Neighborhoods in Southeast Washington, on Capitol Hill and along the eastern border of Rock Creek Park are among those most in need of school renovations, according to a school facilities plan the Gray administration released Wednesday.Read full article >>
A bill meant to curb the District’s rampant truancy moved forward in the D.C. Council on Wednesday after its sponsor stripped out a controversial provision that would have mandated criminal prosecution of parents of chronically absent children.Read full article >>
Former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was nearly killed more than two years when a gunman opened fire in a Tucson parking lot and who still has trouble speaking, will give the commencement address at Bard College in May along with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.Read full article >>
Something had to be done for the 16,000 kids in Camden's very low-achieving public schools, but there are big questions about whether the takeover by the state government of New Jersey will do much to help. After all, the state has in the past few decades taken over three other ailing public school districts, and there is limited progress to show for it.Read full article >>
My colleague Valerie Strauss published an essay a few weeks back by Matt Barnum suggesting that the Teach For America program had outlived its usefulness. Barnum, a former TFA teacher, said the organization had done good work in the past, but now stood in the way of creating a corps of good teachers who would stay longer than two years. Warren County (N.C.) school Superintendent Ray V. Spain sent me this response to Barnum, which I thought was interesting enough to post here. We haven’t discussed TFA in a while. Comments welcome.Read full article >>
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