Education News from Washington Post
A former Montgomery County music teacher was indicted Thursday on 39 criminal counts related to his alleged sexual abuse of 14 elementary school girls and rape of a middle school student during his lengthy career in the county’s public school system.Read full article >>
D.C. Council member David A. Catania recited a litany of data Thursday to illustrate the city’s large and persistent student achievement gaps, using an annual oversight hearing for the school system to ask whether officials are moving quickly enough to improve outcomes for poor and minority children.Read full article >>
A Liberty University security officer will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a student who attacked him with a hammer in November, according to prosecutors in Lynchburg, Va.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeffrey Bennett ruled that the officer, A.S. Mulberry, acted in self-defense when he fired two shots at Liberty freshman Joshua Hathaway on Nov. 19 at an off-campus dormitory known as Residential Annex II. Hathaway, 19, swung at Mulberry with a short-handled metal sledgehammer, making Mulberry fear for his safety, according to Bennett’s report.Read full article >>
Arlington County Schools Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy unveiled a $539.4 million budget plan Thursday that would increase salaries and consolidate services for students pursuing alternative paths to high school graduation.Read full article >>
Readers of this blog know that I am not a fan of the “value-added method” of evaluating educators. VAM uses student test scores and adds them into complicated formulas that can supposedly figure out the “value” teachers add to student learning. (Can a complicated formula really factor out the post traumatic stress that affects a student’s ability to take a standardized test or the effects of persistent hunger?) Assessment experts have cautioned that the use of VAM for high-stakes evaluation decisions is a bad idea because the results are generally not valid or reliable, but policymakers have gone ahead and required school districts to use them anyway.Read full article >>
To mark its one-year anniversary, Code.org, the nonprofit that has created free lessons to get kids from K-12 to write computer code, has released a new drag-and-drop tutorial that lets anyone build a version of the Flappy Bird game.Read full article >>
A proposed change in Virginia’s preschool funding formula could leave Arlington County with about 50 fewer state-funded slots, if the House of Delegates and Senate don’t agree on a fix in the coming days.Read full article >>
As the June primary nears in Maryland, Montgomery County’s school board election has come into sharper focus, with a collection of new candidates jumping into the race just ahead of this week’s filing deadline.Read full article >>
There’s a new crisis in New Jersey, and it isn’t about traffic jams.
Public protests in Newark are growing over an effort by Superintendent Cami Anderson, who was appointed to run the state-operated district by Gov. Chris Christie, to reshape the city’s school system. She plans to close some traditional schools, lay off more than 1,000 teachers and hire Teach For America recruits to fill some open spots, and create a single enrollment system for the 21 charters and 71 traditional public schools under an initiative called One Newark.Read full article >>
There is a lot to celebrate about the pre-kindergarten program in the D.C. public schools. In fact, some aspects of the program are so strong that school officials would be smart to borrow them for application in later grades. This is all explained in the following post by Elaine Weiss, the national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, a project of the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute that recognizes the impact of social and economic disadvantage on many schools and students, and works to better the conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.Read full article >>
A state audit of the Prince George’s County school system found that weak financial controls and insufficient oversight have resulted in $1 million in overpayments to employees and have left the district’s computer network vulnerable to attack.Read full article >>
The nonprofit organization that oversees the online Common Application for hundreds of colleges announced an abrupt leadership shuffle Wednesday, months after the rocky rollout of a redesigned application system.Read full article >>
George Mason University, the largest public university in Virginia, aims to grow its international student enrollment by 50 percent in five years through a joint venture with an overseas recruiting firm announced Wednesday.Read full article >>
The D.C. Council set aside $6 million last spring to help D.C International — a new language immersion charter school for students in grades six through 12 — renovate its home-to-be, a building on the site of the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Northwest Washington.Read full article >>
The biggest advocates for the new musical theater arts magnet school that the Loudoun County School Board approved Tuesday night were some of its future applicants.
Before the board voted 7 to 2 to approve the pilot program, which will serve up to 32 students starting in the fall, a ninth-grader from Loudoun County High School approached the dais.Read full article >>
New data released by the Chicago Public School system reveals that the city’s public charter schools — whose expansion has been pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for several years — expelled about 12 times the number of students last year than did traditional public schools.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Board of Education, which has had a rocky start adjusting to the school system’s new governance structure, was united on Tuesday night, voting unanimously to approve the $1.75 billion budget proposed by Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell.Read full article >>
It’s official. Prince George’s parents, mark your calendars.
Schools in Prince George’s County will start one week later for the 2014-15 school year.
The Prince George’s County Board of Education approved the school calendar Tuesday night, and one of the biggest changes is the delayed start.Read full article >>
On Tuesday, members of the Fairfax County school board took part in a rally before county executive Ed Long presented the proposed budget for next year. Long’s budget calls for a 2 percent increase in local funds to the schools, significantly lower than new superintendent Karen Garza’s original 5.7 percent request.Read full article >>
Fairfax County School Board members will host two budget meetings this week to discuss strategies for addressing the upcoming decision by the Board of Supervisors to set the tax rate limits for next year.Read full article >>