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Science 'squeezed out of primaries'

Published 03/05/2015 04:34 PM

Science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week, research suggests.

Clever girls lack science confidence

Published 03/05/2015 06:42 AM

Girls still lack confidence in pursuing high-paid careers in science and technology, even when their school results are as good or better than boys, says an international study.

Teachers 'give higher marks to girls'

Published 03/05/2015 09:09 AM

Teachers are more lenient in their marking of girls' schoolwork, according to an international study.

Exam changes 'risk school problems'

Published 03/04/2015 11:42 PM

Head teachers warn the overhaul of the exam system is likely to cause significant problems for schools.

University bosses earning £260,000

Published 03/03/2015 04:43 PM

While university leaders want to keep £9,000 fees, a lecturers' union survey shows that vice-chancellors are earning up to £623,000 per year.

Delay school start and 'miss a year'

Published 03/04/2015 05:09 AM

Parents of summer-born children are being told they could miss a year of secondary school if they delay their start at primary, MPs are told.

Schools 'fail to stretch most able'

Published 03/04/2015 02:26 AM

State secondary schools in England are not doing enough to stretch the most able students, Ofsted says.

Sex abuse on industrial scale - PM

Published 03/03/2015 08:10 AM

Children in the UK have suffered sexual abuse on an "industrial scale" with authorities failing to tackle the problem, David Cameron has said.

Snow and ice hits roads and schools

Published 03/03/2015 01:12 AM

More than 40 schools across counties Londonderry and Tyrone are closed as snow and ice made travel treacherous.

One-third miss school choice in London

Published 03/02/2015 10:32 AM

Almost a third of families in London did not get their first choice of secondary school as the population surge reaches secondary level.

Children's homes 'lack secure places'

Published 03/02/2015 05:07 PM

Local authorities are struggling to house some of the most disturbed children because of a shortage of places in secure children's homes.

'All schools need careers teachers'

Published 03/02/2015 03:31 AM

All schools in England should have a teacher trained to give high-quality careers advice, particularly to poorer pupils, says a charity.

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?

Could time travel really take place?

Published 02/10/2015 04:03 PM

Universities examine whether time travel is really possible

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.

The university built to defend democracy

Published 12/02/2014 04:12 PM

The university built to fight for democracy

Power behind Qatar's global lessons

Published 11/11/2014 04:20 PM

The royal power behind Qatar's obsession with education

US targets debts for dead-end degrees

Published 11/04/2014 04:09 PM

Can US colleges show their courses are value for money?

Higher education warnings 'ignored'

Published 02/23/2015 04:59 PM

MPs accuse the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills of ignoring "repeated warnings about the abuse of public money" over alternative higher education providers.

School in video overcrowding appeal

Published 02/24/2015 10:08 AM

A primary school in County Antrim has made a social media video to highlight their acute lack of classroom space for the growing number of pupils.

Labour arts promise for schools

Published 02/24/2015 01:57 AM

Ed Miliband says he would use Ofsted inspections to make schools put a greater emphasis on arts subjects.

Syria trio 'not radicalised' at school

Published 02/23/2015 05:49 AM

There is no evidence that three girls thought to be going to Syria to join Islamic State were radicalised at Bethnal Green Academy, its principal says.

More Family Drug and Alcohol Courts

Published 02/18/2015 03:12 AM

Courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so they can keep their children are to be extended to new areas of England.

DNA test funding 'to end disputes'

Published 02/17/2015 04:33 AM

DNA tests to determine parentage could end "acrimonious" family court disputes, Justice Minister Simon Hughes says after funding was announced for the checks.

VIDEO: National pride in Ukraine school

Published 03/02/2015 03:33 AM

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes visits a high school in Mariupol where students are taking lessons in Ukrainian patriotism.

VIDEO: Fees pledge: What do students think?

Published 02/27/2015 10:06 AM

The BBC asks students at Leeds University for their reactions to a Labour pledge to reduce tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.

VIDEO: Children make WW2 documentary

Published 02/24/2015 02:12 AM

Schoolchildren across the UK are getting an opportunity to make their own documentary films about World War Two to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

VIDEO: Praise for school teaching 'virtues'

Published 02/11/2015 12:34 PM

A school in Cornwall is doing such a good job at teaching its children how to behave that it is attracting national interest.

Clever girls, stupid boys?

Published 03/05/2015 06:39 AM

An international study challenges gender stereotypes in school

University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram

Published 03/03/2015 04:14 PM

University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram

Swings and roundabouts for FE funding

Published 03/02/2015 06:11 AM

How should FE students be funded?

What next for the grammar school?

Published 03/01/2015 11:53 PM

How Kent 's grammar school debate may reflect a wider picture

Are humans getting cleverer?

Published 03/01/2015 04:03 PM

Why are people getting better at intelligence tests?

Tuition fees: To cut or not to cut?

Published 02/27/2015 08:38 AM

Views on Labour's £6,000 pledge from the frontline

In first, four N.H. school districts shake up testing with Feds' approval

Published 03/06/2015 03:00 PM

A cluster of public school districts in New Hampshire is radically redefining testing and accountability in a first-of-its-kind pilot project approved Thursday by the US Department of Education. These assessments require students to apply what they’ve learned in multiple steps and tasks. “It fits into a much bigger conversation about ... how we can create a humane assessment system that’s useful to teachers but also useful to states and the federal government for holding schools accountable,” says Julia Freeland, a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, based in San Mateo, Calif. New Hampshire has been transitioning statewide to “competency-based learning," in which students are expected to master key concepts in each subject rather than just put in the seat time and get a minimal passing grade.

For upper-body warm-ups, stretch multiple muscles at once

Published 03/06/2015 12:38 PM

Although athletes and coaches often swear by stretching, many common pre-workout routines may not actually enhance performance, said lead author Matt McCrary, a master’s degree candidate at the University of Sydney. Higher load dynamic warm-ups are "the best bet" in most situations, said McCrary. For the upper body, these include push-ups, dumbbell back flys, and resisted lateral raises, he told Reuters Health by email.

New York school abolishes homework. Does homework do any good?

Published 03/06/2015 12:34 PM

According to Kohn, in the 10 years since the publication of his book he has been swamped with email and letters from parents lamenting the amount of “mindless” “cookie cutter” homework that is sent home with young students nationwide. Hannah Sinha, head of a Manhattan Montessori School, one of a national string of private schools advocating that education be individualized, offers up a third perspective on the homework debate.

Kansas bill targets teachers who expose kids to 'harmful' materials

Published 03/05/2015 02:17 PM

Sparked by a middle-school sex education poster to which a parent objected, the bill is one of a series of battles – in Kansas and beyond – over such curriculum and the roles of parents and educators in determining what’s appropriate. Supporters see the bill as a protection to children in a society where pornographic images and mature sexual language are increasingly common. Opponents say it would not only restrict sex education, but would have a chilling effect on the teaching of literature and other subjects where issues of sexuality come into play. It would now also apply to public institutions, and would remove the “affirmative defense” protections for K-12 teachers.

Lawmakers review bill to allow concealed guns at colleges

Published 03/05/2015 11:47 AM

Nevada lawmakers heard hours of testimony on a deeply divisive bill that would allow concealed weapons at college campuses, K-12 schools, daycare centers and airports. The Assembly Committee on Judiciary ...

Lawmakers reviewing bill to allow concealed guns at colleges

Published 03/05/2015 09:30 AM

Nevada lawmakers are again considering a bill that would allow concealed weapons at college campuses, K-12 schools, daycare centers and airports. The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will hold a hearing ...

Where to Net Scholarships for Women at All Levels of Higher Education

Published 03/05/2015 07:00 AM

Since the first International Women's Day in 1911, one of those enduring achievements has been the effort to increase the number of women graduating from college. The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund is the national education fund of the American Business Women's Association, and it offers nearly a dozen annual scholarships and essay contests. Whatever your major or grade level, the SBMEF scholarship listing should be one of the first places you check. Another women-in-business organization, Executive Women International, also sponsors a sizable scholarship.

Two California teachers plead not guilty in sex with student case

Published 03/04/2015 04:16 PM

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Los Angeles-area teachers pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges they provided cocaine and alcohol to underage students on a beach camping trip where one of the instructors had sex with a 17-year-old boy, prosecutors said. Melody Suzanne Lippert, 38, and Michelle Louise Ghirelli, 30, joined about five students on camping trips at San Clemente Beach in Orange County during Thanksgiving and winter breaks last year, said Orange County Deputy District Attorney Kristin Bracic. Prosecutors say the two teachers provided the teens with alcohol, cocaine and marijuana, and that Ghirelli had sex with the 17-year-old boy. The two teachers, who are free on bail, were arrested in January in a case that gained prominence after one of their colleagues, a teacher at South Hills High School in suburban West Covina, came to their defense on social media and was suspended by his school district for appearing to blame the students involved.

California Republicans take on teachers' union in package of education bills

Published 03/04/2015 03:21 PM

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Republican lawmakers on Wednesday announced a package of bills to dramatically change the way public school teachers are hired, fired and evaluated, embracing controversial education reforms in the most populous U.S. state. The bills, which put the Assembly's Republican minority on a collision course with the state's powerful teachers union, are the first in a series of policy initiatives planned under the caucus' new leader, Assembly member Kristin Olsen of Modesto. The package would enshrine into law several reforms called for by plaintiffs in a lawsuit, Vergara v California, that last year led a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to declare unconstitutional several laws meant to protect teachers' jobs. The California Teachers Association slammed the package, saying it was a response to a court case that is still under appeal.

Philadelphia School District rolls out latest Action Plan

Published 03/04/2015 01:37 PM

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite pitched his own plan today for the city's public schools and it included some of the details of Wolf's budget proposal.

Sweet Briar College to close: Are women's colleges still relevant?

Published 03/04/2015 11:51 AM

Students and alumni of Virginia's Sweet Briar College were shocked to learn Tuesday that the 114-year-old, all-women's school would close its doors at the end of August. It wasn’t anything that anyone suspected," says Diana Simpson, a constitutional litigator who graduated from Sweet Briar in 2008. Students hugged and cried as they learned that their school’s financial difficulties were too much to overcome. Now Sweet Briar, an all-women, private school near Lynchburg, Va., will hold its final commencement in May and end all operations at the end of the summer session.

Pennsylvania House passes bill to tweak charter school rules

Published 03/04/2015 11:44 AM

Pennsylvania's charter and cybercharter schools would obtain funding directly from the state Department of Education instead of through local districts as part of a package of changes that was passed Wednesday ...

New York public schools add two Muslim holidays to calendar

Published 03/04/2015 11:20 AM

New York public schools will add two Muslim holidays to their vacation calendars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, a promise he made during his election campaign. Two of the most sacred holidays in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, will be observed. Eid al-Adha, or "Festival of Sacrifice," will be a vacation day on September 24, starting in the 2015-2016 school year. The festival of breaking the fast, Eid al-Fitr, which falls over the summer in 2016, will be designated a holiday for summer school students.

Why NYC students will be getting Islamic holidays off this year

Published 03/04/2015 08:51 AM

Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City public schools will observe two Islamic holidays, starting this year. Students will be given the day off on two Muslim holy days: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. While the mayor said the policy is being created to reflect diversity in the city, critics of the plan are quick to question whether giving students more days off from school is the best decision. According to The New York Times, there are an estimated 600,000 to 1 million Muslims living in New York City, with about 95 percent of Muslim children attending public schools.

Understand the Consequences of Student Loan Default

Published 03/04/2015 07:00 AM

Recently, the New York Federal Reserve released some alarming information on student loan defaults that indicated up to a quarter of all borrowers from the last nine years have defaulted on their loans. These numbers are much higher than the three-year cohort default rate measured and published annually by the Department of Education and show a growing trend of borrowers who are in need of information on how to use the lower payment and other options available for federal student loans. If you ask federal student loan borrowers why they defaulted on their loans, nearly all would answer that they were in financial difficulty or couldn't afford their payments. For a defaulted loan, it only gets worse.

Decide Between Online, Blended Courses

Published 03/04/2015 06:00 AM

The approach, typically called blended or hybrid learning, generally refers to an educational program delivered partly online and partly on campus. Regardless, nontraditional students can still benefit from blended learning, says Susan Gautsch, director of online learning at the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy. "I think it certainly meets the needs of people's lives," Gautsch says, noting that many students who take blended learning classes at USC's public policy school are professionals with full-time jobs and families. "Blended learning can be a great resource for students who may have been out of school for an extended period of time," says Som Seng, director of marketing for UMassOnline.

Imam Who Said Ayaana Hirsi Ali Deserved Death Penalty Was Hired By DOJ To Teach Muslim Classes To Federal Prisoners

Published 03/03/2015 07:38 PM

An Egyptian-born imam who in 2007 said that Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali should receive the death penalty for her criticism of Islam is now a Department of Justice contractor hired to teach classes to Muslims who are in federal prison. According to federal spending records, Fouad ElBayly, the imam at Islamic Center of Johnstown in Pennsylvania, was contracted by the DOJ’s Bureau of Prisons beginning last year to teach the classes to Muslim inmates at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. It was April 2007 when ElBayly, the imam at the Islamic Center of Johnston, protested Ali’s scheduled appearance at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. ElBayly, along with Mahmood Qazi, the Islamic Center of Johnstown’s founder and past president, pressed university officials to block Ali from speaking.

Virginia's Sweet Briar to close, part of drop in U.S. women's colleges

Published 03/03/2015 02:33 PM

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia's cash-strapped Sweet Briar College will close at the end of the summer, administrators said on Tuesday, part of a sharp decline in the number of U.S. women's schools. The 114-year-old school near Lynchburg is closing because of “insurmountable financial challenges,” President James Jones said. Sweet Briar’s closure is part of a rapid decline in the number of women’s colleges. The Women’s College Coalition website says that in 1960 there were 230 women’s schools, but by 2014 that number had shrunk to 47.

Computerized school testing off to a rocky start in Florida

Published 03/03/2015 01:17 PM

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Newly computerized state tests were suspended on Tuesday in some of Florida’s largest public school districts after students across the state struggled with faulty software. The 60-to-90-minute exams are a Florida version of the controversial Common Core standards that set national benchmarks for student performance. About half of Florida’s school districts reported problems with online testing on Monday, according Florida Department of Education Spokeswoman Meghan Collins. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Marie Izquierdo called the Florida State Assessment tests on Monday an “epic fail” on Twitter, blaming the state for hastily rolling out an unproven computerized testing system.

America's Kids Are Getting More Diverse, but Its Teachers Aren't

Published 03/03/2015 01:06 PM

After decades of neglect, the lack of diversity in the teaching ranks is on the education agenda thanks to a Colorado grade-school student who was looking for a role model. While the diversity of the nation’s public school student body has exploded in the last few decades, the number of African American, Latino, and Asian teachers hasn’t kept pace—despite state and federal programs designed to draw more minorities into the profession. The issue surfaced last year in the Rocky Mountain State when the Colorado legislature passed Aliyah’s Law, named after Aliyah Cook, an African American middle school student who told lawmakers her school had no minority teachers—and it hurt. Statistics back her up: Last year, a Center for American Progress survey showed 82 percent of all public school teachers nationwide are white.

How New ABLE Accounts Will Help Americans With Disabilities

Published 03/03/2015 09:06 AM

Americans with disabilities and their families often face a myriad of financial challenges, but they will soon have a new financial vehicle allowing them to save for expenses and enjoy tax-free growth similar to 529 college savings accounts. Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act on the final hour of the final day of Congress in December, creating a new type of tax-advantaged account called an ABLE account or a 529A. The National Down Syndrome Society estimates that the accounts will benefit roughly 5.8 million individuals and families. "As a country, we've basically said that we value saving for higher education using a 529 plan, but we don't value saving for the basic needs that are connected to a disability," says Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who sponsored the Senate version of the bill.

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is upgrading your mom's basement to 16-bit

Published 03/03/2015 09:00 AM

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 was both announced and given a release date at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. On May 14, senior mobile producer Florian Schwarzer said, players will be able to take up the next campaign of the tongue-in-cheek game on Android, iOS, Linux, Mac and PC devices. Players take on the role of a party of high-school students sitting in a basement playing a tabletop role-playing game.

Ex-principal 'sorry' for sex abuse at elite Australian school

Published 03/02/2015 08:27 PM

A former headmaster at one of Australia's most prestigious private schools on Tuesday apologised after revelations that boys were groomed for sex by paedophile teachers while he was in charge. Knox Grammar in Sydney, whose ex-pupils include the late former prime minister Gough Whitlam and Hollywood star Hugh Jackman, has been the focus in recent days of a national enquiry into institutional responses to child abuse. The royal commission has heard disturbing claims of abuse at Knox which allegedly happened between the 1970s and 2012, with one ex-student saying the school harboured "a large paedophile cohort". Ian Paterson was the principal for 30 years until 1998 and it is alleged that he failed to tell police about incidents of abuse and provided references for teachers later charged with sex offences.

New Mexico students join others in nation against new tests

Published 03/02/2015 04:24 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New assessment tests that have angered parents and teachers across the nation prompted walkouts Monday by hundreds of high school students in New Mexico who had been set to take the exams.

Ex-superintendent charged in Atlanta cheating scandal dies

Published 03/02/2015 03:15 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent charged in what prosecutors called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died without being tried in the case that shocked the school system and reverberated nationwide.

Former Atlanta superintendent charged in school cheating case dies

Published 03/02/2015 02:24 PM

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was deemed too ill from breast cancer to stand trial with a dozen former educators accused in a standardized test cheating scandal, has died, her attorney said on Monday. "To her dying breath she denied any role in directing, ordering, or participating in any cheating at Atlanta Public Schools," he said in a statement. The Atlanta case is being watched nationally amid a string of cheating incidents across the United States in recent years. Hall was named national superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators in 2009 - the same year prosecutors contend widespread cheating took place.

Longtime ban on cellphones at NYC public schools is lifted

Published 03/02/2015 11:46 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime ban on cellphones at New York City public schools has been lifted.

5 Alternative Sources for College Financial Aid

Published 03/02/2015 05:30 AM

The average cost for a year of in-state public college tuition and fees for 2014-2015 is $22,410, according to the College Board. When you see those numbers, it's not surprising the national student loan debt balance has reached $1.32 trillion. Filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step most families take to help pay for higher education through government loans, but for students and parents looking for additional funds to offset college costs (and graduate with as little student loan debt as possible), efforts shouldn't stop there. Scholarships are a great (and free) way to be awarded for your achievements and get extra money for college, but with scholarship websites and organizations boasting a seemingly endless supply of awards, applying can easily become a daunting and discouraging task.

Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges

Published 02/28/2015 09:06 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The ritual has become increasingly commonplace on many American college campuses: A student government body takes up Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and decides whether to demand their school divest from companies that work with the Jewish state.

Two Seattle-area high schools cancel classes after threats

Published 02/27/2015 04:55 PM

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two Seattle-area high schools were evacuated and later canceled classes on Friday after receiving security threats, and another high school in Washington state heightened its security after a threatening message was scrawled on a bathroom wall. Interlake High School in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue was put on lockdown and classroom doors were locked with students inside after administrators were told of an anonymous threat of a school shooting on campus, the Bellevue School District said in a statement on its website. "At this time the District and the Bellevue Police Department have made the decision to close Interlake High for the remainder of the school day and to release students," a statement said. In Des Moines, a city south of Seattle, Mount Rainier High school students were evacuated to nearby schools on Friday morning after the school received a bomb threat, an official with the Highline School District said.

Notre Dame president credited for transforming school dies

Published 02/27/2015 01:58 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches.

4 Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in a For-Profit Online Program

Published 02/27/2015 06:00 AM

"Don't count on the idea that these schools are going to watch out for you and only enroll students who are going to succeed -- it's not realistic," he says. The good news is the federal regulations, which kick in the summer, will require schools to release the debt-to-income ratios of their students. Before students sign up for an online, for-profit program, they should make sure they know what kind of credential and accreditation they need to enter their job or profession, says William G. Tierney, professor of higher education at University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education.

Lesbian kiss on Korean drama sparks debate

Published 02/26/2015 10:09 PM

An unprecedented lesbian kiss between two high school students on a popular South Korean TV drama has fuelled a debate about portrayals of sexuality in a rapidly modernising society with deeply conservative roots. Homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea, but carries a significant social stigma, with few openly gay public figures.

LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

Published 02/26/2015 09:53 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations.

Los Angeles teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

Published 02/26/2015 07:24 PM

Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park Thursday to demand higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations. "Everybody ...

LeBron not happy colleges recruiting 10-year-old son

Published 02/26/2015 01:53 PM

As an Ohio teenage hoops sensation, LeBron James went through the craziness of being recruited by colleges across the country. Now, he's living it as a dad.

2 arrested in connection with alleged job scam targeting students

Published 02/25/2015 01:38 PM

Philadelphia police have arrested two women in connection with an alleged job scam that targeted high school students.

Use Federal Financial Aid to Pay for College Abroad

Published 02/25/2015 07:00 AM

In today's global environment, more and more American students choose to complete at least part of their higher education credentials at a school outside the U.S.

Consider Whether to Take an Online Course at Community College

Published 02/25/2015 06:30 AM

Though experts say the way employers view community college learning is improving, it can vary by industry. Still, with the flexibility to enroll in a single course or even a specialized industry certification program, the benefits of online community college classes may outweigh the risk. Instead, online community college students need to have strong internal motivation, she adds. Industries with quickly evolving practices may actually prioritize it, says Judy Baker, the dean of online learning at Foothill College just outside of San Jose, California.

Christie sets out teachers' pension reform

Published 02/24/2015 08:14 PM

By Luciana Lopez TRENTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he had struck a deal with the state's teachers on a road map for pension reform while warning of a dire future if other unions do not make similar commitments to cut the cost of workers' retirement benefits. The governor's office later acknowledged that more work remained to be done on pension reform. The agreement between Christie, a Republican weighing a 2016 bid for the White House, and the New Jersey Education Association came despite a long-bitter relationship and continuing uncertainty over many details. "If we do not reform, next year we would be asked to spend nearly $8 billion on pension and health benefits," said Christie in his annual budget address on Tuesday afternoon in the state capital.

My Brother’s Keeper: A Year of Progress

Published 03/06/2015 04:21 PM

This post originally appeared on The White House Blog.

#AskDrBiden About Community Colleges at SXSWedu 2015

Published 03/06/2015 11:21 AM

Cross-posted from the White House blog.

Overcoming Challenges through Perseverance and the Arts

Published 03/05/2015 11:14 AM

The Importance of Early Education for All

Published 03/04/2015 04:00 PM

It’s time for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. There’s no doubt change is necessary to ensure our children’s civil rights to a high quality education. While the media has focused on the annual assessments mandated by NCLB as being key, I want to highlight another critical improvement needed: high-quality preschool. We are a family that can speak to the benefits of high-quality preschool for every child. We have lived in the north, south, east, and west. Our whole lives have been about education and overcoming struggle and “the odds.”

What Teachers Read in February

Published 03/02/2015 03:46 PM

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

Visit to Virginia Elementary School Underscores Commitment to Early Ed

Published 02/27/2015 06:49 PM

U.S. Department of Education to End Contracts with Several Private Collection Agencies

Published 02/27/2015 03:57 PM

Following a review of 22 private collection agencies, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will wind down contracts with five private collection agencies that were providing inaccurate information to borrowers. The five companies are: Coast Professional, Enterprise Recovery Systems, National Recoveries, Pioneer Credit Recovery, and West Asset Management.

New Guidance to Help Protect Student Privacy in Educational Sites and Apps

Published 02/26/2015 02:27 PM

When signing up for a new technology, digital service, or app, there’s a simple little check box near the end that most of us don’t give much thought. But for schools and districts, agreeing to a terms of service agreement could have big implications for student privacy.

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness for America’s Students and Families

Published 02/26/2015 01:17 PM

In a recent video, the New York City Rescue Mission proved just how invisible America’s homeless are. Have the Homeless Become Invisible? illustrates the challenge. In this social experiment several people came face to face with their relatives and loved ones dressed as homeless persons on the streets of Soho. Not one individual recognized his or her loved ones.

Guidance Issued on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services

Published 02/26/2015 08:31 AM

The U.S. Department of Education today released model terms of service guidance and a training video aimed at helping schools and districts protect student privacy while using online educational services and applications.

The Importance of Transforming Adult Learning

Published 02/24/2015 02:26 PM

Several years ago, Carmen — a single, widowed parent — immigrated from Mexico to California to create a better life for herself and her two-year-old son. When she arrived in the U.S., she spoke very little English. She enrolled in ESL classes at New Haven Adult School and then went on to earn her GED. But Carmen soon realized that she needed to acquire more skills in order to find a job that paid a living wage. While working part-time, maintaining a home and raising her children, Carmen went on to earn her Adult Education Teaching Credential.

New Data Show House Republican Bill Would Allow Billions in Cuts for Largest School Districts Serving High Populations of Black and Hispanic Students

Published 02/24/2015 06:07 AM

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It’s Time for Equitable Spending of State and Local Dollars

Published 02/23/2015 07:44 PM

We believe that every child should receive a strong education that prepares him or her for success in college, careers, and life. It shouldn’t matter what a child looks like, how much his or her parent makes, or what zip code they live in; all students should be given the same opportunity and resources to achieve. However, because our country has long used local property taxes to fund schools, school funding is not spent at equal levels.

¡Estudia, Hay Dinero! There’s Money to Study!

Published 02/23/2015 05:33 PM

Creating a New Federal Education Law: Have you asked me?

Published 02/23/2015 12:52 PM

As a Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow, I have the unique opportunity to view education through two perspectives—first, as a teacher in metro Atlanta and, second, as an employee of the U.S. Department of Education. Having the privilege to serve in this dual capacity comes with a great responsibility to question what I see every day in education and to share my truth.

Highlighting Success in Delaware

Published 02/20/2015 05:25 PM

Students at Howard High School of Technology. (Official Department of Education Photo by Joshua Hoover)

Let’s Get Every Kid in a Park

Published 02/19/2015 06:26 PM

Cross-posted from the White House blog.

Where Are They Now? Revisiting the “12 for Life” Program

Published 02/19/2015 10:10 AM

Teen Dating Violence: Prevention through Raising Awareness

Published 02/18/2015 02:43 PM

Do you know what to do if you think a teen in your life is in an abusive relationship? February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Learning how to spot the signs of an abusive relationship can make a dramatic impact on the lives of teens suffering from dating violence – and could also save lives.

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Giving Every Child, Everywhere, a Fair Shot

Published 02/14/2015 10:20 AM

In this week’s address, the President laid out his plan to ensure more children graduate from school fully prepared for college and a career.

Young Native Americans Share School Culture Experiences with Secretary Duncan

Published 02/13/2015 11:44 AM

During the session, students discussed the importance of school culture. (U.S. Department of Education)

A Guide to Reporting Parent Info on your FAFSA

Published 02/13/2015 11:00 AM

If you’re planning on going to college this fall, you will definitely want to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). The FAFSA not only gives you access to grants and loans from the federal government, but many states and schools also use information from the FAFSA to award their financial aid.

It’s Past Time to Move Beyond No Child Left Behind: Addressing America’s Teachers and Principals

Published 02/12/2015 10:00 PM

For more than a decade, states and schools throughout this country have worked within the narrow confines of the No Child Left Behind law. It’s long past time to move past that law, and replace it with one that expands opportunity, increases flexibility and gives schools and educators more of the resources they need.

Promising Results: Washington’s Road to College

Published 02/12/2015 06:10 PM

Earlier this week, the Road Map Project, a Seattle-area partnership of school districts, local government, colleges and nonprofit organizations, released the latest results from their efforts to double the number of students in the region that are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020.

High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record High

Published 02/12/2015 03:50 PM

The nation’s high school graduation rate hit 81 percent in 2012-13, which is the highest rate since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating grad rates five years ago.

N.C.A.A. Penalizes Syracuse Basketball and Suspends Jim Boeheim

Published 03/06/2015 10:24 AM

A startling report says the athletic department violated rules for more than a decade, and the severe punishment includes suspending Boeheim, the men’s basketball coach, for nine games.

Motherlode Blog: Introducing Motherlode’s New Artist-In-Residence: Abigail Gray Swartz

Published 03/06/2015 08:39 AM

Welcome Abigail Gray Swartz to the Artist-in-Residence role on Motherlode.

Motherlode Blog: After a Fire, Learning to Cook Again, One Grilled Cheese at a Time

Published 03/06/2015 08:38 AM

I loved to cook. But after the fire, I couldn’t do it for over a year.

Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Published 03/06/2015 05:56 AM

Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.

The Learning Network: Teenagers in the Times | February 2015

Published 03/06/2015 05:24 AM

Rebellion against tradition and institutions is a theme of the February edition of Teenagers in The Times.

The Learning Network: Should Circuses Be Animal Free?

Published 03/06/2015 02:00 AM

Is it cruel to use wild animals, such as elephants, tigers and bears, as traveling entertainers? Or would the circus just not be the circus without its animal stars?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Last Ebola Patient in Liberia Discharged From Treatment Center

Published 03/06/2015 01:30 AM

In what two other countries is Ebola persisting?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A Celebration of Food Scraps

Published 03/06/2015 12:53 AM

Here are several paragraphs from a March 3 article, “Starve a Landfill.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | incandescent

Published 03/05/2015 09:02 PM

This word has appeared in 88 New York Times articles in the past year.

In U.C.L.A. Debate Over Jewish Student, Echoes on Campus of Old Biases

Published 03/05/2015 07:58 PM

A student board debated whether the religion of a second-year economics major meant she would be biased in dealing with sensitive governance questions, and the discussion has upended the campus.

The Learning Network: Analyzing the Elements of Art: Six Ways to Think About Shape

Published 03/05/2015 07:11 PM

a collaboration with KQED Art School to explore one of the seven elements of visual art — shape — and suggest ways to apply the ideas to images and articles found in The New York Times.

Your Money Adviser: 529 College Savings Plans in a State of Evolution

Published 03/05/2015 06:51 PM

Small adjustments, aimed at making the popular accounts more flexible, have either been enacted, or are proposed.

Lack of Diversity Persists in Admissions to New York City’s Elite High Schools

Published 03/05/2015 04:51 PM

Five percent of the students offered placement in eight specialized high schools were black and 7 percent were Hispanic, according to statistics released on Thursday.

Motherlode Blog: How Not to Be ‘That’ Sports Parent

Published 03/05/2015 01:22 PM

If your child can tell you’re unhappy during the game, you’re doing it wrong.

Motherlode Blog: Live Chat About Finding That ‘Sweet Spot’ in Life and Work

Published 03/05/2015 12:06 PM

Join me and “The Sweet Spot” author Christine Carter for a live chat about finding your groove at home and work on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 Eastern.

The Learning Network: Poetry Pairing | ‘Wild Peaches’

Published 03/05/2015 11:33 AM

Elinor Wylie’s poem “Wild Peaches” and the article “Their Own Museum” by Penelope Green appear in this Poetry Pairing.

The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Feminists and Feminism, Yesterday and Today

Published 03/05/2015 11:33 AM

Do you consider yourself a feminist? How would you define the word? Here are a few selected pieces from the 1897 to today showing how The New York Times has reported on feminism over the years.

The Cost of College: Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Published 03/05/2015 07:37 AM

With information technology poised to transform degrees, students will be able to acquire credentials at a fraction of today’s costs.

Motherlode Blog: Why Schools Should Undermine Moral Teachings

Published 03/05/2015 06:40 AM

All men are created equal. True or False … or Opinion?

Motherlode Blog: Teenagers, Dealing With Addiction, on What Might Have Helped

Published 03/05/2015 06:07 AM

Students in a rehab program answer the question, “Was there anything that anyone could have said to you that would have affected your drug use?”

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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