Education News from Washington Post
Here’s a smart look at the spotty record of for-profit schools, by Larry Cuban, a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This post appeared on his School Reform and Classroom Practice blog.Read full article >>
Former managers of the District’s Options Public Charter School on Thursday denied accusations that they diverted millions of dollars from at-risk students to enrich themselves and their for-profit companies, but they agreed to sever their financial relationship with the Northeast Washington school.Read full article >>
James Madison, the principal author of the U.S. Constitution and the fourth president of the United States, is suddenly getting prime-time attention over his supposed role in the current government shutdown (even though he died 177 years ago).Read full article >>
At Arrowhead Elementary School in Prince George’s County, teachers and other staff members drink vegetable and fruit smoothies each day.
The students at Clinton Grove Elementary School play basketball, jump rope and use Hula-Hoops before and after school.Read full article >>
The new book by education historian and activist Diane Ravitch, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, has debuted on The New York Times bestseller list in the non-fiction hardback category at No. 10. The book is, like Ravitch herself, highly controversial, praised by her supporters and attacked by her detractors.Read full article >>
Who’s minding the people who are supposed to be minding the schools?
Let’s look at two debacles involving schools, one on the West Coast and one on the East, that are symptomatic of problems around the country.Read full article >>
Educational services for at-risk students at Options Public Charter School suffered as the District school’s leaders allegedly diverted millions of taxpayer dollars to for-profit companies they ran, according to current and former teachers and a lawyer for the school.Read full article >>
There are a few postscripts to the behind-the-scenes drama on the Howard University Board of Trustees that emerged a few months before the school’s president abruptly announced his retirement this week.Read full article >>
Frank Savage, a plugged-in alumnus of Howard University, offered two reactions to the sudden leadership transition at his alma mater this week.
The former chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, a graduate of the class of 1962, had some brief words of gratitude for the retiring president, Sidney A. Ribeau, who announced his exit Tuesday evening after five years at the helm.Read full article >>
Here's the latest in the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff story about a school in Florida that is still named after the first "grand wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan. A current "imperial kaltrop" of the KKK has written a letter to members of the Duval County School Board urging them not to change the name this week when they meet to discuss the issue.Read full article >>
Hundreds of Head Start parents and supporters rallied on the Capitol lawn Wednesday to urge Congress to “Stop the Cuts,”
The group included two dozens children from a Head Start center in Northwest Washington that sang “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” alumni who talked about how the early education program had transformed their lives and several members of Congress.Read full article >>
Darlene Gamble, whose son recently transferred to public school in Prince George's County, decided to attend a forum on the state’s new academic standards Tuesday night because she “needed to get up to speed” on Common Core.Read full article >>
Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered what he called his annual “state of education in America” report at the National Press Club this week (see video and transcript below), just before the federal government was forced to shut down because of Congress’ failure to fund it. His speech, titled “Beyond the Beltway Bubble,” was, well, unusual.Read full article >>
There is a growing population of college students, known as “resimuters,” who live off-campus -- sometimes at home to save money -- but spend nearly all of their time on campus. Schools have started to pay attention to these students, offering them space and services so they can feel a full part of the community. In this post, one resimuter who attends the University of Scranton explains how she became one and how others can make the most of “resimuting” to college.Read full article >>
Howard University’s 16th president, Sidney A. Ribeau, seemed to have little trouble winning friends on campus even as questions arose about whether the school was adrift under his five-year stewardship.Read full article >>
Montgomery County took a major step Tuesday toward giving bleary-eyed teenagers more sleep, with a largely unexpected proposal by its schools chief to reset the opening bells of high school nearly an hour later, to 8:15 a.m.Read full article >>
Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau abruptly stepped down Tuesday after months of internal debate over the management and financial health of one of the nation’s premier historically black universities.Read full article >>
Advocates for charter schools, teacher evaluations and other changes to public education that have become mainstream in recent years are at risk of turning into the establishment they once railed against, warned the man at the center of Louisiana’s schools upheaval.Read full article >>
I'm no business wiz but today would be a good day to open a competing government.
— Jeffrey Joseph (@atjeffreyjoseph) October 1, 2013Read full article >>
The world record for a democracy going without an elected government is held by Belgium, which went 589 days in 2010-11 because the opposing Flemish and Walloons were unable to agree on policy issues and form a governing coalition following national elections.Read full article >>