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At fraternity rush, U-Va. freshmen keep an open mind as normality begins its return

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 5:44pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The four freshmen walked the row of Greek houses, turning to go up the steps of a brick Colonial with white columns. As they shook hands with the Sigma Alpha Mu upperclassmen, who were bedecked in blazers and smiles, they began an annual rite of spring here at the University of Virginia: rush.Read full article >>






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At fraternity rush, U-Va. freshmen keep an open mind as normality begins its return

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 5:44pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The four freshmen walked the row of Greek houses, turning to go up the steps of a brick Colonial with white columns. As they shook hands with the Sigma Alpha Mu upperclassmen, who were bedecked in blazers and smiles, they began an annual rite of spring here at the University of Virginia: rush.Read full article >>






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Obama to propose new student privacy legislation

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 5:33pm
President Obama is planning to propose new federal legislation to safeguard student privacy, a move that comes as new classroom technologies gather sensitive personal information about children in order to deliver personalized lessons.Read full article >>






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Obama to propose new student privacy legislation

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 5:33pm
President Obama is planning to propose new federal legislation to safeguard student privacy, a move that comes as new classroom technologies gather sensitive personal information about children in order to deliver personalized lessons.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 1:30pm
Last July I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.” It hit a nerve and became one of the most-read pieces on this blog last year, with readers continuing to click on it, along with related posts, such as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still. She can’t. Neither can the kids.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 1:30pm
Last July I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.” It hit a nerve and became one of the most-read pieces on this blog last year, with readers continuing to click on it, along with related posts, such as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still. She can’t. Neither can the kids.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Martin Luther King’s prophetic comments about education reform

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:30pm
Here, as I have published before on Martin Luther King Jr., Day, are some of his writings related to education. You will see that King was prescient on a lot of things, including education reform. — Here’s an excerpt from “The Purpose of Education,” a piece he wrote in the February 1947 edition of the Morehouse College student newspaper, the Maroon Tiger:Read full article >>






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Longwood U. in Va. expresses regret for actions in civil rights era, apologizes

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 10:45pm
FARMVILLE, Va. — For 13 years, a public college for white women in central Virginia witnessed a monumental battle of the civil rights era unfolding at its doorstep. Many here think Longwood College during that time failed to stand for what was right.Read full article >>






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Lessons from four top schools superintendents

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 10:26pm
The nation’s public school systems face many of the same challenges: ­declining budgets, lagging achievement among poor and minority students, and debates about the role of standardized testing and charter schools.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Malia Obama’s path to summer college fun

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 5:25pm
Washington-area high school junior Malia Obama, 16, probably will be visiting college campuses this summer, like thousands of other teens in this education-obsessed region. I suspect, like many such students, she will be getting more advice about this than she thinks she needs, but let me add one more friendly suggestion. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Principal to Congress: I was wrong when I supported NCLB. Learn from my mistake.

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 4:15pm
Eight years after No Child Left Behind was supposed to be rewritten by Congress, it just may happen — sooner rather than later. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who just became the chairman of the Senate education committee, says he is determined to move fast on a rewrite, pushing a bill to the Senate floor by the end of February.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why so many teachers feel so bad so much of the time

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 1:30pm
It’s no secret that most teachers today feel demoralized — poll after survey tells us so, and it’s no wonder, given that they feel school reformers have put targets on their backs with teacher evaluation systems they feel are unfair and support for programs that they believe belittle their profession. In this post an educator explains why she thinks so many teachers feel so awful so much of the time. The author is  Ellie Herman, who took a rather unorthodox path to the world of education.Read full article >>






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Montgomery County neglect inquiry shines spotlight on ‘free-range’ parenting

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 7:57pm
Two days after the story of their children’s unsupervised walk home from a park became the latest flash point in an ongoing cultural debate about what constitutes responsible parenting, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were still explaining their “old-fashioned” methods of child-rearing.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Chicago school district refuses to give PARCC Common Core test as mandated by the state of Illinois

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 1:27pm
The Chicago Public Schools, the third largest system in the country, has decided to buck a mandate to give all its students a new Common Core test known as PARCC this school year, a decision that could have implications across the country for Core testing.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What not to say to grieving students (and other tools to help bereaved kids at school)

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:23am
At any given time there are millions of young people in schools across the country who are grieving over some significant loss in their lives — and often the adults around them aren’t sure what to say or do to help them. There is a new Web site, grievingstudents.com,that offers an online toolkit for educators and school professionals ways to help suffering children.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Test-weary second-grader asks school board: ‘Is that all that matters to grown-ups?’

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 5:00am
Saige Price is a 7-year-old second grader at Briarwood Elementary School in Florham Park, New Jersey. She recently appeared before the New Jersey Board of Education to talk about her experience in school — and she gave them a piece of her mind.Read full article >>






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Muslim call to prayer sounds at Duke University, but not from chapel tower

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:22pm
DURHAM, N.C. — The Muslim call to prayer echoed across Duke University’s quad Friday, a day after the school canceled plans to have weekly services begin with an amplified call to prayer from the chapel’s bell tower.Read full article >>






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Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:40pm
For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.Read full article >>






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All 31 U-Va. fraternities sign agreements with school, including two holdouts

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:13pm
Two fraternities that had initially resisted approving updated agreements with the University of Virginia said Friday that they had signed the new contracts under pressure from the school’s administration.Read full article >>






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In Loudoun County, the latest casualty of winter is midterm exams

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:02pm
This year’s winter weather still doesn’t hold a candle to last year’s school-closing bonanza, but for Loudoun County schoolchildren keeping score, the 2014-2015 school year just earned another distinction.Read full article >>






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