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In the hours after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three and injuring more than 170, college administrators across the country frantically rushed to check the whereabouts of students and staff at the race. Several college newspapers kept running lists of participants and spectators with ties to their schools who had been safely located.Read full article >>
(Update: DC official explains why custodians were evaluated by test scores)
How obsessive have school reformers been with linking student standardized test scores to the evaluations of adults in school buildings?Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board on Monday rejected a request from BASIS DC to expand, citing concerns about the high number of students who have withdrawn from the charter school since fall.
BASIS, an Arizona-based chain of charter schools known for its rigorous academic demands, won approval to open doors in the District in 2012 despite questions about whether its model would work for struggling D.C. students. At BASIS schools, middle-school classes are accelerated and students must take and pass a heavy load of Advanced Placement courses to graduate from high school.Read full article >>
This is the third time in less than a year and a half that I am running this post. The first time was during the saturation media coverage of the Tucson shooting rampage that left six people dead, including a 9-year-old girl born on Sept. 11. The shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. in December, in which 20 young children and six teachers were killed, made it relevant again. And now, sadly, the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, in which several people were killed -- including an 8-year-old boy in the crowd -- and scores seriously wounded, including the boy's mother and sister.Read full article >>