Margaret May Walsh, the newly appointed acting superintendent of Alexandria city schools, welcomed students and parents at George Mason Elementary with a smile and a personal introduction on the first day of school Tuesday.Read full article >>
The man who runs the nation’s largest jail system came to Washington on Monday to promote what he considers a potent tool in crime-fighting: universal pre-school.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca is heading a lobbying effort by more than 1,000 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors to convince Congress to enact the Obama administration’s plan to expand preschool to every 4-year-old in the country.Read full article >>
President Obama’s newest education reform idea, aimed at making college more affordable, is a plan that on its face seems helpful to families but isn’t.
Obama said late last month that his administration is, by 2015, setting up a system to rate colleges and universities and then link federal student aid to those ratings by 2018. Should the federal government be in the business of rating schools? Here’s what Catholic University President John Garvey said when my colleague, Nick Anderson, asked a number of college and university presidents what they thought of Obama’s new plan:Read full article >>
When D.C. students discovered last week that recess had been cut to a minimum of 15 minutes per day, many parents launched an immediate protest. Others merely shrugged.
“Teachers should be teaching. Students should be learning,” wrote Steve Sweeney, a parent at Tyler Elementary on Captiol Hill, whose three daughters told him that recess was no more than a chunk of unstructured social time in the middle of the day.Read full article >>
After five years of gains, undergraduate college enrollment fell nearly 3 percent in fall 2012, according to a new U.S. Census report that sheds fresh light on the recruiting challenge facing many colleges and universities.Read full article >>
What are the Common Core State Standards?Read full article >>
Months after launching the “innovation schools” network, Montgomery County on Tuesday announced the 10 schools that will be part of a companion intervention effort.
Schools in the interventions network will work with the central office to come up with plans to improve teaching and learning for struggling students.Read full article >>