Education News from Washington Post
(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 >>
Prince George’s County has asked the state of Maryland for $118.1 million to fund school construction projects.
The amount is $20.2 million more than what the county asked for last year.
County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and the County Council sent a joint letter this week to the Interagency Committee on State School Construction, which oversees school projects in the state, prioritizing the projects the county wants funded.Read full article >>
One by one, with a few exceptions, the trustees terminated a series of academic degree programs the other night at the only public university in the nation’s capital.
“Any discussion on economics?” asked Elaine Crider, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia. “If not, all in favor vote ‘aye.’” And so the board voted Tuesday night to discontinue the undergraduate major in economics.Read full article >>
The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy this Friday has prompted an avalanche of coverage about his life and death, including today’s visit to his graveside at Arlington Cemetery by President Obama and former President Bill Clinton. Here’s a look at something that hasn’t got much attention: his education.Read full article >>
Matthew P. Steinberg and Rand Quinn, assistant professors in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, are giving testimony on Wednesday to the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Education about new research findings about the Philadelphia public schools and how they have performed in the face of extreme underfunding from the state. Here’s what they found.Read full article >>
Does math scare you or your child? Here’s a four-minute pep talk by an engaging math major who goes by “Mathematigal”
First she amusingly runs down the reactions she gets when she tells people she studies math “on purpose,” including ”Oh, my brain’s just not built for that,” or “I’m more creative,” or “Oh, wow.”Read full article >>
I published a post last week, headlined “The fetishization of international test scores,” that, as the title suggests, discusses how school reformers inappropriately obsess about international test scores. Some people in the education world took issue with with my views, including Marc Tucker, president of the non-profit National Center on Education and the Economy, an internationally known expert on reform and editor of “Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems” (Harvard Education Press, November 2011). Following is the original post, broken up with Tucker’s comments in italics.Read full article >>
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 >>