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At U-Va., a price hike for some will fund a price cut for others

At U-Va., a price hike for some will fund a price cut for others

New tuition and financial aid plan, including an 11 percent tuition raise, has winners and losers.

U-Va. student involved in violent arrest makes brief court appearance

U-Va. student involved in violent arrest makes brief court appearance

Martese Johnson did not enter a plea. His lawyer asked for a May court date so criminal probe of arrest can finish.

D.C. government office released students’ personal data to a reporter

This is the second data security breach reported in two months in D.C. schools.

Need a job? How you can write test questions for Pearson.

Need a job? How you can write test questions for Pearson.

College degrees are “preferred,” the ad says.

NEA president: It’s time for education companies to be transparent

NEA president: It’s time for education companies to be transparent

“We know that when someone says ‘education reform,’ it can mean any variety of things.“

City charge dropped in Hannah Graham case to facilitate murder trial

City charge dropped in Hannah Graham case to facilitate murder trial

Jesse L. Matthew Jr. to face trial in Farifax sexual assault before murder and abduction charges near U-Va.

UNC students demand new name for building honoring a KKK leader

UNC students demand new name for building honoring a KKK leader

Student protesters ask board to rename the building in honor of writer Zora Neale Hurston

No, Finland’s schools aren’t giving up traditional subjects. Here’s what the reforms will really do.

No, Finland’s schools aren’t giving up traditional subjects. Here’s what the reforms will really do.

Children will look at broader topics and use multi-disciplinary modules, one expert says.

U of Md. student will not return to school after racist, sexist e-mail

U of Md. student will not return to school after racist, sexist e-mail

A university official said the family and school agreed that the student will not come back this semester.

How do schools respond to competition? Not as you might expect.

How do schools respond to competition? Not as you might expect.

School-choice is built on the philosophy that competition forces schools to improve, but a new study shows that school leaders are more likely to improve recruiting than academics.

How brainy are you about your brain? A neuroscience quiz.

How brainy are you about your brain? A neuroscience quiz.

We have a winner in the 2015 USA National Brain Bee Champion: Soren Christensen, a ninth-grader at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. Here are some of the questions he had to answer -- plus practice questions.

‘What I saw surprised me. But not in the way I’d expected.’

‘What I saw surprised me. But not in the way I’d expected.’

An adult spends hours with kids in Maine taking practice SBAC Common Core tests. Here’s his report.

How snow days don’t hurt student progress, but absences do, in graphs

How snow days don’t hurt student progress, but absences do, in graphs

Absenteeism is more harmful to student achievement than snow days, study says.

Do snow days hurt student progress? A Harvard professor says no.

Do snow days hurt student progress? A Harvard professor says no.

New study found that student absenteeism on days schools are open is a much bigger problem.

McAuliffe orders Va. ABC officers to be retrained in use of force, diversity

McAuliffe orders Va. ABC officers to be retrained in use of force, diversity

The governor orders reforms to ABC’s enforcement branch after a black U-Va. students’ violent arrest.

Maryland Senate expected to vote on allowing parents to opt out of Common Core tests

Maryland Senate expected to vote on allowing parents to opt out of Common Core tests

Now there is no state policy allowing parents to opt out.

Md. school leader needs vision, collaborative style, report says

Md. school leader needs vision, collaborative style, report says

Many in Montgomery cite achievement gap, transparency, diversity and testing as concerns.

Nation’s largest labor union: We want 2016 hopefuls talking about schools

The NEA has pledged to mobilize its 3 million members to push candidates on public education.

Wesleyan student: My college discriminates against fraternities. We’re suing.

Wesleyan student: My college discriminates against fraternities. We’re suing.

A Delta Kappa Epsilon brother explains why his chapter and its alumni decided to sue Wesleyan University

Weill Cornell dean: Private donors have stepped up to save medical research

Weill Cornell dean: Private donors have stepped up to save medical research

Laurie H. Glimcher warns that shrinking federal dollars for medical research could have lasting impact .

Schwarzenegger and Paige: Why Congress should keep funding afterschool program

Schwarzenegger and Paige: Why Congress should keep funding afterschool program

Congress is debating whether to eliminate $1 billion in critical funding for afterschool programs that could affect 1.6 million students.

U-Va. board approves 11% increase in tuition, fees for in-state freshmen

U-Va. board approves 11% increase in tuition, fees for in-state freshmen

The plan will also lower borrowing caps for those in need by $10,000.

D.C. Public Schools plans to offer international trips to middle schoolers

D.C. Public Schools plans to offer international trips to middle schoolers

Mayor Bowser touts the new program, which be available next year to eighth-grade students.

U-Va. will raise tuition 11 percent next fall, one of highest increases in the nation

U-Va. will raise tuition 11 percent next fall, one of highest increases in the nation

The university’s board approved the plan Tuesday, which also aims to slash debts for students in need.

Police: U-Va. officials pushed for investigation of gang-rape allegation

Police: U-Va. officials pushed for investigation of gang-rape allegation

Report shows that U-Va. tried to get student to detail allegations to police six months before magazine account.

Students take wrong Common Core test

Students take wrong Common Core test

The confusion happened in New Hampshire.

Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests

Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests

“How will a test that by its design is likely show that my school, my students and I are all failing, that was developed by ‘assessment experts’ rather than teachers, that will no doubt funnel a tremendous amount of taxpayer money to wealthy corporate shareholders and away from our classrooms, and that I won’t be able to see or discuss with my colleagues (let alone my students!) help me in my mission to improve the quality of education I offer my students each day?“

Maryland begins to consider requests to waive school days lost to snow

Maryland begins to consider requests to waive school days lost to snow

Montgomery and Prince George’s are among 11 Maryland school districts that asked for waivers.

GOP lawmaker: I’m short votes for No Child Left Behind rewrite

GOP lawmaker: I’m short votes for No Child Left Behind rewrite

Congress, Obama tell state education officials negotiations over new federal law still in play, outcome uncertain.