Education News from Washington Post
Fairfax County school administrators acknowledged “challenges” affecting the learning environment at Fort Hunt Elementary, following a Washington Post story highlighting concerns raised by parents and staff at the school.Read full article >>
With a new math work group meeting in Montgomery County to examine the causes of high failure rates on high school final exams, one longtime activist has produced his own 20-plus page report on the problem.Read full article >>
Drinking to excess in college goes back to the earliest days of the country, but there are some troubling new variables in the drinking culture that have experts concerned. What are they?
According to this story by my colleague Jenna Johnson:Read full article >>
A reader asks whether the plunge in college enrollment reported this week in census data was fueled by economic trends — as we suggested in an article Tuesday — or demographics.
It’s a good question. We probably should have noted that college enrollment is hugely influenced by the size of the population that recently graduated from high school.Read full article >>
Montgomery County schools kindergarten teacher Cristina Ulrich is one of seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year.
The district named Ulrich, a teacher at Brookhaven Elementary School, the county’s 2013-14 teacher of the year. Ulrich learned she was a finalist for the state title Tuesday when Superintendent Joshua P. Starr popped into her classroom to give her the news.Read full article >>
Margaret May Walsh, the newly appointed acting superintendent of Alexandria city schools, welcomed students and parents at George Mason Elementary with a smile and a personal introduction on the first day of school Tuesday.Read full article >>
The man who runs the nation’s largest jail system came to Washington on Monday to promote what he considers a potent tool in crime-fighting: universal pre-school.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca is heading a lobbying effort by more than 1,000 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors to convince Congress to enact the Obama administration’s plan to expand preschool to every 4-year-old in the country.Read full article >>
President Obama’s newest education reform idea, aimed at making college more affordable, is a plan that on its face seems helpful to families but isn’t.
Obama said late last month that his administration is, by 2015, setting up a system to rate colleges and universities and then link federal student aid to those ratings by 2018. Should the federal government be in the business of rating schools? Here’s what Catholic University President John Garvey said when my colleague, Nick Anderson, asked a number of college and university presidents what they thought of Obama’s new plan:Read full article >>
When D.C. students discovered last week that recess had been cut to a minimum of 15 minutes per day, many parents launched an immediate protest. Others merely shrugged.
“Teachers should be teaching. Students should be learning,” wrote Steve Sweeney, a parent at Tyler Elementary on Captiol Hill, whose three daughters told him that recess was no more than a chunk of unstructured social time in the middle of the day.Read full article >>
After five years of gains, undergraduate college enrollment fell nearly 3 percent in fall 2012, according to a new U.S. Census report that sheds fresh light on the recruiting challenge facing many colleges and universities.Read full article >>
What are the Common Core State Standards?Read full article >>
Months after launching the “innovation schools” network, Montgomery County on Tuesday announced the 10 schools that will be part of a companion intervention effort.
Schools in the interventions network will work with the central office to come up with plans to improve teaching and learning for struggling students.Read full article >>
Should people who want to be teachers become parents first?
The idea is raised in this Slate article by Sara Mosle, who writes that she joined Teach For America some 20 years ago and when she was “single, childless, and clueless about even the most basic aspects of child-rearing.” Now a mother, she has two decades later returned to school as a teacher and has found that she is “acutely aware of how being a parent has made me a better teacher.”Read full article >>
It’s the traditional beginning of the new school year, and here, courtesy of the National Center of Education Statistics, a department of the U.S. Education Department, are facts and figures about the return to the classroom.Read full article >>
Karen Garza spent the summer sizing up Fairfax County’s vast school system, the largest in Virginia and one of the largest in the country. Rather than waiting for school to start Tuesday, when 184,625 students are expected to take their seats in county classrooms, the new superintendent already has developed a plan for significant change.Read full article >>
For parents and teacers at Fort Hunt elementary near Alexandria, the talk all summer has revolved around how to address a toxic work environment that forced about 40 percent of the instructional staff to pack up their classrooms for new jobs elsewhere this fall.Read full article >>
Before considering school improvement proposals from the candidates for Virginia governor, I have a question: Why is Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate, saying nothing about his timely and crucial support for low-income students’ access to the two most important high school programs in Northern Virginia?Read full article >>
By day, Ryan McElveen is a researcher at the Brookings Institution who scrutinizes one of the most opaque and powerful governments in the world: the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
By night, McElveen, 27, serves as the youngest elected official on the Fairfax County School Board, where he works to bring transparency to the local government.Read full article >>
Labor Day is traditionally marked with parades and other celebrations, a time for Americans to take a break from their jobs and honor the historic role that the labor movement played in the creation of the middle class, the rise of living standards and the strength of the country. There’s nothing sad about that, for sure, but there is about this:Read full article >>
Buried in the fine print of D.C. school budget documents last spring was a detail that many parents didn’t notice until last week, when their children headed back to class and discovered that recess had been cut to 15 minutes a day.Read full article >>