Education News from Washington Post
All District students would be able to ride Metro buses for free under legislation proposed Tuesday in the D.C. Council.
The measure is meant to ensure that transportation expenses aren’t keeping kids from attending class, said council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), who introduced the measure with colleagues Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).Read full article >>
The St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees announced on Tuesday that President Joseph R. Urgo requested that the board not renew his employment contract, which expires at the end of the month. Here is the statement that the board released:Read full article >>
Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin just introduced a new bill that would rewrite No Child Left Behind, which nearly all people in the education world believe to be fatally flawed. Here's a piece on why the Harkin bill and the likely Republican counterpart in the House won't fix the problems of NCLB. It was written by Monty Neill, executive director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, known as FairTest, which works to eliminate the overuse of high-stakes standardized tests.
This post is the second in a 10-part series called "Dispatches from a Nervous Common Core Observer," written by Michael McShane, a research fellow in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative non-profit think tank in Washington D.C. This appeared on the AEI website, where you can find more information about the series as well as the first part. He is on Twitter @mq_mcshane).
Williams College Assistant Professor Nate Kornell's Psychology Today blog has one of my favorite blog names: Everybody Is Stupid Except You. Kornell, a cognitive psychologist, researches and writes about learning as they relate to education. He focuses on how to maximize learning efficiency and how typical learners understand and manage their own learning. In this post, he writes about whether college students really evaluate their professors properly when they complete course surveys. You can follow Kornell on Twitter.
“I need more information, because on the face of it, I just don’t believe that these seven proposals are going to move us to where we need to go,” Henderson said of council member David A. Catania’s education proposals.Read full article >>
Governors and education chiefs from nine states said Tuesday that a focus on early-childhood education, the changing dynamic of families and supporting low-income students could help improve literacy across the country.Read full article >>
St. Mary’s College of Maryland President Joseph R. Urgo has asked the college’s board of trustees not to renew his contract, effectively resigning under pressure from the public liberal arts college after intense questions and criticism of him about this spring’s failure to enroll enough students for next year. The shortage of students could deeply harm the school’s reputation and is expected to cost millions in lost tuition.Read full article >>
Three listening sessions have been scheduled over the next week to gather information from Prince George’s County community leaders, elected officials and residents about the characteristics they want to see in a new schools chief.Read full article >>
Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, one of the nation’s highest-paid university leaders, announced his retirement Tuesday after the disclosure of disparaging comments he made in December about Roman Catholics, the University of Notre Dame and other institutions.Read full article >>
Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison (D-Springdale) said this week that the council plans to name a member before the end of the month, if not sooner.Read full article >>
The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave final approval to a measure meant to reduce truancy in the city’s schools.
Under the legislation, police must send a letter notifying parents whose children reach 10 unexcused absences that they are at risk of criminal prosecution.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County school board on Thursday will vote on more than a dozen measures proposed by members that may significantly change the district’s discipline policies.
Eight school board members have written 21 amendments for Thursday’s vote on revisions to the Student Rights and Responsibilities booklet.Read full article >>
Next school year, Fairfax County students will be able to take college-level courses in biotechnology and health care at two new Governor’s academies that will open in the fall.
The school system’s Falls Church Academy and West Potomac Academy will establish the new programs in health sciences through a partnership with the Virginia Board of Education and state Department of Education.Read full article >>
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said Tuesday that America's educational troubles began when women began working outside the home in large numbers.
Bryant was participating in a Washington Post Live event focused on the importance of ensuring that children read well by the end of third grade. In response to a question about how America became "so mediocre" in regard to educational outcomes, he said:Read full article >>
The Farragut North Metro station hums at 8 a.m. on a weekday, with streams of commuters exiting the Red line and riding escalators into the sunshine of downtown Washington.
Before they hit the streets on Tuesday they passed giant banners advertising Drexel University Online.Read full article >>
Here's a rather unconventional view on cheating. It was written by Penelope Trunk, who founded Brazen Careerist and two other startups. Her career advice runs in 200 newspapers. She lives on a farm in Wisconsin and homeschools her sons. This appeared on her blog.
In this post Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about how students best learn new material. Willingham is a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of "Why Don't Students Like School?" His latest book is "When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education." This appeared on his Science and Education blog.
D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) plans to announce seven bills Tuesday that aim to overhaul the District’s public education system.
1. Funding: Raises per-pupil funding for poor children, students enrolled in vocational programs and schools with low graduation rates. Sends 80 percent of schools funding directly to principals to design their own budgets and programs. Fully subsidizes public transportation for low-income high school students.Read full article >>
D.C. Council member David A. Catania plans to announce wide-ranging legislation Tuesday that could substantially reshape the city’s public education system, as he seeks to increase funding to educate poor children, give more power to principals, change the city’s school lottery system and end social promotion of children who are performing below grade level.Read full article >>