Education News from Washington Post
There is a certain predictability to the annual story about college endowments. Harvard University has the biggest in the country, $32.33 billion. The University of Texas system has the biggest among public systems, $20.45 billion. The University of Virginia has the biggest among schools in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia — $5.17 billion.Read full article >>
Four-year high school graduation rates have hit a high in Maryland, largely spurred by significant gains among Hispanic students, according to newly released state data for the Class of 2013.
Nearly 85 percent of students in Maryland earned a diploma on time in 2013, up from 83.6 percent in 2012. The graduation rate for Hispanic students jumped more than 2.5 percentage points in one year, rising from 72.5 percent to 75.1 percent. It was the largest percentage gain among all racial and ethnic subgroups.Read full article >>
In case you missed any of the endless streams of announcements, it’s National School Choice Week, and advocates are staging thousands of events across the country to talk it up. There is even a school choice train making a whistle-stop tour across the country for rallies and other such goings-on to draw attention to a movement that has been hailed as “the” or “an” answer to what ails public education today.Read full article >>
In Loudoun County, midterm exams were canceled last week because of the snowstorm and the resulting icy roads. Now, Prince George’s County schools officials say the winter weather has affected when student report cards will be handed out.Read full article >>
Here is an open letter to New York state education officials from Richard C. Iannuzzi, president of the New York State United Teachers, and Carol Burris, the award-winning principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY.Read full article >>
What are the key things that first-year teachers need to know to be successful? Kate Miller, a first-year physics teacher at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., explains the four that worked for her.Read full article >>
The District is on track to overhaul school boundaries and feeder patterns for the 2015-16 school year, city officials told the D.C. Council on Monday, but there are far more questions than answers about what the changes will be and how they will affect city families.Read full article >>
Kathy Hollowell-Makle, a kindergarten teacher in one of the District’s poorest neighborhoods, is slated to be among the guests sitting with first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden at the State of the Union address on Tuesday.Read full article >>
The application process for Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology stalled Saturday when technical glitches affected hundreds of students who were trying to submit proctored essays by computer.Read full article >>
Republicans are positioning “school choice” — sending public dollars to charter schools, vouchers, virtual schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools — as a way to address income inequality in this election year and connect with low-income, minority voters.Read full article >>
Fairfax County Public Schools discovered the administration mistakenly hired seven employees who are convicted felons, including a high school teacher who was once part of a trafficking ring that conspired to import more than a kilogram of heroin.Read full article >>
Over the weekend, the Board of Directors of the New York State United Teachers, a union with more than 600,000 members, passed a resolution withdrawing support for the Common Core State Standards “as implemented and interpreted” by the state Education Department and also declaring “no confidence” in the policies of State Education Commissioner John King. Why is support for the Core sinking rapidly? Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York, explains in the following post. Burris has written a series of posts about the many problems with test-driven reform in New York (here, and here and here and here and here, for example). She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by thousands of New York principals teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board approved a $866 million construction program Thursday night that includes plans to build elementary schools and renovate aging facilities.
The Capital Improvement Program, approved 9 to 2, with one member abstaining, also includes a plan for a new elementary on the Fort Belvoir Army base, built and jointly funded by the Defense Department. The new schools will help the administration address a projected surge in enrollment. By 2018, the school population will grow by about 13,000 students to 199,000.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Public School System is accepting online applications for its specialty programs lottery through March 12.
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m.
The specialty programs in the district include: Creative and Performing Arts, French immersion, Spanish immersion/Dual language, Montessori, and Talented and Gifted.Read full article >>
Thousands of students across Northern Virginia enjoyed time off last week, allowing them go sledding, watch television or, at least in Loudoun County, celebrate a round of canceled midterm exams.
But as they return to school today, many students can look forward to school and more school as some districts make up for lost time with altered schedules.Read full article >>
Allyson Suria was 8 years old when she came to the United States illegally from El Salvador to live with her parents. Soon after she arrived in Arlington County, her mother enrolled her in school and her father took her to get a library card.Read full article >>
The national debate about teacher tenure is the focus of a trial set to begin Monday in a fifth-floor Los Angeles courtroom, pitting a Silicon Valley mogul with a star-studded legal team against some of the most powerful labor unions in the country.Read full article >>
Caleb Rossiter once told his math students at H.D. Woodson High School in the District that they would not be allowed into his classroom without their homework. It didn’t work.
“The kids learn early that there are no consequences for not doing homework or even class work in high-poverty schools, since they eventually pass without doing any,” Rossiter said.Read full article >>
All it took was 19 words to transform Fairfax County School Board member Ryan McElveen into a overnight Twitter sensation.
“#FCPS is closed tomorrow, Monday, December 9. Stay safe! School Board Work-session will begin at 12:30pm at Gatehouse,” McElveen tweeted at 5:47 p.m. on Dec. 8.Read full article >>
The Board of Directors of the New York State United Teachers, a union with more than 600,000 members, has approved a resolution that withdraws its earlier support for the Common Core State Standards ”as implemented and interpreted” by the New York Education Department. It also declares ”no confidence” in the policies of State Education Commissioner John King and calls for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences from standardized testing.Read full article >>