Education News from Washington Post
Two Arlington County ninth-graders told Washington-Lee High School Principal Gregg Robertson they had made a mistake. Advanced Placement world history, a college-level course, was too much for them. They wanted to switch to the regular world history course.Read full article >>
Scientifically based research. It’s one of those phrases thrown around a lot in the education reform debate, but what it actually means is anybody’s guess. Here’s a piece on the subject by P.L. Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina. He edited the 2013 book “Becoming and Being a Teacher,” and wrote the 2012 book, “Ignoring Poverty in the U.S.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Education.” This was published on Alternet.com.
Frederick Douglass High School Principal Rudolph Saunders’s hands were tied when money for a popular college preparation course was slashed from the Prince George’s County school budget a few years ago. The course had to go, which Saunders and parents believed was a detriment to students.Read full article >>
When President Obama talks about the cost of higher education, his mentions of “college students” might often evoke images of teenagers who spent senior year of high school searching for the four-year institution that best matched their personalities, then enrolled and moved into the dorms while Mom or Dad paid the bills.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board approved a new plan Thursday that will require neighboring districts to help cover a $90 million renovation of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology through fixed-tuition costs.Read full article >>
A number of school superintendents in Tennessee have signed on to a letter that asks Gov. Bill Haslam (R) to force the state’s education commission to stop implementing controversial school reform measures and take time to evaluate what has already been put in place.Read full article >>
The Alexandria school board voted Thursday night to support a lawsuit waged by the Norfolk City School Board against Gov. McDonnell’s school takeover law.
In a unanimous vote, the board adopted a resolution stating that the “Opportunity Education Institution” legislation “usurps the role of local school boards in supervising and managing the public schools.”Read full article >>
Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent a letter this week to Republican senators who asked him what his department was doing to help the Obama administration promote its health-care initiative when enrollment begins Oct. 1.Read full article >>
Doug Guthrie has had an up-and-down year at George Washington University.
Named dean of the GWU business school in 2010, Guthrie was given another title in April: vice president for China operations.
“Dean Guthrie is uniquely qualified to lead the development of GW’s presence in China and to ensure that our activities there are fully consistent with our educational mission, our academic values and our strategic priorities,” university President Steven Knapp said at the time. “He has been very effective in extending the global reach of his school, and I am grateful for his willingness to take on this new role on behalf of the university as a whole.”Read full article >>
A hearing examiner will consider the case of an Anne Arundel County boy suspended from school after chewing his Pop-Tart-like pastry into the shape of a gun.
The county Board of Education notified the family’s attorney Thursday by e-mailed letter that it will refer the high-profile disciplinary case to a hearing examiner for an evidentiary hearing. The date has not yet been set, according to the letter.Read full article >>
I apologize for taking so long to tell the faithful readers of this blog that the Post is doing some remodeling and moving my columns from this page to a new one, which can be reached at http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/page/jay-mathews.Read full article >>
In the great push by school reformers to improve the quality of teachers, principals and school leadership have been ignored -- and that’s an unhealthy oversight. There is research suggesting that school leadership is every bit as important as quality teaching. Yet principal turnover is high and increasing, with important consequences for schools. A 2012 RAND Corp. report said, for example, that about 20 percent of principals new to a school in urban districts leave that posting within one or two years, and the result can negatively impact achievement by individual students as well as the overall school. Writing about the issue is Jane O’Halloren, a six-year veteran teacher who has had an unusually large number of principals in her career. She plans to continue graduate work at the University of Minnesota or return to teaching next year.Read full article >>
Trinity Washington University, a Catholic women’s school, announced Thursday it plans to build a new $40 million academic center with science and health laboratories and classrooms on its campus in Northeast Washington. Construction on the school’s first new academic facility in a half century is expected to begin in summer 2014.Read full article >>
The menu was an appetizing smorgasbord: apple-and-cranberry Waldorf salad, greens with chopped kale, roasted red-pepper humus, falafel flat-bread sandwiches, chow mein noodles and a yogurt parfait with granola and fresh strawberries and blueberries.Read full article >>
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In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category: A petition on change.org with some 75,000 signatures is asking a Florida school district to change the name of a high school that is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first “grand wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan.Read full article >>
There’s a preliminary proposal floating around the University of Virginia that recommends the elite public flagship push for more independence from the state government. One of the reasons such change is needed, according to the draft: “Significant, sustained, and permanent decreases in federal and state funding.”Read full article >>
The Obama administration’s signature education initiative, Race to the Top, can’t deliver much educational improvement in America’s public schools because there is a huge mismatch in its mandates and what is actually possible to accomplish with the provided funding and requirements, according to a new report released Thursday.Read full article >>
A long-anticipated discussion on whether to shift the hours of Montgomery County’s high school day— so that teenagers may get more sleep — is set for early October, shortly after the expected release of a new report.Read full article >>
The University of Virginia is trying to figure out what it means to be a public university at a time when state money makes up a small percentage of the overall budget and state lawmakers wield control. This week the university released a preliminary report from a strategy planning working group that recommended U-Va. cut many of its ties to the state and operate more like a private university.Read full article >>
Top leaders of the Fairfax County school system met with parents and community members at Bailey’s Elementary School on Wednesday night to outline plans to alleviate severe crowding issues at the school.Read full article >>