A new interim principal has taken the helm at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County after Jeff Yost retired unexpectedly following a turbulent time at the high-performing school.
Dan Meier will replace Yost, who led the school for seven years. In a farewell note to parents, Yost said that he stayed late on Sept. 30, his last day, to watch buses depart.Read full article >>
In response to The Washington Post’s story about Jefferson County, Colo., becoming ground zero for a new culture fight over how to teach U.S. history to high-achieving 10th-graders, readers asked what specifically the College Board has changed in its Advanced Placement U.S. history course and what the questions on the exam are like.Read full article >>
Even the strongest supporters of the Common Core State Standards would likely admit if asked that the initiative has not so far turned out as well as hoped. Implementation of the standards has been severely troubled, the testing regime that is supposed to be aligned with the Core is falling apart and increasingly people from different parts of the political spectrum have distanced themselves from the enterprise.Read full article >>
The five-member reform commission that controls the cash-starved Philadelphia public schools announced on Monday that it was canceling its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and while it would continue to honor most contract provisions, it would change the package of health-care benefits and require all teachers to contribute to the health fund. The union said the commission’s action “has amped up a war on teachers.”Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s new school enrollment figures show that Hispanic students make up the largest racial or ethnic group in kindergarten classes for a third year in a row. But the longer trend is a steady increase in Hispanic students for three decades, district numbers show.Read full article >>
Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, said she has traveled as far as Singapore, Alaska and the British Parliament to discuss her book about the migration of African Americans from the South. But she was especially excited to be talking to students at Cardozo Education Campus Monday morning, she said.Read full article >>