Education News from Washington Post
A great school isn’t just an “A” school in today’s “accountability” era. It’s also a green one.
Bad ones aren’t just F’s but they are also green. In-between schools, depending on just how the students perform, can be orange, yellow or lime (not to be confused with green).Read full article >>
A growing number of colleges and universities around the country are extending early decision application deadline beyond Nov. 1 because of the continuing problems that some students, counselors and schools are facing with the newly designed online Common Application.Read full article >>
Here is an excerpt from a new book called “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap,” by Paul C. Gorski, associate professor of integrative studies at George Mason University. The book, which draws from years of research to analyze educational practices that undercut the achievement of low-income students, is part of the Multicultural Education Series of books edited by James A. Banks and published by Teachers College Columbia University.Read full article >>
Critics of current trends in education reform, such as historian Diane Ravitch, often complain that they are up against a phalanx of business executives and rich investors more interested in making money than improving schools. These people, the critics say, march in lock step to replace our traditional public schools with charters, vouchers and online campuses so they can squeeze profits out of taxpayer dollars.Read full article >>
Experiential learning has taken a back seat to test-driven education, but here’s why it still matters. This was written by Matthew Wheelock is a former teacher and the executive eirector of Live It Learn It, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization.Read full article >>
About 30 school boards in Virginia have passed resolutions that call on education officials to revamp the Standards of Learning testing system, saying that there is “little research” that shows that students “will be better prepared to succeed in their careers and college” by taking the 34 standardized tests the state gives to each child between grades 3-11.Read full article >>
Do job interviews really help the people doing the hiring make better decisions? Here’s an interesting post by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about here that is just as important. Willingham is a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His latest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.Read full article >>
There are plenty of problems in public education, but here’s the biggest, from Elaine Weiss, the national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, a project of the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute that recognizes the impact of social and economic disadvantage on many schools and students, and works to better the conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.Read full article >>
It’s one of the fault lines of modern parenting: What do you do when you stumble into a teenage drinking party? Look the other way? Shut it down? Call the police?
Susan Burkinshaw, a PTA mom from Germantown, Md., admits that she would want to close her eyes, plug her ears and back right out the door. “I think that’s what we would all want to do, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do,” she says, urging parental courage.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board approved a measure Thursday night that would allow the board to seek both fiscal autonomy and taxing authority from the state.
The 9 to 3 vote was part of the School Board’s 2014 legislative program, which asks the General Assembly to grant school boards the power to tax residents in order to generate revenue for classroom needs.Read full article >>
About 75 students at Friendly High School in Prince George’s County who supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink shirts were given in-school suspensions Friday for violating the school’s uniform policy.Read full article >>
Kevin Maxwell, the new Prince George’s County schools chief, asked the Board of Education on Thursday night to make significant changes to the district’s $1.7 billion budget, allowing the school system to pay for several new executive level positions, additional teachers, some security improvements and other initiatives.Read full article >>
Two public charter schools will lease Shaed Elementary, a Northeast D.C. school building that has been vacant for the past two years, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Friday.
Shaed was closed in 2011 because of low enrollment. It will become the permanent home for the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School, which is now housed in an old commercial laundry building in Northwest Washington’s U Street neighborhood.Read full article >>
George Washington University’s student newspaper The Hatchet this week reported that the school had for years claimed to be “need-blind” when considering applications -- meaning that they didn’t take into account a prospective student’s ability to pay without financial aid -- when in fact it did consider financial need. A university official issued a statement of apology Tuesday for what she described as a lapse in communications about admissions policies. Here’s a piece on this and the subject of “need-aware” vs. “need-blind” admissions at colleges and universities. It was written by Jim Jump, who started the Ethical College Admissions blog, where this appeared. Jump is academic dean and director of guidance at the private St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va., and a former president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.Read full article >>
Professors at Eastern Michigan University are fighting to end the school’s connection to a highly controversial state school takeover district created by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. The faculty members argue that they had no input in the way the Education Achievement Authority is run and that they oppose the way the EEA is being operated.Read full article >>
(Update and correction: LA Times reporting Deasy said he may resign rather than will resign)
John Deasy, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District who has been at the center of a troubled $1 billion technology initiative, has told Board of Education members that he may soon resign, the Los Angeles Times reported.Read full article >>
First there were automated tickets for drivers who run red lights or speed. Now, cameras will be installed on school buses in Montgomery County to catch motorists who illegally pass buses letting children on and off.Read full article >>
The students of Anacostia’s Thurgood Marshall Academy filed into the school gym Thursday morning for a pep rally to celebrate their academic accomplishments over the past year.
Only after a school cheer and several speeches did they discover the second, secret reason they’d been called together: to witness physics teacher Kena Allison receiving a surprise $25,000 check for her exemplary work as an educator.Read full article >>
Cuccinelli wants to update the state’s Standards of Learning tests, which reflect the base line of what students are expected to learn each year. He says the tests are too focused on rote memorization and should have a more flexible format. He would create a commission of parents, educators, business leaders and lawmakers to review and revise the tests.Read full article >>
A New York state legislator and educator wrote this piece to express their concerns about the effects of high-stakes testing on schools and to urge a rethinking of the school accountability system. This was written by Arnold Dodge, associate professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at Long Island University-Post, and Charles Lavine, a member of the New York State Assembly.Read full article >>