The American Federation of Teachers, which has won millions of dollars in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will no longer accept foundation money for its Innovation Fund. Union members have expressed concern about the poor implementation in many states of the Common Core State Standards, one of the initiatives in which the fund invests.Read full article >>
This took Teach For America 24 years to figure out?
The nonprofit organization -- which was founded in 1990 and is famous for recruiting young people, giving them five weeks of summer training and then placing them in high-needs schools in low-income communities -- has decided that just maybe some of its recruits need more than five weeks to get ready to work in a classroom for a two-year commitment.Read full article >>
To run a vast public enterprise such as the Smithsonian Institution, it helps to have run a vast academic enterprise such as Cornell University.
That is the thinking behind the announcement Monday that David J. Skorton, president of the Ivy League university in upstate New York since 2006, will become secretary of the Smithsonian in 2015.Read full article >>
It’s time for March Madness -- not the famous college basketball tournament but the start of high-stakes standardized testing season in many school districts around the country. I’ve published many posts on how standardized test scores are inappropriately used to evaluate students, educators and schools, but there are plenty of other costs to students as well. Here are 13 ways that high-stakes standardized testing harms students, from the Yinzercation blog by Jessie B. Ramey. She is the parent of two children in Pittsburgh public schools and a historian of working families, gender, race and U.S. social policy and teaches women’s studies and history at the University of Pittsburgh.Read full article >>
George Washington University will receive $80 million to support public health scholarship through three gifts connected to philanthropists Michael Milken and Sumner M. Redstone, setting a donation record for the private university.Read full article >>