The Walton Family Foundation is pumping $6 million into a Washington-based group that promotes private school vouchers in D.C. and around the country — a donation that it hopes will double the number of students using tax dollars to pay private school tuition.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Public School System will hold three forums this week to discuss school boundaries.
The first meeting will be held Tuesday night at Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville. The other meetings are scheduled for Wednesday at Kenmoor Middle School in Landover, and Thursday at James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro. All the forums begin at 7 p.m.Read full article >>
A coalition of 95 civil rights, disability, parent, student, community and education organizations has sent the following letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressing deep concerns about what they see as the department’s backtracking on ensuring that the country’s neediest childrenhave access to highly qualified teachers as part of the process of renewing waivers to No Child Left Behind.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Monday to take the first step toward closing Options Public Charter School, citing a “pattern of fiscal mismanagement” has triggered a civil lawsuit and a criminal investigation.Read full article >>
A new hearing has been set in the case of the Anne Arundel County boy suspended from school after he chewed his Pop-Tart-like pastry into the shape of a gun, according to the family’s lawyer.
The case had been set for a hearing Dec.10, but was delayed last week as snowy weather led to school closings around the region. It is now rescheduled for Feb. 7, said Robin Ficker, the family’s lawyer.Read full article >>
Strauss: Texts of exchange between Catholic educators in war of words over $1 million Koch gift to university
Catholic educators are feuding over a $1 million gift that the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers have given to Catholic University in Washington D.C.
A tough letter, signed by 50 Catholic educators from across the country, says Catholic University should not have accepted a $1 million gift from the the right-wing Koch Brothers because they support “anti-government, Tea Party ideology” that “directly contradict Catholic teaching on a range of moral issues,” and that outsiders may think the school agrees with the Kochs. Catholic University officials issued a response that slammed the letter, calling it “an effort to manufacture controversy and score political points at the expense” of the school.Read full article >>
Following a petition drive that garnered more than 160,000 signatures, a Florida school district will rename a high school whose current name commemorates a Confederate general and the first “grand wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan.Read full article >>