Recruited by Harvard for the women’s swim team, he’ll jump into the pool as a man

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

Once “caught between two worlds,” Schuyler Bailar will be the first openly transgender NCAA swimmer.

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An amusing Common Core irony

It involves the Common Core English Language Arts standards and Diane Ravitch, a fierce and well-known Core critic.

Tired of hearing about failing schools? Here are four that work.

Tired of hearing about failing schools? Here are four that work.

Profiles of winners in the inaugural “Schools of Opportunity” project, which is highlighting schools that are creating healthy environments for students, teachers and staff.

Do we know how to hold teacher preparation programs accountable?

Do we know how to hold teacher preparation programs accountable?

The evidence base underlying the Education Department’s draft regulations for teacher preparation programs is “nowhere near sufficient to guide a national effort” toward high-stakes accountability for these programs.

Auditor: D.C. school system’s capital program lacks accountability

Auditor: D.C. school system’s capital program lacks accountability

An audit found problems with financial record keeping, overspending, transparency..

Trapped: 31 Yemeni students can’t return to war-torn home or stay in U.S.

Trapped: 31 Yemeni students can’t return to war-torn home or stay in U.S.

Teenagers from Yemen, here on a State Department-sponsored exchange, face an uncertain future.

Sweet Briar gets $5 million from supporters, double the amount promised

Sweet Briar gets $5 million from supporters, double the amount promised

Under the terms of a settlement, an alumnae group had to pay $2.5 million by Thursday to help keep the college open. They paid early, and double.

Montgomery school board approves abuse policy that calls for conduct code

Parents and advocates have voiced concern about sex-abuse cases in the county.

New president for Hood College

New president for Hood College

A new president will replace longtime leader Ronald Volpe at the liberal-arts college in Frederick, Md.

Veterans respond to fraternity brother, complaining of insults

Veterans respond to fraternity brother, complaining of insults

Veterans responded with frustration after a fraternity member writes about how accusations that his frat insulted veterans hurt his chapter.

Police say teen driver in Wootton High School crash expected to survive

Police say teen driver in Wootton High School crash expected to survive

Police are asking for the community’s help as they piece together events preceding the fatal crash.

Florida’s kooky new plan: giving bonuses to teachers with high SAT/ACT scores

Florida’s kooky new plan: giving bonuses to teachers with high SAT/ACT scores

It would apply to teachers who took the exam decades ago.

Colorado Supreme Court strikes down school voucher program

Colorado Supreme Court strikes down school voucher program

School choice advocates believe case raises questions that deserve U.S. Supreme Court hearing.

The Supreme Court will consider race in college admissions — again

The Supreme Court will consider race in college admissions — again

The case will be watched closely for its potential impact on how students are selected, and how college officials seek to diversify their incoming classes.

When an orderly classroom is counterproductive

When an orderly classroom is counterproductive

What’s the real purpose of classroom management?

D.C. schools food vendor at center of fraud lawsuit poised for new contract

D.C. schools food vendor at center of fraud lawsuit poised for new contract

The supplier settled for $19 million but admitted no wrongdoing; no one on council has moved to halt a renewal.

Montgomery schools abuse policy up for vote, with critics saying more work needed

After a year of high-profile allegations of sex offenses, changes would affect how system handles cases.

A retiring principal says farewell to graduates, with advice from Winnie the Pooh

A retiring principal says farewell to graduates, with advice from Winnie the Pooh

An award-winning principal leaving her job because she objects to school reforms in her state sends off her last graduating class.

Investigation continues in fatal collision that killed two teenagers

Many braved Saturday’s rain to visit a makeshift memorial.

Fairfax School Board approves adding transgender topic to teens’ class

Fairfax School Board approves adding transgender topic to teens’ class

The sex-ed curriculum will also cover the issue of gender identity, but opting out will still be an option.

Social life is good for your brain, and other important research

Social life is good for your brain, and other important research

Universities are producing scads of compelling research on everything from cat videos to driving .

Principal addresses Harvard-Stanford admissions hoax that led to scandal

Principal addresses Harvard-Stanford admissions hoax that led to scandal

Evan Glazer, principal at Thomas Jefferson High, acknowledges student’s hoax.

Scores from botched June 6 SAT testing released as controversy escalates

Scores from botched June 6 SAT testing released as controversy escalates

Lawsuits filed amid calls for the College Board to release the entire test.

Texas governor picks home-schooler to lead state Board of Education

Texas governor picks home-schooler to lead state Board of Education

The governor picks someone who never sent her children to public schools, which is what the Board of Education is charged with overseeing.

70 death threats: How it feels to be the most hated fraternity in the U.S.

70 death threats: How it feels to be the most hated fraternity in the U.S.

After his fraternity was accused of spitting on combat-wounded veterans, no one believed its denials

Student who was denied, admitted, denied at Johns Hopkins clears the bar at U-Va.

Student who was denied, admitted, denied at Johns Hopkins clears the bar at U-Va.

Sam Stephenson is headed to Charlottesville. He feels, his mother says, that it is “where God wants him to be.“

Trial for man accused of killing U-Va. student is set for July 2016

Trial for man accused of killing U-Va. student is set for July 2016

Jesse L. Matthew Jr. faces the possibility of the death penalty in the slaying of Hannah Graham.

College of Charleston president: Remove Confederate battle flag from statehouse grounds

College of Charleston president: Remove Confederate battle flag from statehouse grounds

Glenn F. McConnell has shifted his position on the display of the banner in Columbia. “Today is a different time,” he said.

End final exams in Montgomery County?

The community can weigh in on four options for changing final exams in the Maryland school system.

Meet Schuyler Bailar, Harvard’s pioneer transgender swimmer

Meet Schuyler Bailar, Harvard’s pioneer transgender swimmer

After being recruited to swim for the Harvard women’s team, he will now swim for the men’s team after undergoing a gender transition.

Are final exams on their way out? One county is rethinking the school ritual.

Are final exams on their way out? One county is rethinking the school ritual.

A Maryland school district weighing the end to final exams could replace them with more holistic assessments.