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Pakistan mourns its school dead

Published 12/17/2014 03:39 AM

Funerals are being held in Peshawar after Pakistan's deadliest Taliban attack left 132 children and nine staff dead at a school.

Roma pupils 'need more support'

Published 12/16/2014 04:34 AM

Children from Roma backgrounds in England's schools must be better supported to learn and achieve, a report by the watchdog Ofsted says.

Design and technology 'marginalised'

Published 12/16/2014 03:52 AM

Design and technology is being marginalised by curriculum changes, the subject's teachers say.

Councils 'turn homeless teens away'

Published 12/15/2014 06:03 PM

Children are ending up sleeping rough because local authorities are failing in their duty to protect them, says a charity.

School exam appeals drop

Published 12/15/2014 04:44 PM

There is a large drop in the number of appeals to the Scottish exams agency after a major change to the system.

'Start GSCE maths sooner' in Wales

Published 12/15/2014 11:00 PM

Pupils in Wales should start studying their maths GCSEs courses a year earlier than they do now, according to the head of the largest exam board in Wales.

After school scheme for poor pupils

Published 12/15/2014 01:31 AM

Pupils from poorer backgrounds will be helped to pursue interests outside of school hours in a new scheme.

More grades changed after challenges

Published 12/12/2014 06:46 AM

There has been a steep rise in the number of GCSE and A-Level grades changed after schools challenged the results.

Poorest pupils jump in three Rs test

Published 12/11/2014 03:14 AM

Primary school performance data show that England's poorest pupils are catching up with their wealthier peers after intense efforts to raise standards.

Pupil trips up education secretary

Published 12/11/2014 04:35 AM

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is wrong-footed by a 10-year-old interviewer armed with a secondary school maths question.

GCHQ app targets budding sleuths

Published 12/11/2014 06:28 PM

The government's electronic monitoring agency GCHQ hopes to target future cyber sleuths as it launches its first app.

UK families' 'long homework hours'

Published 12/11/2014 03:52 AM

An international comparison shows that teenagers in the UK, particularly from wealthier families, spend more time on homework than many European countries

Ofsted warning on secondary schools

Published 12/10/2014 04:49 AM

Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says that secondary schools are not making enough progress, in the education watchdog's annual report.

Employers 'to lead new careers body'

Published 12/10/2014 06:57 AM

Employers will take the lead in a new careers body that will broker links between schools and businesses in England, say ministers.

Malala receives joint Nobel award

Published 12/10/2014 07:17 AM

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi receive the Nobel Peace Prize awards in Oslo.

Early years class sizes rise again

Published 12/10/2014 09:14 AM

The number of Scottish pupils in the early years of primary school rises for the fourth year in a row, statistics reveal.

College of Teaching 'to raise status'

Published 12/09/2014 07:11 AM

An independent college to maintain professional standards for teachers in England is to be created.

The university with a laboratory for democracy

Published 12/02/2014 04:12 PM

The university built to fight for democracy

Power behind Qatar's global lessons

Published 11/11/2014 04:20 PM

The royal power behind Qatar's obsession with education

Hi-tech rescue for an ancient language

Published 11/30/2014 02:34 PM

Can schools with iPads protect the future of a language?

US targets debts for dead-end degrees

Published 11/04/2014 04:09 PM

Can US colleges show their courses are value for money?

Where do billionaires go to university?

Published 10/28/2014 05:30 PM

Where do the super-rich go to university?

Debt campaigners tear up student loans

Published 10/22/2014 04:13 AM

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

Tony Blair: Fight war of ideas against extremism

Published 10/14/2014 04:01 PM

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

Google's top 20 university searches

Published 09/23/2014 04:00 PM

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

Cardiff school filmed for TV series

Published 12/09/2014 09:51 AM

A school in south Wales is to feature in Channel 4's Educating documentary series.

School nativity plays 'pushed aside'

Published 12/02/2014 07:02 AM

A parenting website suggests that the traditional school nativity play is being replaced by versions without religious characters.

New grammar bid 'nears approval'

Published 12/08/2014 07:46 AM

A bid by a Kent grammar to open a satellite school is nearing approval with the education secretary expected to grant permission, it has emerged.

Maths and science Cameron's priority

Published 12/08/2014 02:45 AM

Extra training to improve maths and science teaching and a college for digital skills are announced by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Call to mend educational inequality

Published 12/07/2014 06:32 PM

Failure to address educational inequalities in England means taxpayers have to "pay twice", says an alliance of 25 education organisations.

UK finalists in global teacher prize

Published 12/07/2014 05:47 PM

Two UK teachers are among the finalists in a $1m international competition to find the world's most outstanding teacher.

'Pay benefits faster' to cut hunger

Published 12/08/2014 08:30 AM

An income squeeze, benefit delays and high utility bills are blamed by a cross-party committee of MPs for a rise in hunger in the UK.

Child abuse viewers 'need treatment'

Published 12/06/2014 05:01 AM

People who view child sex abuse online should get medical help - not prison sentences - a senior police officer says.

Families 'spending less than in 2006'

Published 12/02/2014 06:30 AM

Family spending rose to £517.30 a week last year - but remains below pre-crisis levels when inflation is taken into account, official figures show.

Teens 'row more often with mothers'

Published 12/03/2014 07:00 AM

Official statistics suggest UK teenagers argue more with their mothers than their fathers but also confide in them more.

VIDEO: Schools at risk from 'deadly' pollution

Published 12/08/2014 01:46 AM

New schools, care homes and hospitals should not be built next to busy roads because of the dangers of air pollution, according to a group of MPs.

VIDEO: 2015 election student vote warning

Published 12/07/2014 09:28 AM

Changes to voter registration introduced this year in England, Scotland and Wales may leave many students in a position where they are not registered to vote, BBC research shows.

VIDEO: Maths and science Cameron's priority

Published 12/08/2014 06:20 AM

Maths and science should be the priority for England's schools, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

VIDEO: Do PE classes affect adult exercise?

Published 12/05/2014 01:20 AM

New research is investigating a possible connection between memories of physical activity at school and the amount of exercise taken in adult life.

How many attacks on schools around the world?

Published 12/17/2014 07:45 AM

The attack on a school in Pakistan is not an isolated incident

The persistent appeal of grammar schools

Published 12/16/2014 05:54 PM

Why has the interest in grammars been so persistent?

Hague backs UK university soft power

Published 12/15/2014 05:25 AM

William Hague says universities deliver global influence

Are school partnerships workable?

Published 12/16/2014 02:18 AM

Do partnerships between private and state schools work?

How many good schools are there really?

Published 12/08/2014 04:49 PM

How many outstanding schools are there, asks Sean Coughlan?

Schools 'need support not blame'

Published 12/10/2014 01:19 AM

'Improving schools need support not blame'

'It's the job on Earth that matters'

Published 12/10/2014 06:56 AM

Singing spaceman Chris Hadfield meets Manchester pupils

France plans elite mega-university

Published 12/09/2014 04:07 PM

France plans elite mega-university to get into top 10

'I refuse to be my daughter's diary'

Published 11/27/2014 04:40 PM

A mother's decision to leave parents' Whatsapp chat group

Race in school discipline: Study looks at silence among educators

Published 12/17/2014 04:00 AM

As protests and anger continue to percolate around the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other unarmed black men, one group is calling attention to the fact that many of the racial stereotypes that may have contributed to these events begin at much younger ages.

Electronic cigarettes gain foothold in American middle and high schools

Published 12/16/2014 12:31 PM

First, the good news: Far fewer teens are taking up cigarette smoking than ever before. However, many are instead turning to electronic cigarettes, according to a national survey of middle and high school students.

10 Colleges With the Highest Acceptance Rates

Published 12/16/2014 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 graduate school search.

Top 10 ed tech trends to watch out for in 2015

Published 12/15/2014 03:56 PM

From flipped classrooms to online learning, what ed tech trends should we watch out for in the next year?

Riverbed to be bought by Thoma Bravo, Ontario Teachers

Published 12/15/2014 07:50 AM

By Soham Chatterjee and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Thoma Bravo LLC and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan said they would buy network equipment maker Riverbed Technology Inc for $3.6 billion, just over a year after the company's biggest shareholder started agitating for a sale. Paul Singer's Elliott Management Corp had been pressing Riverbed to sell itself due to a slowdown in its main wide-area network (WAN) optimization business and its struggle to integrate Opnet, a maker of software to manage traffic on networks that it bought in 2012 for about $1 billion. ...

Tax extenders expected to win U.S. Senate approval within days

Published 12/15/2014 07:21 AM

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was expected this week to renew dozens of temporary tax breaks, known as the "extenders," including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits. Ordinary Americans are also affected by extender provisions for state and local sales tax, canceled mortgage debt, college tuition, schoolteacher supplies and health insurance. Senate aides said on Sunday that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid planned to handle some nominations first, then take up the tax bill sent over from the House of Representatives. ...

Austria to close Saudi school for not naming teachers

Published 12/15/2014 05:39 AM

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria is to close a Saudi school in Vienna for failing to provide the names of its teachers and director and is also looking into allegations that it used anti-Semitic books, Vienna's school board said on Monday. Austria's government wants to push ahead with passing a law which prohibits foreign funding for Muslim organizations and would make standardized German-language versions of the Koran mandatory. ...

MaxPreps Top 25 national high school boys basketball rankings

Published 12/14/2014 04:00 PM

File photo by Andrew Bershaw No. 1 prospect Ben Simmons notched a triple-double in top-ranked Montverde Academy's big win Friday. MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard 1. (No. 1 preseason) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 7-0 The Eagles – winners of 41 in a row – were in attack mode and wore out then-No. 7 Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 78-64 in an ESPN-televised showdown Friday. Australian phenom Ben Simmons notched a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. A three-peat attempt at the prestigious City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., is up next. 2. (2) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 17-0 After a 70-54 win over then-No. 22 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) over the weekend at the National High School Hoops Festival in Maryland, the Warriors head to the Iolani Classic in Hawaii. Aforementioned Bishop O'Dowd and Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) are among the contenders that will join Oak Hill Academy in the Iolani field. 3. (3) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 10-0 The Pilots ran away in the second half for an 82-66 win over Mike Bibby's Shadow Mountain (Phoenix) team Saturday night. Findlay will stay close to home for the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas this week. 4. (4) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 9-0 Jalen Coleman pumped in 28 points as the Lakers remained unbeaten with an 83-55 win over Midwest Elite Prep Academy (Merrillville, Ind.) on Saturday. La Lumiere is headed to Fort Myers for the Signature Series portion of the City of Palms Classic. 5. (5) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 1-0 After opening their season with a 94-38 win over Yeshiva University (Los Angeles) last week, the Trailblazers head to the City of Palms Classic. Sierra Canyon opens play Thursday against Trinity (Louisville, Ky.). Photo by Randy Sartin Ronshad Allen-Shabazz is one of many weapons for No. 6 Huntington St. Joseph Prep. 6. (6) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.), 12-0 Ronshad Allen-Shabazz (22 points), Miles Bridges (18) and Thomas Bryant (15) all had big games as the Fighting Irish stayed perfect Saturday with an 84-57 win over Walnut Ridge (Columbus, Ohio). 7. (8) Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.), 6-0 The Patriots will tune up for a repeat run at the storied Proviso West Holiday Tournament by hosting Warren Gurnee on Friday. 8. (7) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), 2-1 After traveling across the country to face No. 1 Montverde Academy in Florida, O'Dowd will pile up even more airline mileage by joining No. 2 Oak Hill Academy in Hawaii for the Iolani Classic. 9. (9) Roselle Catholic (N.J.), 0-0 Opens Dec. 19 vs. Plainfield. 10. (10) Simeon (Chicago), 3-0 The Wolverines passed their toughest test of the season Sunday with a 71-66 win over Chicago Public Schools rival Morgan Park. Nebraska-bound forward Ed Morrow scored 15 points and grabbed 17 boards in the victory. Photo by Heston Quan Career victory 1,000 for Gary McKnight of Mater Dei came Friday night against Corona del Mar. 11. (11) Plano West (Texas), 8-1 After losing to No. 1 Montverde Academy at a West Virginia showcase, the Wolves bounced back last week with wins over Lancaster and Boyd (McKinney). 12. (12) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 6-0 Head coach Gary McKnight got the 1,000th victory of his illustrious career Friday night as the Monarchs beat Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) in the semifinals of the Beach Bash tournament. Mater Dei went on to beat Tustin in the final Saturday – the program's 45th win in a row. Up next is a trip to the City of Palms Classic. 13. (13) Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, Va.), 5-0 The Dolphins beat Amelia Academy (Amelia Court House, Va.) 64-40 in their final tune-up before heading to the Chick-fil-A Classic in South Carolina. 14. (14) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 10-0 Junior star Harry Giles put up 32 points as Wesleyan Christian got past a good High Point Christian Academy (N.C.) program 72-66 on Saturday night. 15. (16) Atascocita (Humble, Texas), 13-0 After winning its second tournament of the season last weekend, Atascocita got a much-deserved week off. The Eagles will hit the floor again Monday against Clear Brook (Friendswood). File photo by Steven Ryan Head coach Adam Ross has helped Sagemont go 50-2 since January of 2013. 16. (17) Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), 5-0 The Wildcats are headed to the City of Palms Classic and open Friday against Malik Monk and Bentonville (Ark.). 17. (18) Muskegon (Mich.), 0-0 Michigan's defending Class A state champions beat Rockford 79-49 on Friday to open their 2014-15 campaign. All-American candidate Deyonta Davis, a 6-foot-9 Michigan State signee, led the way with 24 points. 18. (20) Sagemont (Weston, Fla.), 8-0 The Lions face three tough round robin games at the Kreul Classic against Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Mount Vernon (N.Y.) and Pembroke Pines Charter (Fla.). 19. (21) St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 5-0 So far, so good for the Gray Bees. St. Benedict's Prep has dispatched its first five opponents by an average margin of over 30 points per game. 20. (23) Centennial (Corona, Calif.), 3-0 The Huskies will be put to the test this week at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, which features host Bishop Gorman, Chino Hills (Calif.), Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), Overland (Aurora, Colo.), Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) and West Linn (Ore.) among others. Photo by Wayne Litmer Brian Parker and Villa Angela-St. Joseph are off to a hot start. 21. (15) Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.), 7-2 OSNA is getting a bit of a pass for losses each of the past two weekends at the hands of No. 2 Oak Hill Academy and Canadian powerhouse Orangeville Prep featuring Thon Maker. A third loss would create a much deeper hole to climb out of from a rankings perspective. 22. (25) Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland), 3-0 After dispatching Pennsylvania powerhouse Archbishop Carroll (Radnor) last week at the Marshall County Hoopfest, the Vikings returned home and topped the century mark twice in wins over Holy Names (Parma Heights) and Euclid. 23. (24) Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), 3-0 Delaware's Slam Dunk to the Beach after Christmas will be huge for the Royals. Christ the King will have a tough, three-night run at the event with games against Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) and Sanford (Hockessin, Del.). 24. (NR) Greensboro Day (N.C.), 13-0 The Bengals are a bit of a mystery but have some quality wins on the resume and will get an opportunity to prove they belong with a home-and-home against No. 14 Wesleyan Christian Academy later this season. 25. (NR) Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.), 7-0 It's hard not to get on the Wildcat bandwagon after they drilled perennial Memphis power White Station 101-65 on Friday, then knocked off defending Missouri state champ Christian Brothers (St. Louis) the next night. Dropped out: No. 19 Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.), No. 22 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.).

Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill

Published 12/11/2014 03:06 PM

By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration made a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline. Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of the government through September. ...

'1 in 5': how a study of 2 colleges became the most cited campus sexual assault statistic

Published 12/11/2014 11:00 AM

When people talk about sexual assault on college campuses, there's one statistic that comes up again and again: one woman in five is sexually assaulted between the beginning of freshman year and graduation. It comes from a survey conducted at just two universities, and the researcher who led it says it was never intended to be generalized to the national level. This hints at a disturbing truth on the issue of sexual assault: we don't really know how common it is on college campuses.

Light the Way With College Scholarships for Jewish Students

Published 12/11/2014 07:00 AM

For generations of American Jewish families, getting a college education has been a major priority. In fact, the Pew Research Center found that 58 percent of U.S. Jews identify as college graduates, compared with just 29 percent of total American adults.

Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest

Published 12/10/2014 06:03 PM

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Want to buy a forest? Oregon is preparing to sell off 92,000 acres (37,200 hectares) of coastal woodlands, in a move to distance itself from environmentally questionable timber sales that have long provided revenue to the state's public schools. Officials expect a sale price between $300 million and $700 million – a big range that reflects uncertainty about the extent of logging restrictions in the Elliott State Forest, an Oregon Department of State Lands spokeswoman said on Wednesday. ...

Oklahoma judge grills district over bringing football dispute to court

Published 12/10/2014 03:47 PM

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma district judge quizzed school district lawyers on Wednesday over why they asked the court to decide the outcome of a disputed high school football playoff game, saying he will soon decide if a judicial remedy is in order. Oklahoma District Judge Bernard Jones said he would postpone making any decision until Thursday, after he questioned the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association and Oklahoma City Public Schools for hours on Wednesday. ...

Sad Pro Tip for Female Teachers: You’ll Win Over Students by Changing Your Name

Published 12/10/2014 02:54 PM

It’s nearly the end of the fall semester on America’s college campuses, which means students are preparing to be graded on their final papers and exams. It’s a stressful time, but at the end of it all, students get to turn the tables and give feedback about whether a professor lectured too much or was available to answer questions.

Uruguay high schoolers smoke more pot than tobacco

Published 12/10/2014 10:40 AM

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan high school students are smoking more marijuana than tobacco.

Financial Times, IE Business School launch learning venture

Published 12/09/2014 11:04 PM

By Jennifer Saba (Reuters) - The Financial Times and Madrid's IE Business School launched a joint venture on Wednesday aimed at corporate executives looking to expand their education. The program includes offline and online learning classes and courses that draw upon FT news and analysis. Several business schools across the world including the Yale School of Management and Antai Business School in China are taking part in the corporate learning program. ...

4 North Dakota colleges to get $10M training grant

Published 12/09/2014 12:38 PM

The federal Labor Department is giving nearly $10 million to four North Dakota colleges to support technical programs tied to the energy, transportation and construction fields. The money going to Bismarck ...

Colleges struggle to investigate sexual assaults. But why are they involved at all?

Published 12/09/2014 12:30 PM

The more horrific stories you hear of college sexual assault going unpunished — or wrongly punished — the easier it is to wonder: why are colleges handling this issue in the first place? There are two reasons why colleges are involved with campus rape and sexual assault, and why they're likely to stay that way. The first is that it's the law: Title IX, passed in 1972, requires colleges to protect students from sexual assault.

Oklahoma City high school drops the name 'Redskins' for its team

Published 12/09/2014 11:12 AM

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board has voted unanimously to remove "Redskins" as the nickname for a high school after hearing pleas from students and teachers who found the term offensive, school officials said on Tuesday. After 88 years, Capitol Hill High School will begin implementing its ban on the use of "Redskins" effective immediately. ...

'Merry Christmas' returns: How conservatives are winning the Christmas war

Published 12/09/2014 08:48 AM

Wishing students "Merry Christmas" is now protected in Texas public schools thanks to a recently minted Merry Christmas law, which allows students, teachers, and administrators to say traditional holiday greetings on campus.

10 Colleges Where Applicants Are Least Likely to Get In

Published 12/09/2014 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.

College students stage 'die-in' in Bryn Mawr

Published 12/08/2014 03:29 PM

College students in Montgomery County are staging a 'die-in' protest in response to grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York.

Connect on Social Media to Show Colleges Interest

Published 12/08/2014 06:00 AM

Imagine for a moment the plight of the beleaguered college admissions officer. He or she faces endless ranks of students with competitive test scores, excellent grades, thoughtful essays and a wealth of extracurricular activities.

Top earning private college presidents in 2012

Published 12/08/2014 04:03 AM

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the top 10 earners among private college presidents in 2012 were: 1) Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, $7.1 million(asterisk) ...

Report: Many presidents earn more than $1 million

Published 12/07/2014 03:55 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three dozen college presidents at private colleges and universities made more than $1 million in 2012, with the highest earner bringing home $7.1 million in compensation, according to a survey of the 500 private schools with the largest endowments.

Mexico official: At least 1 of 43 missing college students identified in charred remains

Published 12/06/2014 02:23 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico official: At least 1 of 43 missing college students identified in charred remains.

Rolling Stone UVA fraternity rape story tests journalistic practices

Published 12/06/2014 05:47 AM

In the wake of the Rolling Stone story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, two major US institutions are going through deep self-examination: Schools of higher education and the media.

Denver police investigate driver who hit officers at Ferguson protest

Published 12/05/2014 05:13 PM

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Denver police are investigating a motorist who plowed into officers during a demonstration by high school students protesting the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, badly injuring one of the officers, authorities said on Friday. Hundreds of students from the city's East High School marched through downtown streets on Wednesday in solidarity with Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot to death by a white officer on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. ...

Congressman seeks probe into China-US college ties

Published 12/04/2014 05:12 PM

A senior member of Congress called Thursday for an investigation into deals that US universities are striking with China, amid fears that such tie-ups are compromising academic freedom. Christopher Smith, who sits on the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee, voiced concern that Beijing-backed "Confucius Institutes" are muting criticism of China's Communist authorities. "Is American higher education for sale?" said the Republican from New Jersey who also co-chairs the Congressional-Executive Committee on China.

Should high school students be required to pass a citizenship test?

Published 12/04/2014 07:55 AM

The study of civics could get a big push in seven states where laws are being considered to require high school students to pass a basic citizenship test to get a diploma.

Older college graduates earn just as much as their younger peers

Published 12/03/2014 03:07 PM

A new survey by Gallup finds nontraditional college graduates (those who earned their degree later than age 25) actually earn just as much as traditional graduates.

Programs Offer Student Loan Repayment Help for Teachers

Published 12/03/2014 07:00 AM

Teaching is a noble profession, but not necessarily the most profitable one. You choose to enter this field because you love children, enjoy teaching or maybe because the hours and vacation time are convenient in caring for your own family. But no teacher has ever entered the field to get rich.

Why Caring for Older Adults Is Getting Costlier

Published 12/03/2014 06:00 AM

From the outside, Kathryn Robison, 29, looks like any other graduate student on campus at Youngstown State University in Ohio. But as she's finishing her master's degree in American Studies, she's also juggling another big responsibility: Caring for her grandmother. She recently took a year and a half break from school to serve as her grandmother's primary caregiver in Raleigh, North Carolina, and now serves as a backup caregiver, since her mom took over the reins full time.

Power restored after massive outage hits downtown Detroit

Published 12/02/2014 02:59 PM

By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A massive outage on Tuesday cut power for as long as six hours to public buildings in Detroit ranging from city hall to a criminal courthouse, scores of public schools and more than three dozen buildings at Wayne State University, officials said. The outage in the city-run system that distributes power to the public buildings was another black eye for Detroit, which won court approval in November to exit the biggest U.S. municipal bankruptcy. ...

Five college students plead not guilty to gang rape on NJ campus

Published 12/02/2014 12:21 PM

By Sascha Brodsky PATERSON, N.J. (Reuters) - Five college students accused of gang-raping a female fellow student in a New Jersey dorm room pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, in the latest in a series of sexual assaults and harassment incidents prompting colleges to reexamine conduct policies. The five men blocked a dorm room doorway at William Paterson University in Wayne, and restrained and demanded sex from the woman on Nov. 25, when the campus had largely emptied out for the Thanksgiving break, according to the criminal complaint. ...

More than 2,200 NYC school computers missing, unused: comptroller

Published 12/02/2014 10:33 AM

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 2,200 computers purchased for New York City schools are missing or stashed away in closets and never used, according to an audit released by the city comptroller on Tuesday. The audit of the New York City Department of Education sampled only nine of more than 1,700 city schools and one administration building, sparking fears that millions of dollars worth of devices are unaccounted for citywide, Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a statement. ...

Drivers stuck for weeks at Mexico teachers college

Published 11/29/2014 08:12 AM

TIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — The men are holed up with their buses on the college's soccer field, sleeping in the compartments that once held passenger luggage and hanging the clothes they've hand-washed from the windshields.

Immigrants' chances tied to their state's policies

Published 11/28/2014 12:30 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license and qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago.

The Number of Charter Schools Suspending Kids Is Totally out of Control

Published 11/28/2014 07:05 AM

Created as a creative and more rigorous alternative, charter schools tend to outpace traditional public schools in most areas, including on standardized assessment tests. Yet charter schools also lead their traditional counterparts in a more disturbing trend: the number of students who are suspended or expelled each year.

Iran parliament ends standoff with Rouhani, approves higher education minister

Published 11/26/2014 06:53 AM

By Michelle Moghtader DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's parliament voted on Wednesday to approve President Hassan Rouhani's fifth candidate to head the higher education ministry, ending an ideological tussle over a cabinet post important to his pledge to liberalize life in the Islamic Republic. Mohammad Farhadi, a centrist who held senior positions in a previous reformist administration, secured a 197-28 vote of confidence with 10 abstentions in the conservative-dominated Majlis (parliament). ...

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Senate's Confirmation of James Cole Jr. as Education Department General Counsel

Published 12/17/2014 11:17 AM

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:

Celebrate Diversity During the Holidays

Published 12/16/2014 12:03 PM

The holiday season can be a great time for families to celebrate diversity! Parents and caregivers, you can choose to use this time to teach your children about customs that are different from your own and you can help children to understand and embrace other cultures. Children learn best by seeing, doing, and being a part of a new experience.

U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Youngstown State University to Ensure Equal Access to its Websites for Individuals with Disabilities

Published 12/12/2014 08:34 AM

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Youngstown State University in Ohio to ensure that the school’s websites comply with federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Federal Communications Commission’s vote on the E-rate program:

Published 12/11/2014 09:13 AM

"The Federal Communications Commission’s vote to further modernize the E-rate program ensures the program will continue to help our schools be part of the digital age. This is another huge step forward in our ConnectED Initiative’s work to provide high-speed internet access to schools and high-quality digital learning resources to teachers and students.

Southern Methodist University Found in Violation of Title IX, Commits to Remedy Harassment, Sexual Assault of Students

Published 12/11/2014 07:29 AM

The U.S.

Buffalo Charter Wired and #FutureReady

Published 12/11/2014 07:17 AM

NY Education Commissioner John King to Join Education Department as Senior Advisor

Published 12/11/2014 04:13 AM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. will join the U.S. Department of Education as a senior advisor.

What You Missed: Shakira and Secretary Arne Duncan Answer Your Questions on Early Education

Published 12/10/2014 01:39 PM

This post originally appeared on The White House Blog. Earlier today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Grammy award-winning artist Shakira took to Twitter to answer your questions about the early childhood education.

Helping States Improve and Enhance Early Education for All

Published 12/10/2014 09:53 AM

High-quality early education shouldn’t just be a privilege for some children—it must be an opportunity for all children in America. We know the foundation of a thriving middle class is access to a strong education for every child beginning in the first few years of life. But right now, the U.S. ranks 28th in the world in preschool access for four-year-old children.

18 States Awarded New Preschool Development Grants to Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool Programs

Published 12/10/2014 04:09 AM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that 18 states have been awarded grants, totaling more than $226 million, under the Preschool Development Grants program.

Join Shakira and Secretary Duncan for a Twitter Q&A on Early Education

Published 12/09/2014 07:52 AM

For every dollar we invest in early childhood education, we see a rate of return of $7 or more through a reduced need for spending on other services, such as remedial education, grade repetition, and special education, as well as increased productivity and earnings for these kids as adults.

U.S. Department of Education Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Request for Louisiana

Published 12/08/2014 02:26 PM

The Obama Administration announced today that Louisiana has 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).

Painting a Different Picture of Education in the Juvenile Detention Center

Published 12/08/2014 01:04 PM

Secretary Duncan, Attorney General Holder Announce Guidance Package on Providing Quality Education Services to America’s Confined Youth

Published 12/08/2014 07:10 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced a Correctional Education Guidance Package aimed at helping states and local agencies strengthen the quality of education services provided to America’s estimated 60,000 young people in confinement every day.

A Bold New Plan to Protect Students

Published 12/05/2014 03:30 PM

Recently, the Department of Education announced our support for

ED Celebrates Student Art with ‘Yo soy … Je Suis … I am … My Neighborhood’ Exhibit

Published 12/04/2014 09:07 AM

The entrance halls and ground floor public spaces of the U.S. Department of Education are filled year-round with color, creativity, and powerful ideas, thanks to the talents of young artists from the United States and around the world.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action

Published 12/03/2014 11:47 AM

Cross-posted from the White House blog.

Testing: Can We Find the Rational Middle?

Published 12/03/2014 06:12 AM

Recently I visited Glen Iris Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama to meet with a group of teachers and their principal. I was in Birmingham as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow and it was highly recommend by local educators that I visit Glen Iris while in Birmingham to see the incredible work going on at the school.

Future Ready: Why Action Today is Required to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow

Published 12/03/2014 05:05 AM

Superintendent John Hutton participa

Prepared remarks of U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell at the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Servicing Summit in Atlanta, GA

Published 12/01/2014 02:17 PM

Good Morning! I want to welcome you all to Atlanta, and to thank you for participating in today’s event.  This morning’s forum is something we’ve never done before, but Jim and I thought it was important to do given the increasing prominence that student loans have in the lives of both individuals and the nation.

Ferguson: Broken trust and the urgency of equal opportunity

Published 12/01/2014 01:19 PM

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have been on the minds of many of us at the Department of Education. Secretary Duncan addressed the topic in a staff-wide email just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Education Department Clarifies Requirements for Offering Single-Sex Classes

Published 12/01/2014 08:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance today for K-12 schools that offer or want to offer single-sex classes. 

U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Texas' Harmony Public Schools to Ensure Equal Access for English Language Learner Students and Students with Disabilities

Published 11/26/2014 11:41 AM

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has entered into a resolution agreement with Harmony Public Schools in Texas, to ensure compliance by its charter schools with federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, national origin and disability.

Know It 2 Own It: Students Reflect in a Time of Thanksgiving

Published 11/26/2014 08:46 AM

With Thanksgiving around the corner, people across the country will be reflecting on the things they are most grateful for. During this time, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education would like to recognize and express gratitude to the teachers, parents, coaches, mentors, and others who have made a difference.

U.S. Department of Education Proposes Plan to Strengthen Teacher Preparation

Published 11/25/2014 09:36 AM

The U.S. Department of Education today announced proposed regulations that help ensure teacher training programs are preparing educators who are ready to succeed in the classroom.

Motherlode Blog: ‘Are You Going to Give Him a White Name?’

Published 12/17/2014 11:34 AM

When I was four months pregnant, a friend asked this question casually over lunch. I hadn’t yet thought of it that way.

Motherlode Blog: With Three Adults, Two Jobs and One Baby, a Family Is Barely Getting By

Published 12/17/2014 08:10 AM

The house is paid for. The car is paid for. Everything else, we’re barely covering. I can’t find a job for the life of me—and if I do, who will look after the baby?

The Learning Network: Looking Back on 2014 | 15 Ways to Teach and Learn About the Year That Was

Published 12/17/2014 07:18 AM

Fifteen ideas for teaching and learning about 2014, using retrospective videos, photos, articles and lists from The New York Times and around the Web.

The Learning Network: What Were the Best and Worst Things About 2014?

Published 12/17/2014 01:54 AM

You can put anything you like on your lists — the movies, music, TV or books you liked best ; the news stories or viral videos or sporting events that you thought were great or terrible; the aspects of your personal, family or academic life that were most notable for being bad or good; or a mix.

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Pakistani Taliban Attack on Peshawar School Leaves 145 Dead

Published 12/17/2014 01:30 AM

How should the Pakistani government respond to this school attack?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Young Grandmasters Try to Make Chess Cool

Published 12/17/2014 01:15 AM

Here are several paragraphs from a Dec. 12 article, “Young Grandmasters Try to Make Chess Cool.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | tempestuous

Published 12/16/2014 09:02 PM

This word has appeared in 63 New York Times articles in the past year.

New York City Teachers Score Highly Under New Evaluation System

Published 12/16/2014 06:16 PM

The system was created to make it easier to identify which teachers performed the best so their methods could be replicated, and which performed the worst, so they could be fired.

John King Jr., New York State’s Education Chief, to Leave Many Policy Wars Behind

Published 12/16/2014 02:53 PM

Whoever replaces Dr. King will have to juggle issues like the Common Core standards, teacher evaluation and training, and charter schools.

Stuyvesant High Student Admits He Didn't Make $72 Million on Stock Trades

Published 12/16/2014 02:31 PM

After widespread publicity that Mohammed Islam had earned $72 million in the stock market, the story of a 17-year-old Stuyvesant High School senior started to unravel on Monday.

Motherlode Blog: Pausing for Hanukkah While Everything Else Keeps Going

Published 12/16/2014 02:05 PM

Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas has made me aware of how much easier the outside world makes it to protect one tradition over the other.

Motherlode Blog: A Foreskin in the Right Place at the Right Time

Published 12/16/2014 12:29 PM

Proposed CDC guidelines would have doctors promote the benefits of circumcision in newborns, teenagers and adults, but parents will still make their own decisions—sometimes for unexpected reasons.

Letter From America: Students See New Hope in Bias Protests

Published 12/16/2014 11:30 AM

Student activists at Harvard hope to bring renewed momentum to the "Black Lives Matter" movement so that it avoids the fate of the Occupy Wall Street effort.

Turkey Promotes Religious Schools, Often Defying Parents

Published 12/16/2014 07:58 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose Islamist party has injected religion into many aspects of Turkish life, has celebrated an increase in enrollment at religious schools to almost a million from 63,000 during his 12 years in power.

E-Cigarettes Top Smoking Among Youths, Study Says

Published 12/16/2014 07:34 AM

The increase is occurring as the use of traditional cigarettes continues to decline, the National Institute on Drug Abuse says.

The Learning Network: Special News Quiz | Farewell, 2014

Published 12/16/2014 07:08 AM

What do you remember about 2014? Fill in the blanks with your own guesses, or choose from a scrambled list of answers. Each question links to the Times article in which the answer can be found.

Motherlode Blog: Deployment Work-Ups: ‘This Is So Stupid Hard’

Published 12/16/2014 06:55 AM

An on-again, off-again schedule to deployment is hard on all of us. In a weak moment, I told my husband that it was easier when he’s gone, and I regretted it instantly.

The Learning Network: Have You Ever Donated Your Time, Talents, Possessions or Money to Support Anyone in Need?

Published 12/16/2014 02:00 AM

How do you use what you have to help others?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Sydney Hostage Siege Ends With Gunman and 2 Captives Dead as Police Storm Cafe

Published 12/16/2014 01:30 AM

What is your reaction to the hostage siege in Sydney, Australia?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | At Jingle Ball, Women in Charge

Published 12/16/2014 01:10 AM

Here are several paragraphs from a Dec. 13 article, “At Jingle Ball, Women in Charge.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

D.C. principal under investigation for allegedly doctoring student transcripts

Published 03/22/2011 03:13 PM

The principal of the District's leading technology high school is under investigation for allegedly doctoring student transcripts, school officials said Tuesday.

64 senators seek presidential leadership on debt reduction

Published 03/21/2011 05:37 PM

A group of 64 offers support for serious action on reducing the national debt.

Freedom for Thomas Haynesworth

Published 03/21/2011 05:15 PM

Now Virginia needs to offer the wrongly convicted man total exoneration.

Egypt's referendum is a step toward democracy

Published 03/21/2011 05:12 PM

There is worry about what's ahead, but the vote may have been the fairest in its history.

Mr. Obama hasn't overstepped on Libya

Published 03/21/2011 05:39 PM

Mr. Obama hasn't overstepped on Libya, but he could do more to clarify the U.S. mission.

Montgomery County school board reclaims farmland - to build soccer fields

Published 03/21/2011 06:30 AM

Hawks used to look out to watch over for this piece of farmland for trouble. Soon, it will be parents and umpires monitoring kids pounding cleats on the land Nick Maravell once tilled. The change in land use tells a more complex story about school development, particularly at a time when open space

Montgomery County school board reclaims farmland - to build soccer fields

Published 03/20/2011 07:57 PM

Hawks used to look out to watch over for this piece of farmland for trouble. Soon, it will be parents and umpires monitoring kids pounding cleats on the land Nick Maravell once tilled. The change in land use tells a more complex story about school development, particularly at a time when open space

Asking military retirees to pay a bit more for health care is reasonable

Published 03/20/2011 07:05 PM

"SIMPLY UNSUSTAINABLE." That is Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's assessment of the spiraling cost of the health-care system for military personnel, retirees and their families. Mr. Gates is correct - and he is correct to press for modest increases in premiums paid by those covered by the system,...

Competing visions for reviewing Guantanamo

Published 03/20/2011 06:51 PM

JUST DAYS after President Obama issued an executive order to govern long-term detentions at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Republican members of the House and Senate shot back by offering their own, strikingly different proposals.

As Thomas Jefferson adds help for poor English skills, some Va. parents fume

Published 03/20/2011 07:39 AM

Fairfax school board member: "How can they not know the language and still get into [Thomas Jefferson]?" The Va. magnet school has added an English as a second language instructor.

Fairfax schools' discipline policies up for review; parents seek more leniency

Published 03/22/2011 07:30 AM

Meeting was the first seeking public comment on discipline-related issues since the suicide of 15-year-old Nick Stuban, a well-liked football player at W.T. Woodson High School.

Congress plunges into D.C. politics and ethics

Published 03/21/2011 05:22 PM

The District brought this on itself, but a House probe seems hasty when D.C. officials are trying to investigate.

The E.U. balances politics with fiscal responsibility

Published 03/21/2011 05:22 PM

The bonds of the European Union are tested as wealthier nations come to the aid of smaller, struggling states.

Baltimore charter school agreement eases KIPP's way

Published 03/21/2011 06:28 AM

Better, but not better enough, for schools in Maryland.

Act III for former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Published 03/18/2011 05:42 PM

It's puzzling why a twice-fallen president would come home only two days before a big election.

U.S.-backed measures may boost Libyan opposition

Published 03/18/2011 06:12 PM

President Obama is right to support 'all necessary measures' against Gaddafi.

Evaluating teachers is a delicate conversation

Published 03/18/2011 09:25 AM

A rare glimpse into a public school teacher's performance evaluation, the hypersensitive center of an education reform movement that aims to improve how teachers do their jobs.

Evaluating teachers is a delicate conversation

Published 03/18/2011 10:58 AM

A rare glimpse into a public school teacher's performance evaluation, the hypersensitive center of an education reform movement that aims to improve how teachers do their jobs.

D.C. elementary students sickened by cocaine

Published 03/17/2011 09:29 PM

A D.C. elementary school student was charged with possession of a controlled substance after being accused of taking cocaine to school and sharing it with four classmates who were hospitalized after ingesting it.

President Obama's timid words on gun reform

Published 03/18/2011 09:37 AM

The president shouldn't be afraid of the sensible measures he endorsed as a candidate.

UDC president deserves a fair shake

Published 03/18/2011 09:37 AM

The UDC president's record entitles him to a fair hearing.

Facing budget cuts, Pr. George's county risks losing busing to its best programs

Published 03/17/2011 11:36 AM

They find themselves in the center of a larger debate during a period of dwindling resources and shifting priorities.

District investigates special-ed school

Published 03/17/2011 10:41 AM

D.C. officials are looking into a range of problems at a Northwest private school for special needs students that has collected more than $16 million in tuition over the last two years.

Abduction charges dropped against George Mason student in library dispute

Published 03/17/2011 10:38 AM

George Mason University officials said Wednesday that charges have been dropped against Abdirashid Dahir, the senior who was charged with felony abduction after allegedly locking a fellow student in a library study room.

D.C. probes special-ed school Rock Creek Academy

Published 03/17/2011 07:01 PM

D.C. officials are looking into a range of problems at a Northwest private school for special needs students that has collected more than $16 million in tuition over the last two years.

In Jack Johnson's shadow

Published 03/16/2011 05:40 PM

Did Prince George's officials bend personnel rules for the county executive's son?

In D.C.'s Parkside-Kenilworth Community, a promise of change

Published 03/16/2011 05:39 PM

A new effort focuses on children to break the pattern of poverty in a D.C. neighborhood.

Too soon to write off nuclear power

Published 03/16/2011 05:42 PM

Despite Japan's disaster, atomic energy can't be writtenoff.

Abduction charges dropped against George Mason student in library dispute

Published 03/17/2011 10:17 AM

George Mason University officials said Wednesday that charges have been dropped against Abdirashid Dahir, the senior who was charged with felony abduction after allegedly locking a fellow student in a library study room.

Feds end probe of college gender bias

Published 03/16/2011 04:51 PM

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ends an inquiry into gender bias at colleges after members question the quality of data collected.

On college campuses, a gender gap in student government

Published 03/17/2011 05:27 AM

Women have now outpaced men on key measures of college success: More enroll, more graduate and they earn higher grades. Yet on many campuses, student government is dominated by men.

Study: Manassas Park and Calvert County have most efficient schools in D.C. area

Published 03/16/2011 01:38 PM

The Center for American Progress' new analysis of spending patterns and test scores in school systems nationwide found a surprising result: Manassas Park and Calvert County have the most efficient schools in the Washington area.

Fairfax County school board to review discipline policies

Published 03/16/2011 08:29 AM

School board members in Fairfax County agreed Thursday night to review discipline policies in a move that some hope will lead to change in the aftermath of a recent teen suicide .

Children of diplomats displaced by strife often caught between two worlds

Published 03/16/2011 08:29 AM

American diplomats, aid workers and their families - evacuated from countries in turmoil - seek shelter in a nondescript apartment building in Falls Church, Va.

Gray 'comfortable' with search for schools chief, despite narrow focus

Published 03/16/2011 08:24 AM

Mayor Vincent C. Gray's search has focused on one person: Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Spat over study room leads to George Mason student's arrest

Published 03/16/2011 07:56 AM

A student has been charged with felony abduction after an argument over a library study room.

Spat over study room leads to George Mason student's arrest

Published 03/15/2011 09:27 PM

A student has been charged with felony abduction after an argument over a library study room.

In Maryland, a renewed chance for a bag tax

Published 03/15/2011 05:05 PM

MARYLAND'S BID to impose a nickel fee on paper and plastic bags fell victim last year to election-year jitters. Lawmakers didn't want to go near anything that had a whiff of a tax increase. But sponsors of a bag tax, buoyed by the success of the District's effort and by important support from Gov....

Pfc. Bradley Manning doesn't deserve humiliating treatment

Published 03/15/2011 05:04 PM

IF THE ALLEGATIONS are true, Pfc. Bradley Manning facilitated a damaging breach of national security by funneling thousands of classified documents to the rogue Web site WikiLeaks. But even if so, Mr. Manning does not appear to deserve the treatment he has been receiving at the military brig in...

The United States watches as Moammar Gaddafi gains

Published 03/15/2011 05:02 PM

A counterrevolution gains strength across the Middle East.

Obama: Rewrite No Child law before next school year

Published 03/16/2011 07:55 AM

President Obama asked Congress on Monday to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law by fall, escalating the urgency of his campaign to overhaul public education.

In aftermath of student's suicide, Fairfax board examines discipline practices

Published 03/15/2011 12:59 AM

The Fairfax County School Board began a comprehensive review of its discipline policies in the aftermath of a suicide of a 15-year-old student.

In D.C., the 'shady deals' that weren't

Published 03/14/2011 09:00 PM

A THEME OF Vincent C. Gray's successful mayoral campaign last year was his questioning of his opponent's integrity. Exhibit A in his argument that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) ran a suspect administration was the awarding of contracts for park and recreation projects to firms with ties to the mayor....

A foreclosure settlement plan might make matters worse

Published 03/14/2011 05:11 PM

THE NATION'S mortgage companies have engaged in questionable practices - or worse - regarding loan modifications and foreclosures. Even now the banks have not entirely conquered the scandal that erupted last fall over alleged widespread errors, procedural irregularities and outright misrepresenta...

Lessons from loss in Maryland's gay-marriage battle

Published 03/14/2011 05:08 PM

THE FAILURE of the same-sex marriage bill in Annapolis is a bitter defeat for advocates, who had hoped Maryland would become the sixth state, not counting the District, to enact such legislation. It's also a useful reminder, if one were needed, that despite the ongoing revolution of attitudes tow...

In D.C., the 'shady deals' that weren't

Published 03/14/2011 08:51 PM

Allegations against Mayor Fenty turn out to be baseless.

In aftermath of student's suicide, Fairfax board examines discipline practices

Published 03/14/2011 08:09 PM

The Fairfax County School Board began a comprehensive review of its discipline policies in the aftermath of a suicide of a 15-year-old student.

Obama: Rewrite No Child law before next school year

Published 03/16/2011 09:05 AM

President Obama asked Congress on Monday to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law by fall, escalating the urgency of his campaign to overhaul public education.

ROTC's return

Published 03/13/2011 06:06 PM

IN NOVEMBER, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly stood before an audience in St. Louis and spoke from the heart about the disconnect between the lives and experiences of members of the U.S. military - and those of the civilians they are defending. The armed forces are at war and have been for a d...

Let all Maryland students dream

Published 03/13/2011 05:08 PM

THE DISPIRITING national debate over immigration has departed Washington for the time being and alighted mostly in state capitals. In many of them, Republicans have led a charge - mostly unsuccessful - to enact Arizona-style enforcement crackdowns based on the whimsical idea that undocumented imm...

Time to act on free trade

Published 03/13/2011 06:09 PM

THE POLITICS of free trade have never been easy for President Obama - and they appear to be getting harder. Mr. Obama wants congressional ratification of a tariff-slashing deal with South Korea, revising it recently to meet the objections of the U.S. auto industry and labor unions.

Lego contests put minority students on a mission

Published 03/13/2011 08:55 PM

A small but growing number of predominantly African American student groups are coming to Lego robotics competitions.

U-Va. fraternity pledge hospitalized after soy-sauce dare

Published 03/12/2011 08:46 PM

A University of Virginia freshman was hospitalized this month after chugging a bottle of soy sauce at the Zeta Psi fraternity house, according to court documents.

Facing budget cuts, Pr. George's county risks losing busing to its best programs

Published 03/17/2011 11:23 AM

They find themselves in the center of a larger debate during a period of dwindling resources and shifting priorities.

D.C.'s cozy election oversight

Published 03/12/2011 03:38 PM

INTERIM AT-LARGE D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle (D) is trying to kick a Republican opponent off the ballot for the April 26 special election. The process, dominated by Democrats, has not inspired confidence that the decision will be fair and impartial.

Teenager suspended from Fairfax County school over acne drug

Published 03/22/2011 07:18 AM

Hayley Russell, 13, violated Fairfax County rules when she brought a prescription acne drug to school. Her discipline experience follows a pattern reported by parents in at least 18 other cases in the county.

Most schools could face 'failing' label under No Child Left Behind, Duncan says

Published 03/10/2011 02:54 AM

More than three-quarters of the nation's public schools could soon be labeled "failing" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration said Wednesday as it increased efforts to revamp the signature education initiative of President George W. Bush.

Kaya Henderson nominated D.C. schools chancellor

Published 03/17/2011 10:24 AM

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, making a widely anticipated decision official, lifted the "interim" from Kaya Henderson's title Wednesday, naming her to succeed Michelle A. Rhee as D.C. schools chancellor.

Prince George's replaces High Point High principal after attack is shown on YouTube

Published 03/08/2011 05:14 PM

Prince George's County school officials replaced the principal of High Point High School in Beltsville on Tuesday, days after a video of one of his students being attacked surfaced on the Internet.

Board chairman says UDC may ask President Allen Sessoms to repay some airfare costs

Published 03/08/2011 07:27 PM

Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia may ask President Allen Sessoms to repay some of the money he spent on first-class airfare, the board chairman told D.C. Council members Tuesday in an occasionally heated oversight hearing on the school.

Prince George's school fight posted on YouTube frustrates parents, students

Published 03/07/2011 07:14 PM

When fists started to fly, the students flipped on their camera phones.

UDC students stage protest, call for school president's resignation

Published 03/07/2011 05:00 PM

Student leaders at the University of the District of Columbia called for the resignation of President Allen Sessoms on Monday in a noon protest, alleging that the administrator has spent lavishly on himself while raising tuition and cutting programs at Washington's public university.

Gray 'comfortable' with search for schools chief, despite narrow focus

Published 03/08/2011 01:07 AM

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who plans to name a permanent schools chancellor this week, said Monday that he was "comfortable" with a search process that has focused on just one name: Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Kaya Henderson reportedly getting some job security

Published 03/06/2011 05:25 PM

Mayor Vincent C. Gray intends to name interim schools leader Kaya Henderson as permanent schools chancellor this week to replace Michelle A. Rhee, according to a source close to the situation.

District schools cram for DC CAS tests

Published 03/06/2011 06:12 PM

Stung by a decline in elementary school reading and math scores on 2010 standardized tests, D.C. officials are raising the intensity of preparations for this year's exams to unprecedented levels.

Jay Mathews: Amid the SAT-obsessed, this family doesn't live by the numbers

Published 03/13/2011 06:23 PM

The Demarees of Bethesda seem to be a normal American family, but wait. They didn't tell their children what their SAT scores were? They didn't do test prep? They didn't hire tutors? Could they have the answer to America's obsession with college admission?

Computer science programs use mobile apps to make coursework relevant

Published 03/13/2011 01:54 PM

At Virginia Tech, faculty members are looking for ways to make computer science more relevant and engaging to a generation of college students who do not know life without the Internet. A shift in teaching style often comes from necessity, as most computer science programs struggle to recruit, retai

No evidence mayoral control led to D.C. schools' better test scores, report says

Published 03/04/2011 07:55 PM

The District has made a good faith effort to implement the 2007 law that placed public schools under mayoral control, but there is no evidence that the change in governance has been a factor in improved standardized test scores, according to the first major independent study of D.C. school reform.

Prince George's schools employee accused of watching porn on job

Published 03/03/2011 05:20 PM

A Prince George's County public school employee is being investigated over allegations that he watched pornographic films on the job, according to a school spokeswoman.

Midwest union battles highlight debate over improving schools

Published 03/03/2011 06:36 AM

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Republican faceoff with labor unions in the Midwest and elsewhere marks not just a fight over money and collective bargaining but also a test of wills over how to improve the nation's schools.

Children of diplomats displaced by strife often caught between two worlds

Published 03/03/2011 04:24 PM

American diplomats, aid workers and their families - evacuated from countries in turmoil - seek shelter in a nondescript apartment building in Falls Church, Va.

Midwest union battles highlight debate over improving schools

Published 03/03/2011 09:15 AM

INDIANAPOLIS - The Republican faceoff with labor unions in the Midwest and elsewhere marks not just a fight over money and collective bargaining, but also a test of wills over how to improve the nation's schools.

U-Va. Rotunda waits in line for repairs

Published 03/01/2011 06:55 PM

Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda, the historic heart of the University of Virginia, is among the most iconic structures in higher education. It's also crumbling, and finding the money to pay for it isn't so simple.

UDC president's expenses questioned

Published 03/01/2011 07:28 PM

Expense records for Allen Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia, show a pattern of first-class air travel and thousand-dollar plane tickets over the past two years.

Education Writers Association honors 2 Post reporters

Published 02/28/2011 05:28 PM

Bill Turque, a reporter for The Washington Post, has won first prize for print beat reporting in a national contest held by the Education Writers Association.

Chestnut Hill, Pa. Catholic college, fires gay part-time professor

Published 02/27/2011 01:14 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- A Catholic college in Philadelphia says it has fired a part-time professor after learning from a post on his blog that he has been in a same-sex relationship for a decade and a half, which officials called contrary to church teaching.

Is America's best high school soft on math?

Published 02/27/2011 08:29 PM

By all accounts, he is one of the best math teachers in the country. The Mathematics Association of America has given him two national awards. He was appointed by the Bush administration to the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. For 25 years he has prepared middle-schoolers for the tough admiss...

Study: Manassas Park and Calvert County have most efficient schools in D.C. area

Published 02/27/2011 08:27 PM

Even when tax revenue is scarce, lawmakers rarely ask a key question before they vote on education budgets: Which public schools produce the most bang for the buck?

Synthetic marijuana widely used at Naval Academy, some midshipmen say

Published 02/27/2011 09:57 PM

A synthetic form of marijuana is widely used at the U.S. Naval Academy because it cannot be detected in routine drug tests, according to several former midshipmen who have been removed from campus for using or possessing the substance.

Va. African Americans split in battle for school choice

Published 02/26/2011 04:28 PM

RICHMOND - Latrina Hite cuts up fruit for the children's morning snack at Precious Blessing Academy. She fixes their lunch. She mops bathrooms, bleaches doorknobs to kill germs and helps students with homework in after-school care.

Pr. George's school board approves big cuts

Published 02/24/2011 09:43 PM

The Prince George's County school board approved on Thursday night a gloomy budget that slashes more than 1,300 jobs and increases class sizes, despite the pleas of parents and educators who begged the panel to find another way.

Fairfax County school board to review discipline policies

Published 02/24/2011 08:16 PM

School board members in Fairfax County agreed Thursday night to review discipline policies in a move that some hope will lead to change in the aftermath of a recent teen suicide.

Arlington school budget proposal includes raises, larger classes

Published 02/24/2011 07:13 PM

Arlington County Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy proposed a $470 million budget on Thursday that would give employees their first raises in two years but would increase average class sizes in the district.

Ten Commandments' return to Va. school district depends on legal battle's outcome

Published 02/23/2011 06:45 PM

The School Board in Giles County, Va., voted this week to remove the Ten Commandments from the walls of its public schools after a pair of civil liberty groups announced they were preparing to sue the district.

Pr. George's school board to make cuts to close $155 million budget gap

Published 02/23/2011 06:55 PM

Debby Wood has been teaching in Prince George's County for 38 years, and if there's one thing she never tires of, it's seeing her first-grade students when they can read a book on their own for the first time.

D.C. teachers union, former leader clash over pay

Published 02/22/2011 05:03 PM

D.C. teachers voted their union president, George Parker, out of office nearly three months ago. But Parker has not returned to the classroom, and a fight has broken out over who should pay the balance of the $96,000 annual teaching salary that a written agreement guarantees him.

Family of Fairfax teen suicide victim wants changes in school disciplinary policies

Published 02/21/2011 07:14 PM

The family of a Fairfax teenager who took his life as he struggled with the fallout of a high school suspension called for changes in the county's disciplinary policies, in a letter sent Monday to school and county officials.

A University of Virginia student has a bright idea: 'Flash seminars'

Published 02/20/2011 07:43 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Flash mobs assemble in public spaces to dance, protest or do battle with lightsabers.

Jay Mathews: Md. teachers' support shows value of civics exam

Published 02/20/2011 07:43 PM

Teachers, according to many who speak for them, don't like the state tests that have been imposed on them and their students. So what am I to make of the many teachers who are begging Maryland to reverse its decision to cancel the state government test?

Suicide turns attention to Fairfax discipline procedures

Published 02/19/2011 09:39 PM

Nick Stuban was all about football, a quick-footed linebacker at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County who did well in the classroom, too: four As, two Bs and a C for first quarter. His history teacher described the 15-year-old as a "model student," and his German teacher was impressed by hi...

Democrats join GOP in voting to block tighter regulation of for-profit schools

Published 02/18/2011 05:04 PM

Dozens of House Democrats, including the party leader, joined with Republicans Friday in a vote to block an Obama administration plan to tighten federal regulation of trade schools and colleges operated for profit.

D.C. area schools show off reforms at Obama administration conference

Published 02/19/2011 07:06 PM

A national conference hosted in Denver by the Obama administration gave a rare platform for suburban schools from the Washington area and beyond to show off their projects or join the quest for innovation.

Cafeteria trays vanishing from colleges in effort to save food

Published 02/17/2011 07:38 PM

Today, when trays are removed from university dining halls, it's more likely by the administration than students in search of a good sled. And perhaps inevitably, on some campuses that has created a backlash.

U.S. funding for D.C. schools tied to reviving scholarship program

Published 02/16/2011 07:29 PM

U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins sternly told District officials Wednesday Congress would cut funding for city schools if efforts to revive the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program are not successful.

Accounting firm hired to help D.C. schools find savings, new money sources

Published 02/16/2011 04:51 PM

Facing a budget deficit of as much as $600 million for the next fiscal year, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has asked accounting giant Deloitte to analyze the District's public schools budget in search of savings and new sources of money.

Fairfax County students no longer have to pay for A.P. tests

Published 02/16/2011 07:07 PM

Fairfax County schools will no longer require students to pay for Advanced Placement exams, in response to a ruling by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II that called such fees illegal.

Ten Commandments in school stirs fight in Va. district

Published 02/17/2011 07:40 PM

A fight over displaying the Ten Commandments in school appears headed to the courts as residents of Giles County, along Virginia's pious, rugged southwestern border, fight what they call mounting pressure from Washington and Richmond to secularize their public institutions. The district also runs a

School officials, teachers unions scrutinize Obama's divisive education agenda

Published 02/16/2011 06:31 AM

DENVER - President Obama often professes his desire to shake up public education while also working with teachers unions. But a question hangs over this week's gathering of hundreds of labor leaders and school officials: Can he do both at the same time?

Tax credits for private-school scholarships shot down by Virginia Senate committee

Published 02/15/2011 07:40 PM

RICHMOND - The Senate Finance Committee, after hearing emotional testimony from students and educators, voted along partisan lines Tuesday to kill a measure that would have given businesses tax credits to fund private-school tuition for needy students.

Obama's education budget would spare Pell grants, increase spending 11% overall

Published 02/14/2011 10:05 AM

President Obama wants a significant jump in education funding to pay for Pell grants for needy college students while also financing his reform agenda for elementary and secondary schools.

The Answer Sheet: Teachers hitting kids? Yes

Published 02/13/2011 07:08 PM

Most people are rightly horrified about the case of a first-grade teacher at a Silver Spring elementary school who was recently charged with several counts of assault after being accused of choking and/or punching eight young students.

Rhee's five big missteps

Published 02/13/2011 03:03 PM

Richard Whitmire's deft and revealing book about former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee chronicles a difficult time in the history of the city's schools, when good people fought hard against one another because of sharply contrasting views on how to help our children.

D.C. schools to use data from teacher evaluation system in new ways

Published 02/13/2011 06:48 PM

Although the main purpose of the District's new teacher evaluation system is to rate teachers' effectiveness, officials are beginning to use the fresh troves of data it generates for other purposes, such as assessing administrators and determining which universities produce the best- or least-pre...

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