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An inside look at financial aid offers from private Franklin & Marshall College

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 11:24pm
Here are nine examples of how Franklin & Marshall College sized up the finances of students admitted to the class of 2018. F&M’s full charge for tuition, fees, room and board is $60,799. There are also expenses for books, supplies and transportation.Read full article >>






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Colleges often give discounts to the rich. But here’s one that gave up on ‘merit aid.’

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:11pm
LANCASTER, Pa. — The open secret of higher education is that private colleges competing for students often slash prices for families wealthy enough to pay full tuition.Some dangle “merit aid” to lure academic stars. Others use discounts to ensure that they enroll enough affluent students to meet their revenue targets.Read full article >>






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Bowser’s ‘Deal for All’ aims to boost middle schools, but can programs be replicated?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 7:47pm
When the bell rings at 3:15 p.m., students at Alice Deal Middle School all have somewhere they can go. If it’s Monday, it might be African drumming or calligraphy club. Tuesday means ultimate Frisbee, meditation or Science Olympiad; and Wednesday, there’s fencing, fantasy football or Model U.N. On Friday, one club closes out the week doing yo-yo tricks in the main hallway.Read full article >>






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As enrollment grows in Montgomery, more than 9,000 students in portable classrooms

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 6:41pm
At Woodlin Elementary in Silver Spring enrollment is up, but expansion is still an idea in waiting. The result is a colony of portable classroom trailers clustered behind the school, an outpost of learning where 150 students in second and fifth grades spend much of their days.Read full article >>






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Aspen Hill residents fight plan to move alternative-ed programs into neighborhood

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 7:30pm
A group of Aspen Hill residents is fighting a plan to relocate Montgomery County’s alternative-education programs to their neighborhood, saying the proposal would disrupt a quiet community, needlessly demolish a school building and waste taxpayer money.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Those football powers may be good for you

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 12:49pm
This is an exciting week for college football freaks like me. Our nation’s first four-team playoff for the national championship (hopefully to be replaced eventually by an eight-team playoff) begins New Year’s Day. It teaches a lesson that goes beyond sports to how we rate colleges and how we should feel when the most highly ranked reject us. Read full article >>






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Strauss: The ‘F-bomb’ of teaching. (It’s not what you think.)

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 12:00pm
Ellie Herman took an unorthodox path to the world of education. For two decades she was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” She wrote fiction that appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. Then, in 2007, she decided “on an impulse” to become an English teacher. She got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She chronicled the lessons she learned on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., where a version of the following post appeared. Herman, who gave me permission to publish this, was awarded first and third place prizes in the 2014 SoCal Journalist Awards given by the Los Angeles Press Club. She wrote this in January 2014, when she was halfway through her year of observing teachers across Los Angeles.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Nine education predictions for 2015

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 10:30am
In this post, veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo offers his annual list of education predictions for the coming year.  Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. Read them and see if you can tell which ones are wishful thinking (I would suggest No. 2), and which are more likely to happen, and tell him in the comments what he got right and wrong.Read full article >>






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Redskins protesters gearing up for FedEx Field rally offended by nearby event’s title

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 8:11pm
Opponents of the Washington Redskins name have staged protests over the past two years from California to Texas, Arizona to Minnesota. They have also taken their pleas to Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.Read full article >>






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Teachers’ suit against Bailey’s principal moves forward; some claims dismissed

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 6:42pm
A lawsuit filed by three former educators at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences alleging discrimination will move forward, but a federal judge has dismissed several of the claims against the school’s principal.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Mom: How I know my anxious daughter’s kindergarten teacher is great

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 11:00am
Jane Dimyan-Ehrenfeld  is a parent and an education lawyer in Maryland who was an elementary school teacher for eight years. In this post, she talks about why she knows her daughter’s kindergarten teacher is great — and why teachers should be evaluated by more than just test scores. The name of the school is not included at her request.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Would you demote a principal for this?

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 2:00am
Misspelled school sign costs principal her job http://t.co/rZJctsW2TLA sign at a Paterson public school in New Jersey with serious misspellings may have been the cause of the demotion of the school principal.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Virginia of ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’ grew up to be a teacher

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 1:23pm
Whatever became of Virginia of “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” fame?Laura Virginia O’Hanlon of New York City was 8 years old in 1897 when, the story goes, she asked her father, Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant, whether Santa Claus was real. O’Hanlon told her write to the Sun, a well-known newspaper, and said that if she saw it mentioned there, she would know it was true. She wrote the letter, in which she noted that some of her friends did not think Santa was real. The letter said:Read full article >>






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Strauss: Macy’s gives its Santa musical to public schools for free — and gets tons of priceless publicity

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 12:40pm
Yes, Virginia, Macy’s has awarded cash gifts to public schools to perform its musical “Yes, Virginia,” an effort that is part of the company’s “commitment to arts education” — and that just so happens to promote Macy’s to young children and their teachers and parents.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Best and worst education news of 2014 — a teacher’s list

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 5:00am
Here is veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo’s annual list for the best/worst education news of the year. Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. See if his list resembles your own. What did he miss?Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why is Christmas on Dec. 25? (It wasn’t always.)

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 5:43pm
Christmas is on Dec. 25, but it wasn’t always.Dec. 25 is not the date mentioned in the Bible as the day of Jesus’s birth; the Bible is actually silent on the day or the time of year  when Mary was said to have given birth to him in Bethlehem. The earliest Christians did not celebrate his birth.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: We are trying to close the achievement gap all wrong

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:30pm
You can’t have a conversation about education reform without the words “achievement gap” coming in at some point, along with specific plans on how to close it. But are policymakers attempting to close it in an effective way? James Boutin, a veteran high school teacher just south of Seattle, Washington, answers in the following post. He is a national board certified language arts and social studies teacher at the Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment in Seatac, and has previously taught in New York City, Washington D.C., and Knoxville, Tennessee. He blogs at An Urban Teacher’s Education.Read full article >>






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Strauss: A 2015 wish list for every U.S. child

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 5:00am
Here’s a wish list for every child in the  United States for 2015. It was written by Elaine Weiss, who  has served as the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education since 2011. Broader Bolder is a national campaign that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students and proposes policies to improve schools and improve conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.Read full article >>






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Wilson High School principal, who came out as gay last year, resigns immediately

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 7:09pm
Woodrow Wilson High School Principal Peter Cahall has resigned, effective immediately, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced in an e-mail to parents on Tuesday.The school district had already decided not to renew Cahall’s contract next year. But in a letter less than two weeks ago, Cahall said he would finish out the school year.Read full article >>






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Strauss: SAT cheating in Asia: More scores are withheld, but College Board won’t say how many

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 4:21pm
For the third straight month, some SAT scores in Asia are being withheld because of allegations of widespread cheating, this time on the December administration of the college entrance exam.The same thing happened in November, and in October, and in September. After each administration in those three months, scores on the college admissions test were withheld while cheating allegations were investigated; then some scores were released, and others were invalidated. Some students missed early-decision college application deadlines as a result.Read full article >>






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