Renowned author and poet Maya Angelou was one of more than 120 authors and illustrators who recently signed a letter to President Obama asking him to curb policies that promote excessive standardized testing because of the negative impact “on children’s love [of] reading and literature.” Now she has blasted Obama’s signature education initiative, Race to the Top, saying that it is “a contest” that doesn’t help children learn to love to read and get a better understanding of the world.Read full article >>
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration kicked off an effort Monday to overhaul school boundaries and feeder patterns for the first time in decades, a politically charged and long-delayed process that could limit access to some of the city’s most sought-after schools.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s schools chief proposed a $1.55 billion capital improvement budget Monday that seeks to relieve overcrowding in Maryland’s fastest-growing school district with the construction of five new schools and 22 classroom-addition projects over the next six years.Read full article >>
Does the school choice movement threaten to leave some kids behind? Here’s a piece on this by educator and author Sam Chaltain, who began his career as an English teacher in New York City and who now writes about the intersection of education and democracy at www.samchaltain.com. Previously, he was national director of the Forum for Education & Democracy, an education advocacy organization, and the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project, a national program that helps K-12 educators create more democratic learning communities. He also spent five years at the First Amendment Center as the co-director of the First Amendment Schools program. This first appeared on his Education Week blog.Read full article >>
A year ago California voters faced a choice: Would they approve a tax increase to help fund a public higher education system that had been the envy of the world? The passage of Proposition 30 on the November 2012 ballot was seen as a resounding affirmative.Read full article >>
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