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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Thousands move in and out of schools during the year, creating disruptions

Thousands move in and out of schools during the year, creating disruptions

Student mobility leads to lower achievement and graduation rates, a problem D.C. schools hope to solve.

Five things you think you know
about July 4 that are wrong

Five things you think you know <br> about July 4 that are wrong

You may have learned it in school, but what do you really remember?

How should Arlington preserve
the history of desegregation

How should Arlington preserve <br>the history of desegregation

Former students would like to save Stratford Junior High, which was the state’s first school to integrate

Arne Duncan pushes for ‘parent engagement’ -- and gets some angry feedback

Arne Duncan pushes for ‘parent engagement’  -- and gets some angry feedback

He announces three “parent rights” -- and has a Twitter cheat that doesn’t go the way he might have liked.

New president of Sweet Briar says he’ll work toward highest enrollment ever

New president of Sweet Briar says he’ll work toward highest enrollment ever

Sweet Briar College changes leadership, with a new board of directors and a new president promising to keep the school open

Obamacare has changed medicine. Now med schools need to change, too.

Obamacare has changed medicine. Now med schools need to change, too.

A doctor specializing in health-care policy argues that medical schools need to adapt to the sweeping legislation by changing the way they prepare future health-care leaders.

Is Sesame Street really as good as preschool? Let’s ask a Nobel winner.

Is Sesame Street really as good as preschool? Let’s ask a Nobel winner.

A report on “Sesame Street” got a lot of press saying the TV show is as good as preschool in improving academic achievement. Is it really?

Why July 2 is really America’s independence day

Why July 2 is really America’s independence day

John Adams thought July 2nd was the proper day to celebrate independence. Here’s why.

Justice Dept. sides with transgender student, says bathroom policy is illegal

A student sued a Virginia school board, alleging that its school restroom policy is discriminatory.

Ohio’s effort to reform its ridiculed charter schools is a big fail

Ohio’s effort to reform its ridiculed charter schools is a big fail

A reform bill with enough support to become law is not allowed to come to a vote. Hmmm.

Genderqueer? Trans man? UC schools seek to make applications more inclusive

Genderqueer? Trans man? UC schools seek to make applications more inclusive

At a time of intense national interest in gender identity issues, the University of California system adds new options to its applications for admissions.

Arlington School Board expands protections for transgender people

A similar policy stirred controversy in Fairfax County, but passed quietly in Arlington.

Some community colleges are working on solutions to placement exams

Washington area community colleges are aware of the problem with placement exams. Their attempts at solutions are interesting. But keep in mind that two-year colleges nationally have been promising for years to address the issue, with not much to show for their efforts.

An amusing Common Core irony

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.