- Teachers want the role of unions to change, survey says
- D.C. Public School librarians funding cut at some campuses
- Kids say math work too easy
- Immigration Reform Is Education Reform
- Math-science charter proposed in Loudoun, modeled on school with Turkish connection
Critics have portrayed teachers unions as impediments to reform efforts around the country because they have fought against changes such as pay-for-performance and the abolition of tenure. But stories of unions working with school district officials to craft new teacher quality initiatives are slowly becoming more common. And, according to a new study that surveyed more than 1,000 teachers, that’s exactly what a growing number of teachers think unions should be doing.
The ever-present face of a school librarian may soon disappear for thousands of schoolchildren in the District of Columbia. Under a new D.C. Public Schools policy, schools with fewer than 300 students will lose their funding to pay for a librarian on campus. Those with more than that number of students will keep the funding, but they’re not compelled to hire one.
About one-third of Washington-area fourth- and eighth-grade students think their math schoolwork is too easy. School officials’ response: not for long.
Teaching in an area teeming with immigrant families, people often inquire how many of my students are undocumented. I typically side-step the question because it requires me to admit that I lie to my students. I lie whenever I stand in front of my seventh graders, and say: “Work hard and you can go to college anywhere you want and be anything you want to be.” The truth is that their education, their career, their life will be influenced by immigration status.
A group of Loudoun County residents is seeking permission to open a charter school in 2013that would fill growing demand for an intensive curriculum in math and science in grades six through 12.