Education News from Washington Post
Just weeks before school started, Jennifer White received a letter from the principal at her son’s middle school in the District. With a pattern of late arrivals in the spring, the letter said, her son was not invited to return.Read full article >>
A discrimination lawsuit that pitted a former Maryland school secretary against her principal — and included allegations that the head of Largo High School bullied her staff — was settled Tuesday just as it was about to go to trial in federal court.Read full article >>
Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago.
The Virginia Department of Education said Tuesday that 555 of the state’s 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks this past spring on the annual statewide Standards of Learning tests.Thirty percent of all schools in the state were rated “accredited with warning,” up from 22 percent the year before. Five years ago, just 15 Virginia schools received the downgraded status.Read full article >>
A Georgetown University student died Tuesday after apparently contracting meningitis, the university said.
Andrea Jaime was a sophomore in the school of nursing and health studies, Georgetown said in a statement. She had been undergoing treatment for the infectious disease at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.Read full article >>
The search continued Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student with ties to the Washington area, and her family said it would be unusual for her to go this long without having any contact with her family and friends.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board two years ago created a fast track for experienced charter operators with successful records in other cities to apply to open schools in the District.
The effort brought in California-based Rocketship, which plans to open its doors in Anacostia next fall, as well as Texas-based Harmony and New York-based Democracy Prep, which opened schools this year.Read full article >>
Amid a national debate about the worth of a college education, a respected annual poll about the education views held by Americans has found that only 44 percent of Americans now believe that getting a college education is “very important” — down from 75 percent four years ago.Read full article >>
Washington, known as a seat of global power, is also a center for brainpower.
A new ranking finds the D.C. metropolitan area to be third in the nation in level of educational attainment — behind No. 1 Ann Arbor, Mich., and No. 2 Madison, Wis., but ahead of Boston, Seattle, New York and many other cities.Read full article >>
Strauss: One senior’s story: Starting college admissions process is like ‘being sent out to sea by myself with 20 different maps’
With the 2014-15 school year now in full swing, many high school seniors are finding that they have two jobs: keeping up with classes and filling out college applications. This blog will follow one senior as she navigates the college search and application process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, will document her experience applying to college in occasional posts that will include the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. Her story may help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire.Read full article >>
Options Public Charter School, marred by allegations of financial misconduct last year, was made over “almost from scratch” before it reopened last month under new leadership and with new staff members, according to the school’s court-appointed receiver.Read full article >>
Critics of the Common Core have questioned a number of different aspects of the standards, including how they were written, whether they are developmentally appropriate and whether too much emphasis has been placed on non-fiction at the cost of literature. Here is a look at an issue that has gotten little attention: How the recommended books in the appendix of the standards try to meet the needs of students of color. It was written by Jane M. Gangi, an associate professor in the Division of Education at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, and Nancy Benfer, who teaches literacy and literature at Mount Saint Mary College and is a fourth-grade teacher at Bishop Dunn Memorial School. Gangi is the author of three books: “Encountering Children’s Literature: An Arts Approach,” “Deepening Literacy Learning: Art and Literature Engagements in K-8 Classrooms (with Mary Ann Reilly and Rob Cohen),” and “Genocide in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Cambodia to Darfur. ” Both are members of the Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning at Mount Saint Mary College. Gangi may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org;Benfer at email@example.com.Read full article >>
Nationwide, about 2.5 million public school students were enrolled in charter schools last school year, up from 789,000 a decade earlier, according to the most recent enrollment estimates from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Last year, the number of students enrolled increased by 12.6 percent from the year before.Read full article >>
With nearly 500 students still needing to show proof of immunizations, Montgomery County school officials said Monday they will seek a 45-day extension of the deadline for new state vaccination requirements.Read full article >>
Maryland has agreed to provide local school systems more time for students to get required vaccinations after school superintendents raised concerns about children missing school because they could not meet the deadline.Read full article >>
David Boies, the superlawyer who chairs a group that is trying to overturn teacher tenure laws in New York and elsewhere, said Monday that his organization is not looking to take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court — at least not in the short run.Read full article >>
(Update: Adding Education Department comment)
Last week I published a highly popular post that included a letter that kindergarten teacher Susan Bowles of Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla., posted on Facebook telling parents that she was refusing to administer the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, or FAIR. She explained what she said were serious problems with administering the test to young students, and said that taking this stance was worth risking her job. The post was titled, “Kindergarten teacher: ‘There is a good possibility I will get fired, but …’ ”Read full article >>
A University of Virginia student who graduated from Fairfax County’s West Potomac High School has gone missing in Charlottesville, and university leaders have expressed “deep concern” about her.
Hannah Graham, 18, has been missing since just after midnight Saturday, according to the university and Charlottesville police. Graham last made contact with friends by text message at 1:20 a.m. Saturday. Graham’s friends called police on Sunday afternoon, and police used bloodhounds to search for her Sunday evening, but that did not produce any leads, police said.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s Board of Education wants residents to share their thoughts about the conditions of their school buildings during a public hearing on Tuesday night.
The board will receive testimony from the public during the Capital Improvement Program public hearing, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. The hearing was originally scheduled for last week, but was rescheduled after no one signed up to testify.Read full article >>
Yong Zhao is a respected education scholar who has been a fierce critic of high-stakes standardized testing, both in China and the United States. Zhao, the presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the University of Oregon’s College of Education, has written a new book entited “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World” that my colleague, Post education writer (and former China correspondent) Jay Mathews, said in a column was “the best I have ever read on Chinese schools.Read full article >>