Education News from Washington Post
A private liberal arts college in southwestern Virginia with dwindling enrollment announced Friday it intends to merge with a larger university in Florida.
Virginia Intermont College, in Bristol near the Tennessee border, reported to state authorities that it had 378 students in the fall term — an enrollment decline of 35 percent since 2010. It is one of many small private colleges that have struggled with recruiting in recent years amid upheaval in the market nationwide.Read full article >>
This has been National School Choice Week, complete with thousands of events around the country to promote school choice. It was quite an organizational feat: The Education Department released new guidance on charter school lotteries, legislation was introduced in Congress to expand choice, papers were released, rallies were held, and much, much more took place.Read full article >>
The Common Core State Standards have become targets for criticism from all corners of the political spectrum for various reasons. Here’s a different take, from Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.Read full article >>
Fairfax schools superintendent Karen Garza said she is preparing several contingency plans in the event her entire funding request is not met by the county supervisors.
At a budget work session Thursday night, Garza said that her proposed $2.5 billion budget is in line with previous requests made to the supervisors. Overall, her proposal is 2.4 percent larger than last year’s approved budget and calls for $96 million in cuts, including eliminating 731 staff positions and increasing class sizes.Read full article >>
A bill that would encourage Virginia students to explore controversial scientific topics was referred Thursday to a House committee for Courts and Justice, where any constitutional concerns can be analyzed.Read full article >>
Barack Obama campaigned in 2008 on expanding early childhood education with an infusion of new funding, a vision he championed over the past year with a plan for universal preschool. But throughout his administration, the country has been grappling with economic turmoil.Read full article >>
Here is the text of a document approved by 22 of Maryland’s 24 local schools superintendents expressing concern about how federal and state officials are forcing school districts to implement specific school reforms. You can read more about the document and why the superintendents, through the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland, decided to make public their concerns in this post .
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) used an executive order to strip the name “Common Core” from the state’s new math and reading standards for public schools. In the Hawkeye State, the same standards are now called “The Iowa Core.” And in Florida, lawmakers want to delete “Common Core” from official documents and replace it with the cheerier-sounding “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.”Read full article >>
About 1,500 students applying to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology must retake their written entrance exams because of widespread computer glitches Saturday.
The students are semifinalists seeking entry to TJ, as the Northern Virginia magnet school is known. Computer problems at all 15 testing centers caused some students to lose their work or made it impossible for them to submit their essays, which were administered online in an effort to limit adult assistance.Read full article >>
Teachers’ union officials in 2010 directly e-mailed D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson telling her that the principal of a D.C. elementary school had reported seeing employees cheating on a city-issued test, according to e-mails obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.Read full article >>
Nearly all of the superintendents of Maryland school districts have signed a statement that criticizes federal and state education officials for forcing them to implement several major reforms, including the Common Core State Standards, on what they say is an unrealistic timetable.Read full article >>
Fairfax County school administrator Shawn DeRose was named the state’s outstanding assistant principal for 2014 by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals.
An assistant principal at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is now a finalist for the national assistant principal of the year honors.Read full article >>
Every year reporters scour the State of the Union address for mentions of key government programs and for rhetorical flourishes that reveal emerging presidential priorities.
But in the case of education, what might be most significant this year is what President Obama left unsaid in his address Tuesday night. He didn’t call for Congress to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law, and he didn’t lambaste colleges for rising tuition.Read full article >>
Hundreds of Virginia business leaders visited Richmond this week to meet with lawmakers and talk about their priorities for building a more business-friendly state.
And for the first time, their vision included a pitch for more high-quality preschool opportunities.Read full article >>
The Education Department on Wednesday reversed a long-standing policy and will now allow public charter schools that receive federal grants to give admissions preference to low-
income children, minorities and other disadvantaged students.
The U.S. Education Department wanted to buy an annual subscription to POLITICO Pro to read its education coverage but decided that it was too expensive.
According to this solicitation , (which I found from a tweet by ed blogger Alexander Russo) the department’s Office of Communications and Outreach (OCO) wanted to “purchase a subscription to POLITICO Pro, a subscription-based news service distributed by email and accessible online.” It says:Read full article >>
There’s nothing new about President Obama giving speeches in which he talks about school reform in ways that have little to do with reality (see, for example, here and here), but there was something especially disconnected about the education rhetoric in his 2014 State of the Union speech.Read full article >>
Virginia science teachers are opposing a bill in the General Assembly they say would open classroom doors to lessons challenging evolution, global warming and other mainstream scientific views.
The bill, sponsored by Del. Richard P. Bell (R-Staunton), would direct school systems to encourage students “to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about scientific controversies in science classes.”Read full article >>
Many of the District’s traditional schools have fewer children than they were originally designed to hold, driving up the cost of maintenance. Meanwhile, the city’s fast-growing charter schools often struggle to find suitable real estate.Read full article >>
A television program made by Fairfax County public schools in cooperation with local police authorities airing Wednesday night will highlight the dangers of sex trafficking, a crime spreading in Northern Virginia.Read full article >>