Education News from Washington Post
Next year’s proposed budget for Fairfax County schools — which calls for classroom staffing cuts, testing fees for high school students and larger class sizes — left parents, county leaders and teachers questioning the administration’s financial priorities.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County school system plans to review its grading policy to assess the purposes of evaluating students on their academic performance, including whether homework should be graded, if behavior should be a factor and whether students are given enough credit for showing improvement.Read full article >>
January 10, 2014
Agnes “Granny” Zhelesnik, believed to be the country’s oldest working teacher, turned 100 on Friday and celebrated, of course, at the private Sundance School in New Jersey with her students.Read full article >>
(Update: Response from Majority Leader’s office)
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a conservative Virginia Republican, has long supported local control of education -- except, apparently, in New York City, when the newly elected Democratic mayor there promises to do something Cantor doesn’t like.Read full article >>
New York-based charter school operator Democracy Prep has agreed to take over Imagine Southeast, a large public charter elementary school in Ward 8 that narrowly escaped being closed last year for poor academic performance.Read full article >>
And the rally ends, inevitably, with Christie arguing with a teacher pic.twitter.com/YyLsoJVTWQ— daveweigel (@daveweigel) November 2, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s not a bully, but there are plenty of teachers in New Jersey who would disagree.
Here’s a small part of the transcript from the press conference that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave on Thursday to proclaim his innocence in the scandal in which some of his aides jammed traffic by shutting down access lanes from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge in order to punish a Democratic mayor:
Fairfax County’s class sizes could balloon, teachers could face layoffs and parents might have to pay new testing fees next year under a budget Schools Superintendent Karen Garza unveiled Thursday. The proposal includes $96 million in cuts that would eliminate about 730 staff positions from Virginia’s largest school system.Read full article >>
Sonya Williams, a civil engineer and the president of a parents, teachers and students association, was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.
Williams, who was appointed to the position by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), will represent District 9, replacing Donna Hathaway Beck, who resigned in August.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Board of Education voted Thursday to raise the tuition rate for the school system’s before- and after-school program and for students who attend schools in the district, but live outside the county.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board should conduct a massive boundary study and consider abolishing all current school boundaries to help alleviate crowding issues in the coming years, according to a new report from a citizens committee.Read full article >>
Five National Merit semifinalists, a dozen International Baccalaureate diploma recipients and a cheerleading team that won a national competition were among the students celebrated this week by the Prince George’s County school system for their achievements in academics and athletics.Read full article >>
Federal officials Wednesday released guidelines intended to help the nation’s schools create discipline policies that would keep more students in class, avoid unnecessary out-of-school suspensions and reduce racial disparities in punishment.Read full article >>
Loudoun County school officials offered a more detailed list Wednesday of the personal student and staff information that was publicly accessible online due to a security breach by a software vendor in late 2013.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to close Arts and Technology Academy, a large Northeast Washington elementary school, for failing to meet its academic achievement goals over the past 15 years.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County school system is accepting applications for children who want to enroll in one of its 10 charter schools next year.
The deadline for applications is at 5 p.m. on Jan. 31.
Prince George’s has the second highest number of charter schools in Maryland. Only Baltimore City has more.Read full article >>
Calling school choice the best route out of poverty, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor took aim at New York City’s new mayor on Wednesday for his cooler stance toward public charter schools and warned that Republicans may hold congressional hearings on the education policies of Democrat Bill de Blasio’s administration.Read full article >>
BALTIMORE — Bringing new attention to harsh punishments in schools, federal officials Wednesday urged educators across the country to move away from practices that suspend students for minor infractions and disproportionately affect minorities.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year for his work in his previous job as head of the Anne Arundel County school system.Read full article >>
Fairfax County is looking for a few good teachers.
The school system will host two job fairs in coming months to recruit new educators for next year with “a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students,” according to a statement.Read full article >>
After a long run as president of George Washington University, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg turned his thoughts to leaders whose time was cut short.
“Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It,” published in August by Johns Hopkins University Press, takes on a subject of irresistible interest to those who track higher education.Read full article >>