National Education News
Two days after the Alexandria school system locked the doors of all of the city’s public schools as a security precaution, Alexandria police said Thursday that a gunman who was reportedly spotted near an elementary school never existed.Read full article >>
A Prince George’s County Council member is calling on Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell to fire a high school principal at the center of two discrimination cases that were recently settled.
Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) said she is “appalled by the school system’s defense of the pattern of blatantly racist behavior by the principal of Largo High School.”Read full article >>
The Prince George’s Board of Education, which continues to navigate its way around the new governance structure that took effect last year, is trying to figure out how to better work with Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell and to create core values and a mission statement for the school system.Read full article >>
While a national debate roils about professional athletes whacking kids, it seems useful to remember that 19 states still allow children to be hit in public school, sometimes to the point of bruising. A federal data analysis found that on average, one child is hit in public school every 30 seconds somewhere in the United States.Read full article >>
INDIANAPOLIS — The old model that colleges used to recruit, through mass mailings to promising students and selective visits to key high schools, is giving way to sophisticated matchmaking tools of technology.Read full article >>
Two more cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in Montgomery County public schools, according to health officials, who now are reporting a total of 20 cases since an outbreak during the first week of school.Read full article >>
Wonkblog: David Boies helped California gay couples win the right to marry. Now he’s attacking teacher tenure
David Boies is an accomplished civil rights attorney who is probably best known for his Supreme Court cases, in which he has represented Al Gore and Californian gay couples seeking to marry. Now he is working on behalf of kids in urban schools, but his approach is a controversial one. He argues that teacher tenure denies students their right to an equal education, guaranteed in Brown v. Board of Education and many state constitutions.Read full article >>
Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here's expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.
The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They'll be held four times a year instead of just two.