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Charter school signs 10-year lease at Old Soldiers’ Home in D.C.

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 6:32pm
Creative Minds International Public Charter School has signed a 10-year lease on a historic building surrounded by green space at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. School officials hosted a “lease-signing ceremony” Monday afternoon at the site, also know as the Old Soldiers’ Home. Starting next fall, the charter school plans to open doors to 250 students in the Sherman building, a former dormitory used more recently as art studio space for residents. Read full article >>






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Arne Duncan presses his case for innovation grants at D.C. school

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 5:36pm
As Congress sets about rewriting the No Child Left Behind law, key Republican leaders have been clear that they want to give states much more latitude to spend federal education dollars as they see fit. To that end, leaders in both houses of Congress are seeking to do away with dozens of dedicated federal funding streams — including a signature Obama administration program called the Investing in Innovation Fund.Read full article >>






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How the Macarena helps kindergartners learn in Loudoun County

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 5:36pm
Do you remember the dance sensation “Macarena” that briefly, and inexplicably, struck the American public in the mid-1990′s? In a Loudoun County classroom, it lives on.In a Guilford Elementary full-day kindergarten class last week, about two dozen children bellowed a song about the months of the year, accompanied by the arm movements and the hip-shimmying of the iconic one-hit wonder.Read full article >>






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Sally Jewell kicks off Obama Cabinet’s Native American youth listening tour

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:44pm
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is headed to Arizona on Tuesday to speak with native youths, kicking off a listening tour meant to give Obama’s Cabinet members a direct look at the challenges that young people face in Indian Country.Read full article >>






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Group seeks to close the ‘excellence gap’ in nation’s elite public schools

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 1:21pm
Dozens of principals from some of the nation’s most sought-after and selective public high schools gathered last week in Northern Virginia to discuss how to better serve children whose needs they said too often go unmet: High-achieving students from low-income families.Read full article >>






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‘Princeton Mom’ dismisses date rape as a ‘learning experience’ for women

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:15pm
Like lots of people, Julie List had seen what a fellow Princeton alumna, Susan Patton, had to say in her book about the importance of finding a man at college. (Manicures and weight loss recommended). List held her tongue.Read full article >>






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What’s so scary about a charter school in Fairfax County?

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 10:14pm
Last year, I wrote about the sad decline of J.E.B. Stuart High School in Fairfax County from a decade ago, when President George W. Bush hailed its success at raising achievement for low-income students and its leader, Mel Riddile, was named National High School Principal of the Year.Read full article >>






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Starr’s record a mixed bag: Data show improvement, but there were missteps

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:32pm
The listening tour came first, extending through Joshua P. Starr’s early months as the newly hired superintendent of Maryland’s largest school system. He crisscrossed Montgomery County in 2011, hosting town halls, dropping in on schools, hearing about budget strains and curriculum worries and performance gaps.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why Miss Smith snapped

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 12:18pm
Veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo has assembled on his blog a collection of what he considers the best tweets of 2015 so far. Here are a handful, and you can find the rest here:Funny, but also not funny. Who’s with us? #ESEA #timetolearn pic.twitter.com/MBdy33Ug2fRead full article >>






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Strauss: The problem(s) with Obama’s community college plan — and an alternative

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:15am
President Obama last month unveiled a plan to offer free community college tuition to students who meet specific criteria in what this Washington Post story called “one of his most ambitious, expensive and likely controversial initiatives for the coming year. The cost estimate, the White House said, would be around $60 billion over 10 years, most of it paid by the federal government but some by states. While there are huge questions about whether the Republican-led Congress would approve the plan and appropriate money towards it, the proposal has generated a great deal of debate nationally.Read full article >>






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When it comes to full-day kindergarten, should parents pay?

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 5:40pm
Seeking to provide universal full-day kindergarten but facing a strained budget, school board members in one of the nation’s most affluent counties have proposed an unusual solution: Make parents pay for it.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher tells Congress: ‘We simply cannot ignore the stunning impact of income inequality and high child poverty’

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 2:00pm
Congress is finally attempting to rewrite No Child Left Behind — a task it was supposed to accomplish in 2007 — even as Education Secretary Arne Duncan has predicted a 50-50 chance that the task will be completed. Hearings by legislators have started, and this past week Democrats in the House held a forum to hear testimony from educators and others about how the education law should be changed, saying that they were concerned that the Republican majority on the committee was pushing a “partisan” approach.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Chinese students urge College Board to release their SAT scores withheld in cheating probe

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:44pm
Scores of students in Asia are complaining to the College Board and the Educational Testing Service that their scores on the SAT administered in December, which were withheld as part of an investigation into a cheating scandal, have not been released, even as U.S. college admissions deadlines are fast approaching.Read full article >>






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District embarks on plan to bring more quality teachers to poor schools

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:18pm
District officials are developing a plan to bring more effective teachers to schools in poor neighborhoods, part of their response to a federal mandate to address the historically short supply of talent in schools where children have the greatest needs.Read full article >>






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Student opinions: ‘Let Yale fail,’ an atheist’s wish for God, a letter to Gov. Walker

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:17pm
Newspapers write a lot about the worst of student life — the benders, the hazing, the student who set fire to the bed with another student asleep on it. It’s the day-to-day life that, all too often, gets missed — all the thinking going on.Read full article >>






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Fairfax School Board approves $2.6 billion budget for 2016, including employee raises

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 8:07pm
The Fairfax County School Board approved a fiscal 2016 budget that includes $70 mil­­lion in pay raises for teachers and funds full-day Mondays in elementary schools and later start times for high schools.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Malia Obama visits New York colleges with her mom

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:34pm
Pictures of @FLOTUS and her daughter Malia Obama via the Columbia Campus Snapchat story pic.twitter.com/eZBYhmugLr Michelle Obama leaving Barnard’s campus. pic.twitter.com/NIR0kvqU5CRead full article >>






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Teachers overwhelmingly oppose later high school start times in Montgomery

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:09pm
Montgomery County teachers overwhelmingly oppose all options for starting public high school later to give students more time to sleep, according to a new union survey. The results put the county’s teachers in stark contrast with parents and health experts who have been lobbying for the change.Read full article >>






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Top senators agree to start over on bipartisan federal education law

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 1:20pm
As the Senate education panel attempts to rewrite the nation’s main federal education law, the panel’s top Democrat has convinced the Republican chairman to start over and craft what both sides say will be a bipartisan bill.Read full article >>






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Former college president: Dartmouth’s plan doesn’t go far enough.

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:02am
Karen Gross, former president of  Southern Vermont College, responds to the changes Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon announced last week in an effort to change what he termed “extreme behavior.”Under Hanlon’s policy, no hard liquor will be allowed on the Dartmouth campus and college social life will be centered in new residential communities. Gross suggests some other changes university leaders should consider:Read full article >>






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