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08/18/2016

by Evie Blad
August 18, 2016

Andrew Black had never been on a plane and his traveling experiences had been limited to car trips in the United States.

But this summer, the rising senior at Coolidge High School in the District of Columbia traveled to Spain and the Netherlands, an experience he may have never had if not for an ambitious study-abroad pilot program the district has launched.

08/17/2016

 by Michael Melia
August 17, 2016

A network of magnet schools in Connecticut can serve as a model for achieving the kind of diversity that is lacking in too many American schools, U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said Wednesday.

Read more: www.nbc-2.com/story/32776296/us-education-secretary-touts-school-diversity-efforts

08/16/2016

by Nat Malkus
August 16, 2016

08/11/2016

by Donna St. George
August 11, 2016

With the new school year just weeks away, Maryland’s largest school system has projected that its enrollment will continue to surge, rising to a record level of more than 159,000 students.

School officials in Montgomery County said the growth continues an eight-year trend of enrollment increases of more than 2,000 students a year. The county, with more than 200 schools, is among the state’s fastest-growing.

08/11/2016

by Emma Brown
August 11, 2016

CHICAGO — Melinda Gates said she and her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, learned an important lesson from the fierce pushback against the Common Core State Standards in recent years. Not that they made the wrong bet when they poured hundreds of millions of dollars into supporting the education standards, but that such a massive initiative will not be successful unless teachers and parents believe in it.

08/10/2016

by Jennifer Bell and Nadja Young
August 10, 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states, for the first time, to measure and report on the academic performance of homeless and foster children, as well those from military families.

08/09/2016

 by Jason Russel
August 9th, 2016

School choice proponents argue that when parents can choose alternative schools, traditional public schools will have to improve. The latest evidence from Indiana seems to support the idea that public schools feel a need to compete.

Read here:www.washingtonexaminer.com/as-school-choice-grows-public-schools-have-to-compete/article/2598960

08/09/2016

 by Perry Stein
August 9, 2016

One group created a website to help sexual-assault survivors. Another launched an online forum to engage teenagers in politics. And then there was the educational game that spewed out facts about the environment as players progressed.

The Web coders behind the projects? All teenage girls.

08/09/2016

by Emma Brown
August 9, 2016

What will it take for U.S. schools to improve — not incrementally, but dramatically?

That’s the question that a bipartisan group of state lawmakers from around the country set out to answer two years ago, when they embarked on a study of the world’s highest-performing school systems. They compiled their answers in a report released Tuesday at the annual summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

08/08/2016

by Martin Austermuhle
August 8, 2016

For many students in the region, there’s still a few weeks of the summer break left. In Prince George's County, schools don't open until Aug. 23. In Montgomery County, it's Aug. 29. And in Virginia, by law, it isn't until after Labor Day.
But for 11 public schools in the District, students are going back to school Monday, Aug. 8.

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