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Elementary school task force to report in June on options for longer day in Montgomery

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:54pm

As Montgomery County has debated a proposal to delay the opening bells of high school to 8:15 a.m. — giving teenagers more time for sleep — a district-created study group has discussed potential changes to elementary school hours.

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Poll: Majority of Virginians concerned about impact of SOL tests

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:53pm

Nearly seven out of 10 Virginians say that increased testing hurts student performance or makes no difference, according to a recent poll released by Virginia Commonwealth University.

Well over half of respondents - 63 percent - think that the state’s Standards of Learning tests put too much pressure on students, and three in four agree that preparing for SOLs means teachers can’t cover all the important material needed.

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Prince George’s County Council holds college and career readiness strategy session

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:25pm

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Kevin Maxwell told a crowd of 150 parents, elected officials and school system employees Tuesday night that the percentage of students who drop out of school in the county remains higher than the state’s average and that lowering the number is one of the school system’s top priorities.

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Strauss: Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take but Eva does

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:45am

I get a lot of e-mail from parents and teachers who wonder if President Obama, whose children go to the private Sidwell Friends School, knows what is actually going on with all of the standardized testing in public schools. Here’s an open letter to Obama explaining what he is missing, written by Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant in urban high schools, a writer and an editor. She was previously director of the High School Program at Lesley University’s School of Education and an English professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she ran the Freshman Writing Program. Steinitz is also a parent, as you will see when you read this post of hers, which also appeared on Huffington Post.

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Mathews: Why Falls Church High leads in college prep

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:33am

Despite its growing national importance in preparing students for college, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is not well-known here. Yet its local growth is unusually rapid.

Only about 2 percent of the more than 4,800 U.S. schools in the program are designated by AVID as Demonstration Schools, a label of excellence that means they are models for other AVID schools in helping students learn to think, manage their time and apply to college.

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How the Supreme Court’s ruling on Michigan affirmative action affects colleges

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:36am

The new Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action leaves in place, for now, a system that allows public universities in Maryland, Virginia and many other states to consider race and ethnicity in admissions.

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Strauss: Live online chat at 1 p.m. today

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:01am

I’ll be doing a live chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. today, so if you have any questions or comments about anything in education (or even marginally related), send them in here:

http://live.washingtonpost.com/the-answer-sheet-20230416.html

Here are transcripts of my first chat, the second , and last week’s.

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The Learning Network: What Have You Learned Playing Video Games?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:08am
What are your favorite video games? What do you think they have taught you? Do you think video games can help inspire social change? Have you ever played one that helped you understand a serious global problem?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Math, April 23, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:11am
Can you calculate the approximate percentage of Martin Brodeur’s wins as goalie for the New Jersey Devils that were shutouts?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | quack

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 36 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Paul Takes His School-Choice Message to Chicago

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:05pm
Senator Rand Paul spoke of the importance of giving parents more flexibility to decide where their tax dollars go, and labeled those who stand in the way of greater choice “dead-enders.”






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Prosecutors Describe an Extensive Drug Ring in Affluent Pennsylvania Schools

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:44pm
Two former students of a private school outside of Philadelphia took on an ambitious venture to control the marijuana trade at high schools in the wealthy corridor of towns known as the Main Line.






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Offensive e-mails at American University spark probe of potential student misconduct

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:44pm

American University is investigating potential student misconduct after the disclosure of a string of e-mails and other documents laced with expletives and slurs and referring to assault, raucous parties and rape.

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Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:58pm
Many people in the affirmative action debate envision admissions criteria moving away from race and toward factors such as income.






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Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:36pm
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned racial preferences in admissions to the state’s public universities.






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