Montgomery County police do not have to send unattended children to Child Protective Services if they do not believe neglect is involved in the case and can instead notify the parents and drive the children home, according to a newly released memo from county officials that makes it clear that police have discretion when they find children walking alone in the county.Read full article >>
About 20 percent of 2010 graduates have jobs that do not require a law license, a new study shows, and only 40 percent are working in law firms.
At the top of The Washington Post’s new America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is a collection of intense little public schools you’ve probably never heard of. One of the most obscure, Corbett Charter School in a rural area east of Portland, Ore., has taken the unusual step of easing back on Advanced Placement courses, illuminating a controversy about how much challenge students in top schools need.Read full article >>
The ancient Greek city Sybaris was notorious for the luxurious and sensual excesses of its citizens. Its namesake, the string quintet Sybarite5, which performed at the Barns at Wolf Trap on Friday, prefers to focus on another aspect of the city’s reputation — that “it charmed with music.” Charm and entertain the musicians did with their “Shuffle Effect” program, which allows them to announce from the stage what their iPhone has chosen for them to play next from their current 20-piece tour play-list. Read full article >>
A Camden, N.J., charter school encouraged each one of its seniors to send a lot of college applications, and by a lot, we are talking about A LOT — an average of more than 45 per student. One student sent out more than 70.Read full article >>
James Steyer’s nonprofit organization, Common Sense Media, is known for offering parents guidance on games and videos, but he has a grander vision.
It is commonly said that today’s children are spoiled and self-entitled because their parents are overly protective (while at the same, somehow, too lenient). This common wisdom has been repeatedly challenged by educator and writer Alfie Kohn, (www.alfiekohn.org), author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”] But in this post, for the sake of analysis, he temporarily accepts the position that “the grumblers” are right about helicopter parents and looks at the consequences for young people. This post, which I am publishing with permission, appeared on his website.Read full article >>
Scott Levy is a parent of children with attend New York state public schools. From February 2014 through February 2015, he was a senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, during which he analyzed the rollout of the federal Race to the Top program in in New York State. In the following post, Levy looks at the standards set for the fifth-grade math assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards that students took over three days last week across New York. Then he uses them to evaluate just how well school reforms set by education policymakers in Albany stack up against those standards. Hint: Not so well.Read full article >>
When students show up at Charles Barrett Elementary with worn-through shoes held together by tape, or when they’re falling behind on homework, or when they miss class for days at a time, it’s likely they will end up in Ana Bonilla-Galdamez’s office.Read full article >>
Two state Republican delegates spoke out against a proposal in Fairfax County to include transgender students and staff in the school system’s non-discrimination policy.The proposal, submitted by school board member Ryan McElveen (At Large), comes after Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) issued an opinion in March granting local school boards the authority to include sexual orientation and gender identity in non-discrimination policies. Read full article >>
A Maryland group that backs “free range” parenting is asking families to show their support for independent outdoor play by taking their children to a downtown Silver Spring park and letting them walk home by themselves.Read full article >>
This is the first spring of Common Core standardized testing across the country (as previous posts have noted), and a number of states have reported problems administering the computer-based exams. Here is a list of headlines from publications around the country revealing the scope of the difficulties, compiled by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest, a nonprofit organization that advocates against the misuse and abuse of standardized tests.Read full article >>
The following post was written by a fifth-year English teacher in a Title 1 middle school who blogs anonymously at the loveteachblog. It captures both the joys and overwhelming burdens of working in an under-resourced school with a large population of high-risk students and in a system that makes it difficult for teachers and students to succeed. Though these are the experiences of one teacher, they reflect those of others (though certainly not all) across the country.Read full article >>
Hundreds of people filled the Valdosta State University campus Friday, waving American flags in a peaceful show of support for the national symbol a week after several students trampled a flag to protest racism.Read full article >>
A group of more than 50 Sweet Briar College faculty members filed a lawsuit Friday hoping to stop the college from firing them and closing. They argued that closure would be a breach of contract, that the financial crisis cited as the reason for closing did not, in fact, exist, and they are seeking more than $40 million in damages for the irreparable harm they claim they would suffer if it did.Read full article >>
The last three defendants were convicted of manslaughter and hazing in the death of a Florida A&M drum major, ending a three-year-old case.
Bronx SciFest, a competition created by Lehman College three years ago, gives students who might not otherwise get to a chance to pursue serious research.
A University of Florida fraternity expelled three of its members Friday after allegations that they hurled insults and spat at a group of disabled military veterans at a Panama City resort.