District of Columbia

How Washington D.C.’s public schools went from success story to cautionary tale

As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country. Now the situation in the District of Columbia could not be more different. After a series of rapid-fire scandals, including one about rigged graduation rates, Washington’s school system has gone from a point of pride to perhaps the largest public embarrassment of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s tenure. […]

Education Week

A Better Way to Talk About Education

Standardized test scores have been the driving force in U.S. education for more than two decades. But across the country, parents concerned about the psychic toll of high-stakes testing on their children have been “opting out” of testing programs. […]

Education Week

What’s in ESSA’s Big Flexible-Spending Pot – Education Week

The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants—better known as Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act—is one of the most flexible federal programs around. And it just got a huge increase, from $400 million in the 2017-18 school year to $1.1 billion for the 2018-19 school year. The program is closely watched by advocates and district officials alike, in part because the dollars can cover such a wide array of needs—from school safety training to drama clubs to science programs to suicide prevention. […]

Georgia

Georgia wins USDA state and regional School Nutrition Best Practice Awards

On May 17, USDA announced 2018 School Nutrition Best Practice Award winners for Georgia and the Southeast region. The Georgia Department of Education won two regional best practice awards, for “partnerships with other governmental or non-governmental organizations for food distribution” and for the Shake It Up initiative. A total of 37 Georgia school districts brought home regional or state-level best practice awards. […]

ESSA

VIDEO: RISE 2018 — Luncheon Conversation: Every Student Succeeds Act

This luncheon plenary conversation will explore federal priorities in education, including the ways in which the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was conceptualized, developed, and put into action. The discussion will also delve into the progress and process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. Finally, the conversation will illuminate areas where we have made progress in achieving excellence for our students and areas of opportunity for continued collaboration. […]

District of Columbia

Texas 8th-Grader Karthik Nemmani Wins 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee

THE WASHINGTON INFORMER — Although Karthik, 14, didn’t win his regional spelling bee nor his county bee, he withstood the pressure of 18 rounds of back-to-back spelling in Thursday night’s finals at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., where he correctly spelled “koinonia” (Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians). […]

K12 Education

PENNSYLVANIA: Wilkinsburg pins its hopes on a reorganization of its elementary schools

With the district’s middle- and high-school students now attending Pittsburgh Westinghouse Academy in Homewood, Wilkinsburg administrators are re-focusing their efforts on the district’s younger students. After years of program cuts and an exodus of families who opted to enroll their children in private or charter schools, district leaders are embarking on an ambitious plan to boost enrollment and re-vamp Wilkinsburg’s two elementary schools.  […]

Betsy DeVos

State Restrictions on School Choice Earn Betsy DeVos’ Ire – Education Week

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who has had difficulty selling her school choice agenda in Washington, railed against state constitutional prohibitions on public funds going to faith-based institutions, in a recent speech to a Roman Catholic organization. The target of DeVos’ wrath: so-called “Blaine” amendments to state constitutions that prohibit public funds from being used for religious purposes. DeVos said those amendments, many of which originated in the late 1800s, began as “bigoted” against Catholics. […]

California

Satellite National Black Parents’ Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence

Get your questions answered. Meet with educators, and legislators from your school districts, and find out what plans have been made to ensure that the achievement gap is closed. Hear about the law regarding Parental rights, high quality educational opportunities, assessments and accountability, equity and access to a well-rounded curriculum, and more. Transportation from several key points will be provided. […]

District of Columbia

Parents of Students with Intellectual Disabilities Fight for Inclusion

THE WASHINGTON INFORMER — “Given the legal mandate, it is surprising that such a large proportion of students are consistently placed in restrictive settings,” said Matthew Brock, an assistant professor of special education at The Ohio State University who worked on the study. Brock’s study will be published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. […]