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Lack of oversight 'damaging schools'

Published 01/29/2015 05:35 PM

MPs say problems in some more autonomous schools have been picked up too late because of lack of oversight by the government.

University applications at record high

Published 01/29/2015 06:43 PM

University applications have reached record levels, according to the Ucas admissions service.

School tables branded a 'nonsense'

Published 01/29/2015 10:00 AM

Government school league tables are branded a "nonsense", after numerous changes to the way grades are recognised left more schools failing.

'Counter-extremism' boost in schools

Published 01/29/2015 05:25 AM

Tackling the threat of extremism in England's schools is to be made a higher priority, says Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Colour-coded school ratings revealed

Published 01/29/2015 06:50 AM

Parents can find out how their children's schools are performing with results of a new colour-coded ratings system being revealed.

Staff shortage at Trojan schools

Published 01/28/2015 09:35 AM

Schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham are struggling to recruit staff, the Chief Inspector of Schools has told MPs.

'No top university' for many schools

Published 01/27/2015 08:00 AM

Hundreds of schools and colleges in England do not send any students on to the UK's top universities, data shows.

Norfolk schools inspections 'fair'

Published 01/27/2015 08:55 AM

There is no evidence that three Norfolk academies had unfair advance notice of Ofsted inspections, an independent review has concluded.

'No proof' academies raise standards

Published 01/26/2015 07:17 PM

There is no clear evidence to show that "academies raise standards overall", says a report from the Education Select Committee into England's school system.

Graduate jobs 'benefit school-leavers'

Published 01/26/2015 07:13 PM

Leading firms will offer school-leavers more opportunities as the graduate jobs market picks up, a survey suggests.

University seeking 'eureka' dean

Published 01/26/2015 07:05 AM

The University of Bristol is inviting applicants for the brand new post of 'associate dean of eureka moments'.

More private students get state loans

Published 01/26/2015 01:17 PM

Taxpayers financing £675m in loans to students at private colleges, new figures reveal

Primary school standards 'decline'

Published 01/27/2015 01:19 PM

The standards of primary schools inspected in Wales declined in 2014 compared to previous years, according to education watchdog Estyn.

Families hit by cuts, report says

Published 01/26/2015 04:00 PM

Families with young children and poorer households have been worst affected by government changes to tax and benefits, according to a new report.

Siblings in care 'forced apart'

Published 01/26/2015 01:58 AM

Over a third of children in care who have siblings are having to live apart from any of them, suggests research by a children's charity.

France plans elite mega-university

Published 12/09/2014 04:07 PM

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

The university built to defend democracy

Published 12/02/2014 04:12 PM

The university built to fight for democracy

Power behind Qatar's global lessons

Published 11/11/2014 04:20 PM

The royal power behind Qatar's obsession with education

US targets debts for dead-end degrees

Published 11/04/2014 04:09 PM

Can US colleges show their courses are value for money?

Where do billionaires go to university?

Published 10/28/2014 05:30 PM

Where do the super-rich go to university?

Debt campaigners tear up student loans

Published 10/22/2014 04:13 AM

An activist group in the US is buying and then cancelling student debt

Tony Blair: Fight war of ideas against extremism

Published 10/14/2014 04:01 PM

Every school system should be required to teach respect for other religions, says Tony Blair

Google's top 20 university searches

Published 09/23/2014 04:00 PM

Google has revealed the most popular searches when people around the world are looking for university information.

Masked tutors 'boost nurse training'

Published 01/22/2015 05:11 PM

Nursing tutors at the University of Surrey are planning to make themselves unrecognisable in a bid to boost students' bedside skills.

Computer time is 'parents' bribe'

Published 01/21/2015 06:15 PM

Parents are using access to computers as a way of controlling their children's behaviour, according to a study of modern childhood.

Can Labour pay for university fee cut?

Published 01/25/2015 11:33 AM

Labour leader Ed Miliband favours cutting the maximum university fees for students from £9,000 to £6,000, the BBC understands.

Ofsted defends free school inspectors

Published 01/23/2015 06:52 AM

Ofsted says it has found no evidence its inspectors acted inappropriately during visits to two free schools which were subsequently placed in special measures.

New imaging centre at university

Published 01/22/2015 05:34 PM

A new "cutting-edge" £8m microscopic imaging facility is opened at Dundee University with the goal of advancing research.

'Poor boys fare worse in rich areas'

Published 01/23/2015 04:58 AM

The behaviour of boys from poor families is worse when they grow up alongside wealthier neighbours, suggests research.

'Fight segregation' - French PM Valls

Published 01/22/2015 08:09 AM

France has tolerated "ghettoisation" in its deprived suburban schools for too long, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says.

Child protection checks 'blinkered'

Published 01/19/2015 08:24 PM

Ofsted needs a broader approach to inspecting child protection services, say council leaders.

VIDEO: Academies: The pupils' view

Published 01/27/2015 10:33 AM

Petchey Academy pupils and the school's principal explain how they think the school has changed since becoming an academy.

VIDEO: Should spelling be simplified?

Published 01/24/2015 12:30 AM

The English Spelling Society is drawing up a list of proposals to make it easier for children to learn to spell, including removing silent letters.

VIDEO: Is this the world's oldest pupil?

Published 01/22/2015 10:44 PM

Ninety-year-old Kenyan student Priscilla Sitienei says she wants to inspire children, especially girls, to get an education.

VIDEO: No proof academies work, say MPs

Published 01/27/2015 01:49 AM

There is no evidence to prove the government's flagship academies programme has raised standards for all schoolchildren, according to a cross-party group of MPs.

Apps let parents 'spy' on their kids

Published 01/28/2015 06:19 PM

Apps that allow parents to 'spy' on their kids

Transforming a struggling school

Published 01/29/2015 01:39 AM

How one head turned a school's performance around

Last witnesses of the Holocaust

Published 01/24/2015 05:30 PM

Holocaust survivors hand on their stories to school pupils

Trying to prevent radicalisation with humour

Published 01/27/2015 08:44 PM

Can this man stop young people becoming radicals?

The man with 26 million students

Published 01/23/2015 04:00 PM

The man teaching 26 million students to code

China education minister demands rejection of Western values

Published 01/29/2015 07:21 PM

BEIJING (AP) — China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.

US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China

Published 01/29/2015 01:21 PM

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Top American universities like Yale and Harvard, widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds.

Myanmar police to DNA test soldiers over murdered teachers

Published 01/29/2015 12:16 PM

Myanmar police Thursday said they will conduct DNA tests on soldiers and residents in a northern village where two young teachers were murdered in a crime that has sparked widespread public anger. "We have collected hair samples of 25 soldiers who were on duty that night as well as from 10 villagers," lieutenant San Lwin of Shan state police force told AFP. The samples have been sent to the capital Naypyidaw for DNA testing to check against strands of hair found in the hands of both the deceased women, he added. Maran Lu Ra, 20, and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin, 21, were volunteer teachers at IDP camps near the border town of Muse in Shan, parts of which have also been wracked by conflict between Myanmar's army and ethnic minority rebels in recent years.

Dartmouth College to ban hard alcohol on campus

Published 01/29/2015 07:39 AM

(Reuters) - Dartmouth College will ban hard alcohol on campus as it seeks to cut down on binge drinking among students, the Ivy League school's president said on Thursday. The ban, which applies to students and all college-sponsored events, comes at a time when universities across the United States are trying to fight what the White House has described as an "epidemic" of sexual assault. The Hanover, New Hampshire, college is among the more than 50 elite U.S. learning institutions that the Department of Education is investigating to see if their policies on sex assault violate U.S. laws requiring equal treatment for men and women in higher education. Researchers say the culture of binge drinking on college campuses has fueled sex assaults.

Scholarships to Help International Students Afford U.S. Colleges

Published 01/29/2015 07:00 AM

American colleges and universities are among the best in the world, and for many students from around the globe, attending college in the U.S. would be a dream come true. Every year, thousands of students from nearly every continent flock to campuses across the U.S. to earn their degrees and take what they've learned back home. Though it's true that American colleges and universities are far from free, many offer generous scholarships to international students, and there are a handful of private scholarships available to students as well. Before you write it off as impossible, check out scholarship opportunities for funding your American college dream.

Top US colleges push for more diverse students from China

Published 01/28/2015 09:03 PM

Yupei Guo does not fit the mold of the traditional Ivy League student from China: Her journalist parents are neither rich nor members of the governing elite. Growing up, she thought the cost would make ...

S&P report backs Gov. Jerry Brown's call to tame spending

Published 01/28/2015 05:38 PM

A new financial report released Wednesday backs Gov. Jerry Brown's call to avoid new spending, despite pressure from fellow Democrats to use the surplus on social services, higher education and other programs. ...

Revenge of the Upper Middle Class

Published 01/28/2015 08:37 AM

The Obama administration surely didn't think it was penalizing its core middle-class constituency when it proposed, earlier this month, to raise taxes on college savings accounts known as 529s. After all, a majority of those accounts are held by people earning more than $150,000 a year, and the administration was proposing the change to pay for expanding a tuition tax credit for families making less than that. Yet as the backlash to the proposal demonstrated, the soaring cost of a college education makes even a six-figure income seem small, and the definition of "middle class" quite elastic. In a remarkably quick turnaround, the White House on Tuesday dropped the 529 plan just over a week after announcing it.

Online Degrees Could Be a Good Fit for Some Teens

Published 01/28/2015 06:30 AM

Four-year universities are the gold standard for higher education in the U.S., but for many students , the cost and commitment is unbearable. Less than 10 percent of the undergraduates at Pennsylvania State University--World Campus, ranked the No. 1 online bachelor's program, are traditional students who enrolled after graduating from high school, says Karen Pollack, director of undergraduate programs for the school. High school counselors don't have the same relationship with and training on online degree programs as they do with community colleges and universities, says Sylvia Womack, a college and career specialist at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California. As a result, high school counselors are less likely to know enough about degree programs to confidently suggest them to students who are looking for college options outside of the traditional structure.

Hutchinson proposes boosting Medicaid, schools, prison funds

Published 01/27/2015 02:50 PM

Arkansas' public schools, prisons and Medicaid program would receive boosts in funding while most other state agencies would see a small cut under a $5.2 billion budget plan Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented ...

School-wide prevention program lowers teen suicide risk

Published 01/27/2015 02:49 PM

(This version of the Jan. 23rd story corrects name of the University of South Florida in paragraph 16) By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) – After a school-based prevention program, European teenagers were about half as likely to attempt suicide or to feel suicidal, a new study shows. Danuta Wasserman, a professor of psychiatry at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said the program was likely successful because students “felt that the power of mastering their feelings, coping with stress and choosing solutions was in their hands and not decided or forced by adults.” Suicide is the third leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suicide attempts are even more common, with some research suggesting that 4 to 8 percent of high school students try to kill themselves each year, the CDC says.

Pakistani teachers get gun training after Peshawar massacre

Published 01/27/2015 02:17 PM

Teachers in northwest Pakistan are being given firearms training and will be allowed to take guns into the classroom in a bid to strengthen security following a Taliban massacre at a school last month. Heavily armed militants killed 150 people, 132 of them children, in a bloody December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, the main town in Pakistan's northwest. "Carrying firearms for every teacher is not obligatory, but all those who want to carry firearms to schools willingly will be provided with permits," Atif Khan, provincial education minister for the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told AFP on Tuesday. Provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani confirmed the decision, adding that the province was unable to provide police guards for all of its government-run education institutions.

Arkansas governor details budget for coming year

Published 01/27/2015 10:38 AM

Arkansas' public schools, prisons and Medicaid program would receive boosts in funding while most other state agencies would see a small cut under a $5.2 billion budget plan Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented ...

Chile's Bachelet prepares next phase of education reform

Published 01/27/2015 07:26 AM

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday her government was preparing the second phase of an ambitious education reform, hours after Congress approved the first set of changes. "What we've put an end to here is a set of illegitimate bases put in place during the dictatorship, behind the nation's back, and today we've recovered Chile's historic tradition and the best practices in the world," said Education Minister Nicolas Eyzaguirre. The government will now look to bolster teacher pay and conditions, bring public schools, now managed and financed by townships, under national jurisdiction, and make university education free, Bachelet said. Months of massive student protests, demanding major changes to an education system that was privatized under then-dictator General Augusto Pinochet, helped shape the 2013 electoral campaign and propel Bachelet into power.

The Originals "Brotherhood of the Damned" Review: Food Fight!

Published 01/27/2015 04:01 AM

The Originals S02E11: "Brotherhood of the Damned" If history is written by the winners, it's up to artists to keep telling the stories of the forgotten. Specifically, not enough people are talking about the black vampire soldiers of World War I. Sure, we've heard all kinds of things about the War to End All Wars—archduke assassinations, heartwarming Christmas Eve soccer games—but the story of black vampires soldiers' contributions remain woefully underrepresented. Okay, fine, I'm sort of joking here, but it really is true that sometimes a teen supernatural drama does more to honor underreported history than most other artforms. Teen Wolf recently invoked the Japanese internment scandal of WWII in a more resonant and engaging way than any pop culture art I can think of. And this week The Originals portrayed its own spin on the Harlem Hellfighters, an outrageously obscure (i.e., not taught in public schools) regiment of black soldiers who fought for a country that wouldn't even guarantee their rights and safety within its own borders. Yes, in both examples these true scenarios were intruded upon by fictional supernatural hunks, but still: Some stories need to be told regardless of the genre. Unlike most other TV shows, The Originals does not shy away from this responsibility. By now we know that the primary side effect of a werewolf bite isn't death, but flashbacks! In "Brotherhood of the Damned," Marcel's werewolf bite sent his memories back to the time he enlisted in the army during WWI. Klaus forbade him from going overseas (referring to the humans' great international war as a "food fight"), but Marcel's journey took him there anyway, where he was suddenly watching his friends die ignoble foxhole deaths. After a particularly savvy compatriot sussed out that Marcel was (A) a vampire, and therefore (B) the most capable leader in their midst, Marcel took on the responsibility of keeping his unit alive. Unfortunately mustard gas had other ideas, and the soldiers were all choking to death on their own blood. That's when Marcel had his aha moment: Turn 'em! Turn 'em all! And then we were treated to the episode's best and most potent image: Marcel leading a troupe of black vampire soldiers across a battle-scarred field toward the German army. Guys? It was the best. Forget flashbacks, I want an en entire EPISODE focused on this plotline. But the flashbacks were more than simply an amazing visual; they perfectly paralleled what Marcel was going through in the present day. Specifically, he needed to lead his vampire comrades out of the compound and through a parade without any of them giving in to a curse that made them crave the blood of innocents. That this sequence was intercut with the WWI flashback was just straight-up inspired and powerful, and did more to confirm Marcel's heroic nature than the season and a half that preceded it. For as often as The Originals' flashbacks seem to be merely a gratuitous excuse to put the actors in hilarious wigs and get them to rip each others' bodices, the ones that draw upon the grim energy of true history that really resonate. If it's not clear by now, I really loved these flashbacks! As it turned out, mentally visiting another realm became the episode's biggest theme when Finn used magic to trap his three brothers' consciences in a witch holodeck (or whatever). Stuck in a very cool rustic cabin flanked with animals that represented each Mikaelson—a wolf for Klaus, a stag for Elijah, and a fox for Kol—they were unable to return to their physical bodies until Finn discovered what Klaus's biggest secret was. It was kind of implausible that Finn couldn't use magic to discover that Hope was still alive, but was perfectly capable of using some of the most powerful magic we've seen in this universe to do all these other huge things, but whatever. This sequence in particular took on an added poetry when Elijah and Klaus freed themselves by severing their ties to their taxidermied spirit animals. Elijah, for example, was not a noble stag in that he had once murdered Tatia all those years ago, and Klaus refused to be associated with the dastardly wolf by forgiving Elijah for said crime. (Sounds complicated, but it played out beautifully on the screen.) Long story short, The Originals continues to casually traffic in some of the most intellectually complicated and elegant concepts on network television. The other big thread of "Brotherhood of the Damned" was Hayley's meet-up with Jackson's grandmother. As a Crescent Wolf elder, the grandmother would be administering their werewolf rites, trials, tests, hazing, and game of werewolf Twister before actually marrying them and spreading her hybrid powers to the rest of the wolves. But when Hayley found out that one of the rites involved smoking truth-weed and divulging all her secrets—including the pesky one about having a living baby—she tried to back out of the plan. Jackson somehow managed to change her mind, but then Klaus caught wind of this ritual and now seeks to stop it by any means necessary. Watch out, grandma! Yes, Josh and Aiden appeared in this episode, but never in the same scene, so. That being said, "Brotherhood of the Damned" was still pretty great. It's hard to say for how much longer this Finn plotline will hold our attention, but as long as The Originals continues to be this inventive and well-constructed, it's hard to complain. In the meantime, I for one would like to publicly thank all the black vampire soldiers who bravely defended our nation. We salute you, sirs. QUESTIONS: ... Roughly how many holidays are observed in the French Quarter every year? 7,000? 19,000? ... Would you let Cami babysit your child? ... What's Rebekah up to in that witch prison? ... Could you marry someone like Jackson and stay "just friends"? Be honest.

Students, teachers hospitalized after chemistry lab mishap in N.J.

Published 01/26/2015 08:03 AM

Gloucester County emergency crews responded to a high school after a chemistry lab mishap Monday morning.

Foster Civil Discourse in High School Civics Classes

Published 01/26/2015 05:00 AM

High school civics classes are making a comeback and along with them come discussions of highly charged issues in the classroom. This month, Arizona became the first state to approve a law requiring high school students pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate, a regulation several other states are considering, The Associated Press reported. "You can't just assume that people understand these rights and responsibilities and these habits," says Mary Ellen Daneels, a U.S. government teacher at Community High School in West Chicago, Illinois. Civics education usually covers the basics of democracy and citizenship.

Fake schools draw scrutiny of federal investigators

Published 01/24/2015 07:55 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

Staying Home & Watching TV May Reduce Flu Spread

Published 01/23/2015 07:19 AM

Staying at home and watching TV during a flu epidemic may actually reduce the spread of the disease, according to a new study of the 2009 "swine flu" epidemic. Researchers analyzed the television-viewing habits of people in central Mexico during spring 2009, when that year's H1N1 flu epidemic began. At that time, officials in Mexico City implemented measures to reduce people's contact with one another (a public health strategy called "social distancing"). They closed public schools and canceled large public events.

For Liberal Arts Colleges, Enrolling Minority Students Still a Challenge

Published 01/23/2015 06:30 AM

It had the highest percentage of black freshmen among 24 of the most competitive liberal arts schools. "At 14 of the 23 high-ranking liberals arts colleges for which we have data, the Black acceptance rate was lower than the rate for all students," the report states. In a similar report on leading research universities, which includes Duke University and Brown University, 12 of the 17 top-ranked schools that submitted data had higher acceptance rates for African-American students than for all students. A number of historically black colleges are liberal arts institutions, such as Spelman College and Dillard University, but none were included as top-ranked schools in the report on liberal arts schools.

New Maryland governor wants to close budget gap with spending cuts

Published 01/22/2015 01:38 PM

Maryland's newly installed Republican governor wants to slam the brakes on spending growth and rely on fund transfers to close a gaping budget hole without raising taxes. "I am extremely proud to introduce a structurally balanced budget that puts our state on sound financial footing," said Governor Larry Hogan in unveiling his budget proposal on Thursday. "But this is just a start." Maryland leaders have been racing to stop the bleeding in recent months by revising revenue projections and making spending cuts. In his final days in office, outgoing governor Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, helped enact a 2 percent reduction across state agencies along with spending cuts in personnel, higher education and mental health.

Bomb explodes near Turkish delegation in Somalia day before president's visit

Published 01/22/2015 08:36 AM

By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb exploded at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting on Thursday, a day before a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan to the Somali capital. At least two police officers were killed but none of the Turkish delegates were wounded in the attack, which was claimed by Islamist al Shabaab rebels, officials said. Erdogan, who was in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on the first leg of an African tour when the bomb went off, appeared unfazed and said that whoever carried out the attack was not acting in the name of Islam. "There has been a terrorist attack today in Somalia.

SLeone to reopen schools in March as Ebola retreats

Published 01/22/2015 06:13 AM

Sierra Leone said on Thursday it would reopen schools across the country in March, with the deadly Ebola epidemic slowing throughout west Africa. A statement from President Ernest Bai Koroma's office quoted him as saying "a timely reopening" was needed to limit the damage caused by the crisis to children's education. Government spokesman Abdulai Bayratay told AFP ministers would "shortly announce a specific date after all modalities have been put in place". The decision covers all state and private schools, although further education colleges and universities are to remain shut, Bayratay said.

4 Ways to Pick a Cost-Efficient Law School

Published 01/22/2015 06:00 AM

Law school enrollment continues to decline, according to a December report from the American Bar Association, but tuition and fees remain high at many institutions. While some schools have decreased or capped tuition to attract students, getting a J.D. is still expensive. At public schools the average was $23,214 for in-state students and $36,202 for out-of-state students. "It makes sense for aspiring law students to carefully examine the total costs of earning a law degree and the broad consequences of financing a legal education with borrowed money," wrote Heather Jarvis, a law school financial aid expert who graduated from the law school at Duke University, in an email.

Top Liberal Arts Colleges That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need

Published 01/22/2015 05:00 AM

Top-Ranked National Liberal Arts Colleges That Meet Full Financial Need

Thanks to This Sustainable Brewing Program, College Students Can Finally Major in Beer

Published 01/21/2015 04:48 PM

While you were busy riding your bicycle between your college's on-campus farm and the local co-op, it may have seemed like you majored in sustainability in college—all while you nursed a bottle of craft brew, your unofficial concentration. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University will offer the nation’s first higher educational degree in sustainable brewing—a "2+2" program that allows students to earn an associate's degree at KVCC followed by a bachelor of science degree at WMU—beginning in fall 2015. The curriculum was developed with input from an advisory board featuring 10 of Michigan’s top craft brewers, including Dave Sippel, director of brewing operations at Arcadia Brewing Company, who is helping to design the brewing lab on the KVCC campus. Sippel said sustainability is "a very common theme that you see throughout the craft brewing industry,” and it will inspire and inform the curriculum at the schools.

Newtown council votes to raze home of man who killed 26 students, educators at Sandy Hook

Published 01/21/2015 04:44 PM

NEWTOWN, Conn (AP) — Newtown council votes to raze home of man who killed 26 students, educators at Sandy Hook .

Alcohol ads on TV tied to youth drinking risk

Published 01/21/2015 02:17 PM

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Young people who are more receptive to alcohol ads on TV may be at higher risk of problem drinking over the next few years, according to a new study. “If you compare low- to high-receptivity kids, their risk of transitioning to binge drinking was over four times higher,” said Dr. James Sargent, the study’s senior author from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Sargent and his colleagues write in JAMA Pediatrics that in 2013, about two thirds of U.S. high school students reported drinking. About a third reported drinking in the past month, and about one in five reported recent binge drinking, that is, five or more drinks on one occasion.

Romney adds a Florida commencement speech to spring schedule

Published 01/21/2015 11:31 AM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As he decides whether to run for president a third time, Republican Mitt Romney has accepted an invitation to speak at Jacksonville University's spring graduation in the key presidential battleground of Florida.

Cubans look fondly to U.S. as talks to resume relations start

Published 01/21/2015 09:00 AM

By David Adams HAVANA (Reuters) - Miguel Barnet, one of Cuba's most prominent Communist Party intellectuals, fondly recalls his teenage years in the 1950s, attending one of Havana's elite private schools, singing in the Episcopal church choir and performing in American musicals. "I love North American culture, I was shaped by it," Barnet, a 74-year-old noted poet and anthropologist who is also a member of Cuba's powerful Council of State, said at his office in Havana, where images of Cuba's revolutionary leaders, Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara, adorn the walls. After more than five decades of hostility from Washington, most Cubans firmly oppose U.S. policies and the long economic embargo against their communist-led country but they admire U.S. culture. Many have relatives living in the United States, Cuban teenagers listen more to rap and hip hop than to home-grown son and salsa, and baseball is the country's most popular sport.

Liberal Arts Colleges Where the Most Accepted Students Enroll

Published 01/21/2015 05:30 AM

Students may spend weeks, months or years stressing over which college to attend.

California two-year colleges may soon offer bargain bachelor's degrees

Published 01/20/2015 04:18 PM

California's community colleges hope to begin offering bachelor's degrees for about $2,500 a year under a pilot program that won preliminary approval on Tuesday. The program aimed at reducing the cost of higher education in the most populous U.S. state got initial approval from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors at a meeting in the state capital of Sacramento. "These colleges are embarking on a new mission ... that will expand opportunities in public higher education," California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris said. The course offerings must still be vetted by officials at the California State University and University of California systems before coming back to the community college board in March.

IT'S TIME TO BE PRACTICAL ABOUT MULTICULTURALISM

Published 01/20/2015 03:01 PM

Following the murders in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and the kosher supermarket, one could hear the comforting sound of tens of thousands of footsteps marching in enraged opposition to the terrorists. This old struggle came up anew this week when a well-meaning Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke in London about Islamic "no-go" zones in England where the British police dare not go. In fact, he was slightly wrong on the "no-go" thing, which is more characteristic of France's huge "grands ensembles," reminiscent of Chicago's massive, and now demolished, public housing. He should have spoken about how radical, anti-British Muslims are working to take over the public schools in Birmingham, since the "Trojan Horse" scandal is in the London papers every day, and about how Pakistani men in Rotherham had lured away 1,400 teenaged English girls, "groomed" them with liquor and drugs, and turned them into prostitutes.

Campuses arming officers as parents, others seek assurances

Published 01/20/2015 07:21 AM

Nearly all campus police officers at public universities now carry guns, pepper spray and other weapons, according to a new Justice Department report, and experts say more private schools are looking to arm police.

China says its colleges must champion core socialist values

Published 01/19/2015 09:33 PM

BEIJING (AP) — China's leadership has issued guidelines requiring universities to strengthen ideological controls in classrooms and telling professors to champion Marxism, traditional culture and socialist core values.

Wolf names picks for education, labor and industry

Published 01/19/2015 11:19 AM

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has named Lancaster school Superintendent Pedro Rivera as his choice for secretary of the Department of Education and former state lawmaker Kathy Manderino to become secretary of the ...

Governor, UC president to study university finances together

Published 01/18/2015 03:45 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano have agreed to try to iron out their differences on tuition increases, the state's duty to fund higher education and the university's responsibility to control costs by tackling them together with help from their respective staffs and outside experts.

The future is men's fashion, says Italian talent Pompilio

Published 01/17/2015 06:36 PM

He's wowing fashionistas at Milan Men's Fashion Week, and rising star designer Andrea Pompilio says this is just the beginning, with a host of young labels like his ready to revitalise the menswear industry. Italian-born Pompilio, who showed off a Fall-Winter 2015 runway collection on Saturday inspired by his grandfather's military uniforms, is one of the "new generation" of designers admitted to the prestigious week of catwalk shows. It's true I've worked 20 years for big fashion houses, so I know exactly how to move and how to approach the world of fashion," he told AFP in an interview. After experience at houses including Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent, and with a master's degree from Italy's fashion and design school Istituto Marangoni under his belt, Pompilio launched his first men's collection in 2010.

Cuomo: Expand safeguards against assault to private colleges

Published 01/17/2015 03:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A "yes means yes" provision and other protections against sexual assaults on campus would be expanded to New York's private colleges and universities under a law proposed Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

States consider requiring US citizenship test for graduation

Published 01/16/2015 03:11 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's new law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate appears likely to be adopted in a handful of other states this year, though educators warn it's not a fix-all solution to the nation's dire knowledge of civics.

Create, Share, Empower: January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Published 01/29/2015 05:59 PM

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and this year young people are invited to shed light on this humanitarian crisis within a high-risk population – their peers. #WhatIWouldMiss, a campaign sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education, encourages teenagers to think about aspects of their daily lives that they would miss if they were a victim of human trafficking.

ED Seeks Summer Interns

Published 01/29/2015 10:41 AM

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Guide on Identifying and Preventing Child Trafficking in Schools

Published 01/28/2015 01:18 PM

The U.S. Department of Education has released a new guide for educators on ways to identify and help prevent child trafficking in schools. Human Trafficking in America's Schools is a free guide for school staff that includes information about risk factors, recruitment, and how to identify trafficking; what to do if you suspect trafficking, including sample school protocols and policies; and other resources and potential partnership opportunities. The Department also has partnered with the U.S.

Resources to Help You Fill Out the FAFSA

Published 01/28/2015 11:00 AM

FAFSA®: An Introduction

Let’s Read! Let’s Move! at the White House

Published 01/26/2015 01:53 PM

Cross-posted from the Let’s Move blog.

ED Celebrates Award-Winning Student Art in the National PTA’s Exhibit ‘Believe, Dream, Inspire’

Published 01/26/2015 12:36 PM

New Ed.gov Homepage and More

Published 01/22/2015 03:42 PM

You may have noticed we launched our new Ed.gov homepage today. This completes the third and final phase of our visual refresh for our main website. We released the second phase of the refresh back in June. So, what’s new? Streamlined Homepage The new homepage takes our efforts to streamline navigation on the website one big step further. There are fewer links and more open space on the homepage.

Help Us Get the Word Out About the FAFSA

Published 01/22/2015 11:00 AM

A #SOTU Twitter Chat with Secretary Duncan

Published 01/21/2015 01:49 PM

Last night, the President delivered the State of the Union Address. Following the Address, Secretary Duncan jumped on Twitter to hear your initial reaction to the SOTU and answer your questions. Leaving the Capitol now. What are your thoughts on the President’s #SOTU? Have questions? Ask me using #AskArne

America’s College Promise: A Ticket to the Middle Class

Published 01/21/2015 12:00 PM

During last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his commitment to make two years of community college free for all Americans who are willing to work hard toward graduation.

Expanding Opportunity for Every American: Education and the State of the Union

Published 01/21/2015 10:39 AM

Email from Secretary Duncan: Why I’ll Be Watching Tonight

Published 01/20/2015 02:26 PM

First Lady Invites Students and Educators to State of the Union

Published 01/20/2015 12:14 PM

Tonight, President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union Address to Congress and the Nation. From free Community College to early childhood education, we know that education will be one of the many topics the President discusses in the annual speech.

5 Things To Do After Filing Your FAFSA

Published 01/20/2015 10:00 AM

Congratulations! You submitted your 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)! Wondering what happens next? Here are a few things to look out for:

Improving American Education Is Not Optional

Published 01/19/2015 04:15 PM

Yesterday, the Washington Post ran an op-ed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the choices our country faces in replacing the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), and also known as No Child Left Behind. Interested in getting ESEA updates in your inbox? Sign up for email updates. 

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Statement in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Published 01/19/2015 05:27 AM

"We honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today and every day when we give all children a real opportunity to attain a world-class education—one that prepares them to succeed in college and careers and to lead fulfilling lives. Dr. King's contributions to the civil rights movement marked a critical juncture in our nation's history, and in our quest for social justice.

What They’re Saying About Secretary Duncan’s Vision for a New Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Published 01/16/2015 03:00 PM

On Monday – which marked the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – Secretary Duncan laid out a bold vision for the nation’s education law that protects all students, ensures high-quality preschool, and supports state and local innovation.

U.S. Education Department Announces Future Ready Regional Summits

Published 01/16/2015 11:36 AM

The US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a coalition of more than 36 content partners will host a series of Future Ready Regional Summits to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes throu

Top 5 FAFSA FAQs

Published 01/16/2015 10:00 AM

Teamwork + Data = Big Gains at Jones Elementary School

Published 01/14/2015 10:00 AM

Students at Jones Elementary School in Springdale, Arkansas face many potential obstacles to learning, including poverty, hunger, and trouble speaking and reading English. Eight years ago, only 26 percent of students were reading on grade level. With effective use of data, and real collaboration, the principal and teachers at Jones raised that to 73 percent. “Poverty isn’t destiny,” says Principal Melissa Fink. Her team is overcoming students’ challenges by believing that every child can succeed at very high levels and creating a culture of excellence.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Elementary and Secondary Education Act proposal from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander:

Published 01/14/2015 09:16 AM

"There is agreement it is time to replace No Child Left Behind, and I look forward to working with Chairman Alexander, Sen. Murray and others in Congress to create a bipartisan law that accelerates the progress of our schools, protects civil rights, provides access to quality preschool and supports children and educators.

U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $570,000 Grant to University of California, Santa Barbara Following a Shooting Last Year

Published 01/13/2015 12:11 PM

The U.S. Department of Education today announced a nearly $570,000 grant to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to assist with ongoing mental health services following a shooting near the campus in May 2014.

Opportunity Is Not Optional: Secretary Duncan’s Vision for America’s Landmark Education Law

Published 01/12/2015 06:18 PM

America's Educational Crossroads: Making the Right Choice for Our Children’s Future

Published 01/12/2015 12:30 PM

Secretary Arne Duncan laid out a vision for the nation’s landmark education law, the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) in a speech at Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the ESEA bill, he called for a new law that will work to ensure strong opportunities for all students, and protect the most vulnerable.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Calls for Strong Education Law That Protects All Students, Ensures High-Quality Preschool, Supports Bold State and Local Innovation

Published 01/12/2015 07:01 AM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today laid out a bold vision for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that continues a focus on the nation’s most vulnerable students.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | impasse

Published 01/29/2015 09:04 PM

This word has appeared in 574 New York Times articles in the past year.

States Move to Make Citizenship Exams a Classroom Aid

Published 01/29/2015 06:44 PM

Arizona became the first state to require its high school students to pass the test that is given to immigrants who want to become United States citizens.

Obama Relents on Proposal to End ‘529’ College Savings Plans

Published 01/29/2015 06:43 PM

The president, facing pressure from both parties, dropped from his budget a proposal to effectively end college savings accounts known as 529s.

Dartmouth Cites Student Misconduct in Its Ban on Hard Liquor

Published 01/29/2015 05:33 PM

The college’s president announced the prohibition as part of a far-ranging overhaul of campus life, but experts say few universities are likely to follow his lead.

More Than 1,000 in Arizona Are Watched for Measles

Published 01/29/2015 05:18 PM

State health officials are tracking hundreds of people, including at least 195 children, who might have been exposed in an outbreak that began at Disneyland.

More Special-Needs Students Remain at Charter Schools, Report Finds

Published 01/29/2015 04:41 PM

New York City’s Independent Budget Office found that 53 percent of charter school kindergartners with disabilities were still in the same schools four years later, compared with 49 percent in traditional schools.

Motherlode Blog: Should Unvaccinated Children Stay Home to Protect a Vulnerable Classmate?

Published 01/29/2015 01:55 PM

For a student unable to be vaccinated in California, the risk of measles exposure isn’t as small as his family believes it ought to be.

National Briefing | Education: Harvard’s Endowment Remains Biggest of All

Published 01/29/2015 12:48 PM

Some things do not change: Harvard’s $36 billion endowment is still the largest of any university, according to the 2014 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments.

Motherlode Blog: Do Your Children Know How Much It Costs to Support Your Family?

Published 01/29/2015 11:09 AM

If you want your children to have any idea what it takes financially to take care of a family, or of themselves, it starts by letting them in on what it takes to support the family they’re a part of now.

Motherlode Blog: Helping a Perfectionist Child Worry Less and Do More

Published 01/29/2015 08:16 AM

Perfectionism can take a high toll on children who see it as the only route to living up to their own and their parents’ high standards.

Motherlode Blog: Helping a Perfectionist Child Worry Less and Do More

Published 01/29/2015 07:44 AM

Perfectionism can take a high toll on children who see it as the only route to living up to their own and their parents’ high standards.

The Learning Network: Reader Idea | Using an Op-Doc Video to Teach Argumentative Writing

Published 01/29/2015 07:24 AM

In addition to serving as a great conversation piece for discussing technology and social media, the Op-Doc “China’s Web Junkies” also serves as a tool for introducing students to the language of argumentation — specifically to the types of evidence writers use to support a position.

The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The Blizzard of 1888

Published 01/29/2015 04:49 AM

Though the great blizzard of 2015 mostly missed New York City in the end, it had New Yorkers, and the New York Times Archives Twitter feed, remembering storms of the past — and none more dramatic than the Great White Hurricane of 1888.

The Learning Network: How Much Freedom Have Your Parents Given You?

Published 01/29/2015 02:11 AM

How old were you when your parents first let you cross the street alone? Take public transportation alone? How much do your parents hover and worry over your academic, physical and psychological development?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Outliving Horror for 70 Years and Never Forgetting

Published 01/29/2015 01:30 AM

Why did more than 3,000 guests, including Holocaust survivors and foreign dignitaries, gather at Auschwitz-Birkenau this week?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Times Square at a Crossroads of Its Own

Published 01/29/2015 01:28 AM

Here are several paragraphs from a Jan. 26 article, “Times Square’s Crushing Success Raises Questions About Its Future.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | stem

Published 01/28/2015 09:02 PM

This word has appeared in 1,761 New York Times articles in the past year.

Vanderbilt Rape Convictions Stir Dismay and Denial

Published 01/28/2015 07:01 PM

A day after two former football players were convicted of sexual assault, many students found it hard to square what happened with their views of the elite university.

‘The Hunting Ground,’ a Film About Rape Culture at Colleges

Published 01/28/2015 06:56 PM

“The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about sexual assaults on college campuses, drew gasps at a Sundance Film Festival viewing.

National Briefing | South: Arkansas: State Will Take Over Little Rock Schools

Published 01/28/2015 05:14 PM

The state Board of Education voted, 5 to 4, on Wednesday to assume control of the Little Rock School District after students at some of its schools performed poorly on state benchmark tests.

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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