Education News from Washington Post
They had just finished the first week of school, it was the start of Labor Day weekend and a group of high school friends was hanging out at a home in Olney around midnight Friday. When Nick Stull decided to leave, he asked Shawn Gangloff if he wanted to go with him.Read full article >>
Newell Quinton points through the rippled glass of a large second-story window into a sun-soaked field of tall grass. “You see where those short pine trees are? That was home plate.”
Seventy years old, Quinton stood in the wood-planked halls of the school he attended in the 1950s, filling in the field outside with the memories of his rural Maryland boyhood. A trim gray mustache lines his upper lip, and as he relays stories of softball, bib overalls and lining up after recess, the voice that leaves his mouth is at once 7 and 70, animated and articulate.Read full article >>
The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two years of service they promise to make when joining the organization.Read full article >>
At Julius West Middle School in Rockville, Md., all doors are locked after the morning bells ring. Those who arrive once the schoolday begins must buzz to get in, and they are video-recorded as they speak into an intercom.Read full article >>
My colleague Reid Wilson explained in Outlook recently that Massachusetts appears to be our nation’s best state for education. Its preschool and kindergarten enrollment, testing standards, high school graduation rates, family income and parental employment put it at the top.Read full article >>
If you thought that paying a couple of hundred dollars for an hour of SAT/ACT tutoring for your child was outrageous, get this: A tutor named Anthony Green charges $1,500 for 90 minutes — and he insists that customers take a minimum of 14 sessions, all online. Why? Because rich people will pay, and because he believes he is just that good.Read full article >>
There’s no question that many teachers feel demoralized amid a punitive school “reform” movement and that their profession could use a boost, but is a $1 million global competition for a single “exceptional” teacher really the way to go about doing that?Read full article >>
Veteran educator Matt Fiteny is the social studies education manager at the non-profit Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington D.C., which trains educators at all stages of their careers to improve their ability to raise student achievement. He worked for 12 years as a teacher, teacher-leader and administrator. This is a short post about an experience he had on the first day of school in Washington D.C.Read full article >>
Three confirmed cases of whooping cough and nine suspected cases have been reported by Montgomery County at four schools, according to officials and a letter that went home to parents.
Whooping cough, or pertussis, is highly contagious and begins with mild, coldlike symptoms, including coughs and runny noses. The initial symptoms usually appear seven to 10 days after exposure.Read full article >>
For many U.S. college students arriving from West Africa, this year’s “back to school” routine will include a screening for Ebola.
Although health and university officials agree that the threat of the virus spreading at a college in the United States is small, some schools are taking absolutely no chances, according to an Associated Press report on college responses to the outbreak.Read full article >>
Two varsity football players for D.C.’s Wilson High School who attend a private school were kicked off the team as the season was about to begin after school officials realized that they had mistakenly allowed the boys to play for two seasons.Read full article >>
This story has been updated.
The Vergara case in California, in which a judge struck down that state’s tenure laws and other job protections for teachers, is about to become a central issue in the November race for state schools chief.Read full article >>
The former president of George Washington University — who declared this week that women should be “trained not to drink in excess” so they can “be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave” — said Friday that he did not mean to imply that drunk women should be blamed if they are raped.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s Board of Education revised the school system’s policy on student appeals to mirror guidelines created earlier this year by the Maryland State Board of Education that speed up decisions on disciplinary actions.Read full article >>
A loose cat closed an Anne Arundel County elementary school Friday morning.
Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman, said a teacher at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie spotted a cat inside her classroom around 7:30 a.m. Mosier said she notified school officials and there were no students inside the school at the time of the discovery.Read full article >>
Seoul is sending more students to U.S. universities than any other foreign city, followed by Beijing and Shanghai, according to a new analysis of federal data that shows in vivid detail a huge surge of visitors from overseas in recent years seeking higher education in the United States.Read full article >>
Meg Mott, a professor of political theory at Marlboro College in Vermont, recent wrote a post published on this blog about how many colleges are mishandling cases of sexual assault on campus. The issue has been getting attention, with with a bipartisan group of senators recently introducting legislation in Congress that would force school officials to be more transparent and accountable in dealing with sexual assaults. Here’s a follow-up piece on the issue from MottRead full article >>
Vermont’s Board of Education recently passed a resolution on assessment and accountability in public education (see full text below) that slams some of the Obama administration’s key school reform policies.Read full article >>
(Update:Problem with online video)
Earlier this year, Washington became the first state to lose its waiver from the most onerous parts of No Child Left Behind, flexibility that the U.S. Education Department had granted to a number of states that promised to implement specific school reforms acceptable to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The reason given by the department was that the Washington legislature had failed to pass a law linking teacher evaluation to student standardized test scores, a highly controversial assessment method embraced by Duncan’s shop.Read full article >>
A charter school in Prince George’s County will eliminate recess, a revered part of each student’s daily routine, in an effort to shorten its academic day.
The county’s Board of Education approved the change at College Park Academy by a vote of 12-0, with one member abstaining and another absent. Frank Brewer, interim executive director of the academy, which is a middle school that has ties to the University of Maryland in College Park, said teachers suggested the move.Read full article >>