Michael Alison Chandler

Education reporterWashington, D.C.

The latest from Michael

FAFSA financial form considered a key gatekeeper to college education for U.S. students.

  • Apr 10, 2014

The school board is considering scores of cuts to meet a $38 million budget gap.

  • Apr 9, 2014

The alternative forms of assessment are to replace some multiple-choice SOLs in Virginia.

  • Apr 5, 2014

Number of elementary and middle school exams drops from 22 to 17 amid concerns about overtesting.

  • Apr 5, 2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the bill could lead to “coercive prayer” or “religious messaging.”

  • Apr 4, 2014

Eric Williams to take over for retiring Edgar B. Hatrick III, who has led the county’s schools for two decades.

  • Apr 2, 2014

$6.2 billion in private money gives students other options in paying for rising college tuition.

  • Apr 1, 2014

  • Apr 1, 2014

The longtime district leader has been a vocal advocate for testing reform.

  • Mar 31, 2014

Plan was developed and approved in months as Wendy Marco sought arts opportunities for her daughter.

  • Mar 30, 2014

Prince William superintendent talks about why he pushed for full-day kindergarten but not pre-kindergarten

  • Mar 25, 2014

Middle schoolers will get out 14 minutes later to make up for the time lost to snow days.

  • Mar 25, 2014

Loudoun County is the last school district in the region with no universal full-day kindergarten for its residents.

  • Mar 24, 2014

Frequent closings create educational gaps, taking a toll on struggling students and the college-bound.

  • Mar 22, 2014

Strong performances by “traditional” academies, and high standards for behavior, create a popular alternative.

  • Mar 21, 2014

Jackie Smith, principal of Drew Model School, was arrested on March 7.

  • Mar 20, 2014

State approves one-week delay; School district has canceled classes 13 days for bad weather.

  • Mar 19, 2014

Northern Virginia’s first official Mini Maker Faire draws thousands of people who like to tinker.

  • Mar 16, 2014

Nearly 200 students and more than 30 staff members may have been infected by the norovirus.

  • Mar 13, 2014

Wright will retire May 1 after six years in the job.

  • Mar 11, 2014
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About Michael

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in Northern Virginia. In recent years, she re-enrolled in high school to learn why American students struggle with math and traveled to South Korea to see what education reform looks like in one of the world's highest performing countries. 

The Ohio native has lived on both coasts. She has a graduate degree from the U.C. Berkeley School of Journalism. Now she lives in DC with her husband and one-year old son.