Here are several paragraphs from a March 17 article, “ ‘Empire,’ the Meteor That Never Fell to Earth.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?
The movement to boycott standardized tests and reform test-based accountability systems current being implemented across the country is growing. Though exact numbers are impossible to know, students, teachers, principals, parents, superintendents and others are speaking out for the first time calling on policy-makers to roll back test-based school reform — and in many places students are simply refusing to take new Common Core and similar standardized tests. The impact of the agitation on policy is real, as Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest, explains in this post. FairTest, or the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, is dedicated to eliminating the abuse and misuse of standardized tests.Read full article >>
Racial tensions flared at the University of Virginia after a black student sustained head injuries while white police officers arrested him outside of a popular Irish pub early Wednesday morning.The injuries, captured in cellphone videos and photographs from a crowd of students nearby, left the student with bloody streaks down his face, an image that quickly spread on social media. In one of the videos, obtained by The Washington Post, the student calls three officers from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control “racists” as they try to handcuff his hands behind his back.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County schools administration is considering sweeping changes to the grading system for middle school and high school classes that could help struggling students keep their grades up.In a message sent to thousands of teachers Tuesday, Deputy Superintendent Steven Lockard detailed a series of proposals under consideration to revamp how teachers hand out grades to students and to standardize exam scores across the county.Read full article >>
Gov. Terry McAuliffe is calling for the State Police to investigate the arrest of a University of Virginia student who was shown in a photo with a bloody face as he was held down by an officer.
Andrew Hamilton, a British-born chemist, will take over for Dr. Sexton, who has increased the university’s prestige while pursuing contentious campus expansions in New York City and abroad.
For Lashae Hunter, it was just another day, and just another 8 a.m. school assembly at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Southeast Washington. Her little sister, who walked to school with her that morning, seemed unusually cheerful. Read full article >>
Straining under a record number of civil rights complaints, the U.S. Department of Education wants to hire 200 more investigators to expand its civil rights division by 30 percent.Attorneys and investigators in the civil rights office have seen their workloads double since 2007, and the number of unresolved cases mushroom, as complaints have poured in from around the country about students from kindergarten through college facing discrimination on the basis of race, sex and disabilities.Read full article >>
This story has been updated.A black University of Virginia student sustained injuries to his face and head after being detained by a white police officer during an altercation outside of a popular Irish pub in Charlottesville on Tuesday night.Read full article >>
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination, announced yet another plan on Wednesday to try to pull his state from the K-12 Common Core State Standards, the academic benchmarks that have become anathema among the conservative voters Jindal is trying to woo.Read full article >>
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential candidate for the 2o16 GOP nomination, announced yet another plan on Wednesday to try to pull his state from the K-12 Common Core State Standards, the academic benchmarks that have become anathema among the conservative voters Jindal is trying to woo.Read full article >>
The D.C. public school system has long been used as an example of what’s broken in American public education, listed at the bottom of national rankings, and written off for its low performance. But this week, President Obama held up the city’s school district as an example of what’s promising in education today.Read full article >>
While debating whether to change the collective bargaining rights of public school teachers, some members of the Iowa legislature had other things to do.See for yourself: #ialegis #standwithteachers @ProgressIowa pic.twitter.com/gOc6f1j1pk Read full article >>
FaceTime has become the “secret weapon” that allows relatives or friends to virtually babysit while parents get things done.
Ever since a video of a racist chant from the University of Oklahoma chapter went viral this month, national leaders of Sigma Alpha Epsilon have been reviewing their groups on more than 200 campuses to find out if there are similar chants or other offensive behaviors there.Read full article >>