Nearly two years after a gunman killed 20 first-graders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the students, parents and community members are still recovering.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education said it is awarding a $3.1 million grant to help the Newtown school system, part of $17 million the Obama administration has spent to date on counseling and other support services for the still-grieving community.Read full article >>
Students who returned to school in Fairfax County on Tuesday were protected by added security measures placed by the administration in recent months.
After the shootings at Virginia Tech and Newtown, Conn., school officials nationwide reviewed safety protocols to help prevent mass tragedies. In Fairfax, all high schools this fall are equipped with state-of-the art door-access technology that allows administrators inside the building to monitor who comes in.Read full article >>
Education historian Larry Cuban notes that no matter what part of the political spectrum school reform originates, reformers keep making the same mistakes, decade in and decade out. What mistakes? Cuban explains in this post. Cuban was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This appeared on Cuban’s on School Reform and Classroom Practice blog.Read full article >>
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Last week the school board in Lee County, Fla., became the first school district anywhere to vote to opt out of all state-mandated testing as a protest against what members said was excessive testing. The vote then was 3-2 and board member Don Armstrong called it an “act of civil disobedience.”Read full article >>