Education News from Washington Post
A big part of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State speech Tuesday was devoted to his record on school reform and his plans for moving forward -- and it is worth noting the big difference between what Christie (R) says about his record on public education and what he actually did with public education during his first term in office.Read full article >>
County executives from Maryland’s three largest jurisdictions joined forces Tuesday to urge the General Assembly to provide more money for building and repairing public schools in their counties.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz went to Annapolis on Tuesday to state their case for a partnership with the state, a deal that would allow them to borrow more money for school construction with the state’s help.Read full article >>
School reformer heavyweight Michelle Rhee and her advocacy group StudentsFirst are not, apparently, pleased with the way school reform is going across the country. In their second annual State Policy Report Card, the national average is a D+ and the top state, Louisiana (yes! Louisiana) only eked out a B- with a 2.92 overall grade point average.Read full article >>
What should a school be able to do with a child like this?
A third-grade student in a Key Largo, Fla., public school was suspended for two days after he “reportedly threatened to shoot and stab his classmates and teachers during an outburst,” according to the Miami Herald. The unidentified student, according to a report filed with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, pretended to stab a classmate and a teacher with a pencil, told classmates that he was going “to shoot them all in the head,” and described how he was going to attack classmates with a chainsaw, the paper said.Read full article >>
Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza vigorously defended her proposed $2.5 billion budget Monday as “reasonable” while some School Board members questioned her tactic of asking for far more than county supervisors have said they are willing to give.Read full article >>
The Bunkum Awards?
Presented by the National Education Policy Center, which brings together interdisciplinary scholars at the University of Colorado, Boulder, these awards are given for what the presenters say is “shoddy” educational research, “work based on weak data, questionable analysis and overblown recommendations.”Read full article >>
The last time Howard University was looking for a president, the board of trustees picked a pair of heavy hitters as co-chairmen of the search committee: business executive Richard D. Parsons and retired Gen. Colin L. Powell.Read full article >>
Emily Durso, who briefly served as the District’s interim state superintendent of education last year, has taken a new job with D.C. Public Schools, where she will be responsible for overseeing an effort to improve the city’s traditional middle and high schools.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County school system — operating under a new governance structure for the past six months — has hired a new superintendent, gained six new school board members and is pushing forward with plans to reinvent itself, according to a new report submitted to state lawmakers.Read full article >>
Rep. George Miller’s decision to retire after 40 years in Congress, coming after the announced retirement of Sen. Tom Harkin (Iowa), means Democrats will lose their two strongest congressional leaders on education issues at the end of the year.Read full article >>
Howard University’s board of trustees announced Monday that veteran Washington lawyer Vernon E. Jordan Jr. will lead a presidential search committee charged with replacing Sidney A. Ribeau, who retired abruptly last year after months of internal debate over the condition of the university.Read full article >>
A Fairfax County schools employee was arrested Monday on charges that he stole hundreds of school system computers and put them up for sale online.
Craig Soderberg, 60, of Alexandria was charged with two counts of embezzlement in a scheme to refurbish older laptops and sell them on the secondary market, police said. They said they found more than 1,200 laptops at Soderberg’s home in a search on Thursday.Read full article >>
One of the biggest debates in public education today is over how to best educate student teachers for the rigors of the classroom. This is the third and final part of a series on the subject by scholar Mike Rose, who is on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of books that include Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education and Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America . A revised and expanded version of his latest book, “ Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us“, is due out in February.Read full article >>
Fairfax County School Board members expressed optimism and disappointment Monday after hearing a report from sleep experts on possibly pushing back high school start times.
During a work session, board members said that they supported the work of experts from Children’s National Medical Center examining the feasibility for later start times in a study commissioned by the administration last April. But several board members said they were disappointed by the slow progress of the study and questioned whether any changes to the bell schedule could be made before September.Read full article >>
Two local lawmakers are leading the charge to reduce the number of standardized tests that Virginia students are required to take and to move beyond the bubble-test era to next-generation assessments that reflect more advanced skills.Read full article >>
Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, the country’s second largest teachers union, has been a supporter of the Common Core State Standards for a long time but she has expressed concern in the last year over the way the standards are being implemented, saying that the rollout was “far worse” than the HealthCare.gov website. Last April she called for a moratorium on high-stakes Common Core tests, and she made a call in November with early childhood education expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige for education officials to convene a task force to review the “appropriateness and the implementation of the Common Core standards for young learners and recommend developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive guidelines for supporting young children’s optimal learning.”Read full article >>
A University of Virginia medical school student performing a training examination on a “practice patient” assigned to complain about a specific condition discovered that the man actually had the disease -- and he saved his life in the process.Read full article >>
A group of researchers from Children’s National Medical Center will present a progress report Monday to the Fairfax County School Board on a study commissioned by the administration to implement later high school start times.Read full article >>
I’m a fan of school policy pundit Diane Ravitch. On the jacket of her latest book, “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools,” I say she is “our best living historian of education.” Her passion and intellect are a great national resource.Read full article >>
Do you know what “The Procedure” is and why it is a problem for education? Here to explain is Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.Read full article >>