On the heels of a "doomsday" school budget for 2013-14 that has no funding for things as basic as paper and new books, the Philadelphia school system is now laying off 3,783 employees, including 676 teachers and 283 counselors, effective July 1.Read full article >>
Teachers in Albany, New York, are rallying today against what the organizers call "the madness" of corporate-influenced school reform that is based on high-stakes standardized tests and that many say has demonized teachers. It is the latest in a series of rallies and protests of one kind or another in a growing backlash nationwide against education and student/educator evaluation based on on how well students do on standardized tests.Read full article >>
Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien gave the ultimate pre-game pep talk to students graduating from Walt Whitman High School on Friday.
O’Brien, related to one of the graduates, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony held at DAR Constitution Hall in the District.Read full article >>
Students taking Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests are likely to see lower scores than last year, thanks to the introduction of harder English and Science standards, state education officials reported Friday.Read full article >>
A vice chairwoman of Howard University’s board of trustees recently told the board that the historically black school in Northwest Washington “is in genuine trouble” because of fiscal and management problems, according to a report published Friday.Read full article >>
It’s official: Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday transmitted legislation to the D.C. Council that would give Chancellor Kaya Henderson the authority to approve new charter schools.
Gray (D) announced his intention to seek chartering authority for Henderson during his weekly radio address Sunday, and the bill has been under legal review since.Read full article >>
A contentious, year-long review of the Fairfax County school system’s discipline process came to an end Friday with board members voting to soften punishments for possessing marijuana and new policies regarding parental notification.Read full article >>