The Prince William County school board has approved enrollment boundaries that determine which students will attend the county’s newest high school, scheduled to open in Dumfries in the fall of 2016.
The U.S. Department of Justice has been watching the county’s boundary process and scrutinized an initial plan because it appeared irregular and sent too few minorities to the school. A later version won Justice Department approval, but board members on Tuesday night altered that one slightly and passed it.Read full article >>
The District’s Paul Public Charter School is under investigation for alleged testing violations.
The middle school in Ward 4 has been classified as a “tier 1” school for the past three years, but the school did not receive a classification this year when score cards were released last week. School officials notified families that they did not receive a score because of “procedural testing violations during the administration of the DC CAS” in the 2013-2014 school year.Read full article >>
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) expressed deep concern Thursday about sexual assault allegations at the University of Virginia contained in a newly published Rolling Stone article.
The story in the magazine’s December issue describes a harrowing account of an alleged sexual assault at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house near campus in 2012. The victim, who is identified by an alias in the story, alleges that she went upstairs with a fraternity member during a party and entered a dark room, where she was attacked. The victim told Rolling Stone that she was pinned to the floor and was raped by seven male students. She did not pursue charges against the students involved and describes a lackluster response from University officials she contacted about the incident.Read full article >>
This is a scene you don’t see every day in any school district.
A ninth-grade student in the Miami-Dade County Public School system went before the school board to ask for help and an end to high-stakes tests that, he said, are ruining his chance to become the first in his family to graduate from high school. The district superintendent, Alberto M. Carvalho, promised he would personally make sure the teen does not fall through the cracks.Read full article >>
New federal measures to halt deportation of many illegal immigrants will spotlight a question of growing urgency for colleges: How should they handle applications from undocumented students for admissions and financial aid?Read full article >>
Angela M. Wakhweya, the chief of health policy for the Prince George’s County school system, said at a news conference that no new diagnosis of active TB has been made since school officials reported earlier this week than an individual at the school was infected.Read full article >>
Motherlode Blog: ‘Why Is This Happening in Your Life?’ Parents in the Child Welfare System Need to Be Heard
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium — one of the two multi-state consortia that, with some $360 million in federal funds, were tasked with designing new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards — just put out a news release with a big announcement and an accompanying release with an “interpretation” of that announcement.Read full article >>
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) offered a nuanced defense of the Common Core State Standards during a speech Thursday in Washington, trying to mend the divide within the GOP over the standards as he weighs a 2016 presidential bid.Read full article >>