Education News from Washington Post
A new report on school funding reveals how uneven and unfair public school funding is in states across the country. The report, titled “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card,” looks at funding data from 2007 through 2011, analyzing the condition of state school finance systems with a focus on the fair distribution of resources to the neediest students. It covers the period before the big 2008 recession and through the start of the recovery. (See chart below)Read full article >>
A proposed bill in Richmond calling on the Fairfax County school board to establish an independent auditor’s office has stalled after delegates moved to push consideration of the bill into 2015.
The legislation, sponsored by Del. Mark Sickles (D) whose 43rd district includes southeastern Fairfax, would have required the school board to hire an independent auditor to oversee the administration's $2.5 billion budget.Read full article >>
Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch has been blasting the Obama administration for a long time for education policies that have expanded the importance of standardized tests and promoted the privatization of public education. She was just in Washington to talk with U.S. legislators about the dangers of corporate-influenced school reform and she made some of her strongest statements yet, according to my colleague Lyndsey Layton.Read full article >>
I recently wrote about a Maryland Education Department report that said the vast majority of schools in many of the state’s counties are not technologically prepared to give new online Common Core-aligned standardized tests, and at least $100 million will have to be spent by 2015 to get ready.Read full article >>
Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has led a de facto national movement against current education policies — including standardized testing, charter schools, vouchers and teacher evaluations tied to student test scores — said Tuesday evening that “the White House’s obsession with data is sick.”Read full article >>
The Center for American Progress, a Washington D.C. think tank, released a report recently that declared that teachers really aren’t all that dissatisfied with their jobs, despite, apparently multiple polls that show morale has plummeted. In this post Barnett Berry looks at how much sense that report really makes. Berry is the founder, partner and chief executive officer at the Center for Teaching Quality, a national nonprofit organization that helps teachers transform their profession.Read full article >>
Howard University is cutting about 200 staff positions during the next several months, a university spokeswoman said, reducing its workforce by nearly 4 percent.
Howard spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton described the cuts, which began Thursday, as “enterprise-wide.” She said the university “worked carefully to ensure no changes in public safety” and to “preserve services in student-facing and clinical areas.”Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Board of Education will hold a two-day retreat on Thursday and Friday at the Westin Hotel in National Harbor.
The sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.Read full article >>
President Obama often says things about school reform that suggest he hasn’t read up on the effects of his policies, but he knew his stuff on vouchers cold during an interview with Bill O’Reilly, effectively smacking down the conservative commentator’s wishful thinking with the facts.Read full article >>
A former owner of The Washington Post has joined a prominent Democratic fundraiser and former Republican Cabinet secretary to launch the nation’s largest college scholarship fund for students who entered the United States illegally when they were children.Read full article >>
Proposed legislation in Richmond that would require Fairfax County to have an independent auditor for the county schools has sparked vigorous debate about how the state’s largest school system handles its budget.Read full article >>
The D.C. Council on Tuesday tentatively approved a new taxpayer-funded college scholarship program, voting unanimously despite lingering concerns among members that the initiative could endanger a popular federal program that helps city residents pay for higher education.Read full article >>
Andrea Rediske’s 11-year-old son Ethan, is dying. Last year, Ethan, who was born with brain damage, has cerebral palsy and is blind, was forced to take a version of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test over the space of two weeks last year because the state of Florida required that every student take one. His mom has to prove that Ethan, now in a morphine coma, is in no condition to take another test this year.Read full article >>
Visiting an innovative Prince George’s County middle school where each child has a tablet computer, President Obama spoke Tuesday about his plan to give 20 million more students access to high-speed Internet connections at the nation’s schools and libraries.Read full article >>
Students at Falls Church high school could soon break a sweat while studying. The school recently moved stationary bikes into the library to allow students more time to burn calories while also cramming for tests.Read full article >>
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) spurred a quick edit of the financial aid Web sites of some universities when he charged this week that schools were misleading students about what forms were needed to apply for federal student aid.Read full article >>
What is happening in Durham County, N.C., is exactly what charter school critics have long feared: the destabilization of the traditional district system.
Ned Barnett, the editorial page editor of the News & Observer wrote in this piece that the spread of charter schools in the county since the state legislature lifted the cap on new charters in 2011 is out of control, serving to “undermine” the traditional system that educates most of the region’s children -- without the kind of accountability that school reformers say they love.Read full article >>
The deadline for D.C. high school students to enter the city’s new enrollment lottery for both traditional and charter schools has been extended one day because of a technical glitch with the lottery Web site, officials said.Read full article >>
Four-year graduation rates in Montgomery County show a slight narrowing of the achievement gap that separates white and Asian students from their African American and Hispanic peers, according to the latest state figures.Read full article >>
A prominent House Democrat charged Monday that more than 100 colleges and universities, including some in the nation’s capital, are providing students with unclear or potentially misleading information about what forms they must submit to apply for federal financial aid.Read full article >>