Education News from Washington Post
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that Friday, Nov. 22, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. How much do you know about his life and times? Test yourself:Read full article >>
A federal program that pumped a record $5 billion into failing schools is showing mixed results, with students at more than one-third of the targeted schools doing the same or worse after the schools received the funding, according to government data released Thursday.Read full article >>
Strauss: University president: Can anyone differ with Arne Duncan ‘without being dismissed as silly’?
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been in the news lately for his fervent defense of the Common Core State Standards and simultaneous criticism of those who oppose it and some of his other education initiatives, including a proposal for the Education Department to create a collegiate rating system. Here is a look at Duncan’s approach to critics and school reform from Trinity Washington University president Patricia McGuire, who has led the school since 1989 and who writes and speaks widely about higher education. This first appeared on The Huffington Post.Read full article >>
Seven Fairfax County School Board members sent a letter to officials at the University of Virginia urging them to reinstate a financial aid program for the state’s poorer students.
In August, the U-Va. board of visitors voted to unravel parts of the AccessUVa program, which provides scholarships and grants to low- and middle-income students. U-Va. officials decided to cut parts of the program to lower rising costs. The school spends $40 million a year on AccessUVa and the new changes will save at least $6 million per year.Read full article >>
The only way to lose a fight is to stop fighting. All this did was piss me off. It’s so on. Strap up, there will be head injuries.
— Dr. Steve Perry (@DrStevePerry) November 20, 2013
That’s not a tweet that any school principal or teacher who I know could publish and keep their job, but for Steve Perry, the out-there founder and principal of the public Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., it was just another day on Twitter.Read full article >>
While working on the story about Prince George’s Board of Education revising its school naming policy, I came across an interesting story about how an elementary school in Fairfax County got its name about seven years ago.Read full article >>
Prince William County school officials have proposed funding extra teachers’ positions in kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade next year to begin reducing class sizes that have reached state limits.Read full article >>
A group of eight prominent school principals from around New York State have drafted a letter to parents expressing their deep concerns about the validity of new Common Core-aligned standardized tests that state education officials are giving to students in grades three through eight -- and in just a few weeks more than 530 other principals and nearly 3,000 parents and teachers have signed in support.Read full article >>
Within months of President Obama taking office in 2009, the Prince George’s County Board of Education voted to allow the district’s newest elementary school to carry his name. But the rare decision to honor a sitting president immediately raised concerns.Read full article >>
D.C. prosecutors have asked a judge to force Exceptional Education Management Corp., a for-profit company founded by the former managers of Options Public Charter School, to begin repaying $753,569 allegedly owed to the school, according to court documents filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court.Read full article >>
(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 >>