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In Fairfax, schools chief hires new nonprofit leader, seeking closer bonds to private sector

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:06pm

Seeking to make stronger connections with the private sector, Fairfax County public schools chief Karen Garza announced that the administration’s nonprofit foundation had hired its first full-time executive director.

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Strauss: A challenge: Teach 8th grade Common Core before endorsing it

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 9:30am

This post is a response to this piece by Gerald Graff, which was itself a response to this speech about the Common Core State Standards by Diane Ravitch. This was written by educator Mercedes Schneider, who holds degrees in secondary education (English and German), guidance and counseling, and applied statistics and research methods. She is in her nineteenth full-time year of teaching (fourteen in public school, and five, at the university level). Schneider blogs about education reform issues at deutsch29.wordpress.com.

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Is preschool access a national security issue?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 6:00am

Is early education a national security concern?

A group of retired senior military officials says: Yes.

“Without enough skilled men and women available to serve in tomorrow’s armed services, we endanger the future strength of our military,” says a report by Mission: Readiness, an advocacy group representing hundreds of senior retired military leaders.

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Strauss: The coming Common Core meltdown

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 5:00am

In the following post, veteran educator Stan Karp explains why the problems surrounding the implementation of the Common Core are less about the substance of the standards and more about the context in which they were introduced. Karp taught English and journalism in Paterson, N.J., for 30 years and is an editor of Rethinking Schools magazine, where this appeared.

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Loudoun cancels rest of school week, midterms after snow

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:18pm

Loudoun County officials have closed the county’s school system through the end of the week and have canceled midterm exams, citing continuing traffic-safety issues after a snowstorm passed through the region.

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D.C. officials in talks to operate Options public charter

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:55pm

The District’s traditional public school system is in negotiations to run Options Public Charter, a school for at-risk youth that faces possible closure in the wake of allegations that its former managers diverted millions of tax dollars meant for students.

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District lawmakers poised to pass Title IX legislation

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:43pm

District lawmakers appear poised to pass legislation meant to address large and enduring discrepancies between boys’ and girls’ sports opportunities in the city’s public schools, disparities that triggered two recent civil rights complaints and years of frustration among parents, athletes and activists.

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Community college enrollment falls in Maryland and Virginia, echoing national trend

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:29pm

Student enrollment is falling at most of Maryland’s and Virginia’s community colleges, echoing a national trend in a sector of higher education closely tied to the economy.

There were 190,528 students in Virginia’s 24 public two-year colleges in fall 2013, according to new data from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. That represented a drop of 2 percent from the previous year and 3 percent from three years earlier.

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Strauss: Shout-out to great ed reporter

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:00pm

Nick Anderson, a veteran education reporter and editor at The Post, wrote the following about a great young colleague of ours, Jenna Johnson, who spent four years covering American college life while breaking some important news stories. Her coverage was memorable. Here’s what he wrote:

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Strauss: Why do schools open when it feels like 4 below outside?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:16pm

According to the Weather Channel, it is 12 degrees Fahrenheit in Newark., but it feels like 4 below outside because of the wind chill. According to the Star-Ledger, “treacherous driving conditions” on Wednesday morning “prompted school officials to cancel classes in most of Essex County.

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In Fairfax, teachers seek residents’ help to lobby county leaders for more school funding

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:12pm

A Fairfax teachers organization has started a campaign to sway the county’s Board of Supervisors, asking residents to implore the elected leaders to give the schools a $98 million increase in funding.

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A reporter looks at mosaic of higher education

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:59pm

Before the new year gets any older, this reporter wants to give a shout-out to a colleague who just left the higher education beat after a notable four-year run of coverage of American college life.

Jenna Johnson, now on Maryland politics for The Post, produced a memorable array of stories on higher ed from 2009 through 2013. She reported from the center of big events of the past few years — whether national or regional — that touched universities. She kept a voluminous blog for much of that time, Campus Overload.

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Sleepy teens: Thousands being surveyed about school hours in Montgomery

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:56pm

Thousands of students, teachers and parents will be surveyed through late March about whether Montgomery County should shift the hours of the school day, as part of a plan intended to give teenagers more sleep.

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Prince George’s postpones community meeting to discuss aging schools

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:55am

A community meeting scheduled to take place Wednesday night in Prince George’s County to discuss the district’s aging schools has been postponed because of the inclement weather.

The meeting, which was to take place at Largo High School, has not been rescheduled.

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Strauss: A revealing thought experiment about student achievement and school reform

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:31am

In the following thought experiment, you are asked to assess data about two states and identify the one in which an average child is likely to achieving more in school. Created by educator and researcher David Berliner, it reveals just how off-base current school reform efforts have been in targeting what the real problems are that keep students from doing well in school. Berliner is the Regents’ Professor Emeritus, a former dean of the College of Education at Arizona State University, a fellow of the National Academy of Education and a past president of the American Educational Research Association. This appeared on Diane Ravitch’s blog.

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Montgomery Blair produces 3 Intel finalists

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 8:00am

Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring is boasting three finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the country’s oldest and most prestigious research contest for high school seniors.

The three Montgomery Blair students tapped by the Intel Foundation as finalists in this year’s competition are:

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Strauss: Gov. Cuomo seeks changes to ‘flawed’ Common Core implementation

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:00am

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D), who just a few months ago was defending the state Board of Regents’ implementation of the Common Core State Standards, now says it has been “flawed” and that he is creating a panel of education experts and legislators to review the problems and take speedy “corrective action.” He also called for an end to standardized testing for students in kindergarten through second grade.

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Fairfax schools will be closed Tuesday; snow day to be made up on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 17

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:07am

The good news for Fairfax County students and teachers is that school will be closed Tuesday as weather forecasters call for a thick blanket of snow to cover the Washington region.

The bad news is that Tuesday will be the fourth day that the Fairfax County public schools administration has canceled classes and that the day of learning lost to sledding and hot cocoa will be made up on Monday, Feb. 17, the Presidents’ Day holiday.

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In Washington area, school days to be added to academic calendar after snow closings

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 8:02pm

With classes canceled across the Washington region for Tuesday’s snowstorm, some school districts are preparing to add days to the academic calendar to make up for this school year’s winter closings.

In Virginia, Maryland and the District, students are required to attend school for 180 days each year, and school districts must add days to the academic calendar in the event that inclement weather cancels classes. Although most school systems build in buffers, schools in Fairfax County and the District, for example, already are adding days to the school calendar one month into winter.

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D.C. teachers union files grievance with school system over erroneous evaluations

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 6:58pm

The Washington Teachers’ Union has filed a class-action grievance with D.C. Public Schools in the wake of the recent disclosure that 44 teachers received erroneous performance ratings last year, including one who was wrongly fired as a result.

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