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'Rise in child mental health issues'

Published 03/27/2015 06:58 PM

More children have mental health problems than two years ago, according to a union's survey of education staff.

A-levels and GCSE subjects culled

Published 03/27/2015 08:39 AM

Ofqual sets out the range of A-levels and GCSEs that will no longer be taught amid moves to toughen examinations in England.

Many young pupils 'can't communicate'

Published 03/27/2015 03:02 AM

A study suggests too many children in England are starting school unable to communicate well enough or control their behaviour.

Homeless children at six-year high

Published 03/26/2015 07:00 AM

The number of children living in temporary accommodation in England is at a six-year high, according to official figures.

Schools 'facing big budget cuts'

Published 03/25/2015 11:01 PM

Schools in England will have less to spend per pupil over the next five years, no matter who wins the election, according to analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Grooming bans 'could stop sex abuse'

Published 03/25/2015 06:48 PM

Councils in England and Wales want new powers to combat men suspected of grooming children for sex, by using Asbo-style preventative measures.

Uni offers UK's first Urdu degree

Published 03/27/2015 08:03 AM

Manchester Metropolitan University becomes the UK's first higher education institute to offer students a degree course in Urdu.

Modern languages 'could be lost'

Published 03/25/2015 06:16 PM

A range of modern languages vital to the UK's economic future could be lost from schools in England, warns Labour.

Children's mental-health windfall

Published 03/25/2015 08:26 AM

Groups offering mental-health support to children and young people are to receive a multi-million-pound funding boost from April, the government announces.

Holiday ban hits poor, says union

Published 03/25/2015 05:16 AM

Strict new rules on taking pupils out of school in term time risk making family holidays a middle-class preserve, a teachers' union has warned.

Colleges fear for adult education

Published 03/24/2015 06:34 PM

Adult education and training in England "will not exist by 2020" if the government continues its "swathe of cuts", the Association of Colleges has warned.

University in regulation 'breach'

Published 03/24/2015 08:28 AM

The University of Buckingham breached its own regulations in an investigation into possible plagiarism, an independent inquiry has found.

RE teacher training drive launched

Published 03/24/2015 09:20 AM

A new campaign - backed by bursaries - to attract more graduates into careers as Religious Education teachers has been launched.

Stanford to open entrepreneur course in London

Published 03/17/2015 05:01 PM

Silicon Valley's Stanford University to start teaching in London

Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees

Published 03/10/2015 05:30 PM

Emergency plan to help teach Syria's refugees

University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram

Published 03/03/2015 04:14 PM

A university in Nigeria is trying to help a rising tide of people displaced by Boko Haram violence.

South Sudan's struggle for schools hit by abductions

Published 02/25/2015 06:02 AM

Pupils preparing for exams are abducted, as South Sudan tries to re-open schools

Can Lithuania turn brain drain into brain gain?

Published 02/17/2015 05:00 PM

Can Lithuania reverse loss of young and talented?

Seven big myths about improving schools

Published 02/03/2015 04:17 PM

Seven big myths about why some countries are good at education

France plans elite mega-university

Published 12/09/2014 04:07 PM

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

Could time travel really take place?

Published 02/10/2015 04:03 PM

Universities examine whether time travel is really possible

Thierry Henry shocks Merthyr pupils

Published 03/24/2015 11:15 AM

Pupils at Pen-y-Dre High School are in shock after the French striker turned up to present a sports award to a pupil.

Isaac Newton royal medal discovery

Published 03/19/2015 08:36 PM

A student at Oxford University has found that a coronation medal was personally designed by Isaac Newton and includes a political message.

VIDEO: Music transforms children's lives

Published 03/27/2015 04:37 AM

Classical music is transforming children's lives in a Tyneside's inner city areas as part of an innovative project at Sage Gateshead.

VIDEO: Inside the BBC on School Report day

Published 03/19/2015 12:07 PM

The BBC News Channel takes a look at the highlights of BBC News School Report Day across the BBC.

VIDEO: Students go social media cold turkey

Published 03/19/2015 11:13 AM

Students from Haggerston School in Hackney gave up their social media accounts for a week for BBC News School Report.

VIDEO: Kevin Kilbane meets Sam and Ben

Published 03/19/2015 02:29 AM

Match of the Day summariser Kevin Kilbane went to meet aspiring pundits Sam and Ben from Lancasterian School in Manchester.

Tackling Japan's 'depressed' youth

Published 03/23/2015 02:56 PM

Young jobseekers 'cautious and pessimistic'

'Give children time to really learn'

Published 03/23/2015 06:16 PM

Branwen Jeffreys on a campaign to let children learn to think

MOTD makes difference for SEN pupils

Published 03/19/2015 02:08 AM

How talking football boosts pupils' confidence

Academy chains v local authorities

Published 03/24/2015 07:02 AM

Academies may not be better at school improvement

The world's wettest classroom

Published 03/18/2015 11:09 AM

BBC School Reporters take to the water

Five research papers that revolutionised health

Published 03/15/2015 03:16 AM

Five pieces of scientific research that changed medicine.

Arkansas budget bill boosts money for schools, prisons

Published 03/27/2015 03:19 PM

Arkansas' public schools, prisons and Medicaid programs are set to receive boosts in funding while most other state agencies will see a 1 percent cut under a nearly $5.2 billion proposed state budget unveiled ...

Students, staff left scrambling after Bucks Co. school abruptly closes

Published 03/27/2015 02:33 PM

Dozens of Bucks County high school students and their parents are scrambling to find a place to finish the academic year.

Charges against Arizona teens in alleged murder plot dropped

Published 03/27/2015 02:01 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors say there isn't solid evidence that five Arizona high school students who were charged with conspiracy to commit murder actually planned to carry out the killing of a fellow student.

Debunking Myths About the U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

Published 03/27/2015 06:30 AM

Each spring, after college admissions letters have been mailed, U.S. News sees an uptick in visitors to the Best Colleges rankings. High school seniors and their parents turn to our website to research tuition, financial aid resources, academic life and all of the other information we gather on 1,800 colleges and universities nationwide. One parent recently wrote: "After reading through the ("Best Colleges" guidebook), my daughter has seriously started considering a gap year and knows that a small liberal arts college is probably best for her. I also like that there are regional and state rankings since she has very particular ideas about where she wants to live while she studies.

Train for a Problem-Solving Career as a Higher Education Consultant

Published 03/27/2015 06:00 AM

As colleges and universities struggle to cope with shrinking budgets and online competition, they're increasingly tapping experts like Joi Hayes, 27, for advice on keeping costs down. Hayes is a Washington, D.C.-based analyst in the education strategy and operations group of Huron Consulting, a 13-year-old company headquartered in Chicago that boasts one of the largest higher education practices in the country with some 335 employees. Her current project: helping a Midwestern university evaluate different budget models and decide on which one to implement. "I'm just really passionate about learning how to make things better." The job, says Hayes, who studied mechanical engineering as an undergrad at the University of Virginia, is "a perfect marriage" of two things she enjoys: education and the problem-solving aspect of her undergraduate major.

College students make bracelets to help jailed journalists

Published 03/27/2015 05:04 AM

University of Maryland journalism students are raising money to launch a line of bracelets emblazoned with the names of journalists imprisoned around the world to raise money for the cause, and awareness ...

Apple CEO Tim Cook Plans to Donate His Fortune

Published 03/26/2015 05:56 PM

The longtime tech executive told 'Fortune' magazine that he also will pay for his 10-year-old nephew's college education.

Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money: Fortune

Published 03/26/2015 04:27 PM

Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. The 54-year-old CEO's revelation in Fortune's lengthy profile of him is an example of the increasingly public philanthropy of the world's richest people.

College Students to Veteran Educators: Quit Telling Us to Avoid Teaching

Published 03/26/2015 03:43 PM

We don’t need your protection, we need you to stay strong and stand up for what you know is right,” wrote Rivera. “ ‘Thank you for writing this post! I thought I was the only person who felt that way!’ ” The feedback, she says, led her to realize that aspiring teachers “shouldn’t be working individually, but we should come together” as a unified force to push education reform. A year later, that idea and her blog post have become the blueprint for the Young Teachers Collective, an effort that Rivera and six other aspiring educators launched last week. Blending advocacy and vision with support-group nurturing and old-fashioned union-style organization, YTC calls for a “common vision for the future of education.” The initiative also hopes to “provide young teachers with both a sense of hope and tools on how to fight for a better education system.” That includes helping educators develop “political consciousness” about how systemic problems in the nation’s education system contribute to poverty, crime, and disenfranchisement.

The states with the most job openings for college graduates

Published 03/26/2015 09:06 AM

Massachusetts, Delaware, and Washington state provide college graduates with the best odds of landing a job.

A Wealth Building Plan for You: Growing Family Edition

Published 03/26/2015 06:18 AM

College tuition, retirement and caring for a parent head the list of things you need to set money aside for. Although nothing is technically "free," this is a great benefit to have included in your compensation package, as your retirement contribution is essentially doubling. An individual retirement account, or IRA, is a great way to save for retirement if you are either self-employed, or want to simply bolster your savings. Traditional IRA: With a traditional IRA, you contribute pretax dollars, then pay taxes when you withdraw the money later, like a traditional 401(k).

The Latest: German students return from Spain after crash

Published 03/25/2015 08:53 AM

4:50 p.m. (1550 GMT, 11:50 a.m. EDT) A second group of German exchange students visiting the northeastern Spanish town of Llinars del Valles — where 16 high school students that were on the crashed plane ...

German students, teachers weep for classmates on doomed plane

Published 03/24/2015 05:33 PM

HALTERN AM SEE, Germany (Reuters) - Students and teachers at a small-town German high school broke down in tears once they realized that 16 classmates and two teachers were on board an ill-fated Germanwings airplane that crashed in France on Tuesday on a flight to Duesseldorf. The 10th grade students from the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school were on their way home after a week-long Spanish exchange program at the Institut Giola in Llinars del Vallès near Barcelona. It was a reciprocal visit after 12 Spanish students had spent a week at their school in December. "It was a Spanish language exchange program and they were flying home after having what was probably the most wonderful time of their lives," said Sylvia Loehrmann, the education minister for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Why did teachers in the Phillippines pull the plug on this student's graduation speech?

Published 03/24/2015 02:36 PM

A YouTube video that shows school officials in the Philippines cutting off a high school student’s graduation speech has sparked online debate about school authority and the freedom of speech. Niño Parochial School in Quezon City, salutatorian Krisel Mallari hinted at injustice in the school's grading system, leading school officials to stop her before she finished. Supporters praised Ms. Mallari for speaking out, while critics said a graduation ceremony was hardly the right place for such an outburst. School officials tried stopping Mallari early into her speech after she suggested, without going into detail, that the triumph of her graduation had been marred by unfair treatment.

The Latest: 16 students, 2 teachers on crashed plane

Published 03/24/2015 09:17 AM

5:15 p.m. (1615 GMT, 12:15 a.m EDT) The German North Rhine-Westphalia state Education Ministry says a group of 16 tenth-graders and their two teachers were on board the Germanwings plane that crashed in ...

Martin Sheen to receive honorary degree from Ohio college

Published 03/24/2015 09:15 AM

The University of Dayton will give actor Martin Sheen an honorary degree in recognition of his activism for peace, social justice and human rights. Born Ramon (RAH'-mohn) Estevez (EHS'-tay-vehz), Sheen ...

Successfully Earn a STEM Associate Degree in Community College

Published 03/24/2015 07:30 AM

Community college can be a starting point for students who pursue STEM careers that require advanced degrees or an avenue for students to earn an associate degree and other certifications. "Community college is a good first stop because of the price, for one thing, and I feel it gives you a really good quality education," says Andrew Constantine, a 19 year-old freshman at Southern Maine Community College. Money issues, insufficient math and science skills and unfamiliarity with STEM careers and the college process are some of the reasons students don't stick with STEM, according to a report produced last year by Hanover Research, a global marketing firm.

Video: Steve Nash high school basketball highlights

Published 03/23/2015 08:00 PM

Steve Nash High School Highlights 6,534 views1:28 Video: Steve Nash high school highlights See the two-time NBA MVP in his high school days in Canada. Every scrawny, under-appreciated, below-the-rim high school player has an idol ... a role model ... a vision. He is Steve Nash. Born in South Africa — now there's a start most NBA hopefuls don't consider — his family settled in Victoria, British Columbia, another professional basketball not-so-hotbed. He played soccer and hockey as a youth but told his mom he would someday play in the NBA. Imagine the laughter. But after he averaged 21.3 points, 11.2 assists and 9.1 rebounds for St. Michael's University School, a free college education seemed like a nice possibility. Of course, no one bit on at a wiry 6-foot Canadian kid until Santa Clara coach Dick Davey requested a highlight tape. I mean, what the heck, eh? Despite Davey telling Nash he was "the worst defensive player" he'd ever seen, he took a chance on the lad. And we all know what happened from there. Two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Eight-time NBA All-Star. Two-time NBA MVP. C'mon. Sounds like a fairy tale. The final words were written today when Nash officially retired. Lucky for all those scrawny high school kids searching for a dream, his career is always available in books, the internet and television sets everywhere.

This Tech Flop Is Hurting Our Student Loan Programs

Published 03/23/2015 11:00 AM

The Department of Education’s massive computer system that stores data for more than 40 million Americans with student loans is so outdated and slow it can’t track how many people are actually enrolled in the government’s loan forgiveness and repayment programs. In January, the Department of Education said the Obama administration’s income-based repayment plans would cost about $22 billion more than originally anticipated. Originally, people could qualify if they took out loans after October 2007 and continued borrowing through 2011 – but President Obama recently expanded the program to borrowers who took out loans even before that. Yet the department’s data system has not been able to keep pace.

Maryland students accused of using Twitter to cheat on test

Published 03/23/2015 09:07 AM

(Reuters) - Two Maryland high school students have been accused of using Twitter to cheat on Common Core state standardized tests, officials said on Monday. A security firm hired by the test company to search social media including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook found two instances of cheating by 10th-grade students, said Maryland State Department of Education spokesman William Reinhard. He did not identify the school or the students. The posts included materials from a statewide English test.

Jury to resume deliberations in Atlanta test cheating trial

Published 03/23/2015 03:30 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors will resume their deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests.

Singapore's Lee seen as an inspiration for modern China

Published 03/23/2015 12:37 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders admired modern Singapore's founder Lee Kuan Yew for his toughness, economic pragmatism and insistence on respect for authority. In many ways, Lee's model of "Asian values," combining authoritarianism and economic planning, became China's own blueprint for modernity.

Sex assault, drinking push colleges to moment of reckoning

Published 03/22/2015 11:09 AM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — On college campuses nationwide, the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol are under intense scrutiny as students increasingly speak up and the federal government cracks down. Pushed to a collective moment of reckoning, colleges and universities are trying a slew of solutions focused on education, environment and enforcement.

A look at how residential colleges work at some schools

Published 03/22/2015 09:23 AM

Colleges are confronting the related problems of sexual assault and drinking with a mix of solutions, some aimed at changing an ingrained culture that encourages irresponsible behavior. Dartmouth College appears to be the only school responding by completely overhauling its housing into a system of "residential colleges" — a concept that goes back centuries in England but exists at only about 30 U.S. schools.

Slain civil rights activist to receive posthumous degree

Published 03/21/2015 07:13 AM

DETROIT (AP) — For 24 years, a stone marker has stood along U.S. 80 in Alabama's Lowndes County, near the spot where Viola Gregg Liuzzo was fatally shot by Klansmen while shuttling demonstrators after the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

Readers write: How US schools still fail, beauty of a carbon tax

Published 03/21/2015 05:00 AM

Regarding the March 9 cover story, “Selma’s long march”: The article states, “Education is critical to economic development....” There are no truer words, but I recently checked the rankings of one of Boston’s public schools, The English High School. Fifty years since Selma and the passage of civil rights laws, and 40 years after the judicially mandated and federally enforced desegregation of Boston’s public schools, The English High School is 97 percent minority. Who will save these kids, in Boston or Selma, or in so many other cities, if no one is even talking about it? The Feb. 17 online article “BP’s two-word fix for global climate change” (CSMonitor.com) underscores how wide and deep (and nonpartisan) the support is for carbon pricing via cap-and-trade or carbon tax.

Teachers take 1,000 apples to New York governor in protest

Published 03/20/2015 01:34 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Teachers from an apple-growing region in New York have delivered 1,000 of them to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) to protest education funding levels.

600 Indian students expelled for cheating on school exams

Published 03/20/2015 05:10 AM

PATNA, India (AP) — About 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this week, education authorities said Friday.

Five Arizona high schoolers accused of plotting to murder classmate

Published 03/19/2015 03:56 PM

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Police have arrested five high school students in southern Arizona who are accused of making a detailed plot to murder a classmate off campus, authorities said on Thursday. The five students, one adult and four juveniles, were booked into Pima County Jail on Wednesday on charges of suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection with the alleged scheme at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson. All five were taken into custody at the school, said a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, Sergeant Pete Dugan. "Thankfully someone stepped forward and did the right thing and told administrative staff what was going on." Police named the adult student as Christopher Gibson, 18, and the four juveniles as two 17-year-old girls, Anastasia Lakin and Jessica Good, and two 15-year-old boys, Gabriel Quiroga and Andrew Totten.

Jurors begin deliberations in Atlanta test cheating trial

Published 03/19/2015 10:33 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy.

5 Financial Things Everyone Should Do in Their 20s

Published 03/19/2015 05:50 AM

There is no better time to set yourself up for a lifetime of financial success than in your 20s. While this decade may seem daunting as you tick off milestones such as college graduation, starting your first "real" job and possibly marriage, taking control of your finances is an integral part of growing up and becoming a successful and independent adult. To help you successfully navigate your finances, here are five money milestones everyone should strive to hit in her 20s.

2014-15 girls basketball state champions

Published 03/19/2015 05:00 AM

Photo by Carin Goodall-GosnellMaxPreps is your home for high school basketball state playoff coverage. Check back as we track brackets and state champions across the United States throughout the month of March. Click here to search for tournaments in your state. 2014-15 GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONS Alabama Brackets 7A – Jefferson Davis (Montgomery) 55, McGill-Toolen (Mobile) 54 6A – Homewood 69, Blount (Eight Mile) 60 5A – Wenonah (Birmingham) 49, Brewbaker Tech (Montgomery) 29 4A – Deshler (Tuscumbia) 70, Jacksonville 57 3A – Lauderdale County (Rogersville) 70, Pisgah 39 2A – Red Bay 34, Geneva County (Hartford) 29 1A – Keith (Orrville) 38, Spring Garden 25 Honors: Alaska Brackets 4A – Dimond (Anchorage) 54, West Valley (Fairbanks) 49 3A – Sitka 53, Valdez 50 2A – Glennallen 51, Metlakatla 39 1A – Alak (Wainwright) 62, Buckland 36 Honors: Arizona Brackets Division I – Dobson (Mesa) 58, Millennium (Goodyear) 49 Division II – Maricopa 52, Seton Catholic (Chandler) 49 Division III – Page 54, Tuba City 42 Division IV – Phoenix Christian 67, Valley (Sanders) 61 Honors: Arkansas Brackets 7A – Fayetteville 80, Conway 65 6A – Greenwood 39, Siloam Springs 5A – Hot Springs 62, Pulaski Academy (Little Rock) 61 4A – Riverview (Searcy) 65, Ozark 43 3A – Greenland 72, Valley Springs 53 2A – Marmaduke 68, England 56 1A – Nemo Vista (Center Ridge) 32, Wonderview (Hattieville) 30 Honors: California Brackets Open Division – Mission Hills (San Marcos) 58, Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 41 Division I – Horizon Christian Academy (San Diego) 66, Mount Miguel (Spring Valley) 59 Division II – Carlsbad 53, Montgomery (San Diego) 38 Division III – Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 53, Kearny (San Diego) 44 Division IV – El Capitan (Lakeside) 55, San Ysidro (San Diego) 40 Division V – Palo Verde Valley (Blythe) 53, Escondido Adventist Academy (Escondido) 38 Honors: Colorado Brackets 5A –  Broomfield 47, ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch) 42 4A – Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch) 73, Sand Creek (Colorado Springs) 47 3A – Pagosa Springs 39, Sterling 36 2A – Akron 53, Yuma 48 1A –  Idalia 59, Sangre de Cristo (Mosca) 50 Honors: Connecticut Brackets LL – Wilton 73, South Windsor 45 L – Capital Prep (Hartford) 87, Northwest Catholic (West Hartford) 59 M – St. Joseph (Trumbull) 50, Cromwell 44 S – Thomaston 52, Canton 50 Honors: Delaware Brackets DIAA – Ursuline Academy (Wilmington) 53, Caravel (Bear) 41 Honors: Florida Brackets 8A – Miami 44, Colonial (Orlando) 37 7A – Palm Beach Lakes (West Palm Beach) 58, Wekiva (Apopka) 40 6A – Pine Forest (Pensacola) 46, Barron Collier (Naples) 28 5A – Dillard (Fort Lauderdale) 51, Paxon (Jacksonville) 35 4A – Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) 68, Dunbar (Fort Myers) 62 3A – Miami Country Day 77, Seffner Christian (Seffner) 59 2A – Florida A&M (Tallahassee) 75, Grandview Prep (Boca Raton) 45 1A – Freeport 49, Wildwood 36 Honors: Georgia Brackets AAAAAA – McEachern (Powder Springs) 58, Norcross 51 AAAAA – Stephenson (Stone Mountain) 65, Mays (Atlanta) 56 AAAA – Buford 35, Carrollton 34 AAA – Laney (Augusta) 70, Beach (Savannah) 55 AA – Wesleyan (Norcross) 45, Holy Innocents Episcopal (Atlanta) 31 A Public –  Taylor County (Butler) 67, Turner County (Ashburn) 54 A Private –  St. Francis (Alpharetta) 47, Southwest Atlanta Christian (Atlanta) 45 Honors: HoopSeen.com All-State AAAAAA | AAAAA | AAAA | AAA | AA | A Hawaii Brackets Division I – Konawaena (Kealakekua) 51, Lahainaluna (Lahaina) 41 Division II – Honoka'a 33, Hawaii Baptist Academy (Honolulu) 31 Honors: Idaho Brackets 5A – Mountain View (Meridian) 66, Boise 53 4A – Century (Pocatello) 70, Skyview (Nampa) 63 3A – Sugar-Salem (Sugar City) 40, Timberlake (Spirit Lake) 33 2A – Soda Springs 53, Ririe 43 1A Division I – Lapwai 65, Prairie (Cottonwood) 43 1A Division II – Richfield 48, Dietrich 41 Honors: Illinois Brackets 4A – Benet Academy (Lisle) 61, Fremd (Palatine) 39 3A – Morton 47, Rochester 37 2A – Bishop McNamara (Kankakee) 55, Breese Central 51 1A – Central A & M (Moweaqua) 51, Calhoun (Hardin) 41 Honors: Associated Press All-State 1A & 2A Indiana Brackets 4A – Columbus North (Columbus) 62, Homestead (Fort Wayne) 56 3A – Princeton 72, Tippecanoe Valley (Akron) 44 2A – Heritage Christian (Indianapolis) 73, Fort Wayne Canterbury (Fort Wayne) 53 A – Lafayette Central Catholic (Lafayette) 52, Barr-Reeve (Montgomery) 44 Honors: Iowa Brackets 4A – North Scott (Eldridge) 44, Pleasant Valley 36 3A – Wahlert (Dubuque) 46, Le Mars 38 2A – Treynor 51, Regina (Iowa City) 46 1A – Gladbrook-Reinbeck (Reinbeck) 64, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto (Mapleton) 52 Honors: Des Moines Register All-State Kansas Brackets 6A – Maize 56, South (Wichita) 48 5A – Leavenworth 52, Blue Valley Southwest (Overland Park) 30 4A Division I – Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission) 70, Paola 39 4A Division II – Hugoton 68, Baldwin 54 3A – Hesston 54, Cimarron 40 2A – Central Plains (Claflin) 46, Moundridge 33 1A Division I – Hoxie 67, Centralia 53 1A Division II – St. John's/Tipton Catholic (Beloit) 45, Moscow 35 Honors: Kentucky Brackets KHSAA Sweet 16 – Holy Cross (Covington) 35, Allen County (Scottsville) 32 Honors: Louisiana Brackets 5A – Ponchatoula 47, Walker 29 4A – Easton (New Orleans) 45, Salmen (Slidell) 42 3A – University Lab (Baton Rouge) 52, Mansfield 42 2A – North Caddo (Vivian) 55, Pickering (Leesville) 49 1A – North Central (Lebeau) 54, Vermilion Catholic (Abbeville) 50 B – Lacassine 54, Stanley (Logansport) 43 C – Summerfield 31, Pleasant Hill 24 Honors: Maine Brackets A – Lawrence (Fairfield) 50, Thornton Academy (Saco) 43 B – Greely (Cumberland Center) 56, Presque Isle 39 C – Houlton 59, Maranacook (Readfield) 51 D – Washburn 60, Rangeley Lakes (Rangeley) 54 Honors: Maryland Brackets 4A – Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt) 70, Paint Branch (Burtonsville) 42 3A – Milford Mill Academy (Baltimore) 74, Urbana (Ijamsville) 70 2A – Patterson Mill (Bel Air) 56, Oakdale (Ijamsville) 44 1A – Forestville Military Academy (Forestville) 54, Southern (Oakland) 38 Private Schools – Honors: Massachusetts Brackets Division 1 – Braintree 64, Central (Springfield) 43 Division 2 – Duxbury 51, Medfield 42 Division 3 – Archbishop Williams (Braintree) 69, Hoosac Valley (Cheshire) 46 Division 4 – Millis 50, Fenway (Boston) 42 Honors: Michigan Brackets A – Marian (Bloomfield Hills) 51, DeWitt 37 B – Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills) 49, Haslett 41 C – Calumet 57, Hamady (Flint) 49 D – LaSalle (St. Ignace) 64, Pittsford 60 Honors: Minnesota Brackets AAAA – Hopkins (Minnetonka) 68, Eastview (Apple Valley) 60 AAA – Park Center (Brooklyn Park) 52, Marshall 45 AA – Dover-Eyota (Eyota) 71, Sauk Centre 58 A – Ada-Borup (Ada) 82, Maranatha Christian Academy (Brooklyn Park) 65 Honors: Associated Press All-State Mississippi Brackets 6A – Horn Lake 52, Olive Branch 42 5A –  Natchez 74, West Jones (Laurel) 66 4A – Raymond 50, Bay (Bay St. Louis) 35 3A – Belmont 41, Booneville 39 2A – East Webster (Maben) 68, West Tallahatchie (Webb) 64 1A – Pelahatchie 54, Ashland 48 Honors: Missouri Brackets Class 5 – Rock Bridge (Columbia) 49, Liberty 35 Class 4 – Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis) 60, MICDS (St. Louis) 27 Class 3 – Central (Park Hills) 55, Cardinal Ritter (St. Louis) 19 Class 2 – Crane 58, Skyline (Urbana) 51 Class 1 – Walnut Grove 48, Naylor 45 Honors: Montana Brackets AA – Capital (Helena) 63, Bozeman 55 A – Hamilton 58, Butte Central Catholic 46 B – Malta 55, Colstrip 46 C – Gardiner 55, Saco/Whitewater 48 Honors: Nebraska Brackets A – Omaha Westside (Omaha) 53, Norfolk 40 B – Pius X (Lincoln) 41, Norris (Firth) 33 C1 – Pierce 38, Kearney Catholic (Kearney) 35 C2 – Crofton 48, St. Cecilia (Hastings) 39 D1 – St. Mary's (O'Neill) 52, Dundy County-Stratton (Benkelman) 33 D2 – Sacred Heart (Falls City) 44, Wynot 39 Honors: Nevada Brackets Division I – Centennial (Las Vegas) 65, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 52 Division I-A – Spring Valley (Las Vegas) 58, Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas) 40 Division III – White Pine (Ely) 52, Needles (Calif.) 36 Division IV – Pahranagat Valley (Alamo) 57, Smith Valley (Smith) 49 Honors: New Hampshire Brackets Division I – Londonderry 48, Winnacunnet (Hampton) 33 Division II – Coe-Brown Academy (Northwood) 50, Goffstown 46 Division III – Conant (Jaffrey) 55, Gilford 33 Division IV – Sunapee 80, Colebrook Academy 72 Honors: New Jersey Brackets TOC – Manasquan 59, St. Rose (Belmar) 55 Group 1 – New Providence 32, Haddon Township (Westmont) 30 Group 2 – Manasquan 67, Westwood (Washington Township) 52 Group 3 – Middletown South (Middletown) 50, Northern Valley (Old Tappan) 42 Group 4 – Franklin (Somerset) 54, Shawnee (Medford) 48 Non-Public A – St. John-Vianney (Holmdel) 50, Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township) 46 Non-Public B – St. Rose (Belmar) 56, Immaculate Conception (Lodi) 49 Honors: New Mexico Brackets 6A – Cibola (Albuquerque) 58, La Cueva (Albuquerque) 46 5A – Los Lunas 68, Gallup 63 4A – Hope Christian (Albuquerque) 47, Portales 42 3A – Texico 50, Clayton 39 2A – Melrose 52, Tatum 48 1A – Elida 75, Cimarron 26 Honors: New York Brackets AA – Ossining 76, Rush-Henrietta (Henrietta) 54 A – Williamsville South (Williamsville) 48, Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt) 39 B – Susquehanna Valley (Conklin) 51, Hoosick Falls 45 C – Cooperstown 61, Northern Adirondack (Ellenburg Depot) 34 D – Heuvelton Central (Heuvelton) 61, South Kortright Central 54 Honors: North Carolina Brackets NCHSAA 4A – Myers Park (Charlotte) 52, Southeast Raleigh (Raleigh) 47 NCHSAA 3A – Hickory 71, Chapel Hill 53 NCHSAA 2A – Wilkes Central (Wilkesboro) 44, Kinston 41 NCHSAA 1A – Winston-Salem Prep (Winston-Salem) 58, Riverside (Williamston) 31 NCCSA 1A – Bible Baptist Christian (Matthews) 37, Heritage Christian (Hudson) 28 NCCSA 2A – Bethel Christian Academy (Kinston) 51, Faith Christian (Ramseur) 34 Honors: North Dakota Brackets A – Shanley (Fargo) 46, Century (Bismarck) 38 B – Bishop Ryan (Minot) 68, Kindred 52 Honors: Ohio Brackets Division I – Lakota West (West Chester) 44, Notre Dame Academy (Toledo) 38 Division II – Archbishop Alter (Kettering) 57, Rogers (Toledo) 42 Division III – Versailles 54, Chippewa (Doylestown) 43 Division IV – Fort Loramie 55, Waterford 48 Honors: Oklahoma Brackets 6A – Broken Arrow 71, Muskogee 67 5A – Deer Creek (Edmond) 42, East Central (Tulsa) 33 4A – Locust Grove 51, Anadarko 33 3A – Sequoyah (Tahlequah) 55, Chisholm (Enid) 38 2A – Alva 47, Preston 42 A – Thomas-Fay-Custer (Thomas) 51, Okarche 50 B – Lomega (Omega) 52, Coyle 39 Honors: Oregon Brackets 6A – South Salem 56, St. Mary's Academy (Portland) 50 5A – La Salle (Milwaukie) 51, Hermiston 46 4A – Sutherlin 51, Henley (Klamath Falls) 46 3A – Dayton 51, Salem Academy 39 2A – Western Mennonite (Salem) 43, Burns 38 1A – Damascus Christian 51, Country Christian (Molalla) 46 Honors: Pennsylvania Brackets AAAA – Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg) 40, Central Bucks West (Doylestown) 35 AAA – Blackhawk (Beaver Falls) 46, Archbishop Wood (Warminster) 40 AA – Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) 79, Seton LaSalle (Pittsburgh) 34 A – Vincentian Academy (Pittsburgh) 86, Old Forge 38 Honors: Rhode Island Brackets Division I – Barrington 48, St. Mary Academy-Bay View (East Providence) 37 Division II – Joanita Sanchez/Rocky Hill 62, St. Raphael Academy (Pawtucket) 39 Division III – Narragansett 58, Middletown 55 State Tournament – St. Mary Academy-Bay View 54, La Salle Academy (Providence) 39 Honors: South Carolina Brackets AAAA – Spring Valley (Columbia) 53, Goose Creek 46 AAA –  Lancaster 44, Lakewood (Sumter) 42 AA – Bishop England (Charleston) 50, Pendleton 36 A – Christ Church Episcopal (Greenville) 61, Latta 45 Honors: South Dakota Brackets AA – Washington (Sioux Falls) 45, O'Gorman (Sioux Falls) 42 A – More (Rapid City) 54, Elk Point-Jefferson (Elk Point) 24 B – Ethan 31, Sully Buttes (Onida) 28 Honors: Tennessee Brackets Division I AAA – Blackman (Murfreesboro) 58, Oakland (Murfreesboro) 54 Division I AA – King (Nashville) 58, McMinn Central (Englewood) 51 Division I A – Middleton 62, Clarkrange 50 Division II-AA – Brentwood Academy 63, Briarcrest Christian (Eads) 41 Division II-A – Webb (Knoxville) 64, Franklin Road Academy (Nashville) 40 Honors: Texas Brackets UIL 6A – Cypress Woods (Cypress) 57, Skyline (Dallas) 49 UIL 5A – Canyon 48, Adams (Dallas) 41 UIL 4A – Argyle 46, Wylie (Abilene) 25 UIL 3A – Sunnyvale 52, Shallowater 37 UIL 2A – Martins Mill (Ben Wheeler) 49, Gruver 36 UIL 1A – Nazareth 56, Lipan 40 Honors: Utah Brackets 5A – Brighton (Salt Lake City) 49, Fremont (Plain City) 40 4A – Sky View (Smithfield) 43, Skyline (Salt Lake City) 32 3A – Juan Diego Catholic (Draper) 67, Morgan 47 2A – Delta 45, Kanab 37 1A – Honors: Vermont Brackets Division I – Champlain Valley (Hinesburg) 41, Essex (Essex Junction) 23 Division II – Mill River (North Clarendon) 50, Lake Region (Orleans) 46 Division III – Richford 71, Thetford Academy 36 Division IV – Mt. St. Joseph Academy (Rutland) 35, Proctor 29 Honors: Virginia Brackets VHSL 6A – Cosby (Midlothian) 46, Bethel (Hampton) 45 VHSL 5A – Princess Anne (Virginia Beach) 71, Bird (Chesterfield) 65 VHSL 4A – Monacan (Richmond) 65, Midlothian 57 VHSL 3A – Turner Ashby (Bridgewater) 64, Broadway 60 VHSL 2A – Central (Norton) 63, Floyd County 59 VHSL 1A – Clintwood 52, Twin Valley (Pilgrims Knob) 50 Honors: Washington Brackets 4A – Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) 57, Inglemoor (Kenmore) 52 3A – Lynnwood (Bothell) 54, Cleveland (Seattle) 42 2A – Mark Morris (Longview) 69, WF West (Chehalis) 53 1A – King's (Seattle) 43, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 27 2B – Okanogan 59, Wahkiakum (Cathlamet) 52 1B – Colton 89, Sunnyside Christian 70 Honors: Tacoma News Tribune All-State West Virginia Brackets AAA – Morgantown 48, Parkersburg South (Parkersburg) 31 AA – Sissonville (Charleston) 50, Fairmont 47 A – St. Joseph Central (Huntington) 40, Wheeling Central Catholic (Wheeling) 37 Honors: Wisconsin Brackets Division 1 – Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee) 64, D.C. Everest (Schofield) 29 Division 2 – Pius XI Catholic (Milwaukee) 54, Cedarburg 36 Division 3 – Whitewater 49, Xavier (Appleton) 43 Division 4 – Cuba City 56, Fall Creek 43 Division 5 – Barneveld 59, Assumption (Wisconsin Rapids) 43 Honors: Wyoming Brackets 4A – Campbell County (Gillette) 66, East (Cheyenne) 51 3A – Powell 58, Lovell 52 2A – Lyman 42, Southeast (Yoder) 36 1A – Cokeville 65, St. Stephens 59 Honors:

Why the American Dream is unraveling, in 4 charts

Published 03/19/2015 04:14 AM

The upper-middle-class families author Robert Putnam profiles separate themselves into affluent suburbs, with their own public schools and social spheres. As a result, poorer children not only face hardships ...

Jurors to begin deliberations in Atlanta test cheating trial

Published 03/19/2015 03:42 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors are set to begin deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy.

Classes resume today after fumes sickened students, teachers at Paulsboro High School

Published 03/19/2015 03:12 AM

School officials tell Action News classes will resume Thursday morning at Paulsboro High School after fumes from a nearby refinery sickened more than a dozen people.

A Yelp for teachers

Published 03/19/2015 01:32 AM

Maybe what we need, and what teachers should welcome, isn’t the data on the test scores and “value-added” rankings that some parents are demanding — or, at least, not that alone. What we need is for some tech entrepreneur to come up with a Yelp or an Angie’s List for public schools, because the amalgamated voice of the consumer is the most powerful kind of accountability in American life.

Fumes from refinery sicken students, teachers at Paulsboro High School

Published 03/18/2015 06:56 PM

A problem at a chemical plant near a South Jersey high school sent more than a dozen students and staff members home.

Penn State frat photo scandal shows colleges are cracking down

Published 03/18/2015 03:02 PM

Fraternities are in the hot seat again this week as authorities investigate the photos of unconscious nude women on a private Facebook page at Pennsylvania State University, as well as hazing allegations at the University of Houston and the University of Wisconsin. The swift responses by university and national fraternity officials – suspensions of Kappa Delta Rho at Penn State and Sigma Chi in Houston and the elimination of Chi Phi at UW-Madison – suggest they feel a growing pressure to crack down. In the wake of the national uproar over a racist chant at a University of Oklahoma fraternity, these cases may add to a domino effect, prompting other students or alumni to come forward with reports of sexual harassment, misconduct, and hazing. “Penn State immediately shutting down the fraternity shows they are willing to at least make swift progress when something like this happens.... Universities are starting to have more of a low-tolerance or zero-tolerance policy for racism and sexual violence on campus,” says Tracey Vitchers, spokeswoman for SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape).

Fumes from refinery sicken stuednts, teachers at Paulsboro High School

Published 03/18/2015 02:08 PM

A toxic situation at a South Jersey high school sent more than a dozen people to the hospital, and the problem came from a chemical plant that's situated near the school.

Students Skipping Loan Payments Aren't Deadbeats—They're Giving College an F

Published 03/18/2015 12:42 PM

Like civil rights protesters marching against an entire police force, an ongoing David-versus-Goliath confrontation between a small group of protesters and the U.S. Department of Education has the potential to inspire a movement and prompt change. They say Corinthian strong-armed them into taking the loans, swindled them out of classes and books, and lied about job placement—all while the Department of Education looked the other way and ignored blatant fraud.

Teaching and Leading at the 5th International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Published 03/25/2015 10:34 AM

Each March I look forward to joining colleagues from around the world at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession to learn from high-performing and rapidly improving education systems about ways to elevate and enhance the teaching profession in order to improve student learning. I never imagined when we started the International Summit in New York City in 2011 that it would become a vibrant and lasting international community of practice.

The Pathway to Success at King/Drew Magnet High School

Published 03/24/2015 12:29 PM

King/Drew Magnet High School isn’t just preparing its students for graduation; it’s preparing them for life. The school may be located in one of the most disadvantaged parts of Los Angeles, California, but its students are reaching for the highest levels in education – and they are succeeding. Students at King/Drew not only gradate in high numbers, fully 90% of those who graduate go on to attend college, including many of the country’s top schools, and they receive millions of dollars in merit-based scholarships and university grants.

4 Reasons to Apply for the 2015 President’s Education Awards Program

Published 03/24/2015 10:41 AM

Principals! It’s time, once again, to nominate students for the President’s Education Awards Program! We’ve got four great reasons as to why you should nominate students in your school. 1) Motivation!

Secretary Duncan: “Step Up and Fund Education”

Published 03/23/2015 10:27 AM

On Friday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Edwin M. Stanton Elementary in Philadelphia to highlight the need to support teachers and students by investing in our nation’s schools.

A Different Approach to NCAA Bracketology

Published 03/20/2015 03:53 PM

Know It 2 Own It: Helping People with Disabilities Access Middle Class Careers

Published 03/20/2015 10:00 AM

March is National Disability Awareness Month, a month dedicated to promoting awareness of the strengths and achievements of Americans with disabilities. Today, many people with disabilities are living and working in the community and pursuing higher education. Yet, even now folks with significant disabilities often face additional barriers when trying to find jobs.

D.C. Public School Students Celebrate Their Creativity and Knowledge in the Arts at ED

Published 03/19/2015 03:00 PM

Look and Listen: 10 Reasons Why We Can’t Afford to Cut Education Funding

Published 03/19/2015 01:01 PM

Cross-posted from The White House Blog.

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Secretary Duncan at the National Urban League’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Published 03/18/2015 09:40 AM

Note: Speaker deviated from prepared remarks. Thank you for letting me be a part of your 12th annual legislative conference. Throughout its history, the Urban League has stood for meaningful action that helps not just communities of color, but also the entire country in our ongoing effort to create a more just and equal society. So I want to thank you for your work. And I want to say that I share your sense of urgency, as does my entire team.

U.S. Department of Education Awards $4.1 Million in Charter School Program National Leadership Grants

Published 03/17/2015 03:46 PM

The U.S. Department of Education announced six new grant awards today totaling $4.1 million through the Charter Schools Program (CSP) National Leadership Activities program. These grants will help strengthen charter schools and charter school authorizers, while also improving capacity to serve students with disabilities and English learners. Helping the charter school sector address these key issues is a priority for the Department.

15 Principals, One United Voice

Published 03/17/2015 01:37 PM

Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies at Austin Community College

Published 03/16/2015 05:31 PM

 

New Grad Rate Data Show Gap Between Minority and White Students is Closing

Published 03/16/2015 03:45 PM

New data out today show some positive signs in ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed, no matter their zip code. Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, the graduation rates for American Indian, black, and Hispanic students increased by nearly four percentage points over two years, outpacing the growth for all students. This also shows that the gap between minority and white students is closing.

Students with Disabilities Can Now Access On-Demand Children’s TV Programming

Published 03/16/2015 03:00 PM

Thousands of students with visual or hearing disabilities can now access free, video-on-demand children’s television programming. Dozens of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed online featuring closed captioning and descriptions through our Accessible Television Portal project. Among the shows: “Ocean Mysteries,” “Magic School Bus,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Expedition Wild” and “Peg + Cat.”

Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation

Published 03/16/2015 09:25 AM

Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the growth for all students in the nation, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. What’s more, the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas narrowed over that time, the data show.

Video-on-Demand Children’s TV Programming Now Accessible for Thousands of Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

Published 03/16/2015 07:17 AM

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the availability of free, video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing.

Weekly Address: A Student Aid Bill of Rights

Published 03/15/2015 04:43 PM

Cross-posted from the White House Blog. In this week’s address, President Obama laid out his vision for quality, affordable higher education for all Americans.

Secretary Duncan’s Remarks on Press Call Highlighting States Where Education Funding Shortchanges Low-Income, Minority Students

Published 03/13/2015 05:37 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the remarks below on a press call with National Urban League President Marc Morial about the importance of ensuring equity in education as part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Sink Your Teeth into These Very Special Pi Day Activities

Published 03/13/2015 02:00 PM

It’s that time of the year again … time to think about celebrating Pi Day! March 14 – (3/14) – has become an unofficial holiday dedicated to the rather unique irrational number that can be calculated to over a trillion digits beyond its decimal point. A lot can be said about Pi Day, but did you know this year’s Pi Day is especially exclusive? On 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m., the calendar date and time will match up numerically with the first 10 digits of Pi: 3.141592653.

4 Reasons Why Community College Was Perfect For Me

Published 03/11/2015 03:00 PM

As a senior in high school, I felt as if I was the only one not excited about graduation because I had been denied acceptance to the universities for which I had applied. I had given up on having a glamorous college experience and had no idea what the future had in store for me and enrolled at a community college. During my two years in community college, I reflected on career choices and my future as a whole, all the while using that time to boost my GPA. Once I figured out what I wanted to do, I applied to four-year universities and was accepted to the perfect school for me.

Open Education Week 2015

Published 03/11/2015 10:45 AM

Cross-posted from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy blog.

The Student Aid Bill of Rights: Enhancing Protections for Student Loan Borrowers

Published 03/10/2015 05:21 PM

Cross-posted from the White House blog. The single most important investment anyone can make in their future is to pursue higher education. But the one thing I often hear from families is that they are worried about the cost.

Beyond High School Diplomas: Educators Aim Towards College Completion

Published 03/09/2015 01:03 PM

Nationally, just 18 percent of all 9th graders complete four year degrees within 10 years. There needs to be a real sense of urgency as we move forward in creating and sustaining greater college access and completion for all students, which is why it is so important that we address this issue at the federal, state and local levels.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches

Published 03/09/2015 04:01 AM

Secretary Duncan issued the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches:

My Brother’s Keeper: A Year of Progress

Published 03/06/2015 04:21 PM

This post originally appeared on The White House Blog.

Mississippi: Man Charged in Noose Display

Published 03/27/2015 05:38 PM

A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on federal charges in connection with a noose put on a statue of James Meredith, the student who integrated the campus.

Oklahoma Inquiry Traces Racist Song to National Gathering of Fraternity

Published 03/27/2015 01:06 PM

David L. Boren, the university president, says his campus’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon members learned the song on a cruise four years ago.

Bronx Science Teacher in Child Pornography Case Told Students ‘You’re a Big Deal’

Published 03/27/2015 10:44 AM

Former students of Jon Cruz, accused of coercing teenagers from other schools into sending him nude photos, recall his devotion, but some now question his behavior.

The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Women’s Suffrage

Published 03/27/2015 07:29 AM

Test your knowledge of women’s suffrage by playing our crossword.

The Learning Network: Does Your School Do a Good Job of Teaching Sex Ed?

Published 03/27/2015 04:27 AM

How do you get most of your information about sex and sexuality?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane, Prosecutor Says

Published 03/27/2015 01:30 AM

What do the final 30 minutes of the plane’s voice recorder reveal?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | ‘Sunshine Girl’ Leaps From the Screen to the Page

Published 03/27/2015 01:12 AM

Here are several paragraphs from a March 25 article, “YouTube’s ‘Sunshine Girl’ Comes to Print.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | bevy

Published 03/26/2015 09:01 PM

This word has appeared in 141 New York Times articles in the past year.

The Learning Network: Our Sixth Annual Found Poem Challenge

Published 03/26/2015 11:25 AM

The bad news? We won’t be judging the challenge this year, or declaring winners. The good news? The Learning Network is hopefully getting an upgraded commenting system soon. We hope you’ll still participate and post your poems; we’ll be posting our reactions in May in lieu of formal judging.

The Learning Network: Is Our Culture of Online Shaming Out of Control?

Published 03/26/2015 07:26 AM

Whether you know who Monica Lewinsky is or not, you’ll probably know what she meant when she spoke about the dangers of online public shaming in a recent TED talk. Do you agree with her that our “culture of humiliation” has gotten out of hand? Why or why not?

The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The Scopes Trial

Published 03/26/2015 05:30 AM

The Scopes trial has been called “the true trial of the century” — in part because similar debates still roil school systems around the country.

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Car Crash Videos Highlight Risk of Multitasking With Phones

Published 03/26/2015 01:30 AM

When have you been a car in which the driver was distracted from watching the road?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Michelle Obama’s Travel Wardrobe

Published 03/26/2015 01:19 AM

Here are several paragraphs from a March 24 article, “For Michelle Obama, Girlie Clothes That Lean In.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | ravage

Published 03/25/2015 09:02 PM

This word has appeared in 39 New York Times articles in the past year.

National Briefing | South: Virginia: More Training Ordered for Alcohol Control Agents

Published 03/25/2015 06:34 PM

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering Alcoholic Beverage Control agents to be retrained after an arrest that left a University of Virginia student bloodied and shouting allegations of racism.

Thousands Protest Plan to Oust University Chief in Mississippi

Published 03/25/2015 06:21 PM

University of Mississippi students, employees and other supporters of Daniel W. Jones criticized the plan to change leaders as wrapped in secrecy and threatening to the future of a place that has often been central to the image of the state.

Former University of Oklahoma Student Apologizes for Racist Chant

Published 03/25/2015 06:03 PM

A fraternity member expelled from the University of Oklahoma said he was sorry for his role in the videotaped incident and ashamed that he participated.

The Learning Network: Hidden Life Forms: Investigating Microbial Diversity on Our Bodies and in Our Homes

Published 03/25/2015 12:58 PM

In this lesson, students learn about how and why scientists are studying the biodiversity of previously unexplored places, such as the insides of homes and the surface of the human body.

Economic Scene: Grading Teachers by the Test

Published 03/25/2015 11:40 AM

Use of standardized tests to measure students’ progress, and teachers’ effectiveness, has been found to have unintended consequences.

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A Chinese Festival in California

Published 03/25/2015 05:07 AM

Here are several paragraphs from a March 23 article, “Bok Kai Festival in Marysville Brings Touch of 19th Century to 21st.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?

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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