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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Thought experiment: Aliens vow to destroy U.S. if it doesn’t quickly build the world’s best schools. What would we do?

Thought experiment: Aliens vow to destroy U.S. if it doesn’t quickly build the world’s best schools. What would we do?

‘The Kardashians would suddenly seem banal. Frivolousness would be called for what it is. Devotion and dedication would become vogue. Books would enjoy a renaissance. Social media would lose its coarseness and become a vessel for spotlighting the richness of the world we all share.’

Help raise two brothers, head the investing club, summer at Oxford: How one student went from poverty to an elite college

Help raise two brothers, head the investing club, summer at Oxford: How one student went from poverty to an elite college

Min Zhong, 19, is one of 10 D.C.-area high school graduates to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation college scholarship, which will allow her attend a high-priced private school for free.

Everyone wants a new education law, but debate will feature disagreements

Everyone wants a new education law, but debate will feature disagreements

Congress is slated to begin debate on revisions to No Child Left Behind, hoping to finally rewrite the law.

Principal: How I know something is wrong with Common Core standards and tests

Principal: How I know something is wrong with Common Core standards and tests

Eleventh in a series of letters between two principals, one who likes the Common Core and the other who doesn’t. In this post, the anti-Core teacher offers details about problems with the Core assessment and says it is time to question the assumptions that underlie school reform.

Principal: Stop blaming Common Core for problems in public education

Principal: Stop blaming Common Core for problems in public education

Tenth in a series of letters between two principals, one who likes the Common Core and the other who doesn’t. In this post, the pro-Core teacher says people should stop blaming the Core for problems with implementation and assessment.

The outspoken conservative riling the Fairfax County School Board

The outspoken conservative riling the Fairfax County School Board

Outnumbered by liberals, Elizabeth Schultz is used to defeat. Even so, she’s praised by many parents.

After the worst of admissions letdowns, an incoming freshman gambles on Sweet Briar

After the worst of admissions letdowns, an incoming freshman gambles on Sweet Briar

She got into her dream school. Then her dream school shut down. With a last-minute reprieve, she’s enrolling at Sweet Briar and hoping it will stay open forever.

Confederate statue vandalized at the University of North Carolina

Confederate statue vandalized at the University of North Carolina

At a university in the midst of a debate over how it honors its past, a public statement about race.

Gov. Christie’s new choice for Newark schools chief gets big push-back

Gov. Christie’s new choice for Newark schools chief gets big push-back

The nomination of Chris Cerf to run Newark schools will be decided by the New Jersey Board of Education on July 8. Critics are urging a “no” vote.

Their campaign for student government was a joke, but they’re serious about removing campus Confederate statues

At the University of Texas at Austin, new student leaders seem to be making headway in a longtime fight to remove a prominent statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.

Teacher: How reforms that seem fine on paper are damaging our schools

Teacher: How reforms that seem fine on paper are damaging our schools

‘Since graduating with my teaching degree in 2001, the outlook for teaching jobs is worse than ever -- even for those of us who have been here for over a decade.’

Finally, Congress to start debate on No Child Left Behind rewrite

Finally, Congress to start debate on No Child Left Behind rewrite

Will the House and Senate write a new law that is reasonable?

Texas officials: Schools should teach that slavery was ‘side issue’ to Civil War

Texas officials: Schools should teach that slavery was ‘side issue’ to Civil War

Slavery’s role in the march to war remains a politically charged issue in Southern history classrooms.

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.