In the big push for “quality teachers,” the question about what that means gets short shrift. Here’s a piece on the subject by Mike Rose, a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of several books. His most recent works are “Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education, and “Public Education Under Siege,” which he co-edited with Michael B. Katz.Read full article >>
A University of Virginia panel has proposed that the institution break many of its ties with the state government and operate more like a private school.
Such an arrangement — which would need state lawmakers’ approval and likely would meet opposition — would allow Virginia’s flagship public school the freedom to more easily increase tuition and accept more top-tier students from across the country and the world. Although it could increase U-Va.’s prestige and shore up its finances, such a move could also make it more difficult for in-state students to win admission and could significantly raise their tuition.Read full article >>
TUCSON— Simone Ufondu, 11, stepped onto Bus 2001 Wednesday morning and slid into a seat next to a tall stranger. Simone, a sixth-grader at Dodge Middle School, didn’t recognize her seatmate, Education Secretary Arne Duncan.Read full article >>
Some D.C. charter school leaders are asking the city’s public charter school board to reconsider a proposal to rank preschools based largely on their performance on varying math and reading tests.
In written comments to the board, several leaders questioned the validity of comparing schools based on different assessments and said the proposed evaluation tool would have unintended consequences.Read full article >>
Here we go again. In Texas, a new battle over curriculum is underway, this time between people who believe in science and people who don’t.
A few years there was a scandal when conservative officials in the Lone Star State changed the social studies curriculum in a way that many said distorted history. Last year, it became news when the Texas Republican Party included in its political platform a statement saying that opposed the teaching of “higher order thinking skills” because such instruction challenges a student’s “fixed beliefs” and undermines “parental authority.” After being publicly ridiculed, a party spokesman said it was all a big mistake.Read full article >>
Sarah Chaplin, a health teacher at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Prince George’s County, successfully launched a campaign to remove sugary drinks from her school. She has taught her students about healthy meal plans and has incorporated yoga into her lessons.Read full article >>
State education officials say they are revoking the teaching license of the Montgomery County educator accused of sexually abusing 14 girls in kindergarten to second grade at a Silver Spring elementary school.Read full article >>