Education News from Washington Post
The School Without Walls, a selective D.C. public high school consistently ranked among the nation’s best, failed to fill its incoming freshman class despite receiving a record number of applications this year.Read full article >>
Police will be posted in all 25 Montgomery County high schools next fall as county leaders bolstered the schools’ security force in a final budget approved last week.
The budget for the year that begins July 1 includes 10 new school resource officers (SROs), who will join 12 school police officers in place and three supported by the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg and the county sheriff’s department.Read full article >>
This is what Jamienne Studley, a deputy under secretary at the Education Department, told a group of college presidents who were meeting to talk about President’s Obama’s plan to rate colleges with the apparent aim of driving out of business schools that don’t meet the administration’s definition of success, as reported by The New York Times:Read full article >>
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The incoming president of Virginia Tech, a public university that seeks to be known as an engine of innovation, holds 17 patents and was co-inventor of a laser process crucial for making white-light-emitting diodes.Read full article >>
When people began telling me of J.E.B. Stuart High School’s decline, with scores plummeting and teachers leaving, I contacted Bill Horkan, a veteran math teacher at the Fairfax County school who is one of the most insightful educators I know.Read full article >>
School reformers have made student outcomes the big focus of their efforts, targeting teachers for failure to improve student achievement. But teachers say they ignore the inputs — the issues students bring into a classroom and the training/resources of teachers. Here’s a look about the problem with outcome-based assessment, by Ben Spielberg, a Teach For America alum and current math instructional coach in San Jose Unified School District who serves on the Executive Board of the San Jose Teachers Association. Ben co-founded 34justice.com and blogs about a variety of social justice issues, where you can find a version of this post. He has a bachelors degree in Mathematical and Computational Sciences from Stanford University and has written several articles about education research and policy.Read full article >>
Several thousand students staged a candlelight vigil Saturday night in the seaside community near the University of California at Santa Barbara where a 22-year-old gunman killed six people — including three students — and injured 13 others. Flags on the campus were lowered to half-staff and school officials moved quickly to set up counseling services for students, faculty and staff.Read full article >>
Traffic cameras in the District have caught city school bus drivers speeding and running red lights hundreds of times in recent years, and — unlike most drivers in the District — they haven’t had to pay the tickets, according to city records.Read full article >>
Four candidates vying for an at-large seat on Montgomery County’s school board laid out their views at their first political forum this week, with some supporting changes in special education and all weighing in on the district’s budget difficulties, changes to school schedules, the need for construction funding and the possibility of charter schools.Read full article >>
Joshua Katz is a high school math teacher in Orange County, Florida. He gave the following speech about what he calls “the toxic culture of education” today in a TEDx talk this month at the University of Akron.Read full article >>
Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza has announced a series of new appointments, filling key roles in her administration’s leadership days after rolling out a major shift in the school system’s organizational structure.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board has approved a $2.5 billion budget for 2015 that eliminates 720 employee positions, increases class sizes and provides raises for most teachers and staff.
The board voted 9 to 3 Friday morning to pass the budget, which is $39.9 million larger than last year’s approved budget, an increase of 1.6 percent.Read full article >>
An angry e-mail written by a teacher to North Carolina legislators with a subject line that said, “I am embarrassed to confess: I am a teacher,” might have been seen only by recipients if it were not for state Sen. David Curtis. The Republican legislator fired back an inflammatory e-mail, giving her advice on what to tell her “potential new private sector employer” and complaining about the teachers union, even though there isn’t a teachers union in North Carolina. A “firestorm” of protest ensued after the e-mail exchange was made public (see below).Read full article >>
A 17-year-old Egyptian science prodigy attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this month decided to use the opportunity to defect and seek asylum in the United States out of fear that he would be arrested by authorities back home.Read full article >>
Alexandria’s technology director has recommended that the school board approve purchasing tablets for every student at the city’s high school.
Chief Technology Officer Elizabeth Hoover told the board Thursday night that tablets are less expensive and easier for teachers to manage than the laptops that students would otherwise be given.Read full article >>
With a piercing gaze into the camera, the Virginia Military Institute graduate urges viewers to comb through a federal report on a sex discrimination probe at the college in Lexington until they find a sex assault case called “Complaint 2.”Read full article >>
A ”trigger warning” is a short statement on a written piece of work or even a television show ( think Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) noting that the material may be sexually graphic, violent or in some other way upsetting. This month The New York Times ran a story by Jennifer Medina about the warnings that has sparked a stream of articles in magazines, newspapers and blogs about the subject, many of them ridiculing the idea.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell is the first to admit that when he pledged to visit all 205 schools in Maryland’s second-largest school district during his first year on the job, he wasn’t so sure it was a realistic goal.Read full article >>
Several small schools in western Loudoun County have been added to an annual list of the state’s most endangered historic sites by a preservation advocacy group.
The schools were included among about 800 historic schools statewide that Richmond-based Preservation Virginia is hoping to protect as districts increasingly replace smaller school buildings with larger, centrally located facilities.Read full article >>
Strauss: Texas superintendent tells parents: Your children’s standardized test scores don’t mean much
Paul Jones, superintendent of the Paris Independent School District in Texas, posted a rather unusual letter to parents on the district’s website.
Jones informed parents that they would soon receive their children’s scores on state-mandated standardized tests and that they shouldn’t put very much stock into them. In fact, he told them they were part of a “punitive” system in which assessments “do not reflect the quality of teaching or learning.”Read full article >>