Education News from Washington Post
Are teachers unions really the scourge of the nation? You might think so if you listen to some reformers who link union-negotiated job protections for teachers to poor academic performance of students in high-poverty schools. But does the data actually support that contention? Bruce D. Baker, a professor of education and leadership in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, decided to look at what is true and what is not in the following post, initially published in 2012 on his School Finance 101 blog. This is a long, technical post, filled with graphs, but worth your time.Read full article >>
Nearly one-third of Virginia’s public schools will not earn full accreditation this fall after reading and science scores dropped precipitously on state-mandated standardized tests, according to state education officials.Read full article >>
If you thought that “bullies, playground predators, or school violence” were the most dangerous things school children face, you are, according to the Family Research Council, missing the “spreading, hidden nightmare facing” millions of students as they start a new school year.Read full article >>
Computer science courses are expanding at 11 Montgomery County high schools from Clarksburg to Silver Spring in the coming school year as part of a new initiative to boost student understanding of what many see as a vital subject.Read full article >>
Strauss: Scoring error on one SOL test question meant hundreds of Virginia students who failed really passed
More than 500 students in Virginia just learned that their score on the Standards of Learning Civics & Economics test they took last spring rose when it was discovered that the answer to one question was incorrectly scored. For 224 students, getting credit for one more question meant the difference between failing the exam and passing.Read full article >>
No doubt you’ve heard this: ‘Third grade is the year when students go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’ The truth is not so clear-cut, as explained here by Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English who now supervises student teachers for Portland State University. She also writes books for teachers.Read full article >>
Teachers have long been accustomed to “going along to get along” but increasingly are raising their voices to protest standardized test-based education reforms of the last decade that they see as harmful to students. In this post, Georgia teacher Ian Altman explains what he and his colleagues are really sick of hearing from reformers. Altman is an award-winning high school English teacher in Athens, where he has lived since 1993, as well as an advocate for teachers and students. He has presented at several national conferences and published in the Journal of Language and Literacy Education. He won the 2014 University of Georgia College of Education Distinguished Alumni Crystal Apple Award as well as the 2012 University of Chicago Outstanding Educator award.Read full article >>
Robin Anthony Toogood II was an admired educator, the kind of principal who inspires loyalty among other teachers for his compassion and positive attitude. To his students, he was a role model who commanded respect, a leader who handled discipline infractions with a gentle hand.Read full article >>
Michelle Rhee has been the most visible star in the nation’s galaxy of school reformers since she became D.C. schools chancellor in 2007, abruptly quit in 2010, and started an advocacy organization called StudentsFirst in 2011. Now, it is being reported that she will step down soon from her role as head of StudentsFirst at a time when the organization is facing questions about its effectiveness.Read full article >>
Student enrollment has surged in Montgomery County’s public schools, with the district’s forecast for the coming school year reflecting the largest one-year jump since 2000. More than 2,800 additional students are expected to fill classrooms in Montgomery’s 202 schools.Read full article >>
D.C. public schools announced this week that eight new principals graduated from a fellowship program the school system designed to create an internal pipeline for leaders.
The rising principals are the first graduates of the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship, which provides 18 months of training and mentoring for promising D.C. schools employees who want to become principals.Read full article >>
I have recently published several posts about a new effort led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown to eliminate or restrict teacher and other job protections for teachers. (You can see them here, here, here and here.) Brown has appeared on numerous television shows recently arguing that legal job protections for teachers have a negative impact on student achievement; critics say there is no research showing a connection between teacher tenure laws and lower rates of student achievement. In the following post, Brown responds to the posts I have published as well as other criticism of her activism. Readers, as always, are welcome to respond.Read full article >>
A Manassas City principal resigned and has lost his teaching license after officials alleged that he falsified most of his educational credentials, presenting himself as having college degrees he did not and slipping through school system vetting procedures.Read full article >>
When Congress reauthorized Head Start in 2007, a little girl named Cynthia Martinez-Cardoso from one of the District’s longest-running Head Start centers sat in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lap as she signed the bill.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Public School System is aggressively trying to recruit school nurses to build up its compliment of trained professionals to handle medical emergencies and other needs as it heads into a new school year in two weeks.Read full article >>
The federal government has begun an investigation of Johns Hopkins University related to its response to reports of sex assault, the school said Tuesday.
The announcement from university President Ronald J. Daniels, in an e-mail to students, faculty and staff, means that the prestigious private university based in Baltimore joins dozens of other colleges and universities nationwide that face similar federal probes.Read full article >>
With school starting in less than two weeks, Montgomery County has firmed up its enrollment forecast: Its student population will surge by 2,864, the largest one-year jump in more than a decade.
Projections call for a record-high student enrollment of 154,153 for the coming school year, said Bruce Crispell, director of long-range planning for Montgomery schools.Read full article >>
I recently published a post about a teacher in Charleston, S.C., who asked Education Secretary Arne Duncan a gutsy question during a video chat Duncan had with educators. Here are some questions that readers have since sent in that they would like to see Duncan answer.Read full article >>
Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch wrote the following in memory of Robin Williams.
By Diane Ravitch
We have become accustomed in recent years to seeing films in which teachers are shown as lazy, greedy slugs. This fits nicely with the corporate reform narrative that seeks to strip all honor, dignity, and rights from teachers. Teachers don’t deserve those mean-spirited caricatures, nor the treatment they receive from legislatures.Read full article >>
Students and teachers at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro will return to school in celebration mode later this month.
Wise received the Best High School award from the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards during a star-studded program at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday.Read full article >>