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Lavish praise 'does not help pupils'

Published 10/30/2014 05:46 PM

Teachers who try to encourage low-achieving students with lots of praise could harm their learning, claims research into classroom tactics.

Independent review of Ofsted urged

Published 10/30/2014 05:57 PM

Ofsted is in urgent need of an independent review in light of concerns about its objectivity and reliability, say local government leaders.

Children's social work faces change

Published 10/30/2014 11:15 AM

The government has announced changes to children's social work, aiming to restore confidence in the service.

Schools 'progressing too slowly'

Published 10/29/2014 06:17 PM

There are "significant gaps" in raising standards in schools in England, a report by spending watchdog the National Audit Office says.

Private school graduates 'earn more'

Published 10/29/2014 06:27 PM

UK graduates who went to private schools earn thousands of pounds more, on average, than those who were state-educated, research finds.

Hidden school costs worry families

Published 10/28/2014 06:07 PM

Millions of UK families struggle to meet the extra costs of a state education, suggests research carried out by young people.

Morgan: I'd vote for gay marriage now

Published 10/29/2014 03:29 PM

Nicky Morgan, the education secretary and equalities minister, says she has changed her mind and now supports same-sex marriage.

School tests 'causing pupil stress'

Published 10/29/2014 12:10 AM

Annual school tests for children aged seven to 14 are causing so much stress some pupils are refusing to go to school, a survey finds.

Children 'lacking trust' in police

Published 10/27/2014 06:38 PM

Children and young people have a "profound lack of trust" in the police, bordering on fear in some cases, a report by MPs and peers suggests.

Private school charity rule disputed

Published 10/28/2014 02:28 AM

An Orkney woman who wants independent schools stripped of their charitable status takes her campaign to the Scottish Parliament.

Marking ban will hit 69 universities

Published 10/27/2014 07:13 AM

Hundreds of thousands of students are likely to be affected by a university marking boycott by academics angry at changes to their pensions.

Young carers' plight shown in game

Published 10/28/2014 12:43 AM

Young carers in Wales have turned their lives into a board game to raise awareness of their plight.

Academy trust 'wants Ofsted checks'

Published 10/27/2014 06:52 AM

An academy trust says it wants to be open to inspection by Ofsted, after the education secretary appeared to rule out allowing the watchdog to examine groups running academies.

Term-time holidays 'must be rare'

Published 10/27/2014 09:35 AM

Holidays for pupils in term-time should only be granted if the circumstances are "rare, unavoidable, significant and short", say head teachers

Authors vie for children's award

Published 10/26/2014 05:06 PM

David Walliams, Malorie Blackman and Debi Gliori are among the authors on this year's shortlist for the Red House Children's book prize.

Teacher admits Syria terror offences

Published 10/27/2014 07:25 AM

A 30-year-old teacher from Greater Manchester, who planned to join Islamic State militants in Syria, pleads guilty to two terrorism offences.

School absence guidelines issued

Published 10/25/2014 11:05 PM

New guidelines for head teachers in England on the situations in which pupils can be given time off during term time have been drawn up.

Tony Blair: Fight war of ideas against extremism

Published 10/14/2014 04:01 PM

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

The world's most compassionate 24 hours

Published 10/07/2014 04:11 PM

The world's most compassionate 24 hours

'Teachers not footballers' for Brazil

Published 09/30/2014 03:58 PM

Brazil says it needs teachers not footballers

Google's top 20 university searches

Published 09/23/2014 04:00 PM

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

What makes a global top 10 university?

Published 09/15/2014 04:39 PM

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

China widens schools in Pisa tests

Published 08/26/2014 07:18 AM

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

US schools to have non-white majority

Published 08/26/2014 04:51 AM

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

Lessons in girl power in Ghana's schools

Published 07/08/2014 04:39 PM

Talking to the chieftain about sexism

University abolishes library fines

Published 10/28/2014 08:52 AM

Sheffield University is scrapping fines for overdue library books, marking another step in the move towards students being seen as customers as well as scholars.

Children 'prefer to play outdoors'

Published 10/28/2014 10:41 AM

Children would rather be playing outdoors than watching television, but parents' concerns keep them indoors, a survey suggests.

Students fined over sexist chants

Published 10/25/2014 02:31 AM

A number of students are fined following an investigation after footage emerged of a group chanting about violence and necrophilia.

Norfolk schools inquiry faces review

Published 10/24/2014 09:24 AM

The investigation into alleged inspection irregularities at three Norfolk schools will be reviewed by an "independent figure", says Ofsted.

Head teachers' union NAHT joins TUC

Published 10/24/2014 06:11 AM

The National Association of Head Teachers which represents 28,500 school leaders, has joined the Trades Union Congress.

Fewer teenagers got five good GCSEs

Published 10/23/2014 03:23 AM

New data shows fewer teenagers got five good GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams system.

'Anti-extremism' school code shelved

Published 10/22/2014 05:56 PM

The Department for Education has shelved plans for a code of practice for some religious schools which operate outside of mainstream education, the BBC learns.

Graduates 'pay fees to universities'

Published 10/22/2014 05:35 PM

Graduates should pay their university a proportion of their future earnings rather than taking out loans, a report by a free-market think tank suggests.

Police 'let down' abuse-risk children

Published 10/22/2014 09:04 AM

A whistleblower tells the BBC hundreds of people at risk of sexual exploitation in Sheffield were let down by police.

Ofsted 'escaped blame' over Baby P

Published 10/22/2014 03:19 AM

A cover-up led to Ofsted escaping blame for its part in the Baby P scandal, according to a BBC documentary.

AUDIO: Punk poet's praise for Michael Gove

Published 10/30/2014 09:20 AM

John Cooper Clarke says Michael Gove was "right" to support the learning of poetry by rote.

AUDIO: Abuse victim gets no insurance for arson

Published 10/27/2014 07:04 AM

A mother-of-six from Merseyside has been left homeless after her abusive husband burned her house down.

AUDIO: Move to tackle homophobic bullies

Published 10/29/2014 05:26 AM

The government is to spend two million pounds tackling homophobic bullying in schools in England.

VIDEO: Child poverty 'will divide UK'

Published 10/20/2014 01:05 PM

A new report claims that the government will fail to meet its child poverty reduction targets by 2020.

Where do billionaires go to university?

Published 10/28/2014 05:30 PM

Where do the super-rich go to university?

Escape from Boko Haram

Published 10/26/2014 06:00 PM

How we escaped our captors, by three Nigerian schoolgirls

Disabled graduates: Life after university

Published 10/23/2014 05:27 PM

Life after university for disabled graduates

China girls barred from 'boys' jobs'

Published 10/16/2013 04:29 PM

China: girls barred from 'boys' jobs' and some university courses

Debt campaigners tear up student loans

Published 10/22/2014 04:13 AM

The people who buy and then cancel student debt

VIDEO: Rockport honour WW1 poet Weaving

Published 10/24/2014 03:04 AM

The schoolmaster and war poet from Rockport School

Disabled students: Molly goes to university

Published 10/21/2014 12:38 AM

A deafblind student's first month at university

The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s

Published 10/20/2014 05:37 PM

What happened to the kids from 1970s experimental schools?

Tackling education's rich-poor gap

Published 10/20/2014 04:13 AM

How can the rich-poor gap be closed?

Connecticut school lifts ban on girl barred over Ebola fears

Published 10/30/2014 05:28 PM

(Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl banned from attending school in Connecticut over fears that she may be carrying the Ebola virus after a trip to Nigeria will be allowed back on Friday, according to a joint statement by the school district and the girl's father. A widely publicized lawsuit brought by the father, Stephen Opayemi, against Milford Public Schools demanding her readmission will be settled, according to the statement, without giving further details. "The student has had no contact with any Ebola patients and she does not have Ebola," the statement said. ...

Arizona school board votes to remove pages from biology textbook

Published 10/30/2014 12:56 PM

By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - An Arizona school board has voted to remove information about contraception methods from a biology textbook after a conservative majority decided it fell afoul of a state law that says materials should give a preference to childbirth or adoption over abortion. The members of the Gilbert Public Schools board, which covers at least 38 schools and 39,000 students mostly in Chandler and Mesa, voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to excise two pages from "Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections. ...

First lady launches 2 graduation video contests

Published 10/30/2014 12:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood.

U.S. education department gets stricter with for-profit colleges

Published 10/30/2014 10:19 AM

By Ankit Ajmera and Sagarika Jaisinghani (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce new regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under the regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. This is lower than the current threshold of 30 percent of discretionary income and 12 percent of total ...

How U.S. Students Can Find College Scholarships to Study in Europe

Published 10/30/2014 07:00 AM

For many students, the ideal college is close to home. Others dream of moving out of state or across the country to start their higher education. For some, the perfect school is a little farther away.

Toronto schools reject tie-up with China's Confucius Institute

Published 10/30/2014 05:25 AM

By Andrea Hopkins TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's largest school district ended a planned partnership with China's government-funded Confucius Institute on Wednesday, a move likely to irritate Beijing just days before Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to visit. Trustees at the Toronto District School Board, which oversees public schools with 232,000 students, severed its ties to the language and cultural program after parents, teachers and students protested against any involvement of the Chinese government in Canadian schools. ...

For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

Published 10/30/2014 01:24 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

College Students Around the U.S. Are Carrying Mattresses to Fight Campus Rape

Published 10/29/2014 04:29 PM

College students across the country are dragging some baggage behind them today. As part of the Carry That Weight National Day of Action against campus sexual assault, students are taking mattresses, pillows, and blankets with them to class.

NJ students' experiment destroyed in rocket blast

Published 10/29/2014 02:20 PM

Ocean City High School students watched as a space-supply rocket exploded moments after liftoff in Virginia. An experiment they had designed was on board.

Connecticut school defends keeping girl out over Ebola fears

Published 10/29/2014 01:41 PM

By David Ingram (Reuters) - A Connecticut school superintendent on Wednesday defended the decision to keep a 7-year-old girl out of class for three weeks out of concern that the girl might have contracted Ebola while attending a wedding in Nigeria. Elizabeth Feser, superintendent of the Milford public schools, denied allegations that the girl's family made on Tuesday in a federal anti-discrimination lawsuit that asked that she be allowed back into school. ...

Chicago high school evacuated, nine taken to hospital after gas leak

Published 10/29/2014 10:45 AM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago high school was evacuated on Wednesday due to a natural gas leak and nine students were taken to local hospitals as a precautionary measure, all in good condition, police said. Harper High School in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side was evacuated shortly after 10 a.m., said Jose Estrada in the Chicago Police Department news affairs office. The school will remain closed the rest of the day, the media relations office at Chicago Public Schools said. (Reporting by Fiona Oritz in Chicago; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Detroit reaches deal on vacant schools, empty lots

Published 10/28/2014 01:58 PM

Bankrupt Detroit and its public schools announced a deal Tuesday that will swap $11.6 million in district debt for 57 vacant school buildings and 20 empty lots. The agreement comes as Detroit continues ...

Keflezighi to run NYC in 1st marathon since Boston

Published 10/28/2014 08:46 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It's great being Meb these days.

Bus and truck crash in Brazil killing 11

Published 10/28/2014 06:20 AM

SAO PAULO (AP) — A truck loaded with vegetable oil collided head-on with a bus full of high school students in southeastern Brazil, killing 11 people, most of them teenagers, police said Tuesday.

10 Colleges Where In-State Students Pay the Most Tuition

Published 10/28/2014 06:00 AM

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

Calculate the Cost of Earning an Overseas Degree

Published 10/28/2014 05:00 AM

For students sick of the impenetrable financial aid processes and ever-increasing costs of an American college education, earning a degree abroad can look like an attractive alternative.

Review: Boston's colleges skimp on PILOT payments

Published 10/27/2014 08:34 AM

Most colleges in Boston have failed to pay the city the full amount agreed upon to help pay for municipal services, a review has found. On the other hand, the review by The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/12Qi7hu ...

MOOCs a New Tool for High School Teachers

Published 10/27/2014 05:00 AM

It sounds almost too good to be true: a way for high school students to learn from others around the world, guided by teachers in their classrooms.

Massachusetts Father Mad Just Because Public School Teaches ‘There Is No God But Allah’

Published 10/26/2014 09:16 AM

Millions of students in public schools don’t understand fractions or pronouns at even a basic level but students in the oceanfront Boston suburb of Revere, Mass. are taking the time to learn all about Islam — in the most embarrassingly shallow and cheerleading way imaginable.

Health officials probing death of Tennessee student for possible enterovirus

Published 10/25/2014 05:08 PM

(Reuters) - Health officials were investigating the death of a middle school student in Nashville after preliminary tests suggested the pupil had a potent virus that has infected hundreds of children nationwide. Specific testing to confirm or rule out the student had Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) was pending, according to an email sent to middle school parents on Friday by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and the Metro Public Health Department. School spokesman Joe Bass said on Saturday that there was no further information about the student, who attended Haynes Middle School. ...

The North Dakota Oil Boom Now Pays for College

Published 10/25/2014 12:15 PM

Now, it turns out, that applies to a college education.   All high school graduates in Williams County, North Dakota, are eligible for a full ride to two-year Williston State College starting in fall of 2015 - including fees and books - the college announced this week. This opportunity is due to several wells of support in oil-rich North Dakota - the Alva J. Field Memorial Trust, which is donating $1 million; “A lot of that is oil revenue,” Terry Olson, director of the foundation and interim president of Williston State College, told AP.

News outlets seek access in football hazing case

Published 10/24/2014 04:32 PM

The Associated Press has joined other media organizations requesting access to juvenile court hearings for seven high school students charged in a football hazing investigation. The AP joined with NJ Advance ...

High school grads to get free ride at ND college

Published 10/24/2014 04:24 PM

Petrodollars can buy the finer things in life. And in one North Dakota oil county, they will be used to pay for the higher education of every graduate of area high schools, if students want. Williston ...

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

Published 10/24/2014 03:58 PM

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said. The shooter took his own life as Marysville-Pilchuck High School students scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school. ...

Adult support of bullied LGB youths tied to fewer suicide attempts

Published 10/24/2014 02:35 PM

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bullied lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students are less likely to fight and attempt suicide when they feel connected to an adult at school, suggests a new study. Helping these lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) kids develop meaningful connections with adults at school could minimize the negative impacts of cyber and school bullying, researchers say. ...

Homeless and hungry, college students fight rising college tuition costs

Published 10/24/2014 12:31 PM

College students across the country are still waging their own battles against the rapidly rising cost of higher education.

Pass or Fail? Energy Management Tips for College Students

Published 10/24/2014 04:00 AM

Flipping through the television channels one recent Saturday, I landed on a college rugby match and had a wave of nostalgia. With more than a few years between now and my own university time, it's easy to remember the glowing memories and forget how hard it was to juggle my time and keep healthy habits. I had my share of poor sleep schedules and less-than-ideal ­food and beverage choices. Now, I'm older and hopefully wiser and have learned how to manage my energy levels through nutrition, strategic movement and sleep. ...

College prep tests go missing for 200 students

Published 10/23/2014 02:50 PM

Nearly 200 high school students are on edge after their college prep test scores were lost.

Teachers occupy Acapulco city hall over missing students

Published 10/23/2014 02:42 PM

Around 100 teachers occupied the city hall of the Mexican tourist resort of Acapulco to demand authorities find dozens of students who disappeared nearly a month ago. "We demand to see alive the 43 victims of kidnapping by the authorities," said Walter Anorve, spokesman for the CETEG radical wing of the teachers' union. Anorve told AFP that the authorities were "delaying the process, while families are awaiting anxiously with uncertainty" since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco. Protesters torched the Iguala city hall Wednesday, while nearly 50,000 people marched in Mexico City.

Congressman should have been 'more sensitive' in suicide remarks: spokesman

Published 10/22/2014 05:25 PM

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman should have taken a more "sensitive approach" when talking about teen suicide to a group of Alaska high school students he was addressing after a classmate recently took his own life, a spokesman said on Wednesday. Representative Don Young, a Republican, was answering questions on Monday from an initially friendly crowd of students and teachers at Wasilla High School when the politician said suicide can be attributed to a lack of support from family and friends, principal Amy Spargo said. ...

Cosign of the Times: The Rich Are Borrowing to Pay for College Too

Published 10/22/2014 03:21 PM

Government grants and student loans notwithstanding, paying for college isn’t easy if you’re poor or working-class. When the affluent and the rich struggle with the same issues, however, the problems—spiraling college tuition coupled with the impact of the Great Recession—become a lot more obvious. 

Is Iowa's Joni Ernst a pragmatist or a partisan? The Senate's balance of power could hinge on the answer

Published 10/22/2014 02:30 AM

The contest between Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley is one of the closest Senate races in the country. And whether Iowans believe her claim that she is a middle-of-the-road Republican conservative who likes to solve problems — rather than a tea party candidate who wants to impeach President Barack Obama and abolish the Department of Education and the IRS — will decide the race and possibly determine which party controls the Senate.

14 to be charged after fight at Newark High School

Published 10/21/2014 11:44 AM

More than a dozen high school students are facing charges in Delaware after a series of fights inside their school.

Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops

Published 10/21/2014 09:44 AM

Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team.

Put a Lid on Your 5 Biggest Retirement Expenses

Published 10/21/2014 07:42 AM

People tend to spend an average of about 20 percent less after they retire. We no longer have to pay Social Security payroll tax. We spend less for clothes, commuting and childcare. And we don't have to save for retirement or our kids' college education.

3 Hidden Costs for International Students at U.S. Colleges

Published 10/21/2014 07:30 AM

International students preparing to attend college in the U.S. cannot avoid considering their budget. But there's more to consider than your future tuition, room and board or textbook fees.

Newark students face charges following melee

Published 10/20/2014 01:33 PM

Nearly a dozen high school students are facing charges in Delaware after a series of fights inside their school.

Pumpkin Fair riot: Should Keene State College students be expelled?

Published 10/20/2014 10:55 AM

On Monday morning, Keene State College Student Body President Bobby Graham sat in his econometrics class, one day after he had walked door to door apologizing to area businesses on behalf of the rioters.

Parents pay the price for children’s student debt

Published 10/20/2014 07:03 AM

Parents who want to provide for their children's college education are being stretched to the brink with student loans.

California mayor vocal in immigration debate suspected of drunken driving

Published 10/17/2014 06:02 PM

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The mayor of Murrieta, California, who led a local backlash against the arrival of undocumented Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. border, has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in an accident that injured four teenagers. Mayor Alan Long was arrested late Thursday on suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence after his truck crashed into a car carrying four Murrieta Valley High School students, Murrieta police said in a statement. ...

Doing it for Me: A U.S. Department of Education Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion on Personal Struggle and Supporting Youth

Published 10/30/2014 08:55 AM

School dropouts are saddled with so many preconceptions. The popular narrative is that they are either lazy, they give up, or they simply don’t want to go to school. To many students who decide to leave middle or high school, these stereotypes couldn’t be further from the truth.

Obama Administration Announces Final Rules to Protect Students from Poor-Performing Career College Programs

Published 10/30/2014 04:16 AM

To protect students at career colleges from becoming burdened by student loan debt they cannot repay, today the U.S. Department of Education is announcing regulations to ensure that these institutions improve their outcomes for students—or risk losing access to federal student aid.

Investing in Evidence: Funding Game-Changing Evaluations

Published 10/29/2014 08:27 AM

What major evaluations could have the biggest impact on preschool through Grade 12 (P-12) education—providing information that could drive significant improvement in the ways that teachers, principals, and policymakers provide education to American students?

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of South Orange-Maplewood, N.J., School District Civil Rights Investigation

Published 10/28/2014 12:58 PM

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the School District of South Orange & Maplewood, New Jersey, to resolve a compliance review that examined whether black students are provided an equal opportunity to access and participate in advanced and higher-level learning opportunities.

A Deeper Shade of Green: A District Sustainability Plan Encompasses Facilities, Operations, and Instruction

Published 10/28/2014 10:05 AM

Note: The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools, districts and postsecondary institutions that are 1) reducing environmental impact and costs; 2) improving health and wellness; and 3) teaching environmental education.

Know It 2 Own It: National Disability Employment Month

Published 10/28/2014 10:00 AM

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Why I’m a Principal, Not a Statistic

Published 10/27/2014 01:52 PM

As October, National Principals Month, comes to an end, I cannot help but to reflect upon what led me into the principalship.

35 States and Puerto Rico Submit Applications for New Preschool Development Grants Competition to Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool Programs

Published 10/27/2014 07:20 AM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that 35 states and Puerto Rico have applied for grants under the new $250 million Preschool Development Grants program (See list below).

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the school shooting in Washington state

Published 10/27/2014 03:48 AM

“My thoughts are with the students, educators and families at Marysville-Pilchuck High School near Seattle. Gun violence has no place anywhere, least of all at our nation’s schools, and we must do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands. My Department will do everything it can to help as the Marysville community works to heal from this tragedy."

U.S. Department of Education Announces Upcoming Cities on its First-Ever School Environment Listening Tour for Native American Students

Published 10/22/2014 11:19 AM

The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) has announced additional locations it will visit during its first-ever School Environment Listening Tour.

U.S. Education Department Announces Final Rule to Strengthen Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program

Published 10/22/2014 06:10 AM

Today, the U.S.

Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools

Published 10/21/2014 07:17 AM

As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated—including against America's 6.5 million students with disabilities.

Highlighting Hispanic Education Year-Round

Published 10/20/2014 11:06 AM

It’s the middle of October. The leaves are changing colors, baseball playoffs are under way, and Hispanic Heritage month – celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15 – just came to close.

Getting Assessment Right to Support Students, Educators and Families

Published 10/20/2014 08:11 AM

The following op-ed piece by Secretary Duncan originally appeared in the Washington Post on Oct. 17. Secretary Duncan addressed the issue of getting assessment right in conjunction with an Oct.

Community Colleges: Helping the U.S. Become “First in the World”

Published 10/17/2014 12:04 PM

About three-quarters of college students in this country attend a community college or public university. President Obama understands the crucial role that community colleges play in helping students and our nation skill up for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Boulder Valley School District Shines in Solar-Powered Learning

Published 10/17/2014 07:27 AM

Note: U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognizes schools, districts and postsecondary institutions that are 1) reducing environmental impact and costs; 2) improving health and wellness; and 3) teaching environmental education.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Rule to Help Colleges Keep Campuses Safe

Published 10/17/2014 06:26 AM

The Obama Administration today announced publication of the final rule implementing changes made to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA).

Promoting Safe and Supportive Schools

Published 10/16/2014 11:36 AM

Cross-posted from the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs blog.

Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on commitments from the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of the Great City Schools on high-quality assessments:

Published 10/15/2014 12:31 PM

“Educators, parents, and policy makers need to know how much students are learning; that’s why thoughtful assessment of student learning and student growth, including annual assessments, is a vital part of progress in education. Assessments must be of high quality, and must make good use of educators’ and students’ time.

U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Announces Resolution of Civil Rights Investigation of California's Downey Unified School District

Published 10/14/2014 12:38 PM

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with California's Downey Unified School District to resolve a complaint about the harassment and discriminatory treatment of a transgender student.

Join Secretary Duncan for a Connected Educator Month Twitter Chat

Published 10/14/2014 11:14 AM

Mark your calendars and join Secretary Duncan this week on Twitter during Connected Educator Month.

How to Choose the Best Federal Student Loan Repayment Plan

Published 10/13/2014 05:00 AM

An Invitation to Commit to Lead

Published 10/10/2014 09:11 AM

When I was honored to be named Nebraska teacher of the year in 2007, almost in the same breath folks said, “Congratulations – when are you leaving the classroom?” Unfortunately, we have built into the American teaching culture this perverse disincentive that only seems to listen to and honor educators who move farthest away from those who need us most – our students.

How to Make Student Loan Payments Based on Your Income

Published 10/10/2014 05:00 AM

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for Six States

Published 10/09/2014 11:06 AM

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

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | divest

Published 10/30/2014 09:07 PM

This word has appeared in 196 New York Times articles in the past year.

New Federal Standard for Aid to For-Profit Colleges Draws Criticism

Published 10/30/2014 07:14 PM

The gainful employment provision sets a rule based on the percentage of a program graduate’s income that can be used for loan payments.

New York City Comptroller to Audit Success Academy Charter Network

Published 10/30/2014 07:02 PM

Scott M. Stringer’s office said it had begun an examination of the “financial and operating practices” of Eva S. Moskowitz’s 32-school network and three other institutions.

Greek Letters at a Price

Published 10/30/2014 03:40 PM

Looking to join a sorority? You’ll need time and money to spare. And don’t be late for meetings and events (there’s a fine for that).

The Learning Network: Detection, Prevention and Treatment: Researching Issues Around Ebola in the United States

Published 10/30/2014 01:24 PM

In this learning simulation, students are to draft a report for their boss, Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, on what lessons have been learned so far in preventing the Ebola virus from spreading in the U.S.

Motherlode Blog: At This House, Only the Kids in Good Costumes Get Good Candy

Published 10/30/2014 11:49 AM

Should you reward those who obey the unwritten rules of Halloween — dress up, be a child, say “trick-or-treat” — with better sweets?

Student, 21, With Autism Dies After She Chokes at Brooklyn School

Published 10/30/2014 11:18 AM

The mother of Dyasha Smith said her daughter was supposed to have full-time supervision on her bus and at the school, Star Academy in Cobble Hill.

Motherlode Blog: Sororities: Sisterhood, With More Than One Price Tag

Published 10/30/2014 10:32 AM

Sorority life is expensive, and not all the costs are financial.

Motherlode Blog: Why Teenagers Cut, and How to Help

Published 10/30/2014 10:02 AM

In the mind of a teenager who self-injures, cutting helps regulate emotions, and strategies that might help most teens can backfire.

The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Historic Hauntings

Published 10/30/2014 08:17 AM

We took a deep dive into The Times’s archives to find as many 19th-century articles about hauntings as we could. Where they were reported, we provide the street addresses as well.

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Bumgarner, a Three-Ring Master, Leads San Francisco to Its Third Title in Five Seasons

Published 10/30/2014 04:26 AM

How many times have the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in the last five years?

The Learning Network: What Events Have Brought You Closer to Your Family?

Published 10/30/2014 02:08 AM

Your family has likely suffered a loss, celebrated a triumph or participated in a regular activity or event that has brought some of you closer in some way. We invite you to tell us about it.

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Thousands of Pumpkins Light the Night

Published 10/30/2014 01:14 AM

Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | deadlock

Published 10/29/2014 09:05 PM

This word has appeared in 175 New York Times articles in the past year.

Federal Rule Would Cut Funding to Some Career-Training Programs

Published 10/29/2014 09:00 PM

Career-training programs with more than 800,000 students may be threatened under a new federal rule measuring whether graduates earn enough to pay off student loans.

Motherlode Blog: What to Do When Your Daughter Gets Her Period, Too Young or Right on Time

Published 10/29/2014 08:35 PM

If you’re the parent of a girl, inevitably at some point, she will emerge from the bathroom or come home from school and inform you (not in these words) that her menstrual cycle has begun. Be ready.

SAT Cheating Inquiry Delays Scores for South Korea and China

Published 10/29/2014 04:52 PM

The Educational Testing Service said it had reliable information that tests had been compromised for thousands of South Korean and Chinese students applying to American colleges and universities.

Motherlode Blog: Pregnant? Working? A New Resource for Knowing Your Rights.

Published 10/29/2014 01:52 PM

An easy-to-use, state-by-state resource for pregnancy and parenting laws.

The Learning Network: Teaching About Children’s Rights Through the Work of Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

Published 10/29/2014 01:33 PM

In this lesson, we explore the issue of children’s rights around the world. Teachers can begin with an overview that introduces Ms. Yousafzai and Mr. Satyarthi, and their work. Then students can do further research into global education, child labor, modern-day slavery and related topics.

Motherlode Blog: One Boy, 17 Official Incident Reports and a Better Kind of Discipline

Published 10/29/2014 12:42 PM

Everyone wants kids to be safe in school — even us parents of the “bad” kids. But punitive approaches have high costs: Instead of being helped, misbehaving kids are pushed out. Schools need to try something else.

App Smart: Duolingo, Busuu and Other Apps Teach Languages on Phones

Published 10/29/2014 09:31 AM

Plenty of smartphone apps offer worthwhile and entertaining lessons.

The Ad Campaign: Cuomo, With a Daughter’s Help, Tweaks His Education Image

Published 10/29/2014 08:55 AM

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Education” television ad appears to be a response to criticism from his opponent, Rob Astorino, of his support for the Common Core standards.

Trial Begins for First Band Member in Hazing Death of Florida A&M Drum Major

Published 10/29/2014 06:06 AM

The death of Robert Champion, 26, brought heightened focus to college hazing and prompted a flurry of strict antihazing laws across the country.

Just Say No, Yes or Maybe

Published 10/29/2014 03:00 AM

Parents’ perspectives on marijuana use are as disparate as the nation’s mandates. Here, how five parents talk to their children about smoking pot.

Legally High at a Colorado Campus

Published 10/29/2014 03:00 AM

Smoking pot, some say, is now just part of everyday life at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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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Student Blog Postings

Burma Star Recipient Accepts Linda Christas Award - Dame Vera Lynn Post Date 09/12/2014

Earlham College Provides John Zhang a Star to Steer By Post Date 07/30/2014

Two Stars Trust Their Future to Linda Christas Post Date 07/17/2014

Linda Christas Beijing Conference Held Post Date 03/29/2014

Welcome Peter Nwaebo - Nigeria Post Date 12/09/2013

Edward Zhang (Zhang Boyang) Is Accepted By Bowdoin College Post Date 02/26/2013

New Regents for China Post Date 12/28/2012

Linda Christas Club at Camford Royal School Blazes New Trails Post Date 12/04/2012

Linda Christas Welcomes New Director for Poland Post Date 08/16/2012

Linda Christas and Camford Royal School Post Date 05/03/2012