Education News from Washington Post
Florida’s legislators appear to be on their way to passing legislation that will greatly expand the state’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program -- a voucher-like scheme that allows public money to be used for private school tuition. A Miami Herald editorial said the plan will “please the few” but undercut “the many,” while Frank Cerabino, a writer for The Palm Beach Post, went further, describing the legislation as an opening gambit in what “promises to be a banner year for the dismantling of public education in Florida.”Read full article >>
D.C. Council member David A. Catania introduced a package of legislation Tuesday meant to overhaul special education services by speeding up their delivery to students and strengthening parents’ rights in disputes with schools.Read full article >>
Award-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams will headline a fundraiser next month to help Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt expand its cultural exchange program with a school in Kenya.
Adams will appear at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland for two shows (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.) on April 6.Read full article >>
D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced a bill Tuesday that would require the District to provide free meals for poor children on days when schools are closed for snow or other inclement weather.Read full article >>
Russia has a really big plagiarism problem. So many businessmen, academics and high-ranking government officials -- President Vladimir Putin included -- have been found to have plagiarized their college and doctoral theses that Russia’s education minister just denounced the revelations, saying they were hurting Russia’s reputation.Read full article >>
A valuable new book called “50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools” takes a stark look at some of the worst ideas being promoted by school reformers around the country as ways to improve the public education.Read full article >>
This time the ruckus wasn’t as much about evolution as man-made climate change, but whatever the reason, Wyoming has become the first state to legislatively block the Next Generation Science Standards, an initiative aimed at boosting science education across the country.Read full article >>
This post has been updated to reflect school closures on Monday, March 17.
With a series of storms and cold snaps during the winter of 2013-2014, snow days at the region’s schools have been piling up. The snowstorm that began early Monday morning has led the region’s school systems to cancel school yet again, and school closures in most jurisdictions have passed the number of closures during the 2009-2010 winter, when the area was hit with “Snowmageddon.”Read full article >>
Aspiring teenage rocketeers from 14 Fairfax County schools will take part in qualifying rounds this month for the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
Thirty Fairfax teams, including an all-girls group from Longfellow Middle School, will compete for a spot in the national finals to be held in May at Great Meadow in the Plains, Va. The contest is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association to promote science, technology, engineering and math among the nation’s youth.Read full article >>
One of the distinguishing features of the modern school reform movement is the extent to which super-wealthy private philanthropists are leading the drive to privatize the public education system. Some of them believe the public system is inefficient, while others simply don’t believe in the public sector -- but whatever the motive, the vast amounts of private money that the wealthy have poured into reform initiatives that they favor have driven the public agenda. But now it turns out that it isn’t just public education that billionaires are privatizing. They are doing it with science, too.Read full article >>
It has become a common refrain from school reformers that a very large percentage of high school graduates must take remedial classes when they get to college. Are they right? Award-winning Prinicipal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York looks at this issue in the following post. She has been exposing the problems with New York’s botched school reform effort for a long time on this blog. (You can read some of her work here, here, here, here, and here.)Read full article >>
The College Board aims to start a national crusade for college access with a revamp of its SAT admission test to debut in 2016.
But the nonprofit organization faces a major hurdle in its quest: Use of the SAT has shrunk in huge swaths of the country since the test’s last makeover nine years ago.Read full article >>
On Sunday afternoon, 7-year-old Russell Welland built a parachute out of coffee filters, cups and pipe cleaners. He wanted to make it fly.
So the amateur aeronautical engineer tested the parachute by putting it in the bottom of a tall plastic tube set atop an electrical fan in a South Lakes High School auditorium.Read full article >>
Strauss: Parent to officials: ‘if you know it’s wrong but remain silent, you’re complicit in educational malpractice’
Here’s a letter from Massachusetts parent Ricardo D. Rosa to the New Bedford School Committee and Superintendent Pia Durkin about high-stakes standardized testing. Rosa explains why he wants to opt his children out of this month’s Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exams and all upcoming high-stakes test, including the Common Core-aligned tests being designed by a consortium of states called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).Read full article >>
I tried. I really did. When the College Board announced its latest SAT changes and my e-mail box overflowed with analyses of their importance for the future of our republic, I tried to ignore them.
The SAT and its feisty competitor, the ACT, are the most discussed and feared exams in the country, but I learned long ago that they don’t deserve all that attention. I wanted to let this latest SAT freak-out pass without my mentioning it. I decided to weigh in only when otherwise intelligent people began to suggest even more bizarre changes to the test, such as adding ways to measure emotional maturity and creativity.Read full article >>
This is a good example of why it is important to do your homework before you vote. On anything.
New York legislators elected -- and last week the entire body confirmed -- four new members of the state Board of Regents, which makes and oversees education policy and has been under attack for the botched rollout of the Common Core State Standards.Read full article >>
Love them or hate them, the Common Core State Standards in math and English/Language Arts are being implemented in classrooms in most of the country -- in some places better than others. A nonpartisan organization called Young Education Professionals asked a few teachers how they are dealing with the new standards, and their reports are below. The teachers work in Maryland and Washington and D.C.; Virginia is one of the few states that did not adopt the Common Core. This appeared on the organization’s website.Read full article >>
Parents are calling on Mayor Vincent C. Gray to restore city funding meant to help provide a permanent home for D.C. International, a new foreign-
language-immersion charter school for students in grades six through 12.
Julie Hiltz is a media specialist at Lutz Elementary in Hillsborough County, Florida, and a National Board Certified Teacher with 12 years of experience. She is also a 2013-14 Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur, who is spending half of her workweek this school year engaging colleagues across the state in teacher evaluation and Common Core reforms.Read full article >>
People say the craziest things to teachers about their profession. Like what? Like how easy their jobs are, and how anybody can do it.
Here is a list of some of the common idiocies along with some useful comebacks, compiled and written by Cindy Long and originally published in NEA Today , a publication of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union.Read full article >>