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Ofsted rejects claims of tip-offs

Published 09/23/2014 08:16 AM

An Ofsted investigation rejects claims academies had unfair warnings of inspections, but says an email with a schedule had been mistakenly sent.

Overseas study leads to jobs abroad

Published 09/22/2014 03:58 PM

University exchanges have a far-reaching influence on working lives and romantic relationships, says a study.

First Aid Kit harmonise with pupils

Published 09/23/2014 01:37 AM

As they prepare to play the Albert Hall, the band First Aid Kit lead singing workshop for girls from nearby state schools

Children 'failed in early years'

Published 09/22/2014 11:28 PM

The future prospects of children in England are being hampered because society fails them in the early years, a leading health academic says.

Heads reject bad behaviour claims

Published 09/22/2014 06:21 AM

Head teachers say claims about poor behaviour in the classroom are contradicted by the inspection evidence and threaten to undermine recruitment.

Call to offer HPV vaccine to boys

Published 09/22/2014 03:18 AM

Scientific experts are meeting on Monday to discuss whether boys as well as girls should be offered the HPV jab.

Thousands of HK students at boycott

Published 09/22/2014 06:09 AM

Hong Kong students begin a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory.

Bid to improve early years education

Published 09/21/2014 11:17 PM

Plans to develop a highly-skilled workforce to improve early years education are unveiled by a Welsh government minister.

Minecraft role for British Museum

Published 09/23/2014 03:20 AM

The building and contents of the British Museum in London are to be digitally recreated in the video game Minecraft, with volunteers sought to help.

Pregnancy hormone link to poor maths

Published 09/19/2014 03:45 AM

Research suggests children born to mothers who have low thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy do worse at maths.

Cash warning for university expansion

Published 09/17/2014 05:21 PM

Plans that could increase student numbers by 20% have not been adequately funded, a policy analysis report warns.

Academy regulation 'too weak'

Published 09/17/2014 09:44 AM

Checks and balances on how academy chains in England spend large amounts of public money are "too weak", according to research.

Nigeria college attacked by gunmen

Published 09/17/2014 01:33 PM

Gunmen attack a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, with officials saying at least 15 people have been killed.

What makes a global top 10 university?

Published 09/15/2014 04:39 PM

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is in first place in the latest league table of the world's best universities.

Heads attack no-notice inspections

Published 09/16/2014 04:23 AM

Head teachers say that carrying out Ofsted inspections without warning is like treating school staff as "naughty children".

Music lesson boom sees guitar soar

Published 09/15/2014 02:24 AM

The electric guitar has overtaken the violin in the list of most popular musical instruments for children to play, says a music exam board.

M&S offers online education courses

Published 09/15/2014 06:03 AM

The High Street retailer is entering online education with the launch of a business course with Leeds University.

China widens schools in Pisa tests

Published 08/26/2014 07:18 AM

There will be a much wider sample of Chinese pupils taking part in the next round of the international Pisa tests, says the OECD.

US schools to have non-white majority

Published 08/26/2014 04:51 AM

White pupils in state schools in the United States are set to be a minority for the first time when schools return for the new term.

How many Greek legends were really true?

Published 07/22/2014 04:00 PM

How spartan were Spartans? Did the Trojans have a horse?

What makes a conference really irritating?

Published 07/16/2014 03:29 AM

Conferences are part and parcel of academic life - and there are plenty of ways in which they can be extremely irritating.

Lessons in girl power in Ghana's schools

Published 07/08/2014 04:39 PM

Talking to the chieftain about sexism

Tackling taboo of education corruption

Published 06/17/2014 04:27 PM

An international project wants to make it easier to find out about the scale of corruption in education.

US online courses open up to Iran

Published 06/03/2014 04:00 PM

A major US online university network says restrictions are to be partially lifted on providing online courses for students in Iran.

Educate and tackle terror - Gillard

Published 05/27/2014 04:56 PM

World leaders are to be asked for $3.5bn to support education in developing countries, which Julia Gillard says is a good investment.

Dawn French named uni chancellor

Published 09/22/2014 05:38 PM

Comedian Dawn French is to become the new chancellor of Cornwall's Falmouth University.

Museum reunites Colossus veterans

Published 09/22/2014 03:56 PM

The largest gathering of veterans who operated the Colossus code-cracking computer in World War II has been held at Bletchley Park.

Universities 'ignoring lads' culture'

Published 09/14/2014 09:22 PM

A laddish culture on university campuses across the UK is being ignored by vice-chancellors, the NUS says.

Books donated to fire-hit art school

Published 09/15/2014 02:26 AM

Glasgow School of Art replaces 22% of its most popular books that were lost in a fire at its Mackintosh building in June.

Top universities 'are the richest'

Published 09/15/2014 01:16 AM

Money is key to being a top university, suggests analysis by Times Higher Education, ahead of its annual world university rankings.

Top GCSE grade to be given to just 3%

Published 09/12/2014 12:00 AM

Ofqual says just 3% of GCSE entries in English and maths will be awarded the highest grade under the new system of marking pupils from grades 9-1 instead of A*-G.

Poor GCSEs at 16, 'no better by 18'

Published 09/11/2014 10:21 AM

Most students who fail to get good GCSEs in English and maths at 16, have not met these standards by 18, figures for 2013 suggest.

Father 'warned Ofsted a year ago'

Published 09/12/2014 04:54 AM

The father of a pupil at an academy being investigated over claims it was tipped off about an Ofsted inspection says he warned authorities a year before an inquiry was launched.

'Backing' for payday loan advert ban

Published 09/15/2014 07:33 AM

Research suggests three-quarters of British parents want to see payday loan firms banned from advertising to children.

Teenagers 'moved from care to B&Bs'

Published 09/06/2014 05:49 PM

More than half of English councils placed young people leaving care in bed-and-breakfast accommodation last year - in breach of government guidelines - new data shows.

VIDEO: Many Islamabad state schools closed

Published 09/23/2014 03:18 AM

Weeks after the start of term, many state schools in the capital, Islamabad, are still closed, after being taken over by police drafted in to deal with ongoing political protests.

AUDIO: Could 'marshmallow test' teach you?

Published 09/22/2014 04:34 AM

The famous experiment in child psychology from the the 1960s which became known as the marshmallow test has been updated by the experiment's inventor, Walter Mischel.

VIDEO: Social media clues to better education

Published 09/19/2014 03:28 AM

IBM and a UK college have created a social network to help staff get a better understanding of their pupils.

AUDIO: Should students learn to cook?

Published 09/11/2014 04:57 AM

Some parents, concerned about their children's welfare when they go to university for the first time this weekend, have been signing them up for cookery classes.

Oxford entry 'more transparent now'

Published 09/22/2014 12:36 AM

Is there a more open application system now?

Students react to referendum result

Published 09/19/2014 07:56 AM

School Report hears young people's reaction to referendum

Africa's first education tablet

Published 09/15/2014 04:01 PM

How Africa's first education tablet computer was created

University places information gap

Published 09/11/2014 07:34 AM

What results do students really need to get into a university course?

London's GCSE lessons for England

Published 09/10/2014 07:05 AM

Spreading London's school success more widely

At what price a university degree?

Published 09/05/2014 09:27 AM

Cost-benefit analysis of a degree by US experts

The history of school uniforms

Published 09/05/2014 12:15 AM

School uniform: a history of 'rebellion and conformity'

10 Colleges That Award International Students the Most Financial Aid

Published 09/23/2014 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. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.

Evaluate Majors at U.S. Colleges to Enhance Job Prospects

Published 09/23/2014 05:00 AM

As summer eases into fall, many current international students will be commencing their period of study at college and prospective international students are researching and applying to U.S. colleges. The beginning of an academic year or the commencement of a degree is a new and exciting time, full of unfamiliar experiences and challenges.

Providence Teachers Union rejects proposed pact

Published 09/23/2014 04:36 AM

The Providence Teachers Union has rejected a three-year contract proposal that would have eliminated a job security clause and allowed management to create a new compensation system providing extra pay ...

Prestigious education award shared by schools in Florida, Georgia

Published 09/22/2014 04:12 PM

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - School districts in Florida and Georgia were named co-winners on Monday of the Broad Prize for Urban Education, recognizing top-performing urban schools that are closing the achievement gap among low-income and minority students. Orange County Public Schools, which includes Orlando, and Gwinnett County Public Schools, northeast of Atlanta, will split $1 million in college scholarships for their graduating seniors. ...

Jury chosen in cheating trial of former Atlanta educators

Published 09/22/2014 03:28 PM

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A jury was chosen Monday in a trial of a dozen former Atlanta educators charged in one of the nation's largest school test-cheating scandals, court officials said. The former teachers, principals and administrators on trial are accused of conspiring to alter standardized test scores to boost their own bonuses. The high-profile Atlanta case is one in a string of cheating cases affecting 39 states over the last five years. ...

Districts in Florida, Georgia split school prize

Published 09/22/2014 11:36 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In a first for the prestigious award, districts in Florida and Georgia will split the $1 million Broad Prize — the largest education award given to U.S. public schools.

Games-Buoyed by bumper bonus, Thais eye more sepak takraw gold

Published 09/22/2014 01:54 AM

By Kaweewit Kaewjinda BANGKOK, Sept 22 (Reuters) - His team mates call him the "left-footed killer", an unlikely nickname for a veteran athlete who plays in the same cheap plimsolls that high school students are forced to wear in his native Thailand. But with his prolific point-scoring record and deadly finishing, Pornchai Kaokaew carries Thailand's hopes of delivering them yet another Asian Games gold medal in sepak takraw, an acrobatic hybrid of soccer and volleyball that has spectators gripped with its non-stop dynamism and flair. ...

Can This Grassroots Movement Change the Way Teachers Think About Race?

Published 09/19/2014 04:43 PM

A new coalition of educators, parents, and students hopes to catalyze greater racial and cultural understanding in Gotham’s schools. At least, that’s one of the goals of a new petition from EduColor, a grassroots organization attempting to ramp up discussion and spark action on the issue of race in education reform.

Colleges partner on renewable energy program

Published 09/19/2014 01:22 PM

Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont have formed a partnership for students who want to further their studies in the field of renewable energy. The Bennington Banner reports (bit.ly/1mkiN7U) ...

North Carolina court releases money in halted school voucher program

Published 09/19/2014 12:29 PM

WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - About 1,900 North Carolina students will be allowed to receive public money to attend private schools despite a finding by a judge that the scholarship program is unconstitutional, the state's Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. The order applies only to students who were approved for taxpayer-funded scholarships of up to $4,200 before a lower trial court blocked North Carolina's new school voucher program last month. No additional funds for the Opportunity Scholarship program will be released while the legal challenge plays out, the appellate court said. ...

Students, Graduates Share Why They Picked Their Colleges

Published 09/19/2014 05:00 AM

Why I Picked Northeastern University (Boston)

Facebook CEO wants more students to explore tech

Published 09/18/2014 08:30 PM

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies — and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company.

15 Things That Are Harder To Get Into Than Harvard

Published 09/18/2014 12:33 PM

REUTERS/Brian Snyder Students cheer at the Harvard Business School graduation ceremony Harvard is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The Cambridge, Massachusetts school accepted just 5.9% of roughly 34,000 applications for its class of 2018. As Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust recently said, “We could fill our class twice over with valedictorians.” The school seeks out students who not only have high grades, but also have outstanding achievements under their belts — from overcoming homelessness to starting their own nonprofits. The students who manage to catch the attention of admissions officers overcome exceptional odds, but they should maintain some perspective. Many things in life — like landing a job at some Wal-Mart locations — are harder to achieve than getting into that prestigious university. A Job At Some Wal-Mart Locations Met with both merriment and protest, Wal-Mart came to Washington, D.C. at the end of 2013.  The store received more than 23,000 applications but only hired 600 associates, NBC Washington reported. That’s a 2.6% acceptance rate — almost half as selective as Harvard.  While many Harvard graduates can expect a 6-figure income, Wal-Mart employees pocket an average of $11.83 an hour or nearly $25,000 annually,,according to the company. The Top 50 Posts On A Friend’s Newsfeed When Facebook compiles your Newsfeed, it chooses from roughly 1,500 different posts. The company uses an algorithm based on the popularity and relevance of posts, along with other factors, to decide what goes where. The chances of a certain post finding its way into the top 50 stories on someone’s Newsfeed is about 3.3%. If you want to boost your chances, posts with photos do far better than links or text-based posts.     The American Dream A recent report from researchers at Harvard and Berkeley Universities shows that in many major US cities, it’s very hard to achieve a rags-to-riches success story.  The report analyzes the number of people who were born into the lowest income quintile but ended up in the highest income quintile. The results don’t bode well for upward socioeconomic mobility. The chances were below 5% in Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Columbus, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Indianapolis, Indiana. Even at the top of the list, people in San Jose, California showed just a 12.9% chance of living the American dream. A Job At Goldman Sachs In 2013, Goldman Sachs receieved more than 43,000 applications for 1,900 analyst positions, making the company hiring rate about 4.4%.  It’s no surprise so many people want to work there, as Fortune magazine named Goldman one of the 100 best places to work in 2014. Since the ranking began in 1984, Goldman is one of just five companies that made the list every year. According to Glassdoor, the average analyst there makes about $63,000 a year.  The Secret Service Protecting the president of the United States isn’t a job for any run-of-the-mill bodyguard or security detail.  The full responsibilities of the Secret Service are well, secret, but agents remain with the president and his family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other important government officials, such as the vice presidents and their families, also receive protection, usually even after they leave their positions.  For these reasons, the Secret Service accepted less than 1% of their 15,600 special agent applications in 2011, Bloomberg reported. A Bootcamp For Data Scientists Foursquare’s Michael Li began work on another startup in 2014: The Data Incubator.  It’s essentially a boot camp for data scientists. While many programming PhDs have solid research skills, few can meet the pace of a startup. They need training.  Li hasn’t picked the first class of attendees from a batch of more than 1,000 applicants, representing more than 80 universities. But he told VentureBeat, “We cannot accept 5.8%,” referring to Harvard’s rate. “It’s just not possible.” Some Prestigious New York City Public High Schools Some of New York’s most in-demand public high schools are actually harder to get into than Harvard, as Brooklyn Magazine has noted.  For their September 2014 admission, 16,675 students listed the Brooklyn Latin School as a choice on their application, according to the New York City Department of Education. However, fewer than 3% were accepted.  Meanwhile, the High School of American Studies in the Bronx has an acceptance rate of around 1% as does the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College.  Getting into a good school in the city of New York is particularly important. While the citywide four-year graduation rate is roughly 65%, results differ wildly between public high schools. Concord High School in Staten Island had a four-year graduation rate of less than 20% in 2013, according to data published by the local radio station WNYC. Meanwhile, the Green Dot Charter School in the Bronx had a four-year graduation rate of nearly 99%. A Job At McDonald’s (Sometimes) McDonald’s hasn’t gone on a national hiring spree this year, but at one point, it was more difficult to land a job there than a spot at Harvard. In 2011, McDonald’s held a gigantic job fair. It advertised 50,000 jobs and ended up hiring 24% more than that — 62,000. One million people applied for positions, which made the odds of getting hired 6.2%. While Harvard has gotten even more selective, the school accepted about 7% of applicants in 2011.  A Hands-On Experience With An iPhone 6 (Before Sept. 19) On Tuesday Apple announced the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California.  Attendees were then invited to an early hands-on session with the devices across the road in a specially built showroom. Apple has already sold 4 million units of the iPhone 6 in pre-orders, while the Flint Center only had a capacity of 2,500. Comparing the number of people who want an iPhone 6 with the number who got their hands on one that day, you had less than a 0.1% chance of being in the room. You can, however, live vicariously through our tech reporter, Steve Kovach. A Job At The Apple Store In 2009, Apple’s much-anticipated Upper West Side store opened its doors, Gizmodo reported at the time. Out of 10,000 applications, only about 200 people got jobs: a 2% acceptance rate.  Harvard may be known for producing geniuses, but Apple’s “Genius Bar” is much more selective. A Green Card Up to 15 million people apply to the U.S. Green Card lottery every year, all hoping for a chance at a life in America, the Wall Street Journal has reported.  But only about 50,000 green cards are available. The odds of obtaining a Green Card (known officially a Diversity Visa) vary depending on the applicant’s region. If you’re not from Australia, New Zealand, or a Pacific island, however, the odds aren’t good. Fewer than 2% of applicants around the world end up getting a visa. The rate is about 6% in Oceania (because of fewer applications and relatively higher quotas).   The Indian Institute Of Management While Harvard lets in about 5.9% of applicants, not even 1% get accepted to India’s top business school, BloombergBusinessweek reported last year. The Indian Institute of Management in Ahmadabad (IIM-A) received 173,866 for its 2012-2014 class. The university has the luxury of being extra choosy because of India’s large population and the vast number of students with outstanding grades and test scores. Delta’s Flight Attendant Corps You have less than a 1% chance becoming a Delta Flight Attendant, according to Bloomberg, In 2010 Delta, the world’s second largest air carrier, received 100,000 applications for 1,000 jobs. In 2013, it received 44,000 applications for 400 jobs. Foreign language skills are highly valued by the company, with as many as 30% of hires speaking a second language. The Ranks Of Successful Startups Y Combinator is an exclusive startup program — sort of a startup school — founded by Paul Graham. Despite being extraordinarily picky and only accepting 3-5% of applicants, Y Combinator only considers 10% of its “graduate” startups successful after a few years. By putting those two statistics together, Business Insider’s own Henry Blodget estimates the success rate of startup companies could be as low as 0.4%.  It’s safe to say the smartest entrepreneurs are those with a backup plan.  A Job At Google After leaving Microsoft in 2009, Don Dodge became a Developer Advocate for Google. Within a year, he posted a lengthy explanation of the hiring process there on his personal blog, hinting at the company’s level of exclusivity, The Next Web reported.  In his words, Google receives about one million applications every year — but only hires 1,000 to 4,000 people. Best case scenario, that means only .4% of hopefuls land a job at Google.  They go through recruiter screening, two or three phone interviews, and then four or five in-person ones on site, not to mention jumping through other professional hoops. It’s safe to say Harvard doesn’t screen nearly as thoroughly.  Harvard may not be your top-choice, though. Click here to see the 50 best colleges in America » Read more stories on Business Insider, Malaysian edition of the world’s fastest-growing business and technology news website.

Survey shows unfilled teaching jobs across SD

Published 09/18/2014 09:26 AM

More than 20 percent of South Dakota public schools had at least one unfilled teaching position on the first day of school, according to a statewide survey of superintendents released Wednesday. Thirty-one ...

What We've Learned in 30 Editions of the Best Colleges Rankings

Published 09/18/2014 06:30 AM

This college search thing can be a little intimidating, especially if you're going through it for the first time. This is our 30th go-round at U.S. News, so we feel like we've got some experience worth sharing.

Gunmen kill 15 at college in north Nigeria's Kano

Published 09/18/2014 02:12 AM

By Nneluke Ikemfuna KANO Nigeria (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in the region's main city of Kano, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly targeted civilians in the north, is likely to be a prime suspect. A police spokesman added that officers arrived on the scene and killed two of the attackers. ...

Texas limiting new AP history course's influence

Published 09/17/2014 03:35 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Amid uproar in conservative circles about perceived anti-American bias in the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course and exam, Texas on Wednesday moved to require its high school students to learn only state-mandated curriculum — not be taught to the national test.

Teachers union calls for boycott of Nigeria school restart

Published 09/16/2014 02:37 PM

Lagos (AFP) - The head of Nigeria's main teachers union called on Tuesday for a boycott of next week's re-opening of schools, saying there had not been enough training to protect against the Ebola virus.

U.S. consumer watchdog accuses Corinthian Colleges of predatory loans

Published 09/16/2014 01:06 PM

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer finance watchdog on Tuesday sued Corinthian Colleges for alleged predatory lending, saying that the for-profit institute lured students into taking out private student loans by touting "bogus" job prospects and using illegal debt-collection methods. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it wants the for-profit college company to pay $500 million in relief for the tens of thousands of students affected. ...

Corinthian Colleges sued for predatory lending

Published 09/16/2014 12:44 PM

Corinthian Colleges is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a "predatory lending scheme."

New history books become latest Texas school fight

Published 09/16/2014 12:20 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is considering 104 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. Much of the criticism is from left-leaning academics who say too much emphasis is placed on America's Christian tradition. The outcome has national implications because, as America's second most-populous state, Texas is such a large textbook market that it could affect books sold elsewhere. Here is some background on its book battle.

Colleges That Charge the Most for Applying

Published 09/16/2014 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. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.

College Students Sign Petition To Support ISIS … On 9/11[VIDEO]

Published 09/15/2014 02:02 PM

Multiple college students signed a petition to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week. Media Research Center TV reporter Dan Joseph went to the campus of George Washington University on Thursday, Sept. 11, and collected a dozen signatures from students on a petition to President Barack Obama to not only stop bombing ISIS, but also actively support the terrorist group. ISIS has beheaded two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Colleges and Universities That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need

Published 09/15/2014 05:30 AM

To gauge the affordability of a college or university, the sticker price is a good place to start. But savvy students should dig deeper.

Investigations underway into Ohio prison escape

Published 09/13/2014 12:13 AM

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Criminal and internal investigations are underway to determine how a convicted killer of three Ohio high school students managed to escape from prison, along with two other inmates, state correction officials say.

Teenage killer who escaped Ohio prison captured yards away

Published 09/12/2014 02:50 PM

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A teenager serving a life sentence in the shooting deaths of three Cleveland-area high school students in 2012 was caught about 100 yards from the Ohio prison fence he had scaled to escape just hours earlier, officials said on Friday. T.J. Lane, 19, who was sentenced to life without parole last year in the attack at Chardon High School, escaped on Thursday with two other inmates from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, in northwestern Ohio, warden Kevin Jones said at a news conference outside the facility. "We are going to have to sit down and take a look at it and determine if Allen Oakwood was the place he was supposed to be," Jones said. According to the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, an Ohio prison oversight group, eight of the facility's 1,645 inmates require maximum security.

Downloadable and Free: The Next Generation of College Textbooks Is Here

Published 09/12/2014 02:37 PM

It’s a hidden cost of higher education, a mandatory expense that can add hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year to a tuition bill and overall student debt.

10 Highly Ranked Test-Flexible Colleges

Published 09/12/2014 05:30 AM

Schools With Flexible Test Policies

Ohio highway patrol: Convicted killer of 3 high school students caught after prison escape

Published 09/11/2014 10:36 PM

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio highway patrol: Convicted killer of 3 high school students caught after prison escape.

Missouri teachers can become armed safety officers under new law

Published 09/11/2014 03:16 PM

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - More Missouri teachers could carry concealed weapons under a measure state lawmakers approved late Wednesday that also bans local laws against open carry of guns. The Republican-controlled state General Assembly voted to override Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that included the weapons provisions. The law allows school districts to select teachers or other employees to carry a concealed weapon or pepper spray as "school protection officers" if they pass a training program and meet other requirements. "This is just an option for school districts, it's not mandatory," state Senator Will Kraus, the bill sponsor, said on Thursday.

Feds end Ohio State inquiry, applaud band inquiry

Published 09/11/2014 02:46 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Just weeks after Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band for failing to address a "sexualized culture" within the group, the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced it was closing a four-year investigation into the university's handling of sexual abuse allegations.

Teacher's 'kissing game' leads to review of New Hampshire school district

Published 09/11/2014 02:19 PM

By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A school district in southern New Hampshire is overhauling its sexual harassment policies after U.S. The Portsmouth school district had been due this week to unveil a new, more rigorous sexual harassment policy but delayed it while officials respond to requests to modify it by the U.S. "We've conducted training of staff on how to investigate claims of sexual harassment, and we've done training for the incoming freshman class," said Kathleen Dwyer, attorney for the affluent coastal city. The teacher also "made regular jokes about pornography" and "joked about being a sex offender to keep trick-or-treaters away on Halloween," according to the Department of Education.

10 Colleges and Universities Where Merit Aid Is Most Common

Published 09/11/2014 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. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.

How U.S. Colleges Gauge International Students' English Skills

Published 09/11/2014 05:00 AM

The Test of English as a Foreign Language, commonly referred to as the TOEFL, is a standardized test of English language proficiency for nonnative English language speakers. This and the International English Language Testing System, known as IELTS, are two of the most popular standardized tests for English proficiency that many international students will need to take before applying for a college or university in the U.S. TOEFL and IELTS are different from the SAT and ACT because those are comprehensive tests aimed to measure readiness for college. For the majority of international students, TOEFL is just one piece of the application -- but many institutions are realizing that neither TOEFL nor IELTS or, for that matter, any standardized test, is the end-all predictor of a student's success.

Missouri lawmakers override veto of bill expanding gun rights in public schools, cities.

Published 09/10/2014 11:54 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers override veto of bill expanding gun rights in public schools, cities. .

Number of aging Americans paying student loans soars: U.S. report

Published 09/10/2014 01:35 PM

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The rising cost of higher education is dogging Americans into retirement, with people aged 65 and older still carrying some $18.2 billion in unpaid student loans, according to a federal report released on Wednesday. While the Government Accountability Office report noted that relatively few U.S. Just 4 percent of households headed by someone 65 or older carried student loan debt as of 2010, up from 1 percent in 2004. "Some may think of student loan debt as a just a young person's problem," said U.S.

College Students Unaware Of 9/11 Anniversary [VIDEO]

Published 09/10/2014 11:30 AM

Dozens of students at George Washington University were unaware of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in recent interviews, while they were able to name celebrities involved in the nude photo scandal last week. Young America’s Foundation spokeswoman Ashley Pratte went to George Washington University last week, and asked 30 students  a series of questions about the Sept. 11 anniversary, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and the recent theft of nude photos of various celebrities. Twenty-nine of the students were able to name at least one of the celebrities involved. In the video of the interviews, one of the students was completely unaware that Steven Sotloff and James Foley were beheaded, and seemed very taken aback by the news.

Severe storms forecast for Detroit, schools close early

Published 09/10/2014 10:50 AM

(Reuters) - A forecast of severe thunderstorms for the Detroit metro area on Wednesday afternoon prompted Detroit public schools to dismiss students early and city officials to warn residents of possible flooding. The National Weather Service issued a "hazardous weather outlook" for parts of southeast Michigan, with thunderstorms, the potential of localized flash flooding and wind gusts of around 60 mph (96 kph). Detroit officials asked residents to help prevent flooding by clearing storm drains of leaves and other trash in front of homes and businesses. Storms could develop through about 8 p.m. in the Detroit area south to the Ohio border, said Bryan Tilley, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Women's colleges address transgender applicants

Published 09/10/2014 08:10 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Women's colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students as institutions of higher learning — single-sex, coed and those with religious affiliations — demonstrate varying degrees of acceptance for changing norms.

Do Prepaid 529 Plans Ever Make Sense?

Published 09/10/2014 07:24 AM

Prepaid tuition plans allow parents and grandparents to do exactly that: pay for future college tuition at current rates. It sounds like a good deal, especially when you consider that tuition at public four-year colleges more than tripled between 1973 and 2013, according to The College Board.

Ed Games Week Highlights the Emergence of Video Games in Education

Published 09/23/2014 05:34 AM

Ed Games Week wrapped up with a 48-ho

New GEAR UP Grants Awarded to Help More than 116,000 Students Get on the Pathway for Success in College

Published 09/22/2014 10:18 AM

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $82 million for 41 grants under Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) that will help 116,000 at-risk students to prepare for college and receive the support they need to achieve success in postsecondary education.

Secretary Duncan Wants to Hear from You

Published 09/19/2014 08:57 AM

Cross-posted from the White House blog. This morning, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent the following message to the White House email list.

Know It 2 Own It: Teaching and Learning About Disability Rights

Published 09/18/2014 07:00 AM

In a recent blog post, we introduced you to “Know It 2 Own It,” a campaign to encourage Americans to learn more about the disability rights movement and history that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July of 1990.

South Florida’s Green Schools Forecast? Warm, Sunny, Healthy and Here to Stay!

Published 09/16/2014 01:14 PM

Note: U.S.

Broward Schools: Preserving the Planet for Posterity through Partnerships

Published 09/16/2014 10:50 AM

Note: U.S.

Be Disaster Aware, Take Action During National Preparedness Month

Published 09/16/2014 10:29 AM

Safety and effective learning go hand in hand.  So, although September is a very busy time of year for the education community, it’s also a good time for students, school staff, and families to make sure they are up-to-date in their knowledge of school emergency plans, policies and procedures.

AmeriCorps – An Incredible Gift to Our Schools

Published 09/12/2014 09:26 AM

Today marks the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, the national service program that has helped 900,000 Americans give a year of their lives in service to this country. Hundreds of thousands have served in our schools as teachers, tutors, and classroom assistants. In fact, AmeriCorps volunteers are hard at work in 11,700 schools across the country right now.

Our Eight Favorite Photos from this Year’s Back-to-School Bus Tour

Published 09/12/2014 05:56 AM

Secretary Arne Duncan’s fifth annual back-to-school bus tour ended on a high note on Wednesday with a pep rally in Memphis.

U.S. Department Of Education Reaches Agreement with The Ohio State University To Address And Prevent Sexual Assault And Harassment Of Students

Published 09/11/2014 08:16 AM

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Proving the Possible

Published 09/11/2014 08:00 AM

Hundreds of Memphis students with red pom-poms welcomed Secretary Duncan to town on Wednesday, the final day of this year’s “Partners in Progress” back-to-school bus tour. Tennessee — in its fourth year of a federally funded Race to the Top grant — was one of the first grantees tapped to implement a comprehensive statewide plan for improving education, with broad community support.

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $14.7 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

Published 09/11/2014 07:27 AM

The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $14.7 million to 40 school districts in 20 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools.

After Two Days on a Bus, We Needed a Little Space

Published 09/10/2014 08:11 AM

A day that included a super-fun stop at space camp and a bedtime story with preschoolers at a 24-hour child care center started first in Birmingham, Ala. There, on Tuesday, Secretary Duncan joined Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, Mayor William Bell and 10 young men and women for a roundtable discussion on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

On Tour’s First Day, a First Lady

Published 09/09/2014 06:51 AM

The state of Georgia is home to many notable “firsts.” It was the first state to lower the voting age to 18; the first Coca-Cola was poured in Atlanta; and in 1922, 87-year-old Rebecca Felton, of Georgia, became the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. So it’s fitting that the U.S.

Day in the Life: On the Back-to-School Bus Tour with Secretary Duncan

Published 09/08/2014 12:54 PM

It’s time for our children to head back to school, and as classrooms and notebooks begin to fill up again, I’m increasingly optimistic about our country’s ability to elevate and strengthen education.

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for the District of Columbia and Tennessee

Published 09/05/2014 11:01 AM

The Obama Administration announced today that the District of Columbia and Tennessee have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

ED Seeks Winter/Spring Interns

Published 09/04/2014 01:16 PM

Become a part of the team!

Stay Digitally Connected with this Year’s Partners in Progress Bus Tour!

Published 09/04/2014 12:59 PM

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Retirement of Xavier University President Dr. Norman Francis

Published 09/04/2014 10:53 AM

"Dr. Norman Francis has served as president of Xavier University since 1968, making him the longest tenured leader of any university in America. Dr. Francis is truly a model of leadership and service through adversity and of producing excellence by going above and beyond the expected responsibilities on any given role. Dr.

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $6.4 Million in Grants to Connecticut’s Newtown Public School District to Further Support Recovery Efforts

Published 09/03/2014 08:28 AM

The U.S. Department of Education today announced it is awarding an additional $3.1 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts over the next two school years in response to the tragic shootings at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

2014 Back-to-School Bus Tour Cities Announced!

Published 09/02/2014 11:29 AM

Students across the country are heading back to school, which means it’s also time for our annual Back-to-School Bus Tour! Secretary Arne Duncan and senior ED officials will visit Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. This year’s tour, themed Partners in Progress, will run from September 8-10 and includes visits in the following cities:

Uniting for Sustainable Excellence in Kentucky

Published 08/29/2014 12:49 PM

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Not Just Teachers: Supporting Students’ Success

Published 08/29/2014 12:09 PM

As summer ends and the school year begins, we often think about teachers and students heading back to school. While teachers prepare lessons and students learn new concepts we can’t forget the service employees who provide support that enable the schools to run efficiently.

U.S. Department of Education Strengthens Federal Student Loan Servicing

Published 08/29/2014 08:21 AM

As a result of President Obama’s executive actions to help make student loans more affordable, the U.S. Department of Education has announced several new steps to help federal student loan borrowers better manage their student debt.

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for Indiana and Kansas

Published 08/28/2014 12:13 PM

The Obama Administration announced today that Indiana and Kansas have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Motherlode Blog: How to See More of Your Best Friends? Move Away

Published 09/23/2014 08:48 AM

When the demands of parenthood, career, and general midlife busy-ness made it tough to see friends as much as we wanted to, we moved away, and saw them more.

Motherlode Blog: Ordering Abortion Drugs for Her Daughter Earns a Mother Jail Time

Published 09/23/2014 08:01 AM

On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three, went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence. Whalen’s crime was, in effect, ordering pills online that her older daughter took in the first several weeks of an unplanned pregnancy, when she was 16, to induce a miscarriage. The drugs have been available from a doctor with a prescription in the United States since 2000 and are used around the world to induce miscarriage. Read more.

The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Sept. 16-22, 2014

Published 09/23/2014 05:09 AM

Have you followed the news in the past week? Take our quiz to see what you know and to learn more, and look for a new edition each week on Tuesday morning.

The Learning Network: Are You a Nerd or a Geek?

Published 09/23/2014 02:00 AM

Has our society fully embraced geek culture? Can someone now declare, without shame or embarrassment, “I am a nerd”?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Art Man of Alcatraz

Published 09/23/2014 01:30 AM

Who is depicted in the monumental Lego installation?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Pool Parties and River Rides on Campus

Published 09/23/2014 12:55 AM

Below are the first seven paragraphs of a Sept. 19 article, “Making a Splash on Campus.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | protuberance

Published 09/22/2014 09:01 PM

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

Fraternities at Wesleyan Are Ordered to Become Coed

Published 09/22/2014 05:43 PM

After a series of high-profile episodes and calls from its student government for change, the university announced that its residential fraternities must all admit women as members and residents.

Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student During a Hike in New Jersey

Published 09/22/2014 04:54 PM

Darsh Patel, 22, and four friends were in the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford when the animal began to follow them, the authorities said.

Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Whose Last Name?

Published 09/22/2014 11:32 AM

Tennessee law forbids combining a mother and father’s surnames into a single name for baby — or giving an infant a mother’s last name without both parents’ “mutual assent.”

Motherlode Blog: Spanking Isn’t Culture. It’s a Cycle of Abuse.

Published 09/22/2014 09:45 AM

Adrian Peterson shouldn’t sell himself short. He is where he is today in spite of his father, not because of him, and what he learned from him now threatens his career and his family.

The Learning Network: How Should Nations and Individuals Address Climate Change?

Published 09/22/2014 05:01 AM

What can be done to address climate change, as individuals, community members and global citizens?

The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | Sept. 22, 2014

Published 09/22/2014 04:01 AM

On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Hong Kong Students Boycott Classes in Democracy Fight

Published 09/22/2014 03:20 AM

The strikers, who said they would skip class all week, are at the vanguard of a series of protests against limits set by China for selection of the city’s leader.

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A Punk Pastry Chef

Published 09/22/2014 01:37 AM

Below are the first seven paragraphs of the Sept. 17 Dining article “If Desserts Could Wear Tattoos.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Climate Change Demonstrators March in Manhattan

Published 09/22/2014 01:30 AM

What event took place on Sunday that sought to draw attention to the issue of climate change?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | insurgent

Published 09/21/2014 09:04 PM

This word has appeared in 431 New York Times articles in the past year.

Op-Ed Contributor: Why Poor Students Struggle

Published 09/21/2014 03:54 PM

The price of success in college is often their own identities.

International Education: Campus Police Acquire Military Weapons

Published 09/21/2014 09:35 AM

At least 124 colleges have acquired military equipment through a federal program that transfers military surplus to law-enforcement agencies across the country.

Motherlode Blog: From Lymphoma Mom to Just Mom, and Holding

Published 09/21/2014 05:30 AM

During chemotherapy, my cancer shifted from being a sad thing to being a sad and annoying thing. No one wanted anything to change, but almost everything did.

The Texas Tribune: Questioning an Ambitious Chancellor’s Vision

Published 09/20/2014 04:29 PM

While the aggressive transformation of the University of Houston has drawn praise, it has also prompted questions about the college’s role in both the community and the university system.

The Texas Tribune: Candidate’s Vow to Kill Tuition Law Makes Some in His Party Squirm

Published 09/20/2014 04:28 PM

State Senator Dan Patrick, who is running for lieutenant governor in Texas, wants to repeal the Dream Act, just as Republicans are trying to appeal more to Hispanic voters.

Economic View: Why Federal College Ratings Won’t Rein In Tuition

Published 09/20/2014 12:24 PM

An ambitious plan to create a better-informed marketplace for education doesn’t take into account how public universities are funded.

New Jersey Teacher Is Charged With Sexual Assault of 5 Students

Published 09/19/2014 07:58 PM

Nicole Dufault, a teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood, who was arrested this week for having sex with three students, is charged with sexually assaulting two more students.

Twitter Erupts as Nicki Minaj’s Offer to School Is Declined

Published 09/19/2014 07:15 PM

Students at the rapper’s alma mater, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, post their dismay after a visit falls through.

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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