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Education News

Trust told academies need to improve

Published 07/29/2014 08:35 AM

Ofsted tells an academies trust led by a former government adviser that too many of its schools are not improving fast enough.

Adoption films for would-be parents

Published 07/28/2014 08:57 AM

Videos of children in care are to be made available to people approved for adoption as part of plans to speed up the process.

New student loan model discussed

Published 07/29/2014 12:00 PM

Ministers and officials have been researching an idea that could bring major changes to England's student loan system, BBC Newsnight learns.

Playgrounds squeezed in places crush

Published 07/25/2014 10:11 AM

Many schools are building new classrooms on outside space to accommodate a growing number of pupils.

Universities 'must elect more women'

Published 07/27/2014 05:17 PM

Scottish universities should appoint more women to their governing bodies or be forced to do so, according to the National Union of Students.

Exam reform delayed by schools

Published 07/24/2014 04:44 PM

Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research.

Degrees least likely for white teens

Published 07/24/2014 07:13 AM

University application levels have increased among all groups, but ethnic minority pupils are the most likely to seek places.

Plagiarism charge rocks US Senate race

Published 07/24/2014 08:36 AM

The New York Times reports that US Senator John Walsh duplicated numerous passages in his 2007 Army War College master's thesis. The news could hamper Democratic hopes of keeping control of the Senate.

Fewer young smokers and drinkers

Published 07/24/2014 04:26 AM

Smoking, drinking and drug use among secondary school pupils have more than halved over the past 10 years, figures show.

Priority school places plan for poor

Published 07/23/2014 03:24 AM

Schools in England could be allowed to offer priority places to the poorest children in their area under proposals put forward by the government.

'Trojan Horse' probe 'needs review'

Published 07/23/2014 03:08 AM

The council-commissioned review into the so-called Trojan Horse allegations "ought to be reviewed itself", teachers say.

'Fewer degree offers' for minorities

Published 07/22/2014 05:16 PM

Ethnic minority students are less likely to receive offers from UK universities than their white British peers, research suggests.

Selfie 'sexters' in child sex warning

Published 07/22/2014 12:53 PM

Young couples who send explicit pictures of each other are threatened with prosecution under child sex laws.

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

What do you do with millions of extra graduates?

Published 07/01/2014 12:00 PM

China and India have record numbers of graduates. But what happens if they cannot find jobs?

Teachers feel undervalued by public

Published 06/25/2014 02:03 AM

An international survey by the OECD shows a widespread pattern of teachers feeling a lack of respect for their profession.

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.

You mean you're not on holiday yet?

Published 06/10/2014 04:05 PM

School summer holidays have begun in parts of Europe - but do they lose out on results?

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.

Nostalgia 'makes people spend money'

Published 07/23/2014 04:24 AM

A feeling of nostalgia makes people part with money more easily, according to academics studying patterns of consumer behaviour.

Food learning theory for obese women

Published 07/17/2014 04:42 PM

Obese women may have a "food learning impairment" that could explain their attitude to food, research from Yale School of Medicine suggests.

Funding boost for music education

Published 07/22/2014 06:13 AM

Music education for children in England is to receive an £18m boost in funding, the Department for Education says.

'Disturbing' Trojan inquiry findings

Published 07/22/2014 05:49 AM

Nicky Morgan, the new education secretary, warns of evidence of intolerance in schools as the government's Trojan horse report is published.

Teacher wins unfair dismissal claim

Published 07/21/2014 07:03 AM

A teacher who was cleared of sexually assaulting a pupil but then sacked by his school wins a claim for unfair dismissal.

Graduate posts in the UK 'grow 17%'

Published 07/21/2014 05:08 PM

There has been a significant increase in the number of graduate vacancies in the UK but many employers are struggling to fill posts, a poll says.

Ban B&Bs for care leavers, say MPs

Published 07/17/2014 03:06 AM

Young adults leaving the care system in England should be provided with regulated accommodation and not placed in bed and breakfasts, say MPs.

FGM training for public sector staff

Published 07/21/2014 02:07 AM

Extra training is to be given to teachers, doctors and social workers to help them to identify and assist girls at risk of female genital mutilation.

Early risers 'less moral at night'

Published 07/16/2014 08:09 PM

"Morning people", who are more alert early in the day, are more likely to cheat and behave unethically in the night hours, researchers claim.

Child obesity 'needs to be tackled'

Published 07/16/2014 01:10 AM

Obesity in children in Northern Ireland is on the rise and needs to be tackled, according to a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health survey.

VIDEO: Student texts make fly on wall TV show

Published 07/22/2014 04:01 PM

BBC Click's Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes of the TV programme The Secret Lives of Students.

AUDIO: Police warn teens over explicit texts

Published 07/23/2014 04:37 AM

Teenagers who send explicit pictures of each other could be threatened with prosecution, a police officer warns.

VIDEO: Council 'made mistakes' says chief

Published 07/22/2014 10:10 AM

Mistakes were made by Birmingham City Council when dealing with allegations of an alleged plot by hardline Muslims to gain control of schools, its chief executive has said.

VIDEO: Do disabled children miss out on PE?

Published 07/20/2014 11:45 PM

PE provision for children with disabilities in mainstream schools is lacking and could damage Britain's Paralympic prospects in the future, according to a survey carried out by the Youth Sport Trust.

Autism school's legacy lives on

Published 07/24/2014 06:14 PM

The man who set up a free school in the 80s

How many Greek legends were really true?

Published 07/22/2014 04:00 PM

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

Do four-year-olds need a graduation ceremony?

Published 07/22/2014 05:27 PM

Do four-year-olds need a graduation ceremony?

A U-turn over student loans sale?

Published 07/21/2014 08:21 AM

A U-turn over student loans sale?

Teachers' luxury gifts raise concern

Published 07/16/2014 11:07 PM

Concerns raised over spiralling cost of gifts to teachers

'Sharing Is Not a Crime': Why a Colombian Student Faces Prison for Posting Research Online

Published 07/29/2014 11:04 AM

A South American biologist who found a five-year-old master's degree thesis online, then shared it with fellow graduate students on a Web page, could spend the next eight years in prison for copyright infringement. In a case that pits Internet freedom against intellectual property rights, Diego Gomez is accused of breaking the law even though he used the paper for research, didn't try to sell it, and didn’t claim credit for the work. But the paper’s author claims Gomez, 26, illegally obtained and distributed his work product, violating copyright laws embedded in a 2006 trade deal Colombia signed with the United States.    The case against Gomez, who is studying ways to preserve his country's vast, diverse ecosystem, has become a rallying cry for international activists, including recently formed free-Internet advocacy groups in Colombia. “That’s the thing about copyright law—it sort of pulls in all sorts of uses of work” that typically weren't subject to legal protection, said Maira Sutton, a global policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a free-Internet advocacy group.

Parents sue Georgia school system in gym mat death

Published 07/29/2014 08:46 AM

The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday.

Temple University scraps SAT requirement for new students

Published 07/29/2014 08:07 AM

(Reuters) - Philadelphia's Temple University said on Tuesday it will no longer require prospective students to submit a standardized test score when they apply, joining a small but growing group of schools that believe there are other ways to gauge talent. Temple said it is the first public research university in the United States' Northeast to broaden its admissions policy in this way. Most U.S. schools still rely on students' SAT or ACT test scores when choosing whom to admit. A prospective student's high-school grade point average, class rank or even his or her "grit, self-determination and self-confidence" may all be better predictors of success in higher education, Temple said in its announcement.

Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens: study

Published 07/29/2014 07:06 AM

By Moriah Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A rise in marijuana use among U.S. teens over the past 20 years has no significant tie to the legalization of marijuana for medical use in many states, according to a new research paper. Comparing surveys of marijuana use by adolescents conducted annually by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found the probability that a high schooler had used pot in the last 30 days was no more than 0.8 percent higher in legal states compared to states that had not approved medical marijuana. "Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana among high school students," D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University, Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado and Benjamin Hansen of the University of Oregon wrote.

Ontario Teachers likely to buy rest of UK's Bristol Airport: source

Published 07/28/2014 07:16 AM

Canada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is likely to buy the rest of Britain's Bristol Airport in a deal worth up to 250 million pounds ($424.6 million), a source closely monitoring the situation said on Monday. The pension fund, which already owns 49 percent of the regional airport, has the right of first offer for the 50 percent owned by Australian asset manager Macquarie Group . Macquarie, the world's largest infrastructure asset manager, was sounding out buyers for its holding, British newspaper The Sunday Times reported. Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is eyeing the stake as it seeks to expand its infrastructure holdings from $12 billion to around $18 billion.

Salvage Summer ACT, SAT Prep With a Shortened Timeline

Published 07/28/2014 06:00 AM

Some high school students begin their summers with the intent of fully preparing for standardized college admissions tests. They understand that their time to study for the ACT or SAT will be limited once they return to school in the fall and wish to complete as much exam preparation as possible while their schedules permit.

Healthier High School Lunches Get a Mixed Bag of Reviews

Published 07/28/2014 05:00 AM

The reviews on healthier school lunches are in, and it seems most high school students think they are tolerable. Many of the new federal requirements aimed at making school lunches healthier took effect in the 2012-2013 school year. Twelve months later, about 63 percent of high school students surveyed reported liking the new school lunches, at least to some extent, according to a report released this month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization whose mission is to improve public health. "High school kids, you know they got their opinions right away," says Susan Birmingham, director of food service for Frontier Central School District in Hamburg, New York.

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

Published 07/27/2014 08:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.

Science on the job: Teachers learn from tech firms

Published 07/26/2014 07:36 AM

A small but growing number of science and math teachers aren't spending the summer at the beach or catching up on books, they're toiling at companies, practicing the principles they teach. As American ...


Published 07/25/2014 10:00 PM

EDITORS: Cynthia Tucker is taking a one-week vacation and will not file a column dated for Aug. 2-3. In much of the country, parents are already buying school supplies for the start of the academic year -- a departure from days of yore. The American system of public education is in dire need of comprehensive change if it is to prepare students for global competition.

Avoid These Tech Mistakes as an Online Student

Published 07/25/2014 07:00 AM

Michelle Hook Dewey jokes that when she started her online master's degree with the University of Illinois in 2011, all of her homework was organized in paper folders. Still, she admits technology can be a big hurdle to overcome, especially for online learners who tend to be older and less familiar with newer tools. "And you can find new ways to approach technology." Below are 10 technology mistakes many online students make when starting school.

Land a Spot in a Top Online Master's in Education Program

Published 07/25/2014 06:30 AM

"Anybody who is working in education in the 21st century really needs to have an online experience, not just from an instructor side but from a student side," says Kaleb Patrick, director of graduate programs for Central Michigan University's Global Campus, tied for the No. 3 spot among online graduate education programs. Getting into the top online graduate education program isn't impossible -- the top 10 schools have an average acceptance rate of 85 percent, according to U.S. News data -- but online students might want to think twice about what they choose to emphasize in their applications. Admissions committees look for strong work experience, well-written essays and positive letters of recommendations from all of their applicants, however, prospective online students would be wise to focus on why they would be a good fit for a virtual environment, experts say. Students looking to get into the best online graduate education programs should make it clear they understand the unique requirements of online learning, says Patrick Roberts, an associate professor in the Northern Illinois University College of Education, ranked No. 1.

Corinthian faces uphill struggle to sell Everest colleges

Published 07/25/2014 05:24 AM

It took a cryptic message on her college login page to alert Stephenie Wickiser to the plight of the company that owns her online university. Corinthian Colleges Inc is the first university operator in the United States to feel the force of a government crackdown on the $28 billion for-profit education sector. As part of an agreement with the Department of Education - the same deal to which Wickiser's login page made reference - Corinthian has six months to sell most of its campuses or close them down. "I am just worried that I am going to be stuck with all these student loans, and my degree means absolutely nothing," said Wickiser, a paralegal student at Corinthian's Everest University Online.

House votes to simplify education tax breaks

Published 07/24/2014 06:30 PM

The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students. The bill would make permanent a tax credit that ...

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

Published 07/24/2014 06:17 PM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race

Published 07/24/2014 02:08 PM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Published 07/23/2014 05:13 PM

Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Paying Teachers to Give Up Tenure: What’s the Right Price?

Published 07/23/2014 04:26 PM

Education reformer Michelle Rhee once called teacher tenure the Holy Grail of elementary and secondary school educators. In the latest tenure fight, a California judge last month ruled that the state’s last-hired, first-fired teacher tenure system deprives minority and low-income students of an equal education. Economist Allison Schrager, however, has proposed an alternative view that could help end the fighting: Convince teachers to trade job protection for cold, hard cash. Surveys show that public school teachers are among society’s lowest-paid workers;

Newark, N.J., schools probed after claims of race discrimination

Published 07/23/2014 04:05 PM

By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education said on Wednesday it was investigating complaints that a plan to reorganize public schools in Newark, New Jersey, discriminates against black students. A parent-led group in New Jersey's largest city has said that school closings and conversions to charter schools under the "One Newark" plan disproportionately affect black students. "We can confirm that the Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether the Newark Public Schools’ enactment of the 'One Newark' plan at the end of the 2013-2014 school year discriminates against black students on the basis of race," an Education Department spokesman said in a statement.

Montana US senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

Published 07/23/2014 03:27 PM

Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

Stray Decimal Points Put Thousands of Students' Financial Aid in Jeopardy

Published 07/23/2014 03:24 PM

A mistake in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application forms could cost tens of thousands of students their financial aid.  The Department of Education told The Associated Press that a change in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, resulted in many students incorrectly entering their personal income levels. They estimate up to 200,000 people were wrongly declared eligible and others were incorrectly denied.  The DOE is trying to identify who was incorrectly selected for the Pell Grants and have since corrected the error on the online form, which stemmed from rogue decimal points.

Montana senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

Published 07/23/2014 02:33 PM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

Lawsuit challenges Louisiana governor's plan to ditch Common Core

Published 07/23/2014 09:26 AM

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A group of charter schools, teachers and parents filed suit on Tuesday against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, asserting that he overstepped his authority and has sown chaos by moving last month to ditch the Common Core education standards for teaching English and math which he helped usher in four years ago. "The governor is acting beyond the scope of his powers under the state constitution," said Stephen Kupperman, attorney for the plaintiffs. Louisiana Education Superintendent John White has said the state must use the tests despite the governor's plan. "The Louisiana Department of Education needs to stop delaying, issue an RFP (request for proposal) and follow the law," Jindal said in a statement.

Most victims of fiery California bus crash died of smoke inhalation

Published 07/22/2014 02:43 PM

(Reuters) - Most of the 10 people killed in a fiery crash of a bus full of college hopefuls in Northern California survived the initial impact and died of smoke inhalation from flames that engulfed the vehicle, the county coroner said on Tuesday. Seven of those who died after a FedEx truck crashed into the bus taking high school students to a college recruitment event in April succumbed to asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation, while two died of trauma sustained in the crash, the Glenn County Coroner's Office said. The dead in the crash in the city of Orland, an agricultural community north of Sacramento, included five Los Angeles-area students on their way to tour a Northern California university campus, as well as their chaperones and both drivers. While traveling south on Interstate 5, the FedEx truck gradually veered left and crossed a 58-foot-wide median before entering oncoming lanes of traffic, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report published in April.

There’s No Point in Releasing Prisoners, Ever—Unless We Do This

Published 07/22/2014 12:26 PM

In her college-level classes in New York’s correctional institutions, Baz Dreisinger has students who come from all races and backgrounds, and they are often extremely intelligent. The academic director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has seen firsthand that no matter the prisoner’s background or continued access to higher education outside confinement, even the most talented students struggle to find solid work and safe housing after release. “I had one student who was particularly bright,” Dreisinger recalls. "I was certain he was going to be successful.” On release, however, the student had no family to take him in, leaving him with one option: living in a dangerous halfway house.

Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

Published 07/22/2014 11:12 AM

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.

Research, Discuss Sexual Violence on College Campuses as a Family

Published 07/22/2014 05:30 AM

As sexual assaults on college campuses make headlines, many parents of prospective college students struggle to address the issue with their families and universities. In May, the Department of Education released the names of more than 50 institutions that are under investigation for possible Title IX violations, which concern the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. In early July, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., released a report that found that many of the 440 institutions surveyed failed to comply with federal requirements for handling sexual assault cases. Sexual violence can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss, so experts provide the following advice on what prospective students and their parents should know about the issue as they research colleges.

California law limits school football practices to cut concussions

Published 07/21/2014 04:08 PM

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Football practices at which middle- and high-school students tackle each other will be restricted in California under a law signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest U.S. effort to minimize brain injuries from the popular sport. The measure, which limits practices with full-on tackling during the playing season and prohibits them during most of the off-season, comes amid growing concern nationwide over brain damage that can result from concussions among student as well as professional athletes. "This is a very balanced approach," said Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley, the law's author. It's good for kids and it's good for parents." The measure, which goes into effect in January, makes California the 20th state to restrict practices by middle school and high school football teams during which tackling and other full-contact activities are allowed.

The Scopes Monkey trial and the Constitution

Published 07/21/2014 07:00 AM

On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day in Tennessee.

3-D Printing Becomes Accessible for High School Teachers

Published 07/21/2014 05:00 AM

Imagine a classroom where teens design and manufacture a chess set, a scanner or even a prosthetic hand, for pennies on the dollar.

Colleges woo Native Americans with new programs

Published 07/21/2014 01:08 AM

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.

Is Good Food a Human Right for Prisoners?

Published 07/18/2014 03:26 PM

Since January, at least five appearances by maggots in food or in the kitchen have been reported just in Ohio prisons, according to the records of food service operator Aramark Correctional Services. With prison cafeterias’ blotted quality-control history—including recent cases of prisoners being served expired bologna and live maggots—some prisoner advocates say there should be a baseline standard for the food served behind bars, similar to the nutritional standards guiding food service in public schools. “Everyone should have the right to decent food—adequate, nutritious food,” says Alex Friedmann, managing editor of Prison Legal News, an independent publication of the Human Rights Defense Center. “It’s not just that the [prison] food is bad, which generally it is.

MIT Offers A Really Cool Course – Oh, And It’s Free

Published 07/18/2014 12:02 PM

Many colleges and universities offer free online courses for students, including giants in the higher-education industry like Harvard and Yale. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the OpenCourseWare program allows students to choose from literally thousands of free online courses ranging from business to art. According to Gizmodo, one course of note is MIT’s “Documentary of Photography” and “Photojournalism: A History of the World in Motion” course.

Corinthian Colleges to be monitored by ex-U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald

Published 07/18/2014 11:21 AM

Former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald agreed to serve as an independent monitor of Corinthian Colleges Inc, the struggling for-profit education company that agreed to sell or close its campuses, the U.S. Department of Education said on Friday. Fitzgerald, 53, is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which he joined in 2012 after a decade as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago. As a prosecutor, he won the convictions of former Illinois governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich;

Indiana University doctoral student among Malaysia Air dead

Published 07/18/2014 09:29 AM

(Reuters) - A Dutch doctoral student and former member of the Indiana University rowing team was among the passengers killed when Malaysian airliner went down in Ukraine, the university said Friday in a statement. Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was a doctoral student in the chemistry department in the university's college of Arts and Sciences, had earned a master's degree from the university and was a member of the women's rowing team in the 2011 season, the university said. "The Indiana rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn's sudden passing," Indiana head rowing coach Steve Peterson said in a statement.

Three months later, body recovered from South Korea ferry

Published 07/17/2014 08:19 PM

Divers retrieved another body Friday from the site of South Korea's ferry disaster -- the first to be recovered in nearly four weeks from the submerged vessel that sank three months ago. The body of a female was found inside a dining hall of the upturned ferry which is lying on the seabed at a depth of 40 metres (130 feet), rescue authorities said. The 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry was carrying 476 passengers and crew -- including 325 high school students -- when it capsized and sank off the southern coast on April 16. President Park Geun-Hye and her administration have been bitterly criticised for their response to the disaster, which stunned the entire country.

176 teachers killed in Nigeria's restive north-east since 2011

Published 07/17/2014 02:49 PM

Abuja (AFP) - One hundred and seventy-six teachers have been killed and 900 schools destroyed in Nigeria's Borno state since Boko Haram militants intensified their violent attacks in 2011, officials said Thursday.

Government investigates major for-profit university, leaving students in the lurch

Published 07/17/2014 12:20 PM

Corinthian College Inc. (COCO), will shutter 12 campuses and sell 85 following a Department of Education investigation into its federal student aid practices. Here's how students are reacting.

Jim Gardner talks one-on-one with Supt. William Hite

Published 07/16/2014 08:35 PM

'Jim Gardner: One-on-One,' is a chance to get to know regional newsmakers and even individuals who aren't making headlines. Our first sit down is with Dr. William Hite, superintendent of Philadelphia public schools.

First lady salutes Grammy Museum, music teachers

Published 07/16/2014 04:26 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama says every arts organization in the country should embrace the mission of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which focuses on education.

Why Educating Girls Matters

Published 07/29/2014 11:50 AM

Wadley and Secretary Duncan solve a

A Day in Ohio with Secretary Perez & Secretary Duncan

Published 07/29/2014 11:13 AM

Cross-posted from the Department of Labor’s Work in Progress blog.

Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Soars to New Heights

Published 07/29/2014 08:10 AM

Soaring to new heights

Ready To Learn Series Gets the Red Carpet Treatment

Published 07/29/2014 06:29 AM

Cross-posted from the OII blog.

Engineering Education: The U.S. Department of Education Releases Innovative Initiatives

Published 07/28/2014 09:18 AM

The Department of Education (ED) has announced a new round of experimental sites, or ex-sites, to provide flexibility to design programs that serve students better.  The new ex-sites will promote competency-based education (CBE), as well as prior learning assessme

Secretary Duncan Praises Sustainable Schools and Announces Tour

Published 07/28/2014 06:46 AM

Upskill America: Creating Pathways to the Middle Class

Published 07/28/2014 05:34 AM

Cross-posted from the White House Blog.

Guidance for Schools Issued on How to Keep Parents Better Informed on the Data They Collect on Students

Published 07/25/2014 07:22 AM

The U.S. Department of Education today announced new guidance for schools and districts on how to keep parents and students better informed about what student data is collected and how it is used.

AANAPISIs: Serving a Critical AAPI Student Population

Published 07/23/2014 08:48 AM

Recently I had the distinct privilege to join Education Secretary Arne Duncan when he met with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander education stakeholders to discuss a number of education issues affecting the community.  They presented a range of issues

My Brother’s Keeper D.C. Data Jam Announced

Published 07/22/2014 12:00 PM

Cross-posted from ED’s My Brother’s Keeper website.

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on President Obama Signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014

Published 07/22/2014 11:41 AM

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on President Obama signing today at the White House the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

Administration Honors U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees; Announces Second Annual Best Practices Tour

Published 07/22/2014 11:38 AM

White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Mark Schaefer joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to congratulate the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees on their achievements at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall: “America Will Succeed If We Are Investing in Our Young People.”

Published 07/22/2014 11:04 AM

Cross-posted from the White House Blog.

Know It 2 Own It: Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act

Published 07/22/2014 06:32 AM

This week, we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law. This landmark legislation was the nation’s first comprehensive civil rights law addressing the needs of people with disabilities.

U.S. Department of Education Expands Innovation in Higher Education through the Experimental Sites Initiative

Published 07/22/2014 06:03 AM

As part of the President and Vice President’s new actions to provide more Americans with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need for in-demand jobs, today, the Department is announcing a new round of “experimental sites” (ex-

The Civil Rights Act at 50: Arne Duncan at Howard University

Published 07/22/2014 05:35 AM

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 laid the groundwork for a much broader mission to fulfill the American promise of equal opportunity – and that is why it is not just part of our history but part of our future.

U.S. Supreme Court Hosts “Let’s Read! Let’s Move!” Event — An Historic First

Published 07/21/2014 12:37 PM

Students walk toward the Supreme C

An Educational Experience Second to None for VCU’s Vets

Published 07/18/2014 12:05 PM

For 70 years, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – known as the “GI Bill” – has provided our nation’s military with higher education opportunities.

Education Department Names Seasoned Team to Monitor Corinthian Colleges

Published 07/18/2014 08:30 AM

Today, the U.S. Department of Education took additional steps to ensure Corinthian Colleges’ students and the American taxpayer are protected by announcing that Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, under the leadership of former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, has been selected to take on the role of monitoring various aspects of the career college company.

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

Published 07/15/2014 08:52 AM

Reposted from the Huffington Post.

Students Reflect on #civilrightsride Experiences

Published 07/15/2014 04:40 AM

On Wednesday, July 2, ED commemorated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a Civil Rights Bus Ride. Some of the original Freedom Riders and current student leaders took a trip from Washington, D.C., to Richmond, Virginia, for a symbolic and celebratory returning ride.

Federal Student Aid Seeks Virtual Interns

Published 07/14/2014 11:14 AM

If you’re interested in a hands-on learning experience with the Department of Education, but are unable to travel to Washington, D.C., the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program is for you!

Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Summer 2014 Kick Off

Published 07/14/2014 06:09 AM

The Let’s Read! Let’s Move! summer series danced off to the beat of the Native American drum with the Black Bear Singers surrounded by 225 children, ages three to seven, in a continuous round dance at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) on July 9, 2014.

Social Media Tips for Educators: Measuring Success

Published 07/14/2014 05:00 AM

Our fourth social media tip sheet is now online! During the past few weeks, we’ve been presenting clear and concise information about social media messaging for educators and now we’ve released information about measuring those engagement strategies.

Celebrating Progress in a Year of Action

Published 07/11/2014 12:58 PM

As part of his Year of Action, President Obama has taken a series of executive actions to close opportunity gaps and ensure that more students receive the high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and careers.

New York Educators Fight Back on Attacks to Tenure

Published 07/29/2014 07:31 PM

The United Federation of Teachers sent out a memo defending tenure laws after two parents groups in New York filed lawsuits to challenge it.

North Carolina Budget Deal Includes a Raise for Teachers

Published 07/29/2014 07:22 PM

Legislators have announced a tentative budget agreement that includes a pay raise for public schoolteachers, but analysts expect that the proposed changes will mean more cuts elsewhere.

Osteopathic Schools Turn Out Nearly a Third of All Med School Grads

Published 07/29/2014 06:00 PM

With a looming shortage of M.D.s, osteopathic medicine is shedding its second-tier image. And yes, D.O.s are real doctors.

The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 5 | ‘I Changed My Definition of the Word “Lucky” ’

Published 07/29/2014 02:42 PM

This week’s winner is Kiran, and our Penguin Young Readers Group judge was the author Alex London. There are still three weeks of the contest left.

Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs

Published 07/29/2014 02:33 PM

The City of New York pays for about 12,000 special-needs students per year to receive private school educations. Parents contend that the city fights too many of these requests, delaying important services to students in the process.

Degrees of Education: When the College Admissions Battle Starts at Age 3

Published 07/29/2014 11:19 AM

In New York City, some parents are hoping that elite prekindergarten will give their children an edge at getting into Harvard. But will it?

N.C.A.A. Deal Revamps Head-Injury Care

Published 07/29/2014 10:43 AM

The settlement brings a significant change in the care and safety of current and former college athletes, including a $70 million medical monitoring fund and a new national protocol for head injuries.

Motherlode Blog: The Cuckoo Bird and the Baby

Published 07/29/2014 06:39 AM

The cuckoo bird lays its eggs in another bird’s nest, then flies off, never to return. Is a sperm donor like the cuckoo bird?

Everyday Economics: How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College

Published 07/28/2014 09:30 PM

The inflation index for college tuition has become notorious. But it reflects sticker prices over the past 20 years, not what families actually pay.

Gene I. Maeroff, Education Reporter and Author, Dies at 75

Published 07/28/2014 06:28 PM

A former education reporter for The Times, Mr. Maeroff found a second career working as an author, a researcher and an adviser on education issues.

Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Emotional and Practical Advice for Sending a Child to College

Published 07/28/2014 12:26 PM

Parents, what advice do you have for someone sending a child to college for the first time?

Discarded Museum is Resurrected at Brown

Published 07/28/2014 11:47 AM

The work of the naturalist John Whipple Potter Jenks was thrown out and forgotten until a group of graduate students revived it, with an artist’s help, for a new exhibition.

Motherlode Blog: Sticks and Stones, and a Diagnosis in Words That Can’t Hurt Us

Published 07/28/2014 06:43 AM

A diagnosis, of autism or anything else, won’t make me mourn my daughter, who is different, not dying.

The Learning Network: A Midsummer Hiatus, July 28-Aug. 1

Published 07/28/2014 06:11 AM

We’re taking a break this week to get some work done behind the scenes, but we’ve left you with a summer-fun classic for your teaching and learning pleasure.

Degrees of Education: Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard?

Published 07/28/2014 06:10 AM

Money magazine released a new list of best colleges focused on what is on the minds of many parents and students: money. Babson ranked No. 1.

Briefly: International Education: BBC Offering Archives for World War I Courses

Published 07/27/2014 09:02 AM

The broadcaster will collaborate with four British universities to offer free Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, beginning in October.

International Education: U.S. Moves to Align Student Exchanges With Policy Goals

Published 07/27/2014 09:02 AM

The new strategy, reflecting a shift in thinking about how foreign exchange programs should operate in a more volatile world, would add funds for short-term fellowships but cut support for the Fulbright program.

International Education: Learning Personal Finance as a Life Skill

Published 07/27/2014 09:01 AM

A global comparative study on the financial literacy of 15-year-olds has placed a spotlight on the growing importance of economic competency training in secondary schools.

Plagiarism Scandal Tests a Senator Still Forming a Rapport With Montanans

Published 07/25/2014 06:32 PM

Many voters in Montana seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude as they assess Senator John Walsh, a Democrat accused of plagiarizing an Army War College paper.

Shootings Redefine Beat of School Police Officers

Published 07/25/2014 05:18 PM

Radical shifts in tactics have swept the field — even calling on officers to rush toward shooters without backup.

Arts | Westchester: Putting the A in STEAM

Published 07/25/2014 11:25 AM

“Steam,” a new exhibition in White Plains, takes its name from an educational movement, STEAM, which is STEM (another curriculum that is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the addition of the “A” for art.

Motherlode Blog: Letting a Child Make the Small Sacrifice

Published 07/25/2014 10:43 AM

It’s always my instinct to sacrifice for my kids. To step back; to say, you take it, you go, it’s ok, I don’t mind. My daughter’s gift of a horseback ride reminded me that being the giver isn’t always the right thing to do.

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

Published 07/25/2014 08:44 AM

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

The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest, Week 7 | What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?

Published 07/25/2014 04:01 AM

Tell us what caught your eye and why, by 7 a.m. Eastern on Aug. 1. This week, our guest judge is Andrew Smith, and winners will be published on Aug. 12.

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Weird Al Yankovic Soars to the Top of the Charts

Published 07/25/2014 01:41 AM

What role has Weird Al Yankovic played in pop culture since the late 1970s?

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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