Education News from Washington Post
Google recently made headlines by announcing a new commitment to root out implicit gender bias through increased awareness — but the authors of the following post are wondering whether Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt got the memo. Schmidt is promoting his new bestselling book, “How Google Works,” with an online slide show presentation that has been viewed by more than half a million people — but that Shifra Bronznick and Hillary Leone say is riddled with gender bias and show it, slide by slide.Read full article >>
Parents at a Damascus middle school angrily pressed Montgomery school officials this week about why they were not told for almost a month about the arrest of a contract worker charged with groping a 12-year-old student in a hallway.Read full article >>
A race for a seat on the Prince George’s County Board of Education continues to be too close to call.
Election officials said Friday that Dinora Hernandez, who challenged incumbent Amber Waller for the District 3 seat, gained one vote after the first round of absentee ballots were counted on Thursday.Read full article >>
After decades of donating millions of dollars to colleges and universities in an effort to promote its own conservative world view, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation has just published its set of “academic giving principles.” Let’s look at the reality of the foundation’s giving before the fantasy principles.Read full article >>
Voters in Loudoun County overwhelmingly approved a measure that will allow the school system to sell bonds to finance the construction of the Advanced Technology Academy, according to preliminary results.Read full article >>
Arlington Public Schools leaders are considering an adjustment to school boundaries for eight elementary schools for the 2015-2016 school year after enrollment in some schools exceeded projections.
A new elementary school is slated to open in northwest Arlington in the fall of 2015. In the spring of last year, the school board approved boundary changes to account for the new school, which will be built next to Williamsburg Middle School on North Harrison Street.Read full article >>
If you have never thought that learning is in any way like sex, this post may change your mind. It was written by Leon Botstein, president of Bard College since 1975. He is also Bard’s Leon Levy professor in the arts and humanities. In addition to serving on a number of boards, he is the musical director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. A version of this appeared on the website of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news Web site focused on inequality and innovation in education.Read full article >>
Barbara Hunter, the Fairfax County school system’s assistant superintendent for communications, is leaving to join the Alexandria City public school system, effective Nov. 18.
Hunter, who joined Fairfax in 2007, will become communications director for the 13,000-student school system in Alexandria.Read full article >>
The children assembled in H.D. Cooke Elementary School’s gymnasium Thursday morning were greeted in Thai as well as English.
“Good morning! . . . Sa-wad-dee kah!” said Saroj Thanasunti, minister and deputy chief of mission at the Thai Embassy. He asked the D.C. students whether they had visited his country. When no hands went up, he offered a few quick facts: Thailand is in Asia. The head of state is a king. And the national animal is an elephant.Read full article >>
With three incumbents reelected Tuesday, there will be just one newcomer to Montgomery County’s school board at swearing-in ceremonies next month: Jill Ortman-Fouse, an education advocate from Silver Spring.Read full article >>
The nation’s major teachers unions suffered losses across the country Tuesday, despite pouring about $60 million into federal, state and local races in the midterm elections.
“We knew this was going to be an uphill battle,” said Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest labor union. “But I don’t think anybody on our side, and we’ve got some very savvy people, anticipated going over the falls like this. Tectonic plates have shifted. And we’re going to have to come back with a new way of organizing for these kinds of races.”Read full article >>
BALTIMORE — A Johns Hopkins University fraternity has been placed on interim suspension for underage drinking, school officials said Wednesday, as police investigate a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped at the organization’s off-campus house.Read full article >>
There are, apparently, some things even billionaires can’t buy. The California state superintendent’s position, for example.
With strong support from teachers unions and school superintendents, Tom Torlakson, the incumbent California superintendent of public education, handily beat Marshall Tuck, who was strongly backed by a gaggle of anti-union billionaires from Wall Street, real estate and Silicon Valley, including some who don’t live in California. Who? People such as former Enron trader John Arnold, who lives in New Jersey; Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, who lives in Arkansas; and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.Read full article >>
Reports of forcible sex offenses at the flagship public universities of Virginia and Maryland doubled last year, according to new federal data.Read full article >>
The lawyer representing three former Fairfax County educators in a federal discrimination lawsuit filed new court documents to bolster their claims of a hostile work environment, including affidavits from five additional staffers who claim they, too, were discriminated against and treated harshly by the school system.Read full article >>
(Correction: Earlier version said Alexander had taken “ambitious” position on Common Core. the correct characterization is “ambiguous.”
Congress is about to get a new education powerhouse, one who is no stranger to federal education policy.Read full article >>
The race for the District 3 seat on the Prince George’s County Board of Education was deadlocked Wednesday with seven votes separating newcomer Dinora Hernandez and incumbent Amber Waller.
Hernandez, who was endorsed by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), has 5,167 votes over Waller’s 5,160 votes.Read full article >>
The D.C. State Board of Education has three new members that will start in January.
In Ward 3, Ruth Wattenberg will take the seat vacated by Laura Slover. Wattenberg, an education policy consultant, won with just over 7,100 votes.Read full article >>
In a white-hot battle in California that is considered a proxy fight for deep national divisions in the Democratic Party over education, Tom Torlakson was narrowly reelected as the state’s schools superintendent, beating back Marshall Tuck by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.Read full article >>
When compared with peers in regular classes, students who got high scores on state tests got more out of gifted classes than high-IQ students did.
This is because they are hard workers who responded to increased teacher demands, while the high-IQ kids didn’t care so much, according to an intriguing new study by David Card of the University of California at Berkeley and Laura Giuliano of the University of Miami, called “Does Gifted Education Work? For Which Students?”Read full article >>