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Trainee teachers 'being deterred'

Published 04/17/2015 04:05 PM

A heads' leader says would-be teachers are being put off by a complexity of routes into the profession.

US schools seek Apple iPad refunds

Published 04/17/2015 03:59 AM

Schools in Los Angeles seek refunds from Apple and others over a $1.3bn (£870m) iPad-based education project that has gone awry.

Warning of 'funeral time bomb' in UK

Published 04/17/2015 08:25 AM

The UK death rate has reached a tipping point with the numbers of deaths expected to rise after 2015, suggests a report.

Children 'put off sport by parents'

Published 04/16/2015 04:18 PM

Children as young as eight are being put off sport by the behaviour of their parents, a new study has found.

Strike ballot on university job cuts

Published 04/16/2015 11:04 PM

Staff at the University of Surrey are being balloted on industrial action in a row over job losses.

Seldon to become university head

Published 04/16/2015 09:32 AM

Sir Anthony Seldon is going to switch from running an independent school to running an independent university.

Students target MPs over fees pledge

Published 04/16/2015 02:51 AM

The National Union of Students has launched a "payback time" campaign against MPs who broke their 2010 election promise over tuition fees, including leading Liberal Democrats.

Primary places revealed amid squeeze

Published 04/16/2015 03:02 AM

More than half a million families are discovering which primary schools their children will attend, amid a growing places squeeze in parts of England.

'Teach children about sex abuse'

Published 04/15/2015 05:42 PM

Primary school-aged children in the UK need more education on how to avoid sexual abuse, according to a leading researcher.

Clegg: It's Salmond, Farage or me

Published 04/15/2015 08:12 AM

Nick Clegg says no party will win an outright election victory and claims only the Lib Dems can stop a "lurch to the extremes".

Jail for cheating Atlanta teachers

Published 04/14/2015 04:07 PM

School officials in Atlanta have received prison sentences following convictions for participating in a conspiracy to change test answers.

University of Arts sit-in ends

Published 04/15/2015 04:59 AM

Students occupying part of University of the Arts, London, have been instructed to end their four week sit-in by the High Court.

'Marking bias boosts girls' maths'

Published 04/14/2015 05:28 AM

Girls in French secondary schools are benefiting from a marking bias by maths teachers, finds research.

Stanford to open entrepreneur course in London

Published 03/17/2015 05:01 PM

Silicon Valley's Stanford University to start teaching in London

Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees

Published 03/10/2015 05:30 PM

Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees

University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram

Published 03/03/2015 04:14 PM

A university in Nigeria is trying to help a rising tide of people displaced by Boko Haram violence.

South Sudan's struggle for schools hit by abductions

Published 02/25/2015 06:02 AM

Pupils preparing for exams are abducted, as South Sudan tries to re-open schools

Can Lithuania turn brain drain into brain gain?

Published 02/17/2015 05:00 PM

Can Lithuania reverse loss of young and talented?

Seven big myths about improving schools

Published 02/03/2015 04:17 PM

Seven big myths about why some countries are good at education

France plans elite mega-university

Published 12/09/2014 04:07 PM

A new university in Paris wants to create a "knowledge hub" competing with Silicon Valley.

Could time travel really take place?

Published 02/10/2015 04:03 PM

Universities examine whether time travel is really possible

French exams kick out les cliches

Published 04/13/2015 06:38 AM

An exam board wants French exams to ditch dated vocabulary and talk about tattoos and festivals rather than trips to the seaside.

Ancient coin points to river trade

Published 04/14/2015 03:12 AM

A rare 2,300-year-old coin found after flooding along the River Avon near Bath suggests details of ancient trading up the Bristol Channel.

VIDEO: Do education spending promises add up?

Published 04/15/2015 02:49 PM

The biggest Westminster parties have now all set out their plans for funding education in England after the general election.

VIDEO: Cheating teachers jailed for 7 years

Published 04/15/2015 03:49 AM

A group of former teachers and school administrators in Atlanta, Georgia are jailed for up to seven years for their involvement in a test cheating scandal.

VIDEO: India schools: Good but could do better

Published 04/08/2015 06:21 PM

India is making massive progress in getting all its children into school, but there are still weaknesses in the education system, a new report says.

VIDEO: Teacher warning on pupil poverty

Published 04/05/2015 12:41 AM

Teachers say they are seeing increasing levels of poverty, with pupils arriving at school hungry and not wearing the right clothes for the weather.

The anxious scramble to get a school place

Published 04/16/2015 06:26 AM

Rising demand puts pressure on primary schools

Singapore's mind-bending maths quiz

Published 04/14/2015 03:17 AM

Logic problem for teenagers has stumped the world

What are the most popular degree courses?

Published 04/12/2015 11:25 PM

What are the most popular degree courses?

Why can’t the world keep its promises?

Published 04/08/2015 06:01 PM

Why can’t the world keep its promises?

The future of dance: No pink tights

Published 04/09/2015 02:27 AM

The National Youth Dance Company, finding future talent

Teaching 11-year-olds sexual consent

Published 04/08/2015 06:15 PM

The sexual consent classes being taught to 11-year-olds

Los Angeles school district, teachers in tentative labor deal

Published 04/18/2015 01:06 AM

(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the city's teachers union reached a tentative agreement on Friday night, the union said, averting a possible strike. The three-year agreement includes a 10 percent pay rise spread over two years, investment in class size and counseling, as well as improvements to the evaluation system for teachers, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) said on its website. Representatives for the school district could not be immediately reached early on Saturday, but school board member Steve Zimmer told the Los Angeles Times: "This is an important step in restoring trust and partnership between LAUSD and UTLA." "Our message to our teachers is simple: We believe in you. The agreement must be ratified by union membership and the district's Board of Education, the union said.

5 Reasons We Shouldn’t Be So Surprised by What Kids Wish Teachers Knew

Published 04/17/2015 04:39 PM

On Friday, the story of #IWishMyTeacherKnew, the effort by Denver elementary school teacher Kyle Schwartz to get students in her classroom to share something about themselves, went viral across the Web. Schwartz has been posting poignant photos of her students’ reflections on Twitter since March and encouraging other teachers to do the same. Some Americans have been feeling a bit shocked by the kids’ brief messages, which detail bullying, poverty, and the detrimental impact of incarceration and immigration on the lives of students. 1. Child poverty is on the rise.

High school student takes a swing with baseball board game

Published 04/17/2015 04:00 PM

Plenty of high school students dream of becoming game designers, and a few go ahead and make their own video games. Nathaniel designed the basic rules of the game when he was a small boy, stuck inside on rainy days and unable to play his favorite sport. "They have been very easy to work with and gave great advice when we needed help or when they thought something should be changed," said Nathaniel. Nathaniel and his pals have been selling the game on the streets of their local town.

Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

Published 04/17/2015 03:15 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, officials announced Friday.

Chicago schools chief takes leave amid federal probe

Published 04/17/2015 02:47 PM

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a leave of absence pending the outcome of a federal probe into a contract the district awarded to a company that had previously employed her, officials said on Friday. "In light of the ongoing federal investigation and its impact on her ability to effectively lead Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a leave of absence from Chicago Public Schools effective immediately," Board of Education President David Vitale said. Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Byrd-Bennett to head the nation's third-largest public school system in 2012.

To divest or not to divest: College students on fossil fuel debate

Published 04/17/2015 01:05 PM

Students at Harvard University are on the final day of something called Heat Week. It's a week long protest pushing for the University to divest of fossil fuel stocks. It's a movement gaining steam at universities across the country.

Lawyer: Chicago Public Schools chief requests leave amid federal probe over no-bid contract

Published 04/17/2015 10:44 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyer: Chicago Public Schools chief requests leave amid federal probe over no-bid contract.

Adolescent e-cigarette use triples: Is 'vaping' renormalizing nicotine?

Published 04/17/2015 10:12 AM

The use of electronic cigarettes, or “vaping,” tripled among high-school students between 2013-2014, according to a national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In fact, more high-school students are smoking e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes, the survey showed. The number of students who reported smoking traditional cigarettes declined by 25 percent between 2013 and 2014, the fastest decrease seen in years.

Cyberbullying is avenged by a digital ghost in horror 'Unfriended'

Published 04/17/2015 09:45 AM

"Unfriended," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, follows six high school students gathering on the video conferencing platform Skype on the anniversary of the suicide of a fellow student, who killed herself after an embarrassing video of her was posted online. Filmed entirely as if the events are unfolding on a computer screen, a mysterious entity joins the group's Skype conversation and begins to coerce secrets out of each friend, before exacting gory revenge one by one, as the others watch in horror. It also highlights online trolls, carelessly posting insults from the safety net of being anonymous and behind a computer screen. "We're using horror movie language, but the story is about one of the biggest problems on the Internet." "Unfriended," released by Comcast Corp's Universal Pictures, was an experimental project, made for less than $1 million.

How #IWishMyTeacherKnew can help teachers support students

Published 04/17/2015 08:52 AM

In an effort to better understand the complicated home lives of her third graders, one Colorado teacher challenged her students to share one thing that they wished their teacher knew about them. After sharing the sometimes heartbreaking responses on social media with the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew, Kyle Schwartz of Denver started a movement among teachers globally highlighting the importance of connectivity in the classroom, especially with students who may have difficulties at home. Had my students write "I wish my teacher knew___" It's a reality check. Ms. Schwartz, a three-year educator at Doull Elementary in Denver, said the majority of her students come from poverty and rely on the National School Lunch Program for sustenance.

Teaching kids about sex abuse in school ups reporting

Published 04/17/2015 07:38 AM

This reinforces the findings of previous reviews, said lead author Kerryann Walsh of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. “The programs increase children’s knowledge of child sexual abuse concepts and their skills in reacting and responding to risky situations,” Walsh told Reuters Health by email. The reviewers analyzed 24 trials of school-based prevention programs, including a total of almost 6,000 elementary and high school students in the U.S., Canada, China, Germany, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey. Based on questionnaires and vignettes used to test the programs’ effects, kids in the programs demonstrated greater knowledge of protective behaviors and knowledge of sex abuse prevention concepts.

Chicago teachers union says schools probe sign of bigger problem

Published 04/17/2015 07:21 AM

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The acting head of the Chicago Teachers Union said on Thursday that a federal probe of the city's public schools chief executive points to a larger pattern of apparent conflicts of interest at the debt-troubled district. Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to SUPES Academy, a training facility for principals that had formerly employed her, local media reports said without naming their sources. CPS, the nation's third-largest school district with about 400,000 students, confirmed on Wednesday that federal authorities were investigating suspected misconduct and had requested interviews with employees, but gave no details. A spokesman for SUPES Academy said investigators had obtained records and that it was cooperating.

E-cigarette use triples in US teens

Published 04/17/2015 02:21 AM

Some two million US high school students tried e-cigarettes last year, a rate that tripled in just one year, US health authorities said Thursday. The 2014 survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 13.4 percent of high school students said they had smoked an e-cigarette in the past month, up from 4.5 percent from 2013. In middle school, some 3.9 percent of kids (about 450,000 students) said they had tried vaping in the past month according to the 2014 findings, up from 1.1 percent in 2013.

E-Cig Use Triples in Adolescents, CDC Says

Published 04/16/2015 05:01 PM

The number of middle and high school students who say they've used e-cigarettes has tripled in just one year, according to new research that underscores health experts' fears about the growing popularity of these nicotine delivery devices among adolescents. About 660,000 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2013, but in 2014, that number increased to about 2 million, according to a study published today as part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. And in middle school students, that number went from 120,000 to 450,000, the report said. "This level of increase in such a short time period is alarming and unprecedented," study co-author Dr. Brian King told ABC News.

Why Jailing Cheating Teachers Probably Won’t Help America’s Kids

Published 04/16/2015 02:54 PM

“The justice being served is unequal,” said Allie McCullen, Rise Up’s education justice organizer. Although “we recognize that cheating is wrong, the justice being served is unequal,” said McCullen, noting that Rise Up’s petition drive has collected more than 35,000 signatures. Most of the cheating took place at 44 schools and involved nearly 180 educators between 2005 and 2009. In 2013, a grand jury indicted 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators after an investigation revealed cheating was behind a remarkable spike in statewide aptitude scores at previously failing schools in the city.

E-cig use soared, cigarette use fell among U.S. youth in 2014: CDC

Published 04/16/2015 12:04 PM

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Electronic cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students tripled in 2014 while cigarette use fell to record lows, according to provocative new data that is likely to intensify debate over whether e-cigarettes are a boon or bane to public health. Overall, tobacco use among high school students grew to 24.6 percent from 22.9 percent. "Nicotine exposure at a young age may cause lasting harm to brain development, promote addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a statement. Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration's tobacco division, said the data "forces us to confront the reality that the progress we have made in reducing youth cigarette smoking rates is being threatened." But e-cigarette proponents argue that the CDC data could equally suggest that smoking rates fell because young people took up e-cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes.

Thousands of teachers in Iran demand higher wages

Published 04/16/2015 08:56 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency says thousands of teachers have staged nationwide protests demanding higher wages.

U.S. authorities probing allegations of misconduct at Chicago schools

Published 04/15/2015 11:43 AM

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Federal authorities are investigating allegations of misconduct at the Chicago Public Schools and have requested interviews with several employees, a top school official said on Wednesday. Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale did not give any further details in a statement to the media. The nation's third-largest public school district has more than 600 schools and serves about 400,000 students. "We take any allegation of misconduct seriously, and we are fully cooperating with investigators who requested that we not discuss any specifics regarding the ongoing investigation,” Vitale said.

Math problem from Singapore goes viral – can you solve it?

Published 04/15/2015 11:42 AM

There’s a new viral sensation sweeping the Internet. But this time, it has nothing to do with the color of a dress or a superhuman motorcycle rider crashing and landing on top of a car. This time around, a math problem, of all things, has worked the Internet up into a frenzy. The math problem in question was initially given to High School students in Singapore who were taking the Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad exam. DON’T MISS: 5 great free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t The problem reads as follows: Albert and Bernard just became friends with Cheryl, and they want to know when her birthday is. Cheryl gives them a list of 10 possible dates. May

Senate committee examines Bush-era education law

Published 04/14/2015 04:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee began debating legislation Tuesday that attempts to fix the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law by giving states more control in determining how to hold public schools accountable for student performance.

Jail for 9 of 10 ex-educators in Atlanta test-cheating case

Published 04/14/2015 04:24 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, and the judge called the cheating scandal "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town."

New law reduces testing at Florida public schools

Published 04/14/2015 02:21 PM

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Governor Rick Scott signed legislation rolling back testing in Florida public schools on Tuesday but said the new law was no rebuke to former governor and possible presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who championed school grading and student testing 16 years ago.

Prison sentences for eight former Atlanta educators in test-cheating scandal

Published 04/14/2015 01:06 PM

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Eight former Atlanta public school educators were ordered on Tuesday to serve between one and seven years in prison for their convictions on racketeering charges in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals. The lengthy prison sentences, unusual for educators, contrasted to the treatment of two defendants in the case also found guilty by a jury this month. Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter gave three of the 11 educators convicted in the scandal 20-year sentences, with seven years to be served in prison and the rest on probation.

Somali Shebab kill 15 in education ministry attack

Published 04/14/2015 12:06 PM

Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Tuesday blasted their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building, killing 15 people. Police and witnesses said the car bomb caused a huge explosion which allowed the gunmen to force their way into the fortified building. Six Shebab gunmen were also killed, with two of those blowing themselves up, internal security ministry spokesman Mohamed Yusuf Osman said. Abdukadir Abdirahman Adan, head of Mogadishu's Ambulance Services, told reporters his crews had taken about 15 dead bodies and 20 wounded civilians to hospital.

Singapore high school maths problem stumps the Internet

Published 04/14/2015 10:17 AM

A maths problem that first appeared in a test for Singapore's elite high school students has baffled Internet users around the world after it went viral, prompting a rush of attempts to solve it. The question, involving a girl asking two boys to guess her birthday after giving them scant clues, first appeared in an April 8 test organised by the Singapore and Asian School Math Olympiads (SASMO). It was meant for 15- and 16-year-old elite secondary school students, but swiftly went global after a local television news presenter posted it on his Facebook page Saturday. In the question, Cheryl gives her new friends Albert and Bernard 10 possible dates when they enquired about her birthday, before separately giving each of them further clues.

10 ex-educators sentenced in Atlanta schools cheating case; 9 get jail time; 2 accept deals

Published 04/14/2015 09:18 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — 10 ex-educators sentenced in Atlanta schools cheating case; 9 get jail time; 2 accept deals.

Delhi's stressed-out teachers reject meditation courses

Published 04/14/2015 07:22 AM

A plan by authorities in New Delhi to send stressed-out teachers on free meditation courses has backfired after they said they would rather the money was spent on improving the Indian capital's crumbling schools. Delhi's new government said Monday it would send the city's school teachers on 10-day courses in Vipassana and Anapan -- forms of silent meditation intended to induce calm. "Most still have serious electricity supply issues and bad toilets for students... The government should first focus its spending on providing basic school infrastructure." Delhi's populist new chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is a regular practitioner of Vipassana, which originated in India but has become fashionable in the West in recent years. "What we plan to waste here can instead be used to benefit, improve at least 50 (government) schools for both teachers and students," Singh said.

Somali Islamist group say attacked ministries in capital

Published 04/14/2015 03:28 AM

Somali Islamist group al Shabaab was behind an attack on a government building in Mogadishu on Tuesday that houses the Higher Education and Petroleum Ministries, a spokesman from the group said. "We are inside and fighting goes on," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters after attackers set off two blasts before gunmen stormed inside. Police and government officials confirmed that the Petroleum and Minerals Ministry was in the same building as the Higher Education Ministry.

Suspected Islamist bombers attack Somali ministry: police

Published 04/14/2015 02:49 AM

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist attackers set off bombs at Somalia's Higher Education Ministry building in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday and gunmen stormed inside, a police officer said. Major Ali Nur, a police officer, told Reuters he had seen one dead civilian and five injured, but said it was too early know full casualty figures. There was no immediate comment from the Islamist group al Shabaab which frequently stages attacks.

Obamacare's Cadillac Tax Hits the College Campus

Published 04/14/2015 02:15 AM

Higher education and its comfortable inhabitants on campus have long been hotbeds of support for Obama and Obamacare. Now, along with business and labor, i.e., the other inhabitants of what passes for the real world, they are about to become victims of one of its high “Cadillac” tax on generous health plans. In 2009 President Obama gave assurances that he did not want any tax on health insurance plans he considered wasteful or too generous to affect average Americans.

Hit by school violence, Colorado mulls districts' liability

Published 04/14/2015 12:09 AM

DENVER (AP) — A novel approach to make public schools liable for campus violence under a measure is advancing in Colorado, even as lawmakers from both parties wonder whether liability will prevent the next mass shooting.

Washington state school district removes 143 students over vaccine law

Published 04/13/2015 08:10 PM

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state school district pulled 143 students who lacked documentation proving they had received required immunizations from classrooms on Monday, in a first-in-the-state clamp-down triggered by a recent measles epidemic. The Spokane Public Schools, the state's second-largest district, made the decision after a measles epidemic in which more than 150 people fell ill across the United States, and a whooping cough outbreak in the state's eastern city. "(The students) stay out of school until they show compliance," district spokesman Kevin Morrison said. All U.S. states require certain vaccines for students for diseases such as mumps, rubella, tetanus or polio, but school immunization laws grant exemptions to children for medical reasons, including an inhibited immune system.

Plea deals possible in Atlanta educators' cheating trial

Published 04/13/2015 02:39 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta judge urged 10 former educators Monday to accept sentencing deals with the prosecution in a trial over a widespread conspiracy to cheat on state tests — and he threatened prison sentences for them if they fail to reach those deals.

Plea deals could limit prison time for Atlanta educators in cheating scandal

Published 04/13/2015 01:21 PM

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Ten former Atlanta public school educators, convicted earlier this month of racketeering in one of the largest U.S. test-cheating scandals, should consider plea deals or face significantly more time behind bars, a judge said on Monday. During a sentencing hearing, Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said he hoped to resolve a long-running case otherwise likely to see appeals. The widespread cheating in Atlanta schools, documented by state investigators, has spurred national debate about high-stakes standardized testing. After hearing emotional appeals for leniency from civil rights leaders and the educators' relatives, Baxter adjourned court until Tuesday.

U.S. Department of Education: The future of education includes video games in classrooms

Published 04/13/2015 08:36 AM

A lot of modern students spend as much time playing video games as they do attending school, according to research by University of Indiana. "If you look at the life of a student ... a lot of students play on average about 10,000 hours of video games by the time they are graduating high school. Later this month, the U.S. Department of Education holds its first Games for Learning Summit in New York City, a gathering of educational experts, students, teachers, game publishers and developers. Summit organizers hope to use the event to help break down the barriers that exist between the interests of game developers and needs of educational games.

Teenagers Start Body-Image Campaign to Teach Girls Self-Love

Published 04/11/2015 10:28 AM

Sick and tired of mass marketing that promotes unhealthy ideas about what it means to be beautiful, a group of Iowa high school students is taking matters into their own hands. The students initially became interested in how ads impact women and girls after watching Jean Kilbourne’s fourth video installment of Killing Us Softly, a documentary about how women are portrayed in advertising.

Transgender teen kills self in California after bullying, group says

Published 04/10/2015 07:43 PM

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A transgender teenager from Southern California committed suicide after going online to complain about being bullied at her high school, the head of a gay and lesbian group said on Friday. The death of 16-year-old Taylor Alesana in Fallbrook, a community 45 miles (72 km) north of San Diego, has raised concerns about the situations transgender teenagers can encounter at school. Alesana, in a series of videos posted on YouTube, described her gender identity and the bullying she said she experienced from other Fallbrook High School students. The teenager was found dead at her family's home on April 2, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

LinkedIn buying for $1.5 billion in cash and stock

Published 04/09/2015 03:18 PM

LinkedIn is buying for about $1.5 billion in a cash-and-stock deal, adding the online learning and professional development company to its professional networking offerings. Mountain View, California-based ...

LinkedIn buys education site for $1.5 bn

Published 04/09/2015 07:00 AM

The career social network LinkedIn said Thursday it was buying the online learning site in a cash-stock deal valued at $1.5 billion. The deal ties the 300-million member social network with an educational group which offers language training and other courses to governments, companies and individuals. "The mission of LinkedIn and the mission of are highly aligned. Both companies seek to help professionals be better at what they do," Jeff Weiner, chief executive of LinkedIn, said in a statement.

5 Steps to File a Student Loan Complaint

Published 04/08/2015 06:00 AM

Michael Gill-Branion was struggling to get consistent information about his student loan repayment options. As he worked to find an affordable repayment plan, he was surprised to see that his wife's name was included on his federal loans, which had previously been in default. He ended up filing a complaint with the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group, where he discovered that he may be able to apply for income-based repayment. Borrowers can turn to several federal agencies in order to resolve problems with borrowing or repaying student loans.

4 Must-DOs Before Repaying Your Student Loans

Published 04/17/2015 10:00 AM

Congratulations, Class of 2015! Your hard work paid off. You did it! There’s a lot to think about as you begin the next chapter. Let me help you with the student loan part. Here are four things you should do now, before you make that first student loan payment:

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Senate HELP Committee's Markup of the No Child Left Behind Act

Published 04/17/2015 07:18 AM

I applaud the leadership of Chairman Alexander, Senator Murray and the members of the HELP Committee on the important steps taken this week to advance a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is long past time to replace No Child Left Behind with a law that ensures continued progress and opportunity for America’s children. The bill now honors the widespread bipartisan call to expand access to high quality preschool. The bill also makes a critical investment in innovation and scaling what works.

Obama Administration Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rules to Implement Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Published 04/16/2015 09:05 AM

The departments of Education and Labor today announced that they are seeking comment on five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs), proposing rules that would implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The act, signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, is the first major reform to federal job training programs in more than 15 years.

U.S. Department of Education Fines Corinthian Colleges $30 million for Misrepresentation

Published 04/14/2015 03:57 PM

The U.S. Department of Education took additional steps today to protect students and taxpayers and crack down on abuses within the for-profit sector by continuing its enforcement actions against Corinthian Colleges Inc. After a comprehensive review, the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed cases of misrepresentation of job placement rates to current and prospective students in Corinthian's Heald College system. The Department found 947 misstated placement rates and informed the company it is being fined about $30 million.

Teacher Leadership on the Global Stage

Published 04/14/2015 12:03 PM

During the last weekend in March, union leaders, state education leaders, teacher leaders, one of ED’s Principal Ambassador Fellows and I joined delegations from 15 high-performing education systems across the globe for the 5thInternational Summit on the Teaching Profession in Banff, Canada.

Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Returns

Published 04/14/2015 09:53 AM

Cross-posted from Let’s Move! The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is back!

More Than a Checkmark – Together for Tomorrow

Published 04/10/2015 05:18 PM

For many school districts, the creation of a vibrant, educational community where students’ grades improve consistently and the educational environment is healthy and safe may seem to be a daunting task.

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Published 04/10/2015 04:02 PM

How to Update Your FAFSA After Filing Your Taxes

Published 04/10/2015 10:00 AM

A Bipartisan Proposal to Fix No Child Left Behind: A Good First Step; Further to Go

Published 04/09/2015 07:59 PM

Earlier this week, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate education committee, announced an agreement to begin a bipartisan process of fixing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The committee will consider the proposed bill next week. This agreement, however, is just a beginning.

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 50th Anniversary of Congress Passing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Published 04/09/2015 10:38 AM

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What is ESEA?

Published 04/08/2015 02:40 PM

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The law represented a major new commitment by the federal government to “quality and equality” in educating our young people.

Working to Stop Sexual Violence on U.S. College Campuses

Published 04/08/2015 10:00 AM

Remarks by Secretary Duncan at Arizona State University + Global Silicon Valley Education Innovation Summit

Published 04/07/2015 07:08 PM

Thank you. Please give another round of applause to Carmita—I'm a huge, huge fan. If I could invest in someone as a stock I'd be investing in her right now. You guys should take a note. Thank you so much. I'm thrilled to be with all of you. Thanks for taking the time and inviting me, and I want to begin with a story. And I want to tell you a story about a young man named Rashon Johnson.

Developing for Impact: Making Meaningful Change, Not Just More Apps

Published 04/07/2015 05:14 PM

Cross-posted from Medium.

Secretary Duncan Announces Education Department’s First-Ever Guide for Ed Tech Developers

Published 04/07/2015 02:19 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the first-ever guide for developers, startups and entrepreneurs from the department’s Office of Educational Technology (OET).

A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America

Published 04/07/2015 12:15 PM

All parents hope their child will start school ready for success. Unfortunately, not every parent can find the high-quality early learning opportunity that sets their child up for success. Earlier today the U.S. Department of Education released a new report outlining the unmet need for high-quality early learning programs in America. Roughly 6 in 10 four-year-olds are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs, and even fewer are enrolled in the highest quality programs.

New Report Shows Greater Need for Access to High-Quality Preschool for America’s Children

Published 04/07/2015 08:13 AM

The U.S. Department of Education released a new report today detailing the unmet need across the country for high-quality preschool programs.

The Opportunity and Necessity for a New ESEA

Published 04/02/2015 01:37 PM

Secretary Duncan has called for replacing No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), with a law that ensures opportunity for every child, expands support for schools, teachers, and principals, and preserves accountability for the progress of all students.

Financial Capability: Important for Students and Communities

Published 04/02/2015 12:10 PM

Education is the civil rights issue of our time. The Obama administration has worked to ensure all students have a strong foundation and level playing field, no matter where they were born or where they live. This week, President Obama declared that April will be Financial Capability Month.

What Teachers Read in March

Published 04/01/2015 10:00 AM

Here are the top 10 stories teachers read this month, based on clicks from one of our most popular newsletters, The Teachers Edition.

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Five States through Expedited Decision Process

Published 03/31/2015 11:09 AM

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia have each received a four-year renewal for flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Increasing Transparency and Accountability for Students

Published 03/31/2015 10:46 AM

Higher education remains the most important investment any person can make in their future. In the several months I’ve been at the U.S. Department of Education, I have had a number of conversations with students and families that have inspired me to double down on our commitment to making college more affordable and accessible. A big part of our work toward that goal has been to increase both the quantity and quality of information that students, families, borrowers and the public have about higher education.

Teaching and Leading at the 5th International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Published 03/25/2015 10:34 AM

Each March I look forward to joining colleagues from around the world at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession to learn from high-performing and rapidly improving education systems about ways to elevate and enhance the teaching profession in order to improve student learning. I never imagined when we started the International Summit in New York City in 2011 that it would become a vibrant and lasting international community of practice.

The Pathway to Success at King/Drew Magnet High School

Published 03/24/2015 12:29 PM

King/Drew Magnet High School isn’t just preparing its students for graduation; it’s preparing them for life. The school may be located in one of the most disadvantaged parts of Los Angeles, California, but its students are reaching for the highest levels in education – and they are succeeding. Students at King/Drew not only gradate in high numbers, fully 90% of those who graduate go on to attend college, including many of the country’s top schools, and they receive millions of dollars in merit-based scholarships and university grants.

National Briefing | Midwest: Illinois: Schools Chief Takes Leave

Published 04/17/2015 06:49 PM

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools, will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation into a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded.

The Learning Network: NYTLNReads | Some of Our Favorite Student Comments on Comedy and Its Limits

Published 04/17/2015 05:08 AM

Here are some of our favorite student answers to the question “Are There Topics That Should Be Off-Limits to Comedy?”, as well as a look at how one teacher conducted a class discussion of the issue on Twitter.

The Learning Network: Editorial Contest Winner | Americans Should Defend Their Digital Privacy

Published 04/17/2015 03:30 AM

We are honoring each of the Top 10 winners of our Second Annual Student Editorial Contest by publishing an essay a day, in the order of submission. This piece is by Henry S.

The Learning Network: What’s Your Favorite Sandwich?

Published 04/17/2015 02:00 AM

Do you have a simple go-to sandwich — something you put together quickly when you’re in a rush or have a craving?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | A Project to Turn Corpses Into Compost

Published 04/17/2015 01:30 AM

Do you think human composting will ever become a popular alternative to burial or cremation? Why?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Following the New York Knicks

Published 04/17/2015 01:22 AM

Here are several paragraphs from an April 14 article, “Knicks Superfan Is Set to Be There to the Bitter End.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

Op-Ed Contributor: Want Reform? Principals Matter, Too

Published 04/17/2015 12:21 AM

Teachers can’t do it all. The question of who leads a school is crucial.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | epic

Published 04/16/2015 09:02 PM

This word has appeared in 1,453 New York Times articles in the past year.

N.Y.U. Labor Guidelines Failed to Protect 10,000 Workers in Abu Dhabi, Report Says

Published 04/16/2015 07:08 PM

The report, by an international investigative firm, said some subcontractors employed at the university’s Abu Dhabi campus were exempted from N.Y.U. guidelines based on decisions by local contractors.

The Learning Network: Teaching the Armenian Genocide With Primary Sources From The New York Times

Published 04/16/2015 12:19 PM

In this lesson, students assume the role of historians analyzing primary source material — investigating archival New York Times articles for evidence about the causes and consequences of the atrocities against Armenians. Then, we suggest opportunities for exploring contemporary issues related to the Armenian genocide.

U.S. Investigates Possible Misconduct in Chicago Public Schools

Published 04/16/2015 12:01 PM

Local news media reported that the inquiry related to a no-bid contract that was awarded to a former employer of the school system’s chief executive.

The Learning Network: Editorial Contest Winner | The N.H.L. Should Do Away With Fighting

Published 04/16/2015 10:57 AM

For the next 10 days we will be honoring each of the Top 10 winners of our Second Annual Student Editorial Contest by publishing an essay a day, in the order of submission. Up first, a piece by Adrian P.

A Yale Graduate Leaves a Trail of Ventures and Debts

Published 04/16/2015 10:43 AM

Joshua Bryce Newman seems to fit the part of the young, successful entrepreneur. But the lawsuits filed against him paint a different picture.

Welcome to Your First Year as a Lawyer. Your Salary Is $160,000.

Published 04/16/2015 10:04 AM

Salaries for first-year lawyers at big firms have been stuck at around $160,000 since 2007, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Published 04/16/2015 04:57 AM

Tuesday was the 150th anniversary of the night Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth. Here are some resources, from the past and the present, to help think about what his life and death meant.

The Learning Network: Who Lived Long Ago Where You Live Now?

Published 04/16/2015 02:00 AM

Have you ever found any clues in your house, building or yard about who might have lived there before you and how they lived?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Finding Centuries of History While Fixing the Toilet

Published 04/16/2015 01:48 AM

Here are several paragraphs from an April 15 article, “Centuries of Italian History Are Unearthed in Quest to Fix Toilet.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Aaron Hernandez, Guilty of Murder, Shed Tackles, but Not His Past

Published 04/16/2015 01:31 AM

What was the sentence Mr. Hernandez received?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | matriarch

Published 04/15/2015 09:01 PM

This word has appeared in 213 New York Times articles in the past year.

Student Coalition at Stanford Confronts Allegations of Anti-Semitism

Published 04/15/2015 06:21 PM

A Jewish student, claiming that she was asked how her Judaism affects her view of divestment from Israel, morphed what was a contest about campus issues into a fierce discussion on identity and loyalties.

D.C. principal under investigation for allegedly doctoring student transcripts

Published 03/22/2011 03:13 PM

The principal of the District's leading technology high school is under investigation for allegedly doctoring student transcripts, school officials said Tuesday.

64 senators seek presidential leadership on debt reduction

Published 03/21/2011 05:37 PM

A group of 64 offers support for serious action on reducing the national debt.

Freedom for Thomas Haynesworth

Published 03/21/2011 05:15 PM

Now Virginia needs to offer the wrongly convicted man total exoneration.

Egypt's referendum is a step toward democracy

Published 03/21/2011 05:12 PM

There is worry about what's ahead, but the vote may have been the fairest in its history.

Mr. Obama hasn't overstepped on Libya

Published 03/21/2011 05:39 PM

Mr. Obama hasn't overstepped on Libya, but he could do more to clarify the U.S. mission.

Montgomery County school board reclaims farmland - to build soccer fields

Published 03/21/2011 06:30 AM

Hawks used to look out to watch over for this piece of farmland for trouble. Soon, it will be parents and umpires monitoring kids pounding cleats on the land Nick Maravell once tilled. The change in land use tells a more complex story about school development, particularly at a time when open space

Montgomery County school board reclaims farmland - to build soccer fields

Published 03/20/2011 07:57 PM

Hawks used to look out to watch over for this piece of farmland for trouble. Soon, it will be parents and umpires monitoring kids pounding cleats on the land Nick Maravell once tilled. The change in land use tells a more complex story about school development, particularly at a time when open space

Asking military retirees to pay a bit more for health care is reasonable

Published 03/20/2011 07:05 PM

"SIMPLY UNSUSTAINABLE." That is Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's assessment of the spiraling cost of the health-care system for military personnel, retirees and their families. Mr. Gates is correct - and he is correct to press for modest increases in premiums paid by those covered by the system,...

Competing visions for reviewing Guantanamo

Published 03/20/2011 06:51 PM

JUST DAYS after President Obama issued an executive order to govern long-term detentions at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Republican members of the House and Senate shot back by offering their own, strikingly different proposals.

As Thomas Jefferson adds help for poor English skills, some Va. parents fume

Published 03/20/2011 07:39 AM

Fairfax school board member: "How can they not know the language and still get into [Thomas Jefferson]?" The Va. magnet school has added an English as a second language instructor.

Fairfax schools' discipline policies up for review; parents seek more leniency

Published 03/22/2011 07:30 AM

Meeting was the first seeking public comment on discipline-related issues since the suicide of 15-year-old Nick Stuban, a well-liked football player at W.T. Woodson High School.

Congress plunges into D.C. politics and ethics

Published 03/21/2011 05:22 PM

The District brought this on itself, but a House probe seems hasty when D.C. officials are trying to investigate.

The E.U. balances politics with fiscal responsibility

Published 03/21/2011 05:22 PM

The bonds of the European Union are tested as wealthier nations come to the aid of smaller, struggling states.

Baltimore charter school agreement eases KIPP's way

Published 03/21/2011 06:28 AM

Better, but not better enough, for schools in Maryland.

Act III for former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Published 03/18/2011 05:42 PM

It's puzzling why a twice-fallen president would come home only two days before a big election.

U.S.-backed measures may boost Libyan opposition

Published 03/18/2011 06:12 PM

President Obama is right to support 'all necessary measures' against Gaddafi.

Evaluating teachers is a delicate conversation

Published 03/18/2011 09:25 AM

A rare glimpse into a public school teacher's performance evaluation, the hypersensitive center of an education reform movement that aims to improve how teachers do their jobs.

Evaluating teachers is a delicate conversation

Published 03/18/2011 10:58 AM

A rare glimpse into a public school teacher's performance evaluation, the hypersensitive center of an education reform movement that aims to improve how teachers do their jobs.

D.C. elementary students sickened by cocaine

Published 03/17/2011 09:29 PM

A D.C. elementary school student was charged with possession of a controlled substance after being accused of taking cocaine to school and sharing it with four classmates who were hospitalized after ingesting it.

President Obama's timid words on gun reform

Published 03/18/2011 09:37 AM

The president shouldn't be afraid of the sensible measures he endorsed as a candidate.

UDC president deserves a fair shake

Published 03/18/2011 09:37 AM

The UDC president's record entitles him to a fair hearing.

Facing budget cuts, Pr. George's county risks losing busing to its best programs

Published 03/17/2011 11:36 AM

They find themselves in the center of a larger debate during a period of dwindling resources and shifting priorities.

District investigates special-ed school

Published 03/17/2011 10:41 AM

D.C. officials are looking into a range of problems at a Northwest private school for special needs students that has collected more than $16 million in tuition over the last two years.

Abduction charges dropped against George Mason student in library dispute

Published 03/17/2011 10:38 AM

George Mason University officials said Wednesday that charges have been dropped against Abdirashid Dahir, the senior who was charged with felony abduction after allegedly locking a fellow student in a library study room.

D.C. probes special-ed school Rock Creek Academy

Published 03/17/2011 07:01 PM

D.C. officials are looking into a range of problems at a Northwest private school for special needs students that has collected more than $16 million in tuition over the last two years.

In Jack Johnson's shadow

Published 03/16/2011 05:40 PM

Did Prince George's officials bend personnel rules for the county executive's son?

In D.C.'s Parkside-Kenilworth Community, a promise of change

Published 03/16/2011 05:39 PM

A new effort focuses on children to break the pattern of poverty in a D.C. neighborhood.

Too soon to write off nuclear power

Published 03/16/2011 05:42 PM

Despite Japan's disaster, atomic energy can't be writtenoff.

Abduction charges dropped against George Mason student in library dispute

Published 03/17/2011 10:17 AM

George Mason University officials said Wednesday that charges have been dropped against Abdirashid Dahir, the senior who was charged with felony abduction after allegedly locking a fellow student in a library study room.

Feds end probe of college gender bias

Published 03/16/2011 04:51 PM

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ends an inquiry into gender bias at colleges after members question the quality of data collected.

On college campuses, a gender gap in student government

Published 03/17/2011 05:27 AM

Women have now outpaced men on key measures of college success: More enroll, more graduate and they earn higher grades. Yet on many campuses, student government is dominated by men.

Study: Manassas Park and Calvert County have most efficient schools in D.C. area

Published 03/16/2011 01:38 PM

The Center for American Progress' new analysis of spending patterns and test scores in school systems nationwide found a surprising result: Manassas Park and Calvert County have the most efficient schools in the Washington area.

Fairfax County school board to review discipline policies

Published 03/16/2011 08:29 AM

School board members in Fairfax County agreed Thursday night to review discipline policies in a move that some hope will lead to change in the aftermath of a recent teen suicide .

Children of diplomats displaced by strife often caught between two worlds

Published 03/16/2011 08:29 AM

American diplomats, aid workers and their families - evacuated from countries in turmoil - seek shelter in a nondescript apartment building in Falls Church, Va.

Gray 'comfortable' with search for schools chief, despite narrow focus

Published 03/16/2011 08:24 AM

Mayor Vincent C. Gray's search has focused on one person: Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Spat over study room leads to George Mason student's arrest

Published 03/16/2011 07:56 AM

A student has been charged with felony abduction after an argument over a library study room.

Spat over study room leads to George Mason student's arrest

Published 03/15/2011 09:27 PM

A student has been charged with felony abduction after an argument over a library study room.

In Maryland, a renewed chance for a bag tax

Published 03/15/2011 05:05 PM

MARYLAND'S BID to impose a nickel fee on paper and plastic bags fell victim last year to election-year jitters. Lawmakers didn't want to go near anything that had a whiff of a tax increase. But sponsors of a bag tax, buoyed by the success of the District's effort and by important support from Gov....

Pfc. Bradley Manning doesn't deserve humiliating treatment

Published 03/15/2011 05:04 PM

IF THE ALLEGATIONS are true, Pfc. Bradley Manning facilitated a damaging breach of national security by funneling thousands of classified documents to the rogue Web site WikiLeaks. But even if so, Mr. Manning does not appear to deserve the treatment he has been receiving at the military brig in...

The United States watches as Moammar Gaddafi gains

Published 03/15/2011 05:02 PM

A counterrevolution gains strength across the Middle East.

Obama: Rewrite No Child law before next school year

Published 03/16/2011 07:55 AM

President Obama asked Congress on Monday to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law by fall, escalating the urgency of his campaign to overhaul public education.

In aftermath of student's suicide, Fairfax board examines discipline practices

Published 03/15/2011 12:59 AM

The Fairfax County School Board began a comprehensive review of its discipline policies in the aftermath of a suicide of a 15-year-old student.

In D.C., the 'shady deals' that weren't

Published 03/14/2011 09:00 PM

A THEME OF Vincent C. Gray's successful mayoral campaign last year was his questioning of his opponent's integrity. Exhibit A in his argument that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) ran a suspect administration was the awarding of contracts for park and recreation projects to firms with ties to the mayor....

A foreclosure settlement plan might make matters worse

Published 03/14/2011 05:11 PM

THE NATION'S mortgage companies have engaged in questionable practices - or worse - regarding loan modifications and foreclosures. Even now the banks have not entirely conquered the scandal that erupted last fall over alleged widespread errors, procedural irregularities and outright misrepresenta...

Lessons from loss in Maryland's gay-marriage battle

Published 03/14/2011 05:08 PM

THE FAILURE of the same-sex marriage bill in Annapolis is a bitter defeat for advocates, who had hoped Maryland would become the sixth state, not counting the District, to enact such legislation. It's also a useful reminder, if one were needed, that despite the ongoing revolution of attitudes tow...

In D.C., the 'shady deals' that weren't

Published 03/14/2011 08:51 PM

Allegations against Mayor Fenty turn out to be baseless.

In aftermath of student's suicide, Fairfax board examines discipline practices

Published 03/14/2011 08:09 PM

The Fairfax County School Board began a comprehensive review of its discipline policies in the aftermath of a suicide of a 15-year-old student.

Obama: Rewrite No Child law before next school year

Published 03/16/2011 09:05 AM

President Obama asked Congress on Monday to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law by fall, escalating the urgency of his campaign to overhaul public education.

ROTC's return

Published 03/13/2011 06:06 PM

IN NOVEMBER, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly stood before an audience in St. Louis and spoke from the heart about the disconnect between the lives and experiences of members of the U.S. military - and those of the civilians they are defending. The armed forces are at war and have been for a d...

Let all Maryland students dream

Published 03/13/2011 05:08 PM

THE DISPIRITING national debate over immigration has departed Washington for the time being and alighted mostly in state capitals. In many of them, Republicans have led a charge - mostly unsuccessful - to enact Arizona-style enforcement crackdowns based on the whimsical idea that undocumented imm...

Time to act on free trade

Published 03/13/2011 06:09 PM

THE POLITICS of free trade have never been easy for President Obama - and they appear to be getting harder. Mr. Obama wants congressional ratification of a tariff-slashing deal with South Korea, revising it recently to meet the objections of the U.S. auto industry and labor unions.

Lego contests put minority students on a mission

Published 03/13/2011 08:55 PM

A small but growing number of predominantly African American student groups are coming to Lego robotics competitions.

U-Va. fraternity pledge hospitalized after soy-sauce dare

Published 03/12/2011 08:46 PM

A University of Virginia freshman was hospitalized this month after chugging a bottle of soy sauce at the Zeta Psi fraternity house, according to court documents.

Facing budget cuts, Pr. George's county risks losing busing to its best programs

Published 03/17/2011 11:23 AM

They find themselves in the center of a larger debate during a period of dwindling resources and shifting priorities.

D.C.'s cozy election oversight

Published 03/12/2011 03:38 PM

INTERIM AT-LARGE D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle (D) is trying to kick a Republican opponent off the ballot for the April 26 special election. The process, dominated by Democrats, has not inspired confidence that the decision will be fair and impartial.

Teenager suspended from Fairfax County school over acne drug

Published 03/22/2011 07:18 AM

Hayley Russell, 13, violated Fairfax County rules when she brought a prescription acne drug to school. Her discipline experience follows a pattern reported by parents in at least 18 other cases in the county.

Most schools could face 'failing' label under No Child Left Behind, Duncan says

Published 03/10/2011 02:54 AM

More than three-quarters of the nation's public schools could soon be labeled "failing" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration said Wednesday as it increased efforts to revamp the signature education initiative of President George W. Bush.

Kaya Henderson nominated D.C. schools chancellor

Published 03/17/2011 10:24 AM

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, making a widely anticipated decision official, lifted the "interim" from Kaya Henderson's title Wednesday, naming her to succeed Michelle A. Rhee as D.C. schools chancellor.

Prince George's replaces High Point High principal after attack is shown on YouTube

Published 03/08/2011 05:14 PM

Prince George's County school officials replaced the principal of High Point High School in Beltsville on Tuesday, days after a video of one of his students being attacked surfaced on the Internet.

Board chairman says UDC may ask President Allen Sessoms to repay some airfare costs

Published 03/08/2011 07:27 PM

Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia may ask President Allen Sessoms to repay some of the money he spent on first-class airfare, the board chairman told D.C. Council members Tuesday in an occasionally heated oversight hearing on the school.

Prince George's school fight posted on YouTube frustrates parents, students

Published 03/07/2011 07:14 PM

When fists started to fly, the students flipped on their camera phones.

UDC students stage protest, call for school president's resignation

Published 03/07/2011 05:00 PM

Student leaders at the University of the District of Columbia called for the resignation of President Allen Sessoms on Monday in a noon protest, alleging that the administrator has spent lavishly on himself while raising tuition and cutting programs at Washington's public university.

Gray 'comfortable' with search for schools chief, despite narrow focus

Published 03/08/2011 01:07 AM

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who plans to name a permanent schools chancellor this week, said Monday that he was "comfortable" with a search process that has focused on just one name: Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Kaya Henderson reportedly getting some job security

Published 03/06/2011 05:25 PM

Mayor Vincent C. Gray intends to name interim schools leader Kaya Henderson as permanent schools chancellor this week to replace Michelle A. Rhee, according to a source close to the situation.

District schools cram for DC CAS tests

Published 03/06/2011 06:12 PM

Stung by a decline in elementary school reading and math scores on 2010 standardized tests, D.C. officials are raising the intensity of preparations for this year's exams to unprecedented levels.

Jay Mathews: Amid the SAT-obsessed, this family doesn't live by the numbers

Published 03/13/2011 06:23 PM

The Demarees of Bethesda seem to be a normal American family, but wait. They didn't tell their children what their SAT scores were? They didn't do test prep? They didn't hire tutors? Could they have the answer to America's obsession with college admission?

Computer science programs use mobile apps to make coursework relevant

Published 03/13/2011 01:54 PM

At Virginia Tech, faculty members are looking for ways to make computer science more relevant and engaging to a generation of college students who do not know life without the Internet. A shift in teaching style often comes from necessity, as most computer science programs struggle to recruit, retai

No evidence mayoral control led to D.C. schools' better test scores, report says

Published 03/04/2011 07:55 PM

The District has made a good faith effort to implement the 2007 law that placed public schools under mayoral control, but there is no evidence that the change in governance has been a factor in improved standardized test scores, according to the first major independent study of D.C. school reform.

Prince George's schools employee accused of watching porn on job

Published 03/03/2011 05:20 PM

A Prince George's County public school employee is being investigated over allegations that he watched pornographic films on the job, according to a school spokeswoman.

Midwest union battles highlight debate over improving schools

Published 03/03/2011 06:36 AM

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Republican faceoff with labor unions in the Midwest and elsewhere marks not just a fight over money and collective bargaining but also a test of wills over how to improve the nation's schools.

Children of diplomats displaced by strife often caught between two worlds

Published 03/03/2011 04:24 PM

American diplomats, aid workers and their families - evacuated from countries in turmoil - seek shelter in a nondescript apartment building in Falls Church, Va.

Midwest union battles highlight debate over improving schools

Published 03/03/2011 09:15 AM

INDIANAPOLIS - The Republican faceoff with labor unions in the Midwest and elsewhere marks not just a fight over money and collective bargaining, but also a test of wills over how to improve the nation's schools.

U-Va. Rotunda waits in line for repairs

Published 03/01/2011 06:55 PM

Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda, the historic heart of the University of Virginia, is among the most iconic structures in higher education. It's also crumbling, and finding the money to pay for it isn't so simple.

UDC president's expenses questioned

Published 03/01/2011 07:28 PM

Expense records for Allen Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia, show a pattern of first-class air travel and thousand-dollar plane tickets over the past two years.

Education Writers Association honors 2 Post reporters

Published 02/28/2011 05:28 PM

Bill Turque, a reporter for The Washington Post, has won first prize for print beat reporting in a national contest held by the Education Writers Association.

Chestnut Hill, Pa. Catholic college, fires gay part-time professor

Published 02/27/2011 01:14 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- A Catholic college in Philadelphia says it has fired a part-time professor after learning from a post on his blog that he has been in a same-sex relationship for a decade and a half, which officials called contrary to church teaching.

Is America's best high school soft on math?

Published 02/27/2011 08:29 PM

By all accounts, he is one of the best math teachers in the country. The Mathematics Association of America has given him two national awards. He was appointed by the Bush administration to the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. For 25 years he has prepared middle-schoolers for the tough admiss...

Study: Manassas Park and Calvert County have most efficient schools in D.C. area

Published 02/27/2011 08:27 PM

Even when tax revenue is scarce, lawmakers rarely ask a key question before they vote on education budgets: Which public schools produce the most bang for the buck?

Synthetic marijuana widely used at Naval Academy, some midshipmen say

Published 02/27/2011 09:57 PM

A synthetic form of marijuana is widely used at the U.S. Naval Academy because it cannot be detected in routine drug tests, according to several former midshipmen who have been removed from campus for using or possessing the substance.

Va. African Americans split in battle for school choice

Published 02/26/2011 04:28 PM

RICHMOND - Latrina Hite cuts up fruit for the children's morning snack at Precious Blessing Academy. She fixes their lunch. She mops bathrooms, bleaches doorknobs to kill germs and helps students with homework in after-school care.

Pr. George's school board approves big cuts

Published 02/24/2011 09:43 PM

The Prince George's County school board approved on Thursday night a gloomy budget that slashes more than 1,300 jobs and increases class sizes, despite the pleas of parents and educators who begged the panel to find another way.

Fairfax County school board to review discipline policies

Published 02/24/2011 08:16 PM

School board members in Fairfax County agreed Thursday night to review discipline policies in a move that some hope will lead to change in the aftermath of a recent teen suicide.

Arlington school budget proposal includes raises, larger classes

Published 02/24/2011 07:13 PM

Arlington County Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy proposed a $470 million budget on Thursday that would give employees their first raises in two years but would increase average class sizes in the district.

Ten Commandments' return to Va. school district depends on legal battle's outcome

Published 02/23/2011 06:45 PM

The School Board in Giles County, Va., voted this week to remove the Ten Commandments from the walls of its public schools after a pair of civil liberty groups announced they were preparing to sue the district.

Pr. George's school board to make cuts to close $155 million budget gap

Published 02/23/2011 06:55 PM

Debby Wood has been teaching in Prince George's County for 38 years, and if there's one thing she never tires of, it's seeing her first-grade students when they can read a book on their own for the first time.

D.C. teachers union, former leader clash over pay

Published 02/22/2011 05:03 PM

D.C. teachers voted their union president, George Parker, out of office nearly three months ago. But Parker has not returned to the classroom, and a fight has broken out over who should pay the balance of the $96,000 annual teaching salary that a written agreement guarantees him.

Family of Fairfax teen suicide victim wants changes in school disciplinary policies

Published 02/21/2011 07:14 PM

The family of a Fairfax teenager who took his life as he struggled with the fallout of a high school suspension called for changes in the county's disciplinary policies, in a letter sent Monday to school and county officials.

A University of Virginia student has a bright idea: 'Flash seminars'

Published 02/20/2011 07:43 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Flash mobs assemble in public spaces to dance, protest or do battle with lightsabers.

Jay Mathews: Md. teachers' support shows value of civics exam

Published 02/20/2011 07:43 PM

Teachers, according to many who speak for them, don't like the state tests that have been imposed on them and their students. So what am I to make of the many teachers who are begging Maryland to reverse its decision to cancel the state government test?

Suicide turns attention to Fairfax discipline procedures

Published 02/19/2011 09:39 PM

Nick Stuban was all about football, a quick-footed linebacker at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County who did well in the classroom, too: four As, two Bs and a C for first quarter. His history teacher described the 15-year-old as a "model student," and his German teacher was impressed by hi...

Democrats join GOP in voting to block tighter regulation of for-profit schools

Published 02/18/2011 05:04 PM

Dozens of House Democrats, including the party leader, joined with Republicans Friday in a vote to block an Obama administration plan to tighten federal regulation of trade schools and colleges operated for profit.

D.C. area schools show off reforms at Obama administration conference

Published 02/19/2011 07:06 PM

A national conference hosted in Denver by the Obama administration gave a rare platform for suburban schools from the Washington area and beyond to show off their projects or join the quest for innovation.

Cafeteria trays vanishing from colleges in effort to save food

Published 02/17/2011 07:38 PM

Today, when trays are removed from university dining halls, it's more likely by the administration than students in search of a good sled. And perhaps inevitably, on some campuses that has created a backlash.

U.S. funding for D.C. schools tied to reviving scholarship program

Published 02/16/2011 07:29 PM

U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins sternly told District officials Wednesday Congress would cut funding for city schools if efforts to revive the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program are not successful.

Accounting firm hired to help D.C. schools find savings, new money sources

Published 02/16/2011 04:51 PM

Facing a budget deficit of as much as $600 million for the next fiscal year, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has asked accounting giant Deloitte to analyze the District's public schools budget in search of savings and new sources of money.

Fairfax County students no longer have to pay for A.P. tests

Published 02/16/2011 07:07 PM

Fairfax County schools will no longer require students to pay for Advanced Placement exams, in response to a ruling by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II that called such fees illegal.

Ten Commandments in school stirs fight in Va. district

Published 02/17/2011 07:40 PM

A fight over displaying the Ten Commandments in school appears headed to the courts as residents of Giles County, along Virginia's pious, rugged southwestern border, fight what they call mounting pressure from Washington and Richmond to secularize their public institutions. The district also runs a

School officials, teachers unions scrutinize Obama's divisive education agenda

Published 02/16/2011 06:31 AM

DENVER - President Obama often professes his desire to shake up public education while also working with teachers unions. But a question hangs over this week's gathering of hundreds of labor leaders and school officials: Can he do both at the same time?

Tax credits for private-school scholarships shot down by Virginia Senate committee

Published 02/15/2011 07:40 PM

RICHMOND - The Senate Finance Committee, after hearing emotional testimony from students and educators, voted along partisan lines Tuesday to kill a measure that would have given businesses tax credits to fund private-school tuition for needy students.

Obama's education budget would spare Pell grants, increase spending 11% overall

Published 02/14/2011 10:05 AM

President Obama wants a significant jump in education funding to pay for Pell grants for needy college students while also financing his reform agenda for elementary and secondary schools.

The Answer Sheet: Teachers hitting kids? Yes

Published 02/13/2011 07:08 PM

Most people are rightly horrified about the case of a first-grade teacher at a Silver Spring elementary school who was recently charged with several counts of assault after being accused of choking and/or punching eight young students.

Rhee's five big missteps

Published 02/13/2011 03:03 PM

Richard Whitmire's deft and revealing book about former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee chronicles a difficult time in the history of the city's schools, when good people fought hard against one another because of sharply contrasting views on how to help our children.

D.C. schools to use data from teacher evaluation system in new ways

Published 02/13/2011 06:48 PM

Although the main purpose of the District's new teacher evaluation system is to rate teachers' effectiveness, officials are beginning to use the fresh troves of data it generates for other purposes, such as assessing administrators and determining which universities produce the best- or least-pre...

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