Education News from Washington Post
The University of Virginia’s accrediting body on Tuesday lifted the warning it placed on the elite public institution last year amid concerns that governing board members improperly acted when trying to oust U-Va. President Teresa Sullivan in June 2012.Read full article >>
Psychologists from Emory University recorded family dinner conversations to learn more about how (or how much) families shared their stories. Then they developed a “Do You Know” scale to assess how much teens knew about their family history.Read full article >>
New Orleans led the nation last year as the city with the greatest percentage of students enrolled in public charter schools, followed by Detroit and the District of Columbia, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.Read full article >>
The District’s fast-growing charter schools now have the third-highest market share in the nation, enrolling a larger proportion of students than in every city except New Orleans and Detroit, according to a report released Tuesday.Read full article >>
As rumors continue to swirl around the question of who will become the next schools chancellor in New York City, a new Web report features a day in the life of Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, who is said to be one of several contenders.Read full article >>
I recently posted a piece on the future of high school math education and the Common Core State Standards on math, which was the work of a coalition of mathematicians, statisticians, teachers and curriculum developers, that elicited a lot of interest. The following response takes a critical look at that piece and the Common Core math standards. It was written by Michael Goldenberg, who holds a master’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Michigan, as well as master’s degrees in English and psychological foundations of education from the University of Florida. He writes the “Rational Mathematics Education” blog and was a co-founder of the group Mathematically Sane. He coaches high school mathematics teachers in Detroit. You can read the piece that prompted his reaction here.Read full article >>
There’s an interesting connection between early childhood education and the results released last week from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, on which American 15-year-old students performed about average in reading, math and science among some 65 countries and school systems. Here to explain is Kris Perry , executive director of the First Five Years Fund, a nonprofit organization that advocates for comprehensive, high-quality early childhood education systems, programs and supports.Read full article >>
It cost money to implement and promote the Common Core State Standards. Here’s a post about where some of the funding is coming from, written by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York. Burris has chronicled on this blog the many problems with the test-driven reform in New York (here, and here and here and here, for example). She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.Read full article >>
Come January, school cafeterias in Montgomery County will be missing the pinkest offering of the lunch line. Strawberry-flavored milk is on its way out.
The drink is not as popular as chocolate milk and not as nutritious as plain milk, officials say. So at a time of growing concern about healthy foods for children, the pink milk has lost its place on refrigerated shelves in Maryland’s largest school system.Read full article >>
Elizabeth Lanning, like many members of her family, got to know her grandfather on the flight deck of a rebuilt 1965 Cessna as he taught her how to fly.
She heard about his travels across six continents, including the time he flew to Hawaii in a single-engine plane using cloud formations to guide him and the time he crashed in the Amazon and survived in the jungle for a week.Read full article >>
It is customary in higher education to dismiss rankings as misleading and arbitrary, quantifying things that don’t much matter about colleges and universities.
But one list of undisputed significance is compiled each year by the National Science Foundation: the top institutions ranked by total research spending. Such money supports laboratories, attracts top faculty and graduate students and gives many undergraduates a chance to learn through experimentation.Read full article >>
A state bill that would prohibit Prince George’s County Board of Education from issuing credit cards to its members is being proposed by a freshman delegate.
The proposal comes months after the board stripped former school board member Carletta Fellows of her credit card after she used the district-issued card to pay hundreds of dollars in utility bills.Read full article >>
Today parents, educators, students and activists around the country are staging a “Day of Action” with scores of coordinated events in more than 60 cities that sponsors hope will draw national attention to the problems of corporate-influenced school reform and to build a national movement to change the public education conversation and to increase funding for schools.Read full article >>
A public meeting is scheduled for Dec. 16 to discuss the cemetery discovered on the site of the 12th high school in Prince William County, which is under construction, and how the remains and artifacts should be re-interred.Read full article >>
(Update: Statement from Darling-Hammond)
New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio is considering a number of candidates to be his new public schools chancellor -- a decision that is one of the most visible and important he will make as he staffs his new administration -- and it seems like every day there is a new rumor about who is still on his list and who isn’t.Read full article >>
Monique Whittington Davis, a veteran educator who began her teaching career in Prince George’s County, recently took over as the county’s deputy school superintendent amid sweeping leadership changes to the school system.Read full article >>
Those applying for college, or close to someone who is doing so, have seen many college guides, and maybe they have even read some of them. Such books fill many store shelves. More are written every year. Still, my favorite source on college choices is not found in that section of the store.Read full article >>
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, while speaking about the legacy of the great Nelson Mandela, drew parallels between the inhuman system of apartheid that lasted for decades in South Africa and the citizenship restrictions that D.C. residents are forced to live under in the nation’s capital.Read full article >>
We just lived through PISA week, complete with newly released scores from the 2012 Program of International Student Assessment and the avalanche of media coverage about the results. Here’s a post on education beyond PISA by Jeff Bryant, an Associate Fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future and the owner of a marketing and communications consultancy. It serves numerous organizations including Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders, PBS, and International Planned Parenthood Foundation. He writes extensively about public education policy at The Education Opportunity Network, where this post appeared. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffbcdm.Read full article >>
The $1 billion initiative by the Los Angeles public schools district to give an iPad to all 650,000 students and teachers for home use has been nothing short of a mess, plagued by poor planning and bad execution. You can read about it here. Here’s a new look at what went wrong from Larry Cuban, a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This post appeared on his blog.Read full article >>