Education News from Washington Post
The District’s Options Public Charter School appears likely to continue operating at least through the end of the 2014-15 school year, but the city’s school system will not take over its management as previously hoped, D.C. government lawyers said in court Tuesday.Read full article >>
The testing resistance movement is growing rapidly around the country and parents are opting out their children from high-stakes standardized tests in most states. What do test reformers want to accomplish? Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest, explains in this post. FairTest, or the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, is dedicated to eliminating the abuse and misuse of standardized tests.Read full article >>
It was a subtle change, striking out a two-word phrase. But when Muriel Bowser, the District’s Democratic nominee for mayor, made that alteration to her stated position on a proposed overhaul of the city’s public school boundaries, it highlighted the issue’s deep political implications.Read full article >>
Walter Fields’s 15-year-old daughter is a sophomore at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. She scored advanced proficient on state math tests in middle school and received an A in algebra in eighth grade.Read full article >>
Alberto M. Carvalho is the superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida, and was named the national 2014 Superintendent of the Year by the School Superintendents Association. He’s held that job for more than five years, having worked his way through the school district as a teacher, assistant principal, lobbyist and other positions.Read full article >>
Parents, teachers and students at W. T. Woodson High School in Fairfax have been reeling in recent months after two students died from apparent suicide within days of each other. The two deaths are among six suspected suicides that have occurred among students at the school since 2011. No other school in Fairfax County has had such a high rate of suicide among its teen students.Read full article >>
The newest Fairfax County school campus, previously known only by its address at 6245 Leesburg Pike, was recently named the Bailey’s Upper Elementary School.
The five-story brick office building near Falls Church in Seven Corners is currently under renovation to accommodate students this fall. The new school will hold students in grades three through five who currently attend the nearby Bailey’s Elementary.Read full article >>
With big bucks from Wall Street supporters behind her, charter network operator Eva Moskowitz won a fight she started with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio over charter schools. De Blasio got politically hurt in the battle after being steamrolled by Moskowitz and Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- but in the end, it isn’t de Blasio who will pay the most. At P.S. 149, it’s students with severe disabilities.Read full article >>
A study conducted in England concludes that children who jump from school to school frequently are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms when they became preteens.
The study, titled “School Mobility and Prospective Pathways to Psychotic-like Symptoms in Early Adolescence: a Prospective Birth Cohort Study” and published online by the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was conducted by researchers at Warwick Medical School in England.Read full article >>
You can be certain that members of the American Statistical Association, the largest organization in the United States representing statisticians and related professionals, know a thing or two about data and measurement. That makes the statement that the association just issued very important for school reform.Read full article >>
One of Montgomery County’s top school leaders is a finalist for the superintendency in Hartford, Conn.Read full article >>
Some school disciplines are lenient. Some are strict. And then there’s the Noble Charter School network in Chicago.
At the 14 Noble campuses, kids get suspended for infractions such as not sitting up straight in class, being a minute late and not looking at the teacher when instructed. And until last week, students ordered into detention had to pay $5 every time.Read full article >>
QUEST, or Quality Education for Every Student, is a volunteer parent group in Massachusetts working to persuade state legislators to adequately fund public education and maintain the current cap on the number of charter schools. Mary Battenfeld, a member of QUEST and a parent of three Boston Public School students, writes in this post why she and others oppose the growth of charter schools in her state.Read full article >>
Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposals to overhaul the District’s school boundaries and the policies that decide how students are assigned to schools are bound in a book. It is hefty with maps and charts and — to the casual observer — inscrutable permutations of set-asides, choice sets and feeder patterns.Read full article >>
Lynne Ciocon, a special education teacher in Prince George’s County, might not have her job in August. And it’s not because of a poor evaluation, burnout or budget cuts.
The county school system sent letters to Ciocon and about 150 other foreign teachers — most of whom are from the Philippines — telling them that the district no longer plans to sponsor temporary work visas or permanent residency. It could mean that they will have to leave when their visas expire in coming months and that thousands of county students will have substitutes for the final stretch of the school year.Read full article >>
It looks like a charter school operated by Imagine Foundation in Prince George’s County will stay put.
Imagine Leeland Public Charter School, which is currently based in an Upper Marlboro church, had asked the county Board of Education to lease a vacant elementary school in Forrestville to better accommodate its programming.Read full article >>
Since 2011, the state-run Philadelphia public school district has adopted what is called the “portfolio model” of school reform as its “theory of change.” The model is a move away from the traditional school district, in which a centralized administration controls a set of public schools, to an arrangement in which a group of different kinds of schools, which could include traditional public as well as charter and privately run schools, are overseen by a central entity. Supporters think it gives parents more choice; opponents think that the choice most parents get is phony and that the portfolio model is a step toward the privatization of public education.Read full article >>