A discrimination lawsuit that pitted a former Maryland school secretary against her principal — and included allegations that the head of Largo High School bullied her staff — was settled Tuesday just as it was about to go to trial in federal court.Read full article >>
Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago.
The Virginia Department of Education said Tuesday that 555 of the state’s 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks this past spring on the annual statewide Standards of Learning tests.Thirty percent of all schools in the state were rated “accredited with warning,” up from 22 percent the year before. Five years ago, just 15 Virginia schools received the downgraded status.Read full article >>
A Georgetown University student died Tuesday after apparently contracting meningitis, the university said.
Andrea Jaime was a sophomore in the school of nursing and health studies, Georgetown said in a statement. She had been undergoing treatment for the infectious disease at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.Read full article >>
The search continued Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student with ties to the Washington area, and her family said it would be unusual for her to go this long without having any contact with her family and friends.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board two years ago created a fast track for experienced charter operators with successful records in other cities to apply to open schools in the District.
The effort brought in California-based Rocketship, which plans to open its doors in Anacostia next fall, as well as Texas-based Harmony and New York-based Democracy Prep, which opened schools this year.Read full article >>
Amid a national debate about the worth of a college education, a respected annual poll about the education views held by Americans has found that only 44 percent of Americans now believe that getting a college education is “very important” — down from 75 percent four years ago.Read full article >>
Washington, known as a seat of global power, is also a center for brainpower.
A new ranking finds the D.C. metropolitan area to be third in the nation in level of educational attainment — behind No. 1 Ann Arbor, Mich., and No. 2 Madison, Wis., but ahead of Boston, Seattle, New York and many other cities.Read full article >>
Strauss: One senior’s story: Starting college admissions process is like ‘being sent out to sea by myself with 20 different maps’
With the 2014-15 school year now in full swing, many high school seniors are finding that they have two jobs: keeping up with classes and filling out college applications. This blog will follow one senior as she navigates the college search and application process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, will document her experience applying to college in occasional posts that will include the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. Her story may help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire.Read full article >>
Options Public Charter School, marred by allegations of financial misconduct last year, was made over “almost from scratch” before it reopened last month under new leadership and with new staff members, according to the school’s court-appointed receiver.Read full article >>