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Strauss: ‘You can’t expect much success on standardized tests when students don’t even have basic supplies’ -- editorial

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 12:01pm

The editorial board of a big-city newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, has gone on record as not only supporting the right of parents to have their children opt out of high-stakes standardized tests but also saying they are “right to protest” in this manner.

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Strauss: ‘You can’t expect much success on standardized tests when students don’t even have basic supplies’ -- editorial

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 12:01pm

The editorial board of a big-city newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, has gone on record as not only supporting the right of parents to have their children opt out of high-stakes standardized tests but also saying they are “right to protest” in this manner.

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D.C. mayoral race injects uncertainty into school boundary overhaul

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 7:43pm

As the District begins its first overhaul of school boundaries in four decades, parents have been flocking to community meetings, voicing anxiety about what the ­changes might mean for their children and their property values. The teeth-gnashing could intensify next week, when officials plan to release the first set of proposals for changing where city students attend school.

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Maryland education officials reject Anne Arundel’s request for snow day waiver

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 4:01pm

Maryland education leaders on Friday denied Anne Arundel County’s request for a waiver of five instructional days that were lost to snow-related school closings, a decision that will mean an extended school year for Maryland’s fifth-largest school system.

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Maryland education officials reject Anne Arundel’s request for snow day waiver

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 4:01pm

Maryland education leaders on Friday denied Anne Arundel County’s request for a waiver of five instructional days that were lost to snow-related school closings, a decision that will mean an extended school year for Maryland’s fifth-largest school system.

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Prince George’s schools ask state to waive four instructional days because of snow

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 3:28pm

The Prince George’s County Public School System has asked for a state waiver of four instructional days lost to inclement weather this winter.

Maryland requires students to attend school 180 days during a school calendar year. So far, Prince George’s has canceled classes eight times for snowy weather.

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Prince George’s schools ask state to waive four instructional days because of snow

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 3:28pm

The Prince George’s County Public School System has asked for a state waiver of four instructional days lost to inclement weather this winter.

Maryland requires students to attend school 180 days during a school calendar year. So far, Prince George’s has canceled classes eight times for snowy weather.

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Inspired by Vanilla Ice, Jefferson Academy gets pumped for city tests

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 3:11pm

It’s D.C. CAS time, and Jefferson Academy has done it again.

Last spring in the runup to the city’s springtime standardized test, students at the Southwest D.C. middle school spent countless hours working after class with seventh-grade math teacher Greg Dohmann to produce “Rock that CAS,” an unforgettable music video parody of “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore.

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Inspired by Vanilla Ice, Jefferson Academy gets pumped for city tests

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 3:11pm

It’s D.C. CAS time, and Jefferson Academy has done it again.

Last spring in the runup to the city’s springtime standardized test, students at the Southwest D.C. middle school spent countless hours working after class with seventh-grade math teacher Greg Dohmann to produce “Rock that CAS,” an unforgettable music video parody of “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore.

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For abused children in Fairfax, a new place to stay

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:01pm

Fairfax County child protective services received more than 2,300 referrals of child abuse in 2013. Soon, youths in the county who need a way to escape harm at home will have a new place to stay.

On April 2, the doors will officially open at the SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center located at 3913 Old Lee Highway in Suite 81-C.

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For abused children in Fairfax, a new place to stay

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:01pm

Fairfax County child protective services received more than 2,300 referrals of child abuse in 2013. Soon, youths in the county who need a way to escape harm at home will have a new place to stay.

On April 2, the doors will officially open at the SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center located at 3913 Old Lee Highway in Suite 81-C.

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Teen sleep: Tweet from education secretary seen as boost for changing school hours

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:44pm

Maryland advocates concerned about teen sleep are cheering a tweet this week from Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who again signaled support for the idea of shifting the opening hours of schools.

In his tweet, Duncan linked to a U.S. News & World Report story examining the early hours of the high school day and wrote: “Would love to see more districts consider later starting times, particularly for high school students.”

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Teen sleep: Tweet from education secretary seen as boost for changing school hours

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:44pm

Maryland advocates concerned about teen sleep are cheering a tweet this week from Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who again signaled support for the idea of shifting the opening hours of schools.

In his tweet, Duncan linked to a U.S. News & World Report story examining the early hours of the high school day and wrote: “Would love to see more districts consider later starting times, particularly for high school students.”

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Prince George’s board of education delays vote on charter school lease

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:37pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education delayed a vote on whether to allow a charter school operated by Imagine Foundation to lease a vacant elementary school owned by the school system for the 2014 school year.

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Prince George’s board of education delays vote on charter school lease

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:37pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education delayed a vote on whether to allow a charter school operated by Imagine Foundation to lease a vacant elementary school owned by the school system for the 2014 school year.

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Ivy League admission rate: 8-point-something-something percent

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:46pm

The grand totals for this year’s Ivy League admissions are in. Of 253,472 applications for the Class of 2018, the eight private, prestigious and pricey schools known for a climbing vine gave a green light to 22,624.

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Fairfax teens earn top national writing awards

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:37pm

Four Fairfax teens have received top honors in the 2014 National Scholastic Writing Awards.

A total of 21 Fairfax County public school students qualfied for national honors in the competition among 57 regional winners who received commendations earlier in March.

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Fairfax teens earn top national writing awards

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:37pm

Four Fairfax teens have received top honors in the 2014 National Scholastic Writing Awards.

A total of 21 Fairfax County public school students qualfied for national honors in the competition among 57 regional winners who received commendations earlier in March.

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Strauss: The Koch brothers’ influence on college campus is spreading

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:07pm

There’s been a flurry of recent stories (here, here and here, for example) about the role the billionaire Koch brothers are playing in politics by backing conservative political candidates through a number of organizations that they fund. My Post colleague Matea Gold wrote in this story:

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Strauss: The Koch brothers’ influence on college campus is spreading

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:07pm

There’s been a flurry of recent stories (here, here and here, for example) about the role the billionaire Koch brothers are playing in politics by backing conservative political candidates through a number of organizations that they fund. My Post colleague Matea Gold wrote in this story:

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