To get an idea of what is going on around the country in regards to the growing anti-standardized testing movement, look at the following collection of stories that have come out in the last week or about the growing resistance around the country to high-stakes standardized testing. This list was issued by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a non-profit organization known as FairTest that is dedicated to ending the misuse and abuse of standardized testing. FairTest puts out an updated list every week.Read full article >>
Some Arlington County parents are protesting a proposed cut in the number of aides who help students with mild forms of autism function in mainstream classes.
Several years ago, the county began offering a program with more structured support to help high-functioning students in middle school and high school — those often diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome — with social skills that they need in the classroom. About 60 students are enrolled in the program.Read full article >>
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D.C. Council Education Committee Chairman David A. Catania is proposing to delay reopening the old Spingarn High School for several years in order to pay for renovations at existing schools, where parents have been advocating for improvements.Read full article >>
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Wednesday that she plans to transform Roosevelt High into an “international relations focused school” when it reopens, fully renovated, in fall 2015.
Roosevelt is one of several neighborhood high schools with poor test scores and high truancy rates that has struggled to attract students in recent years. Its relaunch is part of the school system’s broader effort to redesign secondary schools across the city.Read full article >>
Sixteen years ago, Laura Nedd Shelton was a correctional officer in a men’s prison in Virginia wondering how she could help affect people’s lives — especially young men’s lives — before they made bad choices that had an impact on their futures.Read full article >>
William Peter Blatty, the famous author of “The Exorcist,” a graduate of Georgetown University, and a doctrinaire Catholic, submitted a petition to the Vatican last year asking church officials to strip his alma mater of the labels Catholic and Jesuit because, it says, neither the faculty nor the student body are, in fact, Catholic enough.Read full article >>
A top official at Howard University was named president of the University of Baltimore on Wednesday.
Kurt L. Schmoke, interim provost and general counsel at Howard, is no stranger to Baltimore. He was a three-term mayor of the city from 1987 to 1999. In the past decade Schmoke has held a variety of positions at the historically black university in Northwest Washington, including law school dean.Read full article >>
The Youth Court of the District of Columbia, one of the only organizations dealing with juvenile delinquency in Washington, is currently on life support, writes Michael Shank, associate director of legislative affairs for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Here’s his post about why the D.C. mayor should keep it.Read full article >>
Strauss: Holder, Duncan asked to investigate ‘racially discriminatory’ school closings in New Orleans
This week marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that was intended to strike down the “separate but equal” doctrine that codified racism in America’s public schools. You can read a report here about what it has and has not accomplished. Following is an open letter (see full text below) to Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan from a national organization called Journey for Justice Alliance requesting that they investigate “racially discriminatory school closings” in New Orleans.Read full article >>