year-old boy named Logan LaPlante gave a talk at a TEDx conference at the University of Nevada last year that now has more than 4 million views on YouTube. The speech is about his unusual method of becoming educated through a process he calls “hackschooling.”

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Strauss: Will this become the new sickening normal at school?

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 11:28am

Here’s some news from just the past 11 days:

Friday, Jan 24:

DENVER (AP) Five of the state’s largest school districts have investigated more than 400 threats by students this school year and put 40 of them at the highest levels of concern, according to records obtained by The Denver Post.

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Snow days have kids at home too much for many D.C. area parents

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:40pm

Just a month into winter, several Washington area school districts have used more than twice as many snow days as they did all of the past school year. Prince George’s County has closed schools four times, and Fairfax County has canceled classes six times. Loudoun County has shut down its schools for eight days, including four this week, when it also canceled midterm exams.

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Closed school in Pr. George’s turned over to MGM Resorts for casino project

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 8:36pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education has approved a county government request to transfer the deed of a vacant school near National Harbor to the county so MGM Resorts can use the property as it develops its casino project.

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Strauss: Starr to Duncan: ‘I resent implication that we lifelong public educators are liars’

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:56pm

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday that talked about school reforms and praised both Tennessee and D.C. Public Schools for increased test scores. He wrote:

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U-Md. and Johns Hopkins offer specialized sequences of online courses via Coursera

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:23pm

A major provider of free online college courses from prominent universities has begun to offer “specialization certificates,” for a fee, to students who complete a sequence of courses in a given subject.

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A first look at next year’s school calendar in Prince George’s

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:00pm

To all those who like to plan early: It’s time to mark your calendars.

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell submitted the 2014-2015 school calendar to the school board for review on Thursday night. The Board of Education is scheduled to take final action on the proposed calendar on Feb. 13.

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Closed Prince George’s school turned over to MGM Resorts casino project

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:48pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education on Thursday night approved a request by the county government to transfer the deed of a vacant school near National Harbor to the county so that MGM Resorts can use the property as it develops its casino project.

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Maryland school board asks for dismissal in Talbot lacrosse players’ suit

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:26pm

A Maryland school board asked a federal court Thursday to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit filed by families of two former high school lacrosse players who were suspended for carrying small knives and a lighter in their sports gear bags that they said they were using to fix their equipment.

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