Although Alexandria schools officials have agreed to implement a restorative justice pilot program at T.C. Williams High School this year in an effort to deal with the racially lopsided results of its school discipline policies, the program has yet to begin, leaving some students frustrated.Read full article >>
The District’s school system cannot articulate how it will turn around its long-struggling middle schools until it gathers more input from the community, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said recently in response to pressure from the D.C. Council to outline an improvement plan.Read full article >>
As our national battle over the Common Core standards escalates this year, remember that new standards and curricula rarely improve schools. What does work is families becoming more affluent, teachers becoming more proficient and students spending more time and energy on their studies.Read full article >>
Sanders Shiver used to run down football fields, a stalwart defensive presence as a linebacker for the NFL’s Baltimore Colts.
Thirty-four years after his best pro football season, Sanders now walks down the hallways of a Prince George’s County school, greeting students by leaning his 6-foot-2 frame down to give high-fives to children in the early-childhood program at Carmondy Hills Elementary.Read full article >>
Montgomery County schools officials plan to survey students taking high school final exams in math next week about how they think about and prepare for the biggest test of the semester, as school leaders explore the causes of steep failure rates on the countywide tests.Read full article >>
The federal government has fined Virginia Tech $5,000 for a violation of a campus safety law in connection with the 2007 massacre at the public university in Blacksburg.
The fine, ordered Friday by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, follows a finding that the university had inconsistent policies on the timely warning of safety threats and failed to disclose one of them as required under the federal Clery Act. The fine is lower than the maximum possible, $27,500.Read full article >>
A senior official at the D.C. Public Charter School Board allegedly received $150,000 to help the former managers of Options Public Charter School evade oversight and take millions of taxpayer dollars for themselves, according to a new court document.Read full article >>