Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

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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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Principal to parents: ‘We don’t need to get used to this. We need to stop it.’

Principal to parents: ‘We don’t need to get used to this. We need to stop it.’

‘Let’s all say it together: “The theory of testing and accountability has failed our children. Opt Out Chicago. Opt Out Illinois. Opt Out America.“

How one teacher changed the life of one child

Here’s a story about the power of an act of kindness.

Sweet Briar College alumnae rally to prevent shutdown

Sweet Briar College alumnae rally to prevent shutdown

By Thursday morning, supporters had signed up to give almost half a million dollars (plus one anonymous pledge of $1 million.)

Shock over Sweet Briar turns to determination to stop the college from closing

Shock over Sweet Briar turns to determination to stop the college from closing

After the initial shock of hearing their college is to close, some alumnae work to reverse the decision

Fairfax schools chief explains snow day policies

Fairfax schools chief explains snow day policies

Karen Garza held a meeting for parents in Chantilly and addressed the number of snow days.

Middle-finger photo in Michigan State newspaper sparks a protest

Middle-finger photo in Michigan State newspaper sparks a protest

Michigan State’s student newspaper sets off a bird-flip flap when a photo offends many black students.

Are colleges gaming their applicants?

Are colleges gaming their applicants?

‘Why are colleges extending application deadlines, dropping once-required essays and sending reams of snail mail and social media encouragement to students they may have no intention of admitting? Why are many of these same colleges then boasting about the number of kids they are turning down?’

Global exams show achievement gaps between genders

Global exams show achievement gaps between genders

But the scores “strongly suggest” that the differences aren’t due to “innate differences in ability,” a report says.

What is the Montgomery County school district thinking?

What is the Montgomery County school district thinking?

With a storm approaching, why Moco is the holdout in closing schools for March 5, 2015.

Are small colleges really doomed?

Are small colleges really doomed?

A look at the data by a college admissions expert.

Murder trial in U-Va. student Hannah Graham’s slaying delayed

Murder trial in U-Va. student Hannah Graham’s slaying delayed

Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 33, appeared in person Wednesday in an Albemarle County courtroom.

Shock over Sweet Briar’s closing turns to determination to keep college alive

Shock over Sweet Briar’s closing turns to determination to keep college alive

Students, faculty and alumnae say they were blindsided and want to know what recourse they have.

New York City, nation’s largest school district, adds two Muslim holidays to academic calendar

New York City, nation’s largest school district, adds two Muslim holidays to academic calendar

The New York City school district will close one day next September and again for a day during summer school in 2016.

Some D.C. families get extended deadline for school enrollment lottery

Some D.C. families get extended deadline for school enrollment lottery

A technical glitch caused the enrollment Web site to crash in the hours just before a deadline.

Pot is legal in the District. GWU students running for campus office want in.

Pot is legal in the District. GWU students running for campus office want in.

Local college students want their university to follow D.C. law and allow marijuana on campus.

At-risk funds will follow students; chancellor will have say in spending

At-risk funds will follow students; chancellor will have say in spending

Henderson: “I fully understand the intent of the law, and will adhere to its requirements.”

New ‘Consumer Reports’ for Common Core finds learning materials lacking

New ‘Consumer Reports’ for Common Core finds learning materials lacking

Non-profit analyzes first batch of Common Core math textbooks and finds just one series properly aligned.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.