Education News from Washington Post
Four days after parents say they were told that a mold problem was under control at their Takoma Park school, there was a new outbreak: Small mold blotches were found in 11 classrooms, one hallway and three other rooms, according to school officials.Read full article >>
Arlington public schools are kicking off a competition Monday that invites data analysts from around the country to help solve one of the most vexing problems in public education: how to keep kids from dropping out.Read full article >>
Education Secretary Arne Duncan made news when he told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms” who have discovered, as a result of new standardized test results, that “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were.” Here’s one reaction to his statements, from Carol Burris, the award-winning principal of South Side High School in New York.Read full article >>
Parents from across Montgomery County have delivered a strong message in public hearings focused on fixing the suburban district’s deteriorating and overcrowded schools: More needs to be done than is outlined in the school system’s $1.55 billion proposal.Read full article >>
It’s no surprise that news of big increases in D.C. public school scores on the much-respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests has been greeted with as much suspicion as applause. Those who care about D.C. schoolchildren have been disappointed too many times by gains that were not sustained.Read full article >>
Here is a post about the Common Core State Standards and early childhood learning, by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and early childhood education expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige.Read full article >>
Strauss: Arne Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant’
(Update: Adding more on opposition to Core, where Duncan spoke)
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”Read full article >>
Montgomery County school leaders adopted a calendar for next school year without voting on the broader question of giving a day off to students for one of the major Muslim holy days.
But members of the Montgomery County Board of Education also signaled that they would continue to study the issue and asked that school staff look into creating fixed standards for granting such requests.Read full article >>
The annual fees students pay for parking spaces at Fairfax County’s high schools provide thousands of dollars principals can use to purchase such classroom enhancements as iPads and computers, but school records show that the county’s poorest students are most often shortchanged because their schools make far less in parking money.Read full article >>
More trouble has cropped up for the D.C. school voucher program, the only federally funded program in the country that sends children to private school using public money to pay the tuition.
A new U.S. General Accountability Office report says that the local agency that administers the program -- which has used $152 million in federal funds since 2004 for more than 5,000 students from low-income families -- lacks the “financial systems, controls, policies, and procedures” to ensure that federal funds are being spent legally. It also says the U.S. Education Department has not exercised its oversight responsibilities well enough.Read full article >>
The school board in Prince William County, where class sizes have reached state limits in many subjects and grades, is requesting more flexibility from the state to set its own class sizes.
The request was made through the board’s list of approved legislative priorities, presented Friday to the county’s delegation of state lawmakers in advance of the 2014 General Assembly session.Read full article >>