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Why Veterans Day is on Nov. 11

November 11, 2015 - 12:26pm
A history lesson.









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Yale leaders re-affirm their commitment to diversity and debate

November 11, 2015 - 9:05am
After heated protests, Yale University's president and the dean of Yale College express their support for a welcoming, diverse campus that engages in vigorous debate of ideas.









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On the front lines of the fight for free speech at Yale

November 11, 2015 - 8:50am
A free-speech advocate invited to speak at Yale walked into a protest that was erupting, and became a target.









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This chemistry fire demonstration has repeatedly burned students

November 11, 2015 - 8:35am
The fire at a Fairfax County high school was the latest in a string of accidents involving chemistry demonstrations.









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Hillary Clinton wades into the internal Democratic battle over public schools

November 11, 2015 - 7:33am
Clinton’s remarks about charter schools and teacher unions worry some Democrats.









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A serious rant about education jargon and how it hurts efforts to improve schools

November 11, 2015 - 5:30am
How can we improve U.S. education if we can't figure out how to clearly talk and write about it?









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Project to recognize 'high schools of opportunity' for all students goes national

November 11, 2015 - 4:44am
Last year, a project called Schools of Opportunity was launched as a pilot effort to honor high schools that work hard to offer all students a chance to succeed. Spearheaded by two veteran educators, it was different from other efforts to rate and rank schools through the use of student standardized test scores and data […]









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White House urges Congress to protect U.S. troops from aggressive for-profit colleges

November 11, 2015 - 12:52am
The White House is urging Congress on Veterans Day to pass a series of bills that would protect U.S. troops from colleges taking advantage of their benefits without delivering a quality education.









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Can colleges protect free speech while also curbing voices of hate?

November 10, 2015 - 10:18pm
Educators seek balance as uprisings at Yale, Missouri and elsewhere confront racism and bigotry.









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Fairfax County police officer subdues high school student with stun gun

November 10, 2015 - 8:15pm
A Fairfax County police officer used a stun gun to take a student into "mental health custody."









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A student with advanced cancer addresses his peers: 'Be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful'

November 10, 2015 - 4:40pm
Jake Bailey, a senior at Christchurch Boys' High School in New Zealand with advanced cancer, gave a rousing speech to his peers at a ceremonial event. "Here’s the thing: none of us get out of life alive," Bailey said. "So be gallant, be great, be gracious and be grateful for the opportunities that you have."









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Muslim community wins day off of school on major holiday next year

November 10, 2015 - 3:22pm
Montgomery County had been reluctant to grant day off; Muslims praise move as step toward equality.









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Teacher: Why some students can't focus on academics at school - even if they want to

November 10, 2015 - 1:35pm
A veteran teacher writes about his experiences with school resource officers and kids who act out at school -- or can't do their work -- because of the troubles they carry with them into classroom.









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School budget task force recommends raising class sizes, charging for sports

November 10, 2015 - 12:48pm
Fairfax County Public Schools faces potential budget cuts, and task force suggests fees to trim $75 million.









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The nation’s high school dropout rate has fallen, study says

November 10, 2015 - 12:29am
An estimated 750,000 U.S. students dropped out in 2012, down from 1 million in 2008.









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Hundreds march at Yale in solidarity with minority students

November 9, 2015 - 8:22pm
Students want minority 'inclusion' in Yale's culture: "Your move Yale."









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Geek alert: Hour of Code joins forces with Star Wars

November 9, 2015 - 2:59pm
Code.org, the non-profit that is aiming to dramatically expand computer science education in the U.S. - especially among girls and minorities - is offering its third annual free tutorial in computer coding









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This high school student just won $250,000 for his film explaining Einstein's theory of relativity

November 9, 2015 - 2:44pm
Ryan Chester was the first winner of Silicon Valley's "Breakthrough Junior Challenge."









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Thank you, Missouri football team, for giving us a good story about college athletes

November 9, 2015 - 2:28pm
Students of color on the Tigers team stood up to racial injustice and prevailed.









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U-Va. fraternity files $25 million lawsuit against Rolling Stone

November 9, 2015 - 1:42pm
The Phi Kappa Psi chapter at the University of Virginia filed a $25 million lawsuit Monday against Rolling Stone for the fraternity's portrayal in a 2014 story alleging that its members gang-raped a freshman in 2012.









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