The Loudoun County School Board has approved a musical theater pilot program that is scheduled to start next fall at Heritage High School.
As many as 32 talented high school juniors or seniors will be selected for the part-time magnet program, designed to give them an edge when applying for specialized arts programs in college or pursuing work in the field.Read full article >>
The law of unintended consequences essentially states that individual and government actions always have some unintended consequences. In the following post, Arthur H. Camins writes about the unintended consequences of many education reform policies. Camins is the director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com .Read full article >>
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For the first time, the federal government plans to regulate how food is marketed in public schools, part of first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to reduce the allure of unhealthy foods to the nation’s children.Read full article >>
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Tuesday that she will set aside $5 million in next year’s budget to help city schools boost student satisfaction.
The move comes in response to pleas from parents, teachers and principals to invest in making schools places that children enjoy and are excited about, Henderson said in a call with reporters Tuesday.Read full article >>
Strauss: First black female Ole Miss student body president reacts to newest racial incident at university
Kimbrely Dandridge was elected as the first black, female student body president at the University of Mississippi in 2012, and now is a first-year law student at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. A recent racial incident at Ole Miss caused her to write the following piece, which was published on the Hechinger Report and excerpts of which first appeared in the The Daily Mississippian.Read full article >>
Earlier today, I wrote about regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would ban, for the first time, advertising in public schools that pushes foods high in fat, sugar, salt — otherwise known as junk food.Read full article >>
If ever there were a meaningless exercise in the annals of evaluation, it would be this one.
The Florida Times-Union newspaper sued the state Education Department to get access to what are called “value-added” scores of teachers that are used to make high-stakes decisions about their jobs. These scores come from student standardized test scores, which are then plugged into a complicated formula that supposedly can calculate the “value” a teacher adds to a student’s achievement. In Florida, half of a teacher’s evaluation comes from these scores and the other half from administrative observation; the ratios are different in different states.Read full article >>