D.C. Public Schools has reduced the backlog of cases involving special education students waiting to meet with hearing officers, meaning the District has been released from a part of a longstanding class action lawsuit Blackman-Jones.
Washington D.C. has been named the second "least obese" state in the country, according to the 2011 report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." But experts warn that the average obesity rate in the District masks very large disparities among residents.
In the bowels of the main library at the University of Virginia, a handful of students hit the books throughout the summer -- with more than 80,000 rare volumes and manuscripts. As part of the University's Rare Book School, they learn to read books in a whole new way.
Want to hear how someone speaks English with a Dinka accent, from Sudan? How about a Mortlockese accent from Micronesia? You can find out at George Mason University in Northern Virginia (and its website), which keeps the world's largest online database of English accents.
Nathan Saunders, elected head of the Washington Teachers' Union in December, is vowing to do away with D.C. Public Schools' teacher evaluation system, called IMPACT, saying the system is racist and unfair.
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