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Are school closings the ‘new Jim Crow’? Activists file civil rights complaints.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:12pm

Arguing that school closures in cities across the country disproportionately affect African American students, community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday challenging closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago and called on the Obama administration to halt similar efforts elsewhere.

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Survey: D.C. ranks first in preschool access, funding

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:28pm

The District offers broader access to public preschool than any state in the nation, according to a survey released Tuesday, which showed that the city continues to expand its early childhood education programs even as enrollment in pre-kindergarten declined nationally for the first time in a decade.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan’s letter to the U-Md. community announcing his retirement

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:25pm

The following is the text of a letter that Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan sent to the University of Maryland community Tuesday afternoon, publicly announcing his retirement after 50 years in higher education and 12 years leading the University System of Maryland.

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Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:06pm

Arguing that school closures in cities around the country have become “the new Jim Crow,” community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints Tuesday alleging that school closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago disproportionately affect African American students.

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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of University System of Maryland

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:00pm

William E. “Brit” Kirwan is retiring as chancellor of Maryland’s public university system after a 12-year tenure known for his campaigns to expand access to higher education and use technological innovation to rejuvenate staid lecture courses.

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Prince George’s celebrates its ‘young stars,’ program highlights the top of the class

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:00pm

Mary Chinyere Egwin, the valedictorian at Bladensburg High School in Prince George’s County, will attend Tufts University in the fall as a Gates Millennium Scholar and wants to become an oncologist. Erick Vargas, No. 2 in Bladensburg’s senior class, is going to Columbia University on a full scholarship.

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Strauss: Is there anything all educated people should know anymore?

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:47am

What should all educated people know and be able to do (if anything)? Is there an immutable list? Veteran teacher Peter Greene ponders this in the following post, a version of which appeared on his Curmudgucation blog,

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Strauss: Academics call for pause in PISA tests

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:29am

Here’s an open letter written by academics and school activists from around the world to Andreas Schleicher, director of the Program of International Student Assessment, known as PISA, which tests 15-year-olds in dozens of countries and individual education systems in math, reading and science every three years.   The letter expresses concerns about the impact PISA is having on education systems around the world and asks him “to consider skipping” the next exams and come up with an improved assessment.

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Report: Preschool enrollments decline

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:07am

Enrollment in state-funded preschool programs nationally declined for the first time in more than a decade, reflecting lingering effects of the economic downturn, according to a national survey released Tuesday.

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Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:01am

In the first large-scale analysis of new systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores, two researchers found little or no correlation between quality teaching and the appraisals teachers received.

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