A book hailed by critics and listed in the Common Core State Standards as a reading exemplar for 11th-graders was banned by an Arizona school district because of sexually explicit passages.
The book, “Dreaming in Cuban,” written by Cuban-American author Cristina Garc a and named a finalist for the National Book Award when it was published in 1992, was banned in the Sierra Vista Unified School District after a parent complained that her 10th-grade son was asked to read explicit passages aloud, according to the Associated Press. It wasn’t clear why a 10th-grade class was reading a book suggested for 11th-graders.Read full article >>
A California school district has hired a contractor to monitor what some 14,000 students post on Facebook, Twitter and other social media in an effort to find students who may be displaying suicidal thoughts, being bullied, or in need of other help. Many other school districts are apparently signing on to do the same thing.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County schools have a new discipline policy that officials hope will reduce the number of suspensions and keep students in school.
The policy, outlined in a handbook recently distributed to the county’s 123,000 students, reduces the number of offenses that could include suspension as a punishment and places a maximum number of days a student can be kept out of class for a specific offense.Read full article >>
Fairfax County hired fewer teachers this year than in the past, with 1,841 new teachers entering classrooms this fall.
Despite the fewer hires, the school system’s teacher workforce continues to grow at a rate similar to the increases in the student body.Read full article >>
Here is moving testimony that a Long Island parent, Jeanette Deutermann, gave Wednesday to a committee of New York State senators on how standardized test-based education reform negatively affected her children, a second grader and a fifth grader. She also explains why she decided to opt her children out of taking state standardized tests, and create the Long Island Opt-Out group, which now has as members nearly 10,000 families.Read full article >>
Two high-performing public charter schools will lease shuttered D.C. school buildings in Northeast, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Wednesday.
KIPP DC will move its high school to the site of the former Hamilton School at 1401 Brentwood Parkway NE, while Two Rivers Public Charter School will create a preK-8th program at the Charles E. Young Elementary School at 820 26th NE. Two Rivers will maintain one of its two current campuses at 4th and Florida Avenue NE.Read full article >>
Dear Mr. Colbert,
You have proved time and again that you are second to none as a satirical interviewer. I wrote back in 2011 about your brilliant skewering of the Wake County (Raleigh, N.C.) Board of Education’s decision to scrap a successful school diversity plan.Read full article >>