Education News from Washington Post
The largest charter-school operator in Texas, an organization with a solid academic record but lingering allegations of connections to a controversial Muslim cleric, is seeking to expand to the District next year.Read full article >>
The 2013 math and reading scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress were recently released and there has been a lot of loud reaction -- both triumphant and defeatist -- about the results. If you listen to D.C. public schools officials, a bump up in scores proves the results show how brilliant their school reforms have been. Meanwhile, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement that national results “are reason for concern as much as optimism.Read full article >>
At many research universities, the deep federal budget cuts known as the sequester continue to cloud the future of laboratories and the scientists who staff them.
This week university presidents meeting in the nation’s capital denounced the sequester, as they have since before it took effect in March, and urged Congress to roll it back so that federally sponsored research can resume at a normal pace.Read full article >>
A Maryland teacher has started a petition to cancel this year’s administration of the Maryland School Assessment test because the results will have no validity and it is “an irresponsible waste of taxpayer money and instructional time to administer this test.”Read full article >>
The interim president of the University of the District of Columbia who proposes scrapping the school’s NCAA Division II athletic program is crystal clear on the obvious follow-up question.
James E. Lyons Sr. said he has no desire to serve as president of the school beyond his interim term.Read full article >>
The nauseating fraternity/sorority stories -- many of them involving hazing -- just keep on coming.
The latest is from Wilmington College in Ohio, where three pledges of Gamma Phi Gamma who were taken to the basement of the fraternity, called “Gobbler House,” and subjected to a series of miserable exercises, including being blindfolded, told to strip, had their mouths stuffed with limburger cheese and hit with “towels and shirts that had the ends balled up in knots” or which had items tied inside to “inflict pain,” according to an affidavit published by Smoking Gun.Read full article >>
A sparse crowd watched the Firebirds of the University of the District of Columbia begin the men’s basketball season this week, a loss to New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce University. It just might be the last home opener the Firebirds ever play.Read full article >>
Muslim leaders in Montgomery County may have hit a stumbling block in their efforts to persuade school district officials to declare one of the two major Islamic holy days of the year an official school holiday.Read full article >>
The Loudoun County School Board is seeking input for its superintendent search. Through an online survey, officials are asking parents and other community members what characteristics they want to see in the new schools chief.Read full article >>
Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr delivered his yearly “State of the Schools” address Monday, sounding a familiar theme of student hope as he called for collaboration and “embracing the new” in Maryland’s largest school system.Read full article >>
I’ll use any excuse to write about John Lennon, but here’s a really good one: Twice, John Lennon earned three detentions in the same day when he was a young student at Quarry Bank High School for Boys in Liverpool, according to school detention records being auctioned.Read full article >>
A record number of foreign students are enrolled at American colleges and universities in 2012 -- led by hundreds of thousands of Chinese -- while, at the same time, more American students are studying abroad than ever before, according to a new report.Read full article >>
Here are some facts and figures explaining who America’s veterans are, when they fought, and more. This is courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, which puts out data on major American holidays every year.Read full article >>
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
That’s when the armistice ending World War I began in 1918, and that is the origin of Veterans Day (note that it is spelled without an apostrophe), a U.S. holiday often confused with Memorial Day.Read full article >>
Yes, Jacob and Sophia and Emma and Mason and all you other students planning to apply to college some year soon: Your online life can affect your chances of getting into the school of your dreams -- or any school at all. Fair or not.Read full article >>
Brightly lit and slightly sterile, 826DC is not your average tutoring center.
It is a place with a green iguana named Alvarez, a taxidermied coyote and a strange and whimsical skeleton built out of bones from a horse, an ape, a bat and an unidentified ungulate.Read full article >>
Students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland no longer have to consider gender when selecting a roommate under a new open-housing policy that allows students of the opposite sex to live together in the same room.Read full article >>
A parent asked me if trouble at Loudoun Valley High School in Loudoun County meant her daughter’s grades were being inflated. A detailed Oct. 30 article by Danielle Nadler in Leesburg Today said Loudoun Valley Principal Sue Ross was being investigated for allegedly pressuring teachers not to give out bad grades. “The C is the new F at our school,” one teacher was quoted as saying.Read full article >>
Kids as young as 13 were free to waltz into a theater this year to watch the violence-laden “Iron Man 3,” which was rated PG-13 and featured terrorists executing people, bombings and a bad guy holding a gun to a child’s head. It’s regular fare these days for young people, allowable in the movies because of the film industry’s cockamamie movie ratings, which seem to care a lot less about violence than they do about sex. Except when the violence is part of a searing true story from the ugliest part of U.S. history, slavery. That’s when it gets an R-rating, which was slapped on the brilliant “12 Years a Slave,” a film that every high school student should see. (See the trailer below.)Read full article >>
For years now, students found with lice in their hair were sent home and weren’t allowed back to school until the lice were gone. Not anymore.
The Associated Press writes in this story that some schools in a number of states have relaxed the rules, allowing students with lice to stay in class. The reason? School officials figure that kids actually are contagious well before anyone realizes they have lice, so the damage has already been done. In fact, the American Association of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses advocate that schools don’t force kids with lice to stay home.Read full article >>