Education News from Washington Post
A man with a gun was on a rampage in Gerald Read’s office in the Navy Yard, shooting people at close range and seemingly drawn to any human movement in his vicinity.
As the shooter approached Read and a female colleague, Read pushed the co-worker beneath a desk, barricaded her in and pulled a cubicle partition into the gunman’s path, hoping to stop or slow him.Read full article >>
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Monday railed against the Obama administration’s decision to sue Louisiana over its school voucher program, becoming the latest Republican leader to attack the Justice Department over the matter.Read full article >>
Washington and Lee University’s president has asked for a review of the school’s procedures for reporting admissions data in response to a report about how the prestigious liberal arts school and others count incomplete student applications in calculations that determine a school’s selectivity.Read full article >>
An Ellicott City father has become a cause celebre among opponents of the new Common Core academic standards, after his arrest last week at a public education forum in Towson.
Robert Small, 46, was among the parents gathered at an informational forum organized by the state department of education about the Common Core, new math and reading standards for K-12 that have been adopted by Maryland and 44 other states, as well as the District of Columbia.Read full article >>
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivered what his office called a major policy speech about education reform at Freire Charter School in Philadelphia.
He spoke about what he said was the importance of expanding charter schools (though he didn’t mention that when judged by standardized test scores — the metric school reformers love to use — they don’t do any better than traditional public schools). He also spoke about growing school voucher programs, like the one in Louisiana (though he didn’t mention that many students in that program are using public funds to attend private Christian schools that teach that dinosaurs co-existed with humans and that there is no accountability system in place at many voucher schools).Read full article >>
A growing number of parents are opting their children out of taking high-stakes standardized tests, but do school reformers who have imposed the testing regimes really understand why? Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York doesn’t think so. Burris, who has for more than a year chronicled on the test-driven reform in her state (here, and here and here and here, for example) was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2010, she was tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.Read full article >>
Have Washington area school systems been hurt by federal budget cuts? Are students being bombarded with too many standardized tests? How are schools handling the implementation of the Common Core State Standards?Read full article >>
As noted in the previous post, this is Banned Books Week. Here’s a piece on the ugliness of censorship by James Blasingame, associate professor of English Education at Arizona State University, and the 2010 president of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.Read full article >>
It’s Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, sponsored by the American Library Association. Every year, libraries and bookstores around the country use the week to highlight censorship by displaying books that are challenged and/or banned, and hosting events about the issue. More than 11,300 books have been challenged in libraries and schools since 1982, when Banned Books Week began. The 10 most challenged books in 2012 were:Read full article >>
A Woodbridge High School football player was fatally stabbed Saturday afternoon at a Prince William County park, an incident that has left his friends and teammates struggling for answers and mourning the death of the 18-year-old linebacker.Read full article >>
CHARLOTTESVILLE — When the University of Virginia Board of Visitors voted to scale back the university’s need-based financial aid program last month, ending its no-loan policy for low-income students, administrators were confident it would not have a significant impact on the elite flagship’s racial or socioeconomic diversity.Read full article >>
As Montgomery County digs into the possible causes of widespread failure on high school math final exams, school leaders have released an informal survey that shows a striking gap in the way students study for the biggest test of the semester.Read full article >>
The largest and, as far as I can tell, the most effective college readiness program in the country is called AVID, short for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It was created by a San Diego English teacher in 1980 to help 32 average kids from low-income families develop academic and life skills. Now it has 250,000 students in 48 states, the District and several foreign countries, more than 90 percent of whom go on to college.Read full article >>
The boy killed in a high-speech crash in Fairfax City over the weekend during a police pursuit was identified as Marquette Bell, 14, of the District, authorities said Sunday.
The teen was a passenger in a Honda Accord operated by a 15-year-old driver that authorities said was traveling more than 100 mph when the crash occurred. The crash, at 12:47 a.m. Saturday, came about two minutes after the police chase began, according to the Virginia State Police.Read full article >>
Two men were shot in separate incidents in Southeast Washington over the weekend, authorities said Sunday.
On man was shot early Sunday, in the 800 block of Southern Avenue, SE, police said. The man was approached by two men at 2:25 a.m. and was shot in the shoulder and midsection. Police said he was transported to the hospital with injuries that were believed to be non-life-threatening.Read full article >>
President Obama gave the keynote address Saturday night at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, the highlight of a four-day conference on public policy that impacts black communities. Obama spoke about health care, gun control and other topics, including education. Here’s the transcript, as released by the White House.Read full article >>
The four-point gains D.C. public school students achieved citywide on the most recent annual math and reading tests were acclaimed as historic, as more evidence that the city’s approach to improving schools is working.Read full article >>
Washington and Lee University declared in its official reports last year that 5,972 students applied for admission and 19 percent were accepted. Those numbers helped define the public profile of one of the nation’s most-selective liberal arts schools.Read full article >>
It’s hard to decide which of the following aspects of the U.S. Education Department’s fight with the state of California over standardized testing is worse:
* Education Secretary Arne Duncan is threatening to withhold some of the approximately $1.5 billion that California receives annually from the federal Title 1 program -- funds intended to help poor children receive an education -- if state officials don’t agree to implement a standardized-testing regime that he likes.Read full article >>
The number of schools in Northern Virginia that fell short of full state accreditation more than doubled in the past year from 14 to 36. Education officials say the drop-off is largely a result of harder state math and reading tests, not lower performance.Read full article >>