This post is connected to two recent pieces I published about the Common Core State Standards. This post is a transcript of a debate on the Core that was recently held in New York; arguing for the Core were Carmel Martin and Mike Petrilli and arguing against were Carol Burris and Rick Hess. And this piece was written after the debate by Burris who takes issue with four arguments that Core supporters frequently make. In that piece, Burris challenges Petrilli to produce some research for arguments he was making about how children learn to read. Petrilli did send her some links, which she turned over to a literacy expert to review. This is the result of the review, written by Russ Walsh, coordinator of College Reading at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Walsh has had a 45-year career as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and curriculum director in schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He blogs on literacy instruction and issues related to public education at Russ on Reading.Read full article >>
A little more than half of Montgomery County’s 25 high schools had failure rates of more than 70 percent for the final exam in Algebra 1 in June, even after the district added 15 percentage points to exam grades, according to newly released district data.Read full article >>
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Sunday that they are holding out hope for their daughter’s safe return but fear that her disappearance was the result of “foul play.”Read full article >>
The president of the Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP is demanding that a high school principal who has been accused of harassing and bullying former employees resign or be terminated.Read full article >>
Both of the leading mayoral candidates — D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser and David A. Catania — have the right attitude about the city’s struggling public schools. Improving education is the most significant challenge, they say. The District government cannot improve the lives and livelihoods of its residents without that.Read full article >>
The District is increasingly turning to another pool of labor to support its efforts to improve literacy, reduce dropout rates and turn around schools: AmeriCorps volunteers.
Twenty years after the national service program started, the $665 million federal program helps fund corps members in 1,500 organizations around the country. In the District, about 800 AmeriCorps volunteers are working in public schools — both traditional and charter — and in community organizations that support education.Read full article >>
AmeriCorps celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. The national service program, created as a kind of domestic Peace Corps, was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.
During an inaugural swearing-in ceremony he told the first volunteers: “You’re what is right with America.”Read full article >>
A George Washington University student who died late last week was identified Sunday.
William Gwathmey, 20, died Friday, of causes yet undetermined, said Officer Paul Metcalf of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.Read full article >>