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Education News

Primary places revealed amid squeeze

Published 04/16/2014 05:25 AM

Parents across England are finding out whether they have their preferred choice of primary school place.

Teachers urged to watch for FGM

Published 04/16/2014 03:22 AM

A teachers' union hears that school staff should check families' holiday plans for clues to female genital mutilation.

Bullying 'impacting' school grades

Published 04/15/2014 10:02 PM

A report has found around a quarter of bullied students felt it was causing their grades to slip.

Ex-Met boss heads 'Islam plot' probe

Published 04/15/2014 01:23 PM

An ex-counter-terrorism chief will lead an inquiry into an alleged Islamist takeover plot of schools - an appointment deemed "desperately unfortunate".

Pupils are 'addicted to tablets'

Published 04/15/2014 07:54 AM

Young children can swipe a computer screen but do not have the fine motor skills to play with building blocks, teachers warn.

Parents 'baffled by Inset days'

Published 04/15/2014 06:07 AM

Parents are often baffled as to why schools in England close for in-service training days , or 'Inset' days, Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt says.

Schools corporate greed warning

Published 04/15/2014 08:39 AM

England's education system is being "destroyed through corporate greed", teachers claim.

Police ‘not listening’, teachers told

Published 04/15/2014 01:54 AM

The father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence claims police are "still not listening" about how to build bridges with the black community.

Families 'have less time together'

Published 04/14/2014 05:57 PM

Family life is increasingly under strain because many parents have to put work commitments before their children, a survey of teachers finds.

25 schools probed over 'Islam plot'

Published 04/14/2014 02:17 PM

An investigation into an alleged hard-line Islamist takeover plot of Birmingham schools has widened with 25 schools now under the spotlight.

Laws calls for 'education stability'

Published 04/14/2014 10:09 AM

A "significant period of stability" in schools should follow wide-ranging changes to policy under the coalition government, Schools Minister David Laws says.

Ofsted is 'broken', teachers claim

Published 04/14/2014 06:14 AM

Teachers accuse England's education watchdog of being broken and not fit for purpose, and call for a charter governing school inspections.

DNA tests at French school over rape

Published 04/14/2014 02:34 AM

French police investigating a rape collect DNA from more than 500 male students and staff at a school in La Rochelle, in an unprecedented step.

Graduate starting pay 'falling'

Published 04/14/2014 02:33 AM

Starting salaries for graduate jobs, even in the best-paid fields of medicine and dentistry, have fallen 11% in five years, research suggests

Teachers report mental health fears

Published 04/14/2014 02:36 AM

Teachers are increasingly experiencing mental health problems as a result of the pressures of their job, a survey suggests.

Parents 'asked for text book cash'

Published 04/11/2014 04:00 PM

Many parents are being asked to make voluntary contributions to the cost of text or revision books, a survey suggests.

More 'Islam plot' schools inspected

Published 04/13/2014 08:48 AM

Fifteen schools in Birmingham are now being inspected after allegations of an "Islamic takeover plot", the Department for Education (DfE) confirms.

Instant e-libraries for Myanmar universities

Published 04/01/2014 01:23 PM

Myanmar universities open up with e-libraries

Looking for the next cyber-police

Published 03/25/2014 05:08 PM

With the threat of cyber-attacks rising, universities will need to train more cyber-security experts.

African sunshine powers school computers

Published 03/18/2014 05:02 PM

A mobile solar power classroom brings computers to rural schools in Uganda

Where the only rule is 'be cool'

Published 03/11/2014 05:19 PM

The code club where the only rule is 'be cool'

Textbooks replaced by iTunes U downloads

Published 03/04/2014 04:22 PM

Is it time to download the homework?

Education faces 10,000 violent attacks

Published 02/27/2014 09:31 AM

An international report warns of the systematic use of violence against schools and universities.

Can history textbooks make peace?

Published 02/18/2014 12:12 PM

Could a common history book help to soothe past and present tensions?

China's tough lessons in resilience

Published 02/11/2014 04:04 PM

China's lessons in resilience for rural poor

The 70-year wait for primary school

Published 01/28/2014 04:09 PM

There are still 57 million children who never have a first day at school and it will take decades to create places, says Unesco.

New York taxes rich to teach young

Published 02/04/2014 04:10 PM

From New York to California, there are US campaigns to tackle the early education gap

'Grunting teens need speech classes'

Published 04/11/2014 04:13 AM

A former speech-writer to Tony Blair says schools need to do more to help teenagers improve their communication skills.

Class bears 'prompt parent rivalry'

Published 04/10/2014 04:13 PM

Classroom teddy bears that go home to stay with pupils for the weekend are prompting new levels of competitive parenting, the TES says.

Highest ever number of school staff

Published 04/10/2014 09:55 AM

The number of teachers, assistants and support staff working in state schools in England has risen to a record level of 1.3 million people.

Immigration talk 'deters students'

Published 04/10/2014 04:11 PM

"Overblown rhetoric" on efforts to bring down immigration has contributed to a drop in students doing technology, engineering and maths courses at UK universities, peers say.

Students 'to repay debts into 50s'

Published 04/09/2014 11:15 PM

Most students will still be paying back university loans in their 40s and 50s, and many will never clear the debt, Sutton Trust research finds.

'Lack of vision' in Welsh education

Published 04/10/2014 01:05 PM

A major review of the schools system says the Welsh government lacks a long-term vision and needs to do more to help teachers.

Children cared for 'too far away'

Published 04/08/2014 01:45 AM

Children in council care are "too often" being housed long distances away from their family and community, Ofsted concludes

Parenting scheme a 'flop' - Labour

Published 04/03/2014 04:27 PM

Labour dubs a government parenting class scheme a "flop" after just 4% of eligible parents in the pilot areas sign up to it.

VIDEO: Ex-terror chief heads 'Trojan horse' probe

Published 04/15/2014 11:43 AM

An inquiry into allegations of a hard-line Islamist plot to take over 25 Birmingham schools is to be lead by the Met's former national head of counter terrorism, it has been announced.

VIDEO: 'Lack of vision' in Welsh education

Published 04/10/2014 05:55 AM

Schools in Wales are struggling to improve and suffer from a lack of a long-term vision, according to a review.

AUDIO: MP: Financial error due to dyslexia

Published 04/10/2014 07:38 AM

A Conservative MP has claimed her dyslexia was one of the reasons she failed to register £28,000 in donations.

VIDEO: Parents 'asked to pay for text books'

Published 04/12/2014 01:08 AM

Parents are being asked to help schools pay for pens, paper and books, as well as school trips, according to a poll by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

Exhuming remains at Florida school

Published 04/15/2014 05:24 PM

Who was buried behind a boys' school in Florida?

Extremism in Birmingham schools?

Published 04/15/2014 07:53 AM

Investigating claims of Islamic "takeovers" of schools

The irresistible urge for students to talk

Published 04/08/2014 04:00 PM

The irresistible urge for online students to talk

Why is education never an emergency?

Published 04/10/2014 12:32 AM

Why is education never an emergency?

Science does theatre with a bang

Published 04/05/2014 06:44 PM

Can a play teach science and be exciting at the same time?

When little voices take to a big stage

Published 04/03/2014 04:45 PM

The magic of the big music stage for children

Beyond exams: Testing pupils' skills

Published 04/01/2014 05:32 PM

The schools assessing pupils' other talents

292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

Published 04/16/2014 05:58 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.

Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 05:32 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea's biggest ferry disasters since 1993, when 292 people died.

Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 05:02 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea's biggest ferry disasters since 1993, when 292 people died.

Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 04:32 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea's biggest ferry disasters since 1993, when 292 people died.

Three dead, 292 missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

Published 04/16/2014 04:23 AM

Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - South Korean rescue teams, including elite navy SEAL divers, raced Wednesday to find nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 459 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, said 164 people had been rescued, leaving 292 "unaccounted for".

Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 04:02 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea's biggest ferry disasters since 1993, when 292 people died.

Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 03:32 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea's biggest ferry disasters since 1993 when 292 people died.

Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying up

Published 04/16/2014 03:22 AM

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Desperate Pakistani tax authorities are publicly shaming defaulters by publishing their tax details in a directory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday. Only around one in 200 citizens files income tax, leaving the state begging foreign donors to help fund crumbling public schools and hospitals. Anger over poor public services fuels the Taliban insurgency and other militant groups destabilizing the nuclear-armed nation. So far, there's little been political will to improve tax collection, since most legislators and many ministers have been tax evaders too.

Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 03:02 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea's biggest ferry disasters since 1993 when 292 people died.

292 missing, 3 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

Published 04/16/2014 03:01 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.

South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

Published 04/16/2014 02:41 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 02:33 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 02:02 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 01:33 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 01:02 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 12:32 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. A government official earlier said that more than 100 people were still unaccounted for, but officials later changed the number to 295.

South Korea says 295 missing in ferry disaster

Published 04/16/2014 12:07 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

Published 04/16/2014 12:02 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured. A government official earlier said that more than 100 people were still unaccounted for Wednesday, but officials later changed the number to 295.

2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

Published 04/15/2014 11:55 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured.

Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT

Published 04/15/2014 11:32 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 100 people were still unaccounted Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 476, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. There were fears of a big jump in the number of deaths, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry travelling to the southern island of Jeju. One rescued passenger said he believed that many people had been trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

Published 04/15/2014 11:02 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 100 people were still unaccounted Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 476, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. There were fears of a big jump in the number of deaths, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry travelling to the southern island of Jeju. One rescued passenger said he believed that many people had been trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

Published 04/15/2014 10:32 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. The ferry with 476 people aboard was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged.

Ferry Carrying Hundreds of Passengers Sinks Off South Korean Coast

Published 04/15/2014 10:25 PM

Original Post (see updates below): At least two people are dead as a rescue effort remains underway after a South Korean passenger ferry began sinking on Wednesday morning. The ship was carrying more than 470 passengers — many of them high school students — when it began to list badly and capsized. The rescue operation involving dozens of rescue boats and helicopters has recovered about 180 passengers so far. At least two passengers are confirmed dead and more than 290 are still missing.

Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT

Published 04/15/2014 10:02 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. The ferry with 476 people aboard was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged.

Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

Published 04/15/2014 09:32 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. The ferry with 476 people aboard was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged.

Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

Published 04/15/2014 09:02 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of military boats and helicopters scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. At least one person died and 14 were said to have been injured. The ferry with 476 people was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged.

1 dead, after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

Published 04/15/2014 08:49 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of military boats and helicopters scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. At least one person died and 14 were said to have been injured.

Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

Published 04/15/2014 08:32 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. The ferry with 476 people including 325 high school students was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning as it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration.

One dead as S. Korea ferry with 476 passengers sinks

Published 04/15/2014 08:14 PM

South Korea's coastguard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people -- mostly high school students -- aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off the southern coast. Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing in Seoul that he could only confirm the rescue of 161 people so far. "The ferry is almost completely submerged," Lee said, adding that a detachment of South Korean Navy SEALS were taking part in the rescue. Of the 450 passengers on board the ferry bound for the southern resort island of Jeju, 325 were students from a high school in Ansan, south of Seoul.

Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

Published 04/15/2014 08:03 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. The ferry with 476 people including 325 high school students was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning as it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration.

Hundreds rescued after ferry sinks off South Korea

Published 04/15/2014 07:57 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities.

Ferry with 476 people sinking off SKorea

Published 04/15/2014 07:24 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities.

Ferry with 350 passengers sinking off South Korea: Yonhap

Published 04/15/2014 06:08 PM

Seoul (AFP) - South Korean coastguard vessels were despatched Wednesday to rescue around 350 passengers -- mostly high school students -- on a ferry sinking off the southeastern coast, Yonhap news agency said.

10 Tools for Chipping Away at the Cost of College

Published 04/15/2014 07:00 AM

Learn Where to Find College Scholarship Money The cost of a college education continues to grow, leaving students and families turning to scholarships to reduce higher education expenses and lower student loan debt. Scholarships are available in many amounts and span many disciplines, from journalism to fashion design. The following tools and resources can help you find scholarships and reduce the cost of your college degree.

10 Historically Black Colleges Where Freshmen Return

Published 04/15/2014 06:00 AM

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. At historically black colleges and universities, many students struggle to make it past freshman year. Some HBCUs -- as they're often called -- excel at getting students to enroll again in the fall after their first year. At Spelman College in Atlanta, for example, the average freshman retention rate for first-year students starting in fall 2008 through 2011 was 88 percent.

Aiming High

Published 04/15/2014 12:00 AM

There's an MRCTV video circulating on the Internet that features a man with a microphone asking college students in Washington, D.C., to name just one member of the United States Senate. Survey data confirm that large numbers of Americans lack even rudimentary knowledge of what used to be called "eighth-grade civics." A survey by Common Core found that 25 percent of American high school students thought Christopher Columbus sailed after the year 1750, and about a third of them did not know the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and religion. In McLean, Va., a suburb of the District of Columbia, Langley High School has for the past 22 years conducted a program called "Case Day." The brainchild of teacher Steven Catlett and former clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court General William Suter, Case Day involves the entire school (but most intensively the seniors in government class) in studying a pending Supreme Court case. Government teachers Allison Cohen and Micah Herzig, both former lawyers, try to choose cases that will engage teenagers.

Engaged pair, teen athlete among dead in bus crash

Published 04/14/2014 04:58 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus and big rig drivers were also killed.

American Samoa schools reopen after pink eye woes

Published 04/14/2014 04:57 PM

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Public schools in American Samoa fully reopened Monday after some 3,000 students and teachers contracted pink eye, an outbreak that prompted tourism officials to warn cruise passengers heading to the group of islands in the South Pacific.

Teachers, staff return to Pittsburgh-area school where 22 stabbed

Published 04/14/2014 12:39 PM

Four critically injured boys remained hospitalized following the attack last Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. A 16-year-old student at the school, Alex Hribal, has been charged as an adult with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. "As we begin our recovery phase, it is imperative that the district begins to create a normal and calm educational environment for our students who are currently on campus and for those who will be returning to Franklin Regional Senior High School," read a statement on the website. Hribal is scheduled to appear in Westmoreland County Magisterial Court on April 30 before Judge Charles Conway.

Teachers return to school where 22 were stabbed

Published 04/14/2014 10:16 AM

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Teachers on Monday attended a counseling session at a church and then returned to a high school where a student stabbed 21 others and a security guard last week, but they scuttled plans to march the half block between the two to avoid the media.

U.S. Department of Education Awards More than $33 Million to Local Education Agencies and Community-based Organizations to Develop Physical Education and Nutrition Programs

Published 04/15/2014 09:32 AM

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations that plan to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP).

How Can the Department of Education Increase Innovation, Transparency and Access to Data?

Published 04/15/2014 06:26 AM

Despite the growing amount of information about higher education, many students and families still need access to clear, helpful resources to make informed decisions about going to – and paying for – college.  President Obama has called for innovation in c

Delaware’s Teacher Preparation is Setting a Higher Bar

Published 04/15/2014 05:26 AM

What I’ve Learned in 50 States

Published 04/14/2014 09:56 AM

“The best ideas come from outside Washington, D.C.” I’ve used that phrase i

U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to Alabama and California to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing Schools

Published 04/14/2014 08:54 AM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Alabama and California will receive more than $64 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through new awards from the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

Listening and Learning at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Published 04/14/2014 07:53 AM

Delegations fro

ED’s Second Annual Jazz Informance Celebrating America’s Music and Values

Published 04/14/2014 05:36 AM

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on to the California College Tour Bus Crash

Published 04/11/2014 02:15 PM

"Our hearts go out to the families, loved ones, classmates and communities of everyone touched by this tragedy. I can only imagine the excitement of these high school students as they were on their way to visit a college campus, and the pride of the adults who were accompanying them. Our young people are our greatest treasure, and this loss is heartbreaking."

Community College Students Talk Transitions with Secretary Duncan

Published 04/11/2014 01:09 PM

When someone says, “I want to go to college,” a traditional four-year college or university often comes to mind. Many don’t think of community colleges as an option, even though they are the single largest sector of the U.S. higher education system, enrolling nearly half of all undergraduates each year.

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Published 04/11/2014 08:30 AM

“Kathleen Sebelius has been an extraordinary advocate for children and families and a tremendous partner to me as this administration works to ensure that every child gets a high-quality education from cradle to career. No one has worked harder to create opportunities for those who deserve them.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of Hazleton, Pa., Area School District Civil Rights Investigation

Published 04/11/2014 08:23 AM

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into an agreement with the Hazleton, Pa., Area School District to bring the district into compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for English Language Learner (ELL) students in the district.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of Manchester, N.H., School District Civil Rights Investigation

Published 04/10/2014 07:01 AM

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today announced a settlement with New Hampshire’s Manchester School District, School Administrative Unit #37, aimed at providing greater access to college and career preparatory courses for black and Latino students.

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Mass Stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania

Published 04/09/2014 11:06 AM

"We are saddened by today's stabbings at Franklin Regional High School. Our thoughts go out to the injured students and staff, and their families, the other students and teachers at the school, and the Murrysville community at large. Tragedies that strike communities—whether it's an inner city school or in a suburban school in a quiet town—impact us all.

Testimony of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan: The U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request, House Appropriations Committee

Published 04/08/2014 05:46 PM

Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Kingston, Ranking Member DeLauro, and Members of the Subcommittee: Let me begin by thanking you for your work on the 2014 appropriation, which increased our investment in education over the previous year.

Youth CareerConnect: Equipping Students for the Future

Published 04/08/2014 02:41 PM

President Obama stopped by Bladensburg High School in Maryland on Monday to announce the winners of the inaugural Youth CareerConnect program.

Are You Ready to Pay for College?

Published 04/08/2014 01:02 PM

On April 1st President Obama announced April as National Financial Capability Month with a focus on ensuring all Americans have the tools they need to navigate the financial world and gain economic freedom.

Department of Education Releases New Parent and Community Engagement Framework

Published 04/08/2014 10:46 AM

The fourth quarter of the school year is generally a time of preparation for schools and districts as they finalize next year’s budget, student and teacher schedules, and professional development for the upcoming school year.

Equal Pay Day 2014

Published 04/08/2014 07:30 AM

Women make up half of the U.S. workforce and yet often, they are paid less than men for doing the same job. Today, April 8, marks an important day for highlighting these unfair disparities:  National Equal Pay Day.

Rethinking High School: President Obama Announces New Youth CareerConnect Grants

Published 04/07/2014 04:04 PM

Cross-posted from the White House Blog.

New U.S. Departments of Education and Labor College Consortium to Expand Educational Opportunities for Registered Apprenticeship Graduates

Published 04/07/2014 12:59 PM

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S.

Ask Arne: Procuring Privacy

Published 04/07/2014 12:11 PM

When I think of privacy a few images pop into my head:  a “do not disturb” sign, the settings on my social media accounts, or me locking the bathroom door so that my kids can’t come barging in after me. But the term “privacy” has taken on new meaning in the digital age, and is now accompanied by terms like big data, devices, and the cloud.

Supporting Educators to Innovate Through Technology

Published 04/04/2014 08:58 AM

Technology offers extraordinary opportunities and capacities to

Duncan to Talk Family Engagement During #PTchat

Published 04/04/2014 06:00 AM

It’s no secret that parents have the power to transform educational opportunity in our country. Which is why their voice is so vital.

Seeing Success in Hawaii: Duncan’s 50th State as Secretary

Published 04/03/2014 10:50 AM

Higher Ground in Tucson

Published 04/02/2014 09:13 AM

During a recent trip to Tucson, Ariz., I took part in a meeting with school officials, school board members, past and present elected officials, organizers of youth programs and, most importantly, parents and students.

Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words

Published 04/15/2014 09:01 PM

The College Board plans to release many details of its revised test on Wednesday, including sample questions and explanations of the research and goals behind them.

Motherlode Blog: I Have No Idea How Many Calories Are in My Grandmother’s Gefilte Fish

Published 04/15/2014 10:21 AM

For my daughters, food isn’t a troublesome source of calories demanding its weight in exercise. It’s holidays, it’s funny stories, it’s seasons. It’s my grandmother’s gefilte fish, and all of us cooking it together.

Motherlode Blog: The Decision: One Child, One School

Published 04/15/2014 07:00 AM

Parents are notoriously anxious yet clueless with their first child. With the preschool decision, I felt additional pressure because after a recent ectopic pregnancy, it looks as if Zee will be our only child.

Questions About Financial Aid?

Published 04/15/2014 06:18 AM

Richard Pérez-Peña and Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Edvisors, answered reader questions on paying for college.

Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate

Published 04/14/2014 06:59 PM

Powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder, sluggish cognitive tempo, that could widely expand the ranks of young people treated for attention problems.

Essay | American Studies : Looking for America Beyond Its Borders

Published 04/14/2014 10:43 AM

In a new globalist era, the United States is no longer the center of the universe — or of an academic field.

Motherlode Blog: When Not to Speak Your Second Language to Your Children

Published 04/14/2014 09:00 AM

As I fed, changed and rocked our daughter, I practiced my Tagalog phrases—until I sat in on a conference session on early language development, and found out that that’s exactly what I shouldn’t do.

International Education: Out in Front, and Optimistic, About Online Education

Published 04/13/2014 09:01 AM

Richard C. Levin, the former president of Yale who now heads Coursera, the online education company, says it will be financially viable within five years.

International Education: Dubai Seeks to Become Islamic Economic Hub

Published 04/13/2014 09:01 AM

Dubai is introducing new university courses in Islamic banking to fill a shortage of qualified employees in the Islamic financial industry.

International Education: English Universities Losing International Students

Published 04/13/2014 09:01 AM

A report says that the number of students enrolling in full-time programs, which include many master’s programs, declined for the first time in nearly three decades.

Schools Chancellor Details Initiatives for Schools

Published 04/12/2014 05:53 PM

At a speech on Saturday, Carmen Fariña said she would aim to reduce class sizes and curb the use of suspensions at the city’s public schools.

In California, Saving a Language That Predates Spanish and English

Published 04/12/2014 10:55 AM

The Yurok Tribe’s extensive campaign to revive the language serves as a model to the many other tribes that are undertaking similar efforts, experts say.

Who Am I?

Published 04/12/2014 09:48 AM

Creative self-portraits by student photographers.

National Briefing | Midwest: Ohio: Charge Against Teacher Is Resolved

Published 04/11/2014 07:30 PM

A teacher accused of trying to thwart an investigation into the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville will have the charge dismissed in exchange for community service, the state attorney general said Friday.

Beliefs: At Phillips Exeter, a World of Religious Diversity

Published 04/11/2014 06:39 PM

For generations, the prep school in northern New England was a hothouse of upper-class Anglo-Saxon Protestant culture, but now it fosters a welter of faiths.

Motherlode Blog: The Sixth Stage of Grief: Buying a Puppy

Published 04/11/2014 01:45 PM

My adorable son has grown tall, lean and hairy. This explains, in part, the decision to add something unambiguously cute to our life. But Phoebe distracts us from more than just that.

Motherlode Blog: Pay the Babysitter Over $1,900 This Year? You Owe It to Her to Put Her On the Books

Published 04/11/2014 12:37 PM

Think paying taxes on the babysitter is a “one-percenter” problem? Think again, because if we parents don’t pay taxes on our babysitters, it isn’t just our problem.

Kentucky Students Catch Breath to Cheer a Derby Hopeful

Published 04/11/2014 10:43 AM

Students at the University of Kentucky bred a colt that has a chance to qualify Saturday for the Kentucky Derby.

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

Published 04/11/2014 09:59 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.

Motherlode Blog: Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests

Published 04/11/2014 07:26 AM

Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices.

Motherlode Blog: One Baby, Five Nationalities

Published 04/11/2014 06:59 AM

My infant son is eligible for five citizenships, and the choice of which passports to apply for turned out to be about much more than visas, paperwork and taxes.

The Learning Network: 10 Ways to Teach and Learn About Spring (While The Learning Network Is on Vacation)

Published 04/11/2014 04:47 AM

We’re on vacation until Monday, April 21, but we’ve left you with 10 ideas for teaching the joys (and woes) of spring.

The Learning Network: When You Are Old Enough to Vote, Will You?

Published 04/11/2014 04:23 AM

Do you think voting is important? Is it a civic duty?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Colbert to Succeed Letterman on ‘Late Show’

Published 04/11/2014 01:30 AM

What is your reaction to CBS’s choice to replace David Letterman on “Late Show”?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Editing Practice, April 11, 2014

Published 04/11/2014 01:11 AM

Can you identify the number of commas that belong in the sentence from the article?

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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