Public schools in the 11,000-student Ferguson-Florissant School District in Missouri were supposed to open on Aug. 14 but did not as a result of the civil unrest sparked after a policeman shot and killed teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The new date for the opening of the 2014-15 school year was supposed to be Monday, Aug. 18, but authorities decided to keep the schools closed as disturbances continued. Now school is planned to begin next Monday, on Aug. 25. Here’s the note posted on the school district’s Web site, and following that is a letter to the community from the district’s acting superintendent:Read full article >>
Anybody watching the escalating battle across the country over the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing will hardly be surprised by a new national poll which reveals a significant loss of support over the last year — especially among teachers, whose approval rating dropped from 76 percent in 2013 to only 46 percent in 2014. Overall support for the Core dropped from 65 percent last year to 53 percent in 2014, with most of the defection among Republicans.Read full article >>
The principal of Fairfax County’s W.T. Woodson High School announced Monday that he will retire at the end of September.
Jeff Yost, who has served as principal at Woodson for the past seven years, wrote a message to parents Monday that “with mixed emotions,” he would leave the school less than a month after students return in the fall.Read full article >>