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Morgan State now part of federal probe of handling of sexual-violence reports

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 9:43pm

Morgan State University in Baltimore is among dozens of colleges and universities under federal investigation for possible violations of anti-discrimination law in handling reports of sexual violence.

The investigation of Morgan State began June 26, according to a document that the U.S. Education Department made public Wednesday.

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A graduation conundrum for students with disabilities

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:02pm

Rarely has the education field produced a set of initials as necessary but as troublesome as these: IEP. They stand for individualized education program, the plan that governs how each child with a disability should be taught and what he or she should learn.

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Top elementary school in Prince George’s County faces criticism

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:08pm

Heather Hills Elementary School in Prince George’s County, which was designated a National Blue Ribbon School in 1990 and a Maryland Blue Ribbon School in 2007, has a clear history of student achievement.

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Strauss: What you know about July 4th is wrong

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 6:01am

You learned in school about what happened in July 1776, and think you have a good handle on events surrounding American independence from Great Britain. Right?

Well, if you think that was the day that America’s independence was declared by the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, you are wrong.

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Under pressure, D.C. school system gets more aggressive about selling itself

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:37pm

The District’s traditional public school system is sending principals out to knock on doors in a campaign to sell itself to city families, an aggressive move to boost enrollment and maintain market share after years of ceding ground to charter schools.

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Sex offense statistics show U.S. college reports are rising

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 6:57pm

Penn State University tallied the nation’s highest number of reports of forcible sex offenses on campus in 2012 — 56 — a total that university officials attribute in part to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

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Fairfax’s Terri Breeden to serve as administrator in Loudoun County schools

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 6:11pm

Loudoun County’s new superintendent of schools, who began his job Tuesday, has selected a new assistant superintendent for instruction, taking a top schools official from neighboring Fairfax County.

Terri Breeden, who has been in Fairfax since 2006, most recently served as assistant superintendent for professional learning and accountability. Breeden will succeed Sharon Ackerman, who is retiring after 15 years overseeing instruction in Loudoun.

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Strauss: U.S. teachers have harder job than counterparts in industrialized world — survey

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 5:31pm

New results from an international survey shows that U.S. public school teachers work harder under more difficult conditions than teachers elsewhere in the industrialized world, and they don’t have the same kind of supports, such as enough useful feedback and professional development. In this post, Linda Darling-Hammond explains the results and their importance to the teaching profession. Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and Faculty Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She is also the founding director and a member of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, which hosted the release of the TALIS results last week in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This appeared on Huffington Post.

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D.C. considers special-education overhaul

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:51pm

The District has made progress toward complying with federal special-education law, the U.S. Education Department reported last week, but the city continues to be one of a handful of jurisdictions that lag far behind expectations for serving children with disabilities.

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Maxwell makes 25 appointments, including several principals

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:00pm

Some faces in the principal’s offices in Prince George’s County will change in August.

Four new principals have been named – including one who previously worked as an assistant principal in Montgomery County, at Argyle Magnet Middle School — and four current school leaders are taking administration jobs next year.

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Arlington school board member Noah Simon resigns

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 1:53pm

Arlington County school board member Noah Simon resigned Tuesday morning, effective Aug. 1, in order to spend more time with his young children.

Simon, a former Capitol Hill staffer and American Red Cross employee, joined the board in January 2013 and served as its liaison to the student advisory board.

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Garza oversaw major changes in first year as Fairfax County school superintendent

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 1:23pm

In her first year as superintendent of Fairfax County public schools, Karen Garza has overseen sweeping changes of the school system she inherited from Jack D. Dale, who served nine years as schools chief.

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