A federal program that pumped a record $5 billion into failing schools is showing mixed results, with students at more than one-third of the targeted schools doing the same or worse after the schools received the funding, according to government data released Thursday.Read full article >>
Strauss: University president: Can anyone differ with Arne Duncan ‘without being dismissed as silly’?
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been in the news lately for his fervent defense of the Common Core State Standards and simultaneous criticism of those who oppose it and some of his other education initiatives, including a proposal for the Education Department to create a collegiate rating system. Here is a look at Duncan’s approach to critics and school reform from Trinity Washington University president Patricia McGuire, who has led the school since 1989 and who writes and speaks widely about higher education. This first appeared on The Huffington Post.Read full article >>
Seven Fairfax County School Board members sent a letter to officials at the University of Virginia urging them to reinstate a financial aid program for the state’s poorer students.
In August, the U-Va. board of visitors voted to unravel parts of the AccessUVa program, which provides scholarships and grants to low- and middle-income students. U-Va. officials decided to cut parts of the program to lower rising costs. The school spends $40 million a year on AccessUVa and the new changes will save at least $6 million per year.Read full article >>
The only way to lose a fight is to stop fighting. All this did was piss me off. It’s so on. Strap up, there will be head injuries.
— Dr. Steve Perry (@DrStevePerry) November 20, 2013
That’s not a tweet that any school principal or teacher who I know could publish and keep their job, but for Steve Perry, the out-there founder and principal of the public Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., it was just another day on Twitter.Read full article >>
While working on the story about Prince George’s Board of Education revising its school naming policy, I came across an interesting story about how an elementary school in Fairfax County got its name about seven years ago.Read full article >>
Prince William County school officials have proposed funding extra teachers’ positions in kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade next year to begin reducing class sizes that have reached state limits.Read full article >>