Is Ohio going to give school districts the right to drop librarians, music and arts teachers, nurses and counselors in schools? Maybe.
Whatever the state Board of Education ultimately decides, the debate that the proposal has sparked over how much flexibility school districts should have, how much control the state should retain over education, and what personnel schools need for students to succeed will only get more intense.Read full article >>
Education policymakers have successfully framed the language of modern school reform to reflect specific values — “accountability,” for example, means standardized test-based accountability, and “no excuses” means that teachers are to blame if students don’t do well. The author of the following post argues that to move past this limiting reform model supporters of public education will have to reframe the debate with language that infuses their own values of shared responsibility and empathy. This was written by Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com.Read full article >>
Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students learn. You can see some of his earlier pieces on this here (Why Common Core isn’t the answer), here (One way to solve America’s major curriculum problem) and here (‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming public education). Here’s his newest.Read full article >>
University of Virginia student Hannah Graham’s death has been ruled a homicide but the method was “undetermined,” Albemarle County police said late Tuesday.
The chief medical examiner’s office in Richmond determined the cause of Graham’s death to be “homicidal violence” but did not specify what killed her. It is the first time that Graham’s death has officially been called a homicide.Read full article >>
On a sunlit day in June, Cara Lynn Golias joined a group of friends at their secret swimming hole in Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, splashing into the water from a rope swing tied to a railroad trestle.Read full article >>
More than a year after the D.C. State Board of Education approved stricter attendance regulations aimed at getting more students into classroom seats, principal Stephen Jackson said monitoring truancy has become an all-consuming task at Dunbar High School.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter school board voted Monday night to begin the process to revoke the charter for Potomac Prep in Northeast Washington.
Darren Woodruff, vice chairman of the board, said the decision was based on a "a decade- long pattern of declining academic performance and challenges with management.”Read full article >>
The Fairfax School Board will meet with county supervisors next Tuesday to begin discussions on funding the growing school system next year as administrators seek to cover a $117 million shortfall.
Schools officials said Monday that this year’s negotiations with supervisors will probably not be as fraught as in years past, when financial obligations and a struggling economy hampered the school system. Last year, the school system eliminated more than 720 staff positions and increased class sizes to reduce the budget.Read full article >>
Some parents in Prince George’s County are upset about a plan to make Largo High School one of the locations for the school district’s new international high schools, telling school board members that the community has asked for additional programming for the students who already attend the school.Read full article >>