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Muslim leaders in Montgomery seek answers on school holiday equality

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:38pm

Muslim leaders in Montgomery County are calling for the school board to address issues of fairness that they say linger after a recent decision to strike the names of Christmas and other religious holidays from the school calendar.

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University of Virginia outlines campus safety plans

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:29pm

The University of Virginia on Monday outlined steps it plans to take for campus safety, part of its effort to respond to questions raised in recent weeks following a magazine article about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity.

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Strauss: The case for requiring ethnic studies in high school

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:22pm

Last month the Los Angeles Unified School District school board decided to require that every high school student take an Ethnic Studies course. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the San Francisco school board will vote on a similar proposal. Here’s a post making the case for why this is a good idea. It was written by Cynthia Liu,  founder and CEO of K-12 News Network.

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Pr. George’s school board seeks input on future of school system

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 5:53pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education is asking the public to weigh in on a mission, vision and core values statements that it has drafted to guide the work of the board and the school district as it moves forward.

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Strauss: For third straight month, cheating alleged on SAT given in Asia

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 5:25pm

(Update: New comment from College Board)

It happened in October, again in November, and now in December. Test proctors in Asia are reporting that students who took the SAT on Dec. 6 told them that they knew the questions on the exam before it was given, providing them with an unfair advantage over those who did not cheat.

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Strauss: Mom to Common Core task force: Take the 4th-grade PARCC practice test. I dare you to tell me it makes sense.

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:30pm

Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who became a public education activist after watching what was happening in her daughter’s school during the controversial implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing. In the following piece she challenges members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s task force on PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the two multi-state consortia designing new Common Core standardized tests with $360 million in federal funds) to take a Common Core test and see if it seems like an appropriate task for children. This post first appeared on her Parenting the Core blog. Blaine, who gave me permission to republish this letter, has written several popular posts, including “Pearson’s wrong answer—and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” and “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.”

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D.C. region scholarship totals, district by district

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:23pm

For the second year in a row, Maryland education leaders announced the state’s students were offered more than $1 billion in college scholarships.

But such breathtaking numbers don’t give the full picture. They often include numerous scholarship offers from colleges that students apply to but don’t attend and can’t use. It’s unclear how much of the billion-dollar total translates into funding that eases college costs.

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Strauss: The surprising top 10 highest paid private college presidents

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:52pm

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual list of the best compensated private college and university presidents has just come out with the latest data, for 2012, and the people on it may surprise you.

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Strauss: If teachers are judged by student test scores, how about state education leaders?

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:00am

School reformers are big believers in measurement, which can be a problem when the data they use to create policy is wrong. A recent post by award-winning Principal Carol Burris (you can read it here) revealed that New York state education officials were using flawed data while declaring a crisis in college readiness. Here is a follow-up to that post. Burris, of South Side High School in New York,  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. Shes has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog. You can see some of her other work here and here and here.

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