Here are some of the informational and educational articles that caught my attention this week. These articles discuss the generous donations made to a charter school, the removal of letter grades for student performance and the effects of the media on education. The articles highlight some of the big changes that are occurring in many schools.
Oprah gives $1 million to Phila. charter school – Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to recognize a Philadelphia school for outstanding work educating students during her show. She will give the school a $1 million grant. The school plans to use the $1 million to increase educational options for Philadelphia children by helping create more turn-around schools in the city.
Palm Beach County elementary schools revive plan to drop letter grades – The Palm Beach County School District is removing the A, B, C, D and F marking codes in favor of a new system of rating student performance. Instead of letter grades, students will be given “performance codes”; — exemplary, proficient, approaching or needs development. By not giving failing grades, students will hopefully be more motivated and confident in their academic performance.
Spencer’s Scratch Pad: How can everyone be so misguided? – By doing meaningful activities like painting murals and making film documentaries to publish student voice, things not inspired by media coverage can affect the world. Even though loud voices may dominate education reform, the little things that are done can help it grow, no matter how much or how little money or media is involved.
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