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U-Va. and sexual assault: The scrutiny will continue

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:48pm

The University of Virginia was under the microscope for its handling of sexual assault cases long before Rolling Stone magazine weighed in with the account of a student who said she was gang-raped at a fraternity house.

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Strauss: Federally funded Common Core PARCC test going prime time in six states

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 2:16pm

After years of development and field testing and controversy, the new Common Core test known as PARCC is going prime time. Some 30,000 students in six states are sitting for the first official administration of the exam this month, the vanguard of some 5 million students who will take the PARCC later in the school year.

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France to compensate American survivors of Holocaust

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:45am

France has agreed to pay reparations to American survivors of the Holocaust who were deported to Nazi death camps in French trains, after a year of negotiations with the Obama administration.

The agreement, a bilateral accord with the U.S. government to be signed Monday, includes a $60 million lump-sum payment to be distributed among eligible survivors, their spouses and, if applicable, their heirs.

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D.C. students remember Marion Barry

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:02pm

Eleven days after Marion Barry died, the life and legacy of the four-term mayor were the subject of a history lesson at Anacostia High School.

Students watched a news clip about him Thursday, answered questions and reflected on why he “was respected and loved by Washingtonians . . . especially those in Ward 8.”

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Loudoun County School Board places Middleburg Charter on probation

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:18pm

The Loudoun County School Board has placed its sole charter school on probation following news that the principal lacks the proper state license to run the school.

The board also voted 6 to 3 on Tuesday night to give notice to Middleburg Community Charter School of the licensure deficiency. The board also is compelling the charter to outline a plan to resolve the license problems for Principal Barbara Smith, who is leading the school in its inaugural year. The charter school was proposed last year as a way to save a tiny rural school that was threatened with closure. It is the first charter school in Northern Virginia and one of six in the state.

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Montgomery police call for potential victims, witnesses to come forward in schools case

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:51pm

Montgomery County police made a public appeal Thursday for information from potential victims and witnesses who may know more about the actions of a former county substitute teacher accused of inappropriately touching students.

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Strauss: Better educated but poorer -- U.S. Census data on young adults today

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:01pm

Young adults in the United States today -- those Americans from 18 to 34 years old -- are on average earning less than their counterparts 35 years ago, but more have a college degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Strauss: Computers in the classroom are a no-brainer, right? Not so fast.

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:07pm

Did you know that the often-used term “personalized instruction” is not the same thing as the often-used term “personalized learning?” Or that the renewed push for online learning and computerized instruction is based on some of the same arguments employed more than 30 years ago? Or that there is not a great deal of evidence that “personalized instruction” broadly improves student achievement?

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D.C.’s Cesar Chavez Public Charter School celebrates ‘Tier 1’ status

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:50pm

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Parkside celebrated its “Tier 1” status this week during an assembly with a drum line, a panel discussion that touched on teen motivation, and rows of cheering students.

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