In recent years we’ve seen the rise of big money being poured into local school board races from well outside the district, or city or even state where the election is being held. Millions were spent, for example, in Los Angeles school board races earlier this year. In April I published a piece by a teacher in New Jersey who blogs under the name “Jersey Jazzman” about the financing of a local school board campaign, and here is a new one, about another election and the same pattern of outside funding. A version of this appeared on the Jersey Jazzman blog.Read full article >>
Fairfax County schools Superintendent Karen Garza says she will propose significant cuts to address a projected $140 million budget deficit, a plan that suggests classroom staff reductions, furloughs, increased class sizes and eliminating a foreign language instruction program in the elementary schools.Read full article >>
Nothing I have read in The Washington Post lately has been more lucid and bracing than Patrick Welsh’s assault on catch-phrase school reforms in the Sept. 29 edition of the Outlook section. It was vintage Welsh — detailed, angry, literate. It’s what you expect from one of our best education writers and high school teachers. He added a dash of melancholy for fans like me as we learned he had just retired after 43 years at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.Read full article >>
Since taking the reins of Maryland’s second-largest school system in August, Kevin Maxwell has met with Prince George’s County business and community leaders, toured more than 50 schools, and talked to thousands of employees, students and parents.Read full article >>
No one can doubt that Wayne A.I. Frederick knows his way around Howard University.
Named interim president of Howard this month, Frederick holds three degrees from the school in Northwest Washington: a bachelor’s in zoology, a doctor of medicine and a master’s in business administration.Read full article >>
A number of recent articles have addressed the relative importance of some of the information used in the college application process. Taken as a group, these articles call into question just about every bit of data and writing students are asked to submit—a point not lost recently on Dennis Eller, College Counselor at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind., who offered this humorous summary on a counselors’ listserv. It is followed by a footnote from counselor Patrick O’Connor of Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Read full article >>
I recently posted a piece, headlined “How New York’s education commissioner blew it big time,” by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York about John King’s difficult efforts to try to sell the Common Core State Standards to the public. Here’s a follow-up which looks more deeply at the use of data in the state’s reform program and the growing divide between King’s reform policies, rhetoric and implementation.Read full article >>