Education News from Washington Post
Chantilly High school principal Teresa Johnson has been honored as an outstanding administrator of the year by the Southern Interscholastic Press Association.
Johnson was named the Dr. Kay Phillips administrator of the year by SIPA for her support of student journalists and Chantilly’s news publications and media outlets.Read full article >>
The level of discourse over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision not to allow several charter schools to co-locate in the buildings of traditional public schools has reached a hysterical pitch. He is, if you listen to his many critics, a bad man who doesn’t care about minority children. Really? Let’s look at what actually happened.Read full article >>
First-grader Edward Stewart walked to the podium during a recent Prince George’s County Board of Education meeting and calmly stated his case to the board members.
“I love Perrywood School and I want to stay,” he said. “Please let me and my friends stay.”Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro) described the Peterson Family Foundation’s decision to donate $1 million to Teach for America D.C. Region for Prince George’s as a “way to move [the county] forward.”Read full article >>
Do the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts promote authentic civic learning? This article in The Atlantic magazine says yes. The following post says “no.” It was written by Nicole Mirra, a former classroom teacher and an education researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her main interest is infusing meaningful civic learning opportunities into classroom instruction. This post appeared on her blog, Revise and Submit.Read full article >>
In his 2014 State of the District speech, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray talked Tuesday night about the “significant progress” that the D.C. Public Schools systems have made in recent years -- progress that is measured by (of course) standardized test scores.Read full article >>
The District’s traditional public and public charter schools would receive a major infusion of more than $100 million next year, including tens of millions to improve services for at-risk students, under a budget proposal announced Tuesday evening by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D).Read full article >>
Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright Tuesday announced that she will retire May 1 after six years in the state’s top education job and nearly three decades with the state’s Education Department.Read full article >>
For helping children safely walk across busy streets, two Fairfax County schools crossing guards were honored for their work by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Phyllis Krapf, of Armstrong Elementary near Reston and Sherry Mull of Stratford Landing Elementary near Alexandria were named among a group of six to be Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of the year for 2013.Read full article >>
How powerful are organizations such as Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst and other like-minded groups that support charter schools, voucher programs and the weakening of teachers unions.?
The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that works to reveal abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by public and private institutions, takes a look at this issue in a new post on its Web site, ”Education groups battle teachers unions in state races.” It reveals the growing power of the purse of “education reform” organizations that are funded by wealthy philanthropists and that are spending big bucks to support mostly conservative candidates running for local and state offices around the country.Read full article >>
Five Fairfax County students from the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology were named semifinalists for the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search competition.
The teenagers were among 300 students from around the country who qualified as semifinalists out of 1,800 entrants who applied. The students will receive $1,000 in awards. None of the students made it to the final round of 40.Read full article >>
Eight groups have submitted applications to open new D.C. charter schools in fall 2015, according to the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which is responsible for vetting proposals and deciding which merit approval.Read full article >>
The American Federation of Teachers, which has won millions of dollars in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will no longer accept foundation money for its Innovation Fund. Union members have expressed concern about the poor implementation in many states of the Common Core State Standards, one of the initiatives in which the fund invests.Read full article >>
This took Teach For America 24 years to figure out?
The nonprofit organization -- which was founded in 1990 and is famous for recruiting young people, giving them five weeks of summer training and then placing them in high-needs schools in low-income communities -- has decided that just maybe some of its recruits need more than five weeks to get ready to work in a classroom for a two-year commitment.Read full article >>
To run a vast public enterprise such as the Smithsonian Institution, it helps to have run a vast academic enterprise such as Cornell University.
That is the thinking behind the announcement Monday that David J. Skorton, president of the Ivy League university in upstate New York since 2006, will become secretary of the Smithsonian in 2015.Read full article >>
It’s time for March Madness -- not the famous college basketball tournament but the start of high-stakes standardized testing season in many school districts around the country. I’ve published many posts on how standardized test scores are inappropriately used to evaluate students, educators and schools, but there are plenty of other costs to students as well. Here are 13 ways that high-stakes standardized testing harms students, from the Yinzercation blog by Jessie B. Ramey. She is the parent of two children in Pittsburgh public schools and a historian of working families, gender, race and U.S. social policy and teaches women’s studies and history at the University of Pittsburgh.Read full article >>
George Washington University will receive $80 million to support public health scholarship through three gifts connected to philanthropists Michael Milken and Sumner M. Redstone, setting a donation record for the private university.Read full article >>
Montgomery County high school students failed their January final exams in math at rates as high as 60 percent in key courses, according to newly released figures that point to a continuing test problem despite recent efforts to help struggling students.Read full article >>
Teach for America, which places thousands of freshly minted college graduates in teaching jobs in some of the toughest schools in the country, is rethinking its training program in light of complaints from its own members that they need more preparation for the classroom.Read full article >>
Parents in Prince George’s County who are interested in enrolling their children in college-level courses are invited to attend two information sessions this week about the school system’s dual enrollment program.Read full article >>