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Maryland rejects Montgomery County’s snow-day waiver request

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:54am

Maryland education leaders on Monday rejected Montgomery County’s request for a five-day waiver of instructional days lost to inclement weather, but said that the school district can submit a new request that does more to compensate for the missed class time.

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Joy and anguish for parents as D.C. releases school lottery results

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:49pm

District officials released the results of the city’s school enrollment lottery late Sunday night, capping one of most anxiety-ridden times of year for thousands of parents who have been hoping to be lucky enough to get their children into a good school.

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Joy and anguish for parents as D.C. releases school lottery results

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:49pm

District officials released the results of the city’s school enrollment lottery late Sunday night, capping one of most anxiety-ridden times of year for thousands of parents who have been hoping to be lucky enough to get their children into a good school.

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Police find pellet gun at Stevenson U., no sign of a shooting

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 7:08pm

This story has been updated.

Baltimore County police found a pellet gun in a vehicle Monday afternoon at Stevenson University in Owings Mills while they were investigating a report of a person with a long gun on campus.

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Police find pellet gun at Stevenson U., no sign of a shooting

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 7:08pm

This story has been updated.

Baltimore County police found a pellet gun in a vehicle Monday afternoon at Stevenson University in Owings Mills while they were investigating a report of a person with a long gun on campus.

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Steve Staples to become Virginia’s next superintendent of public instruction

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:40pm

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday that Steve Staples, a veteran school district leader and vocal advocate for testing reform, will become Virginia’s next superintendent of instruction.

Staples most recently served as executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, where he represented more than 130 district leaders and led an effort to rally state educators around a campaign for a revamped testing program.

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Steve Staples to become Virginia’s next superintendent of public instruction

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:40pm

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday that Steve Staples, a veteran school district leader and vocal advocate for testing reform, will become Virginia’s next superintendent of instruction.

Staples most recently served as executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, where he represented more than 130 district leaders and led an effort to rally state educators around a campaign for a revamped testing program.

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Strauss: New Virginia education superintendent advocated for less testing

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:29pm

The man that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tapped to be the state’s new superintendent of public instruction has been a vocal advocate for reducing the amount of testing required of students as well as creating a new accountability system for teachers and schools.

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Strauss: New Virginia education superintendent advocated for less testing

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:29pm

The man that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tapped to be the state’s new superintendent of public instruction has been a vocal advocate for reducing the amount of testing required of students as well as creating a new accountability system for teachers and schools.

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Strauss: Teacher: Over-tested zombies are invading my classroom

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:06pm

What are the effects of over-testing on students? Mary Tedrow, who teaches high school English in Virginia, explains. Tedrow co-directs the Northern Virginia Writing Project and is a National Board Certified Teacher as well as a member and past fellow of the Teacher Leaders Network. She blogs at Walking to School.

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Strauss: Teacher: Over-tested zombies are invading my classroom

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:06pm

What are the effects of over-testing on students? Mary Tedrow, who teaches high school English in Virginia, explains. Tedrow co-directs the Northern Virginia Writing Project and is a National Board Certified Teacher as well as a member and past fellow of the Teacher Leaders Network. She blogs at Walking to School.

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D.C. releases school lottery results

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:03pm

It’s D.C. school lottery day, one of the most anxiety-ridden times of the year for city parents who have spent months crossing their fingers for good luck getting into a good school.

More than 17,000 students entered the lottery this year, which for the first time this year included all traditional schools and most charter schools. Parents were allowed to rank up to 12 schools in order of preference, and a computer algorithm -- similar to the algorithm used to match doctors-in-training to medical residencies -- matched families to open spots.

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D.C. releases school lottery results

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:03pm

It’s D.C. school lottery day, one of the most anxiety-ridden times of the year for city parents who have spent months crossing their fingers for good luck getting into a good school.

More than 17,000 students entered the lottery this year, which for the first time this year included all traditional schools and most charter schools. Parents were allowed to rank up to 12 schools in order of preference, and a computer algorithm -- similar to the algorithm used to match doctors-in-training to medical residencies -- matched families to open spots.

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Strauss: ‘If only American teachers were smarter ’

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:00am

Teachers. In this school reform era, they have been targeted as “the” problem for failing schools. Are they? In this post, Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at the teaching corps and what is true about America’s teachers, what isn’t, and where to go next. Schneider is the author of two books, including the new From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2014). He tweets @Edu_Historian.

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Strauss: ‘If only American teachers were smarter ’

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:00am

Teachers. In this school reform era, they have been targeted as “the” problem for failing schools. Are they? In this post, Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at the teaching corps and what is true about America’s teachers, what isn’t, and where to go next. Schneider is the author of two books, including the new From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2014). He tweets @Edu_Historian.

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Leesburg mother leads effort to launch musical-theater magnet in Loudoun County

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 8:26pm

Loudoun County has magnet programs for teens who aspire to be mathematicians or chemists or mechanics, but Wendy Marco of Leesburg was frustrated to find there were no advanced programs that could help her 10th-grade daughter, who dreams of a life on stage.

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Fairfax science teacher wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 8:20pm

Elizabeth Galinis sat quietly in the bleachers of the Hayfield Secondary gymnasium, oblivious that she was about to receive the teacher’s equivalent of an Oscar.

Galinis, a science teacher who also specializes in working with teens who hope to become the first in their families to attend college, joined the entire school on a recent Friday morning for what Hayfield administrators had described blandly as an awards ceremony.

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D.C. parents await school lottery results

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 7:44pm

Thousands of D.C. parents are anxiously awaiting the results of the city’s school enrollment lottery, which are expected to be posted online Monday and will determine where children are able to enroll next fall.

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Maybe paying for good grades is not so bad

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 1:21pm

I have been compiling data on college-level courses and exams at every public high school in the Washington area since 1998. It’s fun, like collecting baseball cards. Sometimes schools make progress. Sometimes they slip. Sometimes I find weird and exciting statistical jumps.

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Strauss: Are charter schools really better at keeping kids from dropping out?

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 1:00pm

There is a common perception that charter high schools do a better job than traditional public high schools in preventing kids from dropping out. Is that true? Guy Brandenburg, who writes the GFBrandenburg’s Blog (which is subtitled “Just a blog by a guy who’s a retired math teacher”), looked at some data in Washington D.C. and comes to an interesting conclusion. Here’s the piece, from his blog:

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