U.S. News& World Report just released the 2015 version of its famous college rankings (which, frankly isn’t very different from the 2014 version). Princeton is No. 1. Harvard is No. 2. Yale is 3. And it turns out, there are three No. 4s — Columbia, Stanford and Chicago. Stanford and Chicago both shared No. 5 last year, but this year, they got just that much better to move on up.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Board of Education this week will hold its second retreat since the school system underwent a major overhaul last year.
This time, the reconfigured board will focus some of its attention on defining and developing “a more effective working relationship” with Kevin M. Maxwell, the schools chief executive officer, and his team.Read full article >>
He’s been called both a respected voice in the African American community and a tool of billionaire conservatives. He’s a onetime labor activist who says teachers unions are blocking poor children from getting a good education. And he’s a civil rights champion who broke with the NAACP over publicly funded vouchers for private schools.Read full article >>
As Montgomery County reaches record levels of student enrollment this year, the school system has added more than 200,000 additional square feet of new construction.
New projects include Montgomery’s 202nd school — Wilson Wims — which was spotlighted in first-day ceremonies on Aug. 25. Principal Sean McGee said this week that more than 660 students are now attending the Clarksburg school.Read full article >>
A single mother who is sick or dealing with car repairs. A child who’s staying with neighbors because his parent is in jail. A mother who works nights and weekends and takes her child out of school during the week to go shopping and spend time with her.Read full article >>
Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology has been named the top high school in the nation, again.
In a new Newsweek ranking, Fairfax’s magnet school was rated as the best in the country based on “student achievement and college readiness indicators,” according to a report in the magazine.Read full article >>
Sarah Lawrence College, dropped from a U.S. News and World Report ranking several years ago because of an admissions policy shift, is happy to be back. This says something about how college leaders view the rankings they love to hate.Read full article >>
Strauss: Bill Gates wants your kids to learn history this way — and he’s paying to get it into schools
Bill Gates can’t seem to stop getting big ideas about public education — and then using part of his fortune to see them implemented.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent billions of dollars on various initiatives that Gates thought would help improve public education, including a small schools initiative that he abandoned when he didn’t get the results he wanted; pilot programs in creating controversial teacher evaluation systems linked to student standardized test scores; and promotion of the Common Core State Standards. The foundation has even funded an effort by the Council of Chief State School Officers to evaluate student work for things like creativity.Read full article >>
Last year, Khan, who started the now-famous Web site that offers thousands of free videos for students in a range of subjects, interviewed Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the future of education. (You can watch the video here or below.)Read full article >>