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Teachers’ union grades lawmakers

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:00am

The National Education Association, the country’s largest labor union, is handing out grades to members of Congress on Thursday, and it has found that that Senate Republicans have grown friendlier to its agenda while House Republicans have become cooler.

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Strauss: NY officials’ excuse for link to vulgar test prep questioned

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:00am

What did New York state education officials do when they were questioned about why a Common Core website they operated was sending students to other sites with vulgar material? Not what you’d hope. Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in Nassau County wrote in this post about the website, and in the following piece, answers the question about official reaction.

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Montessori school, Montgomery County’s only public charter, plans to close

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 8:10pm

The only public charter school in Montgomery County will shut down at the end of the school year because it has struggled with its finances and can’t afford to stay open.

The Board of Directors for Crossway Community Inc., which operates Crossway Community Montessori School, voted to terminate its charter, school officials said Wednesday. The Kensington school, the first and only charter to open in Montgomery, has been in operation for two years.

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Judge: Defendants will not be dismissed from Options charter-school case

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:30pm

Each of the five people accused of helping divert taxpayer dollars from the District’s Options Public Charter School will remain defendants in the case, a D.C. Superior Court judge decided Wednesday.

Judge Craig Iscoe ruled that none of the five defendants met the legal standard to be dismissed, writing that “the District has sufficiently pleaded that Defendants may have participated in a plan to run Options contrary to its nonprofit purpose.”

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D.C. officials recommend closure of Booker T. Washington Charter School for Technical Arts

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:20pm

Supporters of the Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts showed up in droves Tuesday night for a public hearing on whether the 15-year-old school should be allowed to continue operating.

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Prince George’s schedules community meetings to talk about school buildings

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:13pm

The Prince George’s Board of Education will hold two community meetings to discuss its plans for building and repairing schools in the district.

One meeting is scheduled for Thursday at Crossland High School in Temple Hills, and the other for Jan. 22 at Largo High School in Upper Marlboro. Both meetings will be held at 7 p.m.

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Michelle Rhee invites Twitter queries, gets a screenfull

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:57pm

Michelle Rhee’s call this morning at 10:25 on Twitter, saying “I’m around for a bit, does anyone have any questions for me?” was like dumping pretzels on a beach filled with hungry seagulls.

The Twitterverse lit up with questions that came fast and furious, and overwhelmingly from critics of Rhee, the former D.C. schools chancellor and current lightning rod for issues around school reform.

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Low-income students improve when funding is tied to their needs, principals can allocate it

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:38pm

Weighted student budgeting comes and goes in American school districts. I rarely write about it because it is difficult to describe without putting readers to sleep. It is also hard to make comparisons from one district to the next because everybody does this sort of portable student funding differently.

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Strauss: A creepy letter school sent to parents

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:00am

This is an actual letter sent to parents from a school in Georgia. The parent who provided it asked to remain anonymous, along with the school -- but administrators know who they are.

Real GA school letter threatens to hold back kids if parents don’t teach test taking strategies at home. #UniteBlue pic.twitter.com/kAo5xGkUl2

— Steven Singer (@StevenSinger3) January 13, 2014

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Virginia lawmaker seeks to clarify education law on religious exemptions

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:38am

Virginia’s law that allows families to opt out of public education for religious reasons needs further study, according to a Republican state legislator.

Del. Thomas Rust (R-Fairfax) has proposed a resolution that would direct the commonwealth’s education department to study the religious exemption law and make a recommendation as to whether it should be amended to ensure that all children are getting an adequate education.

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Montgomery school board backs bills to skip standardized tests set for spring in Maryland

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:05pm

Montgomery County school leaders voted unanimously Tuesday to support efforts to get the Maryland School Assessments (MSAs) scrapped for this spring, a move that came on the heels of two new bills proposed by state lawmakers from Montgomery County.

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Successful ‘Hour of Code’ computer tutorials prompts effort to change school policies

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 9:31pm

Hadi Partovi, retired at 38 after working for Microsoft and creating other tech companies, was figuring out what to do with the rest of his life.

After spending his career in computers, he was troubled by one fact: In this digital age, only about one in 10 U.S. schools teach computer science.

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Strauss: What Christie failed to mention in State of State speech about his education record

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 7:06pm

A big part of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State speech Tuesday was devoted to his record on school reform and his plans for moving forward -- and it is worth noting the big difference between what Christie (R) says about his record on public education and what he actually did with public education during his first term in office.

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Md. county executives push for school construction funding

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 7:03pm

County executives from Maryland’s three largest jurisdictions joined forces Tuesday to urge the General Assembly to provide more money for building and repairing public schools in their counties.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz went to Annapolis on Tuesday to state their case for a partnership with the state, a deal that would allow them to borrow more money for school construction with the state’s help.

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Strauss: Michelle Rhee gives the nation a D+ in school reform

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:18pm

School reformer heavyweight Michelle Rhee and her advocacy group StudentsFirst are not, apparently, pleased with the way school reform is going across the country. In their second annual State Policy Report Card, the national average is a D+ and the top state, Louisiana (yes! Louisiana) only eked out a B- with a 2.92 overall grade point average.

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Strauss: What should a school do with a child like this?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:31pm

What should a school be able to do with a child like this?

A third-grade student in a Key Largo, Fla., public school was suspended for two days after he “reportedly threatened to shoot and stab his classmates and teachers during an outburst,” according to the Miami Herald. The unidentified student, according to a report filed with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, pretended to stab a classmate and a teacher with a pencil, told classmates that he was going “to shoot them all in the head,” and described how he was going to attack classmates with a chainsaw, the paper said.

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Fairfax schools chief defends asking supervisors for $98M more in funds

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 1:06pm

Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza vigorously defended her proposed $2.5 billion budget Monday as “reasonable” while some School Board members questioned her tactic of asking for far more than county supervisors have said they are willing to give.

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Strauss: And now, the Bunkum Awards (you wouldn’t want to win)

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:17pm

We just watched the Golden Globe Awards, and now we have the Bunkum Awards.

The Bunkum Awards?

Presented by the National Education Policy Center, which brings together interdisciplinary scholars at the University of Colorado, Boulder, these awards are given for what the presenters say is “shoddy” educational research, “work based on weak data, questionable analysis and overblown recommendations.”

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Howard U.: A look at two presidential searches

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:49am

The last time Howard University was looking for a president, the board of trustees picked a pair of heavy hitters as co-chairmen of the search committee: business executive Richard D. Parsons and retired Gen. Colin L. Powell.

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