D.C.’s Teacher of the Year for 2015 is Jennifer Ramacciotti, an eighth-grade math teacher at KIPP DC-Aim Academy. The George Washington University graduate spent her first two years in the classroom as a Teach for America fellow in Philadelphia and then came back to the District to teach at the KIPP school in Ward 8. Read full article >>
Diego Acosta López wanted to see what it was like when his son, Ignacio — just shy of 2 — visited New York City for the first time.
Announcing six winners and six runners-up in our December 2014 contest. Thank you teachers and students!
She goes to school with her great-great grandchildren.Ninety-year-old Priscilla Sitienei attends Leaders Vision Preparatory School in Ndalat, Kenya, wearing a blue school uniform and green jumper, and participating in math, English, physical education, dance, drama and singing, according to this report by the BBC. Some of her classmates their lives to her, in a sense: she serves as a midwife in Ndalat and helped deliver them.Read full article >>
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Students playing in all 22 sports at Virginia Tech who get athletic scholarships will have all the costs of attending college covered, beyond tuition, housing, meals and books, director of athletics Whit Babock announced.Read full article >>
You can tell that National School Choice Week is nearly upon us — it runs from Jan. 25- 31 — by the number of announcements coming forth hailing the greatness of school choice.Jeb Bush’s Florida-based Foundation for Excellence in Education put out an announcement that it would participate in a march next week in Texas to support school choice (with one of the speakers being Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Jeb’s son). There’s a new poll by the pro-choice American Federation for Children showing (I bet you can guess) that most Americans support school choice. Etc., etc.Read full article >>
Catholic University gets $3 million , from a Koch foundation and others, to teach principled entrepreneurship
A $3 million gift to the Catholic University of America’s Business and Economics program will allow the school to hire four faculty members with an interest in integrating business practices and Catholic social doctrine, the school announced Thursday.Read full article >>
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) usually gets his way with the Democratic legislature. He’s been able to persuade voters to raise their own taxes and to give him new authority to expand the state’s rainy-day fund.Read full article >>
More than a million students, including many in the District, will be able to download Microsoft software for free at home, through an agreement between the non-profit Communities in Schools and the technology giant.Read full article >>
Should students have a right to higher education, the way they now have a right to elementary and secondary education?