Education News from Washington Post
Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s nominee for state superintendent of education received both praise and pointed criticism at a confirmation hearing Friday before a D.C. Council committee.
Jesus Aguirre has served since October as the District’s acting state superintendent of education, overseeing an agency that funnels millions of federal dollars to schools, runs buses for students with disabilities and crafts policies that affect both traditional public schools and public charter schools.Read full article >>
Here is a third post in a debate on The Answer Sheet about international test scores and whether they tell us anything important about the U.S. public education system.
The conversation began with a post I wrote last week titled “The fetishization of international test scores” which looked to the upcoming release of 2012 PISA test scores on Dec. 3 and said we place too much attention on these scores. A few days ago I published a dissent from Marc Tucker, resident of the non-profit National Center on Education and the Economy. Both pieces mentioned a report released early this year by Martin Carnoy, education professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, Richard Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, which raised questions about whether the average scores in the 2009 PISA were reported lower than they should have been.Read full article >>
Two dozen people gathered on a sidewalk in Northwest Washington on Thursday night to show support for suspended television news anchor J.C. Hayward and to call for her return to her station.
Hayward, a 42-year veteran of WUSA (Channel 9), has not appeared on air since Oct. 1, when she was named in a lawsuit alleging that the former managers of Options Public Charter School had developed a contracting scheme that diverted millions of dollars to two for-profit companies.Read full article >>
The rejection letter Amanda Scarangella received last year from the University of Virginia set off a tear-soaked night for the Ashburn teen.
For Scarangella, who took seven Advanced Placement courses at Stone Bridge High School and participated in an elite girls leadership training program, the rejection letter was a shock. For her parents, who moved to Northern Virginia because of its strong public schools and access to renowned public colleges, it was frustrating.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Board of Education narrowly voted Thursday to support a request by the schools chief to make significant changes to the district’s $1.7 billion budget.
The 5 to 2 to 2 vote allows Schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell to proceed with his request to transfer $18 million from various accounts in the budget to pay for several executive-level positions, enhancements in the art program, security improvements and other initiatives. The County Council now must approve the request for the proposal to take effect.Read full article >>
Updated: 1:30 p.m. Friday
A university official e-mailed The Post this statement: “The Howard University Board of Trustees has convened for its annual retreat. The Board is slated to discuss a number of strategic priorities including sustaining enrollment growth, framework for major campaign, transition update and the presidential search process including engagement of students, faculty, staff, alumni and other key stakeholders. As customary, details regarding Board actions will be shared with campus constituents on Monday following the meeting.”Read full article >>
More than 150 Montgomery County parents and students turned out for a town-hall-style meeting with their schools chief Thursday night, posing questions about report cards, standardized tests, high school start times and the achievement gap.Read full article >>
State officials decided earlier this month to revise the regulations to make slight changes they said were needed for clarity.Read full article >>
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that Friday, Nov. 22, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. How much do you know about his life and times? Test yourself:Read full article >>
A federal program that pumped a record $5 billion into failing schools is showing mixed results, with students at more than one-third of the targeted schools doing the same or worse after the schools received the funding, according to government data released Thursday.Read full article >>
Strauss: University president: Can anyone differ with Arne Duncan ‘without being dismissed as silly’?
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been in the news lately for his fervent defense of the Common Core State Standards and simultaneous criticism of those who oppose it and some of his other education initiatives, including a proposal for the Education Department to create a collegiate rating system. Here is a look at Duncan’s approach to critics and school reform from Trinity Washington University president Patricia McGuire, who has led the school since 1989 and who writes and speaks widely about higher education. This first appeared on The Huffington Post.Read full article >>
Seven Fairfax County School Board members sent a letter to officials at the University of Virginia urging them to reinstate a financial aid program for the state’s poorer students.
In August, the U-Va. board of visitors voted to unravel parts of the AccessUVa program, which provides scholarships and grants to low- and middle-income students. U-Va. officials decided to cut parts of the program to lower rising costs. The school spends $40 million a year on AccessUVa and the new changes will save at least $6 million per year.Read full article >>
The only way to lose a fight is to stop fighting. All this did was piss me off. It’s so on. Strap up, there will be head injuries.
— Dr. Steve Perry (@DrStevePerry) November 20, 2013
That’s not a tweet that any school principal or teacher who I know could publish and keep their job, but for Steve Perry, the out-there founder and principal of the public Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., it was just another day on Twitter.Read full article >>
While working on the story about Prince George’s Board of Education revising its school naming policy, I came across an interesting story about how an elementary school in Fairfax County got its name about seven years ago.Read full article >>
Prince William County school officials have proposed funding extra teachers’ positions in kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade next year to begin reducing class sizes that have reached state limits.Read full article >>
A group of eight prominent school principals from around New York State have drafted a letter to parents expressing their deep concerns about the validity of new Common Core-aligned standardized tests that state education officials are giving to students in grades three through eight -- and in just a few weeks more than 530 other principals and nearly 3,000 parents and teachers have signed in support.Read full article >>
Within months of President Obama taking office in 2009, the Prince George’s County Board of Education voted to allow the district’s newest elementary school to carry his name. But the rare decision to honor a sitting president immediately raised concerns.Read full article >>
D.C. prosecutors have asked a judge to force Exceptional Education Management Corp., a for-profit company founded by the former managers of Options Public Charter School, to begin repaying $753,569 allegedly owed to the school, according to court documents filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court.Read full article >>
(Correction: The original version had an unfortunate misspelling in the headline, but it is fixed now.)
This isn’t a joke: The University of District of Columbia, which was desperate to cut costs, is eliminating 17 low-enrolled academic programs — including physics, history and economics — but is keeping for now an NCAA Division II athletics program that cost $3 million more last year than it generated in revenue.Read full article >>
Nonprofit universities are not businesses, despite all of the corporate-sounding talk these days about tuition revenue, admissions yield, enrollment management, cost-cutting, discounting and technological disruption.Read full article >>