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The Answer Sheet: March, 2014

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 03/31/2014

New Virginia education superintendent advocated for less testing

He led a drive to persuade school boards in the state to pass a resolution calling for less testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:29 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Teacher: Over-tested zombies are invading my classroom

By the time this high school teacher meets her students, the Zombification is complete.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:06 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014

‘If only American teachers were smarter ’

Why the conventional wisdom about America’s teaching corps is wrong.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/30/2014

Are charter schools really better at keeping kids from dropping out?

Are they really better at it than traditional public schools? A look at the data.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 03/30/2014

Common Core backer: For public schools, it’s great. For my private school, not so much.

A Core advocate in Nashville pushes standards for public schools but not private academy she oversees.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:56 AM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/29/2014

Long ‘waiting list’ for Florida vouchers doesn’t actually exist

This belongs in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vouchers

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/29/2014

‘You can’t expect much success on standardized tests when students don’t even have basic supplies’ -- editorial

A big-city newspaper says parents are right to have their children opt out of standardized testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/28/2014

The Koch brothers’ influence on college campus is spreading

A Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings shows how much the Kochs are spending -- and where -- in higher education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Funding

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Muriel Bowser’s muddled message about D.C. schools

Why won’t she say flat out what her public education vision really is?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Schools

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014

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

They are field-testing Common Core exams.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014

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

It’s funny.

By Jessica Stahl  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Satire

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/26/2014

The White House’s useless Race to the Top report

It doesn’t actually say much.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/26/2014

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

It’s all work, work, work and no play.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:28 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014

College material or not: who should decide?

Should policymakers and school officials be allowed to track students?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tracking

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Arne Duncan heads to New Zealand, Hawaii with gaggle of staffers

Travel and hosts costs an estimated $67,000.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:39 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Resistance to standardized testing growing nationwide

It’s happening across the country.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014

The new extremists in education debate

They don’t believe public schools should be democratically governed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governance

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled -- now

Should teachers make less than skycaps?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Ex-Yale president to head Coursera MOOC site

From the Ivy League to the online world.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:20 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MOOCs

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Jeb Bush: Common Core critics care too much about kids’ self-esteem

He keeps pushing the standards initiative.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:36 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014

The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test

Now here’s a really serious college readiness exam.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tests

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Ravitch: The best reason to oppose the Common Core Standards

It’s not so much about the content but about how they were developed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Sen. Grassley seeking to defund Common Core in Congress

He tried unsuccessfully last year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/23/2014

Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data -- not children. I quit.

‘ I reached the place ... where I began to feel I was part of a broken system that was causing damage to those very children I was there to serve.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kindergarten

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/22/2014

Things teachers learn in their first year

About their students and about themselves.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/22/2014

A ‘Dear John’ letter to Florida -- from 2010 state Teacher of the Year

What prompted her to leave the Sunshine State.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Chicago students pulled out of class for questioning over test boycott

They were questioned about teachers boycott -- without parental permission.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Test Boycott

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Teachers: ‘sit and stare’ policy is ‘spiteful’

Some kids who opt out of high-stakes tests are being forced to sit and do nothing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:10 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  High-Stakes Tests

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Hillary and Jeb: Clinton to appear at Bush education conference

The two have shared a stage before.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush and Clinton

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/21/2014

5 striking facts from new civil rights education data

Black preschoolers are suspended far more than other students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Equity

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014

A defense (of sorts) of the SAT

A college admissions counselor takes on the critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Weird list of topics ‘avoided’ on California high school exit exam

War. Junk food. Rats. Look at the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:23 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Censorship

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Who (Obama, Gates, etc.) is speaking at 2014 graduation ceremonies

President Obama is going to California.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:15 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 Commencement

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 03/20/2014

So how overblown were No. 1 Shanghai’s PISA results?

A new admission about how many Shanghai students participated in the 2012 PISA raises new questions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:50 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PISA

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Everybody else has seen this. It’s your turn

Watch the famous video on schools. Read the transcript.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Creativity

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 03/19/2014

A different way to give college admissions tests

It’s not the way the ACT and SAT are given.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:21 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 03/19/2014

School reformers love ‘choice,’ except when

Choice doesn’t look so good when parents want things reformers don’t like.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:19 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Florida moves toward school voucher expansion -- but with no accountability

What is good for traditional schools is apparently not good for private schools that accept students who pay tuition with public funds.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:04 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vouchers

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Russia’s plagiarism problem: Even Putin has done it!

President is hardly the only one in Russia, where many high-ranking officials have been caught using text without attribution.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:41 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Plagiarism

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014

50 myths and lies about public schools

A book separates fact from fiction in the public education debate.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Excerpt

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Wyoming is first state to officially reject new science standards

It seems the opposition was more about man-made climate change than evolution.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:31 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Science

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Billionaires are privatizing science too -- not just public education

Some are troubled that personal interests of private philanthropists are affecting pursuit of science.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Funding

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Are American students grossly unprepared for college?

What reformers say about college remediation -- and the truth.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  By The Numbers

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Parent to officials: ‘if you know it’s wrong but remain silent, you’re complicit in educational malpractice’

A parent writes a letter opting his children out of high-stakes testing in Massachusetts.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Town judge -- and ‘spiritual’ weight loss consultant -- elected to NY Regents

The legislators elected to the Board of Regents someone who didn’t have enough interest in education to be following the biggest education story in the state.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:44 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/16/2014

How three teachers are dealing with Common Core in class

What works and what doesn’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/15/2014

Teacher: What it feels like to be evaluated on test scores of students I don’t have

This teacher offers a better way to evaluate her work.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Assessment

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2014

Ten clueless things people say to teachers -- and comebacks to throw right back

Like how easy their job is.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/14/2014

‘Sit and stare’ -- what some kids who opt out of tests are forced to do

It’s all about standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014

Netflix’s Reed Hastings has a big idea: Kill elected school boards

There seems to be no end to the expertise that America’s billionaires possess and are happy to share with the rest of us about public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charters

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 03/14/2014

How ‘platooning’ and data walls are changing elementary school

Not in a good way.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Test Scores

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Homework hurts high-achieving students, study says

Researchers said too much homework leads to extra stress, physical problems and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:55 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Homework

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014

How to make school important in places that it isn’t

It’s time to make room for local culture in K-12 education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014

The link between charter school expansion and increasing segregation

What a review of the relevant research reveals.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charters

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Video: Kids with severe disabilities taking mandatory standardized test

And then read a principal’s letter about why it is a travesty that these kids with severe disabilities have to take the test.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:29 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Why NYC mayor is getting unfairly bashed over charter schools

Let’s look at what actually happened when the mayor decided not to allow several charters to co-locate with traditional schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:15 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Why the Common Core flunks on civic education

Claims that it prepares students to be active citizens are exaggerated.

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Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

D.C. school system’s gaping achievement gaps -- in seven graphs

Mayor Gray praised the rise in test scores in the city, but didn’t mention this.

By  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014

How billionaire-funded ‘ed reform’ groups push charters, vouchers

How much are they spending to win elections in states around the country?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Teachers union cites Common Core in decision to cut Gates funding

The union is the American Federation of Teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 03/11/2014

This took Teach For America 24 years to figure out?

TFA is experimenting with a one-year training program, rather than five weeks. What does this mean?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:42 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/11/2014

13 ways high-stakes standardized tests hurt students

It’s the real March Madness

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Tags:  Testing

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/10/2014

The myth of Common Core equity

On the impact of Common Core testing on under-served communities.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Why the Obama administration should drop its college rating plan

Let’s count the reasons.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:05 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Ed

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 03/09/2014

A truly ugly standardized testing story

What one family went through to stop a state from giving a standardized test to their severely disabled son.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:54 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/09/2014

11 key questions on standardized testing for Congress to answer

Education activists call for congressional hearings on nation’s testing obsession.

By  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/09/2014

How to get kids from low-income families into the arts

A new study reveals the key factors.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arts Education

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 03/08/2014

Why bother teaching a severely brain-damaged boy? His mom explains.

‘I didn’t notice this; it took the insight and skill of a special education teacher to make the connection.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:03 AM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Special Ed

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/08/2014

The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning

How social emotional learning is being co-opted by ‘reformers.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Lupita’s Oscar used as marketing tool for IB school program

She attended an IB program in high school in Nairobi.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:09 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Achievement

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 03/07/2014

They still don’t get it: Obama’s new Race to the Top contest for ‘equity’

The irony behind the administration’s latest effort to achieve ‘educational equity.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/06/2014

‘The drive to test, test, and re-test’ leads famous school board member to quit

The veteran educator says he can ‘no longer recognize my profession.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Why a ‘Student Privacy Bill of Rights’ is desperately needed

The risks to student privacy are growing as more information on young people is being collected and stored.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:31 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Grieving mom takes on state education commissioner over testing disabled students

A mom whose severely disabled son recently died responds to Florida’s education commissioner’s attack on testing critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 03/05/2014

The key problem the SAT changes won’t fix

It’s a good thing the essay is gone, but that doesn’t solve the real SAT problem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:53 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Admissions Tests

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Parent to Obama: Why don’t private schools adopt your test-based school reforms?

A parent writes an open letter to the president inviting him to visit the local high school and see the consequences of his administration’s policies.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014

The false markets of market-based school reform

This isn’t market-based reform but rather policy preferences and market manipulation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Ravitch calls for congressional hearings on standardized testing, gets unexpected support

Diane Ravitch, head of Network for Public Education, stands in opposition to standardized tests created by No Child Left Behind.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014

A bizarre letter from Florida’s Education Department

It issues a letter attacking people asking for a change in testing policy for severely disabled students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 03/03/2014

What was on ’12 Years a Slave’ director Steve McQueen’s wrist on Oscar stage?

The wristband promotes public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:21 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public schools

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Why school isn’t for children anymore -- teacher

The Ohio teaching veteran says standardized testing has twisted public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 03/02/2014

Getting serious about sex education

It’s time to move away from abstinence-only curricula in schools that leaves kids at risk.

By Imelda Reyes  |  02:37 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Curriculum

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/02/2014

Your kid is being bullied at school -- but not in the way you think

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/01/2014

Why most professional development for teachers is useless

Most of it doesn’t work because it isn’t what teachers really need.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

 

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