Education News from Washington Post
A book hailed by critics and listed in the Common Core State Standards as a reading exemplar for 11th-graders was banned by an Arizona school district because of sexually explicit passages.
The book, “Dreaming in Cuban,” written by Cuban-American author Cristina Garc a and named a finalist for the National Book Award when it was published in 1992, was banned in the Sierra Vista Unified School District after a parent complained that her 10th-grade son was asked to read explicit passages aloud, according to the Associated Press. It wasn’t clear why a 10th-grade class was reading a book suggested for 11th-graders.Read full article >>
A California school district has hired a contractor to monitor what some 14,000 students post on Facebook, Twitter and other social media in an effort to find students who may be displaying suicidal thoughts, being bullied, or in need of other help. Many other school districts are apparently signing on to do the same thing.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County schools have a new discipline policy that officials hope will reduce the number of suspensions and keep students in school.
The policy, outlined in a handbook recently distributed to the county’s 123,000 students, reduces the number of offenses that could include suspension as a punishment and places a maximum number of days a student can be kept out of class for a specific offense.Read full article >>
Fairfax County hired fewer teachers this year than in the past, with 1,841 new teachers entering classrooms this fall.
Despite the fewer hires, the school system’s teacher workforce continues to grow at a rate similar to the increases in the student body.Read full article >>
Here is moving testimony that a Long Island parent, Jeanette Deutermann, gave Wednesday to a committee of New York State senators on how standardized test-based education reform negatively affected her children, a second grader and a fifth grader. She also explains why she decided to opt her children out of taking state standardized tests, and create the Long Island Opt-Out group, which now has as members nearly 10,000 families.Read full article >>
Two high-performing public charter schools will lease shuttered D.C. school buildings in Northeast, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Wednesday.
KIPP DC will move its high school to the site of the former Hamilton School at 1401 Brentwood Parkway NE, while Two Rivers Public Charter School will create a preK-8th program at the Charles E. Young Elementary School at 820 26th NE. Two Rivers will maintain one of its two current campuses at 4th and Florida Avenue NE.Read full article >>
Dear Mr. Colbert,
You have proved time and again that you are second to none as a satirical interviewer. I wrote back in 2011 about your brilliant skewering of the Wake County (Raleigh, N.C.) Board of Education’s decision to scrap a successful school diversity plan.Read full article >>
If you have ever tried to get through a meeting at school and struggled over the terminology that educators threw at you, you will share Liz Willen’s feelings about education speak. Willen works at The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, non-partisan education-news outlet that is an independently funded unit of Teachers College, Columbia University. This was published on its website.Read full article >>
Arlington parents Michael and Beth McGinn were worried that something was wrong with their three-year old daughter, Ellie. She was having problems with her balance and frequent pain in her feet.
After nearly a year of doctor visits and searching, they got an answer that no parent wants to hear: Ellie had a rare, genetic, degenerative mitochondrial disease for which there is no known cure.Read full article >>
Calvert County officials have turned down a request to clear the school record of a sixth-grader who allegedly made a gun gesture at a fellow student, in a case that adds to questions about punishments for imaginary weapons.Read full article >>
Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch’s new book, “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools,” just went on sale and it’s bound to be the biggest -- and most controversial -- education book of the year.Read full article >>
A former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers is giving Georgetown University $100 million to found a school of public policy that will bear his family name, the largest donation ever to the nation’s oldest Catholic university.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board has approved a revised evaluation tool for preschools that is one of the first efforts in the country to tie the success of early learning programs to the academic performance of their students.Read full article >>
Gerald Read left for work at 5:20 a.m. Monday, as was his normal routine. Cathy Read was just getting up as “Jer” walked out the door, and she told him: “See you tonight for dinner.”
But her husband of 35 years did not make it home.Read full article >>
Here’s the most important point of data in the entire debate over school reform: 21.8 percent of American children under the age of 18 lived in poverty in 2012, according to new Census Bureau statistics released on Tuesday.Read full article >>
The number of suspensions issued in Fairfax County high schools last year decreased by 18 percent from the prior year, according to school records.
In the 2011-2012 academic year, the schools reported 3,425 total out-of-school suspensions, which includes short-term suspensions lasting four or five days and those that exceed 10 or more days. In the 2012-2013 school year, principals issued a total of 2,794 suspensions.Read full article >>
Virginia’s Education Department identified 37 of the state’s lowest performing schools Tuesday as so-called “Priority schools” that must work with turn-around partners to roll out comprehensive reforms to improve their performance.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County teachers will receive a 2 percent cost-of-living pay adjustment, retroactive to July 1, as part of a three-year contract approved by the Board of Education.
The union, which includes 9,200 teachers, ratified the contract after the board vote last week.Read full article >>
The matter before the Montgomery County Council’s Education Committee was largely procedural, but elected officials did not miss the chance Monday to press a perennial concern: The state, they argue, shortchanges the school system on funding.Read full article >>
Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, school board Member Rebecca Smondrowski and two principals are part of a local delegation spending 10 days in China.
Educators on the trip include Joan Benz, principal of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, and Judy Brubaker, principal of Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School in Germantown. The group left Sunday and is expected to return Sept. 25.Read full article >>