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D.C.’s Paul Public Charter School under investigation for testing violation

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 7:51pm

The District’s Paul Public Charter School is under investigation for alleged testing violations.

The middle school in Ward 4 has been classified as a “tier 1” school for the past three years, but the school did not receive a classification this year when score cards were released last week. School officials notified families that they did not receive a score because of “procedural testing violations during the administration of the DC CAS” in the 2013-2014 school year.

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McAuliffe urges investigation at U-Va. after Rolling Stone depiction of sexual assault

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 7:22pm

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) expressed deep concern Thursday about sexual assault allegations at the University of Virginia contained in a newly published Rolling Stone article.

The story in the magazine’s December issue describes a harrowing account of an alleged sexual assault at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house near campus in 2012. The victim, who is identified by an alias in the story, alleges that she went upstairs with a fraternity member during a party and entered a dark room, where she was attacked. The victim told Rolling Stone that she was pinned to the floor and was raped by seven male students. She did not pursue charges against the students involved and describes a lackluster response from University officials she contacted about the incident.

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Strauss: A student’s plea for help — and a superintendent’s heartfelt response

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:52pm

This is a scene you don’t see every day in any school district.

A ninth-grade student in the Miami-Dade County Public School system went before the school board to ask for help and an end to high-stakes tests that, he said, are ruining his chance to become the first in his family to graduate from high school. The district superintendent, Alberto M. Carvalho, promised he would personally make sure the teen does not fall through the cracks.

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Federal immigration actions pose questions for colleges about undocumented students

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:23pm

New federal measures to halt deportation of many illegal immigrants will spotlight a question of growing urgency for colleges: How should they handle applications from undocumented students for admissions and financial aid?

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Pr. Geo.’s officials try to calm residents over Potomac High tuberculosis case

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:12pm

Prince George’s County school and health officials on Thursday sought to calm residents and dispel rumors about a tuberculosis case that was recently reported at Potomac High School.

Angela M. Wakhweya, the chief of health policy for the Prince George’s County school system, said at a news conference that no new diagnosis of active TB has been made since school officials reported earlier this week than an individual at the school was infected.

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Strauss: Good luck understanding how they will score the Common Core

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:01pm

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium — one of the two multi-state consortia that, with some $360 million in federal funds, were tasked with designing new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards — just put out a news release with a big announcement and an accompanying release with an “interpretation” of that announcement.

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Jeb Bush offers nuanced defense of Common Core education standards

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:27pm

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) offered a nuanced defense of the Common Core State Standards during a speech Thursday in Washington, trying to mend the divide within the GOP over the standards as he weighs a 2016 presidential bid.

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Strauss: Principal suspended after armed officers conduct live shooter drill during school

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:18am

Public schools in Polk County, Fla., are supposed to routinely stage lockdown drills so that students, teachers and staff know what to do in the event of a real emergency. But one recent exercise got a little out of hand  — and now a school principal has been suspended and changes in drill protocol have been ordered.

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Hour of Code to feature ‘Frozen’ characters

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:50am

Code.org, the non-profit group that offers a free tutorial in computer programming to students as early as kindergarten, is preparing to unveil its second annual “Hour of Code” lesson, but with an assist from Disney designed to attract more girls to participate.

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Public school enrollment jumps in N. Va., heading to 40 percent of state’s students

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:00am

Enrollment in Northern Virginia’s public schools is surging toward a record even as student populations dwindle in the vast majority of school systems across the state in the wake of the 2008 recession, according to a new University of Virginia study.

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Maxwell rejects admission request by charter school with ties to U-Md.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:43pm

Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell has denied a charter school’s request that children of College Park residents employed by the University of Maryland be given special consideration when applying to the school, which has ties to the university.

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Principal apologizes for lack of notification about alleged sexual abuse in school

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:23pm

A Montgomery County principal said she did not notify parents for several weeks about an alleged sexual offense in her middle school because she was more focused on the alleged victim’s well-being than on the possibility that other children might have been harmed.

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Strauss: Pearson Foundation closing (after paying big fines for helping corporate parent)

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:32pm

Last year the Pearson Charitable Foundation — the nonprofit arm of the largest education publishing company in the world — paid $7.7 million in fines to the state of New York after authorities found that it had broken state law by helping its for-profit parent. How? By helping it develop Common Core educational products and by paying travel expenses for potential clients to attend education conferences.

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More students receiving free and reduced meals in Prince George’s schools

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:36pm

The number of students who are eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals while attending public schools in Prince George’s County has gone up in the past year, according to recently released enrollment numbers.

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Mathews: How East L.A. teacher Jaime Escalante changed the D.C. region’s schools

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:44pm

This semester is the 40th anniversary of math teacher Jaime Escalante’s arrival at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, among the poorest neighborhoods in the country. His work there would lead to remarkable changes in the way high school students are taught in the Washington area, one of the nation’s wealthiest regions.

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Strauss: Is Ohio allowing schools to drop arts teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians?

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 7:00am

Is Ohio going to give school districts the right to drop librarians, music and arts teachers, nurses and counselors in schools? Maybe.

Whatever the state Board of Education ultimately decides, the debate that the proposal has sparked over how much flexibility school districts should have, how much control the state should retain over education, and what personnel schools need for students to succeed will only get more intense.

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Strauss: How to reframe the education reform debate

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:00am

Education policymakers have successfully framed the language of modern school reform to reflect specific values — “accountability,” for example, means standardized test-based accountability, and “no excuses” means that teachers are to blame if students don’t do well. The author of the following post argues that to move past this limiting reform model supporters of public education will have to reframe the debate with language that infuses their own values of shared responsibility and empathy.  This was written by Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com.

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Strauss: A paradigm shift schools need now — and it’s not Common Core, tech or rigor

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:00am

Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students learn. You can see some of his earlier pieces on this here (Why Common Core isn’t the answer), here (One way to solve America’s major curriculum problem) and here  (‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming public education). Here’s his newest.

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U-Va. student Hannah Graham’s death the result of ‘homicidal violence,’ officials say

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:49pm

University of Virginia student Hannah Graham’s death has been ruled a homicide but the method was “undetermined,” Albemarle County police said late Tuesday.

The chief medical examiner’s office in Richmond determined the cause of Graham’s death to be “homicidal violence” but did not specify what killed her. It is the first time that Graham’s death has officially been called a homicide.

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Family struggles to explain girl’s death, among 3 teen suicides in Fairfax since Sept.

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:28pm

On a sunlit day in June, Cara Lynn Golias joined a group of friends at their secret swimming hole in Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, splashing into the water from a rope swing tied to a railroad trestle.

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