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Howard U.’s president: An unusual pitch to help ‘prospective graduates’ pay debts

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 9:00am
Here is an excerpted version of an e-mail that Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick sent to the school’s alumni in April, seeking to raise money to help students who are in jeopardy of not being financially cleared to participate in the May 9 commencement. Some details about individual students have been removed to protect their identities.Read full article >>






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Howard U. asks alumni to help clear student debts before graduation

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 9:00am
A couple weeks before Howard University’s 147th commencement, its president e-mailed tens of thousands of alumni with an urgent and unusual appeal on behalf of 180 seniors in the class of 2015: Help the students pay off their debt so they can get their diplomas. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Are government officials trying to intimidate parents who resist testing?

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 5:00am
Tens of thousands of parents in a number of states have decided this spring to opt their children out of high-stakes standardized tests aligned to the Common Core and similar standards, and as that movement has grown, so has pushback from administrators. Now, government officials, both state and federal, are sounding off on the issue, with some threatening consequences to schools where  students refuse to take the assessments. What to make of the threats? Here’s an analysis by Monty Neill, executive director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as  FairTest, a nonprofit organization that works to end the misuses of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, educators and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally sound.Read full article >>






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Montgomery school leaders revise policy on reporting, preventing abuse

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 3:45pm
School officials in Montgomery County have proposed revisions to their district’s policy on child abuse and neglect and are seeking public comment on the changes.The new policy, intended to guide school practices on recognizing, reporting and preventing abuse, cites the importance of holding school employees to high standards, supporting alleged victims and cooperating with law enforcement and child welfare investigations.Read full article >>






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D.C. seniors announce their choices in first ‘College Signing Day’

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:15pm
Well over 100 high school seniors walked across a stage Friday morning at George Washington University and leaned in to a microphone to announce the colleges they are planning to attend at the first D.C. College Signing Day.Read full article >>






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U-Va. announces award honoring Hannah Graham, the sophomore who was killed last fall

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 10:44am
The University of Virginia announced Friday the creation of the Hannah Graham Memorial Award to honor the student whose disappearance and death sent the campus reeling last fall.University officials and Graham’s parents, John and Sue, will take part in a ceremony on campus Friday to unveil the award in memory of the 18-year-old sophomore.Read full article >>






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Va. attorney general offers to help Sweet Briar opponents reach a compromise

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 9:40am
This post has been updated. Within hours of the unexpected announcement last month that Sweet Briar College would close forever in the summer, people began fighting the board’s decision. By this week, those efforts had led to three lawsuits simultaneously challenging the closure, one being appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: I am not against Common Core or testing — but here’s my line in the sand

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 9:07am
Julie Campbell is a fifth-grade teacher in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. She recently completed “Scorer Leader Training” for the English Language Arts Common Core test given in her state to fifth graders, and she says that what she discovered shocked her. Because she signed a confidentiality agreement regarding the current test, she can’t discuss it, but she did take what she learned from her training and applied it to last year’s publicly released fifth-grade English Language questions and “anchor papers” that were released by the New York Department of Education. This is her report.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Self-image matters: Helping kids see themselves as readers

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:00am
This is the last of five posts I am publishing this week by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, all dedicated to reading and based on his new book, “Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do.”  The first post asked and answered the question of whether the Common Core State Standards could be boost reading comprehension. The second post asked and answered if reading comprehension can be taught. The third explained why kids lose interest in reading for pleasure as they get older. The fourth asked and answered whether students should read for pleasure in school.Read full article >>






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D.C. friends win Gates scholarships, will have college costs covered

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:01am
Fernando Umanzor and Abreham Gebre have lived parallel lives.Both came to the United States when they were 4, one from El Salvador, the other from Ethi­o­pia. They grew up attending D.C. public schools, striving to learn English while their parents worked hourly-wage jobs in office buildings, restaurants or hotels and pushed them to excel in school. By the time they were high school seniors, they were ranked second and third in their class at Columbia Heights Education Campus.Read full article >>






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Delisle to leave Education Department

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:15pm
Deborah Delisle, a top-ranking official at the Education Department responsible for issuing waivers that have freed nearly every state and the District from the most onerous requirements of federal education law, is leaving her job as assistant secretary of education.Read full article >>






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Atlanta judge reduces sentences for three educators in cheating case

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:47pm
An Atlanta judge on Thursday reduced the sentences of three former school administrators convicted of participating in a widespread test-cheating scandal, saying he was uncomfortable with the stiff sentences he handed down earlier this month.Read full article >>






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On a brother’s suicide: ‘I wish I had never told him to go to counseling’

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:44pm
After reading about suicides at the College of William and Mary — there have been four student deaths this year and eight since 2010, all of them hitting hard at the small, close-knit school — an alumna, Cassie Smith-Christmas, was moved to write about her own experiences. A response from William and Mary immediately follows.Read full article >>






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Montgomery elects new student member of school board

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:00pm
Montgomery County students have elected a sophomore from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School as their newest representative on the county school board.Eric Guerci, 15, who garnered 52 percent of votes cast Wednesday in Montgomery middle and high schools, will start a one-year term July 1 as the student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. He turns 16 in June.Read full article >>






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Strauss: She’s an expert on U.S. presidents — and she’s only 5 years old

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:07am
Ellen DeGeneres: When did you start learning about presidents?Macey Hensley: Oh, when I was about, oh, since I was 4.DeGeneres: And you are 5 now, so about a year now. And what made you get interested in presidents?Read full article >>






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Howard U. rallies to help its large contingent of Nepali students

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:51am
Howard University, with one of the largest contingents of Nepali students in the country, is rallying to help them after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake last weekend that devastated their homeland.Thirty-four students from the Himalayan nation are enrolled at Howard, part of a recent influx from Nepal to the historically black university in Northwest Washington. Many told The Washington Post last year they were drawn to Howard for its science and engineering programs.Read full article >>
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Strauss: Organization of American Historians calls on Redskins to change name, logo

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:29am
Add the Organization of American Historians to the list of groups calling on the Washington Redskins football team to change its name and logo.The executive board of the nation’s leading organization of scholars of U.S. history just approved a resolution previously passed by group members on April 18, which says:Read full article >>






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Strauss: Should kids get time to read for pleasure during school?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 4:00am
This is the fourth of five posts I am publishing this week by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, all dedicated to reading and based on his new book, “Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do.”  The first post asked and answered the question of whether the Common Core State Standards could be boost reading comprehension. The second post asked and answered if reading comprehension can be taught. The third explained why kids lose interest in reading for pleasure as they get older.Read full article >>






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Study: Far fewer new teachers are leaving the profession than previously thought

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:01am
New teachers are far less likely to leave the profession than previously thought, according to federal data released Thursday.Ten percent of teachers who began their careers in 2007-2008 left teaching after their first year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But attrition then leveled off, and five years into their careers, 83 percent were still teaching.Read full article >>






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New rules would govern how D.C. public schools fund renovations

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:05pm
D.C. Council member David Grosso proposed new rules Wednesday that would govern the council’s decisions about how to fund school renovations in the future, aiming to make more efficient and equitable use of the resources the city spends to improve public school facilities.Read full article >>






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