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Bowie student selected to serve on national board promoting healthy habits among kids

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 1:23pm

Jodi Evans is a national advocate for children.

And she’s just a child herself.

Jodi, 11, a sixth-grader at Robert Goddard French Immersion School in Prince George’s County, was recently selected to serve as a youth ambassador on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s youth advisory board. It will be her third year serving on the board.

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Montgomery task force on cyber civility extends its work into the fall

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:53am

A Montgomery County schools task force looking into how to boost online civility will extend its work into the fall, continuing to meet through late October, the group decided.

The task force was announced last December after Superintendent Joshua P. Starr was zinged with offensive tweets as he and other district officials weighed whether to close schools for snow and icy weather. Some tweets included cursing or racial epithets.

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Strauss: Michelle Rhee has a new position

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:02am

Michelle Rhee just got a new position.

According to the Sacramento Bee she was just named interim board chairwoman of St. Hope Schools, a small group of Sacramento charter schools. The new position gives “Rhee a powerful new role in the charter school system founded by her husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.” But she isn’t giving up her day job, which is running the advocacy group StudentsFirst.

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Strauss: School reforms that actually work

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 6:01am

For years now education leaders have been pushing onto school districts school reforms that don’t show any sign of working while giving short shrift to those that have a track record of working. Gary Ravani, a 35-year public school teacher and president of the California Federation of Teachers’ Early Childhood/K-12 Council, explains in this post.

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Strauss: If this isn’t school reform failure, what is?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:02am

School reformers have made student standardized test scores the most important measure of how public schools are doing, so it seems only fair to measure their performance by their own definition of success. The newly released 2014 high-stakes test scores tells us that D.C. Public Schools doesn’t have a great deal to show for its reforms since Michelle Rhee became chancellor in 2007 and her deputy, Kaya Henderson, succeeded her in 2010.

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College application cycle for 2015 begins

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 1:50pm

In these lazy days of early August, many rising high school seniors no doubt relish a few more carefree weeks before classes resume. But some are now plunging deep into their college applications.

Indeed, a few have already filed.

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