Education News from Washington Post
More than 120 authors and illustrators of books for children -- including Maya Angelou, Judy Blume and Jane Yolen -- urged President Obama in a letter sent Tuesday to curb policies that promote excessive standardized testing and said they are “alarmed” about the impact “on children’s love reading and literature.”Read full article >>
For decades, families left the District for the suburbs in search of strong public schools. But a growing number of young parents are now choosing to stay, attracted by new energy in D.C. charter and traditional schools.Read full article >>
The poll was informal. It included 60 students at one Montgomery County high school who happened to come together to represent their classmates at a town hall meeting recently held by Superintendent Joshua P. Starr.Read full article >>
The high-flying online Khan Academy is using contractors to review the accuracy of many of its videos and to sort through complaints about specific videos that come through its Web site. Sal Khan, the academy’s founder, said in an e-mail that it became clear to him that “more process” was needed as his online enterprise has expanded in recent years.Read full article >>
De’Andre Anderson and his wife don’t have children yet. But when the couple bought a home in Southeast Washington after years of renting on Capitol Hill, Anderson began mulling what they could do to help the neighborhood schools. ¶ Now Anderson is leading a campaign to persuade Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to establish the first application-only secondary school east of the Anacostia River. ¶ “I would like to have some quality schools in my neighborhood — or at least on this side of the river — that I could send my kids to,” said Anderson, who moved to Hillcrest with his wife, Lemlem Meconen-Anderson, 35, last year. ¶ The District’s struggling school system shaped city demographics for decades, pushing countless young families and parents-to-be into the suburbs in search of a decent public education. ¶ But that long trend now appears to be shifting. Public school enrollment in the District has risen nearly 18 percent over the past five years, mostly in the early grades and charter schools, as an increasing number of parents have been persuaded to give D.C. schools a try. The change comes as young, affluent people who have flocked to the District over theRead full article >>
De’Andre Anderson and his wife don’t have children yet. But when the couple bought a home in Southeast Washington after years of renting on Capitol Hill, Anderson, 43, began mulling what they could do to help the neighborhood schools. ¶ Now Anderson is leading a campaign to persuade Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to establish the first application-only secondary school east of the Anacostia River. ¶ “I would like to have some quality schools in my neighborhood — or at least on this side of the river — that I could send my kids to,” said Anderson, who moved to Hillcrest with his wife, Lemlem Meconen-Anderson, 35, last year. ¶ The District’s struggling school system shaped city demographics for decades, pushing countless young families and parents-to-be into the suburbs in search of a decent public education. ¶ But that long trend now appears to be shifting. Public school enrollment in the District has risen nearly 18 percent over the past five years, mostly in the early grades and charter schools, as an increasing number of parents have been persuadedRead full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board on Monday began considering extensive cuts to next year’s budget, as the county’s new superintendent suggested bridging an expected $140 million gap by lowering school staffing, increasing class sizes and implementing a sports user fee.Read full article >>
A cascade of glitches in a major online college application program has frustrated prospective students across the country and prompted several universities to push back their fall deadlines, exposing vulnerabilities in the nation’s college admissions system.Read full article >>
Republican lawmakers in Virginia announced Monday they intend to make reforming the state’s Standards of Learning tests a key part of their legislative agenda in 2014.
Virginia students currently take 34 standardized tests between third grade and graduation, said Del. Tag Greason (R-Loudoun). “That’s a lot to ask from our students,” he said.Read full article >>
“We won’t be Fairfax anymore.”
There’s something poignant about that statement, made by Fairfax County school board Chairman Ilryong Moon (At Large) and quoted in my colleague T. Rees Shapiro’s story about a projected $140 million budget deficit that new Superintendent Karen Garza is proposing to close with major cuts for programs and staff.Read full article >>
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and University of Maryland President Wallace Loh on Monday cut the ribbon on a new charter school near the university campus that offers a college-preparatory program for hundreds of sixth and seventh graders.Read full article >>
Enrollment growth in Prince William County Public Schools slowed this year, as the district started the school year with fewer than expected kindergartners.
The official count for the state’s second largest school system was 85,055, a 1.8 percent increase over last year’s enrollment.Read full article >>
The second major investigation of the year has been launched into cheating on the SAT in Korea with new allegations that questions from earlier tests were obtained by “cram schools” and given to students during preparation for the Oct. 5 administration of the exam. This follows the College Board’s cancellation of the May 2013 administration of the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests throughout Korea of the leak of test questions -- the first time a test has been cancelled in an entire country.Read full article >>
Four community meetings have been set to collect public comment on a proposal released earlier this month to change bell times in Montgomery County schools.
The proposal, offered by Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, would allow high school students to sleep later in the morning by delaying the start of first-period classes to 8:15 a.m. Classes now begin at 7:25 a.m.Read full article >>
Here’s a new list of 10 hot careers for recent and mid-career college graduates with bachelor’s degrees.
The report comes from the University of California at San Diego Extension, the continuing education arm of the university and was written by faculty Henry DeVries, Sundari Baru, and Josh Shapiro, who looked at data to create a list of “hot careers” that can “realistically be filled by recent college graduates.” Missing from the list are professionals such as surgeons, veterinarians and electrical engineers because they require far more training than the careers on this list.Read full article >>
In recent years we’ve seen the rise of big money being poured into local school board races from well outside the district, or city or even state where the election is being held. Millions were spent, for example, in Los Angeles school board races earlier this year. In April I published a piece by a teacher in New Jersey who blogs under the name “Jersey Jazzman” about the financing of a local school board campaign, and here is a new one, about another election and the same pattern of outside funding. A version of this appeared on the Jersey Jazzman blog.Read full article >>
Fairfax County schools Superintendent Karen Garza says she will propose significant cuts to address a projected $140 million budget deficit, a plan that suggests classroom staff reductions, furloughs, increased class sizes and eliminating a foreign language instruction program in the elementary schools.Read full article >>
Nothing I have read in The Washington Post lately has been more lucid and bracing than Patrick Welsh’s assault on catch-phrase school reforms in the Sept. 29 edition of the Outlook section. It was vintage Welsh — detailed, angry, literate. It’s what you expect from one of our best education writers and high school teachers. He added a dash of melancholy for fans like me as we learned he had just retired after 43 years at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.Read full article >>
Since taking the reins of Maryland’s second-largest school system in August, Kevin Maxwell has met with Prince George’s County business and community leaders, toured more than 50 schools, and talked to thousands of employees, students and parents.Read full article >>
No one can doubt that Wayne A.I. Frederick knows his way around Howard University.
Named interim president of Howard this month, Frederick holds three degrees from the school in Northwest Washington: a bachelor’s in zoology, a doctor of medicine and a master’s in business administration.Read full article >>