Education News from Washington Post

Syndicate content Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
The Washington Post Local Education section provides coverage and analysis of schools, home school and education policy for DC, Maryland and Virginia. With in-depth coverage and analysis of Washington, DC education and schools, including DC charter schools, DC Schools Chancellor, DC teacher contract news and map of DC schools.
Updated: 6 hours 49 min ago

Shock over Sweet Briar’s closing turns to somber questions

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:15pm
SWEET BRIAR, Va. — The first reactions were of shock: Tears, disbelief, hugs, silence. But then the questions began.Sweet Briar College’s president stunned faculty, students, alumnae and parents Tuesday when he announced that, because of “insurmountable financial challenges” the women’s college in Virginia would abruptly close this summer. A visitor to campus described how, shortly after noon, every student was summoned to an emergency meeting, down to the last lifeguards ordered to stop watching the pool, and the painful sound that followed the news — almost a collective howl, as hundreds of young women began sobbing all at once.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Md. state board upholds boy’s suspension in pastry gun case

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:47pm
The Maryland State Board of Education upheld the suspension of a boy who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, saying the punishment was warranted because of the disruption and other previous misconduct.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Strauss: New York City, nation’s largest school district, adds two Muslim holidays to academic calendar

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:36pm
The New York City schools, the nation’s largest school district, are adding two major Muslim holidays to the academic calendar for 2015-16, an action some other districts have refused to make.Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced on Wednesday that schools will close on Sept 24, for Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the Festival of  the Sacrifice. Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan at the end of the summer, will be observed during summer school in 2016. The change was years in the making; the City Council approved a resolution to add the holidays to the school calendar in 2009 but the then-mayor, Michael Bloomberg, did not want to implement it.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Some D.C. families get extended deadline for school enrollment lottery

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:09pm
Nearly 300 District families got extra time to finalize their online school lottery applications after technical glitches crashed the enrollment lottery’s Web site in the hours before the 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Pot is legal in the District. GWU students running for campus office want in.

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:25pm
Now that marijuana is legal in D.C., students at George Washington University are hoping some of the city’s new marijuana freedom trickles down to them. Two students are running for Student Association Senate seats on platforms to reform campus drug policies, calling for the private university’s administration to align its policies more with municipal government laws.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

At-risk funds will follow students; chancellor will have say in spending

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:54pm
The D.C. Council on Tuesday reaffirmed the intent of legislation to provide more funding to schools based on the number of high-needs students they serve. It also amended the law to give D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson more discretion in how the funds will be spent.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

New ‘Consumer Reports’ for Common Core finds learning materials lacking

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:32pm
A new organization calling itself the “Consumer Reports” of K-12 textbooks has issued its first analysis of classroom materials in the age of the Common Core State Standards, and it found most of the materials lacking. Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Strauss: A stunning reversal on charter schools

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:00am
David Hornbeck was the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools from 1976 to 1988 and the superintendent of the Philadelphia school district from 1994 to 2000. For years he was a supporter of charter schools, seeing them as an important tool in the school reform arsenal, and as Philadelphia’s superintendent, he recommended that more than 30 charter schools be allowed to open. Now, in a reversal that is rare in education, he said this:  “The last 20 years make it clear I was wrong.”Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Strauss: Testing ‘disaster’ in Florida prompts call for statewide suspension

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:00am
How much of a mess is unfolding this week in Florida as public school students take a new computer-administered standardized test called the Florida Standards Assessment? So far, numerous school districts have been forced to delay testing because of major technological problems, two state senators have called for Gov. Rick Scott to suspend testing across the state, and the superintendent of the largest school district in the state and one of the largest in the country, Alberto  Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, is slamming the test on his Facebook page.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Strauss: A principal makes a case for the Common Core

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:00am
This is the second in a continuing series of letters between two award-winning school principals, one who likes the Common Core State Standards and the other who doesn’t. The debate over the Common Core State Standards has become so polarized that it is hard to get people who disagree to have reasonable conversations about it. The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news Web site focused on inequality and innovation in education, is hosting a conversation between Carol Burris of New York and Jayne Ellspermann of Florida (in a format that Education Week once used with Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier as the authors).  The Report’s editors as well as both principals have given me permission to republish each letter.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Sweet Briar College to close because of financial challenges

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:00pm
This story has been updated.For more than a century, Sweet Briar College has offered women a liberal arts education in a pastoral setting near Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Equestrian programs, a tight-knit residential community and, lately, an engineering science degree, have been its hallmarks.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

GW opens massive science hall, aiming to rise in college research prominence

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:00pm
George Washington University has two goals this week as it unveils a $275 million science and engineering hall on its Foggy Bottom campus: to enable ­cutting-edge experiments in fields from biotechnology to civil engineering, and to showcase its ambition to rise into the front ranks of the nation’s research universities.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

D.C. schools chancellor gets first pay raise since her hire, earns $284,000

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:54pm
The D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a 3 percent pay raise for Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, increasing her salary to $284,000, the first increase Henderson has received since she took the job in 2011.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Teaching teenagers is hard enough, imagine doing it blind

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:39pm
Teaching teenagers is hard enough. But just imagine teaching them blind.That’s what Kathy Nimmer — an Indiana English teacher and finalist for 2015 National Teacher of the Year — has been doing for more than two decades.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Chris Christie’s bold plan to remake public schools is running into trouble

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:33pm
NEWARK — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) went on a publicity blitz when he vowed to fix this city’s struggling schools with the most expansive reengineering of urban education anywhere in the country.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Someone is hiding cash on campus for students, with clues on Twitter

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:40pm
A lot of students could use something like this now, in the weary dregs of winter: Envelopes full of money!It’s really happening, apparently, at Purdue.Some very nice person anonymously posted to Reddit on Monday, “I’m hiding CASH all around campus for you to find!”Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Strauss: Mom: Why my kids won’t be taking the new Florida Standards Assessment test

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:15am
Hundreds of thousands of students in Florida began taking the new computer-administered Florida Standards Assessment on Monday, March 2, with a number of school districts experiencing technological problems severe enough to cause testing to be suspended and rescheduled. The FSA is the state-mandated assessment Florida paid a private company to create in place of the PARCC exam, a Common Core test. Florida dropped the Common Core State Standards and developed a new set of standards that many said were remarkably similar to the Core.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

For D.C. charter schools, a new potential facility in Ward 7

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:37am
The District is requesting offers from charter schools to lease a vacant school building in Ward 7 as part of a larger development.The vision for the former Fletcher Johnson school is to become an adult education hub and neighborhood development.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Strauss: Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:38pm
In New Mexico, hundreds of students protested the PARCC Common Core exam by walking out of school. In New Jersey and other states, thousands of students refused to take the tests. In Chicago, schools officials who earlier said they would not give PARCC test to all students bowed to state pressure and said they would — even though the head of the school district said “that to administer PARCC this year is absolutely not in the best interests of our students.” And in Florida, computer problems in numerous school districts forced officials Monday to delay the state’s new standardized assessment tests.Read full article >>






Categories: Education News

Big Ten schools stage an in-your-face take on rape, drinking and social media

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:19pm
At seven Big Ten schools this year, students are taking on the issues of rape and drinking, using theater and social media to spark debate."They twisted it around and made it something it's not." Sound familiar? #GoodKidsUMDRead full article >>






Categories: Education News
Stay Connected with NCSS:   Follow NCSSNetwork on Twitter FaceBook.png rss_0.gif