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Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers.
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Fairfax Asks Feds for Help Funding Unaccompanied Minors

More than a thousand unaccompanied minors from Central America have found a temporary home in Fairfax County, but school officials are struggling to pay for their education.


John Doar Remembered As A Civil Rights Pioneer

A top civil rights lawyer for the Justice Department in the turbulent 1960s, John Doar made his mark fighting racial discrimination. He was 92.
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Montgomery County School Board Votes To Stop Recognizing Religious Holidays

The school system will continue to permit seasonal days off, but officially, they won't be for religious holidays.

Communities Struggle To Reach Homeless Students Living In The Shadows

More than 1 million public school students in the U.S. don't have permanent homes. Most live doubled up with family or friends, but many live in motels, emergency shelters, campgrounds — even cars.

Common Core Reading: 'The New Colossus'

The Common Core State Standards have led to big changes in the way many teachers approach reading instruction.

Asked To Stop Praying, Alaska School Won't Host State Tournament

Alaska's wrestling tournament for small schools will be held next month — but not at Anchorage Christian Schools. A complaint about an introductory prayer led to a request to stop the practice.

Q&A: Lamar Alexander On Education In The New Congress

The veteran Tennessee senator is poised to take a leading role on education in the Republican-controlled Congress.
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Henderson Says Extended Days At D.C. Schools Are Helping Students

Twenty-five traditional public schools in D.C. have extended their days, and Chancellor Kaya Henderson says that it's already making a difference for students.

Tools Of The Trade: The Abacus

Many teachers still rely on this centuries-old calculating device to provide a hands-on approach to math.