Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) used an executive order to strip the name “Common Core” from the state’s new math and reading standards for public schools. In the Hawkeye State, the same standards are now called “The Iowa Core.” And in Florida, lawmakers want to delete “Common Core” from official documents and replace it with the cheerier-sounding “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.”Read full article >>
About 1,500 students applying to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology must retake their written entrance exams because of widespread computer glitches Saturday.
The students are semifinalists seeking entry to TJ, as the Northern Virginia magnet school is known. Computer problems at all 15 testing centers caused some students to lose their work or made it impossible for them to submit their essays, which were administered online in an effort to limit adult assistance.Read full article >>
Teachers’ union officials in 2010 directly e-mailed D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson telling her that the principal of a D.C. elementary school had reported seeing employees cheating on a city-issued test, according to e-mails obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.Read full article >>
Nearly all of the superintendents of Maryland school districts have signed a statement that criticizes federal and state education officials for forcing them to implement several major reforms, including the Common Core State Standards, on what they say is an unrealistic timetable.Read full article >>
Fairfax County school administrator Shawn DeRose was named the state’s outstanding assistant principal for 2014 by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals.
An assistant principal at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is now a finalist for the national assistant principal of the year honors.Read full article >>
Every year reporters scour the State of the Union address for mentions of key government programs and for rhetorical flourishes that reveal emerging presidential priorities.
But in the case of education, what might be most significant this year is what President Obama left unsaid in his address Tuesday night. He didn’t call for Congress to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law, and he didn’t lambaste colleges for rising tuition.Read full article >>
Hundreds of Virginia business leaders visited Richmond this week to meet with lawmakers and talk about their priorities for building a more business-friendly state.
And for the first time, their vision included a pitch for more high-quality preschool opportunities.Read full article >>
The Education Department on Wednesday reversed a long-standing policy and will now allow public charter schools that receive federal grants to give admissions preference to low-
income children, minorities and other disadvantaged students.