Parents from across Montgomery County have delivered a strong message in public hearings focused on fixing the suburban district’s deteriorating and overcrowded schools: More needs to be done than is outlined in the school system’s $1.55 billion proposal.Read full article >>
It’s no surprise that news of big increases in D.C. public school scores on the much-respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests has been greeted with as much suspicion as applause. Those who care about D.C. schoolchildren have been disappointed too many times by gains that were not sustained.Read full article >>
Here is a post about the Common Core State Standards and early childhood learning, by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and early childhood education expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige.Read full article >>
Strauss: Arne Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant’
(Update: Adding more on opposition to Core, where Duncan spoke)
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”Read full article >>
Montgomery County school leaders adopted a calendar for next school year without voting on the broader question of giving a day off to students for one of the major Muslim holy days.
But members of the Montgomery County Board of Education also signaled that they would continue to study the issue and asked that school staff look into creating fixed standards for granting such requests.Read full article >>
The annual fees students pay for parking spaces at Fairfax County’s high schools provide thousands of dollars principals can use to purchase such classroom enhancements as iPads and computers, but school records show that the county’s poorest students are most often shortchanged because their schools make far less in parking money.Read full article >>
More trouble has cropped up for the D.C. school voucher program, the only federally funded program in the country that sends children to private school using public money to pay the tuition.
A new U.S. General Accountability Office report says that the local agency that administers the program -- which has used $152 million in federal funds since 2004 for more than 5,000 students from low-income families -- lacks the “financial systems, controls, policies, and procedures” to ensure that federal funds are being spent legally. It also says the U.S. Education Department has not exercised its oversight responsibilities well enough.Read full article >>
The school board in Prince William County, where class sizes have reached state limits in many subjects and grades, is requesting more flexibility from the state to set its own class sizes.
The request was made through the board’s list of approved legislative priorities, presented Friday to the county’s delegation of state lawmakers in advance of the 2014 General Assembly session.Read full article >>
More than a year ago, in the aftermath of a nasty leadership crisis, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors ordered President Teresa A. Sullivan to create a strategic plan that would “examine our very purpose and reason for being” and provide “a roadmap for our future.”Read full article >>
The local agency that administers D.C.’s school vouchers, the nation’s only federally funded program that gives tax dollars to poor children to attend private schools, has so many faulty internal systems and missing policies that it can’t manage the program, according to a scathing report by the Government Accountability Office.Read full article >>
The state of the District’s long-struggling middle schools took center stage at a packed D.C. Council hearing Friday as school leaders discussed the city’s plans to overhaul school boundaries and feeder patterns for the first time in more than three decades.Read full article >>
D.C. fifth- and eighth-graders know more about communication and emotional health than they know about the human body and nutrition, according to the results of the city’s second-ever standardized test on health and physical education.Read full article >>
The results of a seven-month survey that cost Fairfax County schools $180,000 released this week did not surprise anyone familiar with teenage eating habits: Students hate the food served at school cafeterias.Read full article >>