Two Chicago universities, one private and one public, vie for Obama library

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

Windy City backers say it is inconceivable the president would choose New York or Hawaii.

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Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

Boundary changes come in the midst of a lottery in which families are choosing their preferred schools.

As poverty shifts to the suburbs, schools face new challenges

As poverty shifts to the suburbs, schools face new challenges

Demographic changes, outlined in a U-Va. study, underline hurdles trying to serve pupils with far more needs.

Leonard Nimoy to BU arts students: Be persistent. And ‘don’t create any more reality TV shows.’

Leonard Nimoy to BU arts students: Be persistent. And ‘don’t create any more reality TV shows.’

In a 2012 commencement speech to arts students at Boston University, Nimoy talked about advice he got from JFK and other life lessons.

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Conservatives say bill doesn’t go far enough; Democrats say it goes too far.

Yes, Scott Walker really did link terrorists with protesting teachers and other unionists

Yes, Scott Walker really did link terrorists with protesting teachers and other unionists

He says he didn’t, but see what he said and decide for yourself.

‘The good teachers are starting to leave’

‘The good teachers are starting to leave’

A teacher asks her state superintendent to give her and her colleagues more instructional time -- or suffer an exodus of good teachers.

Georgia’s education chief has some words for Arne Duncan

Georgia’s education chief has some words for Arne Duncan

‘Our broken model of assessment is too focused on labeling our schools and teachers, and not focused enough on supporting our students.’

Swastikas and other vandalism at a GW dorm worry students

Swastikas and other vandalism at a GW dorm worry students

Swastikas at a George Washington University dorm have worried students.

This robot at U-Md taught itself to cook by watching YouTube

This robot at U-Md taught itself to cook by watching YouTube

At the University of Maryland, researchers are teaching robots to learn how to do things themselves

Documentary on campus sex assault opens in New York and California

Documentary on campus sex assault opens in New York and California

“The Hunting Ground” provides first-hand accounts from numerous women and men about sexual violence on college campuses.

Judge rules Missouri’s membership in Common Core testing group is illegal

Judge rules Missouri’s membership in Common Core testing group is illegal

A Missouri judge says the state’s membership to a testing company aligned with the national Common Core education standards is illegal and that it shouldn’t pay fees to be part of the group.

Why names matter: The fight at Clemson over iconic building named after racist governor

Why names matter: The fight at Clemson over iconic building named after racist governor

Students and professors want it changed but school governors don’t.

Teachers at popular school ask parents for help: This may sound ‘absurd’ but it’s true.

Teachers at popular school ask parents for help: This may sound ‘absurd’ but it’s true.

In an unusual plea, teachers explain to parents how proposed state school reforms can harm teachers and students.

Former Montgomery schools chief sets up business to open way for consulting

Firm set up by former superintendent Joshua P. Starr was registered a day after his resignation took effect.

Fed up with low pay and job instability, some adjunct professors walk out

Fed up with low pay and job instability, some adjunct professors walk out

Part-time faculty spread the word about working conditions they think are lackluster.

Fairfax elects new student school board member

Ben Press, a Madison High junior, will join the board on July 1.

Arne Duncan talks early childhood education at Alexandria school

The education secretary toured Patrick Henry Elementary school on Wednesday.

Montgomery superintendent search revs up, with forums planned

Montgomery superintendent search revs up, with forums planned

As the district searches for a new superintendent, public is asked about important qualities in next leader.

Did No Child Left Behind’s test-based reforms fail? Or not?

Did No Child Left Behind’s test-based reforms fail? Or not?

A defense and a criticism of No Child Left Behind.

D.C. schools chancellor recommends overhaul of capital planning process

“There is no way we can keep all the promises that we have made.”

Adjunct professor: This is why part-time professors are walking out today

After graduate school, she was ready for a career in a field she loved. Twenty years later, she’s asking for something better for those like her

Federal officials support transgender teen in civil rights suit against schools

Federal officials support transgender teen in civil rights suit against schools

The teen, who was born a biological girl but lives as a boy, says 4 districts failed to protect him from bullying.

How Twitter is changing the national Common Core debate

How Twitter is changing the national Common Core debate

Three researchers say this is the first national policy conversation played out in social media.

Prince William County schools must cut $17.5 million from annual budget

School superintendent Steven Walts calls it the “worst scenario” he has encountered in the past decade.

D.C. Public Schools plans to offer principals multi-year contracts

D.C. Public Schools plans to offer principals multi-year contracts

Chancellor announced contracts at oversight hearing before the D.C. Council’s Education Committee

Want to hone your school reformer skills? Jeb Bush’s foundation has a MOOC for you.

Want to hone your school reformer skills? Jeb Bush’s foundation has a MOOC for you.

See the three courses being offered -- and who is teaching them.

There’s some staggering artwork on college campuses that people can see without museum crowds

There’s some staggering artwork on college campuses that people can see without museum crowds

Tucked away -- or on exhibit -- at college campuses are some spectacular works of art.

A superintendent responds to a critic

A superintendent responds to a critic

A New Jersey school district leader apologizes finds common ground with a parent and places where they will have to “agree to disagree.“

IMPACT scores ward-by-ward in D.C.

IMPACT scores ward-by-ward in D.C.

D.C. public school officials offered a more detailed look of disparities in teacher effectiveness across the city.

Fairfax County school board race begins early

Fairfax County school board race begins early

All 12 members are up for election in November. In the Providence district, Patty Reed will face Dalia Palchik.