The Prince George’s County government wants a vacant school near National Harbor to be used by the company that is building a Las Vegas-style casino in the county.
The county has asked the school system to declare Thomas Addison Elementary School as surplus property and to transfer the deed to the county government. The county would then make the property available to MGM Resorts, which plans to open a casino along the banks of the Potomac in 2015. The school property is valued at $2.8 million.Read full article >>
Amid public concern about the number of guidance counselors and bilingual staff in Montgomery County’s schools, elected leaders will begin a discussion of budget priorities Thursday evening.
The session, delayed by two days because of the week’s severe weather conditions, is the first of two school board work sessions on the proposed operating budget for the next fiscal year. It will be followed by a session Jan. 28, with a Feb. 11 vote planned.Read full article >>
Community colleges, the low-priced gateway to higher education for many Americans, are losing enrollment as the economy recovers from a steep recession.
On Wednesday, The Post reported on the declining number of students at public two-year colleges in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.Read full article >>
Seeking to make stronger connections with the private sector, Fairfax County public schools chief Karen Garza announced that the administration’s nonprofit foundation had hired its first full-time executive director.Read full article >>
This post is a response to this piece by Gerald Graff, which was itself a response to this speech about the Common Core State Standards by Diane Ravitch. This was written by educator Mercedes Schneider, who holds degrees in secondary education (English and German), guidance and counseling, and applied statistics and research methods. She is in her nineteenth full-time year of teaching (fourteen in public school, and five, at the university level). Schneider blogs about education reform issues at deutsch29.wordpress.com.Read full article >>
Is early education a national security concern?
A group of retired senior military officials says: Yes.
“Without enough skilled men and women available to serve in tomorrow’s armed services, we endanger the future strength of our military,” says a report by Mission: Readiness, an advocacy group representing hundreds of senior retired military leaders.Read full article >>