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Regular cannabis 'harms intelligence'

Published 10/20/2014 02:02 PM

Teenagers who are regular cannabis users are "impairing" their educational ability - but moderate use does not harm intelligence, say researchers.

Child poverty targets 'won't be hit'

Published 10/20/2014 08:34 AM

The UK risks being "permanently divided" between rich and poor unless more is done to boost social mobility, says Alan Milburn, the government's anti-poverty tsar.

Boarding schools issue Ebola advice

Published 10/17/2014 10:37 AM

The Boarding Schools Association has issued guidance on Ebola after some heads asked how to deal with students returning from affected countries.

PE cash 'can benefit obese pupils'

Published 10/17/2014 07:45 AM

Extra funding designed to boost sport in primary schools could be used to tackle childhood obesity, says Ofsted.

Grants for children's mental health

Published 10/17/2014 08:33 AM

Groups offering mental health support to children and young people will be able to apply for government top-up grants, say ministers.

Students diagnosed with meningitis

Published 10/17/2014 08:57 AM

Two Strathclyde University students diagnosed with meningitis are said to be stable and showing signs of recovery in hospital.

College-based degrees fail inspection

Published 10/17/2014 05:31 AM

Inspectors failed almost a third of further education colleges offering higher education courses that were checked this year.

Students doubling up in single rooms

Published 10/16/2014 05:16 AM

Students at some universities are having to share single rooms, the BBC has learned.

Boys of five trail girls in three Rs

Published 10/16/2014 10:03 AM

Five-year-old boys lag behind girls in reading, writing and maths, official statistics suggest.

UK coders triumph in Europe contest

Published 10/16/2014 05:20 AM

Three youngsters from the UK triumph in a Europe-wide coding competition organised by Microsoft.

Promote British values, schools told

Published 10/15/2014 09:28 AM

Schools should not shy away from promoting "fundamental British values" to their pupils, says Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

School absence falls, figures show

Published 10/15/2014 06:39 AM

The number of children in England missing lessons has fallen, as fewer families take term-time holidays, government data shows.

Blair wants religious respect lessons

Published 10/14/2014 10:35 PM

A global drive is needed to tackle extremism by making education systems in all countries teach respect for other religions, Tony Blair says.

Encourage graduates 'to stay local'

Published 10/15/2014 03:50 AM

University leavers should be offered a "golden handcuff" to stay and work locally after graduation, a study says.

Primary pupils to learn about work

Published 10/14/2014 08:26 PM

Head teachers want primary school pupils to learn more about the links between learning and the world of work.

Teens 'should self-regulate net use'

Published 10/15/2014 02:07 AM

Banning the internet or filtering content may not be the best way to keep children safe online, research suggests.

Trojan Horse schools 'not improved'

Published 10/14/2014 04:33 AM

There are still significant problems at the five Birmingham schools placed into special measures following concerns about a hard-line Islamist takeover.

'Teachers not footballers' for Brazil

Published 09/30/2014 03:58 PM

Brazil says it needs teachers not footballers

Google's top 20 university searches

Published 09/23/2014 04:00 PM

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

What makes a global top 10 university?

Published 09/15/2014 04:39 PM

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

China widens schools in Pisa tests

Published 08/26/2014 07:18 AM

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

US schools to have non-white majority

Published 08/26/2014 04:51 AM

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

Lessons in girl power in Ghana's schools

Published 07/08/2014 04:39 PM

Talking to the chieftain about sexism

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.

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.

More men 'face lonely old age'

Published 10/12/2014 04:03 PM

Increasing numbers of men are facing loneliness and isolation in their old age, suggests research.

1 in 3 teens meeting from social media

Published 10/13/2014 09:10 PM

An exclusive survey for Newsbeat reveals teenagers' attitudes to social media, with a third meeting online-only "friends".

Care leavers' 'wellbeing neglected'

Published 10/13/2014 06:09 PM

A children's charity says the emotional needs of those in care should be prioritised but are often unmet.

Bilingual children's noise advantage

Published 10/13/2014 06:41 PM

Children fluent in two languages are better at learning in noisy classrooms than pupils who speak just one, research finds.

Prince Andrew backs young innovators

Published 10/13/2014 10:52 AM

The Duke of York says there needs to be a "culture of enterprise" to help young people turn technology ideas into commercial products.

Cameron pledge to help weak schools

Published 10/12/2014 06:57 PM

Wider and more rapid powers of intervention to improve failing schools in England are being proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron.

'More access' call for poor children

Published 10/14/2014 02:46 AM

Poor children in Birmingham should be given free access to cultural and sporting venues, a report suggests.

Children 'satisfied but fear bullies'

Published 10/08/2014 05:04 AM

Analysis of research into childhood in the UK paints a mixed picture of high satisfaction on the one hand and fear of bullying and crime on the other.

VIDEO: Child poverty 'will divide UK'

Published 10/20/2014 01:05 PM

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

VIDEO: Gandalf offers pupils exam advice

Published 10/20/2014 08:34 AM

On a visit to a school in Somerset, Sir Ian McKellen reprises his role of Gandalf the wizard to offer pupils an exam tip.

VIDEO: Hunt wants public oath for teachers

Published 10/12/2014 01:12 AM

Teachers should take a public oath committing themselves to the values of their profession, suggests Labour's Tristram Hunt.

VIDEO: Ebola: Boy told he can't attend school

Published 10/09/2014 02:54 AM

The Headteacher at St Simon's Catholic Primary School blames "misguided hysteria" about Ebola for the cancellation of a visit by a boy from Sierra Leone.

Tackling education's rich-poor gap

Published 10/20/2014 04:13 AM

How can the rich-poor gap be closed?

Tony Blair: Fight war of ideas against extremism

Published 10/14/2014 04:01 PM

Fight war of ideas against extremism

Teen trio have chemistry

Published 10/15/2014 06:18 AM

Teenage science winners aim to tackle world hunger

What effect does culture have on learning?

Published 10/09/2014 09:33 AM

What effect does home culture have on learning?

Plans to create 'gaming' school

Published 10/09/2014 07:20 AM

Free school plan for lessons using video games

The world's most compassionate 24 hours

Published 10/07/2014 04:11 PM

The world's most compassionate 24 hours

Managing the cost of children's music tuition

Published 10/03/2014 01:31 PM

How to manage the cost of children's music tuition

Newark students face charges following melee

Published 10/20/2014 01:33 PM

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

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

Published 10/20/2014 10:55 AM

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

Parents pay the price for children’s student debt

Published 10/20/2014 07:03 AM

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

California mayor vocal in immigration debate suspected of drunken driving

Published 10/17/2014 06:02 PM

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

San Diego college students get antibiotics after one dies of meningitis

Published 10/17/2014 04:50 PM

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Free antibiotics have been given out to more than 400 San Diego State University students potentially exposed to bacterial meningitis from a campus sorority member who died of the disease early on Friday, campus and public health officials said. Sara Stelzer, an 18-year-old freshman, was admitted to a San Diego hospital earlier in the week with a high fever and other symptoms and died on Friday morning, according to the university's student affairs vice president, Eric Rivera. ...

Ex-Los Angeles schools chief says resignation came in polarized atmosphere

Published 10/17/2014 04:46 PM

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles public schools Superintendent John Deasy said on Friday, a day after resigning from his post, that his testimony in a landmark case on tenure rules for teachers created a polarizing atmosphere over his leadership. The former top official of the second-largest school district in the nation, who has been praised by reform groups seeking to hold teachers to more stringent standards, also told reporters in a conference call that he might eventually run for office. ...

Philadelphia teachers' union files court motions

Published 10/17/2014 12:03 PM

The union representing Philadelphia teachers says it has filed several court motions in its bid to reverse the School Reform Commission's cancellation of its contract.

Are For-Profit Colleges Selling a ‘Bill’ of Goods?

Published 10/15/2014 04:51 PM

Designed to help World War II veterans get a college diploma, the GI Bill of 1944 provided low-cost tuition loans for service members, subsidizing their education and giving them a leg up on entering the American middle class. 

Teachers pleads for help in finding stolen dog

Published 10/15/2014 02:53 PM

A Philadelphia school teacher is begging the public to help her find her beloved dog, Louie. But this isn't your typical missing pet story - Louie was stolen.

10 Colleges With Affordable Out-of-State Tuition

Published 10/15/2014 06:00 AM

Find a Cheap Out-of-State College

California school district settles transgender discrimination complaint

Published 10/15/2014 12:33 AM

(Reuters) - A southern California school district settled a claim with the federal government that alleged the district discriminated against a transgender student, officials said on Tuesday. The Downey Unified School District agreed to treat the student as they would any other female pupil, allowing her access to the same sex-designated facilities, programs and events, the U.S. Department of Education said in a statement. ...

Five Ohio teenagers charged in fake ALS bucket attack

Published 10/14/2014 03:13 PM

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Five Ohio teenagers were charged on Tuesday with dumping a bucket containing urine, tobacco and spit over the head of a boy with autism who thought he was participating in the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge," a county prosecutor said. The five unidentified high school students face disorderly conduct charges and three of them also were charged with assault in juvenile court for the Aug. 18 incident, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in statement. ...

10 Colleges With the Highest 4-Year Graduation Rates

Published 10/14/2014 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.

Chicago teachers' union head won't run against Mayor Emanuel

Published 10/13/2014 06:19 PM

(Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who had surgery last week for a serious illness, will not run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in city elections next year, her exploratory committee said on Monday. "Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid," the committee said in a statement. "Yet she charges us to continue fighting for strong schools, safe neighborhoods, and good jobs in every community." Lewis, 61, had surgery on Wednesday for a "serious illness," the union said. ...

New York City Is Ending Its Ban on Cell Phones in Schools

Published 10/13/2014 02:59 PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to make good on one of his campaign promises—one that will surely make some Gotham teens his biggest fans. No, not the pledge to lessen wealth inequality in the city. (Poor doors are still in full effect.) Instead, the mayor plans to bring an end to another inequity that has plagued the Big Apple’s public schools in recent years: the ban on cell phones on campus.

Massachusetts nurse educations program paying off

Published 10/13/2014 10:00 AM

A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to educate more nurses appears to be paying off, according to state Higher Education Department figures. ...

What the Worst Colleges Have In Common

Published 10/13/2014 06:08 AM

I've always felt you can get a decent education just about anywhere -- community colleges, trade schools, the streets of Chicago. But some colleges are better than others in getting you a degree and not ...

Latin America universities fail to make grade

Published 10/12/2014 03:55 PM

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Nobel prize week can prompt uncomfortable soul-searching at universities in Latin America, which has produced relatively few winners in the sciences -- a symptom, experts say, of the region's struggles in higher education.

SNL Highlights: A Moving Jan Hooks Tribute and the Return of Bill Hader's Stefon

Published 10/12/2014 10:10 AM

On Saturday night, Saturday Night Live paid tribute to former cast member Jan Hooks, who died last week at age 57, with a gut-punching clip of Hooks and former scene partner Phil Hartman in their "Love Is a Dream" short film. Bill Hader returned to Studio 8H to host the show, and he wasn't the only familiar face who came back. He and his Skeleton Twins co-star (and fellow former SNL cast member) Kristen Wiig introduced the Hartman/Hooks sketch, and also teamed up for his opening monologue and a Hollywood Game Night parody. Hader also resurrected his popular characters Stefon and newscaster Herb Welch. Unsurprisingly, with Hader and Wiig back, SNL was the strongest it's been in weeks. Check out some of the best sketches from the episode below: "Love Is a Dream": Watch this short film with Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman and try not to cry. Opening Monologue: During his run on SNL, Hader never sang on the show—and there's a good reason why. Not even Wiig and Harvey Fierstein could help him. Herb Welch: While this wasn't the funniest Herb Welch sketch SNL has ever done, it was nice to see Hader's curmudgeonly newscaster back on the air. This time, he was interviewing high school students about a virginity rally. Hollywood Game Night : Come for Kate McKinnon as Jane Lynch, stay for Cecily Strong as Sofia Vergara, Beck Bennett as Nick Offerman, and Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee Gifford (!). 39 Cents: For anyone doubting the SNL's need for a diverse cast—it's so the show can do skits like this one, featuring Hader as an aid worker who's trying to raise 39 cents a day to help starving people in an African village. Their question: Why not more? Weekend Update: Stefon: Stefon is back! And, in addition to tips for people visiting New York, he's got an exciting piece of news to share! Saturday Night Live returns with new episodes on October 25, with host Jim Carrey and musical guest Iggy Azalea. What did you think of this week's sketches?

Seven New Jersey students charged over sexual assaults: New York Times

Published 10/10/2014 11:08 PM

(Reuters) - Seven New Jersey high school students have been charged following a string of sexual assaults in a hazing controversy that prompted officials to cancel the remainder of the school's football season, the New York Times reported on Friday. Six of the seven teenagers from Sayreville War Memorial High School were arrested on Friday evening in connection with four assaults on four different students last month, the Times reported, citing Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew Carey. Police are still searching for the seventh teen, the Times reported. ...

Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's degree

Published 10/10/2014 04:14 PM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded that he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate.

Senator Walsh of Montana stripped of degree for plagiarism

Published 10/10/2014 01:49 PM

(Reuters) - The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master's degree of U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, both Walsh and the college said on Friday. "The board found that then-Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his master's degree and status as a graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked," said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the college, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. ...

America’s Teachers Still Don’t Think Black and Latino Kids Are Smart

Published 10/10/2014 11:50 AM

Students of color are up against difficult odds. They are more likely to be trapped in failing, underfunded schools; more likely to be suspended for minor infractions; less likely to have “expert teachers.” While policy makers, educators, parents, and politicians seem to be scrambling to figure out how to close the achievement gap by demanding more rigorous nationwide standards, a new report by the Center for American Progress found that the very folks tasked with making sure kids of color succeed might be the ones holding them back.

Updates to 2 Schools' 2015 Best Colleges Rankings Data

Published 10/08/2014 07:15 AM

Two schools -- Lindenwood University in Missouri and Rollins College in Florida -- recently advised U.S. News that they submitted inflated data that were used in the 2015 Best Colleges rankings.

Wyoming Attorney General: Parents Have NO CHOICE But To Submit Kids To Standardized Tests

Published 10/08/2014 05:18 AM

The Wyoming attorney general has officially advised the Wyoming Department of Education that it is illegal for parents to opt their own children out of statewide standardized assessment tests given in taxpayer-funded public schools.

Why the White House Fudged the Numbers on Student Loans

Published 10/08/2014 02:00 AM

Eager to broadcast some good news approaching the midterm elections, the Obama administration recently announced a welcome dip in student loan defaults, from 14.7 percent for the 2010 cohort (loans taken out in that year) to 13.7 percent for 2011. Policymakers, alarmed about how our trillion-dollar student loan burden and soaring default rates are undermining our economic growth, cheered the report. In keeping with a White House that talks a good game on transparency but that is cloaked in secrecy, the Department of Education moved the goalposts at the last minute, changing how the default rates were calculated and thus sparing some colleges from tough penalties. The academic world has been anxiously awaiting the Department of Education’s annual announcement on student loan defaults.

Union outraged over cancelled contract, Philadelphia's 'war on teachers'

Published 10/07/2014 09:22 AM

Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums.

Paying for College with a Credit Card Could Really Cost You

Published 10/07/2014 05:45 AM

College is already expensive —$41,000 a year, on average, for tuition, fees, room and board — but if you decide to charge it to your credit card, it could cost a lot more. The average convenience fee that colleges charge you for using your credit card while paying tuition is 2.62 percent, according to a CreditCards.com report out Tuesday.  Over four years, that equals an additional $3,154 to attend the average private college, $2,327 on average for out-of-state public college tuition and $932 on average for in-state tuition at public institutions. “It rarely makes sense to pay for college tuition with a credit card,” Matt Schulz, CreditCards.com’s senior industry analyst, said in a press release.

Southern California tutor arrested over cheating scandal

Published 10/06/2014 11:07 PM

(Reuters) - A private Los Angeles-area tutor was arrested and charged on Monday for illegally changing grades for three high school students, police said. Timothy Lance Lai, 29, was charged with one count of felony burglary and four counts of felony fraud after he was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, the Newport Beach police said in a statement. Lai, who fled the United States after the investigation started, broke into Corona Del Mar High School last year and installed a USB device that recorded keystrokes on a teacher's computer, the police said. ...

Philadelphia teachers irate after losing contract

Published 10/06/2014 03:11 PM

Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums of as much as $140 a month. The teachers union, ...

Group: Fine-tune job programs for disabled Utahans

Published 10/06/2014 01:58 PM

Utah agencies working with people with disabilities need to fine-tune their programs to help more students transition from high school to meaningful jobs or higher education, according to a new report ...

Philadelphia teachers to pay for health benefits as contract axed

Published 10/06/2014 01:52 PM

By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - The state panel that oversees Philadelphia's cash-strapped public schools abruptly canceled a contract with teachers on Monday, despite nearly two years of labor negotiations, and said teachers would have to begin paying for healthcare benefits. The move, which a labor expert said was likely unprecedented in the United States, would free up $43.8 million for the district this school year. Next year, it is facing a $71 million budget shortfall. ...

School Reform Commission cancels contract with Philly teachers' union

Published 10/06/2014 01:20 PM

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission announced Monday that it has canceled its contract with the teachers' union, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

4 Questions for High School Teachers Vetting New Tech Tools

Published 10/06/2014 05:00 AM

For busy high school teachers, taking the time to properly vet a new educational tech tool can be a challenge.

Portuguese teachers protest austerity cuts

Published 10/05/2014 09:14 AM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Several hundred Portuguese schoolteachers demonstrated Sunday in Lisbon to protest the government's education policies, especially spending cuts.

Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak to college graduates

Published 10/05/2014 06:44 AM

A one-time death row inmate now serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer is due to speak Sunday at a graduation from Vermont's Goddard College, his alma mater.

2 teachers accused of group sex with student

Published 10/03/2014 09:29 PM

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A teenager's boasts to fellow students about having group sex with two teachers led to two investigations and the arrests of both faculty members of a New Orleans-area school, according to authorities.

In ancient Israeli city, an Arab-Jewish drive to keep Yom Kippur peace

Published 10/03/2014 10:13 AM

Facing an auditorium full of fidgeting junior high school students, the odd couple offered the traditional Jewish High Holy Day blessing that the students be “inscribed in the book of life” for the coming year.

Teachers grade Common Core: C+ and room for improvement

Published 10/03/2014 04:30 AM

Teachers feel more prepared to teach the Common Core State Standards and are already starting to see students improve their critical thinking skills. But the enthusiasm has dipped since last year, and only half say the new standards will be positive for most students.

Two female Louisiana teachers accused of group sex with boy

Published 10/02/2014 01:19 PM

By David Minsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Two female Louisiana high school teachers have been arrested on charges of engaging in group sex with a 16-year-old male student who then bragged to classmates, authorities said on Thursday. Rachel Respess, 24, and Shelley Dufresne, 32, are accused of having sex with the boy in Respess' apartment in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner after a Friday night football game on Sept. 12, Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser said. Dufresne also is accused of having sex with the student at her home in Montz, about 20 miles (32 km) west of New Orleans. ...

Highlighting Hispanic Education Year-Round

Published 10/20/2014 11:06 AM

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

Getting Assessment Right to Support Students, Educators and Families

Published 10/20/2014 08:11 AM

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

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

Published 10/17/2014 12:04 PM

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

Boulder Valley School District Shines in Solar-Powered Learning

Published 10/17/2014 07:27 AM

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

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

Published 10/17/2014 06:26 AM

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

Promoting Safe and Supportive Schools

Published 10/16/2014 11:36 AM

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

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

Published 10/15/2014 12:31 PM

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

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

Published 10/14/2014 12:38 PM

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

Join Secretary Duncan for a Connected Educator Month Twitter Chat

Published 10/14/2014 11:14 AM

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

How to Choose the Best Federal Student Loan Repayment Plan

Published 10/13/2014 05:00 AM

An Invitation to Commit to Lead

Published 10/10/2014 09:11 AM

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

How to Make Student Loan Payments Based on Your Income

Published 10/10/2014 05:00 AM

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for Six States

Published 10/09/2014 11:06 AM

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

Engaging Families, Ensuring Education Success: A Back-to-School Tour with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Published 10/09/2014 10:23 AM

In Springdale, Arkansas, the Hispanic population grew by more than 150 percent between 2000 and 2011, largely driven by the arrival of mostly Hispanic immigrants. The school district’s public school population is now 44 percent Hispanic, and its English Learner population is also 44 percent of students.

Education Department Awards Nine Partnerships of School Districts and Nonprofits to Help Bolster Academic, Social and Health Services

Published 10/09/2014 07:23 AM

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $4.7 million to nine partnerships to help improve the quality of elementary and secondary education and bolster community-wide, comprehensive services for students, families and their communities.

U.S. Department of Education Awards $39.7 Million in Grants to Expand High Quality Charter Schools

Published 10/08/2014 11:26 AM

The U.S. Department of Education announced 27 new grants today totaling $39.7 million under the Charter Schools Program (CSP) to expand high quality charter schools, and open new charter schools across the nation. These grants will support charter schools’ efforts to increase high-need students’ success, especially in underserved areas, in 12 states.

More than $63.3 Million Awarded to Colleges and Universities to Strengthen Global Competitiveness through International Studies and World Language Training

Published 10/08/2014 11:07 AM

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of 269 grants, totaling $63,354,605 to institutions of higher education to strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in foreign languages, international and area studies, teacher preparation, and international business education.

Making the Finances of Green Schools Work in Minnesota

Published 10/08/2014 10:14 AM

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

All Big Things Start Small

Published 10/08/2014 10:06 AM

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

$121 Million Awarded in Grants to Help Improve Outcomes of Individuals with Disabilities

Published 10/08/2014 09:55 AM

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) today announced more than $121 million in grants to help improve the outcomes of individuals with disabilities—from cradle through career.

U.S. Department of Education Awards $13.4 Million in Grants to 34 Organizations to Enhance Teaching and Learning Through Arts Education

Published 10/08/2014 08:56 AM

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $13.4 million to 34 organizations to help arts educators grow and improve arts instruction, and share effective models of arts in education that support student achievement in the arts and other areas.

Student Loan Forgiveness (and Other Ways the Government Can Help You Repay Your Loans)

Published 10/08/2014 05:00 AM

Joplin High School: A Living Symbol of the Community’s Values

Published 10/07/2014 12:48 PM

Education Department Awards $4.3 Million in Grants for Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs

Published 10/07/2014 12:23 PM

The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of 53 grants under two Fulbright-Hays international education programs to a total of 49 institutions and organizations in 24 states and the District of Columbia:

Five Leaders Named by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to National Assessment Governing Board, Overseeing The Nation's Report Card

Published 10/07/2014 11:33 AM

Washington — A California fourth-grade teacher, Massachusetts school chief, Hawaii middle-school principal, Alabama eighth-grade teacher, and Michigan science center president have been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board to serve four-year terms, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today. Sec.

Motherlode Blog: Quandary: Books for Readers Whose Skills Lag Behind Their Age

Published 10/20/2014 09:57 AM

Looking for books and strategies to help a behind-the-curve reader find books that interest her, and encourage her to read and improve.

Motherlode Blog: There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College

Published 10/20/2014 08:28 AM

There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”

Motherlode Blog: For Girl Scouts, Debates Over New Badges and Classic Pursuits Continue

Published 10/20/2014 08:15 AM

At a convention, the Girl Scouts promised to reinvigorate the role of the outdoors in the organization, but some have questioned whether new badges mean real change.

The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | Oct. 20, 2014

Published 10/20/2014 04:00 AM

On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.

The Learning Network: Does Stress Affect Your Ability to Make Good Decisions?

Published 10/20/2014 02:03 AM

How can you learn to make better decisions while experiencing stress?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Mental Health and Gun Control Measures in New York

Published 10/20/2014 01:39 AM

How is New York trying to keep guns from those identified by mental health professionals as potentially dangerous?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Instagram Influencers

Published 10/20/2014 01:10 AM

Here are the first eight paragraphs of the Oct. 15 article “Your Instagram Picture, Worth a Thousand Ads.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

Urban Renewal: Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

Published 10/19/2014 09:30 PM

More young people are moving to the very heart of cities, even in economically troubled places like Buffalo and Cleveland.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | liability

Published 10/19/2014 09:02 PM

This word has appeared in 3,280 New York Times articles in the past year.

Football Players in Sayreville, N.J., Recall Hazing

Published 10/19/2014 06:39 PM

The investigation may be complicated by conflicting accounts from witnesses and some of the freshman football players targeted by older members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School team.

Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World

Published 10/19/2014 05:51 PM

The organization has spent years moving away from its roots in camping and crafts to embrace more modern-day themes. Now some are pushing for a return to tradition.

Sesame Workshop Tackles Literacy With Technology

Published 10/19/2014 01:07 PM

The first products from a partnership between the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street” and the children’s speech recognition company ToyTalk could be available early next year.

International Education: British Universities Get Good News

Published 10/19/2014 10:24 AM

A study released this month says that by 2024, Britain will add 83,000 foreign graduate students to the nearly quarter-million it hosted in 2013.

International Education: Fiction Writers Help Scientists Push Known Boundaries

Published 10/19/2014 10:13 AM

A group of authors and researchers met this month to support engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs in aiming higher with technology, despite elusive grants.

Motherlode Blog: There’s Cancer In My Future. How Am I Supposed to Feel?

Published 10/19/2014 05:07 AM

I know I have the BRCA 1 mutation, and I know I have a strong chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer. But I am 32 years old, and I don’t know what to do with that knowledge.

Remains Found in Search for Hannah Graham, Near University of Virginia

Published 10/18/2014 05:06 PM

A crew looking for Ms. Graham, a student who disappeared last month, discovered human remains outside Charlottesville, officials said.

School District on Long Island Is Told It Must Teach Immigrants

Published 10/17/2014 07:44 PM

The guidance came after complaints that children who are in the U.S. illegally had been barred from public school classes in Hempstead.

Arts | Long Island: Calidore String Quartet to Make Stony Brook University Its Home

Published 10/17/2014 01:52 PM

The Calidore String Quartet will be artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University through the end of the 2015-16 academic year.

Motherlode Blog: Family Dinners for a Complicated Week

Published 10/17/2014 12:35 PM

This week features a lot of moving parts at our house, and dinner will not be the focus. But it still has to be planned and provided, even if not necessarily cooked.

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

Published 10/17/2014 06:52 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: Your Child Has Lice? Spread the Word.

Published 10/17/2014 05:04 AM

If we want to have any chance at defeating, or better yet avoiding, lice, we’re going to have to be willing to talk about them.

The Learning Network: Ideas for E.L.L.s | Civics and Citizenship

Published 10/17/2014 04:32 AM

The 2014 elections are just around the corner, and they provide many opportunities for inviting E.L.L.s to be more active citizens.

The Learning Network: How Sexist Is the Gaming World?

Published 10/17/2014 02:09 AM

Are you an avid video game player? Do you feel the industry and culture of the gaming world is dominated by men and boys? If so, what effects of that have you seen?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | After 29 Years, Royals Waste No Time

Published 10/17/2014 01:55 AM

When did the Kansas City Royals last win a championship?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Converse and the Chuck Taylor Lawsuits

Published 10/17/2014 01:07 AM

Can you choose the best word to complete 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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