Strauss: Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take but Eva does
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.Read full article >>
For the nation’s 700 public four-year colleges and universities, the new Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action maintains a tenuous status quo in admission policies.
The court Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on the use of race as a factor in admissions to state universities. It was the second major affirmative action ruling for higher education in less than a year. In June, the court had ordered tighter scrutiny of race-conscious admission policies in a ruling on a Texas case that preserved the principle that affirmative action is permissible in certain circumstances.Read full article >>
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:Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a spending plan Tuesday that includes tax increases, raises for county employees, more money for schools, and higher sewer fees and fees for adopting pets.Read full article >>