President Obama visited Mooresville Middle School in North Carolina on Thursday to promote a new five-year initiative aimed at ensuring that 99 percent of public schools in the country have access to the Internet. Here is a White House transcript of his appearance:Read full article >>
A coalition of education organizations and unions that support the Common Core State Standards issued an open letter on Thursday backing a moratorium of at least one year on the high stakes associated with new standardized tests being given to students that are aligned with the Core.
Republicans in Congress have rolled out legislation that would sharply limit the power of the executive branch and shrink the role of the federal government in public education in a rebuke to the Obama administration’s influence over education from kindergarten through 12th grade.Read full article >>
The Senate deadlocked Thursday over federal student loan interest rates, with no consensus in sight on how to prevent rates on certain loans from doubling for about 7 million borrowers on July 1.
Amid a swirl of competing proposals from lawmakers and the White House, preliminary votes showed that no Senate bills have the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the Democratic-led chamber.Read full article >>
Many of the Prince George’s County community leaders and elected officials who attended a listening session Wednesday to offer their opinion on what characteristics the new schools chief should have said they are tired of the rapid turnover at the helm of the public school system.Read full article >>
A new analysis says that America's high school graduation rate hit nearly 75 percent in 2010 — the latest year for which data are available — the highest point since 1973. Furthermore, the increase since 2000 has been largely fueled by improvements in the graduation rates for blacks and Hispanics.
In the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up category: A Louisiana state senator defended the Louisiana Science Education Act — a 2008 law that allows creationism to be taught in public school science classrooms through materials that ostensibly "critique" evolution — by invoking a witch doctor that he visited and found helpful. (See video below)Read full article >>
Fairfax County has knocked Montgomery County from the top spot on a list analyzing graduation rates for the country’s 50 largest school districts.
Graduation rates in Montgomery slipped more than 3 percentage points, to 84 percent from the previous year for the Class of 2010, according to a report from Education Week released Thursday.Read full article >>