A scathing letter (see below) by a Chicago school principal charging Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his administration with ignoring and disrespecting teachers and principals has sparked a discussion in the city about school reform and how it is being implemented.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County school system has applied for a state grant that would allow it to shut a low-performing elementary school in District Heights.
Thomas Claggett Elementary School would close at the start of the 2015-16 school year if the Maryland State Department of Education approves the application. The school would be the first in the county to close in more than five years. In 2009, when William R. Hite Jr. was superintendent, the board approved a major reorganization that closed eight schools and adjusted the boundaries of 62 others.Read full article >>
A Maryland task force has recommended that the state’s public schools delay opening until after Labor Day, a proposal that seeks to extend summer vacation for a week or more in many areas.
The state task force, which has been meeting since September, voted 11 to 4 to embrace a later start date statewide, officials said Tuesday.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board has approved three new charter schools: a residential school meant for children in foster care, a K-8 school targeted at students with special needs, and a middle school that emphasizes international education and foreign language.Read full article >>