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School canceled for 11,500 New Hampshire students after weekend threat of attack

December 21, 2015 - 10:58am
A "very specific" threat outlined when, where and how schools in the Nashua would be attacked, the school district superintendent said.









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Someday, the school name on your college diploma won't be the most important thing

December 21, 2015 - 8:24am
Right now, the name of the school on your college diploma might be the most important thing when looking for a job. What if employers cared more about skills than pedigree?









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This superintendent has figured out how to make school work for poor kids

December 20, 2015 - 8:51pm
Jennings, Mo., schools leader added more mental health care, a food pantry and shelter for homeless kids.









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As schools try to combat gangs, concerns arise about profiling

December 20, 2015 - 6:48pm
Identifying gang members is more complex than it was a decade ago, officials say.









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Should Los Angeles have closed schools when faced with a threat?

December 20, 2015 - 4:59pm
School districts should try a little harder to lay out the real dangers of threats that are almost always false.









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'It’s hard to educate a kid that’s dead' — Education Secretary Arne Duncan

December 20, 2015 - 11:21am
A clue to what Duncan may do when he leaves office.









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Arlington mourns the loss of a top schools administrator who died in diving accident

December 19, 2015 - 3:50pm
Kathleen Meagher was the director of secondary education for Arlington Public Schools.









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County officials say no evidence of abuse at National Blue Ribbon school

December 19, 2015 - 3:34pm
Parents allege kindergartners were spanked by teacher who left district and moved to neighboring county.









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School board opens door to renaming schools that honor Confederate heroes

December 18, 2015 - 3:58pm
Students, alumni and residents in Fairfax County have been fighting to change the names of three schools whose names they say evoke a racist legacy.









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Is Washington and Lee a better value than Princeton or Harvard? Kiplinger's says so.

December 18, 2015 - 3:12pm
Kiplinger's Personal Finance crunches some numbers and deems Washington and Lee University to be the "best college value" in the country









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Thanks to his teachers, a student's heart keeps beating

December 18, 2015 - 2:26pm
A student is alive today because his quick-thinking teachers performed CPR and used a defibrillator after his heart stopped during a school event.









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An unexpected thing happened when this college required less data on their applications: Students sent more

December 18, 2015 - 2:10pm
A college that wanted to encourage more women and underrepresented minorities to apply tried making standardized tests optional, and found that it worked.









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Can anyone answer this: Does marijuana help you get good grades and graduate from college on time?

December 18, 2015 - 1:24pm
A longitudinal study of college students finds that the more often students use marijuana, the more they tended to skip class, earn lower grades, and graduate later.









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What you need to know about Obama's latest student loan plan before enrolling

December 18, 2015 - 12:53pm
Borrowers can now enroll in Revised Pay As You Earn, but here's what you need to know before signing up.









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Teacher: Why I stopped assigning homework to my third graders

December 18, 2015 - 9:32am
And they don't fill out reading logs anymore either.









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Religious colleges get exemptions to anti-bias law, allowing 'hidden discrimination' against LGBT students

December 18, 2015 - 6:28am
Human Rights Campaign report asserts LGBT students are at risk as schools seek waivers from federal civil rights rules.









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Furor over Arabic assignment leads Virginia school district to close Friday

December 17, 2015 - 11:01pm
The assignment asked students to copy the Muslim statement of faith to learn about Arabic calligraphy.









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Students help save the job of popular school librarian

December 17, 2015 - 6:09pm
How their protest worked.









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Rockville elementary school shows elevated levels of radon in retesting

December 17, 2015 - 5:22pm
Fourteen rooms at Fallsmead Elementary School showed radon levels at or above the EPA limit.









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Days from leaving office, Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks about successes, failures

December 17, 2015 - 4:05pm
Duncan addresses efforts to boost preschool, college funding for undocumented students and the problem of gun violence in the U.S.: "Other countries just value their kids more than we do, and that's heartbreaking. ... It's hard to educate a kid that's dead."









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