Many school reformers blame unions and entrenched bureaucracy for blocking school reforms that, they say, would have worked beautifully if they had been implemented as designed. Actually, as Jack Schneider explains in this post, most school reforms imposed over decades have been implemented but they never turn out to be as effective as promised. Schneider is an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, the author of two books, and the father of a pre-K public school student. He tweets @Edu_Historian.Read full article >>
The average SAT score in Fairfax County jumped five points in 2014, even as students around the country saw scores remain stagnant.
Compared to 2013, the average composite score for students in Fairfax, the 10th-largest school division in the country and most dynamic district in the sate, rose to 1668, more than 170 points above the nationwide average of 1497.Read full article >>
Here’s a video in which young people explain why they don’t read the books that are assigned in school but somehow manage to get away with it in class. They also talk about how much they actually like to read — when given a chance to pick their own material.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County school board members have used credit cards issued by the district to pay for thousands of dollars in meals at local restaurants, spending that some are calling a misuse of school system funds even though it does not appear to violate the rules.Read full article >>
Karen Lewis, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president who has been laying the groundwork for a challenge to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, underwent emergency surgery Wednesday and has a “serious illness,” according to the union.Read full article >>
The Web site of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, the entity that approves and oversees 60 charter schools in the nation’s capital, says the following:Charter schools are public, taxpayer-funded and open to all DC residents; parents can enroll their child if there is space, and if there is not, schools hold a random selection process or lottery. Charter schools are not selective.” Read full article >>
Officials in three Northern Virginia counties are scrutinizing the costs of educating the nearly 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant children living there with an eye toward recouping expenses from the federal government for keeping the young migrants — who crossed the U.S. border without their parents — in local public schools.Read full article >>