An education technology company has folded after receiving millions of dollars in federal Race to the Top funds to provide online assessments and other services to school districts.Charlotte-based Thinkgate LLC shut down last week, according to state education officials in Ohio and Massachusetts, two states that used Race to the Top money to contract with the company.Read full article >>
In a complaint to be filed Thursday, members of a feminist student group say that the University of Mary Washington in Virginia failed to protect them from a “sexually hostile” and threatening environment.
For some transgender high school students in the Virginia suburbs, a school board decision Thursday could mean an end to death threats and the beginning of freedom to live openly as who they truly are.Read full article >>
Clean-up crews planned to work through the night Wednesday to reopen a Silver Spring elementary school that was closed for a day after a flooding problem led to significant damage in the building.Montgomery school officials said families at Flora M. Singer Elementary School would be notified as soon as an official decision is made about whether classes will be held on Thursday. Read full article >>
BALTIMORE — A gaggle of federal and state officials — including two Cabinet secretaries — met with community leaders and students Wednesday at Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore, across the street from Mondawmin Mall, the site of looting and rioting last week.Read full article >>
Tuition will go up at the University System of Maryland colleges this fall, after the Board of Regents voted to approve an increase Wednesday.That will mean a 5 percent increase in tuition for undergraduate students. In-state graduate tuition could rise as much as 13.1 percent.Read full article >>
A Hechinger Report examination found that, despite the controversy, few students or teachers will be much affected by the result of this spring’s common-core-aligned tests.
Unsecured creditors of Corinthian Colleges, including students, have little hope of recovery because the company has few assets.
A crowd-funding Web site is accepting donations to fund University of Virginia associate dean Nicole Eramo’s potential legal case against Rolling Stone magazine.The Web site — “True Hoos” on crowdrise.com — started anonymously in recent days, has collected more than $15,500, with an ultimate goal of $500,000. The Web site states that the money will be used for what is described as an imminent lawsuit against the pop culture magazine for its portrayal of Eramo in a 9,000-word account of a gang-rape at U-Va. that has been retracted.Read full article >>
Strauss: Civil rights groups blast parents opting their kids out of high-stakes tests. Why they are wrong.
Is high-stakes standardized testing helping students who live in poverty and students of color — or hurting them?A dozen civil rights groups have released a statement (see below) opposing efforts by parents and others to boycott high-stakes standardized tests aligned to the Common Core and similar standards, saying that the tests are valuable to students of color and those from low-income families. The statement says in part:Read full article >>
We’ve been on a different commenting system than the rest of NYTimes.com for years, but we’re joining the rest of the paper — and getting all the bells and whistles that come with it. Here’s a Q. and A., with screen shots, for dealing with the changes.
It’s hard to say what was more uncomfortable at the beginning — the silences, or the halting small talk people tried to make, about hometowns and the storm that was about to hit. Six strangers had gathered around a table at a Georgetown senior’s apartment, invited by an anonymous person (or maybe people?) and they didn’t know what to expect.Read full article >>
This is the first in a regular series of columns about the nation’s community colleges from Jay Mathews, a longtime Washington Post education reporter, columnist and author. The columns will appear on The Post’s Grade Point blog.Read full article >>
State education officials say attorney Baker Kurrus will be the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District.