Twelve candidates, including two new appointees in the Baker administration, are vying for four district seats on the Prince George’s County Board of Education, according to recent election filings.
The two top vote-getters in each June primary race will face off against each other in the November general election.Read full article >>
Finland often ranks among the highest-performing countries on international math and reading tests. The Nordic nation gets results despite one surprising fact — compulsory schooling does not start until age 7.Read full article >>
In remarks at the White House last week, first lady Michelle Obama cited an effort by Fairfax County high school students to promote healthier eating habits.
While announcing a new initiative last Tuesday to curtail junk food marketing in public schools, Obama noted that students from Marshall High School in Fairfax had helped write a song about more nutritious meal choices. Obama said the song, called “wRap,” shows how much students care about what they eat.Read full article >>
Students, teachers and administrators at Mount Vernon High School jam, dance and groove in a new video set to the music of Pharrell’s hit single “Happy,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.
The short clip, posted on YouTube, shows teenagers and adults — including Mount Vernon’s principal Nardos King — showing their “Major Pride” through dance moves.Read full article >>
Delayed by snow last month, Montgomery County parents, students and elected officials are regrouping for a rally in Annapolis on Thursday to call for more state construction funding for Maryland’s fastest-growing school system.Read full article >>
What is the Florida Education Department thinking?
State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart just issued an open letter to teachers (see below) that makes the ridiculous mistake of accusing people who want a change in standardized testing requirements for severely disabled students of launching a political attack on the department. It said in part:Read full article >>
Director Steve McQueen was wearing a red wristband Sunday night when he ascended to the stage after his film, “12 Years a Slave,” won the Oscar for Best Picture. What was it?
McQueen was wearing a wristband that said ”Stand Up4Public Schools,” given to him by David A. Pickler, president of the National School Boards Association, on the Academy Awards red carpet.
What was the president of the NSBA doing at the Academy Awards and why would McQueen wear a wristband from the organization’s new public relations campaign in support of public education? The NSBA is partnering with McQueen and others to distribute edited copies of the powerful film to public high schools across the country along with the 1853 memoir of the same name from which it was adapted and a study guide for teachers.
A news release about the initiative quoted McQueen as saying:
“Since first reading 12 Years a Slave, it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools. I am immensely grateful to Montel Williams and the National School Boards Association for making this dream a reality and for sharing Solomon Northup’s story with today’s generation.”Read full article >>