Education News from Washington Post
Nicole Lynn Lewis was a college-bound honor roll student in her senior year of high school when she found out she was pregnant.
“I had all these acceptance letters from college and a growing belly...and a lot of doubt,” she said.Read full article >>
Listening to the national debate over Obamacare is sometimes jaw-dropping, especially the Republican rationale for obsessively trying to kill the law and driving the country toward a government shutdown. Here are three of the strange lessons related to history that kids can take away from the behavior and words of some Republicans:Read full article >>
Hundreds of Fairfax County high school seniors have dropped their first classes of the day so they can stay in bed a bit longer this school year, part of a decades-long effort pushing for later school start times.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Board of Education, facing a rocky start in a new era of school governance, has entered into a short-term agreement with a corporate foundation to help ease its transition from an elected board to a hybrid board with government oversight.Read full article >>
Despite our fierce national argument over whether to use student test scores to rate teachers, most people who care about schools agree that sophisticated, multifaceted assessments of teachers are good. The National Board Certification process sponsored by the Arlington-based National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an oft-cited example.Read full article >>
Half the principals in the District’s traditional public schools were deemed “developing” — one rung above “ineffective” — on newly revised evaluations that for the first time sorted administrators by their performance.Read full article >>
Patrick Welsh was an English teacher at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., for 43 years before retiring in June. He wrote a piece for The Washington Post's Outlook section about his experiences with failed school reform efforts over four decades, which you can read here. Here's his bottom line:Read full article >>
If the Republicans force the government to shut down this week over President Obama's health insurance program, public education will be affected. While public schools will remain open, the U.S. Education Department will stop most of its operations, and there will be repercussions.Read full article >>
A University of Kansas associate professor of journalism is now on indefinite leave for tweeting the following after a gunman killed 12 people at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C.:
The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn youRead full article >>
Overcrowded classrooms and too great a focus on standardized tests scores are among the greatest challenges facing Fairfax County schools, the system’s new superintendent told a gathering of parents Saturday.Read full article >>
After six years, a housing bust, weather delays and a lot of on-the-job training, a new home built almost entirely by students is going on the market in Loudoun County.
For $699,900, a new homeowner can take the keys and move into the light-filled four-bedroom, 31 / 2-bath luxury home in Aldie. And the students will move on to their next project.Read full article >>
The $1 billion initiative by the Los Angeles public schools district to give an iPad to all 650,000 students and teachers for home use has hit a snag that, in hindsight, someone should have seen coming: student hackers.Read full article >>
Howard University leaders on Friday hailed the second-largest freshman class in 15 years, an influx of 1,596 new students who have helped the school rebound from an enrollment plunge a year ago.
University President Sidney A. Ribeau, speaking at a convocation on the campus in Northwest Washington, told the Class of 2017 that its size is evidence that Howard is on the rise after a trying year for one of the nation’s most prestigious historically black centers of higher learning.Read full article >>
"It would be great if our education stuff worked, but that we won't know for probably a decade."
That's what Bill Gates said on Sept. 21 (see video below) about the billions of dollars his foundation has plowed into education reform during a nearly hour-long interview he gave at Harvard University. He repeated the "we don't know if it will work" refrain about his reform efforts a few days later during a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative.Read full article >>
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan apologized this week to leaders of historically black colleges for the Obama administration’s “poor” communications in a recent switch to tighter standards for issuing loans to parents.Read full article >>
Here’s a video showing what happened in Towson, Md., last week when parent Robert Small of Ellicott City interrupted Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance and complained about the Common Core State Standards.Read full article >>
Do you ever read a report and wonder who wrote it and why they didn't get a good editor?
I bring this up in regard to the U.S. Education Department's Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-18. (By the way you have until Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, to submit comments to the department. You can listen to a video about the plan here, or read it here.)Read full article >>
District education officials defended their decision to score the city’s 2013 standardized tests in a way that yielded gains in both math and reading, arguing Thursday at a D.C. Council hearing that it was the best way to demonstrate student progress as compared with prior years.Read full article >>
Two private universities in the District of Columbia this month announced landmark donations. Trinity Washington University will receive $10 million for a new academic building, and Georgetown University will receive $100 million for a new school of public policy.Read full article >>
The 2013 SAT scores are out and states around the country are either crowing or crying over the results. They shouldn’t expend the energy.
Virginia, for example, is thrilled that students there got the highest scores ever on the exam, and officials are crediting the improvement on school reform. Maryland is unhappy about seeing a drop in scores for the third straight year but you won’t hear officials blaming their reform efforts.Read full article >>