Charter schools and teachers’ unions from New York City gathered for competing events and to press their causes in Albany.
The addition of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to the calendar fulfills a campaign pledge from Mayor Bill de Blasio and represents the increasing influence of the city’s Muslim community.
News that Sweet Briar College, a liberal arts school for women in Virginia, is closing because of financial difficulties sparked new predictions that single-sex colleges and many small and rural private liberal arts colleges around the United States are doomed education because of declining enrollment. College President James F. Jones Jr. said declining enrollment was the challenge facing Sweet Briar and other small rural private arts colleges. But are small colleges really doomed? Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing at DePaul University in Chicago, isn’t so sure. Boeckenstedt looked at the data and wrote about it on his blog, Higher Ed Data Stories. Here, with his permission, is his post, complete with an interactive graphic at the end.Read full article >>
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — An Albemarle County Circuit Court judge granted a delay in the case against a man charged in the disappearance and slaying of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and authorized his lawyers to hire a DNA expert for the trial.Read full article >>
SWEET BRIAR, Va. — The first reactions were of shock: Tears, disbelief, hugs, silence. But then the questions began.Sweet Briar College’s president stunned faculty, students, alumnae and parents Tuesday when he announced that, because of “insurmountable financial challenges” the women’s college in Virginia would abruptly close this summer. A visitor to campus described how, shortly after noon, every student was summoned to an emergency meeting, down to the last lifeguards ordered to stop watching the pool, and the painful sound that followed the news — almost a collective howl, as hundreds of young women began sobbing all at once.Read full article >>
What I bought, what I read, what I thought I’d read and what I put down and never picked back up this February.
The Maryland State Board of Education upheld the suspension of a boy who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, saying the punishment was warranted because of the disruption and other previous misconduct.Read full article >>
Strauss: New York City, nation’s largest school district, adds two Muslim holidays to academic calendar
The New York City schools, the nation’s largest school district, are adding two major Muslim holidays to the academic calendar for 2015-16, an action some other districts have refused to make.Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced on Wednesday that schools will close on Sept 24, for Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the Festival of the Sacrifice. Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan at the end of the summer, will be observed during summer school in 2016. The change was years in the making; the City Council approved a resolution to add the holidays to the school calendar in 2009 but the then-mayor, Michael Bloomberg, did not want to implement it.Read full article >>
Nearly 300 District families got extra time to finalize their online school lottery applications after technical glitches crashed the enrollment lottery’s Web site in the hours before the 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline.Read full article >>
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