Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

(Damian Dovarganes / AP)

As union foes use courts to roll back tenure laws, unions try the same tactic to stop test-based teacher evaluations.

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A stunning reversal on charter schools

A stunning reversal on charter schools

From David Hornbeck, a former Maryland State Superintendent who was also superintendent of Philadelphia schools.

Suspect in U-Va. student Hannah Graham’s death to appear in court

Suspect in U-Va. student Hannah Graham’s death to appear in court

Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 33, is scheduled to appear in person in Albemarle County on Wednesday.

Testing ‘disaster’ in Florida prompts call for state-wide suspension

Testing ‘disaster’ in Florida prompts call for state-wide suspension

School systems suspend computer-administered standardized testing for another day because of technological problems.

A principal makes a case for the Common Core

A principal makes a case for the Common Core

Second in a series of letters between two award-winning principals, one who likes the Common Core and the other who doesn’t.

Century-old liberal arts college for women in rural Va. to close this year

Century-old liberal arts college for women in rural Va. to close this year

Sweet Briar College cited “insurmountable financial challenges” behind the decision.

GW opens massive science hall, aiming to rise in college research prominence

GW opens massive science hall, aiming to rise in college research prominence

The $275 million lab facility at Foggy Bottom becomes largest of its kind among Washington universities.

D.C. schools chancellor gets first pay raise since her hire, earns $284,000

D.C. schools chancellor gets first pay raise since her hire, earns $284,000

D.C. Council also introduces measure to increase oversight of executive pay for charter leaders.

Teaching teenagers is hard enough, imagine doing it blind

Teaching teenagers is hard enough, imagine doing it blind

Kathy Nimmer, a finalist for National Teacher of the Year, doesn’t let blindness stop her from doing what she loves.

Fairfax student, 17, takes part in Smithsonian art exhibition

Fairfax student, 17, takes part in Smithsonian art exhibition

Maya Chung is the youngest of the 56 artists to take part in the museum display.

Christie vowed to remake Newark’s schools. That hasn’t happened.

Christie vowed to remake Newark’s schools. That hasn’t happened.

City leaders are in revolt and parents are alleging racial bias, hindering the N.J. governor’s 2016 prospects.

Someone is hiding cash on campus for students, with clues on Twitter

Someone is hiding cash on campus for students, with clues on Twitter

An anonymous donor starts a social media scavenger hunt, hiding cash around Purdue’s campus

For D.C. charter schools, a new potential facility in Ward 7

The mayor’s office wants to reopen the Fletcher Johnson school building as part of a larger development.

Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

The 2015 testing season gets into full swing.

Big Ten schools stage an in-your-face take on rape, drinking and social media

Big Ten schools stage an in-your-face take on rape, drinking and social media

Big Ten schools use a play about a gang rape to open a dialogue about painful topics.

Parent group urges tax hike in Fairfax to pay for schools

The parents are asking for the county to raise the average property tax bill by $100.

Think school is tough now? Here’s what it was like at the turn of the 20th century.

Think school is tough now? Here’s what it was like at the turn of the 20th century.

As a school district examines the use of a historic building, it also examines life for students in the early 1900s.

Just how high can college tuition go?

Just how high can college tuition go?

As college price soars, 57 U.S. colleges and universities have sticker prices above $60,000 a year.

Yet again, SAT scores in Asia withheld because of cheating

Yet again, SAT scores in Asia withheld because of cheating

For the fourth straight month. And the College Board/ETS still won’t provide details.

Chantilly High student journalists win award celebrating First Amendment

Chantilly High student journalists win award celebrating First Amendment

Teens working at the newspaper, yearbook and TV newscast cite their editorial independence on campus.

In Arlington, growth threatens a building some view as historic

The Wilson School is targeted for demolition, and officials intend to build a much larger facility there.

Will new curriculums save our schools? Not anytime soon.

Some see 2015 as a year for content-rich lessons that will elevate schools. But others, not so much.

Andrew Cuomo and baloney

Andrew Cuomo and baloney

The teacher evaluation system he now mocks -- and wants to make worse -- is the very one he insisted be put in place.

A closer look at four New Mexico teachers’ evaluations

A closer look at four New Mexico teachers’ evaluations

See the evaluations from four teachers in New Mexico who argue that scoring on the evaluations is unfair.

The important things standardized tests don’t measure

The important things standardized tests don’t measure

Thirty-three things that standardized tests, unfortunately, do.

Teacher: Why expanding ‘parental rights’ in public education sounds good -- but isn’t

Teacher: Why expanding ‘parental rights’ in public education sounds good -- but isn’t

While “I’d like to see changes with the policies that mandate these tests, I have bigger concerns about the current Opt Out movement because of efforts to cite parental rights as legal rationale for boycotting the PARCC test.“

The snow conundrum: How a school system decides whether to open

The snow conundrum: How a school system decides whether to open

Analysis, networking, guesswork and gut checks reveal the complexity of snow day decision-making.

Principal targets cyberbullies: I have more respect for insurgents I fought in Iraq

Principal targets cyberbullies: I have more respect for insurgents I fought in Iraq

“I hate sniveling, cowardly behavior like this. I have more respect for insurgents I fought in Iraq than I do for people behind this Twitter account. At least Iraqis had the courage to face their targets and not hide behind a Twitter account.“