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Video of police officer throwing student across classroom prompts investigation

October 26, 2015 - 8:16pm
South Carolina school district officials say officer will not be allowed back during pending investigation.









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Many Montgomery teachers say they don’t want to eliminate final exams

October 26, 2015 - 8:01pm
Teachers union survey finds an “overwhelming number” object to the idea of scrapping county final exams.









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Ole Miss takes down its state flag with Confederate emblem

October 26, 2015 - 3:54pm
After students, faculty and staff called for the flag's removal, concerned that it symbolized racism, university leaders took it down.









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Where did Obama administration's 2 percent cap on standardized testing come from? You won't believe it. (Or maybe you will.)

October 26, 2015 - 2:37pm
Did it come from research about what's best? What do you think?









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Obama meets with educators to talk about standardized testing

October 26, 2015 - 12:18pm
Administration admits its role in overtesting, wants to reduce redundant and dubious tests.









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Creatures are the teachers in an Arlington animal-science classroom

October 25, 2015 - 9:09pm
This career center’s high school program has one of the most diverse species collections in the country.









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Are smartphones dumbing down school, or are they vital learning tools?

October 25, 2015 - 5:03pm
As the debate rages, lonely bastions of resistance like Banneker High lock away devices during the school day.









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Special ed teacher quits: 'I just cannot justify making students cry anymore'

October 25, 2015 - 12:10pm
'They cry with frustration as they are asked to attempt tasks well out of their zone of proximal development. They cry as their hands shake trying to use an antiquated computer mouse on a ten year old desktop computer which they have little experience with, as the computer lab is always closed for testing.'









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With lice booming in schools, The Potomac Lice Lady is a sought-after nitpicker

October 24, 2015 - 10:03pm
Chronic infestations are leaving parents and kids frustrated. This pro has a painstaking but effective solution.









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Kindergarten students get an introduction to engineering

October 24, 2015 - 6:12pm
‘Make-a-thon’ aims to draw minorities and girls into high-paying science and technology fields.









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Confirmed: Standardized testing has taken over our schools. But who's to blame?

October 24, 2015 - 2:36pm
Study shows American students are buried in 112 (often redundant) standardized tests.









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Study says standardized testing is overwhelming nation’s public schools

October 24, 2015 - 12:33pm
Typical student takes 112 required tests from pre-K through 12th grade; federal officials vow to help reduce redundant, low-quality exams.









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Arlington tosses tickets for violations caught by school bus cameras

October 23, 2015 - 9:51pm
Falls Church City won’t issue blanket refunds after Herring’s opinion that summonses can’t be mailed.









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A conservative speaker was uninvited from campus. And then re-invited.

October 23, 2015 - 5:59pm
A decision to cancel a talk by a critic of feminists at Williams College set off a debate about free speech and political correctness on campus -- and a renewed commitment to bring controversial ideas to students









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'Sometimes I feel like being a teacher in the public school system is like being in a dysfunctional relationship'

October 23, 2015 - 5:44pm
'I was literally penalized on my teacher evaluation because my family duties and responsibilities prohibit me from working free overtime. '









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A fight is brewing in Washington over college accreditors

October 23, 2015 - 4:42pm
Republicans are challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's investigation of a college accreditor.









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Leader of the Empowering Males of Color program is leaving D.C. schools

October 23, 2015 - 2:07pm
Robert Simmons oversaw the chancellor’s efforts to improve outcomes for minority boys.









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Senate Democrats press education chief to take action against covert for-profit colleges

October 23, 2015 - 12:50pm
A group of Senate Democrats sent a letter to the education secretary asking for the department to crack down on for-profit college converting to nonprofits to evade taxes and regulation.









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U.S. colleges are trying to raise enough money to run a small country

October 23, 2015 - 12:50pm
And their billion-dollar slogans range from direct to clever. Quick, name the schools behind these slogans: "Accelerate," "Mandate to Matter," "Ever True," "State of Minds."









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Shooting at Tennessee State University leaves one dead, two injured

October 23, 2015 - 11:02am
A fight over a dice game at Tennessee State University ended in gunfire, police said.









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