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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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At-risk funding in the District: A school-by-school breakdown

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:00am
The D.C. Council approved more than $40 million last year to meet the needs of students who are considered at-risk in D.C. Public Schools.Some 40 percent of the city’s public school students are considered “at risk,” according to a new category being used in the District. That includes students who are in foster care or homeless, who are receiving welfare benefits or food stamps, or who are performing at least a year behind in high school. The extra funding — $2,079 per eligible student — is supposed to help schools mitigate the effects of poverty that can interfere with a student’s ability to learn.Read full article >>

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La. Gov. Bobby Jindal rails against Common Core State Standards

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:16pm
Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana and a potential Republican presidential candidate, railed against the Common Core during a speech in Washington on Thursday, framing the academic standards as an attack on the conservative values of local control and American exceptionalism.Read full article >>

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‘Who is Motley Crue?’ Fairfax teacher scores in ‘Jeopardy!’ tournament.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:43pm
The "Jeopardy!" category was “Hard Rockers,” and host Alex Trebek read the $2,000 clue in his trademark baritone: “Girls, Girls, Girls . . . Long legs and burgundy lips . . . Girls, Girls, Girls . . . Dancin’ down on the Sunset Strip . . . Girls, Girls, Girls.”Read full article >>

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Strauss: How Gov. Walker tried to quietly change the mission of the University of Wisconsin

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:17pm
You might think that changing the mission of a flagship public university would be an issue put up for public discussion. Not in Wisconsin.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker submitted a budget proposal that included language that would have changed the century-old mission of the University of Wisconsin system — known as the Wisconsin Idea and embedded in the state code  — by removing words that commanded the university to “search for truth” and “improve the human condition” and replacing them with “meet the state’s workforce needs.”Read full article >>

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Murder-suicide reported at the University of South Carolina

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:12pm
Two people are dead after a suspected murder-suicide at the University of South Carolina on Thursday afternoon.Thom Berry, of The State Law Enforcement Division, confirmed two deaths while addressing members of the media outside of the school in Columbia, S.C. Berry did not say whether the deceased were students.Read full article >>

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Harvard formally bans sexual relationships between professors and undergrads

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:50pm
This story has been updated.Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences now formally bans sexual relationships between professors and undergraduate students.That’s not because they think there’s all kinds of professor-student dating on campus: The professor who led the panel that wrote the policy said she has never heard of it happening, in years of studying and teaching at Harvard. The new policy is there just to clarify that it would not be okay.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Thanks, Dakota Johnson, for fanning a negative stereotype about English majors

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:45pm
Why, you may be wondering, is The Answer Sheet publishing anything at all about the racy film “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which is now descending on U.S. theaters. Well, this isn’t about the film, but about something unfortunate one of its stars, Dakota Johnson, who plays a literature student in “Fifty Shades,” said about English majors, whose reputation seems worthy of defending.Read full article >>

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Strauss: What a Senator’s confusion about charter schools illuminates

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:35am
It would be entirely understandable for some people to be confused about the nature of charter schools.Funded by the public but privately operated — sometimes by for-profit companies — and allowed to operate outside rules that demand transparency from traditional public schools — some people make the mistake of thinking that charter schools, or at least some of them, are indeed private schools.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Why teachers can’t have ‘normal’ lives

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 5:00am
I’m not entirely sure what a normal life is, but the author of this post says they aren’t in the cards for teachers. This was written by Alice Trosclair, who has been teaching for eight years in southern Louisiana. She currently teaches American literature, AP English Language and Composition, and AP English Literature and Composition.  A version of this post, which I am publishing with permission, appeared on The Educator’s Room website.Read full article >>

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T.C. Williams principal, who oversaw the high school’s turn around, to retire in June

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:54pm
Principal Suzanne Maxey, who was selected to lead T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., after it was singled out for low achievement by the federal government, will retire after five years on the job.Read full article >>

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Schools chief’s exit leaves many in Montgomery with questions

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:51pm
A day after the sudden resignation of Montgomery County’s schools chief, some in the community had pointed questions for the elected officials who supported his departure, and others wondered about the path ahead for Maryland’s largest school district.Read full article >>

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Grosso’s bill to ban pre-K suspensions applauded; advocates urge further steps

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:51pm
D.C. Council member David Grosso’s first bill as Education Committee chairman — seeking a partial ban on suspensions and expulsions of preschool students in public programs — got a strong response from advocates who urged him to push for more sweeping reforms of student discipline practices.Read full article >>
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Not a lot of comity on the House education panel, members split on how to rewrite law

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:38pm
While Democrats and Republicans in the Senate hold daily negotiations over a new federal education law, things are far more strained between the parties on the House side. As the House focuses on an updated version of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), the ranking member on the House committee on Education and the Workforce, sent a written request to Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) to hold hearings.Read full article >>

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How a $2,000 Doritos Super Bowl ad became a million-dollar sensation

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:05pm
A frequent flier, Scott Zabielski faces a common dilemma. He’s 6 feet 3 inches tall, which means that squeezing his lanky frame into economy airline seats, crammed against other passengers, can be a challenge.Read full article >>

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Strauss: How schools ruined recess — and four things needed to fix it

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:30pm
A post I published last summer by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” continues to be popular today, as are two other related posts of hers, “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.” Here is the fourth in her occasional series on movement in classrooms. Hanscom is the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England.Read full article >>

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Georgia State student art project shut down an Atlanta highway and evacuated a nearby downtown. Whoops!

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:13pm
If the goal of art is to disrupt, to shake people out of their routines, force onlookers to stop and think, then these Georgia State students really (albeit inadvertently) nailed it. Their class assignment shut down an Atlanta highway for almost three hours on Monday, when police responded to a report of a suspicious package affixed to a major bridge, sealed off the area and blew it up.Read full article >>

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Howard U. Middle School responds to allegations on teacher departures

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:35pm
Nearly a week after allegations surfaced at a charter middle school on the campus of Howard University that three teachers were terminated because they wanted to teach more black history, the school’s board of directors issued a statement denying the claims.Read full article >>

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Are charter schools public or private?

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:29pm
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who is leading the Senate’s effort to overhaul the nation’s main federal education law, committed something of an education-reform faux pas Wednesday morning when he pushed back against the suggestion that all charter schools are public schools.Read full article >>

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