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Justice Dept. to look into complaint about boundaries for new Prince William high school

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 9:56am

The Justice Department is looking into a complaint about the process of drawing attendance boundaries for a new high school in Prince William County, according to school officials.

Schools spokesman Phil Kavits said he did not know the specifics of the complaint but said the school district would cooperate in whatever way necessary. Justice Department officials did not respond to requests for comment.

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Strauss: Jim Carrey gives commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:03am

Jim Carrey surprised graduates at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, with a funny, emotional commencement speech in which he told them a poignant story about his father and urged them to walk their own path in life and never settle.

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Anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has a new target: D.C.’s Wilson High

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:21pm

Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based organization best known for anti-gay picketing at military funerals, has chosen a new target: Wilson High School in Northwest Washington, where students are holding a Pride Day next month.

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Fairfax school staffers earn recognition

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:25pm

Five Fairfax County schools employees received awards during the annual ceremony for outstanding staffers.

The 2014 FCPS Honors event, held May 21 at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, are the school system’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, allowing the administration the opportunity to recognize employees for notable work.

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Strauss: Is Boston’s school district eliminating history department as part of Common Core?

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:13pm

The Boston public schools district found itself in the position of having to issue a public statement denying that it was eliminating its history and social studies department after someone posted on the Web that it was and the news went viral in the education world. Historians assumed it was true and rightly flipped out.

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High school graduations under way in Montgomery, with some big-name speakers

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:58pm

Montgomery County’s Class of 2014 is expected to hear from a line-up of prominent graduation speakers, including Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Donald B. Verrilli Jr., solicitor general of the United States.

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Prince George’s adds another college grad to its school board: Edward Burroughs III

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:01pm

With two of its eight members holding bachelor’s degrees, the Prince George’s County Board of Education had fewer college graduates two years ago than any other school system in the Washington region.

But the number of college graduates has changed dramatically over the past year since a new law went into effect that gave County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and the County Council the authority to appoint members to the board.

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