They occupy a tiny but significant niche in higher education: Public liberal arts colleges.
A Washington Post article on the scramble this fall at St. Mary’s College of Maryland to raise its enrollment underscores the unusual market position of these schools. They aim to be selective and intimate, like private liberal arts colleges, but with enough public funding to make them more affordable. That’s the theory.Read full article >>
A growing number of colleges nationwide are scrambling to fill classes, a trend analysts say is driven by a decline in the number of students graduating from high school and widespread concern among families about the price of higher education.Read full article >>
Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s nominee for state superintendent of education received both praise and pointed criticism at a confirmation hearing Friday before a D.C. Council committee.
Jesus Aguirre has served since October as the District’s acting state superintendent of education, overseeing an agency that funnels millions of federal dollars to schools, runs buses for students with disabilities and crafts policies that affect both traditional public schools and public charter schools.Read full article >>
Here is a third post in a debate on The Answer Sheet about international test scores and whether they tell us anything important about the U.S. public education system.
The conversation began with a post I wrote last week titled “The fetishization of international test scores” which looked to the upcoming release of 2012 PISA test scores on Dec. 3 and said we place too much attention on these scores. A few days ago I published a dissent from Marc Tucker, resident of the non-profit National Center on Education and the Economy. Both pieces mentioned a report released early this year by Martin Carnoy, education professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, Richard Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, which raised questions about whether the average scores in the 2009 PISA were reported lower than they should have been.Read full article >>
Two dozen people gathered on a sidewalk in Northwest Washington on Thursday night to show support for suspended television news anchor J.C. Hayward and to call for her return to her station.
Hayward, a 42-year veteran of WUSA (Channel 9), has not appeared on air since Oct. 1, when she was named in a lawsuit alleging that the former managers of Options Public Charter School had developed a contracting scheme that diverted millions of dollars to two for-profit companies.Read full article >>
The rejection letter Amanda Scarangella received last year from the University of Virginia set off a tear-soaked night for the Ashburn teen.
For Scarangella, who took seven Advanced Placement courses at Stone Bridge High School and participated in an elite girls leadership training program, the rejection letter was a shock. For her parents, who moved to Northern Virginia because of its strong public schools and access to renowned public colleges, it was frustrating.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Board of Education narrowly voted Thursday to support a request by the schools chief to make significant changes to the district’s $1.7 billion budget.
The 5 to 2 to 2 vote allows Schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell to proceed with his request to transfer $18 million from various accounts in the budget to pay for several executive-level positions, enhancements in the art program, security improvements and other initiatives. The County Council now must approve the request for the proposal to take effect.Read full article >>
Updated: 1:30 p.m. Friday
A university official e-mailed The Post this statement: “The Howard University Board of Trustees has convened for its annual retreat. The Board is slated to discuss a number of strategic priorities including sustaining enrollment growth, framework for major campaign, transition update and the presidential search process including engagement of students, faculty, staff, alumni and other key stakeholders. As customary, details regarding Board actions will be shared with campus constituents on Monday following the meeting.”Read full article >>
More than 150 Montgomery County parents and students turned out for a town-hall-style meeting with their schools chief Thursday night, posing questions about report cards, standardized tests, high school start times and the achievement gap.Read full article >>