The Prince William School Board approved a controversial aquatics facility as part of a $97.9 million high school construction deal Wednesday night, bringing an end to a lengthy debate about whether the school system could afford to spring for a school with a pool.Read full article >>
How’s this for messy? Top Maryland officials approved a contract making the state the “fiscal agent” for one of two multi-state consortia developing standardized tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards despite objections that the contract has no minority business participation and concerns about testing obsession. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) acknowledged the lack of minority representation, saying the state feels “kind of saddled” by the contract in this regard because it was inheriting it from Florida, and he told officials to fix the problem. He also said Maryland was doing President Obama “a favor” by taking on the contract.Read full article >>
Many well-known colleges and universities are teaming with two big-name Web sites to offer free online education.
But George Washington University is charting another path into the world of MOOCs.
In 2014, GWU will offer its first massive open online course, or MOOC, on the topic of the Federal Reserve. The university announced the initiative last week at a symposium on the history and future of the Fed.Read full article >>
The Learning Network Blog: Words Gone Wild: The Student Winners of Our 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest
Black male students in Virginia are twice as likely to be suspended from public schools as their white peers, according to a report released Wednesday that cited disparities in school punishment and promising school practices.Read full article >>
Tammy Beatty, a defense contractor, said gift giving is strictly off limits when it comes to the civil servants she works with. But there is another class of public employees that the Arlington County mother and millions of parents across the country love to shower with presents during the holiday season: teachers.Read full article >>
An attorney for the District alleged in court Wednesday that local television news personality J.C. Hayward, who has been accused of aiding a scheme to divert millions of tax dollars from the Options Public Charter School to two for-profit companies, held an ownership stake in one of the companies.Read full article >>