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'Trojan Horse' probe schools named

Published 04/23/2014 06:52 AM

A list of the schools Ofsted has been sent in to inspect over an alleged plot by Muslim hard-liners to seize control of governing bodies is published.

Men win sex discrimination pay case

Published 04/23/2014 11:16 AM

Eighteen men unhappy at being paid less than their female colleagues win an equal pay claim against a university.

Competitive sport 'puts off pupils'

Published 04/22/2014 06:00 AM

The majority of children would be happy to see the competitive element removed from school sport, a survey suggests.

New Family Court comes into being

Published 04/22/2014 07:45 AM

A new single Family Court comes into being in England and Wales as ministers pledge to put the welfare of children at the centre of the justice system.

Teachers vote for strike in June

Published 04/21/2014 07:29 AM

National Union of Teachers' conference votes for a summer-term strike over pay and workload.

Boycott call for early years tests

Published 04/21/2014 09:22 AM

The National Union of Teachers has moved nearer a boycott of assessment checks for four year olds.

Three Scots universities leave CBI

Published 04/21/2014 10:21 PM

Three Scottish universities become the latest organisations to quit the CBI over its stance in the Scottish independence referendum debate.

Teachers angry at online insults

Published 04/21/2014 08:30 AM

Online social media is being misused to insult, intimidate and smear staff in schools, says a teachers' union.

Wilshaw takes charge of Trojan Horse

Published 04/20/2014 09:58 AM

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw is to take personal charge of the watchdog's investigation into claims that a number of schools in Birmingham have been taken over by Muslim hardliners.

Teachers' election year strike threat

Published 04/20/2014 03:48 AM

The NASUWT teachers' union warns of industrial action in the run up to next year's general election.

Menopause 'worse' in too warm schools

Published 04/20/2014 05:10 AM

High temperatures, poor ventilation and lack of drinking water in schools make the menopause particularly tough for teachers, the NUT has heard.

Teachers warn of CCTV intrusion

Published 04/19/2014 04:32 PM

Teachers are warning that CCTV safety cameras are being misused by senior staff as a way of spying on lessons.

Teachers put strike vote on hold

Published 04/20/2014 02:39 AM

The NUT conference rejects calls for a four-day autumn strike, but could still press for a summer classroom walk-out

Hunt warns against schools extremism

Published 04/19/2014 06:33 AM

Labour's Tristram Hunt has told teachers in Birmingham that there is no place for "cultural or gender segregation" in schools.

Teachers demand qualified status

Published 04/19/2014 04:06 AM

Teachers' union conferences are demanding that schools in England should only employ qualified teachers.

Bullied children still suffer at 50

Published 04/17/2014 04:01 PM

Children can experience the negative effects of bullying on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, says a study from King's College London.

Teachers to debate summer strike

Published 04/18/2014 09:34 AM

The NUT conference is to hear calls for a one-day strike in the summer term and a campaign of industrial action over pay and workload.

The irresistible urge for students to talk

Published 04/08/2014 04:00 PM

The irresistible urge for online students to talk

Instant e-libraries for Myanmar universities

Published 04/01/2014 01:23 PM

Myanmar universities open up with e-libraries

Looking for the next cyber-police

Published 03/25/2014 05:08 PM

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

African sunshine powers school computers

Published 03/18/2014 05:02 PM

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

Where the only rule is 'be cool'

Published 03/11/2014 05:19 PM

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

Textbooks replaced by iTunes U downloads

Published 03/04/2014 04:22 PM

Is it time to download the homework?

Education faces 10,000 violent attacks

Published 02/27/2014 09:31 AM

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

Can history textbooks make peace?

Published 02/18/2014 12:12 PM

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

China's tough lessons in resilience

Published 02/11/2014 04:04 PM

China's lessons in resilience for rural poor

The 70-year wait for primary school

Published 01/28/2014 04:09 PM

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

'Grunting teens need speech classes'

Published 04/11/2014 04:13 AM

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

Examiners may consider Ramadan fast

Published 04/16/2014 09:12 AM

Exam boards are urged to consider how Ramadan fasting affects Muslim students during summer examinations.

Women held in school fraud inquiry

Published 04/17/2014 02:50 AM

Four women are arrested in connection with an ongoing fraud investigation at a Birmingham school.

University marking ban 'on hold'

Published 04/17/2014 04:47 AM

Academics have agreed to postpone a planned marking boycott after employers made a new pay offer.

Teachers urged to watch for FGM

Published 04/16/2014 03:22 AM

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

Nigeria schoolgirls 'still missing'

Published 04/18/2014 01:53 PM

Nigeria's military rows back on an earlier statement that most of the teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants had been freed.

Children cared for 'too far away'

Published 04/08/2014 01:45 AM

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

Parenting scheme a 'flop' - Labour

Published 04/03/2014 04:27 PM

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

VIDEO: Schools improving maths with snooker

Published 04/19/2014 12:14 AM

Snooker World Champion Steve Davis is taking his love of the sport into schools in the hope of improving students' maths skills.

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

Published 04/15/2014 11:43 AM

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

AUDIO: Bullied children still suffer at 50

Published 04/18/2014 02:50 AM

Being bullied as a child can have consequences that last into people's fifties, research suggests.

VIDEO: 'Lack of vision' in Welsh education

Published 04/10/2014 05:55 AM

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

Exam pressure: A tutor's eye view

Published 04/22/2014 04:19 PM

Enter the world of the super-tutor

What hours do teachers really work?

Published 04/19/2014 10:08 AM

What hours do teachers really work?

It's getting mighty crowded

Published 04/17/2014 09:17 AM

Parents face a tough time getting a primary school place

How 3D is changing the shape of lessons

Published 04/15/2014 04:02 PM

How 3D printing is changing the shape of learning

What's happening to Scotland's exams?

Published 04/15/2014 01:56 AM

What's so different about the new National 4 and 5 qualifications?

Extremism in Birmingham schools?

Published 04/20/2014 04:47 AM

Investigating claims of Islamic "takeovers" of schools

Murray breaks down in tears at Scottish ceremony

Published 04/23/2014 11:32 AM

DUNBLANE, Scotland (AP) — Andy Murray burst into tears on Wednesday as he accepted a civic honor in his Scottish hometown of Dunblane.

Rand Paul Wants Minorities to Embrace the School Vouchers Rural Republicans Are Rejecting

Published 04/23/2014 10:23 AM

Rand Paul went to President Obama's adopted hometown on Tuesday to pitch private school vouchers as the "great equalizer" for inner-city minority students. That message doesn't work as well in mostly-white rural areas, where Republicans don't want to send sparse federal dollars to private schools.  Paul visited Chicago's Josephinum Academy, a Sacred Heart-affiliated school that is 5 percent non-Hispanic white, according to The New York Times. The thing is, Democrats and Republicans in rural areas oppose private school vouchers — which divert money from public schools to private schools — for the same reason: public schools need that money more.

Smaller share of US high school grads entering college. Why?

Published 04/23/2014 09:39 AM

A new annual review finds that 65.9 percent of 2013 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities as of last October. That compares with a 66.2 percent enrollment rate in 2012 and 68.3 percent in 2011. All those numbers are below the all-time high of 70.1 percent in 2009, according to the Labor Department, which tracks the numbers and released its latest tally Tuesday. The share of high school grads heading for advanced degrees remains high compared with enrollment rates in many prior decades. But today’s enrollment rates are little changed from the late 1990s, despite efforts by President Obama and others to ramp up educational opportunities as a path to economic success – and despite polls showing that Americans view higher education as financially worthwhile.

SERIOUSLY? Texas teachers scare, shame and bully kids about standardized tests

Published 04/23/2014 06:50 AM

If, as The Daily Caller speculates, there’s a special place in hell reserved for people who think up ways to make little kids feel horrible about themselves when they disappoint adults, then a bunch of teachers and school officials at Lamar Elementary School in El Paso, Texas should consider praying for mercy. Some parents of Lamar Elementary students believe teachers and school officials bullied their third-grade kids by sending home a bizarro, menacing handout about this week’s state-mandated STAAR standardized tests, reports local FOX affiliate KFOX. The Daily Caller has obtained the full text of the handout, entitled “What if I don’t try on the STAAR?” (See the image below.) However students who don’t do it to the satisfaction of the adults at Lamar Elementary risk flunking for the entire school year – so, no pressure kids! – and being labeled as “lazy.”

California GOP hopeful wants free college for science, math students

Published 04/22/2014 10:17 PM

By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari called for free college tuition for students pursuing math and science degrees, part of an education reform plan released Tuesday that would also model public schools after charter schools. Kashkari's proposal would waive tuition for students pursuing a four-year degree in any science, technology, electronics, or math subject in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings after graduation. It came as Kashkari, trailing a distant third in recent polls behind incumbent Jerry Brown and Republican Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly, is struggling to add momentum to his campaign before the June primary.

But Only White People Care About the Environment, Right?

Published 04/22/2014 03:56 PM

The narrator forecasts that climate change will significantly limit the choices they are presented with to create that life they might imagine. The colorful cast is computer animated and expressive—moving to the precisely timed narration of a live educator who might be white—not like the cartoony, absence of color type of white, but Caucasian, (or black, or Asian) and tasked with captivating the interest of thousands of students packed into an auditorium for a school assembly on the “environment.” Over 1.7 million high students around the country have seen the Alliance for Climate Education’s (ACE) award-winning climate science assembly. The ACE Assembly is a riveting recount of what science knows to be true about climate change, taken directly from reports by IPCC, NOAA, and NASA and refashioned to appeal to high school students.

Atheists' new plan of attack against Pledge of Allegiance: state courts

Published 04/22/2014 03:02 PM

For the second time in a year, American atheists and humanists are asking a state court to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, saying daily requirements to recite the phrase in public schools discriminates against atheist children. Last month, a nonbelieving New Jersey family sued its local school district in state court, claiming the daily classroom exercise violates the equal protection guarantees of the New Jersey constitution, the American Humanist Association announced on Monday. Last fall, the Massachusetts Supreme Court heard similar arguments from the humanist association, which represents another nonbelieving family that claims laws requiring their children to recite “under God” discriminate against their beliefs. This new focus on state laws and state constitutions represents a change in tactics for American atheists, who have traditionally sued in federal courts, mostly arguing that the First Amendment of the US Constitution forbids religious expressions in civic spaces.

'Main Line' drug ring in Pennsylvania nets two prep school grads

Published 04/22/2014 10:23 AM

(Reuters) - Two graduates of an exclusive Pennsylvania prep school were charged with operating an extensive drug ring that dealt cocaine and marijuana to students at high schools and colleges in an affluent part of Philadelphia, authorities said on Tuesday. Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, led the effort to create a "monopoly" on drug sales in the area and used high school students to deal drugs at their local schools, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. "While parents sought to provide education to their kids, these defendants sought to use the schools to create drug addicts," Ferman said in a statement announcing their arrests. Scott and Brooks were former lacrosse players and graduates of The Haverford School, an all-boys prep school near Philadelphia that charges $35,000 per year in tuition, prosecutors said.

Students Design Radiation Shield for NASA's Orion Spacecraft

Published 04/22/2014 08:23 AM

NASA is developing a new spacecraft to take mankind to deep space, and high-school students will have an important role in designing it.

Volunteers find scenes of hope, despair at S. Korea ferry site

Published 04/22/2014 07:44 AM

Hundreds of bereaved parents, relatives, and friends mingle with volunteers here in a display of agony and heartbreak, shame and disbelief, over the sinking of a ferry on a holiday cruise packed with high school students on a school excursion.  An atmosphere of stoicism and quiet calm pervades the floor of the spacious gymnasium in this pleasant seaside community as fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, talk in low strained murmurs, lying on mats, wrapped in blankets, a week after the ferry, the Sewol, sank 12 miles south amid rocky islets visible to the horizon.  As investigators look for why and how the ship went down, volunteers have come from across Korea to hand out food and drink, fresh clothing, and toiletries. “When this happened, I realized I was neglecting my country,” says Youn Ji-na, a young woman who came from Seoul, 200 miles to the north. “This tragedy is the result of people not thinking about the country, about other people.”

Learn How High School Classes Can Offer College Benefits

Published 04/22/2014 06:30 AM

High school and college are undoubtedly different worlds academically. However, high school students shouldn't totally rule out the relevance their current course work could have in college. Upon reflection, some college students found that some of their toughest high school classes and assignments were exactly what shaped them to be the hardworking university students they are today. Rather than simply viewing high school classes and projects as something to get through until graduation arrives, students should instead recognize the benefits to be gained from these opportunities.

Liberal Arts Colleges With Low Student-Faculty Ratios

Published 04/22/2014 05:45 AM

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.

Demographic Breakdown of the 2014 Best High Schools

Published 04/21/2014 06:45 PM

U.S. News evaluated 31,242 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia for the 2014 Best High Schools rankings, with 19,411 schools eligible to be ranked. Below, we have also conducted a detailed demographic breakdown of the 4,707 medal winners.

Frequently Asked Questions: 2014 Best High Schools Rankings

Published 04/21/2014 06:44 PM

The Best High Schools project identifies the country's top-performing public high schools. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students -- from the highest achieving to the lowest achieving -- in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work. The first list of the U.S. News Best High Schools was posted online on Nov. 30, 2007. The current 2014 edition of Best High Schools was published online on April 22, 2014.

2014 Best High Schools Rankings: Information for High School Officials

Published 04/21/2014 06:42 PM

The basic 2011-2012 academic year data on high school and school district names, enrollment, ethnicity, magnet or charter school status and other profile information came directly from the Common Core of Data on the U.S. Department of Education's website. College Board was the source of the Advanced Placement test data for each public high school, when applicable, which were used to create calculated values used in the rankings. International Baccalaureate was the source of the International Baccalaureate test data for each public high school, when applicable, which were used to create calculated values used in the rankings. Each high school's statewide accountability test results were collected directly from official sources in that state.

Prosecutors: Prep school graduates ran drug ring

Published 04/21/2014 06:23 PM

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Two prep school graduates sought to use their sports connections and business acumen to establish a monopoly on drug sales to high school students in the affluent Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, authorities said Monday.

Glitches prompt suspension of Oklahoma tests again

Published 04/21/2014 06:22 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's public schools superintendent suspended online testing across the state on Monday after middle and high school students systemwide experienced disruptions during high-stakes standardized tests for the second consecutive year.

US sends salvage ship to help with S.Korea ferry disaster

Published 04/21/2014 10:22 AM

The United States is sending a Navy salvage ship to help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday. South Korea has not formally requested the ship, but the USNS Safeguard was being moved from Thailand toward South Korea in case it does, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said. An amphibious assault ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, is already taking part in rescue operations off the southwestern coast where the Sewol sank on Wednesday with 476 people aboard, including 352 high school students on a holiday trip.

The Most Costly College Financing Mistakes: How To Avoid Them

Published 04/21/2014 10:11 AM

While I highly value a college education -- I have two degrees -- I despise the idea of college debt.  I graduated without this onerous burden, but few can do it today. That's why there's more than $1 ...

South Korean President Calls Ferry Crew's Actions Murderous

Published 04/21/2014 04:31 AM

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday that the actions of the crew members of a ferry that sank last week with 476 people on board were "like an act of murder." Five days after the boat capsized, divers continue to search for the 238 missing passengers, most of them high-school students, who are now presumed dead. So far, seven members of the crew — including captain Captain Lee Joon-seok — have been arrested for their role in the disaster.

The Stupid War on the Common Core

Published 04/21/2014 02:45 AM

An unholy alliance between the Tea Party and the teachers’ unions threatens to derail the most promising education reform in decades.

Nigeria gunmen raze teachers residence at girls school

Published 04/20/2014 09:49 AM

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Gunmen in northern Nigeria set fire to a staff residential building at a girls' secondary school on Sunday but the 195 students sleeping in their nearby dormitories were unharmed, police and a teacher said. The attack in Bauchi state came less than a week after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 129 teenage schoolgirls from the Chibok area of Borno state in the northeast. "At about 2:30 am (0130 GMT), unknown gunmen carried out coordinated attacks in Yana town," Bauchi's police spokesman Haruna Mohammed said. They burnt "several buildings including a staff quarters of a girls' secondary school, an eight-block police quarters, a sharia (Islamic law) court and the local government secretariat," he told AFP.

AP Top News at 7:45 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:45 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 7:40 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:40 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 7:35 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:35 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 7:31 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:32 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 7:25 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:25 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 7:20 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:20 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 7:15 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:15 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 7:10 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:10 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 7:05 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:05 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 7:00 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 04:01 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 6:55 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 03:55 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 6:45 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 03:45 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 6:35 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 03:36 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 6:30 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 03:30 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 6:25 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 03:25 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 6:20 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 03:21 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 6:15 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 03:15 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

AP Top News at 6:10 a.m. EDT

Published 04/20/2014 03:10 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still missing from the ship, the vast majority of them high school students who had been on a holiday trip. Anguished families, waiting on a nearby island and fearful they might be left without even their loved ones' bodies, have vented their fury, blocking the prime minister's car during a visit and attempting a long protest march to the presidential Blue House.

2014 Investing in Innovation Competition Continues with Invitation for Scale-Up and Validation Applications

Published 04/23/2014 09:04 AM

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the start of the 2014 grant competition for the Investing in Innovation (i3) program's Scale-up and Validation categories.

The Hollywood We All Need to Know

Published 04/23/2014 06:25 AM

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6 Things You Must Know About Repaying Your Student Loans

Published 04/23/2014 05:00 AM

When it comes to repaying your federal student loans, there’s a lot to consider. But, by taking the time to understand the details of repayment, you can save yourself time and money. This should help you get started.

2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees Announced

Published 04/22/2014 11:25 AM

Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to announce the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to Arizona and New Hampshire to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing Schools

Published 04/22/2014 09:21 AM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Arizona and New Hampshire will receive more than $12 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through new awards from the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

Recognizing Green Schools on Earth Day

Published 04/22/2014 08:09 AM

To celebrate Earth Day, earlier today U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 2014 U.S.

April is both National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Published 04/22/2014 05:17 AM

School staff, teachers, and administrators all play important roles in preventing and responding to child sexual abuse and promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities.

Give me a break! It’s just a college tour!

Published 04/21/2014 11:37 AM

Eight years ago, I attended my first college tour thanks to a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Howard University’s Alumni Club of Chicago.

Washington D.C. Charters, District Schools Collaborate Around College- and Career-Ready Standards

Published 04/21/2014 07:00 AM

The rhythmic sound of poetry could be heard coming from the second-grade classroom at Ross Elementary School in Washington, D.C., though the students already had left for the day. Inside, teachers from several schools in the city were trying to find a poem that would captivate second graders, teach them about figurative language, and serve as the basis for a writing assignment.

Class of 2014: What’s Next for Your Student Loans?

Published 04/18/2014 11:34 AM

5 Things To Consider When Taking Out Student Loans

Published 04/18/2014 11:27 AM

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Illinois

Published 04/18/2014 08:11 AM

The Obama administration today approved Illinois for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and careers, focus aid on the neediest students and support effective teaching and leadership.

Bringing the Tech Revolution to Early Learning

Published 04/18/2014 05:35 AM

Why do I advocate for “early tech”? I’ll give you three good reasons: my granddaughters Ella, Clara, and Zayla. I’ve seen the way technology has helped them to take charge of their own learning and opened doors to subjects and activities that really catch their interest.

Early Screening is Vital to Children and their Families

Published 04/17/2014 06:28 AM

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Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in Schools: Resources and a Call to Action

Published 04/16/2014 08:57 AM

Every year, about 1 in 10 American teenagers experiences physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend, and many others are sexually and emotionally abused. Dating violence can inflict long‑lasting pain, putting survivors at increased risk of substance abuse, depression, poor academic performance, suicidal ideation, and future violence. The U.S.

Championing International Education Priorities

Published 04/15/2014 12:41 PM

This past January, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon designated the U.S. as a Champion Country of the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI). The initiative aims to focus the world’s attention on three specific priorities: to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning and foster global citizenship.

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

Published 04/15/2014 09:32 AM

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

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

Published 04/15/2014 06:26 AM

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

Delaware’s Teacher Preparation is Setting a Higher Bar

Published 04/15/2014 05:26 AM

What I’ve Learned in 50 States

Published 04/14/2014 09:56 AM

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

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

Published 04/14/2014 08:54 AM

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

Listening and Learning at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Published 04/14/2014 07:53 AM

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

Published 04/14/2014 05:36 AM

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

Published 04/11/2014 02:15 PM

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

Community College Students Talk Transitions with Secretary Duncan

Published 04/11/2014 01:09 PM

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

Motherlode Blog: Recipes for Kids: Tzatziki

Published 04/23/2014 12:13 PM

Tzatziki is a Greek dip that is often served as a snack or appetizer. It tastes great on burgers or tomato sandwiches, too.

The Learning Network: Mixed Signals: Exploring the Science Behind Nutrition and Disease

Published 04/23/2014 11:14 AM

In this lesson, students explore the science behind nutrition and disease — how strong are the connections between diet and conditions such as heart disease, obesity and even cancer?

L. Jay Oliva, Who Led the Rise of N.Y.U. in the ’90s, Dies at 80

Published 04/23/2014 10:23 AM

Professor Oliva, the first N.Y.U. faculty member to rise to the presidency, began a marketing campaign that helped triple the number of applicants.

The Learning Network: Editorial Contest Winner | The War on Drugs

Published 04/23/2014 10:10 AM

For the next 10 days we will be honoring each of the Top 10 winners of our Student Editorial Contest by publishing an essay a day, in the order of submission. Up first, a piece by Brody F.

The Learning Network: What Have You Learned Playing Video Games?

Published 04/23/2014 02:08 AM

What are your favorite video games? What do you think they have taught you? Do you think video games can help inspire social change? Have you ever played one that helped you understand a serious global problem?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | For Young Traders, a Market Where Air Jordans Are Blue Chips

Published 04/23/2014 01:42 AM

What are “sneakerheads”?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Math, April 23, 2014

Published 04/23/2014 01:11 AM

Can you calculate the approximate percentage of Martin Brodeur’s wins as goalie for the New Jersey Devils that were shutouts?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | quack

Published 04/22/2014 09:02 PM

This word has appeared in 36 New York Times articles in the past year.

Paul Takes His School-Choice Message to Chicago

Published 04/22/2014 08:05 PM

Senator Rand Paul spoke of the importance of giving parents more flexibility to decide where their tax dollars go, and labeled those who stand in the way of greater choice “dead-enders.”

Prosecutors Describe an Extensive Drug Ring in Affluent Pennsylvania Schools

Published 04/22/2014 06:44 PM

Two former students of a private school outside of Philadelphia took on an ambitious venture to control the marijuana trade at high schools in the wealthy corridor of towns known as the Main Line.

Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling

Published 04/22/2014 05:58 PM

Many people in the affirmative action debate envision admissions criteria moving away from race and toward factors such as income.

Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action

Published 04/22/2014 05:36 PM

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned racial preferences in admissions to the state’s public universities.

The Learning Network: Making the Argument: Student Winners From Our Editorial Contest

Published 04/22/2014 03:19 PM

We selected from almost 5,000 entries to choose our favorite student editorials.

Upsetting the Gentility That the South Lays Claim To

Published 04/22/2014 02:23 PM

Two rancorous and still-evolving disputes involving race and sexual orientation have shaken the College of Charleston in recent months.

Motherlode Blog: The Pregnancy I Endured, and the One I Missed

Published 04/22/2014 01:08 PM

I didn’t want to be pregnant, and at the time, I couldn’t enjoy it on any level. Now, watching friends anticipate birth, I want what I know what I missed.

Debate That Divides: Answers on Affirmative Action Depend on How You Pose the Question

Published 04/22/2014 12:42 PM

Using the phrases “special preferences” or “preferential treatment” in a survey tends to reduce support for the policy.

Motherlode Blog: Do You Want a Girl Toy or a Boy Toy? McDonald’s Says Workers Won’t Ask

Published 04/22/2014 12:32 PM

McDonald’s gave one economist’s daughter a “girl toy” too many.

Motherlode Blog: Striving for School-Mom Perfection

Published 04/22/2014 09:45 AM

As a child, I wished my mother could spend more time involved with my school and activities, but that’s not who she was. I hoped to do better, but I wasn’t sure what that would look like.

Equipped to Dive, Students Make Aquarium Their Classroom

Published 04/22/2014 08:23 AM

Some students at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, which has a focus on marine science and technology, are doing an internship that takes them to the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Boston Runs Again

Published 04/22/2014 04:59 AM

How was Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon different from other years?

Bits Blog: InBloom Student Data Repository to Close

Published 04/22/2014 04:21 AM

The student data warehousing venture that became a lightning rod for some parents’ data privacy and security concerns, announced it would close.

The Learning Network: What Are Your Longtime Interests or Passions?

Published 04/22/2014 02:05 AM

How old were you when you first got into the team or other pursuit you hold dear today?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | History, April 22

Published 04/22/2014 01:15 AM

Answer this question about American history.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | suffragist

Published 04/21/2014 09:03 PM

This word has appeared in 28 New York Times articles in the past year.

Student Loans Can Suddenly Come Due When Co-Signers Die, a Report Finds

Published 04/21/2014 09:01 PM

Even borrowers with spotless records are facing demands for early repayment of their loans, and some are being forced into default, a federal consumer protection agency said.

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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