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Strauss: Coalition of 114 education groups: Ryan 2015 budget would ‘devastate’ schools

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:09pm

The 2015 budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan’s House Budget Committee would “devastate funding for education and make college less affordable,” a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions charged in an open letter sent to the panel.

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D.C. school system receives waiver for two snow days

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:13pm

D.C. Public Schools students will not have to make up two of this year’s six snow days, officials said Monday.

The last day of school will be Friday, June 20, originally a professional development day for teachers and now a full instructional day.

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Demographics shift at Thomas Jefferson High as Asians make up 66 percent of new class

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:46pm

The demographic makeup of Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology continues to shift. More than 66 percent of the students in next fall’s incoming class are of Asian descent, with just 10 black and eight Hispanic students admitted to the magnet school’s Class of 2018.

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DCPS releases full school lottery data

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:47pm

A week after D.C. parents found out how they fared in the District’s citywide school enrollment lottery, the traditional school system has released more data meant to give a fuller picture of how the lottery played out across the city.

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Strauss: ‘Dear public school teachers: we are sorry’

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:30pm

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg is a parent living in Highland Park, New Jersey, and a member of Highland Park Cares About Schools, a nonpartisan coalition of coalition of parents, educators, and others interested in preserving public education. Here is an open letter she wrote to public school teachers in New Jersey and beyond.

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How can you tell if a day care or preschool is good quality?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:58am

Searching for a day care or preschool for your child is stressful. It can be challenging to peer into a room with finger paintings on the wall and the usual sand table in the corner, and figure out if this place is any good or any better than another place across town. That is, if you are lucky enough to get a spot in either of them.

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Strauss: Principals slam 2014 NY Common Core tests as badly designed

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:00am

Students in New York have been taking state-mandated Common Core-aligned standard tests in English Language Arts in recent days and, for the second year in a row, educators are saying the tests -- designed by the giant education company Pearson -- were badly designed for the second straight year.

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Strauss: Koch brothers help Kansas lawmakers strip teachers of tenure

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:00am

The Kansas legislature just passed legislation that strips teachers of tenure and the right to due process, a move pushed by conservative lawmakers who were forced by a state Supreme Court ruling to provide more funding to poor school districts and wanted to get something out of the deal. After stripping teachers of their tenure, legislators had a brief discussion about jewelry.

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Strauss: Ten concerns about the ‘let’s teach them grit’ fad

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

One more thing school reformers think schools should be doing these days is teaching kids to have “grit.” To explain what this is all about is author Alfie Kohn in an article adapted from the author’s new book The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting, just published by Da Capo Press. A different version of this essay was published in the Outlook section of The Washington Post on April 6, 2014. Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) is the author of 12 previous books about education, parenting, and human behavior.

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