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D.C. school system receives waiver for two snow days

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:13pm

D.C. Public Schools students will not have to make up two of this year’s six snow days, officials said Monday.

The last day of school will be Friday, June 20, originally a professional development day for teachers and now a full instructional day.

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Demographics shift at Thomas Jefferson High as Asians make up 66 percent of new class

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:46pm

The demographic makeup of Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology continues to shift. More than 66 percent of the students in next fall’s incoming class are of Asian descent, with just 10 black and eight Hispanic students admitted to the magnet school’s Class of 2018.

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DCPS releases full school lottery data

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:47pm

A week after D.C. parents found out how they fared in the District’s citywide school enrollment lottery, the traditional school system has released more data meant to give a fuller picture of how the lottery played out across the city.

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Strauss: ‘Dear public school teachers: we are sorry’

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:30pm

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg is a parent living in Highland Park, New Jersey, and a member of Highland Park Cares About Schools, a nonpartisan coalition of coalition of parents, educators, and others interested in preserving public education. Here is an open letter she wrote to public school teachers in New Jersey and beyond.

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How can you tell if a day care or preschool is good quality?

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:58am

Searching for a day care or preschool for your child is stressful. It can be challenging to peer into a room with finger paintings on the wall and the usual sand table in the corner, and figure out if this place is any good or any better than another place across town. That is, if you are lucky enough to get a spot in either of them.

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Strauss: Principals slam 2014 NY Common Core tests as badly designed

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:00am

Students in New York have been taking state-mandated Common Core-aligned standard tests in English Language Arts in recent days and, for the second year in a row, educators are saying the tests -- designed by the giant education company Pearson -- were badly designed for the second straight year.

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Strauss: Koch brothers help Kansas lawmakers strip teachers of tenure

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:00am

The Kansas legislature just passed legislation that strips teachers of tenure and the right to due process, a move pushed by conservative lawmakers who were forced by a state Supreme Court ruling to provide more funding to poor school districts and wanted to get something out of the deal. After stripping teachers of their tenure, legislators had a brief discussion about jewelry.

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Strauss: Ten concerns about the ‘let’s teach them grit’ fad

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:00am

One more thing school reformers think schools should be doing these days is teaching kids to have “grit.” To explain what this is all about is author Alfie Kohn in an article adapted from the author’s new book The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting, just published by Da Capo Press. A different version of this essay was published in the Outlook section of The Washington Post on April 6, 2014. Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) is the author of 12 previous books about education, parenting, and human behavior.

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GWU faces three student deaths in three months

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:17pm

Three George Washington University students who lived in a dormitory in the Foxhall neighborhood of Northwest Washington have died in the past three months, prompting the university to mobilize counseling services for its Mount Vernon campus.

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Duncan urges top students to teach at GW panel

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:45pm

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Monday urged college educators to promote teaching as a profession to their high-level students, emphasizing the country’s need for a qualified and diverse group of people to lead the next generation of U.S. children.

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Strauss: Chicago charters do no better than traditional public schools, new study finds

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:38pm

An examination of every score that Chicago students earned on state-mandated standardized tests last year reveals that charter schools -- which Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) has been promoting -- don’t perform any better than traditional public schools.

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U-Md. marketing evolves from ‘Fear the Turtle’ to ‘Fearless Ideas’

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:20pm

Branding helps build modern colleges and universities, whether they like it or not. Some pay great attention to slogans, Web sites, iconic images and social media. Some capi­tal­ize on being named after, or founded by, a president.

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How would D.C. phase in new school boundaries?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:01pm

Short answer: No one knows yet.

D.C. officials triggered much debate among parents this weekend when they proposed new school boundaries and student-assignment policies that have the potential to affect tens of thousands of families around the city, fundamentally changing how children are assigned to school.

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Strauss: Student to profs: Don’t force us to take tests online

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:54pm

Kendall Breitman is a senior at American University in Washington, D.C. She is 22 years old and originally from Havertown, Pa., right outside of West Philadelphia. She went to school at Haverford High School (not one of the newer high schools that give their students computers to work with) and then went on to American to double major in print journalism and law & society. She will graduate in May and wants to be a reporter. (No, journalism is not dead.)

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Langley High School students heading to (mock) trial

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:43pm

The students at Langley High School in McLean are going to court, taking part in a mock trial Tuesday as part of its annual case day event examining Supreme Court decisions.

The program allows the students at the school to learn more about the country’s highest court in the land, the constitution and how decisions by the justices affect the lives of Americans.

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Ten trends from The Post’s new top high schools list

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:22pm

Since the America’s Most Challenging High Schools list began in 1998, I have learned something new every year. For instance, a surprise trend of rejecting football has appeared. Here are some other key lessons of the 2014 version that just launched:

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Strauss: The one thing I sort of like about 2014 Most Challenging High Schools list

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:01pm

Every year my fantastic Post colleague Jay Mathews takes a great deal of time to assemble his list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, and he’s just done it again for his 2014 list, which you can read all about here. And just about every year, I write something about why I find the list troubling.

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There are no students at Thomas Jefferson High today. Why?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:40am

The classrooms at the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology are empty today. The school’s students are at home, on a Monday, while thousands of teens at other Fairfax County high schools take part in regular classes.

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Obama announces federal grants to help prepare students for careers

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:37am

President Obama visited a high school in Prince George’s County on Monday to announce the recipients of a new federal grant that is designed to better align the education system to meet the demands of the labor market.

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<p>America’s Most Challenging High

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:00am

America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index invented by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. The index formula is a simple ratio: The number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in 2013, divided by the number of graduates that year. Noted in our national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each schools’s average SAT score, a common college entrance exam with a national average of 1498 out of 2400. This year, the list also notes whether each school has an 11-person football team as an indicator of changing school cultures, the subject of Mathews’ analysis of the 2014 results. The list includes some private schools — noted with a (P) — for comparison. Certain public schools with highly selective admissions are omitted from the list, but information about them can be found online, along with full local and national lists, at www.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge.

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