Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai selected an essay written by a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior named Julia Fine, 17, as the winner of a CNN contest for teens to write about being inspired by the young Pakistani.Read full article >>
Why did a small school district in suburban Chicago just tell Walmart that it would not provide major tax breaks for the company to build a 300,000-square-foot store?
The school board of Summit Hill District 161 in Tinley Park, 25 miles southwest of Chicago, voted unanimously Wednesday night to reject the request by Walmart for about $5 million in tax incentives to build a $50 million store. That apparently quashes the deal.Read full article >>
The 2005 book called "The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids" was written about students at the prestigious Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., where kids are known to try to out-achieve themselves and each other with something of a passion.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell has hired a long-time school employee as the district’s general counsel.
Shauna Battle, who has served as acting general counsel for the past year, replaces Roger C. Thomas, who left the position last year.Read full article >>
(Correction: An earlier version incorrectly said Jonathan Schorr worked at the White House. He works at the Education Department.)
Legislation in Congress called the GREAT Teachers and Principals Act sounds good but is anything but great in its proposal for new educator preparation programs, according to this post by Kenneth Zeichner, the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, a former vice president and current fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and a member of the National Academy of Education. He is also a former elementary teacher and Professor and former associate dean of teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has done extensive research on teaching and teacher education.Read full article >>