Education News from Washington Post
Two bomb threats called in to Westfield High School during the first week of school were hoaxes known as “swatting,” in which a caller makes a false report to police to draw an overwhelming response, according to Fairfax County police and schools officials.Read full article >>
Most public school students across the country know where they probably will go to high school the day they enter kindergarten. But in the District, where charter schools are proliferating and just 25 percent of students go to neighborhood schools, many eighth-graders have no idea where they will attend classes the following year.Read full article >>
The New York Times is reportedly about to wade into the college-rating field, as higher education leaders await the latest version of the closely watched annual rankings from U.S. News and World Report.Read full article >>
The Maryland State Department of Education has teamed up with a national nonprofit to address chronic absenteeism in the state’s public schools.
State officials said Maryland is partnering with Attendance Works to lower the number of days students miss school during the school year. This week, they launched a campaign in which the state will work with local school systems to provide them with tools and strategies to get students to come to school and then keep them there.Read full article >>
One of the problems with many school reforms being implemented in schools today is that they are being done in isolation — from one another and from other policies that are necessary to actually allow the education changes to work. In the following post, two professors explain how housing policy affects America’s suburban schools in a profound way. Amy Stuart Wells is a professor of sociology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Douglas Ready is an associate professor of education policy at Teachers College. Wells leads the Center for Understanding Race and Education at Teachers College, founded in 2008 for research and outreach activities related to issues of race in educational institutions.Read full article >>
Princeton University is moving toward adoption of a new standard for judging sexual misconduct cases, which would make it the latest high-profile school to revise its disciplinary policies amid a national movement to combat sex assault on campus.Read full article >>
Some kids love to call or text or video chat with their parents when they start college. Some kids seem to forget they have a home and pretty much never get in touch with their parents. So how can a parent actually get their child to call home?Read full article >>
Dawn Neely-Randall, who just started her 25th year of teaching, is sick and tired of the effects that obsessive standardized testing is having on her students. She is a member of the Badass Teachers Association, a national group of more than 51,000 educators who came together to organize resistance to school reform that focuses on using standardized test scores for high-stakes accountability purposes and that ignores the role that poverty plays in student achievement.Read full article >>
The expulsion rate for D.C. public charter schools in the past school year was about half of what it was two years before, and the rate of out-of-school suspensions decreased by about 20 percent in one year, according to a report released Thursday.Read full article >>
Montgomery County health officials said Thursday that they have confirmed two new cases of whooping cough among Montgomery County students, bringing the total number to 14 since an outbreak was first reported last week.Read full article >>
Schools Superintendent Karen Garza plans to push for later start times at Fairfax County high schools next year, aiming to begin their day no earlier than 8 a.m. in an effort to give teenagers more time to sleep.Read full article >>
The principal and dean of students at a high school in Vermont cancelled the fall homecoming dance in an effort to stop students from “twerking” and blamed Miley Cyrus for starting the dance trend with her provocative appearance at the 2103 MTV Video Music Awards.Read full article >>
The nonprofit Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has supported the Common Core State Standards, published a report in 2013 with some startling information that was little noticed in the education world until recently: that the high school dropout rate could double as a result of the Core initiative.Read full article >>
There is no end to the articles and blog posts about overprotective helicopter parents who won’t let their children do anything for themselves and are raising children who can’t operate independently. There probably are some of these parents — but does the helicopter hysteria match the reality. No, says Alfie Kohn, in the following post. Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) is the author of 13 books, including, most recently, The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting , from which this article is adapted. Citations to research cited here can be found in the book.Read full article >>
Goucher College is offering a novel way for cellphone-savvy teenagers to seek admission if the regular application process seems too confusing or if they fear that their grades and test scores aren’t good enough.Read full article >>
The so-called “Pop-Tart case” made its way to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Wednesday, where lawyers sparred in oral arguments about the disciplinary action taken against a second grader who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.Read full article >>
Washington was the hottest spot on the Weather Channel’s map at noon Tuesday when temperatures spiked to 92 degrees. And at H.D. Woodson Senior High School in Northeast, students and teachers were starting to feel it as the air conditioner struggled to keep up with the mercury.Read full article >>
Fairfax County leaders began discussing next year’s school budget this week in a sometimes tense meeting that focused on funding the elimination of half-day Mondays.
When it began the academic year Tuesday, the county school system ended its 40-year-old practice of dismissing children in lower grades early on Mondays, a move that was popular with parents who previously had to make day-care arrangements for Monday afternoons. The policy also allowed the system to build in a scheduling cushion in the event of inclement weather, effectively adding 13 snow days to the school calendar.Read full article >>
Nearly two years after a gunman killed 20 first-graders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the students, parents and community members are still recovering.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education said it is awarding a $3.1 million grant to help the Newtown school system, part of $17 million the Obama administration has spent to date on counseling and other support services for the still-grieving community.Read full article >>
Students who returned to school in Fairfax County on Tuesday were protected by added security measures placed by the administration in recent months.
After the shootings at Virginia Tech and Newtown, Conn., school officials nationwide reviewed safety protocols to help prevent mass tragedies. In Fairfax, all high schools this fall are equipped with state-of-the art door-access technology that allows administrators inside the building to monitor who comes in.Read full article >>