Education News from Washington Post
Members of the senior class at Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County were recently summoned to the auditorium to discuss what they needed to do before getting their diplomas in the spring.Read full article >>
Are the turkeys on your Thanksgiving dinner plates really the dumbest animals in the world?
Given that sponges and jellyfish are animals, and they don’t have as much as a single brain cell, the answer would seem to be no, but let’s just look at the the universe of animals with brains, however tiny.Read full article >>
Fairfax county leaders spoke frankly yet cordially as supervisors and school board members gathered Tuesday to discuss next year’s budget.
County executive Ed Long said the schools and county supervisors face a “daunting task,” as they look to fund operations and services.Read full article >>
A new, five-story urban elementary school in Falls Church may open next fall for about 400 students to address concerns about surging growth in the Bailey’s Crossroads area, Fairfax school officials said Tuesday night.Read full article >>
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent more than $20 million this year in grants to institutions and organizations to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, continuing the hefty support it has provided since the initiative began more than five years ago, according to its Web site.Read full article >>
Improving middle schools is one of the D.C. school system’s three main spending priorities for next year, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Tuesday night, kicking off a budget process that she said has been redesigned to be more collaborative and less contentious than in the past.Read full article >>
A program called Success for All, born in Baltimore 26 years ago to improve elementary schools, has set a record for most glowing reports from tough researchers.
But the latest study showing how well it works also hints at why it has not become more popular: It uses ability grouping and scripted lessons, both disliked by many teachers.Read full article >>
“No one really cares, do they?” That is one of the reasons for why No Child Left Behind won’t be rewritten, according to a new report on what “education influentials” think will happen in the world of education.Read full article >>
The art teacher at Greenbelt Elementary School is on a rotation, spreading his time among three other schools in Prince George’s County.
To Ingrid Hass, a parent of two students at Greenbelt, the schedule is unacceptable, for the teacher and especially the students.Read full article >>
What Americans think they know about the history of Thanksgiving doesn’t always square with the truth.
For example, it is generally believed that in 1621, the Pilgrims invited Wampanoag Indians to a feast in Plymouth Colony to celebrate their first harvest, and a good time, with turkey and pumpkin pie, was had by all. Well, maybe, and maybe not.Read full article >>
The Alexandria School Board is seeking input on what qualities city residents hope to see in the new superintendent.
Parents and community members can offer feedback through an online survey or through a series of forums scheduled for next week.Read full article >>
On the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year, the Rhodes Trust announces its next class of Rhodes Scholars, the elite academic club that counts prominent politicians, academics, journalists and one president among its alumni.Read full article >>
It was inevitable.
First we got the Common Core State Standards, adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia and intended to raise the academic achievement of students everywhere. To assess whether that was happening, we got high-stakes standardized tests aligned with the Core, because, in today’s school reform world, standardized tests are the key evaluation metric. A new market of Core-aligned products, apps and websites popped up, and now, to make sure that students can handle all things Core, we have Common Core tutors.Read full article >>
When new Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza recently warned that a $140.7 million budget shortfall might lead to layoffs and devastating program cuts, several veteran county officials couldn’t help but think of a classic children’s fable: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”Read full article >>
The D.C. Council’s education committee on Monday unanimously approved a bill that aims to provide the city’s public schools with additional money to help low-income students and others at risk of academic failure.Read full article >>
One way or another, the Fairfax County School Board wants to levy new taxes.
As talks open Tuesday between county supervisors and school board members at a joint meeting about next year’s budget, the discussion almost certainly will include ways to increase revenue in Fairfax, including a meals tax in restaurants.Read full article >>
Some elected officials in Northern Virginia, frustrated by steep competition for admission to Virginia’s premier universities, are advocating for a new law that would enforce a 25 percent cap on out-of-state students.Read full article >>
A school superintendent has been indicted on charges of obstructing justice and tampering with evidence by a grand jury investigating the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, by two football players. Several other adults were indicted on lesser charges.Read full article >>
As Maryland moves ahead with school reform and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, state officials are facing growing resistance among teachers, lawmakers and others who are concerned that too much change is being forced onto schools too soon.Read full article >>
Earlier this year, a D.C. government agency paid a Chicago consulting firm $89,995 to participate in a one-day parent-engagement conference. The agency used D.C. tax dollars to pay the fee — which included a half-hour keynote speech, three 45-minute parent workshops and hundreds of copies of parenting books to be given to conference attendees — though other speakers that day volunteered.Read full article >>