In a new book, Robert Putnam, the author of Bowling Alone, contends that a growing share of low-income children are growing up without the community supports that bolstered earlier generations.
Advocates aim to broaden the influence of California's contentious statute, which gives parents a tool to push major changes at low-performing schools.
A still-nascent effort is under way to shift school district budgeting to a multi-year, collaborative process that has finance and academic officials working in tandem.
Any rewrite of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act will need a new name that captures both its policy essence and the public's attention.
Hands-on, technology-enhanced learning can help students become more interested and involved in the political process, writes Jean MacCormack.
New Hampshire schools demonstrate how competency-based education offers a positive, skills-based approach to standards learning, writes Ronald A. Wolk.
A fraternity at Penn State University has been suspended as authorities investigate allegations that members of the group maintained a private Facebook page where they allegedly posted photos of partially naked women, hazing and drugs.Read full article >>
Maine lawmakers have approved a bill that seeks to ensure the state keeps it's No Child Left Behind waiver.
Three Morgan State University football players were wounded in a stabbing incident Tuesday afternoon on the campus in Baltimore, a university spokesman said.Clinton Coleman, the spokesman, said he was told the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. One player was cut across the chest, he said, a second was sliced in the arm and a third in the cheek. All were taken to a local hospital for treatment.Read full article >>
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The president of the University of Maryland reached out Tuesday to the campus community — horrified by an offensive e-mail written by a student — and said he would meet with student leaders after spring break to talk about how to improve the campus climate. Wallace Loh, in effect, asked for patience, as the investigation into the incident continues, while emphasizing the importance of free speech.Read full article >>
The new “Lego Club Magazine” features a page of “Beauty Tips” for its 5-12 year old audience.
And now the professors have weighed in: They don’t want Sweet Briar to close, either.The faculty met Monday evening and voted unanimously to object to the abrupt plans to close the 114-year-old private women’s college in Virginia. Earlier this month, the interim president announced that insurmountable financial difficulties made closure inevitable.Read full article >>
Since late last year, Loudoun County parent Brian Davison has been fighting to obtain student-growth percentiles from the Virginia Department of Education, data that he argues can measure how effective teachers are in impacting student growth. Davison prevailed earlier this year and the state released millions of records without identifying information for teachers or students. He continues to fight to get the names of teachers attached to that data.Read full article >>
Three Montgomery educators have been named as finalists for the county’s 2015–2016 Teacher of the Year award. At the high school level, the finalist is Joseph Gannon Jr., a Damascus High social studies teacher credited with starting the school’s economics and AP world history programs. Gannon, whose career in Montgomery goes back to 1988, also has sponsored the girls’ golf team and the debate team, and has organized 14 student trips abroad.Read full article >>