April 23, 2014
Lisa Spedden honored as Appoquinimink School District Teacher of the Year
Everett Meredith Middle School math teacher Lisa Spedden was named the Appoquinimink School District Teacher of the Year. The seventh-grade teacher is in her 11th year in the district, all at Meredith, where she serves as a Math League coach, a grade seven lead teacher, and on the school leadership committee. She’s been teaching for 15 years.
Episode 2: Education
In this episode of “Issues” John Rago hosts a discussion with guests about different aspects of education in Wilmington, DE. Specifically, standardized testing and the benefits and drawbacks between different types of public schools. Guests include Mark Murphy, Tizzy Lockman, Theo Gregory, and Hugh Broomall.
Resegregation in the American South
Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.
The New York Times
When the circus descends
An opinion by David Brooks
We are pretty familiar with this story: A perfectly sensible if slightly boring idea is walking down the street. Suddenly, the ideological circus descends, burying the sensible idea in hysterical claims and fevered accusations. The idea’s political backers beat a craven retreat. The idea dies. This is what seems to be happening to the Common Core education standards, which are being attacked on the right because they are common and on the left because they are core.
Las Vegas Sun
Nevada in need of funding for new tests
The Nevada Education Department doesn’t have the money to administer a new state-mandated exam to high school juniors next year, so it plans to raise the funds through private donations and grants.
White House pushes schools to teach finance basics
Financial education is taking center stage at many colleges, high schools, middle schools — even some kindergarten classrooms thanks to a new effort from the White House.
Kansas City Star
Missouri considers state funds for preschool programs
Missouri lawmakers are supporting preschool and early childhood programs with legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children who attend early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive.
Washington state drops graduation-project requirement
Washington adopted a law that eliminates a requirement that students complete culminating projects to graduate from high school.
Mississippi reworks school ratings to emphasize graduation
Mississippi is reworking its rating system for school districts and high schools after federal officials demanded the ratings put more weight on high school graduation.