VA SOLs Versus the Common Core State Standards

Should Virginia continue its long tradition of local control over what our children learn, when they learn it, and how they’re evaluated, or should Virginia cede that to the federal government and become a full participant in the Common Core State Standards initiative?

That’s the question panelists for the Prince William County Committee of 100 will consider Wednesday night.

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Happy Pi Day!

In honor of real math enthusiasts everywhere…

Happy Pi Day

For you Investigations and Connected Math fans who have no clue what I’m talking about, Pi, Greek letter (pi), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535…Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th.

What should PWCS do with $39,725,000?

Rumor on the street has it that the Prince William County government expects to receive $70,000,000 more in tax revenue next year due to the tax increases the state passed.  $39,725,000 is the school division’s share of that money.

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I don’t know if the $70 million is true or not.  I’ve heard it from multiple sources, with each asking whether PWCS would get its cut.

Let’s play pretend.  Assuming it’s true and the PWC Government is willing to share, what do you think PWCS should do with the $39,725,000?

  1. Use all of the money to reduce class sizes.
  2. Split the money into two parts and use half to reduce class sizes and the other half as a bonus to our teachers to make up for the past few years.
  3. Spend $10 million building the pool in the 12th high school and use the rest for class size reductions and teacher bonuses.
  4. Split the money evenly among our school Principals to use however they deem necessary.
  5. Send every graduating senior to Disney World for a week.
  6. Pay me to move someplace far far away with no internet access.

Postivie or Positive?

Many thanks to those of you who notified us of the typo in the title of recent article – Accentuating the Postivie, or Misleading the Public. I’ll be sure to add positive to this week’s spelling list!

Student May Have Been Assaulted at SJHS

Inside NOVA is reporting that an 18 year old  SJHS student has been taken into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting and raping a 14 year old student at the same school.  The assault  allegedly occurred several times between April 11 and April 14 and was reported to school authorities on June 1.  The alleged suspect was charged with sexual battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and carnal knowledge on June 2.

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and there are some questions about this case which Inside NOVA’s report leave open.  However, based on the charges filed,  it is quite evident that this case was not mere sexual banter or play between two students.

Parents need to demand that district officials investigate the incident immediately.  District officials need to address the level of security provided in stairwells and hallways during school hours, both during and between classes, to determine whether that level of security is adequate.  District officials need to address after hours access to the building by students and the public to determine whether the level of security provided after the school day has ended is adequate.

Child Calls 911 For Help With Math Homework

Child Calls 911 For Help With Math Homework

By MSN NZ
Wed Apr 20 17:00:00 2011

US police were surprised by an unusual emergency call after a four-year-old boy dialed 911 for help with his homework.

The emergency services operator thought he heard wrong when the boy said he had a problem with “his math”.

“With your mouth?” the operator asked.

“No with my math, I have to do it, will you help me?” the child said.

But once the confusion was cleared up the operator was happy to help out with the basic arithmetic problems.

The homework tutoring was cut short when the child’s mother caught him on the phone.

“Johnny what do you think you’re doing!” she can be heard saying in the background.

“The policeman is helping me with my math.

“You said if I need help to call somebody,” he said.

“I didn’t mean the police,” the boy’s mother said.

Bring Back DC School Choice Program!

In 2003 Congress created the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provided vouchers for low income families to send their children to private schools.  The program appeared to be very successful and resulted in significant savings as the vouchers were significantly less than the per pupil cost in DC public schools.  Despite the programs success and low cost, or perhaps because of it, Congress canceled the program in 2009.

The Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act (H.R. 471) was just introduced into Congress.  This bill would reauthorize and fund the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Please send your Representative a note asking him / her to vote for this bill.

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