The superintendent of a school district in Illinois has issued a directive banning any discussion in classrooms of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen killed Aug. 9 by a white police officer, or the civil unrest that followed in Ferguson, Mo.Read full article >>
Attacking tenure and job protections has become the rage in school reform circles. In recent years some states have either eliminated tenure or cut back on teacher job protections by legislative means, and the courts have become a new battleground since a California judge last month declared unconstitutional state statutes that give job protections to teachers. There are two similar lawsuits in New York state and more are expected to be filed in other states.Read full article >>
Students at Eastern High School found balloons and a dance party Monday morning when they arrived for their first day of school. Students waited on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules, and every senior at the Capitol Hill school received a crown.Read full article >>
Thousands of students returned to classes in Montgomery County Monday, as the school year opened with a new technology initiative, a new student code of conduct and a record-high projected enrollment.
Maryland’s largest school system - with more than 154,000 students expected this year — also added a new school, its 202nd: Wilson Wims Elementary, on Blue Sky Drive, in Clarksburg.Read full article >>
Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time.
And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students.Read full article >>
The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded $6.9 million in state funds to allow more students — regardless of family income — to start their school day eating breakfast.
The money for the Maryland Meals for Achievement Program will be given to 481 schools throughout the state, including 84 schools in Prince George’s County and 74 schools in Montgomery County.Read full article >>