Patricia McGuire is president of Trinity Washington University, a Catholic school of some 2,500 students just a few miles from where President Obama last week held its White House Summit on College Opportunity. She wasn’t invited. Instead the administration invited leaders of colleges and universities who agreed to pledge to take new steps to help students in financial need enroll and graduate; at Trinity, 80 percent of the students are already eligible for Pell grants. According to this story in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the summit was heavy with leaders from elite institutions, and that wasn’t a coincidence, given what motivated the summit. McGuire explains in the following post, which appeared in Huffington Post.Read full article >>
Several suburban public school systems will open two hours late on Friday because of icy roads and frigid weather.
“Since the temperatures will be about the same as [Thursday] morning, we wanted to err on the side of caution,” said Max Pugh, a spokesman for Prince George’s County schools.Read full article >>
Dozens of D.C. students arrived at their schools before dawn Thursday for a long-awaited ski trip to a Pennsylvania mountain. But the buses hired for the trip never showed because of a payment dispute between the school system and the bus company.Read full article >>
After years of complaints from parents and teachers about too much testing in D.C. public schools, Chancellor Kaya Henderson on Thursday announced that a new task force will work to “help put testing in the proper perspective.”Read full article >>
Some Washington area school districts are suddenly the target of criticism for keeping schools closed after Tuesday’s snowstorm.
A Post colleague over at the great Weather Gang blog, in fact, wrote about Fairfax County’s decision to stay closed Thursday after officials decided that some of the roads and walkways were still too dangerous for parents and kids to use. The blog post said in part:Read full article >>
Here’s an infographic with 2013 state-by-state education statistics. Click on the tabs and the individual states to see information in different areas, including high school graduation rates, test scores and more.Read full article >>
After deciding to close schools Thursday, Fairfax Schools officials responded to criticism of the decision, saying that their primary concern is student safety as roads in the county remain difficult to drive.Read full article >>
Here, from John Holdren, who is President Obama’s science and technology adviser, is an explanation — in just two minutes — of the polar vortex and why climate change makes it more likely that we will see more extreme weather in the future.Read full article >>