Education News from Washington Post
Fairfax County leaders began discussing next year’s school budget this week in a sometimes tense meeting that focused on funding the elimination of half-day Mondays.
When it began the academic year Tuesday, the county school system ended its 40-year-old practice of dismissing children in lower grades early on Mondays, a move that was popular with parents who previously had to make day-care arrangements for Monday afternoons. The policy also allowed the system to build in a scheduling cushion in the event of inclement weather, effectively adding 13 snow days to the school calendar.Read full article >>
Nearly two years after a gunman killed 20 first-graders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the students, parents and community members are still recovering.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education said it is awarding a $3.1 million grant to help the Newtown school system, part of $17 million the Obama administration has spent to date on counseling and other support services for the still-grieving community.Read full article >>
Students who returned to school in Fairfax County on Tuesday were protected by added security measures placed by the administration in recent months.
After the shootings at Virginia Tech and Newtown, Conn., school officials nationwide reviewed safety protocols to help prevent mass tragedies. In Fairfax, all high schools this fall are equipped with state-of-the art door-access technology that allows administrators inside the building to monitor who comes in.Read full article >>
Education historian Larry Cuban notes that no matter what part of the political spectrum school reform originates, reformers keep making the same mistakes, decade in and decade out. What mistakes? Cuban explains in this post. Cuban was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This appeared on Cuban’s on School Reform and Classroom Practice blog.Read full article >>
Last week the school board in Lee County, Fla., became the first school district anywhere to vote to opt out of all state-mandated testing as a protest against what members said was excessive testing. The vote then was 3-2 and board member Don Armstrong called it an “act of civil disobedience.”Read full article >>
The president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP wants the county school system to halt the construction of cellphone towers on school property until school officials review information about the possible dangers that the towers could pose.Read full article >>
D.C. Public Schools closed a Northeast high school Wednesday because of an air-conditioning outage.
The building-wide outage shut the doors of H.D. Woodson Senior High School on 55th Street NE, according to a Wednesday morning alert.Read full article >>
Sherwood High School was a sad but unified place Tuesday, as students wore their school colors to show a common bond while struggling with the death of a 15-year-old schoolmate killed in a teen car crash over the holiday weekend.Read full article >>
At Fairfax County’s newest school, the first buses rolled into the parking lot Tuesday at 8:23 a.m. The giggling, jittery students poured out and looked up.
The new Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences is a five-story brick structure that nine months ago housed an office complex. Now, it’s Fairfax County’s tallest school.Read full article >>
A bomb threat called in at Westfield High in Chantilly on Tuesday afternoon forced the school into lockdown while police swept the building, the only unusual incident in an otherwise normal first day of classes in Fairfax County.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Board of Education has created six committees to help carry out the work of the school board.
The formation of the new committees comes more than a year after the board was overhauled. The reconfigured board, which was a fully-elected body changed to a hybrid board with several appointed members, had a rough transition after County Executive Rushern Baker III pushed for a school takeover.Read full article >>
The most selective university in the country plans to open its gates a bit wider in the next few years.
Stanford University, which turns down roughly 19 out of every 20 applicants, wants to grow its entering freshman class by an estimated 100 students in the fall of 2016. That would translate to a class of about 1,800.Read full article >>
An animal control officer captured a cat that closed an Anne Arundel County school Tuesday after two second-grade teachers discovered fur and urine inside a supply closet, a spokesmen said.
Two Richard Henry Lee Elementary School teachers contacted animal control around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the cat was captured by 9 a.m., said Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman.Read full article >>
Former George Washington University president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was at the center of an international debate recently when he appeared on a radio show and made some comments about sexual assault and drinking on college campuses. My colleague Nick Anderson wrote this article about it:Read full article >>
Here is everything you didn’t know you didn’t know about the 2014-15 school year, getting under way in earnest around the country this week. This information comes directly from the U.S. Education Department’s Nation Center for Education Statistics:Read full article >>
Fourth-grade students who reported that they had missed three or more days of school prior to the 2013 test had reading scores that were 12 points lower than students with no absences. That is the equivalent of more than a full grade level, according to the test’s scale.Read full article >>
Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation.Read full article >>
Spend any time on Twitter or in the blogosphere and the national debate about public education quickly resembles a schoolyard brawl, complete with taunts, name-calling and piling on.
Issues such as teacher tenure, parent triggers, charter schools and the Common Core State Standards bring out vitriol even among policymakers and prominent figures.Read full article >>
Nearly 400,000 Virginia students in the Washington area are scheduled to return to classes Tuesday morning for the start of the 2014-2015 school year, one that brings with it a number of changes across the region’s school districts.Read full article >>
They had just finished the first week of school, it was the start of Labor Day weekend and a group of high school friends was hanging out at a home in Olney around midnight Friday. When Nick Stull decided to leave, he asked Shawn Gangloff if he wanted to go with him.Read full article >>