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‘Books from Birth’ plan aims to bridge word gap among District children

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:19am
D.C. Council member Charles Allen (Ward 6) plans to introduce a bill that would send a book each month to the home of every child under age 5 in the District. The early literacy initiative aims to address an achievement gap that begins at birth. Read full article >>






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Duke University reverses decision, cancels weekly Muslim call to prayer

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:15pm
Duke University canceled plans Thursday to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel this week, an initiative that had set off debate on social media. A school spokesman and a Duke Muslim leader said that a serious and credible security threat played a role in the decision.Read full article >>






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Thousands of D.C. students can see ‘Selma’ free

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:17pm
Just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands of D.C. middle and high school students can go see the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” free starting Thursday, thanks to a fundraising effort led by the March on Washington Film Festival.Read full article >>






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A bill advances in Virginia to derail a ruling granting in-state tuition for some students who came to the U.S. illegally

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 5:04pm
Thousands of Virginia students who were brought to this country illegally as children had been told this spring they could qualify for in-state tuition — but a bill advancing in the Virginia Senate puts that in doubt. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher assigned students to write about how they would kill her

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:45pm
Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.A Montgomery County, Md., middle school teacher assigned her English students in four separate classes a story in which they had to describe how they would kill her — and the description had to include at least three gerunds, three infinitives and three participles.Read full article >>






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Longtime Montgomery educator Christopher Garran heads to Virginia Beach

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:28pm
A longtime Montgomery County educator who is part of the superintendent’s executive leadership team is leaving for the top job at a private school in Virginia Beach.Christopher S. Garran, associate superintendent for high schools in Maryland’s largest school system, will start July 1 as head of Cape Henry Collegiate, an independent K-12 school with about 900 students.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Cutting through the stupid on annual standardized testing

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:19pm
Perhaps the key struggle between Democrats and Republicans over the rewriting of No Child Left Behind will be about annual standardized testing.Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who just became chairman of the Senate education committee, says he is determined to get a bill rewriting No Child Left Behind to the Senate floor by the end of February. That would be something of a feat, given that NCLB was signed into law in 2002 and was supposed to be rewritten in 2007. Congress has been unable to get the job done since then.Read full article >>






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Grosso outlines broad approach to education reform

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:44am
D.C. Council member David Grosso (I- At large), the newly appointed chairman of the education committee, outlined a broad approach to education reform this week, involving every agency in the city to help prepare students to learn.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teen: The PARCC Common Core test is ‘the most stressful thing I’ve done in school’

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 5:00am
A 14-year-old student named Jordan Barron who is a freshman at Mahwah High School in New Jersey recently shared his thoughts about the Common Core test known as PARCC with members of the New Jersey Board of Education— and he was pretty strong in his opinion. He called dealing with the test “the most stressful thing I’ve done in school” and he challenged board members to take it.Read full article >>






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Maryland couple want ‘free-range’ kids, but not all do

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:28pm
It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Read full article >>






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Maryland couple want ‘free-range’ kids, but not all do

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:28pm
It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Read full article >>






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U-Va. Phi Psi members speak about impact of discredited gang rape allegations

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:18pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Phi Kappa Psi brothers sat together in a bedroom, turning the glossy magazine pages as they absorbed the account of a gang rape that allegedly took place within the brick walls around them.Read full article >>






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U-Va. Phi Psi members speak about impact of discredited gang rape allegations

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:18pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Phi Kappa Psi brothers sat together in a bedroom, turning the glossy magazine pages as they absorbed the account of a gang rape that allegedly took place within the brick walls around them.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teen: The PARCC Common Core test is ‘the most stressful thing I’ve done in school’

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:53pm
A 14-year-old student named Jordan Barron who is a freshman at Mahwah High School in New Jersey recently shared his thoughts about the Common Core test known as PARCC with members of the New Jersey Board of Education— and he was pretty strong in his opinion. Below is his testimony.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teen: The PARCC Common Core test is ‘the most stressful thing I’ve done in school’

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:53pm
A 14-year-old student named Jordan Barron who is a freshman at Mahwah High School in New Jersey recently shared his thoughts about the Common Core test known as PARCC with members of the New Jersey Board of Education— and he was pretty strong in his opinion. Below is his testimony.Read full article >>






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W. Va. backs away from science standards that cast doubt on climate change

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:31pm
West Virginia parents, teachers and scientists helped persuade the state board of education on Wednesday to back away from adopting science standards that cast doubt on the existence of climate change, according to the Charleston Gazette.Read full article >>






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W. Va. backs away from science standards that cast doubt on climate change

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:31pm
West Virginia parents, teachers and scientists helped persuade the state board of education on Wednesday to back away from adopting science standards that cast doubt on the existence of climate change, according to the Charleston Gazette.Read full article >>






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Donor seeks to offer ‘freshman year for free’ through online college courses

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:47pm
President Obama is proposing to make community college tuition-free for qualified students nationwide. But what if anyone could take the first year of college free online?A New York philanthropist announced a $1 million donation Wednesday that aims to make that possible through an online venture overseen by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.Read full article >>






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Donor seeks to offer ‘freshman year for free’ through online college courses

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:47pm
President Obama is proposing to make community college tuition-free for qualified students nationwide. But what if anyone could take the first year of college free online?A New York philanthropist announced a $1 million donation Wednesday that aims to make that possible through an online venture overseen by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.Read full article >>






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AFT backs annual testing, with an asterisk

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:59pm
As debate rages in Washington about whether a new K-12 federal education law should continue to require annual testing in math and reading, the nation’s second-largest teachers union has staked out a hybrid position.Read full article >>






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