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BAE Systems, Airbus Group swap out CEOs of U.S. based businesses

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 6:58pm

The heads of the U.S. units of two major European defense contractors said Tuesday they are stepping down, making way for new leadership at a time when defense spending is being cut.

Sean O’Keefe, the chief executive of Airbus Group’s Herndon, Va.-based North American unit will leave his post in March, the company said Tuesday, while Linda Hudson, chief executive of the U.S. unit of BAE Systems, will cede her role to Gerard J. DeMuro.

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Area school districts offer different reactions to cold weather

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 2:57pm

School districts throughout the Washington region reacted differently to the forecasts of frigid temperatures Tuesday, with some opting to open as usual, others deciding to close for the day and some delaying their start by two hours.

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Fairfax foreign language programs lottery open

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 1:19pm

Fairfax County parents may now register their elementary school-aged children for a lottery to enter specialized foreign language programs. The registration for the world language immersion programs for kindergarten and first-grade students will be open until Feb. 14, at 4:30 p.m. Parents will be notified if their children are accepted by late March for first grade and late May for kindergartners.

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Strauss: A sobering way to start 2014

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 12:01pm

In the current issue of The American Prospect, Richard Rothstein reviews Patrick Sharkey’s “Stuck in Place,” a 2013 book that helps explain the persistent failure of educational policy to spur the upward mobility of low-income African American youth. Here’s a piece on the findings in the book by Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit organization created to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. This appeared on the EPI website.

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Prince George’s County lost 500 student assessment tests

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 7:38pm

Approximately 500 Prince George’s County first-graders had to retake an assessment test used to identify students for the county’s gifted and talented program after the original exams went missing on their way to be scanned.

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Can a breast cancer bracelet be ‘lewd’?

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:52pm

National groups representing school boards, superintendents and principals are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling against a Pennsylvania middle school that tried to ban students from wearing bracelets stamped with the slogan “I (heart) boobies! (KEEP A BREAST)” as part of breast cancer awareness.

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University leaders in Washington region denounce academic boycott of Israel

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:21pm

Many university leaders in the Washington region and elsewhere are denouncing a movement to boycott academic institutions in Israel, an issue that in the past few weeks has seized the attention of higher education.

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Bowser noncommittal on Kaya Henderson

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:11pm

Would a Mayor Muriel Bowser keep Chancellor Kaya Henderson at the helm of D.C. Public Schools?

Bowser, one of four D.C. Council members challenging incumbent Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) in April’s Democratic primary, faced that question twice on Friday during WAMU-FM’s Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi and Tom Sherwood.

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Fairfax magnet school applications open

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:07pm

The application process is now open for Fairfax parents who wish to send their children to the arts and sciences magnet programs at Bailey’s Elementary in Falls Church and Hunters Woods Elementary near Reston.

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Alexandria students push for alternatives to suspension

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 8:39pm

Although Alexandria schools officials have agreed to implement a restorative justice pilot program at T.C. Williams High School this year in an effort to deal with the racially lopsided results of its school discipline policies, the program has yet to begin, leaving some students frustrated.

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Before creating plan to improve D.C. middle schools, chancellor wants community input

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 6:05pm

The District’s school system cannot articulate how it will turn around its long-struggling middle schools until it gathers more input from the community, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said recently in response to pressure from the D.C. Council to outline an improvement plan.

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I’m no Common Core fan, but give it a chance

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 4:20pm

As our national battle over the Common Core standards escalates this year, remember that new standards and curricula rarely improve schools. What does work is families becoming more affluent, teachers becoming more proficient and students spending more time and energy on their studies.

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Former Baltimore Colt Sanders Shivers now advocates for early-childhood education

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 10:17pm

Sanders Shiver used to run down football fields, a stalwart defensive presence as a linebacker for the NFL’s Baltimore Colts.

Thirty-four years after his best pro football season, Sanders now walks down the hallways of a Prince George’s County school, greeting students by leaning his 6-foot-2 frame down to give high-fives to children in the early-childhood program at Carmondy Hills Elementary.

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In Montgomery County schools, no answers yet for failed math exams

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:36pm

Montgomery County schools officials plan to survey students taking high school final exams in math next week about how they think about and prepare for the biggest test of the semester, as school leaders explore the causes of steep failure rates on the countywide tests.

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Virginia Tech fined $5,000 for safety law breach in case related to 2007 massacre

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 2:01pm

The federal government has fined Virginia Tech $5,000 for a violation of a campus safety law in connection with the 2007 massacre at the public university in Blacksburg.

The fine, ordered Friday by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, follows a finding that the university had inconsistent policies on the timely warning of safety threats and failed to disclose one of them as required under the federal Clery Act. The fine is lower than the maximum possible, $27,500.

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New claims surface in Options charter case

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:06pm

A senior official at the D.C. Public Charter School Board allegedly received $150,000 to help the former managers of Options Public Charter School evade oversight and take millions of taxpayer dollars for themselves, according to a new court document.

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Strauss: Student privacy concerns grow over ‘data in a cloud’

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:00am

Privacy concerns have been growing over a $100 million student database -- largely funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and operated by a nonprofit organization, inBloom Inc. -- that contains detailed information about millions of students. Most of the states that had signed up to participate in a pilot program have pulled back, and in New York, parents and educators have pushed back with protests and a lawsuit. The nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center has sued the U.S. Education Department over the database.

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Prince William students will get two-week winter break next year

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 5:32pm

Elementary through high school students across much of the Washington region returned to school Thursday for a short week after a holiday-packed winter vacation.

But in 2015, Prince William County students will have a couple of more days to recover: a break of a full two weeks, according to a 2014-15 academic calendar recently approved by the county School Board.

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Mathews: Four ways for low-income schools to thrive, according to a remarkable study

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 4:33pm

For the past 31 years, since I stumbled across amazing things happening at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, my main topic as an education writer has been schools whose low-income students have been raised to unexpected heights of academic achievement. There are many schools in the Washington area that have done that. What about those that haven’t?

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Sleepy teens: Anne Arundel creates task force to study later high school bell times

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:47am

The plight of sleep-deprived teenagers will soon get a closer look in Anne Arundel County, where school officials are creating a task force to study the hours of the school day across grade levels.

The first bells of the high school day ring at 7:17 a.m. in Anne Arundel County, earlier than start times in both Montgomery and Fairfax counties, where officials are in various stages of considering later-starting high school school days.

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