Parents Seek Court’s Intervention in School Closures (Washington Informer)
Districts Forge School-to-Home Digital Connections (Education Week)
Principal Sees Course Rigor as Basis for Common-Core Readiness (Education Week)
A New Era of Classroom Transparency (Education Week)
Randi Weingarten, Teachers Union Head, Sounds Off On Atlanta Cheating Scandal (Huffington Post)
D.C. schools brace for population boom (Washington Examiner)
Randi Weingarten On NRA School Safety Report: ‘Let’s Not Make Our Schools Armed Fortresses’ (Huffington Post)
Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers (Washington Post)
Nine D.C. charter school applicants to present ideas at public hearing (Washington Post)
The new kindergarten: Kids write ‘informative’ reports (Washington Post)
Yes, D.C., Washington City Paper Will Host a Council Debate at the Black Cat (Washington City Paper)
First they filed a lawsuit at D.C. Superior Court, then they exhorted a modest but vocal crowd who voiced their displeasure at a school system they accuse of doing their children a grave disservice.
As promised, on March 29, lead attorney Johnny Barnes sought legal redress on behalf of Empower DC, a grassroots organization in Northwest which seeks to stop D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson from closing 15 schools.
Ashley McCaslin teaches in a one-room schoolhouse on the island of Frenchboro, about eight miles off the coast of Maine.
In her classroom, where seven students span six grade levels—from kindergarten to 7th grade—each has his or her own state-issued MacBook.
Whether class members are participating in a video discussion via Skype in reading groups with students in other communities, writing essays in Google Docs, or building a social studies wiki, McCaslin sees the laptops as their key link to the outside world.
As schools in 46 states begin implementing the Common Core State Standards in earnest, many educators are wrestling with the question of how to get students who are falling short of existing standards somehow to leap over the new, higher bar. Veteran principal Carol Burris believes she has an answer: Make their classes harder.
At South Side High School in Rockville Center, N.Y., where Burris has been principal for 13 years, nearly every student—including English-language learners and those receiving special education services—takes advanced classes.
Think back to when you were in middle school, high school, or maybe even college. For most of us, there was a certain amount of mystery surrounding teachers’ grading processes. It was hard to keep track of all the assignments, report cards were often full of surprises, and sometimes it seemed like final grades were based simply on how much the teacher did or didn’t like you.
As teachers, we know that a final grade is largely a matter of mathematics—a summation of the grades a student has earned throughout the course. But the numbers that seem so clear in our gradebooks are often a mystery to students. This opacity isn’t limited to the teacher-student relationship, either.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, blamed “test-crazed” education policies in sharp comments released Tuesday regarding a massive standardized-test cheating scandal in Atlanta.
A 65-count indictment, announced by prosecutors Friday, alleges that more than 35 educators were involved in a conspiracy to inflate students’ test scores within Atlanta Public Schools.
The District is seeing a boom in its population of children younger than 5, prompting local education experts to question whether the city’s schools can handle the growth.
The District had 33,348 children under 5 in 2011, according to census figures,
accounting for more than a quarter of the city’s 94,429 youths age 19 and younger.
The increase has been driven by an influx of adults younger than 35 to the District over the last 10 years, said Peter Tatian, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten spoke to HuffPost Liveon Wednesday about the NRA-funded school safety report, which she has called a “cruel hoax that will fail to keep our children and schools safe.”
Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.), head of a task force called the School Shield Program, released the 225-page report on Tuesday. He said at a press conference that “schools should be willing” to arm teachers if they take firearms training.
Tom Brady may be the best quarterback in football, but he is also infamously, hilariously slow. YouTube videos of his 40-yard dash have gotten many thousands of hits from sports fans looking for a good laugh.
If the New England Patriots had chosen a quarterback based only on foot speed, they would have missed out on three Super Bowl victories. But National Football League teams ask prospects to run, jump and lift weights. They interview them for hours. They watch game film. In short, they use multiple measures to determine the best players.
Nine groups seeking to open new charter schools in the District will present their ideas at a D.C. Public Charter School Board hearing Monday.
The hearing is a chance for charter board members to ask questions before voting to approve or deny each of the nine applications on May 20.
It is also the public’s opportunity to weigh in on the proposals; community members can sign up to testify by calling the charter board at 202-328-2748 by 3 p.m. on Friday.
Remember back in the olden days when kindergarteners used to be allowed to learn from playing? Now, in the age of the Common Core State Standards, 4 and 5 year olds are being required to do things such as write “Informative/Explanatory Reports” and identify topic sentences.
It’s happening across the country as part of the school reform movement that has pushed down academics to the kindergarten level, entirely ignoring the fact that many young kids aren’t developmentally ready for this kind of activity. A story in the New York Post says:
There’s a special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat (and a budget autonomy referendum) approaching April 23, and it’s time for you to figure out who to vote for. What better way to do it than while listening to the candidates over a few drinks?
Join Washington City Paper and your would-be leaders on Monday, April 15, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the main stage at the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) for a debate. Doors open at 7 p.m. The moderators will be LL Alan Suderman, NBC4′s Tom Sherwood, and Examiner columnist Jonetta Rose Barras. (Thanks to NBC4 contributor Chuck Thies for helping to organize, as well.)