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Strauss: Why Miss Smith snapped

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:18am
Veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo has assembled on his blog a collection of what he considers the best tweets of 2015 so far. Here are a handful, and you can find the rest here:Funny, but also not funny. Who’s with us? #ESEA #timetolearn pic.twitter.com/MBdy33Ug2fRead full article >>






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Strauss: The problem(s) with Obama’s community college plan — and an alternative

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 10:15am
President Obama last month unveiled a plan to offer free community college tuition to students who meet specific criteria in what this Washington Post story called “one of his most ambitious, expensive and likely controversial initiatives for the coming year. The cost estimate, the White House said, would be around $60 billion over 10 years, most of it paid by the federal government but some by states. While there are huge questions about whether the Republican-led Congress would approve the plan and appropriate money towards it, the proposal has generated a great deal of debate nationally.Read full article >>






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When it comes to full-day kindergarten, should parents pay?

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:40pm
Seeking to provide universal full-day kindergarten but facing a strained budget, school board members in one of the nation’s most affluent counties have proposed an unusual solution: Make parents pay for it.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher tells Congress: ‘We simply cannot ignore the stunning impact of income inequality and high child poverty’

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:00pm
Congress is finally attempting to rewrite No Child Left Behind — a task it was supposed to accomplish in 2007 — even as Education Secretary Arne Duncan has predicted a 50-50 chance that the task will be completed. Hearings by legislators have started, and this past week Democrats in the House held a forum to hear testimony from educators and others about how the education law should be changed, saying that they were concerned that the Republican majority on the committee was pushing a “partisan” approach.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Chinese students urge College Board to release their SAT scores withheld in cheating probe

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 12:44pm
Scores of students in Asia are complaining to the College Board and the Educational Testing Service that their scores on the SAT administered in December, which were withheld as part of an investigation into a cheating scandal, have not been released, even as U.S. college admissions deadlines are fast approaching.Read full article >>






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District embarks on plan to bring more quality teachers to poor schools

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:18pm
District officials are developing a plan to bring more effective teachers to schools in poor neighborhoods, part of their response to a federal mandate to address the historically short supply of talent in schools where children have the greatest needs.Read full article >>






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Student opinions: ‘Let Yale fail,’ an atheist’s wish for God, a letter to Gov. Walker

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 9:17pm
Newspapers write a lot about the worst of student life — the benders, the hazing, the student who set fire to the bed with another student asleep on it. It’s the day-to-day life that, all too often, gets missed — all the thinking going on.Read full article >>






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Fairfax School Board approves $2.6 billion budget for 2016, including employee raises

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:07pm
The Fairfax County School Board approved a fiscal 2016 budget that includes $70 mil­­lion in pay raises for teachers and funds full-day Mondays in elementary schools and later start times for high schools.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Malia Obama visits New York colleges with her mom

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 6:34pm
Pictures of @FLOTUS and her daughter Malia Obama via the Columbia Campus Snapchat story pic.twitter.com/eZBYhmugLr Michelle Obama leaving Barnard’s campus. pic.twitter.com/NIR0kvqU5CRead full article >>






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Teachers overwhelmingly oppose later high school start times in Montgomery

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 6:09pm
Montgomery County teachers overwhelmingly oppose all options for starting public high school later to give students more time to sleep, according to a new union survey. The results put the county’s teachers in stark contrast with parents and health experts who have been lobbying for the change.Read full article >>






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Top senators agree to start over on bipartisan federal education law

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:20pm
As the Senate education panel attempts to rewrite the nation’s main federal education law, the panel’s top Democrat has convinced the Republican chairman to start over and craft what both sides say will be a bipartisan bill.Read full article >>






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Former college president: Dartmouth’s plan doesn’t go far enough.

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:02am
Karen Gross, former president of  Southern Vermont College, responds to the changes Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon announced last week in an effort to change what he termed “extreme behavior.”Under Hanlon’s policy, no hard liquor will be allowed on the Dartmouth campus and college social life will be centered in new residential communities. Gross suggests some other changes university leaders should consider:Read full article >>






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At-risk funding in the District: A school-by-school breakdown

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 6:00am
The D.C. Council approved more than $40 million last year to meet the needs of students who are considered at-risk in D.C. Public Schools.Some 40 percent of the city’s public school students are considered “at risk,” according to a new category being used in the District. That includes students who are in foster care or homeless, who are receiving welfare benefits or food stamps, or who are performing at least a year behind in high school. The extra funding — $2,079 per eligible student — is supposed to help schools mitigate the effects of poverty that can interfere with a student’s ability to learn.Read full article >>






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La. Gov. Bobby Jindal rails against Common Core State Standards

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 5:16pm
Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana and a potential Republican presidential candidate, railed against the Common Core during a speech in Washington on Thursday, framing the academic standards as an attack on the conservative values of local control and American exceptionalism.Read full article >>






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‘Who is Motley Crue?’ Fairfax teacher scores in ‘Jeopardy!’ tournament.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:43pm
The "Jeopardy!" category was “Hard Rockers,” and host Alex Trebek read the $2,000 clue in his trademark baritone: “Girls, Girls, Girls . . . Long legs and burgundy lips . . . Girls, Girls, Girls . . . Dancin’ down on the Sunset Strip . . . Girls, Girls, Girls.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: How Gov. Walker tried to quietly change the mission of the University of Wisconsin

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:17pm
You might think that changing the mission of a flagship public university would be an issue put up for public discussion. Not in Wisconsin.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker submitted a budget proposal that included language that would have changed the century-old mission of the University of Wisconsin system — known as the Wisconsin Idea and embedded in the state code  — by removing words that commanded the university to “search for truth” and “improve the human condition” and replacing them with “meet the state’s workforce needs.”Read full article >>






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Murder-suicide reported at the University of South Carolina

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:12pm
Two people are dead after a suspected murder-suicide at the University of South Carolina on Thursday afternoon.Thom Berry, of The State Law Enforcement Division, confirmed two deaths while addressing members of the media outside of the school in Columbia, S.C. Berry did not say whether the deceased were students.Read full article >>






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Harvard formally bans sexual relationships between professors and undergrads

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:50pm
This story has been updated.Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences now formally bans sexual relationships between professors and undergraduate students.That’s not because they think there’s all kinds of professor-student dating on campus: The professor who led the panel that wrote the policy said she has never heard of it happening, in years of studying and teaching at Harvard. The new policy is there just to clarify that it would not be okay.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Thanks, Dakota Johnson, for fanning a negative stereotype about English majors

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:45am
Why, you may be wondering, is The Answer Sheet publishing anything at all about the racy film “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which is now descending on U.S. theaters. Well, this isn’t about the film, but about something unfortunate one of its stars, Dakota Johnson, who plays a literature student in “Fifty Shades,” said about English majors, whose reputation seems worthy of defending.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What a Senator’s confusion about charter schools illuminates

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:35am
It would be entirely understandable for some people to be confused about the nature of charter schools.Funded by the public but privately operated — sometimes by for-profit companies — and allowed to operate outside rules that demand transparency from traditional public schools — some people make the mistake of thinking that charter schools, or at least some of them, are indeed private schools.Read full article >>






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