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Strauss: Cutting through the stupid on annual standardized testing

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:19pm
Perhaps the key struggle between Democrats and Republicans over the rewriting of No Child Left Behind will be about annual standardized testing.Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who just became chairman of the Senate education committee, says he is determined to get a bill rewriting No Child Left Behind to the Senate floor by the end of February. That would be something of a feat, given that NCLB was signed into law in 2002 and was supposed to be rewritten in 2007. Congress has been unable to get the job done since then.Read full article >>






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Grosso outlines broad approach to education reform

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:44am
D.C. Council member David Grosso (I- At large), the newly appointed chairman of the education committee, outlined a broad approach to education reform this week, involving every agency in the city to help prepare students to learn.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teen: The PARCC Common Core test is ‘the most stressful thing I’ve done in school’

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 5:00am
A 14-year-old student named Jordan Barron who is a freshman at Mahwah High School in New Jersey recently shared his thoughts about the Common Core test known as PARCC with members of the New Jersey Board of Education— and he was pretty strong in his opinion. He called dealing with the test “the most stressful thing I’ve done in school” and he challenged board members to take it.Read full article >>






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Maryland couple want ‘free-range’ kids, but not all do

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:28pm
It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Read full article >>






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Maryland couple want ‘free-range’ kids, but not all do

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:28pm
It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Read full article >>






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U-Va. Phi Psi members speak about impact of discredited gang rape allegations

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:18pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Phi Kappa Psi brothers sat together in a bedroom, turning the glossy magazine pages as they absorbed the account of a gang rape that allegedly took place within the brick walls around them.Read full article >>






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U-Va. Phi Psi members speak about impact of discredited gang rape allegations

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:18pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Phi Kappa Psi brothers sat together in a bedroom, turning the glossy magazine pages as they absorbed the account of a gang rape that allegedly took place within the brick walls around them.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teen: The PARCC Common Core test is ‘the most stressful thing I’ve done in school’

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:53pm
A 14-year-old student named Jordan Barron who is a freshman at Mahwah High School in New Jersey recently shared his thoughts about the Common Core test known as PARCC with members of the New Jersey Board of Education— and he was pretty strong in his opinion. Below is his testimony.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teen: The PARCC Common Core test is ‘the most stressful thing I’ve done in school’

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:53pm
A 14-year-old student named Jordan Barron who is a freshman at Mahwah High School in New Jersey recently shared his thoughts about the Common Core test known as PARCC with members of the New Jersey Board of Education— and he was pretty strong in his opinion. Below is his testimony.Read full article >>






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W. Va. backs away from science standards that cast doubt on climate change

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:31pm
West Virginia parents, teachers and scientists helped persuade the state board of education on Wednesday to back away from adopting science standards that cast doubt on the existence of climate change, according to the Charleston Gazette.Read full article >>






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W. Va. backs away from science standards that cast doubt on climate change

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:31pm
West Virginia parents, teachers and scientists helped persuade the state board of education on Wednesday to back away from adopting science standards that cast doubt on the existence of climate change, according to the Charleston Gazette.Read full article >>






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Donor seeks to offer ‘freshman year for free’ through online college courses

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:47pm
President Obama is proposing to make community college tuition-free for qualified students nationwide. But what if anyone could take the first year of college free online?A New York philanthropist announced a $1 million donation Wednesday that aims to make that possible through an online venture overseen by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.Read full article >>






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Donor seeks to offer ‘freshman year for free’ through online college courses

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:47pm
President Obama is proposing to make community college tuition-free for qualified students nationwide. But what if anyone could take the first year of college free online?A New York philanthropist announced a $1 million donation Wednesday that aims to make that possible through an online venture overseen by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.Read full article >>






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AFT backs annual testing, with an asterisk

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:59pm
As debate rages in Washington about whether a new K-12 federal education law should continue to require annual testing in math and reading, the nation’s second-largest teachers union has staked out a hybrid position.Read full article >>






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AFT backs annual testing, with an asterisk

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:59pm
As debate rages in Washington about whether a new K-12 federal education law should continue to require annual testing in math and reading, the nation’s second-largest teachers union has staked out a hybrid position.Read full article >>






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Finding some Islamic truths in Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons: How a theology professor will teach about the attack

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:49pm
In Paris on Wednesday morning, thousands of people lined up to buy the latest copy of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the first issued since gunmen burst in and killed 12 people Jan. 7.For the cover, a surviving staff member, Renald Luzier, drew a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad holding a sign with what has become a symbol of support, “Je Suis Charlie.”Read full article >>






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Finding some Islamic truths in Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons: How a theology professor will teach about the attack

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:49pm
In Paris on Wednesday morning, thousands of people lined up to buy the latest copy of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the first issued since gunmen burst in and killed 12 people Jan. 7.For the cover, a surviving staff member, Renald Luzier, drew a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad holding a sign with what has become a symbol of support, “Je Suis Charlie.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Rewriting No Child Left Behind: Competing views

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:46pm
(Correction: Alexander draft has two testing options, not one; he is not taking a stand yet as earlier version said)Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who just became the chairman of the Senate education committee, says he is determined to get a bill rewriting No Child Left Behind to the Senate floor by the end of February. To that end, he just released his working draft legislation that calls for reducing federal involvement in local K-12 education, which you can read below.Read full article >>






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In Alaska and other energy states, low oil prices put pressure on public schools

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:55am
Plummeting oil prices are delighting millions of people across the country who can fill their gas tanks and heat their homes for a fraction of the usual cost. But in oil-dependent states, coffers are dwindling at an alarming rate, raising the specter of cuts to public services — including public schools.Read full article >>






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Fed grant to help UC-Santa Barbara students, employees recover from mass shooting trauma

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:09am
Last spring, six students were killed and others badly injured in a mass shooting in the Isla Vista community near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Because many on campus continue to have ongoing psychological problems — some acute — the U.S. Department of Education will give nearly $570,000 to the campus to expand their mental health services.Read full article >>






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