The Loudoun County School Board is considering a musical theater magnet program that could start as soon as next school year.
The proposal, which will be presented to the board Tuesday night, was developed by a Leesburg mother who was frustrated that the county has advanced programs for budding chemists, builders or mathematicians, but not for aspiring actors and dancers, like her high-school aged daughter.Read full article >>
Maryland education leaders on Tuesday approved the most sweeping changes in decades to state discipline policies, culminating a four-year effort to find a more constructive approach to student punishment, end racial disparities in suspensions and keep students who are punished in school.Read full article >>
There is a certain predictability to the annual story about college endowments. Harvard University has the biggest in the country, $32.33 billion. The University of Texas system has the biggest among public systems, $20.45 billion. The University of Virginia has the biggest among schools in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia — $5.17 billion.Read full article >>
Four-year high school graduation rates have hit a high in Maryland, largely spurred by significant gains among Hispanic students, according to newly released state data for the Class of 2013.
Nearly 85 percent of students in Maryland earned a diploma on time in 2013, up from 83.6 percent in 2012. The graduation rate for Hispanic students jumped more than 2.5 percentage points in one year, rising from 72.5 percent to 75.1 percent. It was the largest percentage gain among all racial and ethnic subgroups.Read full article >>
In case you missed any of the endless streams of announcements, it’s National School Choice Week, and advocates are staging thousands of events across the country to talk it up. There is even a school choice train making a whistle-stop tour across the country for rallies and other such goings-on to draw attention to a movement that has been hailed as “the” or “an” answer to what ails public education today.Read full article >>
In Loudoun County, midterm exams were canceled last week because of the snowstorm and the resulting icy roads. Now, Prince George’s County schools officials say the winter weather has affected when student report cards will be handed out.Read full article >>