Quick question: Name the peak in Ecuador with a summit that marks the point farthest from Earth’s center due to our planet’s bulge at the equator.
If you were Sathwik Karnik, a 12-year-old from Massachusetts, you’d know the answer is Chimborazo, and you’d have won the National Geographic Bee along with a $25,000 college scholarship.Read full article >>
More than 100 teachers and other staff members at two D.C. schools learned this week that they must reapply for their jobs after Chancellor Kaya Henderson decided to “reconstitute” the schools in an effort to spur improvement.Read full article >>
Maryland has allocated $2 million to help fund programs throughout the state that will allow students to take high school and college courses at the same time, Gov. Martin O’Malley said while taking a tour at the Academy of Health Science at Prince George’s Community College on Wednesday.Read full article >>
A Montgomery County student, who said she was harassed for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, said the apology she received from her principal wasn’t enough. She still wants to meet with district officials and Superintendent Joshua P. Starr.Read full article >>
A parent asked me recently what she should do if her child doesn’t appear headed for college. The student in question is just a fourth-grader, but this is the Washington area, probably our nation’s most college-conscious region. Parents here like to plan ahead.Read full article >>
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The board voted 7-1 on May 9 to approve the emergency measure. School board member Donna Hathaway Beck (District 9) was opposed, and Carletta Fellows (District 7) was absent.Read full article >>
Construction of a new building for Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria got underway with a ground-breaking ceremony that officials used to herald a brighter future for a school that is under tremendous pressure to improve academically.Read full article >>
Organizers of a petition drive to block Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III’s plan to restructure the public school system from taking effect said during a news conference Tuesday that they have a couple of hundred canvassers collecting signatures at megachurches, graduations and community gatherings as their deadline approaches.Read full article >>
George Wood is retiring this year after serving as principal of Federal Hocking Secondary School in Stewart, Ohio, for 21 years. He will stay on as superintendent of the Federal Hocking District. Wood is a nationally known author, educator, activist and school reform leader, and founder of the Forum for Education and Democracy. This is his last weekly letter to his staff.