For parents and teacers at Fort Hunt elementary near Alexandria, the talk all summer has revolved around how to address a toxic work environment that forced about 40 percent of the instructional staff to pack up their classrooms for new jobs elsewhere this fall.Read full article >>
Before considering school improvement proposals from the candidates for Virginia governor, I have a question: Why is Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate, saying nothing about his timely and crucial support for low-income students’ access to the two most important high school programs in Northern Virginia?Read full article >>
By day, Ryan McElveen is a researcher at the Brookings Institution who scrutinizes one of the most opaque and powerful governments in the world: the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
By night, McElveen, 27, serves as the youngest elected official on the Fairfax County School Board, where he works to bring transparency to the local government.Read full article >>
Labor Day is traditionally marked with parades and other celebrations, a time for Americans to take a break from their jobs and honor the historic role that the labor movement played in the creation of the middle class, the rise of living standards and the strength of the country. There’s nothing sad about that, for sure, but there is about this:Read full article >>
Buried in the fine print of D.C. school budget documents last spring was a detail that many parents didn’t notice until last week, when their children headed back to class and discovered that recess had been cut to 15 minutes a day.Read full article >>
How much do you really know about the core curriculum that American students are taught? Exploring this is the following piece -- along with a quiz -- by Marion Brady, who was a classroom teacher for years, has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book “What’s Worth Learning” asks and answer this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called Connections: Investigating Reality, is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.Read full article >>
The Washington Post asked several leaders of colleges and universities about President Obama’s plan to rate their institutions by 2015 and link student aid to those ratings by 2018.
Read on for responses from leaders of Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Catholic, Howard, Morgan State, the University of the District of Columbia, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Maryland at College Park, Oregon State, University of Virginia, George Mason, William & Mary, University System of Maryland, Goucher, Vassar, St. John’s, Marymount, Washington and Lee, Davidson, Stevenson, Hood, Trinity Washington and Excelsior.Read full article >>
President Obama’s pledge to begin federal ratings of colleges by 2015 has touched off widespread debate in academia, exposing a divide that can be seen in contrasting reactions from the leader of a small private college in Maryland and the head of the state’s flagship public university.Read full article >>