Two students with connections to Langley High School died a day apart this week, shocking the Fairfax County school community and sending many of their peers into mourning.
Police released few details about the deaths, on Monday and Tuesday, saying only that both students were 17-year-old males and that one was found in a wooded area of a McLean public park and the other in a home in Great Falls. Police said that they do not suspect foul play and that drugs were not the cause of death in either case.Read full article >>
Wednesday was a doubly tough morning for many parents in Montgomery County: Not only was school unexpectedly closed because of the icy weather, but some school-based child-care operations did not open their doors as usual.Read full article >>
Many Montgomery County teachers blame student study habits for the high failure rates on math exams, according to a survey that also revealed educators’ concerns about grading policies that make it possible to fail a final exam but still pass a course.Read full article >>
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and her top deputies are holding a series of earlier-than-usual budget meetings with principals, teachers and parents, the beginning of what Henderson says is an effort to improve what has often been a contentious and frustrating budget-planning process.Read full article >>
A new report on school funding reveals how uneven and unfair public school funding is in states across the country. The report, titled “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card,” looks at funding data from 2007 through 2011, analyzing the condition of state school finance systems with a focus on the fair distribution of resources to the neediest students. It covers the period before the big 2008 recession and through the start of the recovery. (See chart below)Read full article >>
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