Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright Tuesday announced that she will retire May 1 after six years in the state’s top education job and nearly three decades with the state’s Education Department.Read full article >>
For helping children safely walk across busy streets, two Fairfax County schools crossing guards were honored for their work by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Phyllis Krapf, of Armstrong Elementary near Reston and Sherry Mull of Stratford Landing Elementary near Alexandria were named among a group of six to be Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of the year for 2013.Read full article >>
How powerful are organizations such as Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst and other like-minded groups that support charter schools, voucher programs and the weakening of teachers unions.?
The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that works to reveal abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by public and private institutions, takes a look at this issue in a new post on its Web site, ”Education groups battle teachers unions in state races.” It reveals the growing power of the purse of “education reform” organizations that are funded by wealthy philanthropists and that are spending big bucks to support mostly conservative candidates running for local and state offices around the country.Read full article >>
Five Fairfax County students from the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology were named semifinalists for the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search competition.
The teenagers were among 300 students from around the country who qualified as semifinalists out of 1,800 entrants who applied. The students will receive $1,000 in awards. None of the students made it to the final round of 40.Read full article >>
Eight groups have submitted applications to open new D.C. charter schools in fall 2015, according to the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which is responsible for vetting proposals and deciding which merit approval.Read full article >>