There’s nothing new about President Obama giving speeches in which he talks about school reform in ways that have little to do with reality (see, for example, here and here), but there was something especially disconnected about the education rhetoric in his 2014 State of the Union speech.Read full article >>
Virginia science teachers are opposing a bill in the General Assembly they say would open classroom doors to lessons challenging evolution, global warming and other mainstream scientific views.
The bill, sponsored by Del. Richard P. Bell (R-Staunton), would direct school systems to encourage students “to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about scientific controversies in science classes.”Read full article >>
Many of the District’s traditional schools have fewer children than they were originally designed to hold, driving up the cost of maintenance. Meanwhile, the city’s fast-growing charter schools often struggle to find suitable real estate.Read full article >>
A television program made by Fairfax County public schools in cooperation with local police authorities airing Wednesday night will highlight the dangers of sex trafficking, a crime spreading in Northern Virginia.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who filled two seats on the Board of Education last year when two elected members resigned, is asking the General Assembly to change the way selections are made to the county school board when an elected member vacates their seat.Read full article >>
The Education Department on Wednesday released new guidance that allows charter schools receiving federal funds to change their student admissions lotteries so that low-income and educationally disadvantaged students can have more weight in an effort to create more integrated schools. Explaining the changes in this post are Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter, both of The Century Foundation and co-authors of “A Better Direction for Charter Schools: Restoring the Original Vision of Charter Schools by Empowering Teachers and Integrating Students,” due out later this year from Teachers College Press.Read full article >>
Calling modern school reform “catastrophically misguided and ineffective,” civil rights icon James Meredith is launching what he calls the American Child’s Education Bill of Rights, a 12-point declaration of obligations that he says the nation owes every public school child.Read full article >>
The snow may have closed schools and turned schedules upside down, but Montgomery County says report cards will be issued as planned Thursday.
The grade reports — showing marks for the school year’s first semester — have already been sent to the district’s 202 schools and are expected to go home with students Thursday according to schedule.Read full article >>
Next time you think a school district is being overly cautious about cancelling school because of bad weather, remember this: Thousands of students in Georgia and Alabama were forced to spend the night Tuesday in their schools — and some on buses — while their parents got stuck in traffic jams for more than 12 hours because a rare snowstorm dumped a few inches of snow.Read full article >>
Fairfax County supervisor Jeff McKay said he will visit more than 25 schools in upcoming weeks to get a classroom view of the fiscal challenges facing the school system.
With budget talks with the school board underway, McKay said he will visit all of the schools in his magisterial district to talk face-to-face with principals, teachers and students.Read full article >>