Education News from Washington Post
Here's an important piece on school reform by P.L. Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina. He edited the 2013 book "Becoming and Being a Teacher," and wrote the 2012 book, "Ignoring Poverty in the U.S.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Education." This was published on his blog, the becoming radical.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) gained authority to reshape his county’s school governance this year, and he spent the past few months assembling the team he hopes can help turn around the struggling school system.Read full article >>
Summer Ellis was living in her native Boston when she learned, less than five weeks ago, that she’d been hired to teach writing at the District’s Kelly Miller Middle School.
By Aug. 9, she had packed up her life and moved to Capitol Heights, a Prince George’s County enclave just outside the District and a short walk from her new classroom. It is her first real job, her first real salary, her first time living so far from home.Read full article >>
Intended or not, school reform has left many teachers feeling isolated and alone. Here's a post on this by Hillary Greene, who has taught middle school for three years in independent, public, and public charter settings in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She graduated from Brown University and completed the Shady Hill School Teacher Training at Tufts University. She is interested in teaching and teacher-education research. This first appeared in Education Week Teacher. Connect @hillarylgreene on Twitter.
According to a new piece in The New Republic by the magazine's science editor, Judith Shulevitz, the term "disruption" is, as the headline says, "the most pernicious clich of our time." That's almost right.Read full article >>
Head Start programs across the country eliminated services for 57,000 children in the coming school year to balance budgets diminished by the federal sequester, cutting 1.3 million days from Head Start center calendars and laying off or reducing pay for more than 18,000 employees, according to federal government data scheduled for release Monday.Read full article >>
For the first time in years, hundreds of Prince George’s County 4-year-olds will spend an entire day in a pre-kindergarten classroom when schools open Monday, part of coordinated county government and school system efforts to improve academic achievement.Read full article >>
There are plenty of disputes in the world of D.C. education policy. But there also are a few universally held truths, including that the city’s aging Dunbar High School — a dingy, dark and nearly windowless high-rise — was not built to inspire learning.Read full article >>
A sign of the times: The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is planning to buy $60,000 worth of special whiteboards that can be used as writing pads -- and as protection against bullets should there be a need.Read full article >>