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Children with a family member being treated at Walter Reed reassigned to Bethesda school

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 9:00am

Montgomery County school leaders have given the go-ahead to a school reassignment for children with a family member being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as part of a wounded warrior program in Bethesda.

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Georgetown University officials describe ricin response timeline

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:31pm

In the wee hours of March 18, Georgetown University Police Chief Jay Gruber faced a question as authorities responded to a report that the deadly biological toxin ricin was possibly present in McCarthy Hall.

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Georgetown University officials describe ricin response timeline

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:31pm

In the wee hours of March 18, Georgetown University Police Chief Jay Gruber faced a question as authorities responded to a report that the deadly biological toxin ricin was possibly present in McCarthy Hall.

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Strauss: March Madness: Millions of kids being used as Common Core testing guinea pigs

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:00am

If you think a bunch of college basketball teams facing off in a tournament is March Madness, consider this:

Starting this week and going into June, more than 4 million students in 36 states and the District of Columbia are “field testing” (read it: being used as human guinea pigs) English and math standardized tests that are being created as part of the Obama administration-supported Common Core State Standards initiative.

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Strauss: March Madness: Millions of kids being used as Common Core testing guinea pigs

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:00am

If you think a bunch of college basketball teams facing off in a tournament is March Madness, consider this:

Starting this week and going into June, more than 4 million students in 36 states and the District of Columbia are “field testing” (read it: being used as human guinea pigs) English and math standardized tests that are being created as part of the Obama administration-supported Common Core State Standards initiative.

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Strauss: The 13-step college admissions process -- Onion-style

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:00am

You think you know how the college admissions process works, right? Well, you are wrong.

Here, from our friends at the hilarious Onion, are the 13 steps that tell us how the process really works.

From The Onion:

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Strauss: The White House’s useless Race to the Top report

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:36pm

The White House this week released a report applauding the Obama administration’s $4.3 billion Race to the Top program, but it was so devoid of any actual substance that it makes you wonder why anybody thought this was a good way to promote the president’s signature education initiative.

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Strauss: The White House’s useless Race to the Top report

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:36pm

The White House this week released a report applauding the Obama administration’s $4.3 billion Race to the Top program, but it was so devoid of any actual substance that it makes you wonder why anybody thought this was a good way to promote the president’s signature education initiative.

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Montgomery schools expand waiver request to the state, ask for five snow days to be forgiven

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:32pm

Montgomery County school leaders have expanded their request for a state waiver of instructional days lost to snowy weather, asking that a total of five school days be forgiven of the 180 days the state requires.

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Montgomery schools expand waiver request to the state, ask for five snow days to be forgiven

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:32pm

Montgomery County school leaders have expanded their request for a state waiver of instructional days lost to snowy weather, asking that a total of five school days be forgiven of the 180 days the state requires.

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Mathews: KIPP gives the old college try to its graduates, watching over their success

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:42pm

Notre Dame de Namur University, founded in 1851, sits amid lush lawns and big pines in an affluent neighborhood of Belmont, Calif., about two miles from the little house where I grew up. My younger son and I sneak onto the campus to play Frisbee golf when visiting my mother and brother. I assumed from the look of the place that it catered to rich kids, but I was wrong.

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Mathews: KIPP gives the old college try to its graduates, watching over their success

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:42pm

Notre Dame de Namur University, founded in 1851, sits amid lush lawns and big pines in an affluent neighborhood of Belmont, Calif., about two miles from the little house where I grew up. My younger son and I sneak onto the campus to play Frisbee golf when visiting my mother and brother. I assumed from the look of the place that it catered to rich kids, but I was wrong.

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Strauss: One more thing there isn’t time for in kindergarten anymore

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:28pm

I’ve published a number of posts about the transformation -- some would say the destruction -- of kindergarten in this era of standardized test-based accountability. Play has been replaced with academic work, and young kids are tested ad nauseam and given little or no time for fanciful things like recess or art. But as bad as that sounds, it could be worse -- and in some places it is.

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Strauss: One more thing there isn’t time for in kindergarten anymore

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:28pm

I’ve published a number of posts about the transformation -- some would say the destruction -- of kindergarten in this era of standardized test-based accountability. Play has been replaced with academic work, and young kids are tested ad nauseam and given little or no time for fanciful things like recess or art. But as bad as that sounds, it could be worse -- and in some places it is.

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The gender factor in college admissions

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:45am

For 35 years, women have outnumbered men in American colleges.

Federal data show that female students became the majority in 1979 and for the past decade have accounted for about 57 percent of enrollment at degree-granting institutions. This gender gap holds true for many kinds of students at many kinds of schools, from part-timers in community college to full-timers in private, nonprofit colleges.

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The gender factor in college admissions: Do men or women have an edge?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:45am

For 35 years, women have outnumbered men in American colleges.

Federal data show that female students became the majority in 1979 and for the past decade have accounted for about 57 percent of enrollment at degree-granting institutions. This gender gap holds true for many kinds of students at many kinds of schools, from part-timers in community college to full-timers in private, nonprofit colleges.

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Maryland‘s private schools may seek state waivers to ease fallout from snow day closings

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:59am

It’s not just public schools in Maryland that are eligible to request state waivers for days of instruction lost to the winter’s frequent snow days.

The Maryland State Board of Education passed a separate measure Tuesday that allows private schools in Maryland to request waivers that may help them avoid lengthy weather-related extensions of the school year.

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Maryland‘s private schools may seek state waivers to ease fallout from snow day closings

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:59am

It’s not just public schools in Maryland that are eligible to request state waivers for days of instruction lost to the winter’s frequent snow days.

The Maryland State Board of Education passed a separate measure Tuesday that allows private schools in Maryland to request waivers that may help them avoid lengthy weather-related extensions of the school year.

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Strauss: Who should decide who is college material and who isn’t?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:00am

College, of course, isn’t for everybody, but who should decide -- and how and when -- which students should go and shouldn’t? In this post, Kevin Welner and Carol Burris ask whether the decision should be made by policy makers and school officials or parents and students after young people have had equitable opportunities to learn in elementary and secondary school.

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Strauss: Who should decide who is college material and who isn’t?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:00am

College, of course, isn’t for everybody, but who should decide -- and how and when -- which students should go and shouldn’t? In this post, Kevin Welner and Carol Burris ask whether the decision should be made by policy makers and school officials or parents and students after young people have had equitable opportunities to learn in elementary and secondary school.

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