Muslim community leaders in Montgomery County this week asked that the Islamic holy day of Eid al-Adha be given equal billing as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur on Montgomery’s 2015-2016 school calendar.Read full article >>
The commencement address at Haverford College in Pennsylvania wasn’t your typical commencement address on Sunday.
One of the speeches at the event was delivered by William G. Bowen, the former president of Princeton University, who was chosen after the first choice for speaker, Robert J. Birgeneau, became the target of protesters and withdrew. Bowen, speaking before some 2,800 people, said that the students and faculty who had protested Birgeneau had been “immature” and “arrogant.” He also said that Birgeneau, the former chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, had reacted “ intemperately,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.Read full article >>
Retiring Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger remains the highest-paid public university leader in the state in a new national survey that showed his total annual compensation topped $830,000.
Steger’s total pay of $836,886 ranked him 12th in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey of compensation for 256 leaders of public higher education institutions in fiscal 2013. In the previous year, he ranked seventh.Read full article >>
D.C. Public Schools has reached a tentative collective-bargaining agreement with the Council of School Officers, the union that represents principals, assistant principals, business managers, master educators and other non-teachers who work in schools.Read full article >>
Luis Pozo’s lunch tray was the size of a notebook, a thin cardboard rectangle he used to carry his noon meal through the cafeteria of Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring.
The eighth-grader loaded it with chocolate milk, potato rounds, a burger and a fruit cup. When he was done, he stacked the tray onto a growing pile.Read full article >>
Two decades ago, after then-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry’s infamous arrest for smoking crack cocaine at the Vista Hotel, local journalists Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe published a book that chronicled Barry’s life and the history of the District of Columbia.Read full article >>
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gave the commencement speech at the University of Virginia this weekend, and not only did he dispense advice to the graduating seniors, but he also threw a few footballs to them. You can see him throw passes starting at 2:54 into the video.Read full article >>
Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been a proponent of using students’ scores on standardized tests to evaluate teachers, even as a growing mountain of evidence has shown that the method now used in most states, known as “value-added measures,” is not reliable. With two recent reports released on VAM adding to warnings long given by assessment experts, I asked the Education Department whether Duncan’s position had changed.Read full article >>
When I first wrote about Stacie Jones’s case last year, she felt the teachers and administrators at Potomac Landing Elementary School in Prince George’s County were treating her as if she weren’t there.Read full article >>
During commencement season, it’s fun to look back at some of the great speeches. If you are interested in reading what I have declared to be the greatest commencement speech ever, click here. And below is one of the most famous, the address delivered by Steve Jobs at Stanford University on June 12, 2005.Read full article >>
Social studies students in a District middle school use a touch screen to swipe through the articles of the Constitution. A fifth-grade teacher in Arlington County sends video lessons to students as homework so she can spend more time helping them in class.Read full article >>