David Menasche was a very popular, albeit unconventional, literature teacher at Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami who listened to punk rock, loved to skateboard and was distinguished from his teaching colleagues by his many tattoos. In 2006, at the age of 34, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, but he resisted leaving the classroom, teaching through cancer treatments until 2012, when he became too weak to work. Despite being partially blind and paralyzed, he decided to travel around the United States to reconnect with former students and keep learning about life. Menasche has been to more than 30 cities in 11 states and reconnected with more than 75 stories on his journey, which he chronicles in his new book, ”THE PRIORITY LIST: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons,” which is now in bookstores.Read full article >>
If you remember your No Child Left Behind history, 2014 is the year that all children were supposed to be scoring proficient on standardized tests. That was, of course, a ridiculous goal, which the authors of the bill knew full well when they wrote it, and a symbol for just how misguided school reform has become. Here, George Wood, superintendent of Federal Hocking Local Schools, offers four things that reform really should be targeting. He is the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy and board chair of The Coalition of Essential Schools.Read full article >>
A White House meeting of higher education leaders Thursday will spotlight a plethora of efforts to draw more students from low-income families into college, one of President Obama’s top priorities.
Among them is a program that sent Alexandria Johnston, 21, a brand-new graduate from the University of Virginia, to southern Virginia to help disadvantaged high school students navigate the labyrinths of applying to college and obtaining financial aid.Read full article >>
The National Education Association, the country’s largest labor union, is handing out grades to members of Congress on Thursday, and it has found that that Senate Republicans have grown friendlier to its agenda while House Republicans have become cooler.Read full article >>
What did New York state education officials do when they were questioned about why a Common Core website they operated was sending students to other sites with vulgar material? Not what you’d hope. Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in Nassau County wrote in this post about the website, and in the following piece, answers the question about official reaction.Read full article >>
The only public charter school in Montgomery County will shut down at the end of the school year because it has struggled with its finances and can’t afford to stay open.
The Board of Directors for Crossway Community Inc., which operates Crossway Community Montessori School, voted to terminate its charter, school officials said Wednesday. The Kensington school, the first and only charter to open in Montgomery, has been in operation for two years.Read full article >>
Each of the five people accused of helping divert taxpayer dollars from the District’s Options Public Charter School will remain defendants in the case, a D.C. Superior Court judge decided Wednesday.
Judge Craig Iscoe ruled that none of the five defendants met the legal standard to be dismissed, writing that “the District has sufficiently pleaded that Defendants may have participated in a plan to run Options contrary to its nonprofit purpose.”Read full article >>