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Councils bar campaigns from schools

Published 08/21/2014 04:14 PM

The official referendum campaigns are being barred from the majority of schools in Scotland ahead of polling day, BBC research finds.

GCSE grades rise, but fall in English

Published 08/21/2014 11:08 AM

Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with an overall rise in results despite changes to the exam system

Ofsted to probe tip-off claims

Published 08/20/2014 01:58 AM

Ofsted is to investigate claims that schools in Norfolk were given advance notice of inspections.

Neglect 'left girl unable to walk'

Published 08/19/2014 09:37 PM

A three-year old could not walk because agencies underestimated the impact of neglect by her parents who were later jailed, a report says.

Sexual harassment case uni boss goes

Published 08/21/2014 10:01 AM

Plymouth University's chairman of governors will "stand aside" while he is investigated about claims of sexual harassment.

Uni boss faces sex harassment probe

Published 08/20/2014 10:51 AM

Plymouth University's chairman of governors is to be investigated about claims of sexual harassment of female staff.

Calls to reinstate Trojan heads

Published 08/19/2014 11:17 AM

Three head teachers who left schools in Birmingham involved in the alleged Trojan Horse plot should be reinstated or given compensation, a union says.

Student in lifesaving heart finding

Published 08/20/2014 05:13 AM

An 18-year-old student has made a scientific breakthrough that could help save the lives of black athletes with undiagnosed heart problems.

Child's drawing 'predicts intellect'

Published 08/19/2014 04:20 AM

A study suggests the way children draw at the age of four can be a predictor of intelligence 10 years later.

Cancer girl mum in school absence row

Published 08/18/2014 05:17 PM

The mother of a seven-year-old child who battled cancer is facing prosecution for not sending her to school.

Labour: Oversized classes up 200%

Published 08/18/2014 03:56 AM

The number of infant pupils taught in oversized classes has "spiralled by 200%" since 2010, says Labour.

Clearing places 20,000 students

Published 08/18/2014 06:19 AM

More than 20,000 students found degree places through the clearing system over the weekend, according to Ucas, the university admissions body.

Woman held in police nursery inquiry

Published 08/18/2014 07:12 AM

A 37-year-old woman is arrested and bailed by police in Wiltshire investigating a children's nursery which has been shut down by Ofsted.

From death row to graduation ceremony

Published 08/15/2014 06:47 AM

A maximum security prison in Kenya has been the unusual setting for a ceremony awarding a diploma from the University of London.

Record high for university places

Published 08/15/2014 07:41 AM

A record number of students have had their university places confirmed, figures from admissions body Ucas show.

Fears over children making friends

Published 08/15/2014 04:37 PM

A third of parents' main worry when their child starts school is that they won't make friends, research by charity Action for Children finds.

A-levels dip as degree places rise

Published 08/14/2014 06:40 AM

A-level results are slightly down this year, but there are more university places on offer than ever before.

Shakespeare's Globe: Theatrical laboratory

Published 07/29/2014 04:13 PM

The reconstructed Globe theatre is a living experiment for Shakespeare academics

How many Greek legends were really true?

Published 07/22/2014 04:00 PM

How spartan were Spartans? Did the Trojans have a horse?

What makes a conference really irritating?

Published 07/16/2014 03:29 AM

Conferences are part and parcel of academic life - and there are plenty of ways in which they can be extremely irritating.

Lessons in girl power in Ghana's schools

Published 07/08/2014 04:39 PM

Talking to the chieftain about sexism

Tackling taboo of education corruption

Published 06/17/2014 04:27 PM

An international project wants to make it easier to find out about the scale of corruption in education.

You mean you're not on holiday yet?

Published 06/10/2014 04:05 PM

School summer holidays have begun in parts of Europe - but do they lose out on results?

US online courses open up to Iran

Published 06/03/2014 04:00 PM

A major US online university network says restrictions are to be partially lifted on providing online courses for students in Iran.

Educate and tackle terror - Gillard

Published 05/27/2014 04:56 PM

World leaders are to be asked for $3.5bn to support education in developing countries, which Julia Gillard says is a good investment.

Yolo added to Oxford online dictionary

Published 08/13/2014 06:33 PM

Yolo, an acronym for 'you only live once', is among the latest new words added to the Oxford online dictionary.

Greece to drop 'eternal students'

Published 08/12/2014 05:54 AM

Greece's new education minister wants to crack down on the problem of students who never graduate.

University 'in crisis' after row

Published 08/13/2014 09:12 AM

A rift at the heart of the Plymouth University boardroom leaves the university "in crisis", according to a confidential report.

Head teachers plan own league tables

Published 08/12/2014 04:12 PM

Head teachers say they will publish their own independent exam school league tables, bypassing any political involvement.

Students 'failed' by pricey digs

Published 08/15/2014 04:54 AM

University students in the UK are being "set up to fail" as paying for expensive accommodation leaves them with as little as £40 a week to live on, a leading charity warns.

Russian dictators 'A-level choice'

Published 08/12/2014 05:41 PM

A top 10 of A-level history options puts Russian dictators and US civil rights as the most widely studied topics

Families still 'struggling to cope'

Published 08/07/2014 06:38 AM

People are still worried about rising living costs despite a growing economy, according to a survey.

Ban B&Bs for care leavers, say MPs

Published 07/17/2014 03:06 AM

Young adults leaving the care system in England should be provided with regulated accommodation and not placed in bed and breakfasts, say MPs.

VIDEO: 'Trojan horse' principal on school return

Published 08/19/2014 05:48 AM

A principal at an academy school in Birmingham, who resigned because she felt under undue pressure from governors, has given a statement after resuming her post.

VIDEO: Living in Britain with no English

Published 08/18/2014 04:11 PM

Newsnight's Jim Reed talks to English language learners to find out how hard it is to live in Britain if you do not speak the language.

VIDEO: 'I am Malala' memoirs re-versioned

Published 08/18/2014 11:12 PM

Malala Yousafzai's memoirs 'I am Malala' was originally released in 2013 has just been reversioned for young people. She speaks to BBC School Reporters in a Birmingham library

AUDIO: What is 'big school' like?

Published 08/19/2014 01:38 AM

Kidscape has told 5 live Breakfast that parents should be having conversations with their children to prepare them for secondary school.

Do GCSEs have a long-term future?

Published 08/20/2014 04:37 PM

With the school leaving age now 17, do GCSEs still matter?

Best and worst excuses for GCSE pain

Published 08/20/2014 04:38 PM

The best excuses to use when exam results don't make the grade

Meeting the world's most famous girl

Published 08/18/2014 09:17 PM

How we met Malala by School Reporters

The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society

Published 08/13/2014 02:10 AM

The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society

Why are Steiner schools so controversial?

Published 08/04/2014 10:08 AM

Newsnight's Chris Cook explains the Steiner school controversy

A peculiar sort of debt

Published 07/30/2014 09:45 AM

The true costs of running the student loan scheme

Autism school's legacy lives on

Published 07/24/2014 06:14 PM

The man who set up a free school in the 80s

Do four-year-olds need a graduation ceremony?

Published 07/22/2014 05:27 PM

Do four-year-olds need a graduation ceremony?

Phila. company accused of scamming HS teens

Published 08/22/2014 03:28 PM

Police are investigating a Philadelphia company accused of targeting high school students with promises of jobs and money for college but students say the organizers took the money they were owed and disappeared.

Teaching for Ferguson: Volunteer Educators Give Lessons in Compassion

Published 08/22/2014 03:15 PM

After watching news reports about the violence, chaos, and heartbreak unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., last weekend, Deray McKesson—a school administrator in Minneapolis—didn’t hesitate. “I needed to bear witness and be a part of it and see it and be a part of this story,” McKesson, a young African American, said in an interview Thursday. Having grown up in a tough Baltimore neighborhood with drug-addicted parents, McKesson saw himself in the young man whose death spurred the unrest. Yet after enduring stinging tear gas and dodging heavily armed police, McKesson is now bearing witness in a different way.

Hunger-striking father of S.Korean ferry victim hospitalised

Published 08/21/2014 10:29 PM

The father of one of the high school students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster was hospitalised Friday after mounting a 40-day hunger strike to demand a full independent inquiry. Kim Young-Oh, who lost his 16-year-old daughter when the Sewol ferry capsized in April, was sent to hospital from Seoul's central Gwanghwamun Square, where he had been protesting, Park Yong-Woo, a spokesman for the victims' families, told reporters. The Sewol capsized on April 16 off the country's southern coast with the loss of some 300 lives, most of them high school students on an organised trip. Some relatives of the victims have been camped out in Gwanghwamun for weeks to push parliament to pass legislation setting up a full, independent inquiry.

Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

Published 08/21/2014 04:34 PM

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

Judge blocks North Carolina school voucher program

Published 08/21/2014 02:23 PM

A North Carolina judge on Thursday blocked the state's new school voucher program, saying it unconstitutionally diverted money from public education to private schools, many of them religious. The Opportunity Scholarship program, designed to give poor and middle-class families public funds to help pay private school tuition, was passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature last year and had already begun operating. School vouchers have drawn criticism from those who say they drain money from public schools and subsidize overtly religious education. In his order blocking the program, Judge Robert Hobgood said it diverted money that under the state constitution can only be used for public schools.

Crowdfunding Your Medical Bills

Published 08/21/2014 09:32 AM

Jennifer Anderson, 33, knew her entire life that she would be unable to have kids naturally. Then one day when she was browsing Facebook, Anderson came across a link to the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, where people could ask for money from friends, family and strangers to help fund anything from medical bills and college tuition to vacations and weddings.

Fewer U.S. youth using sunscreen new study finds

Published 08/21/2014 08:57 AM

The percentage of high school students using sunscreen dropped from 67.7 percent in 2001 to 56.1 percent in 2011, according to the study by researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey and published Thursday in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease. The study analyzed survey data from high school students collected for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. The drop in sunscreen use occurred as melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, increased 1.6 percent annually among men from 2001 to 2010 and 1.4 percent among women, the study said.

Iowa-based higher education consultants to merge

Published 08/21/2014 07:03 AM

A Cedar Rapids-based company that provides fundraising and enrollment management services to colleges and universities announced Thursday the acquisition of a company that specializes in higher education ...

5 Must-Download Apps for College Students

Published 08/21/2014 06:37 AM

This year's crop of college freshmen was in elementary school when Apple Inc. released its first iPhone and, along with it, the App Store. Keeping up with which apps are the best bets for taking notes, managing schedules and studying for an upcoming exam can be a full-time job, though, with hundreds of new apps released every day. Below are five must-download apps for college students. Campus apps: Colleges have started to jump on the mobile craze, and schools such as Ohio State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have launched apps that allow students to check grades, manage their university accounts and track campus bus lines.

Millennials Latest College Funding Strategy

Published 08/21/2014 01:37 AM

Millennials are socking away money for their kids’ college education earlier than their parents did for them.

Starbucks Chases College Students Onto Campuses

Published 08/20/2014 03:07 PM

A Starbuck's food truck is coming to three lucky college campuses this semester. 

Former POW Bergdahl seeks to return to civilian life, lawyer says

Published 08/20/2014 01:34 PM

"He is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life," Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, told Reuters. "He would like to get a college education." Bergdahl, 28, an Army sergeant, was released by the Taliban in May in exchange for five Taliban prisoners who were taken to Qatar from the U.S. The prisoner swap triggered an outcry from critics of the Obama administration amid accusations by some members of Bergdahl’s Army unit that he had deserted before being captured by the Taliban. "People who have had this kind of experience, in my understanding, tend not to remain in the service," Fidell said. "It is time for Sergeant Bergdahl to just become plain old Bowe Bergdahl and move on with his life." An Army general is investigating how Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, came to be a prisoner of the Taliban.

Parents: Think Hard Before Borrowing for, With Your Student

Published 08/20/2014 07:00 AM

Earlier this month, the Department of Education issued new, draft rules that, if adopted, will change the eligibility criteria for both graduate and Parent Direct PLUS loans.

Colleges add luxury touches to new stadiums

Published 08/19/2014 12:55 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of renovation and construction.

How College Students Can Avoid Getting Sick

Published 08/19/2014 09:41 AM

Indeed, bugs like upper-respiratory infections, colds and, on the more serious side, mononucleosis and meningitis, tend to flourish on college campuses. "Fortunately, most of these illnesses aren't life-threatening," says Alan Glass, director of student health at Washington University in St. Louis and former president of the American College Health Association.

How to Be a Good Cybercitizen on a College Campus

Published 08/19/2014 06:30 AM

The rules and regulations for technology use evolve, too. High school students may be accustomed to illegally downloading movies or picking on Facebook friends on their own laptop in the basement. Schools don't do surveillance on their students, but freshmen would still be wise to check out those polices before they first log into the university network to know just what is and isn't being monitored, says professor Jibey Asthappan, director of the National Security Program at the University of New Haven. Below are several tips for students who want to use technology wisely and avoid getting in trouble with college or legal authorities.

2015 Edition of Best Colleges Rankings Coming Soon

Published 08/19/2014 05:30 AM

Prospective students and parents looking for the school that best fits their needs will find the most complete version of the 2015 Best Colleges rankings, as well as other tables and lists, on our website. In addition, the site offers extensive statistical profiles for each school, a comprehensive college search and detailed explanations of the ranking methodologies. For extended college rankings tables, expanded school profiles with additional data, enhanced college search and other exclusive interactive tools, you can sign up for the U.S. School officials can access more Best Colleges rankings and data -- including historical information about their own school and peer institutions -- via U.S.

5 Questions to Ask the International Students Office at U.S. Colleges

Published 08/19/2014 05:00 AM

For international students who don't know where to begin, or for those who have found a handful of places that seem equally good on paper, contacting the international students office at each of your shortlisted colleges is a good way of deciding which is the right place for you. While college websites might boast a course profile that looks perfect for you, it's always worth checking with the international students office to confirm how the applications for classes work. If you are an international student studying aboard on a temporary basis, there is a chance professors will be more likely to favor full-time students. The international students office will be able to advise you on how to maximize the class selection process and arrange the best possible schedule.

It’s Back-to-School Season, and Local Food Is on the Cafeteria Menu This Year

Published 08/18/2014 01:29 PM

It’s sweet-corn season in Iowa, and with the school year about to commence, it would seem that the easiest way to get ears on the lunch trays of students would be to truck the harvest straight to the cafeteria. Well, kids who attend Des Moines Public Schools can expect more local corn on the menu this year, but it’s not coming to them straight from the stalk. For Des Moines Public Schools, the plant has helped eliminate two of the biggest hurdles keeping local foods off the lunch line: price and logistics. “Here in the Midwest, our growing season is so short,” explained Chad Taylor, child nutrition management specialist and executive chef for Des Moines Public Schools.

Start the Year Right With 3 Free Tech Tools for High School Teachers

Published 08/18/2014 05:00 AM

Below are three tools that seasoned educators recommend for fellow teachers to try to excel this school year. -- Google Classroom: The new tool from Google is designed to help teachers stay organized and streamline their work processes. The product is a part of Google Apps for Education, which includes Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail, among other productivity tools. One of Google Classroom's main features is the ability for teachers to digitally distribute assignments to students, which students can subsequently turn in digitally.

Preparing Kids for Cyber Jobs and Cyber Warfare

Published 08/16/2014 09:15 PM

In April of this year, high school students from Iowa gathered at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames to match wits in a new kind of competition. These students were participating in the 2014 IT-Olympics, sponsored by Iowa State University and the Technology Association of Iowa. The Technology Association of Iowa and Iowa State teamed up to form HyperStream, a program that helps Iowa high schools and middle schools establish after-school clubs focused on coding and cyber defense. These clubs were then invited to compete in the cyber competition to test their skills against technology professors and mentors brought in by the HyperStream program.

Obama trumpets proposals to lower college costs

Published 08/16/2014 03:02 AM

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling on Congress and colleges to help make the cost of higher education more manageable.

Philadelphia schools to open on schedule despite shortfall

Published 08/15/2014 02:03 PM

By Sean Landis PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia’s cash-strapped public schools will open on schedule in three weeks after $32 million of budget cuts, the school district's superintendent said on Friday, easing fears of closures or a late start to the school year to save money. Calling the budget cuts the “least harmful” option, Superintendent William Hite said the cuts would require the district to scale back on cleaning and repairs, leave current police vacancies unfilled and halt bus transportation for high school students who live within two miles of school, affecting about 7,500 students. Parents and teachers had feared a repeat of the school closures and massive layoffs of previous years. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was also withholding about $45 million in state funding in a move to extract concessions from unionized teachers.

Union chief: Teachers felt rushed after Newtown

Published 08/15/2014 12:32 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Teachers felt they were rushed into returning to the classroom following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president of the local teachers union said Friday.

How Immigrants Without Legal Status Can Pay for College

Published 08/15/2014 05:00 AM

More than 1 million immigrant children without legal status reportedly live in the United States. Two major barriers -- a lack of information and assistance -- often prevent immigrant teens without legal permission from continuing their education, says Laura Bohorquez, coordinator of the DREAM Educational Empowerment Program at United We Dream, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy organization. "Unfortunately, we're still getting a lot of questions from students thinking that because they're undocumented, they can't access higher education," Bohorquez says. Students without legal status have options, though, including laws at the state level that allow some noncitizens to receive in-state tuition at state colleges and universities, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an executive order issued by President Barack Obama that gives some young immigrants -- often referred to as DREAMers -- temporary resident status and a pathway to work legally.

Washington state school officials criticize federal 'failing' status

Published 08/14/2014 04:17 PM

By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Superintendents from 28 Washington state school districts have begun sending letters to parents that criticize the classification of many schools in the state as failing under federal standards, education officials said on Thursday. A large number of schools in Washington's 295 districts this year will receive a failing grade under the federal No Child Left Behind education law, which ties U.S. funding to students' performance on standardized tests and penalizes schools for low performance. In April, Washington became the first state to lose a waiver exempting it from some of the law's requirements after its state legislature declined to link student test scores to teacher evaluations. Though the list of schools to be classified as failing by the U.S. Department of Education will not be released until Aug. 27, superintendents in the Puget Sound area, which includes Seattle and Tacoma, this week began informing parents via mail of some schools' failing status.

A New Factor in Your College Decision: Does the School Help Save the Planet?

Published 08/14/2014 03:45 PM

In the ever-expanding universe of “best of” lists for higher education, parents and students can consult rankings to determine everything from colleges that deliver the most academic bang for the buck to universities that have the coolest dorms, the most active social scenes, and top intramural athletic programs. Now there’s a ranking for colleges and universities that help save the planet.   On Monday Sierra, the magazine of the environmentalist Sierra Club, published its eighth annual list of “Ten Coolest Schools,” colleges and universities that have integrated sustainability into campus operations, curricula, and student lifestyles. The 10 schools, according to Sierra, have “displayed a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues, and encouraging environmental responsibility.”

Powers Rangers to morph into theaters in 2016

Published 08/14/2014 08:48 AM

Announced in May, the new film adaptation of the famous 1990s TV series now has a release date: July 22, 2016. Produced by Lionsgate and Saban, the feature is scripted by Robert Orci ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2") and by "X-Men: First Class" screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller. It will explore the origin story of the "Power Rangers," the group of ordinary high school students who become endowed with extraordinary powers. Based on the Japanese series "Super Sentai," the American "Power Rangers" franchise invaded the small screen and the shelves of toy stores in the 1990s.

Guilt by Accusation—How Colleges Deal with Campus Sex

Published 08/14/2014 02:30 AM

It may take an avalanche of lawsuits to restore due process at the very institutions on which we rely for finishing the education of our best and brightest. Take the example of a male student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who filed suit against the school after having found him guilty of sexual misconduct. Yet Amherst immediately opened an investigation of those specific allegations and ordered him to move off campus. After three days, Amherst informed him that he was determined to be “responsible” for “sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and [violating] community living standards.” The school expelled him after he appealed to the same administration responsible for the original hearing.

The Nation’s Grade-School Population Has Changed, and It Speaks Spanish

Published 08/12/2014 04:18 PM

At 49.8 percent, white children will remain the largest single ethnic or racial group enrolled in American public schools, according to a recent NCES survey. But blacks, latinos, and Asians combined will comprise 49.9 percent of students enrolled, thus putting white students in the minority. The percentage of Latino and African American children will be greater than white children, largely driven by immigration from Mexico and Central America. At about 25 percent, Hispanic students are by far the largest minority group; African American students are about 15 percent of the total, and roughly 5 percent of minority students are Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Morning Linkage: Fishing Derby on the LA River, Bev Hills's Well-Paid Teachers

Published 08/12/2014 10:06 AM

· The LA River gets its first fly-fishing derby next month · Silver Lake church up for sale as development site · Now you can earn points for eating at ESPN Zone · Bev Hills teachers to be highest...

Atlanta educators face trial in widespread cheating scandal

Published 08/11/2014 01:41 PM

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The trial of a dozen former Atlanta educators charged in one of the nation's largest school test-cheating scandals began on Monday, a case receiving wide attention as similar cheating accusations blemish schools across the United States. Lawyers say it could take several months to try the group of former teachers, principals and administrators, accused of conspiring to alter students' standardized test scores after a state investigation uncovered cheating at 44 Atlanta public schools in 2009. The high-profile Atlanta case is one in a string of cheating cases affecting 39 states over the last five years, said Bob Schaeffer, education director at the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as FairTest, which seeks to end the misuse of standardized tests. “I think the nation closely follows the Atlanta investigation and trial to determine the scope of the problem,” said Schaeffer.

Kansas teachers' union challenges anti-tenure law

Published 08/11/2014 09:43 AM

The largest teachers' union in Kansas filed a lawsuit Monday against a new state law that ended guaranteed tenure for public school teachers, arguing that legislators violated the state constitution by ...

New Mexico faces teacher shortage two days before school begins

Published 08/11/2014 09:39 AM

By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Just two days before classes resume, New Mexico's biggest school district faces a shortage of almost 200 teachers, officials say, with the majority of the unfilled positions in special education and elementary grades. With some 87,000 students due to return to Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) on Wednesday, the district is still looking for 392 staff, including 198 teachers. APS spokeswoman Johanna King said the shortages represented just a small fraction of the district's total teacher roster of around 6,300. APS will likely need short- and long-term substitutes, and it would also ask teachers to sacrifice some of their preparatory time in order to take on more classes and to have bigger class sizes.

Testing High School Athletes for Doping Uncommon

Published 08/11/2014 05:00 AM

One of the largest school districts in the U.S. is making a bold move to combat doping in high school sports. Florida's Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced last week a pilot program to test student-athletes for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. The district is the fourth largest in the U.S., serving more than 340,000 students, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. "We are very concerned about the use of these illegal drugs," says Marcos Moran, assistant superintendent of school operations in the district.

See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist

Published 08/09/2014 05:38 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a year, The Associated Press has tracked the movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. The latest presidential prep checklist:

White students to no longer be majority at school

Published 08/09/2014 02:18 PM

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.

Racial, ethnic look at US public school students

Published 08/09/2014 07:28 AM

This year, for the first time, there will be more minority students than white students in the U.S. public school system, according to federal government projections. A look at how the numbers break down for public schools from 2014-19, according to the projections from the National Center for Education Statistics:

Federal government says Virginia schools restrained, isolated students

Published 08/08/2014 01:40 PM

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia public schools denied the right of education to emotionally disabled students after discovering teachers had frequently secluded and restrained them. The department wrote in a July 29 letter of findings that it had entered an accord with the two public schools in Prince William County, PACE East and PACE West, to correct the problems. The schools are for students with serious emotional and behavioral problems. According to the letter from the department's Office for Civil Rights, school employees in some cases physically forced students to lie face down on the floor or put them into solitary padded areas.

Fewer Colorado teens think pot harmful, use down since legalization

Published 08/07/2014 05:10 PM

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The number of Colorado high school students who believe marijuana is harmful has fallen since the state legalized recreational pot, while teen use of the drug has declined slightly during the same time, health officials said on Thursday. Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana by adults in ballot measures approved by voters in 2012. Retail marijuana stores opened in Colorado on Jan. 1 and in Washington last month. The survey found that one in five students admitted using marijuana within the last 30 days, down from 22 percent of those surveyed in 2011. One-third said they have tried pot.

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for Ohio and Michigan

Published 08/22/2014 08:20 AM

The Obama administration announced today that Ohio and Michigan 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).

A Back-to-School Conversation with Teachers and School Leaders

Published 08/21/2014 09:01 AM

As teachers gear up for a new school year, I want to offer two thoughts. One is a message of celebration and thanks. The other is a response to a concern that has come up often in many conversations with teachers and families, and which deserves an answer.

A Promising Pilot to Help Student Borrowers

Published 08/21/2014 05:47 AM

Cross-posted from the White House OSTP Blog.

Making Critical Investments in Our Youngest Citizens

Published 08/18/2014 06:07 AM

Cross-posted from the White House Blog.

Recognizing TRIO’s 50 Years: Bringing Educators Together

Published 08/18/2014 05:55 AM

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Higher Education Act of 1965, which provided educational resources and financial assistance to students seeking a postsecondary education.

New Preschool Grant Program Will Expand Opportunity to More of America’s Early Learners

Published 08/14/2014 12:30 PM

Secretary Arne Dunc

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Requests for Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi North Carolina and Wisconsin

Published 08/14/2014 12:17 PM

The Obama administration announced today that five states—Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi North Carolina and Wisconsin—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).

Financial Aid Not Enough? Ideas on How to Fill the Gap

Published 08/14/2014 09:51 AM

The reality of college costs is that many families find themselves struggling to pay the entire college bill, despite having already filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receiving federal, state, and institutional financial aid resources.

U.S. Education Department Awards Almost $4 Million in Grants to Help Prepare Graduate Students for Leadership in Special Education

Published 08/14/2014 08:10 AM

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of almost $4 million in grants to higher education institutions to prepare graduate students for leadership positions in special education, early intervention and related services.

Education Secretary Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell Announce New Grant Competition to Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool

Published 08/13/2014 09:31 AM

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that applications are now available for the $250 million Preschool Development Grants competition.

We Want to Hear from You: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Published 08/13/2014 08:33 AM

Last month President Obama signed a law that seeks to maximize opportunities for all youth and adults to succeed in postsecondary education and in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand jobs.

My Brother’s Keeper Data Jam: Old World Values with New World Strategies and Tools

Published 08/13/2014 05:15 AM

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Education Department Awards 40 States, D.C., and the Virgin Islands $28.4 Million in Grants to Help Low-Income Students Take Advanced Placement Tests

Published 08/12/2014 08:30 AM

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has awarded $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands as part of its efforts to boost college-and career readiness for historically underserved students. The grants will help defray the costs of taking advanced placement tests for low-income students.

Owning the Challenge: Summit Helps Community-wide Teams Strengthen Collaboration to Boost College Completion

Published 08/11/2014 11:36 AM

Q: What do Camden, Denver, Spartanburg and Minneapolishave in common with Albany, New York; Baltimore; Kansas City, Missouri; Providence, Rhode Island; the Rio Grande Valley and McAllen, Texas; and Riverside County, California?

Students Who Have Beaten the Odds Share Their Stories with the Secretary

Published 08/08/2014 12:40 PM

Secretary Duncan and members of

The U.S. Department of Education Strengthens Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program

Published 08/07/2014 08:52 AM

As part of an effort to ensure more families can afford a higher education and promote the responsible use of taxpayer dollars, the U.S. Department of Education proposed today new regulations that will update eligibility standards and improve access for student and parent borrowers under the federal Direct PLUS loan program.

ED Intern Inspired by Stories of Teachers’ Motivations

Published 08/05/2014 10:46 AM

Third-grade teacher Kristen Goncalves he

“Let’s Read! Let’s Move!” Series Ends Where Reading Begins — at the U.S. Library of Congress

Published 08/05/2014 08:55 AM

My Top Advisers: Principals and Teachers

Published 08/04/2014 12:48 PM

I had three conversations last week that served as valuable reminders of the impact of visionary, skilled principals. In one conversation, a group of award-winning teachers emphasized repeatedly the important role that great principals play in recruiting and retaining the best teachers in challenging school environments.

My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Resonates Personally for ED Intern

Published 08/04/2014 11:06 AM

ED summer intern Durrell Jamerson-Barnes.

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Requests for Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina

Published 07/31/2014 11:33 AM

The Obama administration announced today that five states—Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina—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).

Beware of Student Loan Debt Relief Offers and Credit Repair “Deals”

Published 07/30/2014 12:15 PM

If you’re among the millions of current or former students with debt, you’ve probably been tempted to click on an ad that says, “Obama Wants to Forgive Your Student Loans!” or “Erase Default Statuses in 4 – 6 Weeks!” or some equally enticing student loan debt relief offer … available only if you click or call NOW!

8 Keys to Veterans’ Success Receives More than 400 College and University Commitments

Published 07/30/2014 11:27 AM

Cross-posted from the White House Joining Forces Blog.

Why Educating Girls Matters

Published 07/29/2014 11:50 AM

Wadley and Secretary Duncan solve a

A Day in Ohio with Secretary Perez & Secretary Duncan

Published 07/29/2014 11:13 AM

Cross-posted from the Department of Labor’s Work in Progress blog.

Motherlode Blog: A 6-Year-Old Shouldn’t Inherit a Stiff Upper Lip

Published 08/22/2014 11:51 AM

My mother was sent away from her mother during the Blitz. She was expected to be stoic, and she expected the same from me. Now, I’m trying not to pass her dismissal of all fears on to my daughter.

Judge Hears Plea to Halt Tuition Plan at Cooper Union

Published 08/22/2014 11:38 AM

A group of students, faculty members and alumni mounted a legal challenge to the decision by Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art to begin charging tuition this fall.

Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Published 08/22/2014 08:56 AM

Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.

Motherlode Blog: How Dekiema Pogue, Military Spouse and Administrative Assistant, Does It

Published 08/22/2014 07:03 AM

A flexible schedule and an equally flexible employer help make this military spouse’s sometimes solo parenting easier.

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A Comeback Campaign for Lassie

Published 08/22/2014 02:45 AM

We have dropped a word in each of the first six paragraphs. Can you choose the best word for each blank?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | New Era in Safety When Cars Talk to One Another

Published 08/22/2014 01:30 AM

What is vehicle-to-vehicle communication?

The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Museums

Published 08/22/2014 12:25 AM

Test your knowledge of museums by playing our crossword.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | invulnerable

Published 08/21/2014 09:02 PM

This word has appeared in 21 New York Times articles in the past year.

With School Closed, Teachers and Volunteers in Ferguson Work to Fill Gap

Published 08/21/2014 05:43 PM

More than a week after protests erupted here after the shooting death of Michael Brown, teachers and others are volunteering to provide some instruction to the students.

States Given a Reprieve on Ratings of Teachers

Published 08/21/2014 04:50 PM

Arne Duncan said that testing issues are “sucking the oxygen” out of classrooms, and that teachers should have another year to adjust to new standards and practices.

Fewer Pass High School Exams, and Some in England Cheer

Published 08/21/2014 02:06 PM

Traditionalists are pleased with what they see as a reversal of decades of slackening standards in education.

Motherlode Blog: Simple Student Routines for Back-to-School Success

Published 08/21/2014 09:47 AM

Establishing routines like a weekly regroup (with trash can and storage at hand), evening organization and nondigital bedtimes set the stage for a successful year.

Motherlode Blog: Casting Call: Rethink Family Dinner With Jenny Rosenstrach

Published 08/21/2014 07:24 AM

During the week of Sept. 8, we’ll be coaching a real family through real family dinners in real time – seven new meals in seven days – and we hope that you’ll cook along with us.

The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The 1959 Little League World Series

Published 08/21/2014 04:02 AM

The news from this year’s Little League World Series has been all about Mo’ne Davis, but in 1959 homesick boys from Hawaii, playing in Williamsport, Pa., just days after Hawaii became the 50th state, were the focus.

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Clashes Erupt as Liberia Imposes Quarantine to Curb Ebola

Published 08/21/2014 01:30 AM

Do you think West African governments should continue to quarantine neighborhoods to stem the spread of Ebola? Or do you think quarantining whole neighborhoods, like Monrovia’s West Point, is inhumane?

The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Japan

Published 08/21/2014 12:33 AM

Test your knowledge of Japan by playing our crossword.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | dawdle

Published 08/20/2014 09:01 PM

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

Inquiry Urged on Air Force Academy’s Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Published 08/20/2014 02:19 PM

Two senators asked for an independent investigation into allegations that Air Force Academy officials punished an investigator and the cadet informant who helped him look into drug use and sexual assault among football players.

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A Mini Golf Champion

Published 08/20/2014 02:45 AM

We have dropped a word in each of the first six paragraphs. Can you choose the best word for each blank?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | The Nearly Invisible World

Published 08/20/2014 01:34 AM

Why are the depths of the world’s oceans home to transparent creatures?

The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Animal Life

Published 08/20/2014 12:26 AM

Test your knowledge of animal life by playing our crossword.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | poignancy

Published 08/19/2014 09:03 PM

This word has appeared in 77 New York Times articles in the past year.

Notre Dame Is Rocked by Charges of Academic Cheating

Published 08/19/2014 05:57 PM

Notre Dame, a top college football program known for academic rigor, changed its media day plans at the last minute as it wrestles with allegations that players cheated on class work.

National Briefing | South: Tennessee: Case Over Test Fraud Is Shut

Published 08/19/2014 05:29 PM

Prosecutors said four people caught in a teacher certification fraud scheme have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving teachers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The Learning Network: Summer Reading Winner, Week 8 | The Art of Cabbage-Walking

Published 08/19/2014 02:15 PM

Our winner this week was ClaireMCHS2014, and our Penguin Young Readers guest judge was K.A. Harrington.

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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