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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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D.C. Public Charter School Board votes to close Arts and Technology Academy

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 6:51pm

The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to close Arts and Technology Academy, a large Northeast Washington elementary school, for failing to meet its academic achievement goals over the past 15 years.

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Prince George’s accepting charter applications

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:08pm

The Prince George’s County school system is accepting applications for children who want to enroll in one of its 10 charter schools next year.

The deadline for applications is at 5 p.m. on Jan. 31.

Prince George’s has the second highest number of charter schools in Maryland. Only Baltimore City has more.

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Eric Cantor and Bill de Blasio exchange fire over schools

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 4:22pm

Calling school choice the best route out of poverty, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor took aim at New York City’s new mayor on Wednesday for his cooler stance toward public charter schools and warned that Republicans may hold congressional hearings on the education policies of Democrat Bill de Blasio’s administration.

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Holder, Duncan announce national guidelines on school discipline

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 4:10pm

BALTIMORE — Bringing new attention to harsh punishments in schools, federal officials Wednesday urged educators across the country to move away from practices that suspend students for minor infractions and disproportionately affect minorities.

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Prince George’s County’s Kevin Maxwell is finalist for national superintendent of the year

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:39pm

Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year for his work in his previous job as head of the Anne Arundel County school system.

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Fairfax seeks a few good teachers

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:02pm

Fairfax County is looking for a few good teachers.

The school system will host two job fairs in coming months to recruit new educators for next year with “a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students,” according to a statement.

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Former GWU president Trachtenberg on why university presidencies are derailed

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:48pm

After a long run as president of George Washington University, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg turned his thoughts to leaders whose time was cut short.

“Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It,” published in August by Johns Hopkins University Press, takes on a subject of irresistible interest to those who track higher education.

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