Veteran Fairfax County administrator Deirdre Lavery has been named principal of Springfield’s Lee High School.
Lavery succeeds Abe Jeffers, who left Lee in May to serve as a top administrator in Richmond city schools. Lavery had most recently served as the director of the old Cluster 3.Read full article >>
Tierra Jolly defeated opponent Philip Pannell in a sleepy special election Tuesday to fill the Ward 8 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education, according to unofficial results from all 17 precincts posted online late Tuesday.Read full article >>
Here is the third in a series of pieces I have been publishing about a lunch meeting that President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan had recently with four teachers from high-poverty schools that focused on education, the teaching profession and school reform.Read full article >>
Is it possible that some school reforms that hold promise are failing because educators are simply not given the time or resources to communicate and build meaningful relationships with each other in order to properly implement them? Or because the conditions in which they do their work do not support productive interactions? The authors of the following post, Kara S. Finnigan and Alan J. Daly, explain research they have done that underscores the importance of the relational element in reform, and they draw on social network research as a way to highlight the importance of relationships as conduits through which valued resources flow and can bring about systemwide change.Read full article >>
Nearly 1 million students in community colleges are unable to take out federal student loans because their schools don’t participate in the federal program, an advocacy group reported Tuesday.
The Institute for College Access and Success, which studied the issue nationally, said 8.5 percent of all students at the public two-year colleges are blocked from a source of financing usually cheaper than a private loan.Read full article >>
Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council member Marion Barry on Tuesday joined hundreds of hard-hatted construction workers in celebrating the topping-out of Southeast Washington’s new Ballou High, expected to open to students in January 2015.Read full article >>
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The first classes of the day at Fairfax County high schools in 2015 could begin after 8 a.m. under a plan being considered by the school district administration.
Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza said that she endorsed a proposal to push back the start of high school classes by at least 40 minutes as part of a long-enduring effort to help teens get more sleep, provided that the plan could be modified to start middle schools earlier but after 7:30 a.m. The proposal likely would cost more than $5,580,000 in new buses.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County will open two high schools in 2015 that are specifically designed to help recent immigrant students and second-generation students who are struggling academically to adapt in the United States, school system officials said Tuesday.Read full article >>