Education News from Washington Post
A cohort of 150 Fairfax County schools teachers gathered in McLean Thursday night for a screening of a new documentary showing a day in the life of a public school system in California.
The 90-minute film, “Go Public,” chronicles the day of May 8, 2012, in the Pasadena Unified School District through the perspective of 50 different people connected to the schools. The showing at the AMC theater in Tyson’s Corner was organized by Mosby Woods elementary second grade teacher Kristine Choi said Fairfax Education Association president Kimberly Adams.Read full article >>
In some ways, it is easy for a big university to swallow a small college.
George Washington University, with 25,000-plus students and an endowment exceeding $1.3 billion, showed this week that it has the means to decide on short notice to absorb the neighboring Corcoran College of Art and Design, with roughly 550 students and major financial troubles.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has reestablished a commission, made up of parents, business owners and educators, to advise him on ways to improve the county schools.
The Commission for Education Excellence took a hiatus last year while Baker pushed to take over the school system and after Segun Eubanks, the commission’s former chairman, was appointed to lead the district’s new hybrid school board.Read full article >>
Caitlin Flanagan spent a year investigating college fraternities for The Atlantic, and the resulting story is a long and thorough look at the history of these organizations, the way they deal with liability insurance and a host of other serious issues, including sexual assault, hazing and binge drinking.Read full article >>
Armando Christian Pérez, a.k.a. the pop mogul Pitbull, is in a sixth-floor classroom of Sports Leadership and Management. It’s a new charter school he is supporting just outside the rough Little Havana neighborhood where he was raised.Read full article >>
When you’re thinking about private schools for your child, beware of a few common obstacles that seem to trip up even the most seasoned parents:
1. Putting all your eggs in one basket: Sometimes parents will have one school in mind that they view as “perfect,” and all their energy goes into getting their child into that single place. Don’t let unbridled optimism get the best of you — otherwise, you and your child will be disappointed if that top school doesn’t work out. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a top choice, just that you should always have a backup plan.Read full article >>
Students on Twitter take note: One Washington-area school system wants to help teach civility in the Twittersphere.
Montgomery County school leaders say they hope to spark a community conversation on the issue, and more than 150 parents, students and others have now applied for positions on the district’s newly forming Cybercivility Task Force.Read full article >>
(Clarification: Education Department says its upcoming guidance will not be about data walls but about student privacy in general.)
After I wrote last week about “data walls” in public schools that often include lists of students and their test scores, readers asked whether such public displays of academic “achievement” -- without parental permission -- violate the federal student privacy law known as FERPA (technically the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). One privacy expert says that such lists can indeed violate FERPA.Read full article >>
For many parents, deciding whether private school is right for their child and which schools to apply to is overwhelming. A new book, “A Guide to Private Schools: The Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland Edition” ($25.95, iUniverse), can help.Read full article >>
With resistance to standardized test-obsessed school reform growing around the country, three dozen local, state and national organizations and individuals have now banded together in an alliance to expand efforts to bring sanity to education policy.Read full article >>
(Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly cited a Los Angeles Times editorial. The article cited was not a Times editorial but an opinion piece written by an outsider writer and published in the Times.)Read full article >>
It was a novel idea that bubbled up at an unusual public college. A group of professors at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, outraged about a trend of rising presidential pay in higher education, wanted to cap the salary of their school’s president at a level no more than 10 times what the college’s least-paid employees make.Read full article >>
True or false? Students and anybody else in a public school have a right to quietly pray any time they want.
It’s true, but you wouldn’t know it if you listen to lawmakers in Virginia who, according to this Post story, are pushing legislation that would ”codify students’ right to pray before, during and after school; organize prayer groups, clubs and events; wear religious clothing or accessories; and express religious viewpoints at school forums.”Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board has decided to allow Perry Street Prep’s elementary and middle school grades to continue operating but to close its high school, making Perry Street the latest in a string of charter schools to face sanctions for poor academic performance.Read full article >>
If you have ever been through the college admissions process, or your child has, or, if anybody you have ever known has been remotely connected to it, then you know how crazy it is. In this post, Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing at DePaul University in Chicago writes about the process and how it could/should be changed in ways you probably haven’t considered.Read full article >>
As in several other states, lawmakers in Wisconsin are considering legislation that would pause, change or eliminate the new Common Core academic standards in math and reading now being implemented in public school classrooms across the country.Read full article >>
George Washington University’s pending plan to take over the Corcoran College of Art and Design would expand the footprint of the largest university in the nation’s capital.
Details remain to be negotiated. But the structure of the deal, announced Wednesday, would make GWU the new owner of the Corcoran’s building on 17th Street NW, next to the White House. It also, according to GWU, would transfer to the university a Corcoran campus in Georgetown on 35th Street NW.Read full article >>
A student-led campaign against Teach For America took to Twitter this week and has been proving to be popular, at one point more so than tweets with the Olympic hashtag.
The Twitter effort is being led by Students United for Public Education, a grassroots, student-led organization founded by Stephanie Rivera, a Rutgers University Graduate School of Education Student & Urban Teaching Fellow, and Hannah Nguyen, University of Southern California student and a chapter leader of SUPE.Read full article >>
A computer security breach at the University of Maryland has compromised more than 300,000 personal records for faculty, staff and students who have received identification cards. Here’s the letter about the breach from university President Wallace D. Loh released on Wednesday:Read full article >>
An Arlington County police officer used a Taser on a cafeteria manager at an elementary school Wednesday after the school employee had an altercation with an administrator, police and school officials said.Read full article >>