| Oct 9, 2013
| 10:43 AM
If you think Citizens United has unleashed a torrent of cash and real corruption into our electoral system —and it has — brace yourself for something worse.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a campaign finance case that...
| Oct 13, 2013
He was 15 years old but looked 12, a reedy, pale little guy with a mop of dark hair. When he stood in front of the class to tell his story, he was so nervous you could see his skinny legs trembling under his khakis. The drama class assignment was to...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 9:34 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott is directing state officials to withdraw from a national testing system that would evaluate how students perform under the new Common Core standards being adopted by 45 states.
Scott sent a letter to State Board of...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 12:46 PM
Why are state officials preparing to give students the Maryland School Assessment tests this year knowing that the exams can't and won't do what they're supposed to do, which is tell educators which schools are making progress and which are not? There's...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 9:28 AM
It's not time to panic quite yet over Maryland's plummeting elementary and middle school assessment scores. To be sure, they're not good, showing widespread declines in performance for the first time in years. But the declines are so systemic and sudden...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 12:31 PM
The release of the Maryland School Assessment results — anticipated early next week — will surely send a ripple of shock to parents across the state. Educators are bracing for dips in math performance. At first glance, the scores will appear...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 4:25 PM
L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts on Tuesday won relief from some strict and costly provisions of federal education law.
They are the first school systems in the country to receive, on their own, a waiver from the No Child Left...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:41 PM
Students in New York state did far worse on reading and math tests this year when they tackled new exams aligned to the new Common Core standards, officials announced today. The Daily News reported that the percentage of New York City students scoring...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Eleven Maryland schools have earned a prestigious 2013 National Blue Ribbon designation, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Tuesday.
The schools awarded the designation in the Baltimore region are: Chadwick Elementary School and...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 7:44 PM
Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn't taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning.
The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 4:13 PM
Maryland's state Board of Education said Tuesday that state testing will go forward as planned, despite calls from school district superintendents and the teachers union for a one-year moratorium.
The state board voted 10-1 Tuesday to seek waivers...