Education News from Washington Post
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Earlier this year, Washington became the first state to lose its waiver from the most onerous parts of No Child Left Behind, flexibility that the U.S. Education Department had granted to a number of states that promised to implement specific school reforms acceptable to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The reason given by the department was that the Washington legislature had failed to pass a law linking teacher evaluation to student standardized test scores, a highly controversial assessment method embraced by Duncan’s shop.Read full article >>
A charter school in Prince George’s County will eliminate recess, a revered part of each student’s daily routine, in an effort to shorten its academic day.
The county’s Board of Education approved the change at College Park Academy by a vote of 12-0, with one member abstaining and another absent. Frank Brewer, interim executive director of the academy, which is a middle school that has ties to the University of Maryland in College Park, said teachers suggested the move.Read full article >>
When Jane Lindsay mentions that she is a middle-school teacher, some people groan. Others react with sympathy.
“It’s such a murky time of life,” Lindsay said. “But what I don’t think people realize is that it is incredibly dynamic and energizing to be in a middle school.”Read full article >>
The Obama administration has stopped exempting Oklahoma from the toughest requirements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, after the state opted to drop the Common Core academic standards and revert to its old K-12 guidelines in math and reading.Read full article >>
The University of Virginia will require most faculty and staff to report possible sexual misconduct they learn about from students, even if the students request confidentiality, under a policy announced this week.Read full article >>
Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza was soaked by a bucket filled with ice water Wednesday afternoon as part of the viral phenomenon known as the ALS challenge.
The ice bucket challenge, popular with teens on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has helped raise close to $100 million for ALS research. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS has no known cure.Read full article >>
College Park Academy, a charter school in Prince George’s County, wants to shorten its day by 25 minutes -- not to reduce classroom instruction, but to get rid of recess.
Charter school officials have asked the school system to approve a waiver to change the school’s schedule to eliminate daily recess.Read full article >>
Bruce Crispell, director of long-range planning for Montgomery schools, said he expects that figure to inch down slightly before student rolls settle out in September. Typically, some students expected to return do not come back, he said.Read full article >>
Last spring, Shining Stars Montessori Academy had a wait list with more than 200 names on it. This week, since school started, the wait list has been whittled down and the school is under-enrolled.
In between, school officials and families went on a real-estate roller coaster ride, when negotiations for two buildings fell through at the last minute. They found themselves without a home nearly two weeks before school was to begin.Read full article >>
Arlington Public Schools plans to distribute a MacBook Air laptop computer to every ninth grader at three high schools this year, school officials said.
The laptops are one of many pilot programs in the county’s school system as it pursues a goal of giving every student a computer by 2017.Read full article >>
Teachers can lose their jobs if their students don’t do well enough on standardized tests. An assistant principal in New York City who secretly changed 11 of his own son’s test scores and class grades received a $7,000 fine but still remains employed by the Education Department.Read full article >>
Florida’s Lee County became on Wednesday night the first school district in the state to vote to opt out of all state-mandated testing, including exams that are being designed to assess student knowledge of new state standards based on the Common Core.Read full article >>
Howard University has long been known for the global feel of its campus in Northwest Washington. Its first Chinese students arrived in 1870, three years after the school’s founding. The historically black university also draws many young scholars from Africa and the Caribbean islands.Read full article >>
Lawyers in New York working with former CNN anchor Campbell Brown on a legal challenge of teacher tenure have agreed to consolidate their case with an earlier complaint filed by a group of public school parents that also seeks to change job protections for teachers.Read full article >>
Virginia students saw modest gains on state-mandated math tests while average scores on reading and writing exams stagnated, according to state results released Tuesday. But nearly half of the state’s districts saw drops in reading scores as many school districts brace for wavering accreditation status this fall.Read full article >>
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing the U.S. Department of Education of illegally coercing states to adopt the Common Core academic standards by requiring states that want to compete for federal grants to embrace the national standards.Read full article >>
The Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center became one of the first Head Start centers in the Washington region to lose its funding this summer because of a new competitive process aimed at improving the quality of the federal preschool programs.Read full article >>
Raaheela Ahmed, the teenager who nearly defeated Verjeana Jacobs, the then-chairman of the Prince George’s County Board of Education two years ago, has been selected by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to serve a one-year term as the student member on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.Read full article >>
Two D.C. charter schools you’ve probably never heard of have just been declared vital for our nation’s educational future. The reasons for focusing on these two schools are intriguing and mostly overlooked in the national debate about charters.Read full article >>
For years now, the U.S. public educational system has been the guinea pig for what many call “corporate education reform.” What is it? It is both a mindset and a group of specific measures foisted on school districts, including standardized test-based “accountability” systems, the spread of charter schools and vouchers, and the overall privatization of public schools. This primer explains it this way:Read full article >>