When students at Fairfax County’s Mount Vernon High School return to classes next week, they no longer will be allowed to wear “jeggings” as pants.
What exactly are jeggings? They are the fashion cousin of leggings, the skin-tight staples found in many high school hallways. Jeggings are leggings with a faux-denim appearance, providing the tailored jean look that is in vogue among teenagers. To dress in leggings or jeggings, Mount Vernon students must wear them underneath shorts, dresses or skirts that are at most three inches above the knee, according to school regulations.Read full article >>
For years now a charade has been perpetuated on the public by politicians in Washington and school reformers about the definition of a "highly qualified teacher" -- an issue that has real-life consequences in the country's neediest classrooms. This post on the subject was written by Kenneth Zeichner is a professor of teacher education at the University of Washington, Seattle, and professor emeritus in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A member of the National Academy of Education, he has done extensive research and teaching and teacher education and has published widely. He is a product of the Philadelphia public school system and a former elementary teacher team leader in the National Teacher Corps.
Headlines have carried bad news about the District’s Cardozo Senior High for decades, directing attention to its low graduation rates, fistfights and shootings. But this year, as it opened Monday as the renamed Cardozo Education Campus, school officials are determined to reinvent the school.Read full article >>
For most students, the first day of school symbolizes the promise of new beginnings. Some vow to work harder, try for better grades or get more involved in extracurriculars.
But at Gaithersburg High School, the start of the school year Monday took on additional meaning as more than 2,000 students walked into a new, state-of-the-art building a decade in the making.Read full article >>
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been spending billions of dollars on education reform for years, first with a small-school initiative that he declared had failed after spending $2 billion, and in more recent years with expensive experiments on how to evaluate teachers with the purpose of improving teacher quality. In this 2011 op-ed, Bill and Melinda Gates wrote that Microsoft had some good lessons for schools about how to improve employee quality:Read full article >>