The Montgomery County Board of Education asked Tuesday for new, lower-cost options for shifting high school start times, opposing a recommendation from Superintendent Joshua P. Starr to shelve the district’s effort to give teens more time to sleep.Read full article >>
Advocates for open space in Arlington are organizing a campaign to quash a proposal by the Arlington School Board to build a new elementary school on parkland next to Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
“The school board voted to take land purchased for parks and pave it for parking lots and new buildings,” Jim Presswood, a leader of an advocacy group, said in a statement Tuesday. “This was not what voters wanted when they approved park bond issues.”Read full article >>
The District has an official flower, the American Beauty rose. The city also has an official bird, the wood thrush, and an official tree, the scarlet oak. But unlike most U.S. states, it has no official rock.Read full article >>
Students at Fairfax County’s Colvin Run Elementary made an unusual long-distance phone call Tuesday, connecting with NASA astronauts orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station.
The video conference was part of a NASA effort to promote science in schools and allowed 19 curious students the rare opportunity to pose questions about the effects of gravity, or lack thereof, to the astronauts as they floated upside down in space.Read full article >>
Maryland state prosecutors are investigating whether the Montgomery County Board of Education’s use of county-issued credit cards amounts to criminal misconduct, according to officials familiar with the probe and a subpoena issued this month.Read full article >>
The tension between neighborhood schools and school choice was on full display Monday night at the District’s Savoy Elementary, where several dozen parents and community members showed up to weigh in on the city’s latest proposal to overhaul school boundaries and student-assignment policies.Read full article >>
Expense account records show that a deputy schools superintendent in Montgomery County charged $486 to her publicly funded credit card for a computer bag and leather computer carry-all.
Records released this month show that Kimberly A. Statham, deputy superintendent for teaching, learning and programs, bought the items in May 2013, during a trip to Chicago for a conference.Read full article >>
Why should teachers have tenure? What, for that matter, is “tenure” anyway?
The issue has become a big topic of conversation because of the recent verdict in the “Vergara trial,” in which a Los Angeles judge tossed out California statutes giving job protections to teachers. The decision didn’t exactly come out of nowhere; school “reformers” have been moving for several years to weaken or eliminate tenure for teachers and other job protections through legislation. The lawsuit — funded by a multimillionaire from Silicon Valley — was a new weapon in the anti-union arsenal and is sure to be replicated in other states, even if Vergara is overturned by an appellate court.Read full article >>
As schools across the country are working to improve their graduation rates, some experts say the problem starts with the way high schools are fundamentally designed to weed out students.
Camille Farrington, a former high school teacher and now a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research, has studied persistent failure in American high schools.Read full article >>