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Obama administration accused of trying to dictate education policy to states - again

August 10, 2016 - 12:04am
Some comments sent to the Education Department about its proposed regulations on "accountability" are tough.
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Bipartisan group of state lawmakers calls for big changes to improve U.S. public schools

August 10, 2016 - 12:04am
The group wants states to pattern their educational systems on high-performing nations.
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'Mounting concerns' from lawmakers over University of Virginia's $2.2 billion fund

August 9, 2016 - 12:04am
A group of Virginia lawmakers asked for a more complete explanation from the University of Virginia about its $2.2 billion strategic investment fund.
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Prosecutors decline to bring criminal charges after investigation into D.C. charter school

August 9, 2016 - 12:04am
Options Public Charter School has been under investigation for three years.
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Teacher: I'll ask a pilot how to fly a plane, not a CEO. Why won't policymakers listen to educators?

August 9, 2016 - 12:04am
"Even when well-meaning people say to the educators they meet, 'Oh, I could never do what you do, and good for you for following your calling, they are perpetuating the narrative that teaching is not a skillful profession full of experts in their fields, but rather a service teachers render to better society out of the goodness of their hearts. It is difficult to imagine someone telling a pilot, 'Good for you for following your calling.'"
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For thousands of D.C. students, school starts early with new, year-round schedule

August 8, 2016 - 12:04am
Eleven schools open Monday as part of a plan aimed at boosting academic achievement.
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NAACP members call for ban on privately managed charter schools

August 8, 2016 - 12:04am
It is the strongest statement that members of the civil rights group have collectively made about charters.
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Former U-Va. leader defends controversial fund: 'We cannot be satisfied with the status quo.'

August 8, 2016 - 12:04am
A University of Virginia rector emeritus makes the case for a $2.2 billion "strategic investment fund" at the school.
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School district removes a popular principal, drawing protests from parents

August 7, 2016 - 12:04am
Parents at a school in Arlington, Va., say the longtime leader is the victim of an over-emphasis on student performance data.
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$1,300 to take one test? Med students are fed up.

August 7, 2016 - 12:04am
Hundreds in the D.C. area join a push against one of three mandatory exams, and are gaining key allies.
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'Ashamed' of Trump, Harvard Republican Club won't endorse top GOP nominee for first time since 1888

August 6, 2016 - 12:04am
The club issues a statement saying, 'Donald Trump is a threat to the survival of the Republic.'
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D.C. mayor announces search committee to help select new schools chancellor

August 6, 2016 - 12:04am
The city says it hopes to conclude the nationwide search in October.
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High school teacher: I'm banning laptops in class - and not just because they are distracting

August 6, 2016 - 12:04am
'I’m not convinced that the best way to equip students with the ability to negotiate technology is to further attach them to it.'
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Sweet Briar president: More than miracles needed to save small colleges

August 6, 2016 - 12:04am
The president of Sweet Briar College writes about lessons learned after the small private school almost shut down forever.
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These popular polling questions are dumb and deserve ridicule

August 6, 2016 - 12:04am
Many people love their own schools, but think others aren’t as good. And if the nation is always on the wrong track, as historical polls often show, is there ever a solution?
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After School Satan Club proposal spurs debate on religious activity in public schools

August 5, 2016 - 12:04am
A Tucson school wants the Satanic Temple to remove the school’s name from the temple’s website; a legal group says it will help those who want to challenge the clubs.
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School system sees rise in abuse reports amid increased efforts to protect kids

August 5, 2016 - 12:04am
Montgomery County, Md., authorities get more reports about employees as prevention effort scales up. The vast majority of cases don’t yield child-welfare investigations.
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One way to write a great college admissions essay? Tell your story out loud.

August 5, 2016 - 12:04am
Experts offer advice on writing strong application essays and share some examples.
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Loudoun school board member allegedly cut in line at Trump event, was arrested

August 5, 2016 - 12:04am
Loudoun County school board member Joy Maloney has been charged with trespassing after allegedly attempting to cut in line.
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Security breach of hundreds of SAT questions reported

August 5, 2016 - 12:04am
This is the latest in a series of security problems for the SAT's owner, the College Board.
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