The D.C. Public Charter School Board on Monday approved two new schools and rejected seven others, citing concerns such as inconsistent budgets and overly vague academic goals and curricula.
“We’re setting a tough, high bar,” said Chairman John H. “Skip” McKoy, speaking at the outset of the board’s evening meeting. “Running these schools is a really arduous task, and we’re getting a little bit better at spotting red lights — things that are signs to us that a proposal is not quite ready.”Read full article >>
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Assistant/ Associate Professor - Curriculum and Instruction | University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
White House officials say they didn't tell President Obama about an impending IRS scandal, and nobody told him the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed reporters' phone records, and exactly what he knew when about the Benghazi controversy is unclear. This, then, seems like a good time to ask: How much has the president been told about the unfortunate effects his education reform policies are having on public schools?
A small group of state education officials is pushing back against a call by teachers unions for a moratorium on using standardized tests for evaluating students or teachers until states have completely implemented Common Core standards, a new way of teaching math and reading in grades kindergarten through 12th.Read full article >>
The University of Maryland's English Department held its commencement ceremonies on Monday and student Jamie Lee gave the following unusually honest speech in which she concedes that she once thought going to College Park was beneath her and that studying English was a self-indulgent exercise. Here's her speech:Read full article >>