Education News from Washington Post
A new hearing has been set in the case of the Anne Arundel County boy suspended from school after he chewed his Pop-Tart-like pastry into the shape of a gun, according to the family’s lawyer.
The case had been set for a hearing Dec.10, but was delayed last week as snowy weather led to school closings around the region. It is now rescheduled for Feb. 7, said Robin Ficker, the family’s lawyer.Read full article >>
Strauss: Texts of exchange between Catholic educators in war of words over $1 million Koch gift to university
Catholic educators are feuding over a $1 million gift that the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers have given to Catholic University in Washington D.C.
A tough letter, signed by 50 Catholic educators from across the country, says Catholic University should not have accepted a $1 million gift from the the right-wing Koch Brothers because they support “anti-government, Tea Party ideology” that “directly contradict Catholic teaching on a range of moral issues,” and that outsiders may think the school agrees with the Kochs. Catholic University officials issued a response that slammed the letter, calling it “an effort to manufacture controversy and score political points at the expense” of the school.Read full article >>
Following a petition drive that garnered more than 160,000 signatures, a Florida school district will rename a high school whose current name commemorates a Confederate general and the first “grand wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan.Read full article >>
Federal investigators are looking into whether former leaders of the District’s Options Public Charter School committed Medicaid fraud by, among other things, exaggerating the needs of its disabled students and paying students with gift cards to ride school buses, according to several people familiar with the criminal investigation.Read full article >>
Forecasts for snow in Montgomery County often mean a bit of “cyberpleading” — e-mails or tweets that vigorously urge officials to close schools for the day.
That happened during last week’s winter-like weather, but a number of messages to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr did more to offend than persuade. Some used racial epithets. Some used curse words. One threatened to slash Starr’s tires. A few messages mentioned Starr’s family in inappropriate ways, he said.Read full article >>
A Fairfax County elementary school principal will resign her post on Jan. 1 after mounting concerns from parents and staff this fall involving teacher morale and turnover.
Barbara Leibbrandt will retire after 29 years with the school system, including the last four at Fort Hunt in Alexandria, assistant superintendent Deborah L. Tyler announced Monday.Read full article >>
Academic institutions generally promote the free expression of idea and unfettered cooperation among scholars and schools. But the membership of the American Studies Association, the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history, has voted to back an academic boycott of Israeli universities.Read full article >>
In a finding that should give pause to backers of standardized test-based school reform, a new study by neuroscientists at three major universities shows that students who achieved the highest gains on standardized tests did not show the same gains in the ability to analyze material and think logically.Read full article >>
This is the second of three parts of a series on the critically important -- and currently hot -- topic of teacher education, from scholar Mike Rose. He is on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of books that include Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education and Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America . You can find the first part, “Why educating the educators is complex,” here.Read full article >>
American University President Cornelius M. “Neil” Kerwin earned about $1.3 million in salary, benefits, deferred compensation and other pay in 2011, according to an annual survey published Sunday, making him the highest-paid leader of a private college or university in the Washington region.Read full article >>
The John Hanson Montessori Parent Teacher Student Association has offered after-school dance and chess lessons for years, believing that the enrichment programs help engage Prince George’s County students. The group charges a small fee to pay the course instructors, and until now had been using space at the school for free.Read full article >>
Caleb Rossiter recently quit his job as a ninth-grade algebra teacher at the Friendship Tech Prep public charter school in Southeast Washington because, he says, his supervisors pressured him to artificially inflate failing grades and ignored his safety concerns by sending two disruptive students back into his class.Read full article >>
Arlington Public Schools recently partnered with kaggle.com, an online platform that hosts predictive-modeling contests to help find new solutions to reduce the dropout rate.
The same San Francisco start-up tackled another tough education question last year: Can computers grade essay tests?Read full article >>
How much do teachers across the United States get paid?
Here is data, state by state, collected from the National Center for Education Statistics by Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president at DePaul University in Chicago. The data are for 2013 and represent the estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools. Boeckensted’s original map, here on the Higher Ed Data Stories blog, has information for earlier years, as well. You can find the NCES original data here.Read full article >>
Everybody knows (or should) by now that Shanghai’s 15-year-old students ranked No. 1 on the most recent Program for International Student Assessment for the second time, which, if you believe the recently released results, means that a representative sample of kids got the best scores in the world in reading, math and science. And 15-year-olds in the United States performed no better than average of 65 countries and education systems, which is pretty much what they always do on these international tests.Read full article >>
A D.C. Council hearing meant to solicit teachers’ views on improving city schools drew dozens of witnesses Saturday and offered a glimpse of the wide range of educators’ perspectives, particularly on the District’s controversial and politically charged teacher evaluations.Read full article >>
The Arlington County public school district is inviting number crunchers from Sterling, Silicon Valley and even Singapore to help solve one of the most vexing problems in public education: how to keep children from dropping out of school.Read full article >>
Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond, who is leaving his job at the end of the month after four years, wrote the following response to a recent column by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on the average performance of U.S. 15 year olds in reading, math and science on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment.Read full article >>
The list of names that New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has considered for chancellor of the country’s largest school district has been long, but it appears that he has settled on one -- at least for now.Read full article >>
Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr just released an open letter to parents (see text below) about starting a communitywide conversation about online civility after he and his family were the target of threatening and obscene tweets this week when he was deciding whether to close schools because of the bad weather.Read full article >>