Early this month Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly tried to change the century-old mission of the University of Wisconsin system by removing words in the state code that commanded the university to “search for truth” and “improve the human condition,” and replacing them with “meet the state’s workforce needs.” The changes didn’t happen when his effort was made public, but it was nevertheless a targeted shot against the foundational principles of higher education. And now, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, there is a new one.Read full article >>
Robert Cane, the executive director of an influential pro-charter school advocacy group in the District, has announced he is leaving his job after more than 16 years. During his tenure at Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), charter school enrollment in the city has grown more than tenfold, from about 3,600 to more than 38,000, representing 44 percent of public school students in the city. Read full article >>
Last year the parents of about 60,000 New York state students decided to opt their children out of high-stakes standardized testing, putting the state at the forefront of an “opt-out” movement that is growing nationally. That movement will be put to its own test as new Common Core testing are scheduled to begin shortly in states around the country. In this post, award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York explains why she is now calling for parents to choose to keep their children from taking high-stakes standardized tests even though it breaks the rules.Read full article >>
I chose my son by clicking and unclicking a series of boxes, looking for a sperm donor. Fifteen years ago, the roles were reversed: I was an egg donor.
Montgomery County leaders and parents are urging state lawmakers to support a bill that would provide $20 million a year in state funds to help enable the issuance of almost $700 million in school construction bonds for the fast-growing school district.Read full article >>