(Illustration by Bomboland for The Washington Post)

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In the District, the rise of the school garden

Even the desk chair has to pass a test

Phase in earlier bedtimes before school starts, experts say

Schools minister to kids’ fitness and nutrition needs

Healthful back-to-school snacks

When to keep a sick child home from school

Teachers tell parents how to help their kids be better students

Washington area public schools are chipping away at paper use

D.C. area students face variety of classrooms, from high tech to temporary