My colleague Ezra Klein, the founder of the Wonkbook blog, just wrote a post about the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of the tea party. It carried this headline: "The IRS was wrong to target the tea party. They should've gone after all 501(c)4s."Read full article >>
For an initiative billed as being publicly driven, the Common Core States Initiative has benefited enormously from the generosity of the private philanthropy of Bill and Melinda Gates. How much? About $150 million worth.
You may not know what a DBQ is. For most of my life, neither did I. But in the high schools of this region and the rest of the country it has become an important and in some ways fearsome term.
It haunts the dreams of 400,000 teenagers who will take the Advanced Placement exam in U.S. history Wednesday. It is part of a massive reform of the AP exam system that controls the schedules of most of the nation’s high schools every May.Read full article >>
Thousands of breast cancer survivors and their supporters gathered Saturday on the Mall for the annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, but attendance at the charity’s signature fundraising event was down for a second consecutive year.Read full article >>
Here is a list of commencement speakers at selected colleges and universities in the District, Maryland and Virginia.The District college/university date speaker American May 11 Anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer Catholic May 18 Poet and critic Dana Gioia Gallaudet May 17 Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood George Washington May 19 Actress/activist Kerry Washington Georgetown May 18 Lisa J. Shannon, founder of Run for Congo Women Howard May 11 Former president Bill Clinton Trinity Washington May 18 Community health leader Maria Gomez University of the District of Columbia May 11 UDC Interim President James E. Lyons Maryland Bowie State May 17 First lady Michelle Obama Johns Hopkins May 23 Neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa St. John’s May 12 James Schamus, chief executive of Focus Features St. Mary’s May 11 Gov. Martin O’Malley U.S. Naval Academy May 24 President Obama University of Maryland at College Park May 19 Retired baseball star Cal Ripken Jr. University of Maryland Baltimore County May 23 Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor Virginia George Mason May 18 U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner Marymount May 19 NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd Mary Washington May 11 Walgreens executive Steve Pemberton University of Virginia May 19 Former U.S. senator James Webb Virginia Tech May 17 Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger Washington and Lee May 22 Religion professor Harlan R. Beckley William and Mary May 12 FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III Read full article >>
After years of pay freezes and unpaid furloughs, physical education teacher Steven Lightman received a roughly $8,000 annual salary bump this school year.
But it wasn’t because Lightman’s school system decided to give the veteran teacher a raise. He made it happen himself by switching Washington area school districts.Read full article >>
The following 90-second video was secretly recorded by a student at Duncanville High School in Texas as another student, Jeff Bliss, told off his world history teacher about the way she was teaching after she had kicked him out of the class.Read full article >>
A discussion on school reform in New York took a surprising turn this week when Paul Vallas, a pioneer of the current era of school reform, said, "We're losing the communications game because we don't have a good message to communicate."Read full article >>
It just so happens that in the same week that a co-author of a Heritage Foundation immigration study resigned for suggesting that Hispanics have lower IQs than whites, the Pew Research Hispanic Center released a new analysis showing that Hispanic high school graduates have passed whites in the rate of college enrollment.