Six months ago, a consulting firm working for the D.C. schools superintendent reported that staffers at the Meridian Public Charter School had tampered with their students’ annual city tests, raising scores significantly above what they would have been. The school promised to take action, but last week Meridian’s board chairman, Christopher Siddall, told me the school’s subsequent investigation “found no evidence of test tampering.”Read full article >>
When the homecoming parade was canceled at Potomac Falls High School last year, Sterling neighbor Michael Sziede was crestfallen.
“It’s the only community event we really have,” said the software engineer and father of two. “It’s the only time I have ever seen all my neighbors get out of their houses for anything.”Read full article >>
Suppose you heard about a special program for students who get to go to school late so they can sleep in a little longer, but it is only for teens who can get the required permission and have the ability to get to school on their own -- without school buses.Read full article >>
Here's a detailed account from a teacher about the troubling experience she had giving her middle-school class of 11-year-old students a standardized reading diagnostic test, with both oral and written questions.Read full article >>
Dozens of D.C. community organizations that serve needy children are feeling the government-shutdown squeeze.
The community organizations, which provide after-school programs for children, were supposed to receive millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded grant payments Oct. 1. But the payments can’t be made as long as Congress remains deadlocked.Read full article >>
Education reform has been heavily influenced in recent years by massively wealth philanthropists who fund their own favored school reforms and then bring public policy along with them. How this is affecting the democratic process is the subject of a piece in Dissent Magazine titled, “Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy,” by Joanne Barkan, a writer based in New York City and Truro, Massachusetts.