Education News from Washington Post
Last week I published a post titled “Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns” that went viral. The post, written by Alexis Wiggins, a 15-year teaching veteran now working in a private American International School overseas, talked about how tough the school day can be for a competitive student, and she had three takeaways from her experience:Read full article >>
Fourteen public education advocates and two organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the attorney general’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the District has failed to provide equal funding to charter and traditional schools in accordance with the law.Read full article >>
Anybody who has been paying attention to K-12 public education knows that there is a growing movement against high-stakes testing and corporate education reform. How did it start? Here’s an account, by Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest, formally known as the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the abuse and misuse of standardized tests.Read full article >>
Leaders of school districts that expect to administer one of two major new standardized tests next spring linked to the Common Core math and reading standards are worried they don’t have enough computers, bandwidth or personnel to administer the new online exams, according to a survey of educators released Thursday.Read full article >>
The University of Maryland at College Park adopted a new sexual misconduct policy this month — with special procedures for investigation and discipline — after lengthy deliberations on fine points such as how to define sexual assault and what role attorneys should play.Read full article >>
When meningitis outbreaks sickened students at Princeton and at the University of California at Santa Barbara last year, the schools had to seek special permission to vaccinate their students, using a vaccine that was not yet approved for use in the United States.Read full article >>
Lawyers representing Fairfax County public schools filed motions to dismiss and split up a federal lawsuit against the school system and a principal who teachers allege discriminated against them based on religious affiliation, gender and race.Read full article >>
The College Board is investigating allegations of cheating on the SAT given Oct. 11, 2014, in Korea and China, and has withheld scores for students in those countries.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell was named the 2014 Educator of the Year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for his work in promoting environmental education in Maryland.Read full article >>
Carol L. Folt became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in July 2013, well after the emergence of an academic scandal involving student-athletes had tarnished the prestigious public flagship known nationwide for its Tar Heels.Read full article >>
Five candidates are vying for an open seat on the D.C. State Board of Education this year. Patrick Mara, who was elected in 2010, is not seeking another term. It’s a competitive race that has spurred far more fundraising than the other two State Board elections.Read full article >>
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, has angered teachers, parents and education activists by telling the New York Daily News editorial board that he views the K-12 public education system as a “monopoly” and that teachers are opposed to be evaluated.Read full article >>
A school district serving two suburban communities in New Jersey has agreed to expand access to Advanced Placement classes and other higher learning opportunities to African American students, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s schools chief on Tuesday called for nearly $221 million in added funding for the district’s school construction plan as student enrollment continues to surge in Maryland’s fastest-growing school system.Read full article >>
The Maryland State Board of Education voted on Tuesday for a two-year delay in requiring that high school students pass new standardized tests in order to graduate.
This year, students in grades 3 to 8 and in English 10 and Algebra I will take the new tests, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and based on the national Common Core State Standards.Read full article >>
Nineteen students at the University of Maryland at College Park have come down with confirmed or suspected cases of viral meningitis in a little more than a week.
Health officials at the university said that they are encouraging students to practice good hygiene to avoid the serious illness. David McBride, director of the campus health center, said that most of the students who became sick recovered quickly, returning to class in as little as two days.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell has hired Christian Rhodes, the education adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, to join his executive team.
Rhodes will become the executive board liaison and strategic partners officer.Read full article >>
Two candidates are vying for an open seat on the D.C. State Board of Education in Ward 6. Monica Warren-Jones, who was elected in 2010, is not seeking reelection.
The board’s main function is to set policies around graduation requirements and academic standards. It no longer plays a role in decisions about school system facilities, operations and budget, because the D.C. Council established mayoral control over the schools in 2007. But many of the candidates also view the position as an opportunity to advocate for school issues in their part of the city. Here are the Ward 6 candidates. Their responses are based on interviews, correspondence and campaign materials.Read full article >>
Eleven national civil rights groups sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and congressional leaders saying that the current standardized test-based “accountability system” for K-12 education ignores “critical supports and services” children need to succeed and discourages “schools from providing a rich curriculum for all students focused on the 21st century skills they need to acquire.” The groups make recommendations on how to revamp the system in a way that would improve educational opportunity and equity for students of color.Read full article >>
The Ward 3 seat for the D.C. State Board of Education is wide open this fall. After seven years on the board, Laura Slover decided not to run for another term.
The board’s main function is to set policies around graduation requirements and academic standards. It no longer plays a role in decisions about school system facilities, operations and budget, since the D.C. Council established mayoral control over the schools in 2007. But many of the candidates also see the position as a key advocate for school issues in their part of the city. Here are the Ward 3 candidates. Their responses here are based on interviews.Read full article >>