Education News from Washington Post
The election of Bill de Blasio, a progressive Democrat, as the next mayor in New York City could mean big changes in the nation’s largest school district, which for 12 years has been the subject of corporate-influenced and standardized test-based school reform. A group of New Yorkers recently got together to start to set an agenda for real change in the city schools. Mark Naison, a professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program, writes about it here. He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on African American History, urban history and the history of sports. And he is a co-founder of the Badass Teachers Association.Read full article >>
A Montgomery County grand jury is expected to examine bank records for potential financial improprieties at Rock Terrace, a public school in Rockville for special-education students, according to documents in the case.Read full article >>
Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia voted Tuesday night to delay a proposal to disband the school’s intercollegiate sports teams, strongly signaling that they want the school to remain in NCAA Division II athletics. But they approved the end of 17 academic degree programs that have drawn relatively few students.Read full article >>
A blaze of flame erupted from NASA’s Wallops Island facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday as a satellite developed by students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology launched into space aboard a Minotaur I rocket.Read full article >>
A 19-year-old Liberty University student was shot and killed early Tuesday at an off-campus women’s dormitory in a confrontation with a campus police officer. University officials said they had received reports that a male student attacked the officer with a sledgehammer in the dorm’s lobby.Read full article >>
Montgomery County school leaders approved a $1.74 billion construction plan Monday night that would add hundreds of classrooms to Maryland’s fastest-growing school system while keeping on schedule some projects that had been slated for delay.Read full article >>
The majority of the District’s charter schools and all of the city’s traditional public schools plan to participate in a single, unified lottery to determine enrollment for next fall, a shift education officials hope will streamline what has often been a frustrating and chaotic process for families.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County employees will be able to take up to 20 hours of administrative leave a year to volunteer in county schools under a bill approved by the County Council on Tuesday.
The council voted unanimously in favor of the measure, which was proposed by Council member Ingrid Turner (D-Bowie).Read full article >>
Imagine learning about the Gettysburg Address without a mention of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg, or why President Abraham Lincoln had traveled to Pennsylvania to make the speech. That’s the way a Common Core State Standards “exemplar for instruction” — from a company founded by three main Core authors — says it should be taught to ninth and 10th graders.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board will vote next month on whether to use eminent domain to acquire a vacant office building in Falls Church and convert it into an elementary school to alleviate severe crowding in the area.Read full article >>
Two charter school operators, including a Texas-based organization whose business practices have drawn scrutiny, have won permission to open schools in the District next fall.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted at its meeting Monday night to give conditional approval to Harmony Public Schools, which operates the largest charter chain in Texas, and Democracy Prep, known for its no-excuses approach to educating inner-city children in New York.Read full article >>
The opening of the new Brookland Middle School in Northeast Washington will be delayed one year, until fall 2015, because of construction issues and concerns about recruiting enough students, according to D.C. officials.Read full article >>