Education News from Washington Post
Is is time to kiss America's most famous school reformer goodbye? Larry Cuban thinks so -- and below he explains why. Cuban was high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His new book is "Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education." This post appeared on his blog.
Leave it to Stephen Colbert to find a way to make Thomas Jefferson funny. That's what he did when he was speaking to graduates at the University of Virginia -- but he wasn't the only commencement speaker to get the attention of the crowd this graduation season.Read full article >>
A blast from the past: a 1956 short film with tips on the right and wrong way to take a test. See what's changed and what hasn't.Read full article >>
Five years ago, I thought I was going to catch Miriam Hughey-Guy, principal of Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington County, making an excuse for her school’s failure to reach federal proficiency targets three years in a row.Read full article >>
When W. Taylor Reveley IV becomes president of Longwood University on June 1, he will be the third W. Taylor Reveley to lead a Virginia university in the past 50 years.
His grandfather, the late W. Taylor Reveley II, was president of Hampden-Sydney College, just down the road from Longwood, from 1963 to 1977. And his father, W. Taylor Reveley III, has been president of the College of William and Mary since 2008.Read full article >>
Karen Lewis, the fiery leader of the Chicago Teachers Union who led a strike last year and became a nationally known anti-school reform figure, has been elected to another three-year term as president. Today she will lead the first of three days of protests against Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close 54 public schools.
Vouchers have been at the center of the school choice movement for many reformers, but they may be in trouble. Here making that argument is Abby Rapoport of The American Prospect, where this appeared.
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Montgomery County high school students have been failing their final exams in math at high rates for five years, according to data released Friday night by school officials.
The new figures are similar to those released several weeks ago for January’s exams, which showed high failure rates across seven high school math courses — with a majority of the 30,000 Montgomery students who took the tests flunking.Read full article >>
Thousands of Fairfax County school employees are likely to receive raises in January as the School Board looks to boost lagging morale in the workforce.
Board members focused on teacher compensation Thursday as they worked to finalize next year’s $2.5 billion budget and address recent reports that Fairfax employees have sought jobs in neighboring districts with higher pay.Read full article >>
D.C. Public Schools officials say they anticipate sending fewer than 350 “excess” notices to teachers whose jobs have been eliminated because of budget cuts or changes to academic programs.
That number is in line with recent years despite the fact that 13 schools are slated to close in June, displacing hundreds of teachers. DCPS Chief of Human Capital Jason Kamras said the school system has worked closely with the Washington Teachers Union to match educators in closing schools with vacancies elsewhere.Read full article >>
In one of its final actions under the current school governance structure, the Prince George’s County Board of Education voted to hire more than a dozen employees who will work for and report to the board.Read full article >>
In the past two school years, 40 states detected potential cheating on standardized exams given to public school students in grades 3 to 12, according to a new report released by the Government Accountability Office.Read full article >>
Rumors are swirling that Gregory Thornton, the Milwaukee school superintendent, is interested in becoming the next schools chief in Prince George’s County.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that Thornton, who served as a deputy superintendent in Montgomery County in 2003, did not deny the rumor that he was considering leaving Milwaukee to return to Maryland.Read full article >>
The Chicago Teachers Union and education activists are planning three days of demonstrations in different city neighborhoods, starting Saturday, to protest the closing of 54 public schools this year.
The closure plan by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and school district officials has been highly contentious, and has played a part in declining support for Emanuel, according to a new Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll, which showed that a majority of city residents oppose the closure plan, and that has affected his overall job rating.Read full article >>
Real Food for Kids - Montgomery is hosting a tasting and judging party for the group’s recipe contest this weekend.
The group of parent activists has been working to improve food served in schools. Last month Real Food for Kids encouraged the Montgomery community to submit healthy school lunch recipes that meet USDA guidelines and cost less than $4 a serving.Read full article >>
I've written a lot about growing resistance to high-stakes standardized testing and other corporate-driven school reforms. In the following piece, the argument is made that the revolution against the reform movement is here. It was written by Jeff Bryant, an Associate Fellow at the Campaign for America's Future and the owner of a marketing and communications consultancy. It serves numerous organizations including Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders, PBS, and International Planned Parenthood Foundation. He writes extensively about public education policy at The Education Opportunity Network. Follow Jeff on Twitter: jeffbcdm
Correction: The original version of this post said the scientist got 31.5 million followers as a result of Obama's tweet. I got that wrong. He potentially got that many readers for his study because that's how many followers Obama has. Sorry. The researcher did get worldwide attention.Read full article >>
Who are the world's sleepiest students?
It's the Americans, according to an analysis by Boston College researchers of data that was part of the 2011 international exams known as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).Read full article >>
Microsoft has donated $1 million to help D.C. teachers redesign their classrooms using a “blended learning” approach that combines online learning with face-to-face instruction.
Blended learning has drawn both excitement and skepticism as it has exploded in popularity in recent years. Boosters believe that technology could transform schools and give students a more personalized learning experience, while critics fear that when executed poorly, blended approaches reduce learning to clicks on a computer.Read full article >>
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The Chicago Teachers’ Union filed two complaints in federal court Wednesday trying to stop the city from closing 53 elementary schools, arguing that the closures disproportionately affect African American students and would also cause great harm to special education students.Read full article >>