Just when you think this story can’t get any more awful, it does. Andrea Rediske’s effort to help families of children with severe disabilities has taken yet another frustrating turn.
I’ve written several posts about Rediske’s long struggle with the Florida Department of Education over a requirement that her blind and severely brain-damaged son, Ethan, take state-mandated standardized tests. Rediske won a waiver for her son in 2013, but earlier this year she was told she had to apply for another one or prove that he wasn’t able to do so. At the time, Ethan was dying in a hospital; he passed away Feb. 7, at home with his parents at his side.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s efforts to close the gap in achievement between its high-poverty and low-poverty high schools have not worked, with widening disparities on many measures of student success, according to a county report released Tuesday.Read full article >>
Momentous events preoccupied President Abraham Lincoln on April 8, 1864. That day, the Senate approved the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, to end slavery, on a vote of 38 to 6. The Civil War’s third year was nearing a close, and its bloody fourth was about to begin.Read full article >>
The 2015 budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan’s House Budget Committee would “devastate funding for education and make college less affordable,” a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions charged in an open letter sent to the panel.Read full article >>
D.C. Public Schools students will not have to make up two of this year’s six snow days, officials said Monday.
The last day of school will be Friday, June 20, originally a professional development day for teachers and now a full instructional day.Read full article >>
The demographic makeup of Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology continues to shift. More than 66 percent of the students in next fall’s incoming class are of Asian descent, with just 10 black and eight Hispanic students admitted to the magnet school’s Class of 2018.Read full article >>