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The Answer Sheet: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Fairfax County slashes summer school

Fairfax County Public Schools is cutting summer school way back this year to save money, a move that could affect academic achievement in the county.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 8, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fairfax County Public Schools  | Tags:  Fairfax County Public schools, Fairfax budget cuts, Fairfax summer school, summer school, summer school cuts  
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Learning Stories: Tell your own

school systems: What do these actually look like. To find out, Rethink Learning Now asked people from various walks of life to talk about their most powerful learning experiences. You can share your own.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 7, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Learning, Teachers  | Tags:  great teachers, learning stories, teaching, what makes a great teacher  
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Ethics expert to head Harvard Business School

With the image of America's corporate world bruised, Harvard names an ethics expert as dean of its influential business school.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 7, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Higher Education  | Tags:  business ethics, business schools, business schools and ethics, doo, harvard and faust, harvard business school and new dean, harvard dean, harvard names new dean, nitin nohria  
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Naval Academy prof wins Maryland parent involvement award

A U.S. Naval Academic history professor who helped lead an effort to reform two Anne Arundel County middle schools--even though his five children are too young to be middle schoolers--won Maryland’s statewide award for parent involvement. And a Montgomery County parent is one of the finalists.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 7, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parents  | Tags:  Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards, Comcast parent involvement, Maryland and contest and parents, Maryland contest for parents, Naval professor wins award, parent involvement, parent involvement award  
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How Obama should set literacy goals

A literacy expert writes that the Obama administration's proposal for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, A Blueprint for Reform, is on the right track in its literacy goals in its Blueprint for Reform. However, the goals as currently stated are very general and could lead to literacy approaches that might not be effective.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 6, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, No Child Left Behind, Reading  | Tags:  literacy goals, obama and blueprint for reform, obama and literacy, reauthorizing ESEA, rewriting nclb, rewriting no child left behind  
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Harvard study gives Race to Top winners bad grades on academic standards

One of the two states chosen by Education Secretary Arne Duncan as a winner in the first round of the $4 billion Race to the Top competition has academic standards that earned the grade of ‘F’ in a new study by Harvard University researchers, while the other state got a ‘C minus.’

By Valerie Strauss  | May 6, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, National Standards, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top  | Tags:  Education Next, NAEP, National Assessment of Educational Progress, No Child Left Behind, Paul Peterson, Race to the Top, academic standards, education next, grading the states, state assessments, state content standards, state standards  
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How U.S. school reform is linked to UK vote

A British writer explains the connection between U.S. charter schools and the general election today in the United Kingdom--and an interest on both sides of the Atlantic in the KIPP charter schools.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 6, 2010; 2:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  British election, British schools, Gordon brown, Gove and KIPP, KIPP, KIPP schools, Knowledge Is Power, UK election, charter schools, education in britain, obama and KIPP, schools in England  
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Accented teachers may be better for English language learners: study

Arizona may be making a mistake by trying to remove heavily accented Hispanic teachers from classrooms filled with Hispanic English-language learners. A new study on how well students learn second languages from teachers with accents suggests that tudents can learn a second language better from a teacher who speaks in the same accent as the student.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 5, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Learning, Research, Teachers  | Tags:  Arizona, Arizona and accented teachers, Arizona and teachers, Arizona orders teachers with accents out of class, Arizona schools, English language learners, accented teachers, how accents affect learning, language research, research, research on accents, research study on accents, teachers with accents, the answer sheet and arizona  
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Goodlad: Straight Talk About Schools, Part 2

Renowed educator John Goodlad reflects on what works--and what doesn't--in school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 5, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, John Goodlad, Race to the Top  | Tags:  Guest Bloggers, John Goodlad, NCLB, National Standards, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top | Tags: John Goodlad, goodlad and a place called school, goodlad on school reform, guest bloggers, john goodlad and school reform, no child left behind and goodlad, race to the top, school reform  
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Many colleges still accepting applications

Scores of colleges and universities in the greater Washington area and around the nation are still accepting applications from students for enrollment this fall even though the traditional admissions seasons is over.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 5, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Admissions  | Tags:  College of Notre Dame, Hood College, Mary Baldwin College, NACAC, Roanoke College, Trinity University, UMD Baltimore, University of Virginia, admissions survey, college admissions, college applications, colleges still accepting applications, colleges with openings  
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Michigan high school wins Obama; five others get consolation prize

Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan is the big winner in a contest that offered as its prize a commencement speech by President Obama, and five other finalists won't walk away empty-handed.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 4, 2010; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  High School, Race to the Top  | Tags:  Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo school wins contest, President Obama, Race to the Top, commencement speech and Obama, high school  
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How safe are college campuses?

Every time there is a sensational murder on or around a college campus, and school security becomes a hot issue, as it is today in the wake of the murder of a University of Virginia student by her former boyfriend, also a student. So exactly how safe are college campuses?

By Valerie Strauss  | May 4, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Life, University of Virginia  | Tags:  George Huguelycharged with first-degree murder, college campuses and safety, college life, huegely, lacrosse murder, murder and uva, university of virginia, uva student killed, uva student murdered, yeardley and murder  
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Who borrows most for college? New report

Two-thirds of students who graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree also leave with some amount of student loan debt, according to a new analysis.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 4, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Costs  | Tags:  borrowing for college, college board, college board report, college costs, college loans, for-profit schools, paying for college, private student loans, student loans  
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Deborah Meier's education advice to Obama

Renowned educator Deborah Meier has some unsolicited advice for President Obama about how to shape education policy and meet the needs of students, teachers, parents and the public.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 4, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Deborah Meier, Guest Bloggers, No Child Left Behind  | Tags:  Deborah Meier, No Child Left Behind, Obama and blueprint, President Obama and blueprint, guest bloggers, performance assessment, school reform and Obama  
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Arizona strikes again: Now it is ethnic studies

First Arizona passed a law requiring police to question anybody who looks like an illegal immigrant. Then we learn that the state order school districts to get rid of teachers with very heavy accents. Then the legislature approved a bill targeted at a Mexican-American studies program that the state education chief doesn't like. Arizona doesn't know when to quit.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 4, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  History  | Tags:  Arizona and heavily accented teachers, Arizona and law, Arizona immigrant law, Mexican-american studies, ethnic studies in Arizona, heavily accented teachers, history  
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New data on campus violence

Attackers are most likely seek out specific targets on or near college campuses because they have an intimate relationship with the victim, according to a new government report that analyzed threats and violence at schools over more than a century.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 3, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Life  | Tags:  government study on violence, lacrosse player and murder and uva, lacrosse player charged, murder and uva, murder on campus, study on violence, uva lacrosse death, uva murder lacrosse, violence on campus, violence on college campuses  
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Willingham: About poverty and school success

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at the relationship between poverty and school success--and doesn't like what he sees in the United States.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 3, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Equity, Guest Bloggers, Research  | Tags:  Daniel Willingham, equity, guest bloggers, poverty and academic achievement, poverty and schools, the achievement gap  
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What makes a top college? Nobel winners? PhDs? Rhodes scholars?

A college admissions counselor questions what makes a "top college."

By Valerie Strauss  | May 3, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Admissions  | Tags:  college admissions, top colleges  
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Education Department changes the music

Elevator music is out at the Department of Education. “Schoolhouse Rock!” is in.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 2, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags:  Conjunction Junction, Department of Education, disney and conjunction junction, new music at ed department, schoolhouse rock, schoolhouse rock and education department  
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Heavily accented teachers removed from Arizona classrooms

School districts in Arizona are under orders from the state's Department of Education to remove from classrooms teachers who speak English with a very heavy accent or whose speech is ungrammatical.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Teachers  | Tags:  accented teachers being removed in arizona, arizona and immigrants, arizona and teachers, arizona immigration law, teachers  
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