Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell is the first to admit that when he pledged to visit all 205 schools in Maryland’s second-largest school district during his first year on the job, he wasn’t so sure it was a realistic goal.Read full article >>
Several small schools in western Loudoun County have been added to an annual list of the state’s most endangered historic sites by a preservation advocacy group.
The schools were included among about 800 historic schools statewide that Richmond-based Preservation Virginia is hoping to protect as districts increasingly replace smaller school buildings with larger, centrally located facilities.Read full article >>
Strauss: Texas superintendent tells parents: Your children’s standardized test scores don’t mean much
Paul Jones, superintendent of the Paris Independent School District in Texas, posted a rather unusual letter to parents on the district’s website.
Jones informed parents that they would soon receive their children’s scores on state-mandated standardized tests and that they shouldn’t put very much stock into them. In fact, he told them they were part of a “punitive” system in which assessments “do not reflect the quality of teaching or learning.”Read full article >>
It isn’t easy for a girl to get an education in Nigeria.
The world’s attention has been focused for over a month on the kidnappings of a schoolful of girls in Nigeria by an Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram that doesn’t believe in Western education and or in education for girls. The fate of the girls is still unknown, and the United States is helping in the effort to find them. At least 173 teachers have been killed in recent years during the Boko Haram insurgency in several northeastern Nigerian states, prompting a protest by educators and others in Lagos on Thursday.Read full article >>
At least eight veteran D.C. Public Schools principals have announced that they are leaving their jobs, reviving what has become an annual debate about turnover among the system’s school leaders.
The departing principals include two key figures in arts education: Patrick Pope, who used a heavy emphasis on dance, music, theater and visual arts to spur a turnaround at high-poverty Savoy Elementary in Anacostia; and Rory Pullens, the highly regarded principal of Duke Ellington School of the Arts since 2006.Read full article >>
Federally funded school lunches have been in the news because Republicans in the U.S. House just voted to allow some schools to get a waiver from a law that requires lunches served to students to meet new health standards. Why? Apparently some schools can’t make enough money serving healthy foods because kids don’t want to eat them and are throwing away healthy foods.What a surprise.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board on Thursday will vote to approve the 2015 budget, bringing to a close a months-long process to address a projected multimillion-dollar shortfall.
Early this school year, new Superintendent Karen Garza made efforts to highlight what she described as a budget “crisis” facing the school system. In light of the dire fiscal outlook, Garza proposed a series of cuts including eliminating 720 staff positions and having bigger class sizes.Read full article >>