Education News from Washington Post
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten sent a letter to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), asking him to apologize to a teacher whom he yelled at during a campaign event a few days before he won re-election this week and saying that he had no right to “bully her in such a hostile and intimidating way for simply asking a question.”Read full article >>
The power of video: David Hovan, a physics teacher at St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C., starred in the video below in which he literally spins a basketball on a pen while he grades papers.Read full article >>
If the man New York City residents just elected as their new mayor does what he promised to do about reforming public schools, the country’s largest school system could take on a far different look than it has had for the last dozen years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg — and that could have an important effect on reform nationwide.Read full article >>
Options Public Charter School is facing a budget shortfall of $1.6 million and critical gaps in leadership following allegations that the school’s former managers diverted millions of dollars to companies they owned, according to a newly unsealed court document.Read full article >>
Parents worried about student illnesses after a mold outbreak at a Takoma Park school said an outside contractor hired by the school system told PTA members Monday that the recurring problem is under control.Read full article >>
A group of 120 business leaders from across the country have sent a nonpartisan letter to Republican and Democratic congressional budget leaders urging them to boost funding for early childhood education.Read full article >>
Jonathan Martin, the 6-foot-5-inch, 312-pound Miami Dolphin offensive lineman who left the NFL team because he was being bullied by at least one other player, has done a favor for school kids everywhere.Read full article >>
Schools don’t take plagiarizing lightly. Penalties depend on what, how much and how often “borrowing” has occurred, but multiple instances of stealing material and using it without credit would likely lead to expulsion. Which brings us to Sen. Rand Paul.Read full article >>
You are never too poor, apparently, to want for data.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan went this week to Haiti, the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world, and talked to education officials there about the great value in collecting data to improve schools. He was quoted by the Associated Press as saying:Read full article >>
Fairfax voters elected the first female sheriff in the county’s history Tuesday, as Stacey Kincaid, a 26-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, cruised to a double-digit lead over her closest opponent.Read full article >>
The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave tentative approval to a bill intended to end social promotion in the District’s public schools.
The measure, which Education Committee Chairman David A. Catania (I-At Large) proposed, would repeal a rule that requires most District elementary and middle school students to be passed from one grade to the next regardless of achievement or performance.Read full article >>
It’s the backbone of the modern school reform: data. And a lot of it, it turns out, isn’t any good. Here’s a post about the problem of the data we have vs. the data we need, by Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, who confronted the issue recently when he helped the Boston Globe create a rating tool for schools in Massachusetts. Schneider is the author of “Excellence For All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America’s Public Schools” and the upcoming ”From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education.” He tweets @Edu_Historian.Read full article >>
While most of the state has been focused on a contentious governor’s race this year, there are several choices voters in Northern Virginia will face lower down on the ballot that will affect their local schools.Read full article >>
Montgomery school leaders are scheduled to examine a $1.55 billion plan for school construction and other capital improvements Thursday during the first of several public meetings to consider building projects in the fast-growing Maryland school district.Read full article >>
Granted the month is still young, but this sounds like it will be high on the list for the month’s dumbest ideas hatched at a school: An elementary school in Canada has decided to forbid kindergarten students from touching each other at recess as a way to prevent injuries from, well, playing. Say goodbye to tag.Read full article >>
It is often assumed that private schools do a better job educating children than public schools, but a new book, “The Public School Advantage,” which is being published this week, shows this isn’t the case. Here’s a piece the authors, Christopher Lubienski, a professor in the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership at the College of Education at University of Illinois, and Sarah Theule Lubienski, professor of mathematics education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois. The Lubienskis looked at two huge datasets of student mathematics performance and found that public school students outperform private school ones, when adjusted for demographics.Read full article >>
Less than one in five third-graders from low-income families score at or above the national average in math, reading and science assessments, and only about half maintain a healthy weight and are in “excellent” or “very good” health.Read full article >>
D.C. television news personality J.C. Hayward served as a paid consultant for one of two companies involved in an alleged scheme to divert millions of taxpayer dollars from Options Public Charter School, according to a court document filed in D.C. Superior Court on Monday.Read full article >>
A D.C. government agency paid a Chicago consulting firm $89,995 for one day of work at a recent city education conference, a fee that included a half-hour keynote speech, three 45-minute parent workshops and hundreds of copies of parenting books.Read full article >>
The next governor of Virginia needs to pay careful attention to this.
More than 35 school boards across Virginia have passed resolutions calling on education officials to revamp the Standards of Learning testing system in what amounts to growing pushback to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s school-reform agenda.Read full article >>