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Strauss: ‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 1:00pm

Do you know what “The Procedure” is and why it is a problem for education? Here to explain is Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.

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Thousands of parents attend D.C. schools festival to shop for educational opportunities

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 7:56pm

Thousands of parents descended on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday for the D.C. Education Festival, a one-stop school shopping event meant to help families navigate the city’s growing — and sometimes overwhelming — number of school choices.

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Autonomy considered as way to improve D.C.’s struggling Dunbar High School

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 7:19pm

Dunbar High School, once renowned as an elite institution for African American students and now one of the District’s worst-performing schools, has been quietly working on a proposal to seek greater autonomy within the D.C. public school system, according to interviews and documents.

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Strauss: NY state website sends kids to offensive test prep in Common Core chaos

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 10:30am

The rollout of the Common Core State Standards in New York state has been riddled with problems that just keep on coming. Here are some of the latest, from award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in Nassau County, who has been chronicling New York’s standardized test-driven school reform on this blog for some time (here, and here and here and here, for example). She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is a co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.

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Strauss: Single university president signs school contract restricting her love life

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 7:00am

How’s this for an unusual agreement between a school and its president?

Gwendolyn Boyd, the new president of Alabama State University, signed a contract with the school’s trustees that forbids her from allowing a lover to “cohabitate” with her in the presidential home being provided to her by the historically black university in Montgomery.

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Starr proposes paying back Montgomery special education students

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 1:01am

The Montgomery County schools chief has proposed making payments to more than 100special education students whose work-study money was withdrawn from school-arranged bank accounts in recent years.

Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposal comes as the Montgomery state’s attorney’s office investigates complaints alleging financial improprieties at Rock Terrace, a public school in Rockville for special education students.

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Lawyer: Method of repaying special-ed students in Montgomery is ‘insulting’

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 11:49pm

A plan to remedy financial mismanagement at a Montgomery County special education school immediately drew attacks from critics who said it does not go far enough to help students reclaim work-study funds that school officials withdrew from their bank accounts.

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New Fairfax County schools budget sparks discussion

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 8:37pm

Next year’s proposed budget for Fairfax County schools — which calls for classroom staffing cuts, testing fees for high school students and larger class sizes — left parents, county leaders and teachers questioning the administration’s financial priorities.

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Prince George’s school system to review its grading policy

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 7:06pm

The Prince George’s County school system plans to review its grading policy to assess the purposes of evaluating students on their academic performance, including whether homework should be graded, if behavior should be a factor and whether students are given enough credit for showing improvement.

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Strauss: America’s oldest working teacher turns 100

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 5:31pm

America’s oldest teacher celebrates 100th birthday with her NJ students http://t.co/6Z9hwLN0HT pic.twitter.com/WMe2piSFiz

— NJ.com (@njdotcom) January 10, 2014

Agnes “Granny” Zhelesnik, believed to be the country’s oldest working teacher, turned 100 on Friday and celebrated, of course, at the private Sundance School in New Jersey with her students.

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Strauss: Eric Cantor threatens new NYC mayor over school reform (update)

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 4:55pm

(Update: Response from Majority Leader’s office)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a conservative Virginia Republican, has long supported local control of education -- except, apparently, in New York City, when the newly elected Democratic mayor there promises to do something Cantor doesn’t like.

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N.Y.-based Democracy Prep to take over struggling Imagine Southeast charter school

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 9:23am

New York-based charter school operator Democracy Prep has agreed to take over Imagine Southeast, a large public charter elementary school in Ward 8 that narrowly escaped being closed last year for poor academic performance.

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Strauss: Why teachers think Gov. Christie is a bully

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 5:00am

And the rally ends, inevitably, with Christie arguing with a teacher pic.twitter.com/YyLsoJVTWQ

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) November 2, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s not a bully, but there are plenty of teachers in New Jersey who would disagree.
Here’s a small part of the transcript from the press conference that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave on Thursday to proclaim his innocence in the scandal in which some of his aides jammed traffic by shutting down access lanes from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge in order to punish a Democratic mayor:

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Fairfax schools chief calls for $96 million in budget cuts; proposal increases class sizes

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 9:30pm

Fairfax County’s class sizes could balloon, teachers could face layoffs and parents might have to pay new testing fees next year under a budget Schools Superintendent Karen Garza unveiled Thursday. The proposal includes $96 million in cuts that would eliminate about 730 staff positions from Virginia’s largest school system.

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Sonya Williams sworn in as new Prince George’s school board member

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 6:11pm

Sonya Williams, a civil engineer and the president of a parents, teachers and students association, was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

Williams, who was appointed to the position by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), will represent District 9, replacing Donna Hathaway Beck, who resigned in August.

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Prince George’s raises tuition rates for after-school program and non-residents

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 5:26pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education voted Thursday to raise the tuition rate for the school system’s before- and after-school program and for students who attend schools in the district, but live outside the county.

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Report: Fairfax needs school-boundary changes to alleviate crowding

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 2:45pm

The Fairfax County School Board should conduct a massive boundary study and consider abolishing all current school boundaries to help alleviate crowding issues in the coming years, according to a new report from a citizens committee.

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Prince George’s recognizes students with achievements in academics and athletics

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:59pm

Five National Merit semifinalists, a dozen International Baccalaureate diploma recipients and a cheerleading team that won a national competition were among the students celebrated this week by the Prince George’s County school system for their achievements in academics and athletics.

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Federal guidelines address discipline in nation’s schools

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 1:01am

Federal officials Wednesday released guidelines intended to help the nation’s schools create discipline policies that would keep more students in class, avoid unnecessary out-of-school suspensions and reduce racial disparities in punishment.

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Loudoun schools offer details on data breach

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 7:20pm

Loudoun County school officials offered a more detailed list Wednesday of the personal student and staff information that was publicly accessible online due to a security breach by a software vendor in late 2013.

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