Standard & Poor’s has issued a new report that extends its “negative” outlook for the charter school sector. Of 214 public charter school ratings done by the agency, 41, or 19 percent, are negative while only 4 — or 2 percent — are positive. Furthermore, it says, funding has not generally “returned to pre-recessionary levels, and some schools are struggling to operate in this “new normal.’”Read full article >>
If you’ve heard the song with the lyrics “go you chicken fat go” in ads for iPhones, you may have stopped and wondered what the heck a song about chicken fat has to do with Apple and its telecommunications products. I can’t answer that question, but here’s why you are reading about it on an education blog.Read full article >>
Strauss: Arizona schools chief won’t resign after calling welfare recipients ‘lazy pigs’ and other incendiary comments
(Update: He won’t resign)
The schools superintendent of Arizona, John Huppenthal, has admitted to — and apologized for — writing anonymous blog posts over the last several years with some incendiary comments, including calling welfare recipients “lazy pigs.” But he says he won’t resign and is running for re-election this year.Read full article >>
Sophomore Brooke Smith was seated in Falls Church High School this week when she sent her mom a text message: “With all my best friends in class!”
The photo she sent along with the text showed rows of empty desks.Read full article >>
Two parent advocates from Silver Spring will face off in the November general election for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education, following their primary victories Tuesday.
Jill Ortman-Fouse, 50, and Shebra Evans, 42, emerged as the top two vote-getters from a field of four candidates in the nonpartisan race. Both have held PTA leadership roles and other education-related posts. Both have children in Montgomery’s public schools.Read full article >>
Students in Prince George’s County each summer are sent home with homework packets to help them retain what they have learned during the school year.
“You have learned so much in math this year!” reads the information for students entering the fifth grade. “This packet is a compilation of important mathematical concepts and skills that you are expected to know prior to moving to the next level. These examples focus on both mathematical skills and problem solving. While you may use calculators and other tools as needed, be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your answers. Grids are included for the last weeks in June, all of July and the first weeks of August. Some problems require answers from previous days, but overall you may do the problems in any order or any day that you choose.”Read full article >>