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Strauss: Banned Books Week: the 10 most challenged books every year since 2000

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 4:00am

You might not think a best-selling book for kids called “Captain Underpants” would be terribly objectionable, but, as it turns out, it tops the 2013 list of books most challenged in schools and libraries in 2013. Why? Reasons cited by challengers: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence.

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District studies roots of dropout crisis and promises it will work to fix it

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:01am

For every course an eighth-grader in the District fails, that student becomes six percentage points less likely to graduate from high school on time. And for every 10 times a student is absent the same year, that student is four percentage points less likely to make it to the finish line.

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Charlottesville police ask property owners to search for signs of U-Va. student

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 3:22pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Police are asking property owners in this city and throughout nearby rural Albemarle County to look for any signs of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, hoping that they can locate her after nearly two weeks of searching.

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D.C. asks court to end long-running special education litigation

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:41am

The District of Columbia is asking a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss an 18-year-old special education lawsuit and end judicial oversight of how it responds to families awaiting services.

The motion, filed Friday by Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, says that the system has improved significantly and the city is ready to resume full control of the administration of its program.

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Strauss: Chicago mayor admits naming elite new school after Obama, his former boss, was a mistake

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:00am

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who once served as chief of staff in the White House for President Obama, just acknowledged that his plans to name a new $60 million high school located in a wealthy mostly white area of the city were a mistake.

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Strauss: Why a leading professor of new media just banned technology use in class

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 5:00am

Clay Shirky is, as he explains below, a “pretty unlikely candidate for Internet censor.”

Shirky is a professor of media studies at New York University, holding a joint appointment as an arts professor at NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts, and as a Distinguished Writer in Residence in the journalism institute. He is a leading voice on the effect technology has had on society — and vice versa — and has been writing extensively about the Internet for nearly a decade.

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Jesse L. “LJ” Matthew Jr. arrested in case of missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:17pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The man who allegedly abducted missing University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham was taken into custody Wednesday in Galveston, Tex., after a widespread manhunt, and police said he now will be taken to Charlottesville to face charges in her disappearance.

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Suspect in U-Va. student abduction found on Texas beach

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 8:50pm

Jesse L. “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, was apprehended Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. on a beach in Gilchrist, Texas, on the Bolivar Peninsula, outside of Galveston. The beach community is about 1,300 miles from Charlottesville, where Matthew is wanted on an abduction charge. Police said they believe Matthew kidnapped U-Va. sophomore Hannah Graham on Sept. 13. Graham has not been found.

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Prince George’s NAACP opposes schools for English-language learners

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:36pm

The Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP is opposed to the county school system’s plan to open two high schools designed specifically for recent immigrants and second-generation students, arguing that the concept might be unconstitutional.

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Center for Union Facts says Randi Weingarten is ruining nation’s schools

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:02pm

The 11-page mailing, on expensive paper stock, was sent first class to 125,000 households across the country this week.

“I’m writing to you about Randi,” the letter began. “You probably don’t know who Randi is. Most people don’t. The terrible impact Randi has on America’s educational system is something that I hope you will give me a few minutes to explain.”

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Strauss: ‘Test reform’ movement picking up steam

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:00pm

We’ve had years and years of “school reform” that has mostly resulted in creating an untenable culture of high-stakes tests— and now, there is a growing “test reform” movement that is pushing back against the culture of high-stakes testing that has taken over public education.

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National student loan default rate declines to 13.7 percent

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 3:15pm

The share of student borrowers who default on federal loans soon after payments start coming due has fallen, the government reported Wednesday.

The national student loan default rate, 14.7 percent a year ago, now stands at 13.7 percent.

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Why we wrongly freak out over AP

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:37am

Amy Brecount White, a former Advanced Placement English teacher, has written for Arlington Magazine one of the best pieces ever on high school academic pressure. Her most chilling discovery is that many students are making bad decisions because of a widespread misunderstanding of the college admissions system.

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Eastern Senior High School in Capitol Hill reopens Wednesday after crews restore power

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:05am

Eastern Senior High School will reopen Wednesday morning after power was restored to the building, according to an alert from D.C. public schools.

The power outage closed the Capitol Hill high school to its 783 students on Tuesday. School officials said late Tuesday there would be an early morning update on the progress crews were making to get the lights back on in the newly renovated green building, which conserves energy and water.

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New report reveals surprising facts about Hispanic children and teens

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:01am

Hispanic children, the largest minority group in public schools as well as the fastest growing, are increasingly showing up in preschool programs,  have made significant gains on national math tests, and are posting record high school graduation rates, according to a new study released Wednesday. But they still lagged behind their white peers in academic achievement and were more likely to live in poverty and not finish college.

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D.C. Council considers bill to ban Indian mascots at schools

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:14pm

The Anacostia High School Indians might soon have to change their name if the D.C. Council approves a new bill that would prohibit the city’s public schools from using Native American mascots.

The bill, introduced Tuesday by council members Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and David Grosso (I-At Large), would alter the Human Rights Act to ban the use of any race-based nicknames, logos, mascots or team names. It would bring the policy in line with a resolution the council passed last year that called on the Washington Redskins to change its name.

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Montgomery confirms 29 recent cases of whooping cough, most involving schools

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:49pm

Montgomery County health officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 29 cases of whooping cough since an outbreak occurred during the first week of school.

Parents at a total of 12 Montgomery public schools have been advised of cases of the highly contagious illness, most recently at Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring and College Gardens Elementary School in Rockville, officials said.

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Enrique Cruz: newest member of the DC Public Charter School Board

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:33pm

The D.C. Council last week confirmed the appointment of Enrique “Rick” Cruz, a former charter school leader, as a new board member for the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Cruz was the chief executive for DC Prep Public Charter School in 2012-2013 and a vice president at Teach for America, where he oversaw multiple regions. He also worked for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, which promotes hands-on learning for students who are at risk of dropping out.

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New International Academy in D.C. aims to help immigrant students graduate

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:49pm

From the beginning of last school year to the end, Cardozo Education Campus in Columbia Heights admitted nearly 90 students who were not only new to the school, but also new to the country.

Berokh Abebe, 17, was one of them. When she came from Ethiopia last spring, the first months were a blur. “I was confused. Everything was new,” she said.

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Charlottesville man charged with abducting missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:11pm

A Charlottesville man who was the last person seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with abducting her, and police said they are actively searching for him.

For the first time since Graham, 18, disappeared from the city’s Downtown Mall area early Sept. 13, police said they believe Jesse Leroy “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, took her against her will. Matthew, a patient technician at the U-Va. hospital and longtime Charlottesville resident, was seen in surveillance video walking with Graham shortly after 1 a.m., and witnesses saw the two together a short time later at a nearby bar.

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