A lawsuit challenging the District’s plan to close 15 city schools, filed by activists in local court last week, will now be heard in federal court.
The transfer comes at the request of lawyers for the D.C. government, who asked Tuesday that the case be removed from D.C. Superior Court to U.S. District Court, according to court records. Such a move is allowable in cases alleging violation of federal law.Read full article >>
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To listen to some school reformers, you'd think there are no urban traditional public schools that are successful. Here's a different story, adapted and excerpted from "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System And A Strategy For America's Schools" (Oxford University Press), by David Kirp, professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former newspaper editor and policy consultant, as well as the author of numerous articles in various publications and several books, including "Shakespeare, Einstein and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education." His new book, "Improbable Scholars," tells the story of the public schools in Union City, N.J., where teachers do an amazing job of teaching high-poverty students without employing "miracle" reforms.
One of education’s most serious flaws is the failure to require that students produce a research paper or project before they graduate from high school.
I vent on this often. I once thought we just needed a change of attitude, but I am learning it is more complicated.Read full article >>
A compromise bill to alter the leadership of the Prince George’s County school system won a key approval Wednesday in Annapolis, but the measure falls far short of the sweeping changes County Executive Rushern L. Baker III proposed in his bid to take over the schools.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s state Senate delegation voted 7 to 1 on a bill that would restructure the county school system, allowing the county executive to select the new schools superintendent and choose the chairman and vice chair of a retooled Board of Education.Read full article >>