Education News from Washington Post
The Justice Department is looking into a complaint about the process of drawing attendance boundaries for a new high school in Prince William County, according to school officials.
Schools spokesman Phil Kavits said he did not know the specifics of the complaint but said the school district would cooperate in whatever way necessary. Justice Department officials did not respond to requests for comment.Read full article >>
Jim Carrey surprised graduates at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, with a funny, emotional commencement speech in which he told them a poignant story about his father and urged them to walk their own path in life and never settle.Read full article >>
Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based organization best known for anti-gay picketing at military funerals, has chosen a new target: Wilson High School in Northwest Washington, where students are holding a Pride Day next month.Read full article >>
Five Fairfax County schools employees received awards during the annual ceremony for outstanding staffers.
The 2014 FCPS Honors event, held May 21 at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, are the school system’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, allowing the administration the opportunity to recognize employees for notable work.Read full article >>
The Boston public schools district found itself in the position of having to issue a public statement denying that it was eliminating its history and social studies department after someone posted on the Web that it was and the news went viral in the education world. Historians assumed it was true and rightly flipped out.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s Class of 2014 is expected to hear from a line-up of prominent graduation speakers, including Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Donald B. Verrilli Jr., solicitor general of the United States.Read full article >>
With two of its eight members holding bachelor’s degrees, the Prince George’s County Board of Education had fewer college graduates two years ago than any other school system in the Washington region.
But the number of college graduates has changed dramatically over the past year since a new law went into effect that gave County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and the County Council the authority to appoint members to the board.Read full article >>