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Earlier this year, Washington became the first state to lose its waiver from the most onerous parts of No Child Left Behind, flexibility that the U.S. Education Department had granted to a number of states that promised to implement specific school reforms acceptable to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The reason given by the department was that the Washington legislature had failed to pass a law linking teacher evaluation to student standardized test scores, a highly controversial assessment method embraced by Duncan’s shop.Read full article >>
A charter school in Prince George’s County will eliminate recess, a revered part of each student’s daily routine, in an effort to shorten its academic day.
The county’s Board of Education approved the change at College Park Academy by a vote of 12-0, with one member abstaining and another absent. Frank Brewer, interim executive director of the academy, which is a middle school that has ties to the University of Maryland in College Park, said teachers suggested the move.Read full article >>
When Jane Lindsay mentions that she is a middle-school teacher, some people groan. Others react with sympathy.
“It’s such a murky time of life,” Lindsay said. “But what I don’t think people realize is that it is incredibly dynamic and energizing to be in a middle school.”Read full article >>
The Obama administration has stopped exempting Oklahoma from the toughest requirements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, after the state opted to drop the Common Core academic standards and revert to its old K-12 guidelines in math and reading.Read full article >>
The University of Virginia will require most faculty and staff to report possible sexual misconduct they learn about from students, even if the students request confidentiality, under a policy announced this week.Read full article >>
Fairfax County schools chief Karen Garza was soaked by a bucket filled with ice water Wednesday afternoon as part of the viral phenomenon known as the ALS challenge.
The ice bucket challenge, popular with teens on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has helped raise close to $100 million for ALS research. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS has no known cure.Read full article >>