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Strauss: Obama’s Race to the Top loses all funding in 2015 omnibus spending bill

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:35pm
President Obama and firstlLady Michelle Obama both would see key initiatives whacked if the $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled by congressional leaders this week passes without changes in these areas: the president’s chief education initiative, Race to the Top, loses all funding, and the first lady’s effort to nutritionally improve school lunches takes a hit with language that allows schools to take their good old time about meeting a mandate on serving whole grain.Read full article >>






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Montgomery County school board elects new president

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:50pm
Montgomery County’s school board tapped its longest-serving member, Patricia O’Neill, to become the new president of the policy-making body for Maryland’s largest school system.The board selected O’Neill (District 3) in a unanimous vote Tuesday that was followed by a second unanimous vote electing Michael Durso (District 5) as board vice president. Read full article >>






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Strauss: The alarming number of school shootings since 2012 killings in Newtown

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:02am
There have been 95 shootings on K-12 and college campuses — an average of nearly one every week — in the two years since the deadly attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a new analysis. These shootings have left 45 people dead and 78 injured.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘This’ will revolutionize education (and how students really learn best)

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:29am
How many times have you heard that “this” will revolutionize education?  Computers. Videodiscs. Flipped classrooms. Smart boards. MOOCS. Charter schools? Yet we are still waiting for the revolution. Why?Read full article >>






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Strauss: What Arne Duncan says vs. what Arne Duncan does

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 5:00am
For the past six years, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has pressured states to use standardized test scores of students to evaluate their teachers. He has liked the idea so much that he made it a condition for states who want certain pots of federal funds as well as federal relief from the worst mandates of No Child Left Behind.Read full article >>






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Montgomery schools chief proposes $2.4 billion operating budget

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:20pm
Montgomery County’s schools chief proposed a $2.4 billion budget for next fiscal year that would boost spending by $103.6 million as it seeks to address the district’s surging enrollment and gaps in student achievement. Read full article >>






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U-Va. president vows reforms to campus safety, alcohol abuse, fraternities, assault

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:55pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — After one of its most tumultuous fall terms in memory, the University of Virginia is plunging ahead with plans to beef up campus safety, rein in alcohol abuse, reform its fraternity culture and prevent sexual assault.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Did Rudy Giuliani just link Eric Garner’s death to teachers’ unions?

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:24pm
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has been all over television and radio lately talking about the deaths of two black men, Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, during encounters with white police officers. He has complained about protests nationwide against the decisions by grand juries in both cases not to indict the officers, and he has insisted that the real problem isn’t police overreaction but, rather, violence by blacks against other blacks. A verbal fight on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Georgetown University sociology Professor Michael Eric Dyson gives some of the flavor of Giuliani’s remarks, such as this exchange about violence in black areas, taken from the transcript of the show:Read full article >>






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At age 16, accomplished — and homeless

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:04pm

At age 16, Sareana Kimia has compiled a deeper political résumé than many activists twice her age.

A student seat on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. Field director for the 2014 primary campaign of Del. Will Smith (D-Montgomery). Youth outreach coordinator for the gubernatorial run of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D). She is home-schooling her way through her junior year of high school and taking classes at the University of Maryland under a concurrent enrollment program for exceptional students.

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At age 16, accomplished — and homeless

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:04pm
At age 16, Sareana Kimia has compiled a deeper political résumé than many activists twice her age.A student seat on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. Field director for the 2014 primary campaign of Del. Will Smith (D-Montgomery). Youth outreach coordinator for the gubernatorial run of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D). She is home-schooling her way through her junior year of high school and taking classes at the University of Maryland under a concurrent enrollment program for exceptional students.Read full article >>
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U-Va.’s suspension of its Greek system to remain until Jan. 9

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 7:34pm
The University of Virginia’s suspension of social activities at fraternities and sororities will remain in effect until early January despite doubts raised about the magazine article that prompted the action, school officials said Monday.Read full article >>






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School districts in Washington region go different routes in labeling days off

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 7:12pm
As Montgomery County’s school board came under fire for its recent decision to strike labels for Christmas and other religious holidays from its published school calendar, many have asked questions about how other local school systems handle days off.Read full article >>






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Holder, Duncan outline educational rights for juvenile offenders

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:43pm

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. released a set of guidelines Monday aimed at improving education for young people in the nation’s juvenile detention centers, as studies have shown that schooling can be inadequate or inferior to what students would receive in a standard classroom.

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Muslim leaders in Montgomery seek answers on school holiday equality

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:38pm

Muslim leaders in Montgomery County are calling for the school board to address issues of fairness that they say linger after a recent decision to strike the names of Christmas and other religious holidays from the school calendar.

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University of Virginia outlines campus safety plans

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:29pm

The University of Virginia on Monday outlined steps it plans to take for campus safety, part of its effort to respond to questions raised in recent weeks following a magazine article about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity.

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Strauss: The case for requiring ethnic studies in high school

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:22pm

Last month the Los Angeles Unified School District school board decided to require that every high school student take an Ethnic Studies course. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the San Francisco school board will vote on a similar proposal. Here’s a post making the case for why this is a good idea. It was written by Cynthia Liu,  founder and CEO of K-12 News Network.

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Pr. George’s school board seeks input on future of school system

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 5:53pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education is asking the public to weigh in on a mission, vision and core values statements that it has drafted to guide the work of the board and the school district as it moves forward.

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Strauss: For third straight month, cheating alleged on SAT given in Asia

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 5:25pm

(Update: New comment from College Board)

It happened in October, again in November, and now in December. Test proctors in Asia are reporting that students who took the SAT on Dec. 6 told them that they knew the questions on the exam before it was given, providing them with an unfair advantage over those who did not cheat.

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Strauss: Mom to Common Core task force: Take the 4th-grade PARCC practice test. I dare you to tell me it makes sense.

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:30pm

Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who became a public education activist after watching what was happening in her daughter’s school during the controversial implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing. In the following piece she challenges members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s task force on PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the two multi-state consortia designing new Common Core standardized tests with $360 million in federal funds) to take a Common Core test and see if it seems like an appropriate task for children. This post first appeared on her Parenting the Core blog. Blaine, who gave me permission to republish this letter, has written several popular posts, including “Pearson’s wrong answer—and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” and “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.”

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D.C. region scholarship totals, district by district

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:23pm

For the second year in a row, Maryland education leaders announced the state’s students were offered more than $1 billion in college scholarships.

But such breathtaking numbers don’t give the full picture. They often include numerous scholarship offers from colleges that students apply to but don’t attend and can’t use. It’s unclear how much of the billion-dollar total translates into funding that eases college costs.

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