Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Map: Third-Grade Reading Proficiency Between 2007 and 2014

The neighborhoods where students made the greatest gains and saw the largest declines.

Social Justice Still Drives Howard University

Hundreds of student volunteers arrived on Howard University’s campus a week early to help freshmen move in to their new dorms. They lugged their belongings to their new homes, directed them around campus, and caught up with friends before classes started.
It was the kind of scene that was repeated on university campuses around the country [...]

Why Do Other Parents Care Where I Send My Kid to School?

A little over a month ago, the Washington Post ran a map of how proposed boundary reforms would adjust various D.C. public schools’ feeder patterns, and my neighborhood erupted. The Petworth Parents email list was suddenly afire with messages from parents trying to kickstart coalitions and campaigns to keep their kids and homes in-boundary for [...]

D.C. Students Improve More on Math, Reading than National Average

If the Nation's Report Card is an apt indicator of student progress, then the District's public school students are improving at a higher rate than their national counterparts, though their achievement still lags behind the national average.
The results of the National Assessment of Education Progress, often referred to as the Nation's Report Card, were released [...]

Six Degrees of Variation

D.C. may be the nation’s capital, but local universities are teaching more than just political science. Feel like you aren’t making good use of your free time? Want to learn how to cure cancer? Check out these programs that are creating some unique young professionals.

Program: Major in Leisure Studies
School: Howard University
Description: Prepares students for a [...]

Georgia Grads Hottest in D.C., Says Dating Company

Hinge, the Washington dating app that also does statistics, is out with some new numbers. Hinge previously produced a list of the hottest companies in D.C. Now it's asked which university produces all the hot people that go to work for those companies. The answer: the University of Georgia.
UGA tops Hinge's ranking of the most [...]

Is Our Children Learning About 9/11?

A Tufts University study finds that while the District and 20 states do discuss the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in their high school social studies curricula, they don't have much context or detail. Fourteen states don't mention the attacks at all in texts that have been updated since 2001.
While the researchers don't want states that [...]

The End of Black Men?

According to a recent report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education, the District continues to do a lousy job of educating black male students. Still, there are signs of racial progress—it's also not doing so well educating white male students.
Graduation rates for both groups dropped for the 2007-2008 school year. The [...]

Vincent Gray To Offer Education Plan Tomorrow

D.C. Council Chairman and Mayoral Hopeful Vincent Gray has announced that he will finally roll out his education plan tomorrow at 2 p.m. Here are the details from the press release:
"The event, to be held tomorrow at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, comes days after Gray participated in an education forum [...]

Neighborhood Watch: University Sinks, Takes $1.5 Million Tax Dollars Down With It

The Issue: Southeastern University, a private school founded 130 years ago by the YMCA near the Southwest Waterfront, has gone the way of the Titanic—and taxpayer’s money is going down with the ship. According to the Washington Examiner, three months before the Middle States Commission on Higher Education yanked the school’s accreditation, the floundering university [...]

Former Baltimore Mayor Will Mediate Teachers Contract Dispute

Kurt Schmoke—former Baltimore mayor and now dean of Howard University's law school—has been selected to mediate the monthslong dispute over a new teachers contract, according to a joint statement released this evening by the D.C. Public Schools, the Washington Teachers' Union, and the American Federation of Teachers.
"Our goal is to begin [...]

Inside Michelle Rhee’s Schedule

In his column for this week Education Issue, LL delved into 17 months worth of Michelle Rhee's official schedule, obtained through a public records request. The column details the DCPS chancellor's travel and explores how she's inserted herself into a web of private foundations, think tanks, civic groups, and other organizations—many of which are have [...]

UDC Tuition Hikes: Get Over It

Yesterday, students at the University of the District of Columbia marched and camped in at the school's Van Ness campus to protest steep hikes in the school's tuition. Today the Board of Trustees for the University of the District of Columbia is voting on that plan, which would raise tuition for students in four-year programs [...]