State funding for preschool across the country dropped last school year after a decade of growth, tapping the brakes on the quality and reach of programs as President Obama has called for a massive expansion of early childhood education, according to a national survey scheduled for release Monday.Read full article >>
Potomac High School’s principal, Robynne Prince, said graduating senior Victoria Mason was so confident of becoming a Gates Millennium Scholar that she turned down another scholarship that would have paid her four-year college tuition.Read full article >>
Kay Frazier knows her grandson, a third-grader, struggles in reading. That’s why she has always signed him up for summer school in the District, figuring he needs the extra help.
But this year, for the first time, D.C. public schools’ summer program is enrolling students by invitation only. And Frazier’s grandson wasn’t invited.Read full article >>
President Obama has a big problem in his second term in terms of education policy: his first term.
Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan, pushed hard in their first term to have a major impact on changing public schools with a larger-than-ever federal role in school policy issues that affected every single classroom in the country. And they did, with rare bipartisan support.Read full article >>
Almost every time someone offered support for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III’s school takeover proposal during recent legislative hearings, members of the Board of Education bristled at the notion that the school system was somehow troubled.Read full article >>
Mary Ann Hall was once among the most rich, popular and powerful women in Civil War Washington. Before she died in 1886 at age 71, she had garnered a nationwide reputation for integrity, charm, and utmost discretion.Read full article >>
The District sends more money per student to its traditional schools than to its charter schools, charter officials and advocates told the D.C. Council on Friday, renewing what has become an annual plea for equitable funding.Read full article >>
Interviews with teachers by Reader's Digest yielded a list of more than 30 things that teachers think but would not tell their students' parents. Here are a dozen of them, and you can find the rest here.Read full article >>
Every major parents group in Florida, including the PTA, has long been vocally opposed to the "parent trigger" legislation now before the state legislature. Recently, a new group called Sunshine Parents was formed, this one in support of parent trigger -- laws allowing parents at a failing school the right to change the school's structure. What seemed unusual about the group wasn't that some parents in Florida support parent trigger; surely some do. Rather, nobody was standing up and taking credit for creating the group, which sent out a pro-parent trigger e-mail, with a link to a video, to legislators and other Floridians. There was an e-mail address for the group on the letter, but nobody responded to the e-mails I sent to that address.
There's nothing in this school reform era, it seems, that can't be aligned with school content standards -- even Girl Scout badges. It turns out, according to the Girl Scout Web site, that the "content" of every single Girl Scout national proficiency badge and journey has been correlated by grade level to a whole series of standards for every state plus the District of Columbia.