Testing companies like to “test” future questions for standardized tests on kids, sometimes as part of a regular standardized exam and sometimes as a stand-alone field test. Here’s a post making the case that this practice essentially turns kids in guinea pigs for corporations. It was written by Jessie B. Ramey, a visiting scholar in women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and first appeared on her Yinzercation blog. This speaks to what is going on in Pennsylvania, but this is a common practice in states across the country.Read full article >>
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Members of the Prince George’s County Board of Education had a chance to find out during their recent two-day retreat.
Barbara Anderson, a senior consultant with the Panasonic Foundation, which conducted the retreat, rattled off the answers board members gave to questions asked during individual interviews with the consultants. No names were divulged.Read full article >>
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Georgetown University said Monday it has received a $10 million gift to launch a center to test ideas from students who want to solve “some of the world’s most pressing problems.”
The gift from philanthropists Alberto and Olga Maria Beeck will fund the Center for Social Impact and Innovation at the nation’s oldest Catholic university. The Beecks, according to an Associated Press report, are parents of two current Georgetown students. Olga Maria Beeck is also a Georgetown alumna. The center, which will bear their name, will be a unit of the provost’s office.Read full article >>
Parents, students and elected leaders from Montgomery County plan to join forces in Annapolis Thursday night to press for more state construction funding for Maryland’s fastest-growing school system.
Montgomery’s PTA leaders have rented five buses to help get hundreds of people to the evening events, which include a briefing, reception, rally and other activities intended as a show of advocacy for Montgomery. It coincides with a Maryland PTA Night in Annapolis.Read full article >>