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Can a folk-singing, irreverent, firebrand teacher save the NEA, the nation’s largest labor union?

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The strategic campaign needed to save public education -- in nine steps

The strategic campaign needed to save public education -- in nine steps

‘What we must do and what we must stop doing.’

More states fund ACT college admission testing

More states fund ACT college admission testing

Thirteen states paid this year for 11th-graders to take the exam during the school day. More plan to follow suit.

Obama losing public support on education issues, new poll finds

Obama losing public support on education issues, new poll finds

A well-regarded annual poll conducted by Gallup finds waning support for the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core support has eroded nationwide, poll shows

Wide-ranging Gallup survey
also shows that trust in the nation’s public school system has evaporated.

Teacher raises nearly $80,000 to feed Ferguson kids who can’t get meals at shuttered schools

Teacher raises nearly $80,000 to feed Ferguson kids who can’t get meals at shuttered schools

‘There is no need for innocent children to go hungry because’ of the civic unrest in the Missouri city.

Ferguson public schools won’t open this week as planned

Ferguson public schools won’t open this week as planned

The opening of the new school year has now been postponed twice because of continuing unrest.

Poll: Common Core support among teachers plummets, with fewer than half supporting it

Poll: Common Core support among teachers plummets, with fewer than half supporting it

Support has gone down among the general public too.

Woodson principal announces retirement

Woodson principal announces retirement

Woodson High principal Jeff Yost will retire at the end of September.

Montgomery school backpack campaign is short of goal

Montgomery seeks to provide 17,000 backpacks to students at high-poverty schools.

What’s the real purpose of educational benchmarking?

Benchmarking is everywhere in education now. We benchmark students in relation to standards, schools in relation to each other, or the educational performance of our own country against higher scoring competitors. Why?

New code of conduct for students in Montgomery

New code of conduct for students in Montgomery

Montgomery’s first extensive code of conduct includes matrix of offenses and possible consequences.

Common Core tests fail N.Y. kids again. Here’s how.

Common Core tests fail N.Y. kids again. Here’s how.

‘Why would policymakers create tests that are designed to mark as failures two out of every three children? ‘

‘Dear (white) teachers...’

‘Dear (white) teachers...’

A letter about the responsibility of teachers in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death.

Overheard at the Lincoln Memorial

Overheard at the Lincoln Memorial

About Abe Lincoln and more.

Charter official promoted groups that allegedly paid him

Charter official promoted groups that allegedly paid him

E-mails show that Jeremy L. Williams helped promote for-profit companies that allegedly gave him $150,000.

Exercise in math class? How one math teacher gets kids moving while studying

Exercise in math class? How one math teacher gets kids moving while studying

An Austin teacher explains how she helps keep kids from getting fidgety in her class.

Superintendents forced to tell parents their schools are failing -- even though they aren’t

Superintendents forced to tell parents their schools are failing -- even though they aren’t

It’s about No Child Left Behind and the U.S. Education Department.

The new school year brings changes to the region’s schools

The new school year brings changes to the region’s schools

What to expect in the Washington area schools during the 2014-2015 school year.

Local middle-schoolers are finalists for science ingenuity

Local middle-schoolers are finalists for science ingenuity

Coming up with ways to solve everyday problems, students compete for national title.

Looking for a Washington-area college? See detailed coverage of schools in D.C., Md. and Va.

Looking for a Washington-area college? See detailed coverage of schools in D.C., Md. and Va.

Read The Washington Post’s detailed coverage of all the colleges and universities in the Washington area.

Campbell Brown put on notice by teachers union

Campbell Brown put on notice by teachers union

Read Randi Weingarten’s letter to Campbell Brown.

Prince George’s parents criticize Maxwell over building

Montessori parents say they were not included in plans to allow another school to share their building.

Are teachers unions really the scourge of the nation?

A detailed look at the data.

One-third of Virginia’s schools could lack full accreditation

Higher testing standards could cause up to 250 Virginia schools to drop to “accredited with warning” next month.

Montgomery schools get new computer science classes

Montgomery schools get new computer science classes

Educators launch effort to bring more students into computer science, with focus on girls and minorities.

Scoring error on one SOL test question meant hundreds of Virginia students who failed really passed

Scoring error on one SOL test question meant hundreds of Virginia students who failed really passed

One question marked wrong for many students was actually right.

No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’

No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’

Such thinking affects the way reading is taught in early grades.

Seven things teachers are really sick of hearing from school reformers

Seven things teachers are really sick of hearing from school reformers

‘Don’t tell us that you know more about good instruction than we do.” And six other things.