With resistance to standardized test-obsessed school reform growing around the country, three dozen local, state and national organizations and individuals have now banded together in an alliance to expand efforts to bring sanity to education policy.Read full article >>
(Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly cited a Los Angeles Times editorial. The article cited was not a Times editorial but an opinion piece written by an outsider writer and published in the Times.)Read full article >>
It was a novel idea that bubbled up at an unusual public college. A group of professors at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, outraged about a trend of rising presidential pay in higher education, wanted to cap the salary of their school’s president at a level no more than 10 times what the college’s least-paid employees make.Read full article >>
True or false? Students and anybody else in a public school have a right to quietly pray any time they want.
It’s true, but you wouldn’t know it if you listen to lawmakers in Virginia who, according to this Post story, are pushing legislation that would ”codify students’ right to pray before, during and after school; organize prayer groups, clubs and events; wear religious clothing or accessories; and express religious viewpoints at school forums.”Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board has decided to allow Perry Street Prep’s elementary and middle school grades to continue operating but to close its high school, making Perry Street the latest in a string of charter schools to face sanctions for poor academic performance.Read full article >>
If you have ever been through the college admissions process, or your child has, or, if anybody you have ever known has been remotely connected to it, then you know how crazy it is. In this post, Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing at DePaul University in Chicago writes about the process and how it could/should be changed in ways you probably haven’t considered.Read full article >>
As in several other states, lawmakers in Wisconsin are considering legislation that would pause, change or eliminate the new Common Core academic standards in math and reading now being implemented in public school classrooms across the country.Read full article >>