Education News from Washington Post
Niche, which runs the better-known ranking site College Prowler, included 8,738 school districts in its rankings and graded school systems in eight categories, including academics, teachers, health and safety, student culture and diversity and responses to surveys given to Niche users. Academics were given the most weight in the rankings.Read full article >>
Nothing has been confirmed but new allegations of cheating on the SAT are being made by school counselors in Asia after the November administration of the exam, ones similar to those made in October when scores in two countries were withheld.Read full article >>
The U.S. Department of Education has found Princeton University to be in violation of Title IX, a federal law that broadly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender at schools that receive federal funding. In this case, the department found the Ivy League school to be in violation of the law as it applies to sexual harassment and violence.Read full article >>
To understand just how much budget cuts have ravaged Philadelphia’s public schools, consider the discretionary budget — used to buy things like books, paper and other supplies — that the new principal of an elementary school discovered he had for 400 students this year: $160. That’s 40 cents per child.Read full article >>
When Christopher Paolini was 15 years old, he started writing a novel that eventually was titled “Eragon,” the first in a four-book series that became known as the “Inheritance Cycle.” He spent two years writing and then rewriting the story and a third year traveling around the country promoting the self-published book before an established author, Carl Hiaasen, read it and had it published by Alfred A. Knopf. How did he manage to do all this and get an education too? In the following post, his mother, Talita Paolini, explains. Talita Paolini trained and worked as a Montessori preschool teacher. She and her husband, Kenneth, homeschooled their two children. Many parents asked Talita for advice, so she recorded the Paolini Method in a series of articles and books. You can read about it here. She currently resides with her husband and children in Paradise Valley, Montana. On her website, the 30-year-old Christopher Paaolini is quoted as saying:Read full article >>
On an ordinary day, Lourdes Hernandez and her D.C. classmates in Advanced Placement English literature would have devoted these 85 minutes to analyzing “Wuthering Heights.”
But they set aside Emily Bronte’s 19th-century novel one morning last week at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, instead spending precious class time on an urgent task: applying to college.Read full article >>
Jonathan Ferreira is frantic. The 16-year-old Potomac High School junior has just two hours to finish a batch of cupcakes in a Veterans Day theme and was hoping to top them with marshmallow fondant. The problem? The marshmallows are red, white and blue.Read full article >>
The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, the nation’s most selective public school, is a wonderful place to learn, but its admissions system has problems. Just ask Reston resident Benjamin Moore and his son Robbie.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board approved a new nondiscrimination policy Thursday that includes for the first time protections for sexual orientation.
The measure, approved 11 to 1, means that Fairfax officially joins the majority of school districts in the Washington region that have policies to protect the rights of gay students and staff.Read full article >>
As school districts across the country gear up for the new Common Core standardized exams this spring, school system officials in Prince George’s County have raised concerns about whether they have the technical support to handle the online tests.Read full article >>
Running away from the sound of gunfire and IED blasts toward a shelter door, 2nd Lt. Rowan Sheldon of the U.S. Army suddenly stopped dead and gasped out an expletive: It wasn’t an escape, it was a solid wall.Read full article >>
The D.C. public school system is poised to dramatically expand its science, technology, engineering and math offerings, thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant from Lockheed Martin.
The Bethesda-based global security and aerospace company announced Friday that it has committed $6 million to Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit STEM curriculum provider, to train teachers and build programs in urban school districts, starting with D.C. Public Schools.Read full article >>
Earlier this year Louis C.K. made news by tweeting about how Common Core math was making his daughters cry.My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core! Read full article >>
Google recently made headlines by announcing a new commitment to root out implicit gender bias through increased awareness — but the authors of the following post are wondering whether Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt got the memo. Schmidt is promoting his new bestselling book, “How Google Works,” with an online slide show presentation that has been viewed by more than half a million people — but that Shifra Bronznick and Hillary Leone say is riddled with gender bias and show it, slide by slide.Read full article >>
Parents at a Damascus middle school angrily pressed Montgomery school officials this week about why they were not told for almost a month about the arrest of a contract worker charged with groping a 12-year-old student in a hallway.Read full article >>
A race for a seat on the Prince George’s County Board of Education continues to be too close to call.
Election officials said Friday that Dinora Hernandez, who challenged incumbent Amber Waller for the District 3 seat, gained one vote after the first round of absentee ballots were counted on Thursday.Read full article >>
After decades of donating millions of dollars to colleges and universities in an effort to promote its own conservative world view, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation has just published its set of “academic giving principles.” Let’s look at the reality of the foundation’s giving before the fantasy principles.Read full article >>
Voters in Loudoun County overwhelmingly approved a measure that will allow the school system to sell bonds to finance the construction of the Advanced Technology Academy, according to preliminary results.Read full article >>
Arlington Public Schools leaders are considering an adjustment to school boundaries for eight elementary schools for the 2015-2016 school year after enrollment in some schools exceeded projections.
A new elementary school is slated to open in northwest Arlington in the fall of 2015. In the spring of last year, the school board approved boundary changes to account for the new school, which will be built next to Williamsburg Middle School on North Harrison Street.Read full article >>
If you have never thought that learning is in any way like sex, this post may change your mind. It was written by Leon Botstein, president of Bard College since 1975. He is also Bard’s Leon Levy professor in the arts and humanities. In addition to serving on a number of boards, he is the musical director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. A version of this appeared on the website of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news Web site focused on inequality and innovation in education.Read full article >>