Two students started fighting violently in a Detroit high school classroom knocking over desks and a teacher grabbed a broom to try to break it up. She struck one of the fighting boys and was fired for her action. Now she wants her job back — and she’s getting a lot of unexpected support.Read full article >>
Lee High School Principal Abe Jeffers said he is leaving Fairfax County to join the Richmond public school system as an administrator overseeing sixth- through 12th-grade education.
Jeffers, who has served as principal at Lee in Springfield since 2009, said he will resign from Fairfax on May 23 and begin his new job May 27. Jeffers said he had applied for the position within the Richmond administration to work with new Superintendent Dana T. Bedden, who took over in January.Read full article >>
A majority of Fairfax County middle school teachers say they feel respected and empowered to lead their classrooms as they see fit. They also say their school is a good place for them to work and for students to learn. More than 80 percent say they intend to stay at the same school next year.Read full article >>
Rhonda Stewart has felt a mix of emotions in the weeks since her daughter was accepted by what she considers one of the top charter school programs in Prince George’s County.
First, she was elated by the lottery’s outcome. Then, two weeks ago, she was disappointed to learn that the new campus would not open near FedEx Field in Largo, as promised. Now she is appalled, Stewart said, after seeing the Forrestville building where Chesapeake Math and IT (CMIT) Academy wants her child to go to school.Read full article >>
Tuition and fees for new Virginia students at the College of William and Mary in the next school year will be 14 percent higher than the in-state price for current freshmen, echoing a major increase approved the year before.Read full article >>
This is a story about some school district leaders who need some education — fast.
In an effort to have students meet Common Core standards relating to critical thinking a group of eighth grade teachers in the Rialto Unified School District designed an assignment (see document below) that asked students to write an essay arguing whether the Holocaust was real or made up. A few thousand students completed it in April while reading “The Diary of Anne Frank.”Read full article >>
School nurses matter enormously though you couldn’t tell by the amount of attention they get from policy-makers (and even parents when it comes time to distribute end-of-year gifts). School districts that cut their budgets have no problem eliminating school nurses or forcing a single nurse to cover a number of schools and increasingly teachers and others at school who haven’t been trained in medicine are being asked to do dispense medication and do other things that school nurses really should be doing.Read full article >>
The nation’s high school seniors have shown no improvement in math and reading performance since 2009, and large racial achievement gaps persist, according to the results of a test administered by the federal government last year.Read full article >>
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As prom seasons and graduation dates near, the Fairfax County School Board and the Board of Supervisors have joined forces to reduce underage drinking among teens.
Both boards designated May as “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most Month,” as part of a larger plan to address the dangers of alcohol consumption among the county’s youths. Sixty-five percent of underage youths say that they illegally obtain alcohol from friends and family, according to a Fairfax County schools statement.Read full article >>