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Save rote memorization. Save rote memorization. Save rote memorization.

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 4:05pm

An erudite reader, former Foreign Service Officer Jack Aubert of Falls Church, objected to a prominent feature of modern education. “Rote memorization is very useful, and it was a mistake to discard it,” he said.

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Strauss: One ugly map

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 2:07pm

A a new report by the nonprofit Center for American Progress finds that state funding for public higher education declined — some of it significantly — in recent years, and federal assistance to low-income students to help pay tuition has not been enough to fully address their needs. What’s more, in states with the biggest disinvestment in public higher education, low- and middle-income families pay the biggest price.

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Strauss: The six-step SAT cheating operation in Asia — and how to stop it

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 12:20pm

New allegations of cheating on the SAT administered in Asia on Nov. 8 have been made even as concerns are growing that plans are underway for cheating on the exam scheduled for Dec. 6.

The Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT around the world for the owner of the exam, the College Board, is about to wrap up its investigation into allegations of cheating on the exam given in Asia in October, according to Tom Ewing, director of external relations at ETS. Students in South Korea and China who took the October exam had their scores delayed because of the allegations and investigation, even as new allegations about cheating on the Nov. 8 exam began to roll in. Ewing said in an e-mail:

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Family, friends and teachers pay tribute to Hannah Graham at memorial service

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:37pm

Hundreds of University of Virginia students and friends of Hannah Graham gathered Saturday for a memorial service at her alma mater, West Potomac High School near Alexandria.

Speakers from all parts of Graham’s life — professors, high school friends, fellow members of the college ski club — came together to honor a young woman they described as caring, generous and a bit sassy.

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Hannah Graham’s life honored by family and friends

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 2:50pm

Hundreds of University of Virginia students and friends of Hannah Graham gathered Saturday for a memorial service in her honor at her alma mater, West Potomac High School near Alexandria.

The event featured speakers who knew Graham, 18, from all parts of her life: U-Va. professors, high school friends and fellow members of the college ski club.

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See how each D.C. charter school fared under new rating system

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:01am

The D.C. Public Charter School Board released its annual quality ratings Friday.

More than 12,000 students — nearly a third of the city’s charter school students — are enrolled in charters that ranked in the highest of three performance tiers, an increase of 9 percent over last year.

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More D.C. students are attending highest-performing charter schools, ratings show

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:01am

More of the District’s students are enrolled in high-performing public charter schools this year, according to ratings that the D.C. Public Charter School Board plans to release Friday.

More than 12,000 students — nearly one-third of the city’s charter school students — are enrolled in charters ranked in the highest of three performance tiers, an increase of 9 percent from last year.

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Parents concerned about handling of inappropriate contact with students

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:22pm

Parents and advocates say they are increasingly concerned about how the Montgomery County school system handles incidents of inappropriate contact with students, following two recent alleged sexual offenses at county schools that went undisclosed for weeks.

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For Hannah Graham’s family, ‘nightmare’ leaves enduring uncertainty and loss

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:30pm

Hannah Graham was a senior at West Potomac High School when she made a trip to Charlottesville to visit the University of Virginia. A straight-A student, Graham had her pick of colleges that spring, but after taking one look at the Lawn, with its white-columned porticos, brick pathways and leafy gardens, she fell in love.

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Strauss: Early decision angst: how one senior chose the college to apply to first

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 3:30pm

This is the fourth post in a continuing series about a high school senior who is attemping to navigate through the college admissions process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, are documenting her application process in a series of occasional posts that include the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. Her story may help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire.

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Prince George’s school board race is decided: Hernandez defeats Waller

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 3:06pm

Dinora Hernandez has defeated Amber Waller, a longtime member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education, to win the District 3 seat.

The victory comes more than a week after election night, when Hernandez and Waller were deadlocked with seven votes separating them. The vote continued to be too close to call after a first batch of absentee ballots were counted last week, with 115 votes between the candidates.

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Montgomery schools chief cites both successes and urgency in closing gaps

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:05am

Montgomery County must redouble its efforts to close the achievement gap between students of different racial and socioeconomic groups, while preparing all students for success in a 21st century world, the school system’s leader said this week in his yearly “State of the Schools” address.

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Strauss: Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid)

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:00am

Amy Murray is the director of early childhood education at the Calgary French & International School in Canada. The following post, which appeared on her blog, Miss Night’s Marbles and which I am republishing with her permission, is a powerful open letter directed to parents about THAT kid, the one other kids go home and talk about, the one who is violent, curses and gets angry in class, the one who parents worry will hurt, disrupt and perhaps influence their own children.

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Forest Oak Middle School in Gaithersburg evacuated following small fire

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:39am

A small fire on the second floor of Forest Oak Middle School in Gaithersburg, Md., on Friday morning prompted students to be evacuated from the school, fire officials said. No serious injuries were reported.

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Strauss: GOP’s Kline smacks Obama over NCLB waivers, says administration ‘has not gotten the message’ from elections

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:25am

Well, that didn’t take long. The Republicans just won control of both houses of Congress in the 2014 midterm elections and new skirmishing has already begun between the legislative and executive branches over education policy, in this case, No Child Left Behind.

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College Board: Annual borrowing for college is falling, while price growth remains slow

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:01am

Annual borrowing for higher education is falling significantly, the College Board reported Thursday, while growth in the sticker price of college is continuing a recent slowdown.

Students and parents borrowed $106 billion in 2013-2014 from the federal government and other sources, the report found. That was down nearly 8 percent from the previous year after accounting for inflation, and down 13 percent from a peak of $122.1 billion in 2010-2011.

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