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Telephone bomb threats prompt numerous school evacuations and lockdowns in Va., N.J.

March 4, 2016 - 4:42pm
Many of the schools, in Virginia and New Jersey, received the threats by automated telephone calls, known as robocalls. Schools in Augusta, Maine, also closed Friday due to an emailed threat.









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Harvard Law School dean asks to change the school's shield because of its ties to slavery

March 4, 2016 - 3:40pm
The dean agrees with a committee at Harvard Law School thats recommends that the symbol, based on the family crest of an 18th-century slaveholder, be changed.









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What is Florida's education chief talking about?

March 4, 2016 - 12:36pm
What she said about testing and why some people are angry.









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What John Kasich got wrong about Detroit’s troubled schools in last night’s debate

March 4, 2016 - 12:05pm
Republicans finally get around to discussing the state of the nation's schools.









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Donald Trump is wrong about Common Core - but he's not the only candidate who is

March 4, 2016 - 11:34am
They keep saying they would get rid of the Core if they become president. Here's why they can't.









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Senate Democrats press Education Department to rescind reviews of loan servicers

March 3, 2016 - 4:36pm
Senate Democrats are asking the Department of Education to retract a the findings from a review its inspector general called "unsupported and inaccurate."









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Letters of recommendation: An unfair part of college admissions

March 3, 2016 - 3:03pm
DePaul U.'s enrollment chief says requiring these written testimonials may give privileged students an edge.









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Watch Michelle Obama crash these D.C. classrooms and surprise students

March 3, 2016 - 2:17pm
Obama made surprise visits to two D.C. elementary schools.









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As SAT enters a new era this week, students say the exam has improved

March 3, 2016 - 9:41am
Hundreds of thousands of students are scheduled to take the revised college admission exam for the first time this week. Out are 'SAT words.' In are charts and analysis.









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Alumnae vowed to save Sweet Briar from closing last year. And they did.

March 3, 2016 - 7:52am
A small liberal-arts college was set to close permanently for financial reasons, until alumnae stepped in. A year later, with the school up and running, they are optimistic about the future.









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Why teachers should stop trying to hide their emotions in school

March 3, 2016 - 4:32am
'We know that the social emotional well-being of our students is central to our students’ learning. It’s time for us to do better attending to the social emotional well-being of teachers as well.'









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Activists urge Senate not to confirm Obama's pick for new education secretary

March 3, 2016 - 12:26am
Dozens of students, parents, educators and activists are urging the U.S. Senate not to confirm John King, President Obama’s choice to succeed Arne Duncan as education secretary, because he pushed education policies when he was education commissioner of New York State that they say were “ineffective and destructive.” The Senate education committee held confirmation hearings […]









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McAuliffe vetoes bill that would require lawmakers' approval to adopt Common Core

March 2, 2016 - 7:03pm
Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state board of education should have the authority to set state standards.









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Did meeting transgender activists lead South Dakota's governor to veto bathroom law?

March 2, 2016 - 3:27pm
Three transgender South Dakotans met with Gov. Dennis Daugaard as he weighed whether to sign bathroom restrictions for transgender students into law.









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Video shows school officer striking young man; Baltimore school police chief suspended

March 2, 2016 - 1:39pm
A student filmed the incident at REACH Partnership School.









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You heard about the diversity furor at the Academy Awards. Here's one you didn't hear about - but should have

March 2, 2016 - 12:22pm
'Something far more disturbing happened a few months ago that will have a lasting impact on higher education and the ability to diversify the fields of science, technology, education, and mathematics -- the subjects collectively known as STEM.'









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Indian army makes recruits take test in underwear - to avoid cheating

March 2, 2016 - 9:17am
Here's the latest from an epidemic of cheating.









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'If you can pay attention, you do not have ADHD' - and 9 other misperceptions about the disorder

March 2, 2016 - 4:25am
Teachers and parents often misunderstand the symptoms.









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College Board moves to stop test prep providers from taking new SAT on March 5

March 1, 2016 - 7:41pm
College Board says the move is a new security measure to prevent cheating. The ACT doesn't want test prep providers taking its test either.









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In secret letter, feds sternly criticized U-Va. for handling of sexual violence

March 1, 2016 - 7:10pm
Withdrawn letter said the university took a “hands off” approach to fraternities and failed to identify and address a “sexually hostile environment.”









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