Education News from Washington Post
The Twitterverse lit up with questions that came fast and furious, and overwhelmingly from critics of Rhee, the former D.C. schools chancellor and current lightning rod for issues around school reform.Read full article >>
Weighted student budgeting comes and goes in American school districts. I rarely write about it because it is difficult to describe without putting readers to sleep. It is also hard to make comparisons from one district to the next because everybody does this sort of portable student funding differently.Read full article >>
This is an actual letter sent to parents from a school in Georgia. The parent who provided it asked to remain anonymous, along with the school -- but administrators know who they are.
— Steven Singer (@StevenSinger3) January 13, 2014Read full article >>
Virginia’s law that allows families to opt out of public education for religious reasons needs further study, according to a Republican state legislator.
Del. Thomas Rust (R-Fairfax) has proposed a resolution that would direct the commonwealth’s education department to study the religious exemption law and make a recommendation as to whether it should be amended to ensure that all children are getting an adequate education.Read full article >>
Montgomery County school leaders voted unanimously Tuesday to support efforts to get the Maryland School Assessments (MSAs) scrapped for this spring, a move that came on the heels of two new bills proposed by state lawmakers from Montgomery County.Read full article >>
Hadi Partovi, retired at 38 after working for Microsoft and creating other tech companies, was figuring out what to do with the rest of his life.
After spending his career in computers, he was troubled by one fact: In this digital age, only about one in 10 U.S. schools teach computer science.Read full article >>
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 >>