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The Answer Sheet: March, 2013

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/31/2013

50 ways adults in schools 'cheat' on standardized tests

How do adults in a school cheat on standardized tests? Count the ways.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:53 PM ET, 03/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After Exam, Before, During, Test Cheating

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 03/30/2013

Scathing excerpts from Atlanta indictment in test cheating scandal

Excerpts of the Atlanta test cheating indictment reveal stark details of alleged wrongdoing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:37 PM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Unreasonable Pressure', Atlanta Indictment, Testing Scandal

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 03/30/2013

List of charges against 35 in Atlanta test cheating indictment

Here's the release issued by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office in Georgia with details and a list of charges in the Atlanta test cheating indictment.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 PM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charged Under RICO, Standardized Tests, Test Cheating

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/30/2013

Atlanta's former schools chief charged under law used against Mafia

A law used against members of the Gambino crime family is being used against a former superintendent of Atlanta schools in a massive test cheating scandal. Who is next?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Indictments in Atlanta, Standardized Tests

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Ben Carson: I'll withdraw as Johns Hopkins speaker if students don't want me

The famed neurosurgeon is scheduled to make the commencement speech at Johns Hopkins Medical School in May.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:17 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Michelle Rhee, a private school parent?

The very outspoken Michelle Rhee appears to be uncomfortable talking about where her children go to school in Nashville. Public or private? And why does it matter?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:14 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Rhee, She Won't Say

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Key education activists protesting in D.C. next week

Leading education activists are converging on Washington D.C. next week to protest school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School R, School Reform

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Scary reading in charter school bill

The details of charter school legislation in North Carolina reveal that its sponsors don't care much for holding charters accountable.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:31 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Where's The Accountability?

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Former TFAer: Teach For America didn't prepare me for troubled kids

A former Teach For America corps members says the organization didn't prepare him for the troubled children he encountered in a South Bronx classroom.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teach for America, Video

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/28/2013

On the question of student privacy

Here is a view counter to one expressed in a recent post about a lawsuit alleging that the Education Department is promoting rules that expand the release of private student data to third parties.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:55 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Different View, Student Privacy

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013

We didn't need a survey to tell us this

Do the people of Chicago really want corporate-based school reform? What a survey really tells us.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Five ways to get kids to want to read and write

Here's a book excerpt from veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo's new book on how to get students to warn to learn.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Excerpt, Teaching and Learning

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Giffords to give college commencement address

Giffords to give college commencement address

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:41 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/27/2013

The problem with New Jersey's takeover of Camden schools

Something had to be done for the kids in Camden public schools, but here's why the newly announced state takeover may not help a bit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, State Takeover, The Same Old Thing

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Why is math so hard for so many?

If you are someone who has long struggled with math, read on to find out why that might be the case.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'A Cultural Contrivance', Innumeracy Like Dyslexia?, Math, Math Education

Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Barricades erected before mass protest against Chicago school closings

Here's how you know that Chicago officials are expecting a rowdy turnout at a mass rally called for Wednesday afternoon to protest the announced closings of more than 50 schools this year:

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:55 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil Disobedience Expected, School Closings

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 03/26/2013

School vouchers: Still a bad idea despite Indiana court ruling

So the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that the state's school voucher program is constitutional. It isn't the first time a supreme court has made a questionable call but, apart from the legal argument, the decision doesn't mean that vouchers are a good educational or civic idea.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:20 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Money for Public Schools, Vouchers

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 03/26/2013

School reformers increasingly use threats to drive agenda

Education reformers haven't been able to persuade everybody to their point of view, so increasingly, they use threats.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 03/26/2013

College admissions madness may ease: study

The other March Madness is underway as high school seniors learn whether they have been rejected or accepted to their schools, as a report suggests the craziness may be easing in this decade.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:47 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions, The Other March Madness

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/25/2013

Rand Paul pushes federal school vouchers

Sen. Rand Paul is pushing for a federal voucher program that sounds similar to one advanced by Mitt Romney when he was running for president.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:02 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Using Title 1 Money, Vouchers

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 03/25/2013

What is Florida Gulf Coast University?

A few weeks ago, not many people outside South Florida had heard of Florida Gulf Coast University. Now, thanks to March Madness, it's the new "it" school, at least for the moment.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:05 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  March Madness

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/23/2013

Blind, severely disabled boy forced to take standardized test

There are many distressing stories about high-stakes standardized tests, but this may be the most distressing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Rihanna shows up at school nearly 5 hours late -- and stays 16 minutes

Things didn't go as planned at a high school Rihanna was scheduled to visit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Manners?, School Visits, Way Not to Go

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Instead of closing schools, how about this?

There are better ways to handle the problem of under-enrolled schools than closing them. Here's one.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Arne Duncan: Fine coaches when athletes don't graduate

With March Madness in full gear, Education Secretary Arne Duncan is proposing that colleges and universities start penalizing coaches financially if the athletes on their teams don't graduate.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:23 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, March Madness

Posted at 12:38 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Where was Chicago mayor when school closings were announced?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was nowhere to be seen in Chicago when officials released the controversial news that 54 public schools would close this year. Where was he?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:38 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Schools, On Vacation

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Chicago closing 54 schools; union leader blasts 'outrageous' plan

Chicago says it will close 54 schools this year; Chicago Teachers Union leader says the closings are a travesty -- and worse.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:38 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'An Insult', Chicago Schools, School Closings

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Students seek to repeal Alabama law forcing teachers to say homosexuality is criminal

Two Alabama students have started a petition on change.org in support of a bill seeking to repeal a state law requiring sex ed teachers to tell students that homosexuality is a crime.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sex Education

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Louisiana wants to link student funding to test scores

Just when you think there are no other ways to pervert the use of high-stakes standardized test scores, school reformers show just how creative they are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:54 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, The Testing Obsession Grows

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Magical thinking about technology in education

To hear some people talk, you'd think technology is going to save public education. Really?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 03/20/2013

How big is the school counselor shortage? Big

As a national debate continues about how to make schools safer, the student-counselor ratio in some states remains shockingly high.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:20 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Counselors, Why It Matters

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Common Core supporter: 'I see the opportunity being squandered'

A strong supporter of the Common Core says the implementation of the initiative is in trouble.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, Implementation Problems

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Do schools for 'the gifted' promote segregation?

Connecticut is opening new schools for the "gifted" in three districts, raising questions about segregation and discrimination.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Sixty percent of adults who took standardized test bombed

The bottom line: Sixty percent bombed the test. Translation: Most adults who took a student standardized test pretty much flunked it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:23 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, What Does This Mean For Kids?

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 03/19/2013

New nonsense about teachers

There's some new rhetoric from reformers about teachers and I'm already sick of it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:54 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  About Teachers, Accountability, School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/19/2013

How school reform became the cause c l bre of billionaires

Educational reform was once the unromantic province of government bureaucrats and community organizers. Today it is the cause c l bre of billionaire philanthropists. Here's how it happened.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:02 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Jesus painting moved from school after lawsuit -- to another school

Here's what happened when a devotional portrait of Jesus that had hung in a middle school for decades was challenged.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Guess when this was written

Read these passages and guess in which decade they were written. This will tell you something about modern school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Confessions of a black school reformer

A new roman a clef book about school reform in New Orleans has parallels to Washington D.C., New York, and many city school systems in the midst of radical change.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:01 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Bill Maher takes on Michelle Rhee

Bill Maher had clearly done some homework when he sat down to talk to ber-school reformer Michelle Rhee on his HBO show.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:58 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Maher, Challenges Her Rhetoric, Michelle Rhee

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 03/18/2013

$43,056 bonus to charter teacher at 'D'-rated school

A fourth grade charter New Orleans school teacher won a $43,056 bonus because her students' scores skyrocketed at a school with a "D" state rating. But there's more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/17/2013

R.I. adults took a standardized test, and they didn't like it

This time it was the kids serving as proctors and the adults taking the standardized test.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 03/17/2013

College student leads fight against anti-evolution teachings in schools

Going to college is tough enough without leading a campaign to repeal a bad state law, but that's what Zach Kopplin, 19, has been doing for several years. His target: The badly named Louisiana Science Education Act, which actually allows teachers in science classrooms to discuss creationism as a way to question evolution.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:06 AM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Protecting the Teaching of Evolution, Science Education

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 03/16/2013

What school choice means to parents with 'bad' kids

"While dumping problem students from your books like a subprime loan is effective business management, it's also a deeply unethical way to operate a system of public education," writes Natalie Hopkinson..

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:32 AM ET, 03/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Acclaimed book 'recalled' from some Chicago school classrooms (update)

The American Library Association protests the removal of a Common Core test from some high school classrooms in Chicago.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:28 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Common Core literary text, Book Removal, Censorship

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Three commitments U.S. Ed Dept. made at teaching summit

Here's the text of an email outlining the three commitments the U.S. Education Department delegation just made at an international summit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:33 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Department, Read the Email, Teaching Profession

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Threatening a school, Charlie Sheen? Really?

Sheen tweeted "a legitimate call to arms" against Viewpoint School in Calabasas, Ca.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:13 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charlie Sheen, School Security, Ugh

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Chicago school activists get trained in civil disobedience tactics

Chicago Public Schools officials are considering closing as many as 129 under-enrolled schools and activists are gearing up for a fight.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/15/2013

A new education story

A film maker presents a new narrative about public education to replace the current one that is dominated by standardized-test based school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 PM ET, 03/14/2013

A telling tweet

Finland is always held up a model for education reform. Here's what Finnish teachers think about some of the American reforms.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:32 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 03/14/2013

A pi refresher on Pi Day

March 14, you may be surprised to learn, is Pi Day. What's that? It's 3-14, which is pretty close to 3.14, pi.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:15 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Albert Einstein, Celebrating Einstein's Birthday Too, Math

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 03/14/2013

What happened when a Rhode Island state senator took a student standardized test?

A Rhode Island state senator was one of the first of some 50 adults who have agreed to take a version of the state's standardized test, part of an action aimed at protesting a new high school testing graduation requirement that students say is unfair.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:21 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  How Did She Do?, More Adults Taking Exam, More Adults Taking Test, School Reform, Standardized Tests

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Adults to take standardized test forced on students

Dozens of Rhode Island legislators, city officials, and other adults will take a version of the state's high-stakes standardized tests for students to focus attention on a new state graduation testing policy that is threatening to hold back large percentages of students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:05 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, What's Good For The Goose....

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Common Core: Will it hurt struggling readers?

A veteran educators worries that the Common Core is in conflict with itself when it comes to reading instruction and could leave too many children behind.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013

The day some Seattle teachers said 'no' to standardized tests

It all started with one teacher. Here's the story of how the teachers at a Seattle high school decided to stop giving a state mandated standardized test.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Great Video, Standardized Tests

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013

The problem with high-tech 'personalized' learning tools

The problem with many high-tech 'personalized' learning tools is that they don't really provide personalized learning. Here's what they do provide.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Lawsuit charges Ed Department with violating student privacy rights

The U.S. Education Department is being sued by a nonprofit organization for promoting regulations that are alleged to undercut student privacy and parental consent.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 03/12/2013

School custodian wins national award for helping kids

Sometimes a nice little story is just the ticket, and here's one: A custodian at a Texas high school won the national LifeChanger of the Year award for his efforts to help and mentor students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:17 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AWARDS, The LifeChanger

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/12/2013

The unreasonable 'Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013

You won't believe what a bill called "The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013" and introduced in the Maryland legislature is intended to accomplish. Think Pop-Tarts and guns.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:06 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Discipline, Think Pop-Tarts and Guns

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Study: Homeschoolers get more sleep, may be better prepared to learn

A new study of a few thousand students found that homeschoolers get more sleep than students at traditional public and private schools. What are the consequences?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:26 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sleepy Teens, Teens and sleep

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Real consequences of 'school choice'

Here's an argument about why the school choice movement has failed to provide real choice for families.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Does a quality education help you play baseball?

Washington Nationals, some of whom attended elite universities, answer the question.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Answers From The Washington Nationals, Baseball

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 03/12/2013

AFT's Weingarten on why she got arrested, 'the gall' of reformers, etc.

AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the dangers of school reform -- and why she got arrested protesting school closures.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Where American papal contenders attended school

The two American cardinals seen as contenders to be the next pope both earned doctorates at the same university in Washington D.C. Here's where they went to school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:40 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cardinals O'Malley and Dolan, Papal Conclave

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 03/11/2013

The sequester's impact on hunger and school achievement

Two new films make chillingly clear the horrific impact that the sequester will have on poor families, especially those with school children.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:16 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/11/2013

The Harvard 'plumbers'

We at the Washington Post are all too familiar with important people who feel the need to find and close leaks to the media. But we were surprised to find that Harvard officials decided they had to secretly plug a leak.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Closing a Media Leak?, Harvard University

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/11/2013

Student protests against standardized tests spreading

Colorado students are planning to walk out of the state's mandatory assessment this week and protest at the state Capitol Building, the latest in growing student pushback against high-stakes tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, Videos Explain Action

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 03/11/2013

'Storm of reform' -- principal details damage done

An award-winning principal who came out against the Common Core details further the disconnect between the standards and childhood development.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 03/10/2013

'I have had enough' -- veteran teacher tells school board

Here is a powerful letter that a veteran teacher read to the Lafayette Parish School Board, explaining why she is sadly leaving the profession.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:06 PM ET, 03/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/09/2013

What the AP program can't do

The latest report by the College Board on its Advanced Placement program talks a lot about the success of these courses. Here's a different look at the AP.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 03/08/2013

French mother sends son named Jihad to school in T-shirt with the words 'I am a bomb'

A mother who named her son Jihad and sent him to school with a T-shirt that mentions bombs and Sept. 11 is on trial in France.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:31 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education News, You Can't Make Up This Stuff

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Ravitch forms advocacy group to counter Rhee and other school reformers

Diane Ravitch explains why she she has formed a new advocacy group to fight corporate-based school reform and organizations -- like Michelle Rhee's -- that support it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diane Ravitch, Q & A With Ravitch, School Reform

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/08/2013

A teachers' contract not for teachers

A parents writes about a contract for teachers that really isn't about teachers at all.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Philadelphia to close 23 public schools; Randi Weingarten arrested at protest (update)

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was arrested along with 18 other activists today in Philadelphia as they were protesting a hearing by the School Reform Commission on a plan to close nearly 30 public schools in the city.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:09 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Handcuffed, Randi Weingarten, School Closings

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Neovouchers: The debate continues

What's the difference between vouchers and neovouchers? That and more on vouchers and their cousins.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:15 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 03/07/2013

How school closings affect children

Philadelphia's School Reform Commission is about to decide whether to go ahead with an unprecedented and controversial plan to close 29 public schools. Do school closings really accomplish what advocates say they will? No.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:31 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/07/2013

The Dalai Lama's education tweet

Even the Dalai Lama is tweeting.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Jon Stewart ridicules preschool critics

Take six minutes and 12 seconds to watch Stewart take apart critics of preschool.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:47 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Hilarious Video

Posted at 05:08 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Obama, Oprah, Colbert, Ripken etc: The 2013 commencement speakers

Where is Obama speaking? Julie Andrews? Check it out here.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:08 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Commencement, Who Is Speaking Where

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 03/07/2013

How social networking rules for teachers go too far

A teacher reviews social networking guidelines that she says make it impossible for her to relax into "average-ness."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 03/06/2013

U-Va.: Gov. McDonnell can't say he wasn't warned

Remember the 18-day leadership crisis at the University of Virginia last summer? Are we headed there again?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:42 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Voters send mixed signals to school reformers in L.A.

Voters keep sending signals that they have very mixed feelings about corporate-based school reform. The latest signs come from Los Angeles, where races for three Board of Education seats resulted in one defeat, one win, and one runoff for supporters of school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Board of Education Races, School Reform

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/06/2013

How closing schools hurts neighborhoods

School closings are happening in urban landscapes across America, and Philadelphia is one of the most vivid examples.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Why the 'learning pyramid' is wrong

Have you ever seen the "learning pyramid" and assumed it made sense? Think again.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Arne Duncan: The newest rhetoric vs. the reality

Education Secretary Arne Duncan sometimes says things that his policies belie. Here's the newest rhetoric and reality.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Beyond 'The Pink Slips', School Reform

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Does Head Start work for kids? The bottom line

Head Start is back in the news because of President Obama's new early childhood education initiative and concerns about how the program will be affected by sequestration. So does it work or not?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Is school reform about replacing blackness?

There are racial and class currents that undergird every element of the school "choice" movement, argues Natalie Hopkinson.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Principal: 'I was na ve about Common Core'

An award-winning principal who wrote a book in support of the Common Core now says she was "naive" about the standards' implementation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 03/03/2013

Student videotapes teacher allegedly stealing from student backpacks

Here's how a student caught a teacher who was rifling through student backpacks and apparently stealing cash.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:34 PM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caught, School Security

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/03/2013

'Neovouchers': A primer on private school tax credits

Here's a primer on "neovouchers."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/03/2013

Should every student learn computer programming?

There's a new campaign to get every student to learn computer cod alongside math and science.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 AM ET, 03/03/2013

Schools put on lockdown when 'Fresh Prince' song is misinterpreted

Schools in a Pennsylvania county were put on lockdown after a receptionist misunderstood the words of the theme song of the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" that a student had as his cell phone greeting.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:14 AM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Security, You Can't Be Too Careful

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/02/2013

Where school reform fails to meet classroom reality

A teacher recounts what she faces every day in the classroom and how much of the school reform movement's talking points ignore reality.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, What Really Happens

Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 03/02/2013

A set-up at the University of Virginia?

It's hard to look at this any other way: University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan is being set up by the governing board to fail.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:45 AM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 03/01/2013

How sequester will affect University of Maryland

Here's the letter the president of the University of Maryland sent out detailing how the school will be affected by the sequester.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:10 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Financial Aid, Funded Research, Sequester, University of Matryland

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Republicans on the ropes? Not everywhere

Joe Scarborough keeps saying on "Morning Joe" that the GOP is in big trouble, but there is one area of policy where they seem to be doing just fine.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:48 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, School Reform

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/01/2013

A 'most embarrassing moment' college admissions poem

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions, College Applications, College Essays, Not Your Usual Essay

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Five things to know about the SAT

Do colleges really need SAT scores to pick freshmen? Is the SAT really uncoachable? Here are some facts you should know about the famous college admissions test.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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