The newly named 2013 National Teacher of the Year, who is visiting with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday with other award-winning teachers, is not a big fan of all of Obama's education policy initiatives and believes that some reformers are mischaracterizing America's public schools.
An earlier version You can learn pretty much everything you need to know about the controversial "parent trigger" legislation now before the Florida Legislature by looking at who is for it and who is against it.Read full article >>
Parents and students may not know this, but all of the questions kids have to answer on standardized tests don't actually count. Why? Here to explain is Fred Smith, a testing specialist and consultant, retired as an administrative analyst for the New York City public schools. He is a consultant on testing, educational research and other statistics related to city government, and a member of Change the Stakes, a parent advocacy group. This appeared on the SchoolBook website. In this piece, Smith is talking about the new standardized tests that New York students are now taking which are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and that officials warned will be harder than the old standardized tests used for accountability purposes.Read full article >>
In his dark blue business suit, President Obama climbed onto a bicycle anchored to the ground outside the White House. He pedaled in his polished dress shoes, generating electricity to run a water sanitation system built by a group of Florida teenagers.Read full article >>
D.C. Council members, advocates and parents raised questions Monday about Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s push to reduce the number of special-education students who attend private schools at public expense.
The effort has saved tens of millions of dollars and reduced segregation of students with disabilities, but it has triggered concerns that some students are being made to attend city schools that aren’t equipped to handle their needs.Read full article >>
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday honored five Washington-area schools and the Montgomery County school system as National Green Ribbon Schools for their exemplary environmental education programs and sustainable facilities.Read full article >>
Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher from Zillah, Washington, was chosen as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year.
He and the group of State Teachers of the Year from which he was selected, will visit President Obama at the White House on Tuesday. They met on Monday with Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Biden and a longtime educator.Read full article >>
Some 100 students from more than 40 states are attending the 2013 White House Science Fair, which began today with President Obama as host. The initiative (you can watch it by clicking on a link below) was designed to highlight the four STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math. Approximately 30 student teams who had won STEM competitions were exhibiting projects, which included new inventions and important basic research, according to the White House. Among those at the fair were Planetary Society Executive Director and "Bill Nye the Science Guy" host Bill Nye, Mars Curiosity rover flight director Bobak "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi, and "Big Bang Theory" co-creator Bill Prady. Here are some of the student exhibits, according to a White House release:Read full article >>